FAQ

What is the ATX Television Festival?

Though there are thousands of film and music festivals, in and out of Austin, there is nothing like ATX. The focus of the ATX Television Festival is the celebration of the medium of television: looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed. Our Festival Programming includes panels, screenings and events where attendees can hear from Panelists involved in all stages of bringing their favorite series to the small screen.

How can I register for the ATX Television Festival?

Our Season 8 Festival Badges and Day Wristbands are now on sale! We hope to see you in June 2019!

Where does the festival take place?

Official ATX Venues are all located in downtown Austin, TX.

Festival headquarters are located at the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel (701 Congress Ave.). This is the hub of all festival events, and where a lot of our panels take place. Our other Season 7 (2018) venues included the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz (320 E. 6th St), the historic Paramount Theatre (719 Congress Ave.), Google Fiber (201 Colorado Ave.), and Trinity Hall (311 E. 5th St.).

Information about where to stay near the hub of the festival (and discounts!) can be found here.

When do you announce programming & attendees?

All the time! We’ll start announcing in the fall, but Programming and Panelists may be added all the way up to the weeks and days before the festival. Check back often and follow us on social media (Facebook and Twitter) for updates!

Where can I find the schedule?

We wait until the final weeks prior to the festival to release our full schedule so you can have the most up-to-date information as you’re making your festival game plan!

Why is the Festival Badge listed at multiple price levels?

Good question! All price levels give you the same badge, and thus the same level of access to Fast Passes, Panels, Screenings, etc. — however, prices vary based on date of purchase. Check out the current Festival Badge prices here, and remember that rates expire at 11:59pm CT.

Basically the earlier you buy, the more funds you can allocate for your breakfast taco budget during the festival!

I really only want to attend for one event / panelist. What should I do?

As always, we strongly discourage purchasing any ATX Television Festival Credential for a single event or individual.

Programming and panelists are subject to change. Our team works year-round to program a diverse and expansive range of content, and encourages badgeholders to attend as fans of television, with an interest in multiple series and individuals, and with an interest in discovering something new.

Please keep this in mind if you’re considering attending the festival for a single event or panelist — and accept that if you choose to purchase any ATX Credential, you are not guaranteed entrance to any single screening, panel, or event.

Can I buy a ticket to just one event, instead of a badge for the whole festival?

Single Tickets for select events at the State and Paramount Theatres may be be available closer to the festival. Check back when we’re a bit closer to June!

I’m registered! Now, how do I get to ATX and where should I stay?

Yay! We’re excited that you’re coming!

Check out our Getting Here page for more information on room blocks, airports, and car services.

Will there be cast / creatives at every screening?

Yep! At each series we screen we have cast, creative representatives or both in attendance. Do keep in mind that sometimes despite best efforts, schedules can (and do) change due to unforeseen circumstances, and as such, Programming and Panelists are never 100% guaranteed.

If a venue fills up, will you live-stream a panel or Q&A to a neighboring venue for badgeholders?

While we are always exploring new ways to evolve — and may eventually include live-streaming to online communities — we have no plans to simulcast to local venues during the festival.

ATX is a place that creates community; and we find that happens best in small and intimate rooms with TV fans joining together for a live experience. If you can’t get into a first choice screening / panel, our hope is that you’ll go to another one and discover something new! As we grow, it’s our goal to always have something for you to be a part of within the ATX Community.

We do try to put as many panels and Q&As online as quickly as possible, so that you can re-live your favorite events (or experience them for the first time)! Check out all our festival content on our streaming site, A Television Experience.

Does my Festival Badge give me access to parties / evening events?

Access to all parties / evening events is not included in the price of your Festival Badge. While some evening events may be available to Festival Badgeholders, other events are by invitation only.

As Programming comes together and Sponsors join the fest, additional events may be added for Festival Badgeholders. Each year we grow, and your enjoyment both day and night is very important to us. If / when sponsors come on that allow for additional events, you will be the first to know!

Are there ‘Meet and Greet’ opportunities?

Probably not in the way you’re thinking. We aren’t a “con.” So, we don’t have booths, organized photo ops, or autograph signings.

But what we do have is even BETTER! We try to create an intimate and accessible event that allows you the opportunity to organically meet and / or talk to our panelists.

Most of our attendees come to the festival because of the accessibility and casual proximity to your favorite TV folks. Our panelists will often stop and chat any time they have the chance, and you’re likely to see them hanging out after panels and Q&As, grabbing a drink downtown, or even attending other panels / screenings as a fan.

Will I have a chance to get a picture or autograph from a Panelist?

It’s possible — most of our attendees are more than happy to sign something or take a few pictures. We only ask that you be respectful of their space and time, and remember that scheduling sometimes means they might have another engagement or a flight to catch right after a panel.

If you need a refresher on the ATX Fest Protocol, check it out here.

Am I allowed to take videos during panels / Q&As?

Nope. There are copyright and legal considerations that prevent us from allowing videos inside festival events, and we ask that all attendees respect those considerations throughout the weekend.* That said, our videographers do a great job documenting the whole festival, so why don’t you sit back, relax, and let us do the recording for you!

You are welcome to take pictures though, but please be respectful to both panelists and other attendees — no flashes allowed and don’t hold your phone up throughout the duration of the panel. It’s distracting, can obstruct others’ views, and keeps you from really experiencing the panel.

*You will be asked to acknowledge this policy when signing for your ATX Credentials at registration, and we reserve the right to pursue the removal of any illegally obtained media from public forums.

Can I bring my child with me to a panel or screening?

Although we encourage sharing the festival with your loved ones, the nature of our small, intimate venues and content (some of which is not suitable for minors) requires us to make certain considerations.

Attendees between 12 and 17 years of age are allowed to attend festival programming, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times, and both must have official ATX Credentials for the event they would like to attend. Children under 12 years of age are not permitted to attend festival screenings or panels.

What’s all this about Fast Passes?

Our Fast Pass System, available exclusively to ATX Badgeholders, helps you better strategize your festival game plan. Badgeholders can receive four (4) Fast Passes during the festival. These Fast Passes allow you to jump to the front of the Badgeholder general admission line, so you can grab a great seat to a screening or panel.

For important details about selecting and using your Passes, please head on over to our Fast Pass System page.