Presented by The Autism Society of America
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AUTFEST FILM FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

AMC THEATERS, ORANGE, CA

 
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An Annual Affair

AUTFEST FILM FESTIVAL

Autfest Film Festival promotes awareness, acceptance, and inclusion by showcasing films about autism for the community we seek to serve. We wish to celebrate and support autistic filmmakers and artists that have chosen to shine a light on autism in films aimed to educate and create an emotional connection.

 
 
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Featured Films

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White Frog

White Frog is a drama-comedy, aimed at young adults, about 16-year-old Nick Young, a teen with autism spectrum disorder whose life is changed forever when tragedy hits his family. It is a story of the power of family, friendship, and love.

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Life, Animated

From Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.

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Simple Simon

Simon is an 18-year-old man on the autism spectrum. Unable to live independently, he is cared for by his endlessly loving and patient brother, Sam, and Sam's girlfriend, Frida. He lives by an unchanging daily routine and finds any change in his life very stressful.

 

Short Films

 
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Duke

When a nonverbal autistic teen’s family is falling apart, he must find his voice to keep them together. After 17 years with little to no communication, Duke started to type, and it changed everybody's lives.

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Best Kept Secret

In Best Kept Secret, Janet Mino, who has taught a class of young men for four years, is on an urgent mission. She races against the clock as graduation approaches for her severely autistic minority students.

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Everything’s Gonna Be Okay

From “Please Like Me” creator, writer and star Josh Thomas comes half-hour comedy “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay,” produced by Avalon Television and Freeform. The series introduces Nicholas (Josh Thomas), a neurotic twenty-something visiting his single dad and two teenage half-sisters, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. He hasn’t been particularly present in his siblings’ lives, but when their dad reveals that he is terminally ill, the girls have to cope with not only a devastating loss but also the realization that Nicholas is the one who will have to rise to the occasion, move in, and hold it all together.

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Hailey Lynaugh

Siblings of Autism is dedicated to supporting the siblings of people on the autism spectrum with scholarships, respite and outreach.

Hailey is the 2017 Siblings of Autism Scholarship Winner.

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Aileen Zhu

Siblings of Autism is dedicated to supporting the siblings of people on the autism spectrum with scholarships, respite and outreach.

Aileen is the 2016 Siblings of Autism Scholarship Winner.

 
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Location

AMC ORANGE 30

 

Located at The Outlets at Orange, the AMC Orange 30 Theater will be hosting Autfest for the second time! We will be offering sensory-friendly film options, and an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere throughout the day.

 
 
 
 
 
 
You have many years ahead of you to create the dreams that we can’t even imagine dreaming. You have done more for the collective unconscious of this planet than you will ever know.
— Steven Spielberg
 
 
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Contact Us

For all inquiries, please complete the form below.

Please note we are no longer accepting film submissions for 2019.

Media inquiries, please email: media@autism-society.org.

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