What we do
We want to help bring visibility to local film artists by promoting them and their projects to the Austin public, these projects we help can be in any state of production, including films recently completed.
Furthermore, as we interact with these artists we establish useful connections that we can offer back in return as a useful asset for filmmakers with less connections seeking to take on projects of their own. Through this aspect we're not only promoting to the general public but back to the filmmakers themselves offering interesting people and projects to work on.
How we promote local artists and their projects
This is the most frequent and immediate way we get the word out. We can post information about current productions, events and other relevant material. We also look for interesting artists or groups to do "Filmmaker Highlights" and get their story out.
We ran a "Filmmaker of the Week" program, where we promote one local filmmaker a week on our social media and we do a full blog post about them.
Every month we organize a events where we screen completed projects and invite the artists to come talk them and their experience. This is also a great way to get the word out for upcoming projects and really interact with the public, as well as serving as a great networking event for the filmmakers present.
We often partner and collaborate with other local organizations for events where we can promote ourselves and ongoing projects in a more direct way. We'll often have a stand at these events so we can invite the artists we're helping to come and talk directly to people about their projects.
This is the most intimate way we interact with the artists, when we see the need is right we put together meetings for a more complete networking experience. These meetings range in size and topics but provide an excellent situation to build new connections and even get new projects going.
The Austin Film Project was founded by Samuel W. Sanso in late 2016 upon arriving in Austin and seeing a need for a true outlet for small indie filmmakers to have a platform. There are many little "bubbles" of filmmakers, an overwhelming amount of talented people, but not enough opportunity to help them reach their goals.
A team was quickly put together with the mission of creating what was missing and start mixing those little pockets up together, and soon after a movement started: The Austin Film Project.