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THE ATX TV WAY

We work hard to make sure that ATX Festival is a safe, respectful, inclusive, and fun environment for TV lovers from around the world. We know that y’all enjoying being a part of ATX TV because it’s an awesome, laid back community of TV nerds that feel truly at home at TV Camp.

To keep our TV Camp vibe, here’s our basic rule of engagement: Be cool.

When attending any ATX TV physical events, Panelists are TV fans just like you, watching and talking about their work and favorite shows with other TV fans. Feel free to chat with them about the series you just watched, or a series (other than theirs) that you like, but please don’t crowd or swarm. Remember to be cool and give ’em space!

In addition, don’t ask Panelists to sign an enormous stack of pictures or memorabilia. Even taking pictures should be kept at a minimum, if at all – we know it’s hard, but take a mental picture of the awesome moment in time y’all are having. Be present and resist the urge to give them your business card or a DVD of the latest project you produced or script you wrote. We want to make TV Camp as relaxed and fun for them as possible, so they come back!

We’d also like you to be cool while interacting with other folks at the festival. While you, our wonderful attendees, are overwhelmingly friendly, patient, and accommodating — we ask that regardless of how popular the event or how great the excitement, you treat your fellow festival-goers kindness. Same goes for our amazing ATX Volunteers – they’re TV fans just like you, and work incredibly hard to make your festival experience one to remember!

OUR CODE OF CONDUCT

The ATX TV Code of Conduct applies to all ATX Television Festival events, physical and virtual, all our physical venues, and anyone who engages with our social media channels or virtual events. All ATX TV participants, including but not limited to attendees, staff, panelists, press, vendors, and volunteers will be held to the same standards.

If you engage with anyone in a disrespectful or inappropriate manner, or do not adhere to our Code of Conduct, we reserve the right to immediately remove or ban you from any ATX Television Festival event or platform, without refund (if applicable).

We do not tolerate harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:

  • Intimidation / threats
  • Inappropriate disruption of events
  • Hurtful language
  • Physical assault of any kind
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwanted sexual attention
  • Unwanted photography or video recording
  • Bullying
  • Stalking

Especially in connection to:

  • Race or ethnicity
  • National origin
  • Gender identity or presentation
  • Sex or sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Disability, medical condition, or pregnancy
  • Religion
  • Citizenship status

So here’s the deal:

  • If you’re asked to stop any harassing behavior, stop it immediately.
  • If you experience or witness any form of harassment at a physical event, contact the nearest Staff member or Venue Manager to address the situation. To file a formal complaint regarding a physical or virtual event, email conduct@atxfestival.com and provide detailed information about the situation and your contact info.
  • If at any time you feel unsafe in your immediate situation, alert a Staff member or Venue Manager, move to a safe location, and dial 911.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please call 512-551-1330 or email conduct@atxfestival.com.

WHEN TO GET HERE…

Season 11 Programming will kick off on Thursday, June 2, 2022 and ATX Registration will open on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. We recommend arriving early and checking in so you don’t get stuck in the rush.

Season 11 Registration will be located in the Maximilian Room in The Driskill Hotel, and Registration Hours are:

  • Wednesday, June 1st: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 2nd: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Friday, June 3rd: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 4th: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 5th: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

AND WHERE TO GO

The festival itself consists of screenings followed by Q&A’s, as well as panels that span a wide variety of topics. Most screenings, as well as our larger reunions and panels, will be at the historic Paramount Theatre and Stateside at the Paramount, while our panels are held in The Driskill Hotel and 800 Congress. Our Festival Venues are all super close to each other – an easy walk, even in the Texas heat.

Friendly reminder that the 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.

THERE WILL BE A Q&A AFTER EACH SCREENING AND PANEL

Please make sure your questions are actually questions — i.e. avoid leading with, “I am a writer/actor/producer/director as well and I think that blah, blah, blah…” Friends, that’s a statement, not a question. Austin and TV Geekdom are in the spotlight, so bring your most awesome, unique, thoughtful questions. Our panelists will appreciate you for it.

LINES & ADMISSION EXPECTATIONS

While lines are in the DNA of all events, our goal is for you to spend as little time in them as possible. We’d much rather you attend a bunch of amazing ATX TV events, as we know you would, too! Our line strategy includes our Fast Pass System, and we also have multiple events happening at once so there’s always something for you to check out. Attendees will be let into screenings and panels in the following order:

  • Panelist and Sponsor Badges
  • Badges with FAST PASS reservations and ATX Guest Passes
  • Remaining Badges
  • Single Tickets (if sold, only available only at the State & Paramount Theatres)

With the exception of Camp Badges at Evening Marquee Events at the Paramount Theatre*, no ATX TV Festival Credential guarantees entry to any single screening, panel, or event, only admission up to capacity, so we advise our attendees not to purchase a Badge for a single event or individual.

If you only want to see one person, you may very well be disappointed. We do our best to prevent changes in programming, however 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!

Regardless of how you’re choosing to attend the festival, all seating at ATX TV Festival is first-come, first-served, aka no assigned seats. 

*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 Badges with Fast Pass reservations 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.

BEAT THE HEAT

We cannot stress this enough (particularly if you’re joining us from out of town): Texas is a HOT, HOT place in June, and you will be doing some waiting and walking outside. While all of our venues are air-conditioned inside, we STRONGLY recommend that you dress coolly and comfortably, and don’t forget to stay hydrated!

Please keep in mind the historic Paramount and Stateside Theatres do NOT allow outside beverages – including water – so while you are more than welcome to have water outside in line, you’ll be asked to dispose of any liquids prior to entering the theater.

PARKING

We recommend finding the nearest downtown lot, as street parking is metered and usually has 3 hour limit. You can find out more about getting around on the Downtown Austin Alliance website here.

WHAT TO WEAR

Many of you have asked, and the answer is: think casual and stay comfortable. This is Austin, so you can’t really go wrong with any of your choices. Do keep in mind that even though it will be hot outside, Texas is BIG on AC… so inside will be cranked down and chilly. Might want to bring a layer or two if you’re prone to being cold.