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Finally, a festival for fans of female-centric films, books & TV to come together & celebrate their obsessions without shame. Nov 1-3.

These days, film festivals are a dime a dozen. Whether you're a fan of horror or indie, international or local, there's a film festival for you.

With one major exception.

If you're a lady who loves DIRTY DANCING, or a woman who's seen SIXTEEN CANDLES a thousand times, or a guy who can't stop quoting CLUELESS, you're still in search of a festival that meets your movie-loving needs.

That's why we're inviting you to come down to Austin, TX from November 1-3 to attend Forever Fest, the first ever festival devoted to girlie pop culture.

Here are a few examples of the dynamic programming we've got in the works:

- EMPIRE RECORDS screening followed by a Rex Manning Day party.

- Book talk with Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks (creators of Go Fug Yourself and authors of Spoiled and Messy) and Megan McCafferty, creator of the Jessica Darling series.

- Danceoke: Your favorite cinematic dance routines performed live on stage while the scene plays on the big screen.

- The Cute Show on Earth: an adorable clip show presented by BuzzFeed Animals and guaranteed to make you squee.

- Screening of the John Hughes classic SIXTEEN CANDLES with select talent in attendance followed by the ultimate '80s high school dance.

- The Wild Brunch: A mimosa-fueled salute to the hottest men in cinema.

And more to come!

Tickets will be sold online in advance of the fest, so make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out when tickets are available.

Forever Fest captures the giddy excitement of discovering your favorite movie with your best friends beside you. It's a reminder of your crush on that unbelievably hunky actor, because no matter how much time has passed, you're still totally in love with him. It's an opportunity to quote the best lines of your most cherished films along with an audience who also spent their adolescence memorizing them. Forever Fest is a chance to party like it's Prom Night, and this time, we'll all be crowned queen.

In order to make this dream weekend a reality, we need your support. Funds received from this campaign will go towards the following major costs: 

  • Hotel and flights for special guests, including cast members from our favorite films.
  • Venue rental for the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater as well as event space for our fabulous shindigs.

If we exceed our fundraising goal, every extra cent will go into making the festival bigger and better!

To take Forever Fest to the next level, we want to know: What movies would you looooove to see at the fest? What actors or actresses would make you absolutely freak out to see live? Express your fandom in the comments, and if there's an overwhelming demand for a specific film or actor, we'll try to make it happen!

Sarah Pitre is the lead programmer of films for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and hosts Girlie Night, a monthly series dedicated to slumber party favorites (i.e. the types of films we'll be showcasing at the festival). Brandy Fons runs Fons PR, the agency that represents the Alamo Drafthouse and its family of companies. To read more about us, click on our Polaroid picture on the upper right hand of this page.

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We're currently pursuing our favorite movies, books and television shows and our most highly anticipated new releases in order to make Forever Fest the best weekend ever. There's always the risk that we won't be able to nab our dream events, but no matter what, we are committed to showing our attendees a fabulous time. If this Kickstarter campaign doesn't succeed, we still have the passion to make this festival happen, although it may not be as big or star studded as we've hoped. Through our partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse, we've been able to make strong connections within the film and television industry, and through ForeverYoungAdult.com, we benefit from wonderful relationships with young adult authors. We have no doubt that we will be able to put together a weekend that you'll remember forever.

Since we're a part of the Alamo Drafthouse family, you may be wondering why we need to rent it as a venue. The Alamo treats all festivals, including its own Fantastic Fest, as rentals, and therefore, Forever Fest is charged for the usage of the theater. We have to pay rental rates just like everyone else!

FAQ

  • We will be selling individual tickets to events online several weeks in advance of the festival. Once ticketing is live, it will be announced on this page as well as via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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  • Totally! We welcome all fans of Forever Fest programming regardless of gender.

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    Dying to attend Forever Fest? This VIP badge gives you priority access to purchase festival tickets and badges when we begin selling them online (so you can snap up the best seats!) as well as priority seating at any and all free events. This reward also includes: 1) Forever Fest button. 2) Forever Fest koozie. 3) Forever Fest t-shirt so you can look and feel fabulous. 4) Your name or Twitter handle listed as a donor on our website. 5) Forever Fest announcements and exciting event updates via email.

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    Are you a burgeoning author? Get the first 15 pages of your manuscript critiqued by acclaimed YA author and Viking editor Leila Sales. You'll receive a one-page note of feedback as well as margin notes and line edits. This reward also includes: 1) Forever Fest button. 2) Forever Fest koozie. 3) Forever Fest t-shirt so you can look and feel fabulous. 4) Your name or Twitter handle listed as a donor on our website. 5) Forever Fest announcements and exciting event updates via email.

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    Are you a burgeoning screenwriter? Get your script critiqued by Kirsten Smith, whose writing credits include 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, LEGALLY BLONDE, SHE'S THE MAN and more. Kirsten will read your script and give you feedback via a one hour phone consultation. This reward also includes: 1) Forever Fest button. 2) Forever Fest koozie. 3) Forever Fest t-shirt so you can look and feel fabulous. 4) Your name or Twitter handle listed as a donor on our website. 5) Forever Fest announcements and exciting event updates via email.

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    Get ready for your very own makeover montage! We've lined up Austin's finest experts on hair, make-up and nails to take you and two friends on a Forever Fest beauty adventure. Choose Saturday or Sunday morning of the festival for your pamper party, then spend the rest of the day feeling like a star! We'll also have a festival photographer on hand so we can include your before and after photos in our coverage of the festival (and so you can have photo souvenirs to take home). This reward also includes: 1) Forever Fest button. 2) Forever Fest koozie. 3) Forever Fest t-shirt so you can look and feel fabulous. 4) Your name or Twitter handle listed as a donor on our website. 5) Forever Fest announcements and exciting event updates via email.

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    Feel like a total VIP during Forever Fest with your very own balcony at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. The balcony seats four guests, which means you will have guaranteed seats for all festival events at the Ritz. In addition, you will receive 4 passes to any festival event outside of the Ritz. This reward also includes: 1) Forever Fest button. 2) Forever Fest koozie. 3) Forever Fest t-shirt so you can look and feel fabulous. 4) Your name or Twitter handle listed as a donor on our website. 5) Forever Fest announcements and exciting event updates via email.

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