AUSTIN, Texas -- The National Endowment of the Arts granted $15,000 to Austin Film Festival’s On Story Project

Funding for this year’s art programs have supported projects that increase public engagement, strengthen communities and encourage lifelong learning in the arts.  

“Through the work of organizations such as Austin Film Festival in Austin, Texas, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are,” NEA chairman Jane Chu said. 

The On Story Project offers the public an inside look into the creative process from today’s leading creators, writers and filmmakers for free. On Story is a radio, television show, podcast, book and archive. Content comes from 24 years of Austin Film Festival’s recorded events, panelist sessions and interviews. 

Industry professionals featured in the On Story Project include: 

  • Mark Frost (Twin Peaks)
  • Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
  • Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad)
  • Issa Rae (Insecure)
  • John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood)
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans (In Living Color)
  • Alan Yang (Master of None)  

You can access all episodes of On Story hereUpcoming seasons will host podcast, journalism and narrative fiction lessons. 

The Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference is one of the largest writers’ events in the world and was the first of its kind to champion the writer’s role in film and television.

 “We couldn’t be more thrilled for this incredible opportunity given by the NEA to help us provide these resources to the general public, free to anyone with an interest in storytelling through film, television and new media,” AFF executive director Barbra Morgan said. 

If you would like more information visit Austin Film Festival’s website or call 1.310.FEST.