The 3rd Annual Autfest Film Festival focuses on the sibling relationship and autism in the family dynamic. All of our film selections offer a wide range of storylines, realities, and emotions. All films will be screened in a sensory-friendly environment, and we will also offer alternative screenings for younger audiences during certain set times.
Please note the schedule is subject to change.
9:15 - 9:35
Join Julia, her family, and friends through teaching moments, inclusive experiences and life of a muppet on the autism spectrum.
official Festival start time
10:00 - 11:35
This drama-comedy is 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.
11:40 - 11:50
2016 & 2017 Sibling Scholarship
Siblings of Autism is dedicated to supporting the siblings of people on the autism spectrum with scholarships, respite and outreach. Featured here are the 2016 & 2017 scholarship winners.
11:50 - 12:05
Due to a last minute conflict, Miss U.S. Latina is unable to attend and host a Meet & Greet, as previously listed.
12:05 - 1:35
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.
1:40 - 2:20
Our Sibling Panel explores the complexities and importance of a sibling relationship.
Kristyn Roth, Co-Founder of Make Waves, CMO at Autism Society of America
Lindsey Nebeker, Autism in Love, Development Specialist at Autism Society of America
Jeremy Cooper, Development Specialist at Autism Society of America
2:35 - 2:50
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.
2:55 - 3:40
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.
3:50 - 4:35
Directors and cast members from two films discuss character development and representation of autism in their works.
Everything's Gonna Be Okay:
Josh Thomas: Creator, Writer & Star
Kayla Cromer: Star & Neuro-Diverse Actor
Maeve Press: Star
Thiago Dadalt: Writer & Director
Robert Solomon: Star
Dawn Goldstein-Robidoux: Duke’s Mother
4:45 - 6:10
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.
6:15 - 7:45
Simon is an 18-year-old 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.