The Austin Film Festival will spool out dozens of exciting titles and welcome an army of talented screenwriters for panels and discussions over eight days later this month. But first, there’s a feast.

Before the Driskill Hotel becomes home to many of the aforementioned panels, it will host AFF’s Film & Food Fundraising Party. Chefs from about 20 Austin restaurants, including Vespaio, Sala & Betty, Parkside and Foreign & Domestic, will serve small plates upstairs at the hotel from 7 to 10 p.m. on October 23.

In addition to rubbing elbows with some screenwriters like this year’s host Ed Solomon (“Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Men in Black”) while snacking and sipping, guests will also have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items such as stays at the Driskill and Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin hotels, as well as trips and luxury items.

The 17th annual party benefits AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program, which aims to improve creativity, literacy, and communication skills through the arts of screenwriting and filmmaking.

Advance tickets cost $110 and can be bought online at austinfilmfestival.com. The cost is $125 at the door. Badges for the 26th annual film festival are also for sale at austinfilmfestival.com.

Complete list of restaurants participating at Film & Food:


Capital Grille
Driskill Grill
Foreign & Domestic
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel
Intero
Licha's Cantina
Lick Honest Ice Cream
Mandala Kitchen & Bar
Mattie’s Restaurant
Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill
Parkside Projects
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Ranch 616
Sala & Betty
Siena Ristorante Toscana
South Congress Cafe
Suga’s Cakery
Tiny Boxwoods
Vespaio & Enoteca
Z’ Tejas