The Austin Chronicle published a list this week of the top ten 2005 film-related news stories in Austin. It's a good list for filmmaking news, but it lacks news about film exhibition, such as festivals. Overall, 2005 was a great year for film festivals, premieres, special screenings, and other film-related events in Austin. How many other cities would follow up a preview screening of Domino with a trip to a shooting range?
Last year, Austin once again hosted SXSW and Austin Film Festival, as well as aGLIFF, Fantastic Fest (for the first time), Cine Las Americas, Cinematexas, QT-Six, and at least a dozen other, smaller film festivals. Austin Film Society, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, programmed a number of film series and retrospectives. Alamo Drafthouse opened a new multiscreen theater in south Austin.
Perhaps that's not considered newsworthy because Austin boasts great film festivals and programming every year? And 2006 looks like it will be no exception. SXSW announced its 2006 big-name premieres this week, and other planned local screenings and events look first-rate.