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Growing Up Baumbach: A Tribute to Noah Baumbach’s 20 Years in Film

A24 and Austin Film Festival Present Growing Up Baumbach: A Tribute to Noah Baumbach’s 20 Years in Film AFF has always been a champion of the storyteller and AFF alum Noah Baumbach has certainly mastered the art of spellbinding narratives. To celebrate the upcoming release of his latest feature,While We’re Young, AFF will be hosting a four-day marathon of Baumbach’s best works, including Kicking and ScreamingThe …

A24 and Austin Film Festival Present

Growing Up Baumbach: A Tribute to Noah Baumbach’s 20 Years in Film

AFF has always been a champion of the storyteller and AFF alum Noah Baumbach has certainly mastered the art of spellbinding narratives. To celebrate the upcoming release of his latest feature,While We’re Young, AFF will be hosting a four-day marathon of Baumbach’s best works, including Kicking and ScreamingThe Squid and the Whale, and Francis Ha. The retrospective series will end with an exclusive pre-release screening of his new film While We’re Young. If you’re a fan of Baumbach or independent cinema, this is a series you don’t want to miss!

Tickets for the retropsective series are only $5! (Free to AFF Members and Bullock Museum Members)

The advance screening of While We’re Young is free with RSVP.

Gain access to our priority seating RSVP for the While We’re Young advanced screening with purchase of a ticket to either:The Squid and the WhaleKicking and Screaming or Francis Ha.

Also, if you attend all three retrospectives you will be entered to win a Lone Star badge to Austin Film Festival!

For information on each film and to purchase tickets, click on the film titles below:

Monday, March 30 - Squid and the Whale - 7:00pm Spirit Theater
Tuesday, March 31 - Kicking & Screaming - 7:00pm Spirit Theater
Wednesday, April 1 - Frances Ha - 7:00pm Spirit Theater
Thursday, April 2 - While We’re Young - 7:00pm Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Special thanks to our Partner Venue: The Bullock Texas State History Museum 

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Read the Oscar Nominated Screenplays

by Matt Dy, Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Director When the Oscars are handed out each year for the screenplay categories, I’ve always wondered how many voters actually read each nominated script.  For me, being so immersed in this crazy world of screenplay competitions, I can’t even fathom advancing a script without having read it.  For the Academy and other awards groups, reading a nominated script is …

by Matt Dy, Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Director

When the Oscars are handed out each year for the screenplay categories, I’ve always wondered how many voters actually read each nominated script.  For me, being so immersed in this crazy world of screenplay competitions, I can’t even fathom advancing a script without having read it.  For the Academy and other awards groups, reading a nominated script is less of a concern; strong dialogue performed by actors and the way the story unfolds through visuals are usually enough to assess the quality of a screenplay.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this but, when I hear the words “best screenplay”, I think of the actual written work.  The fact that a nominated script was ever read in the first place and then greenlit and produced is an achievement in and of itself for a writer.  However, I think for one to truly appreciate a screenplay, one must read it.  Which brings me to this…

Sure, you may have seen all of the nominated films but have you read all of them?  We’ve scoured the Internet to find all of the nominated screenplays and have them readily available for you to download here.  The only script that was a mystery to find (and I’m sure would be a mystery to read) is for Inherent Vice.  The following are all of the nominated scripts and my thoughts for what will win the Oscar.

Best Original Screenplay:
Boyhood: written by Richard Linklater
Birdman: written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, & Armando Bo
Foxcatcher: written by E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel: written by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler: written by Dan Gilroy

Prediction: This is a tight race between Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Birdman is certainly the most original of the nominees and would match the Academy’s preference for the unique and quirky as with previous winners like Her, Django Unchained, and Midnight In Paris. Also, since Birdman is now the likely Best Picture winner, that top award almost always includes a corresponding best screenplay win. While The Grand Budapest Hotel does have a lot of support, I think the film will be passed over for this award and will be honored instead for Wes Anderson’s signature style in the production categories. However, the script has one of the best lines of dialogue that is so relevant for writers:

Best Adapted Screenplay:
American Sniper: written by Jason Hall
The Imitation Game: written by Graham Moore
The Theory of Everything: written by Anthony McCarten
Whiplash: written by Damien Chazelle

Inherent Vice: written by Paul Thomas Anderson

Prediction: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was sorely snubbed in this category and was presumed to be the early front-runner prior to the nominations announcement. Without it here, a case could be made for any of the nominees. Whiplash was oddly switched from an original screenplay to this category due to it being adapted from the short film it was based on. It could pull off an upset here but the likely winner is The Imitation Game. With the most nominations out of all the films in this category and Alan Turing’s life still a popular topic of discussion, it should pull off the win. Watch out for Whiplash though. One of the most memorable lines from that film seemed to have been cut down (correct me if I’m wrong) from a longer speech. It’s always interesting to see what was edited out of the script for the final cut. Here’s the whole speech:

 

 

If you think you have what it takes to correctly predict the Oscar winners, take a chance on our Oscars Prediction Contest. The top five entrants who most closely predict the winners in each category will each win one Lone Star Badge to the 2015 Austin Film Festival and Conference. For more information and to submit your predictions, click here.

