ATX TV Festival FAQs

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?

We’re thrilled to launch three (3) new Badge types for Season 11 (June 2 – 5, 2022), on sale Monday, January 10, 2022 at 12:00 pm CT.

Click here for more information.

Where does the festival take place?

ATX TV Festival takes place in Austin, TX. 

Check out our Official Festival Venues here!

When do you announce Festival Programming & Panelists?

We’ll start announcing programming in January, and keep in mind that Programming and Panelists may be added all the way up to the weeks and days before the festival. Check back often, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow our social channels for updates!

Friendly reminder that Panelist appearances/schedules are based on availability and are not guaranteed. All Programming and Events are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. We try to keep you updated on these changes as they happen, but remember to check back often!

Where can I find the schedule?

The Season 11 Schedule will be released when we’re closer to the festival.

Friendly reminder, we do our best to prevent changes in programming, but schedules are subject to change and things can still move around. So remember to check back often for the most up-to-date information!

Are there “Meet and Greet” opportunities?

Nope. 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 for 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.

If you need a refresher on the The ATX Way and our Code of Conduct, check it out here.

Can I bring my child with me to the Festival?

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.

You must be 18 years or older to purchase an ATX TV Festival Credential, as some content may not be suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

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

I have a TV show… how can I get it into ATX TV Festival Programming?

Our Programming is done internally, and we don’t accept submissions. But, if you have a great idea for a TV show, you should check out The Pitch Competition for information on pitch submissions.

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

Please keep in mind if you’re considering attending the festival for a single event or panelist — with the exception of Camp Badges and Evening Marquee Events at the Paramount Theatre*, ATX TV Festival Credentials do not guarantee entry to any single screening, panel, or event, only admission up to capacity.

Programming and panelists are subject to change. Our team works year-round to program a diverse and expansive range of content, and while we do our best to prevent changes in programming, schedules can change or an opportunity to see that one person simply may not arise. Instead, come because you like a few of the series and attendees, and ultimately because you love TV and you’d like to learn about it, discover new shows, and emerge from the festival with a new group of TV-loving friends like yourself!

*In order to take advantage of the Admission Guarantee to Evening Marquee Events at the Paramount Theatre offered to Camp Badges, you MUST arrive 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and line up with the Fast Passes to secure a seat. Don’t be tardy because if you arrive less than 20 minutes before the scheduled start time, we cannot guarantee entry.

I’ve got my Badge! Now, how do I get to Austin and where should I stay?

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

Check out our Getting & Staying Here page for more information about our Official Festival Hotel Headquarters, hotel room blocks, and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA). 

Will there be cast or creatives at every screening?

Yep! At each series we screen, we have cast, creative representatives or both in attendance!

Please keep in mind that sometimes despite best efforts, schedules can (and do) change due to unforeseen circumstances, and as such, Panelist appearances/schedules are based on availability and are not guaranteed. All Programming and Events are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice.

Is there anything I can’t bring into an Official Festival Venue?

Yep! Paramount and Stateside Theatres have a Clear Bag Policy to minimize contact that a bag search would require. Clear bags should not exceed 14″ x 12″ x 6″ in size.  Find out more here.

No outside food is allowed at any Official Festival Venues, and no outside food or beverage of any kind is allowed in the Paramount and Stateside Theatres. Bottled water is allowed in at the Driskill Hotel and 800 Congress.

We also have a strict Weapons-Free Policy you can review 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 as long as you are respectful to both panelists and other attendees — no flashes allowed and don’t hold your phone up throughout the duration of the programming. It’s distracting, can obstruct others’ views, and keeps you from really experiencing the panel.

You can check out our Filming / Recording Policy here.

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

What’s all this about Fast Passes?

Our Fast Pass System helps you better strategize your festival game plan. Camp Badges receive five (5) Fast Passes and GP Badges receive three (3) Fast Passes. 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.

Fast Pass reservations are made through the Prekindle lottery system and you’ll receive more info about the lottery process when we’re closer to the Festival. But here’s how it works – in May, you’ll have a window of time where you’ll submit eight (8) different panel or screening preferences in order of priority through the Prekindle’s selection form. The system randomly sets a selection order, and don’t worry – the time at which you submit your selections doesn’t affect your assigned Fast Passes. Fast Passes are assigned one at a time and give each Badgeholder their highest available selections.

Important note — you are only guaranteed your total quantity of Fast Passes if, and only if, you follow the guidelines and submit eight (8) different panels/screenings by the lottery deadline. If you submit less than eight different selections, you are not guaranteed all your Fast Passes. And pro tip, submitting the same piece of programming eight times in no way increases your chances of getting that Fast Pass – all eight will just count as one submission.

Can I get the same Fast Passes as my friends?

Our Fast Pass System is unable to match up or link Badges to give two people the same Fast Pass selections. If you’re trying to sync up your schedule with a friend, after all Badgeholders have been assigned their Passes, you can swap out your Fast Pass selections on the Online Guide, or once you’re at the festival, at Registration, for any remaining available Passes.

And remember! Each event will have differing numbers of Fast Passes available, and a venue will never be completely “reserved” by Fast Passes. So if you weren’t able to get a Fast Pass for an event but your friend was, never fear! There’s still a very good chance you’ll make it in!

I bought my Badge, but haven’t heard anything since. How do I know I’m not missing things?

After purchasing your Badge, you should have received a badge purchase confirmation from Prekindle. If you haven’t gotten that email, make sure to let support@prekindle.com know so they can help you out.

Most of the communication directly from the festival to attendees will be in the final 3 months prior to the festival, and the bulk of it will be in the final weeks leading up to the festival. Emails will come from TV@atxfestival.com, so make sure to add us to your contacts if you haven’t already done so.

There are also a few additional things you can do to make sure you’re kept in the loop: 1) sign up for our newsletter 2) check your SPAM box frequently, as you never know when it’s going to be a jerk and swallow up an email that’s not spam, and 3) follow us on social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter).

If you still have concerns or you feel like you’re missing festival information, please email TV@atxfestival.com.

Can my friend pick up my Badge for me?

Nope. Each individual must be present and pick up their own Badge – you will not be able to pick up Badges on behalf of another attendee.

I’ve never been to a festival before. What should I wear?

Think casual & stay comfortable.

Luckily this is Austin, so you can’t really go wrong with any of your wardrobe choices. An important thing to keep in mind is that even though it will be super hot outside, Texas is BIG on AC… so inside venues, the AC could be cranked way down and it’ll be chilly. We advise bringing a layer or two if you’re prone to being cold.

If you want to infuse your wardrobe with a little festival pride before heading to Austin, make sure to check out our ATX TV Festival Shop!

Can you tell me about ATX Television Festival’s Accessibility Information?

The ATX Television Festival is working hard to make sure that all our panels, screenings, and events are accessible to all attendees. The more advance notice we have, the better we’re able to plan! Please email TV@atxfestival.com with questions or specific accommodation requests.


Have questions? Send us an email at tv@atxfestival.com.
Due to a high volume of emails, please allow 48 hours for a response from the ATX TV Festival staff.