It wasn’t ever on purpose, but after nearly ten years in the entertainment industry, it turns out, I’m a bit of a festival nerd. But really – what’s not to love about an entire event dedicated to the entertainment genre you love – movies, music, tech…and FINALLY (thanks to two genius Texans) television.
ATX: A Television Festival was officially announced this week and is set for June 1-3, 2012 in Austin, TX. ATX is the first ever festival devoted to TV’s history and future and will be jam packed with premieres, cult favorite spotlights, unaired pilots, panels and Q&A’s with some of the industry’s leading talent (both on and off camera). ATX is set to bring people together and to celebrate all aspects of television.
The festival is the brainchild of Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson who have over a decade of experience working in the film and television industry. McFarland for directors Betty Thomas, Nora Ephron, and Mira Nair; and on the festival and filmmaker sides of Sundance, Tribeca, and Doha Tribeca. Gipson on the studio and network side for Fox, TLC, and Discovery. They have also enlisted the help of a distinguished advisory board including Richard Linklater, Peter Billingsley, Julie Plec, and Kyle Killen (oh and full disclosure, me!)
In an effort to get the festival up and running in it’s inaugural year, ATX Festival has announced a Kickstarter campaign with a goal to raise $25,000 (and the hope for even more) and along with this campaign is also the debut of a video created for the festival – with many shout outs from TV faces you know and love. Check out the kickstarter page to find out more about donating and learn even more about the festival. Here’s a peek at the video.
Oh, By The Way: Girl Around Town is THRILLED to be a media sponsor for ATX Festival – we will be reporting live from the event and can’t wait to share all the backstage and red carpet details!
Let’s Be Honest: If you love TV and you love a good party, ATX Festival is not to be missed.
Accessorize: There are plenty of ways to keep up with the latest details on the festival…here are a few.