Our Town

Austin Film Society

Austin, Texas



In 2000, the City of Austin collaborated with Austin Film Society (AFS), a not-for-profit created by the filmmaker Richard Linklater in 1985, to form Austin Studios on 20 acres at the newly decommissioned municipal airport. With the Our Town grant, the partners plan to incorporate a decommissioned National Guard Building into the Austin Studios campus.

The remodeled building will include affordable space for film production and education, a new exhibition and visitors center, two screening rooms, and a plaza and lobby for public events. Funding will also support the design of wayfinding, signage, and other campus infrastructure that will improve the public's experience of Austin Studios. Steinbomer, Bramwell & Vrazel Architects and project managers Broaddus & Associates will lead the public design process with stakeholders such as SXSW, Austin School of Film, Cine Las Americas, the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, residents of the surrounding Mueller neighborhood, and dozens of longtime users of Austin Studios. With this expansion, Austin Film Society expects to present 400 films annually to an estimated audience of 38,000 and to double the local economic impact that Austin Studios has had since it opened in 2000.