If you’re into indies, chances are you might have caught a movie or two at the AFS Cinema. Part of the non-profit organization Austin Film Society, AFS Cinema offers a diverse range of independent and international films, documentaries, special screenings and events to the Austin community of film enthusiasts. This season, it’s also set to host beautifully moving Candlelight concerts that bring classical music to Austinites with a twist.
Located in North Loop, the cinema is only a 10-minute drive from Downtown Austin. There are a few parking spots near the venue and Windsor Park. The 7 and 350 buses also pass nearby if you want to take the public transport.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about AFS Cinema
1. AFS was founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater.
Known for movies like Dazed and Confused, the Before trilogy, Slacker and Boyhood, notable filmmaker and fellow Texan Richard Linklater created Austin Film Society in 1985. The organization was established to promote film culture and support independent filmmaking.
2. In 2000, AFS Cinema is born.
In 2000, AFS acquired a permanent home for its operations, which became known as the AFS Cinema. This provided a dedicated space for film screenings, hosting events and more.
3. An important promoter of film education and filmmaker support.
In addition to screening films, the AFS Cinema and the Austin Film Society have been actively involved in film education, offering workshops, grants and resources to support local and independent filmmakers.
This season, AFS Cinema is hosting a number of spellbinding concerts under candlelight that pay homage to some of the greatest artists in music history. You’ll journey through Andalusia as you listen to the emotional melodies of flamenco music, rock on to head-banging hits by Metallica, or even enjoy Rihanna’s soulful songs, all the while surrounded by hundreds of flickering candles. Performed by classically trained musicians, these classical renditions of classic tunes make for mesmerizing evenings you won’t want to miss.
What else can you do at AFS Cinema?
The AFS which operates the cinema, is dedicated to fostering a vibrant film community, often providing low- and no-cost training, equipment, facilities through its many programs, including the popular Austin Public. They often showcase work by local and emerging filmmakers, contributing to Austin’s reputation as a hub for creative talent.
Furthermore, the venue hosts various cultural events and film festivals that most certainly enrich the cultural scene in Austin, where anyone interested in cinema can engage with filmmakers and learn more about the industry.
With such a curated selection of films, from independent and classic to international and art-house, the incredible cinema is a special Austin venue that contributes to the cultural vibrancy of the city and Texas as a whole.
The cinema offers great opportunities for community engagement through its film festivals, special screenings and as of late, Candlelight concerts. These enchanting concerts by candlelight are also taking place at other stunning venues across the city and make for unforgettable evenings of live music.