Entering its 25th year, the Austin Film Festival is recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, spotlighting top-billed and indie movies presented along side writers, directors, actors and other filmmaking professionals. This exciting festival takes place from October 25 – Nov 1, and you can check out the full lineup and get your festival passes online here.

Do512 Family is really excited to partner with the Austin Film Festival on the Family Series! You’re all invited to check out some super cool films for kids for FREE! The films below are kid-friendly, open to the public and do not require a festival pass. Seating for these will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Free Family Film Series:

–>Coco, Presented by co-writer Matthew Aldrich
Saturday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m., Paramount Theatre
This very special screening is part of the Super Saturday collaboration with Texas Book Festival and Mexic-Arte’s Viva La Vida Festival & Parade! At 2 p.m. you can enjoy FREE family art activities in The Paramount Tent at 8th and Congress. Capital Metro is providing a free Park & Ride program that day! Click here for more information.

About the Film: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.


–> Frame of Mind: Remixing the News, Presented by producer Bart Weiss
Sunday, October 28, 10:30 a.m.,  The Hideout Theatre

About the Film: Since 1949, WFAA Chanel 8, in Dallas has documented the news of the day. For years, the station shot that news on 16mm film. WFAA donated all of this raw footage from 1960 to 1977 to the Bill Jones Collection at SMU. Archivists there transferred it and gave it—all 1.3 terabits of it—to 10 Dallas filmmakers. Their challenge was to explore the images that spoke to them, and use them to create original works. Think of these pieces like video remixes, or mashups of a cities reflections. They are constructs of imagination, social and political commentary, not factual documentary. Giving these historic images new contexts and new meanings may give us fresh ways to look at the past. And reveal something about who we are today.


–> Shorts for all ages! (two dates)
Sunday, October 28, 1:15 p.m., Galaxy Highland – Screen 9
Tuesday, October 30, 12 p.m., Galaxy Highland – Screen 9

About the films:

  • Bilby (USA, 8 min); Director: Pierre Perifel
    In the deadly desert of Australia, a lonesome Bilby finds himself tied with a helpless baby bird.
  • Undiscovered (USA, 3 min); Director: Sara Litzenberger
    Sasquatch has always remained elusive in photos, but not for the reasons we think.
  • The Sandman (USA, 10 min); Writer/Director: Natalia Hermida
    The Sandman is on his nightly round of putting people to sleep, but when he does his magic on a railway operator, he must quickly find a way to wake him up before a head-on collision.
  • Bird Karma (USA, 5 min); Director: William Salazar
    A long legged bird tries over and over again to catch a colorful fish in a pond.
  • The Box (La Boite) (France, 7 min); Directors: Eliott Belrose, Carole Favier, Loïcia Lagillier, Aloïs Mathé, Juliette Perrey, Joran Rivet
    When an elderly man attempts to catch a mouse in his house, he comes to find that they might be better as friends than adversaries.
  • Loser Leaves Town (USA, 12 min); Director: Mark Nickelsburg
    Eleven-year-old luchador El Valiente draws on his rich imagination to navigate the toughest weekend of his life.
  • Achoo (France, 6 min); Writers: Lucas Boutrot, Élise Carret, Maoris Creantor, Pierre Hubert, Camille Lacroix, Charlotte Perroux
    In ancient China, a little dragon who can’t breathe fire will fight to overcome his weakness in order to take part in the New Year’s celebration.
  • Ian (Argentina, 8 min); Writer: Gastón Gorali; Director: Abel Goldfarb
    Bullying and indifference keep him away from his beloved playground, but Ian won’t give up easily.
  • Jumpy (USA, 16 min); Writer/Director: Anthony Falleroni
    The hero of a 2D platformer  video game finds himself unable to move forward.
  • Two Balloons (USA, 9 min); Director: Mark Smith
    Two adventurous lemurs navigate their dirigibles halfway around the world to a place where happenstance and fate threaten to disrupt their reunion

Bird Karma


–> Especially Spooky Halloween Screening of Hocus Pocus, Presented by Mick Garris
Wednesday, October 31,  7 p.m., Paramount Theatre

About the Film: Three 17th-century witches are resurrected on Halloween in modern-day Salem by an unsuspecting boy, who must now figure out how to get them back in the ground.


To learn more about all of the films and special events included with a Film Festival Pass, please click here.

–> Giveaway: Win one of three pairs of Film Festival passes (valued at $75 each) that we’re giving away. Enter below. Good luck! Entering the giveaway will add you to the Do512 Family email list, where we let you know about the best family events in Austin each week.

This giveaway is now closed and winners are being notified by email. Thanks to all who entered!