The Next Picture Show

by Austin Film Society
“Film people are film people. There is no place they'd rather be than in a theater." 
– AFS Founder & Artistic Director Richard Linklater in The New Yorker on the future of cinema


Since first turning on our projectors, the AFS Cinema has become a cornerstone of Austin’s vibrant film community. As the city’s only repertory arthouse theater, it is home for all who love the very best in classic, foreign, and new independent film, and seek out diverse and global perspectives every day of the week. Last March, the AFS Cinema temporarily closed due to the pandemic. We need your help to reopen the AFS Cinema and light up our screens again!

We are delighted to announce that the Still Water Foundation, a champion of the AFS Cinema since we opened in 2017, is matching the first $50,000 donated to the Next Picture Show campaign. 

Please contribute today in support of AFS and plan to reunite with us this summer at the AFS Cinema!


  • All giving $100+ includes an AFS membership to help you maximize your time at the AFS Cinema! In addition to annual benefits, all AFS members will be invited to an exclusive AFS Cinema soft-opening weekend. (Current active members may give their perk membership to someone else!)
  • All donors $25+ will receive an AFS Cinema bumper sticker, a popcorn pass, and recognition online and in our pre-show for three months.

Fulfillment: All thank-you gifts will be mailed out after the campaign is over, likely in July. All memberships will be activated sooner, with guaranteed activation before the AFS Cinema soft-opening weekend. 

For giving opportunities larger than $1500, please visit this page or contact Taylor Whritner.


Starting June 8, the first three donors of $1337 will receive a special package from our friends at Rooster Teeth:

  • (2) RTX 2022 Plus Passes (see details below)
  • Donor drawn into an upcoming Achievement Hunter Animated episode
  • Limited-edition RWBY ruby
  • Limited-edition 2020 Letterman Jacket (size XL only)
  • an AFS LOVE Single Membership, t-shirt, bumper sticker, popcorn pass, and recognition!

RTX 2022 Plus Pass details:

  • Access July 1-3 to RTX, RTX Expo, RTX Animation Festival
  • RTX Attendee Bag
  • RTX Attendee Lanyard
  • (1) Autograph Lottery Access Code
  • (1) Hour early access to Exhibit Hall Friday ONLY (11 AM)
  • Exclusive RTX Lounge Access
  • Fast Pass Security Line


As a bonus gift, donors $500 and above will receive $25 gift cards from the following AFS Cinema Community Partners! Your gift card will be chosen at random.

To see a list of all donors or learn more about the campaign to reopen the AFS Cinema, please visit our Next Picture Show website.


AFS's mission is to empower our community to make, watch, and love film and creative media. Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, AFS creates life-changing opportunities for filmmakers, catalyzes Austin and Texas as a creative hub, and brings the community together around great film.

To learn more about AFS, please view our 2020 Annual Report.

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