Need some help predicting? I don’t even think a crystal ball will help with this very unpredictable year but, here are my predictions in all categories:

Best Picture: Birdman
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman
Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, & Armando Bo – Birdman
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Best Actress: Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Best Cinematography: Birdman
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Hair & Makeup: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar
Best Editing: Boyhood
Best Sound Mixing: American Sniper
Best Sound Editing: American Sniper
Best Original Score: The Theory of Everything
Best Original Song: “Glory” – Selma
Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Best Documentary Feature: Citizenfour
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida
Best Live Action Short: Aya
Best Animated Short: Feast
Best Documentary Short: Joanna

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On Story Radio Show

We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the On Story radio show as a continuation of our On Story® project! Hosted by the Austin NPR affiliate, KUT 90.5, the show’s one-hour documentary slots will showcase some of today’s most prolific voices in the film and television industry, sharing storytelling philosophies, anecdotes, and personal inspirations. Centered on storytelling through film and television and gleaned from …

We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the On Story radio show as a continuation of our On Story® project! Hosted by the Austin NPR affiliate, KUT 90.5, the show’s one-hour documentary slots will showcase some of today’s most prolific voices in the film and television industry, sharing storytelling philosophies, anecdotes, and personal inspirations.

Centered on storytelling through film and television and gleaned from 21 years of archived footage from the annual Festival and Screenwriters Conference, each episode will go behind the scenes highlighting the stories behind the stories. The first season will feature writers and directors from Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Deadwood, True Detective, House of Cards, Freaks and Geeks, Tootsie, Out of Africa, There Will Be Blood, Silence of the Lambs, Ghostbusters, Apollo 13, The Graduate, 12 Years a Slave, Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

“I’ve been listening to the On Story podcast for some time and am delighted to work with the Austin Film Festival to bring this great content to radio. I think listeners are going to love how much fun this hour is.” – Hawk Mendenhall, Director Broadcast and Content at KUT

The show will premiere on February 16th, with 10 installments airing the third Monday of every month at 9PM CST. The current schedule will include luminaries such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Judd Apatow, Shane Black, Jonathan Demme, Jay and Mark Duplass, Paul Feig, Cary Fukunaga, Vince Gilligan, Noah Hawley, Buck Henry, Ron Howard, Jenny Lumet, David Milch, Jeff Nichols, Sydney Pollack, Harold Ramis, John Ridley, Matthew Weiner, Larry Wilmore, and Beau Willimon. More information is available at www.onstory.tv.

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First Confirmed Panelists!

We are pleased to announce our first confirmed panelists for the 2015 Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference, held October 29-November 1. This year’s Conference will feature an equal focus on film and television, the creative and business sides, and more opportunities to network with your peers and storytelling icons! Take it from us: Austin in October is the place to be for inspiration, education, …

We are pleased to announce our first confirmed panelists for the 2015 Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference, held October 29-November 1. This year’s Conference will feature an equal focus on film and television, the creative and business sides, and more opportunities to network with your peers and storytelling icons! Take it from us: Austin in October is the place to be for inspiration, education, and motivation to take your script to the next level.

 

Andrea Berloff writer World Trade Center, Blood Father (2015)
Michael Botti Manager at Industry Entertainment
Matthew Gross President, EuropaCorp TV Studios
Barry Josephson Josephson Entertainment; producer Enchanted, Hide and Seek, The Last Boy Scout, Someone Marry Barry; executive producer Turn, Bones
Casper Kelly creator/writer/director Too Many Cooks, Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell; writer Squidbillies
Craig Kestel Agent at WME Entertainment
Adam Kolbrenner co-founder Madhouse Entertainment
Gary Lennon producer Black Box, Orange is the New Black, Justified, The Shield
David Lowery writer/director Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pioneer, Pete’s Dragon (2016), writer Pit Stop
Jenny Lumet writer Rachel Getting Married
Maggie Malone Head of Creative Affairs at Disney Animation Studios
Kelly Marcel writer Saving Mr. Banks, Fifty Shades of Grey; writer/executive producer Terra Nova
Craig Mazin co-host ScriptNotes, writer Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II & III, Scary movie 3 & 4, Rocketman
Phil Rosenthal writer/director Exporting Raymond; creator Everybody Loves Raymond
Terry Rossio writer Shrek, Aladdin, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Déjà Vu, The Mask of Zorro, co-creator of Wordplay (wordplayer.com)
John Swetnam writer Step Up: All In, Evidence, Into the Storm, Breaking Through
Ron Yerxa producer Bona Fide Productions, Nebraska, Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks, Election, Cold Mountain, The Ice Harvest, executive producer The Leftovers

All speakers and events are based on permitting schedules and subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. 

Stay tuned for regular panelist announcements, and check our website regularly for new additions.

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