ATX TV Festival FAQs

What is the ATX TV Festival?

ATX TV Festival celebrates the television medium: looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it’s headed. The festival consists of panels, screenings, and events where attendees and leaders in the TV industry talk, watch, and experience television together as one community.

Heading into our 12th Season, ATX TV Festival showcases TV’s past, current, and upcoming series through screening Q&As and panel discussions. This programming ranges from never picked up pilots, reunions, current series going into a new season, to premiering content from upfronts, summer, or online. Panel discussions can be 1:1 conversations, featuring a single show, or are focused on a topic that pulls professionals from a variety of shows and features such topics as the ratings system, series finales, and testing/focus groups. And with 50/50 split between fan and industry, ATX TV Festival is a unique festival event that stems from a true celebration of the medium.  

How can I attend ATX TV Festival?

Badges and Tickets for ATX TV Festival, Season 12 (2023) will be on sale later this year! Make sure to check back!

Where does the festival take place?

ATX TV Festival takes place in Austin, TX.

When do you announce Festival Programming & Panelists?

We typically 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 (@atxfestival) 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 12 Schedule will be available closer to the event.

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 TV 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, 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, join us 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!

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.

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 TV Festival’s Accessibility Information?

The ATX TV Festival works hard to make sure that all our panels, screenings, and events are accessible to all attendees. And the more advance notice we have, the better we’re able to plan! Please email TV@atxfestival.com with any accommodation requests as soon as possible.


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.