Essential Film Festivals, OUTsider Film & Arts Festival

Having grown out of the very diverse LGBT scene in Austin, Texas, the OUTsider Film & Arts Festival is celebrating its first year with a packed schedule from Feb 18th –Feb 22nd, 2015.

This festival has a vibrant sense that anything could happen; still in its infancy, the founders have decided for the time being that there are no rules, except to promote the core values of creativity, collaboration, community, and cultural enrichment. Attendees can expect to see more than just the standard range of films; all other art forms will be showcased as well, including visual arts, poetry, and more, so as to better encompass the full creative passions of the LGBT community and its allies. Main events will also be replete with conferences that allow for complete interaction between artist, audience and scholars.

February 19th features both Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary, a cinematic retrospective about the ground-breaking queer punk band and their struggles and triumphs, and In the Turn, a touching film about a 10 year-old transgender girl and her mother looking for acceptance in the athletic culture of rural Canada. February 20th showcases I Feel Like Disco, a heartfelt tale of a boy who feels most at home when his dad is elsewhere and a mother trying to make sense of it all.

OUTsider Film and Arts Festival

Film Festivals Location

Despite being the capitol of one of the most conservative states in the USA, Austin’s unofficial (yet universally adopted) slogan, “Keep Austin Weird”, is no joke. The midland mecca of alternative American culture, Austin has plenty to offer that keeps visitors coming back to explore even more. The quirky shops and cafes of the SoCo shopping district are a constant draw, with the store Uncommon Objects a local favourite, offering all manner of curios for the whimsically-inclined. The Barton Springs Pool in the heart of the city, replenished by underground springs, is the perfect respite from a day of travel. In addition to its world-class dining and nightlife scene, the 1.5 million bats inhabiting the underside of Congress Bridge cannot be missed.

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Film Festivals Hotels

For those seeking a spot slightly secluded from the main festivities, the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa would be a perfect choice. This 4-star institution provides a wealth of relaxation facilities and peaceful scenery. For those who prefer being closer to the heart of the action, The Driskill is a historic 4 ½ star site found downtown, with painstakingly-maintained lavish exterior and interior. Meanwhile, the 4 ½ star Hyatt Place Austin North Central allows for a convenient location in the city while granting a sleek, modern touch to hospitality.

Alexander Ryll
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