Entering its 24th 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 26 – Nov 2, 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 this year on the Family Series! You’re all invited to check out some super cool films for kids for FREE with RSVP! The films below will take place on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 at the Galaxy Highland Theatre. They are 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:

–> Earth: One Amazing Day
Saturday, Oct. 28, 4:15 p.m., Galaxy Highland, Screen 9  — RSVP here
About the Film:
From BBC Earth Films, the studio that brought you Earth, comes the long awaited sequel – Earth: One Amazing Day, an astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world. Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands, traversing exotic jungles to urban jungles. Astounding breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring you up close and personal with a cast of unforgettable characters; a baby zebra desperate to cross a swollen river and a penguin who heroically undertakes a death-defying daily commute to feed his family, are just the beginning. Told with humor, intimacy, and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendor, Earth: One Amazing Day is the enchanting big screen family friendly adventure that spectacularly highlights how every day is filled with more unseen dramas and wonders than you can possibly imagine— until now!

Earth: One Amazing Day

–> Into the Who Knows
Sunday, Oct. 29, 1:15 p.m., Galaxy Highland, Screen 9  — RSVP here
About the Film: Ten year old Thomas has a best friend: Felix the Fox. But his parents want him to make “real friends”, so they send him to summer camp. He hates it. After a midnight escape, Thomas and Felix find themselves deep in the forest of the Who Knows, where they pursue a mythical being called the Totem and decide to catch it.

Into the Who Knows

–> Shorts for all ages!
Sunday, Oct. 29, 4:15 p.m., Galaxy Highland, Screen 8 — RSVP here
About the films:

  • DAM! The Story of Kit the Beaver (Canada, 12 min)
    Kit the eager beaver learns about compassion, failure, survival and community during a four season long odyssey.
  • Dolby Presents: Escape (USA, 5 min)
    After crash landing on a desolate planet, a lone explorer must use innovation and persistence to find her way home.
  • Frolic ‘N Mae (USA, 12 min)
    Outcast from her cousin’s party, 10 year old Mae creates Frolic from ink and cardboard… then Frolic creates mayhem.
  • The Wishing Cranes (USA, 4 min)
    When an orphaned paper boy fails to spend time with his light-hearted younger sister, she makes a wish by folding his papers into a thousand cranes that magically come to life and fly away.
  • Supernova (USA, 9 min)
    When a little boy’s late-night viewing of his favorite space adventure videotape is cut short by a scolding from his mom, he channels the heroism of his sci-fi fantasy hero and makes it his mission to get the tape back.
  • Stella Uno (Italy, 16 min)
    Imaginative young Stella learns the peril of landing in the real world after her mission in space is misdirected for her own growth and safety.
  • The Fallen Swan (USA, 3 min)
    Trapped at the bottom of a well, an abandoned baby swan must discover its inner strength to escape!
  • What Lives Under the Bed (USA, 20 min)
    A timid young boy goes on the adventure of a lifetime after catching the monster that lives in his closet.
  • *Additional screening: Monday, Oct. 30, 3 p.m., Long Center’s Rollins Theatre, first come, first served

The Austin Film Festival does include a few other family-focused films such as Time Trap and Meercat Moonship that are included with a festival pass. To learn more about all of the films and all that is included with a pass, please click here.

–> Giveaway: We have two pairs of Film Festival passes (valued at $75 each) to give away to some lucky readers. 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. Thanks to all who entered!