How to Prepare for the Festival

Where To Watch:

The festival screens past, current, and premiere series.  For premieres, you’ll just have to wait; but for past & current series you can marathon, binge, and stay up to date in a variety of places!

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Catch up, marathon, stream, indulge, obsess over ALL these ATX series on Netflix:

  • Roswell
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Rectify
  • Archer
  • Bates Motel (and most recent episodes on A&E)
  • Parenthood
  • Revenge
  • Dallas

Here are ATX series that are unfortunately not available on Netflix, but are on the internet:

  • Hey Dude (Amazon Prime)
  • Fargo (new episodes, Tuesdays at 10/9PM CT on FX)
  • Orphan Black (new episodes, Saturday at 10/9PM CT on BBC America)
  • Review (new episodes, Thursday 10/9PM CT on Comedy Central)
  • Justified (past seasons on Amazon Prime)
  • Sullivan & Son


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We have a few tips on how to have your “Best Fest” experience:

Don’t come for just one person.
If you want to see one person (actor, creator, producer), you may very well be disappointed.  Schedules conflict, people can drop out, or the opportunity to meet him or her may not arise.  Instead, come because you like a few of the series and attendees, but ultimately because you love TV and you’d like to learn about it, discover new shows, and emerge from the weekend with a new group of TV-loving friends like yourself.

Check out shows you don’t know… you will find something new to love.  We promise.
As programmers, we strive for a balance within the series that are included at the festival.  From reunions to current shows to series premieres; comedies and dramas; quirky and critically-acclaimed; pop culture obsessed to educational — we work to showcase a little bit of everything. If you like a few of our shows, you might like more, so take a risk and try something new!

Bring your friends & we promise you’ll make new ones too!
We believe that TV lovers create the greatest community.  You obsess, indulge, binge, and breathe your favorite series and characters — something you likely have in common with other festival attendees (and probably even our panelists), so talk to one another.

Do your homework!
Yes, it is summer vacation, but the more you know about who/what you’re coming to see, the more you’ll enjoy yourself — trust us.


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First time attending ATX Television Festival?  Here’s what to expect:

ATX Television Festival is not your average festival; in fact, you’ve probably never experienced an event quite like ours. Attendees are a mixture of fans and industry professionals, which creates unique opportunities for mingling, networking, and having the best weekend ever. We’re also a small (but passionate) community, which allows for a more intimate and accessible experience than your typical festival.

Venues: The festival itself consists of screenings followed by Q&A’s, as well as panels that span a wide variety of topics.  The majority of screenings happen at the Alamo Drafthouse, while our panels take place at the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental Hotel.  These locations are about 3 blocks from each other (an easy walk, even in the Texas heat).  The State Theater is right next door to the Stephen F. Austin, and is where our larger reunions and panels are held.

The ATX Way. Fest Protocol: One reason cast and crew come to Austin and to our festival (and what keeps them coming back) is that we have laid back audiences that make them feel at home (or even better than their homes).

Here’s the basic rule of engagement: ATX Festival panelists love to talk to about TV, but please try to make them comfortable. Inside the walls of the Alamo, State and Stephen F. Austin hotel (and the streets in between), they are TV fans just like you, watching and talking about their work & favorite shows with other TV fans. Feel free to chat with them about the series you just watched, or series (other than theirs) that you like, but please don’t crowd or swarm them. Give ‘em space! Also, please don’t ask for them to sign everything you own; 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 they are giving you), and don’t give them your business card or a DVD of the latest project you produced or script you wrote. We want to make this weekend as relaxed and fun for them as possible, so they come back! If you engage them in a disrespectful or inappropriate manner, we reserve the right to remove you without refund — a policy held by both ATX Television Festival and Alamo Drafthouse.

There will be Q&A’s 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…” (That is, a statement rather than a question). Austin and TV Geekdom are in the spotlight, so ask awesome, unique, thoughtful questions. Our panelists will appreciate you for it.

When to Get Here: Registration opens on Thursday June 5th from 10am-7pm at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel (701 Congress Ave). We recommend arriving early and checking in so you don’t get stuck in the rush. Here you will receive your badge or wristband, welcome bag, program, reservation tickets…and peruse the merch booth. It will be open from 9 AM – 5 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 9 AM – 1 PM on Sunday.

Parking. We recommend finding the nearest downtown lot, as street parking is metered and usually has 3 hour limit. A map of available lots maintained by the Downtown Austin Alliance can be found here.

We Will Be Recording. The festival will be recording panels and post-screening Q&As. By wearing your badge and entering the venue, you are accepting knowledge of this fact.

Event Posters. Yen Tan has created a limited edition Season 3 poster. It will be available at the merch booth in limited quantities and we expect to sell out. The poster will be available for sale starting at 10 AM at registration (note: it does not come with a tube).

Fest Dress. Many of you have asked, and the answer is: think casual. Night events can be a bit dressier, but nothing too formal. Stay comfortable. This is Austin, 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.

Need inspiration? Thanks to festival sponsors, Girl Around Town, we have some visualizations. Check out an ATX pinterest board. 

If you find yourself having a little extra time, here are our suggestions of where to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: