The 10th Annual Film & Food Party was held on Wednesday, October 17 at the historic Driskill Hotel. For the last 10 years, this event has kicked off the annual Austin Film Festival and Conference and benefits the Young Filmmakers Program.
The Young Filmmakers Program was founded to encourage students ages 9-18 to explore their creativity and improve their literacy skills through the arts of screenwriting and film making. Programs are offered free through AISD schools and partner organizations and grant more than 300 students and teachers scholarships to the annual Austin Film Festival & Conference.
Writer/director/producer Robert Rodriguez served as this year’s honorary chair. Rodriguez has a long history of supporting young filmmakers and the arts in Austin. He is a Texas native, a regular attendee at the Austin Film Festival and has produced numerous films right here in Austin.
An event like this, dedicated to honoring Austin as both a nationally recognized thriving film industry and a renowned culinary hot-spot, brings together some of the most creative minds and well-known personalities. There were so many well-known Austinites and visitors including top filmmakers in attendance that I had the chance to learn a little bit more about them.
“If you could pair your favorite movie with a dish, what would that be?”