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#AFF2014 Short Film Announcements, Back by Popular Demand!

We’re nearing September here at AFF and that means the craziest and most exciting time of the year is upon us! We’re finishing up programming what may be AFF’s strongest and most diverse film slate yet. We’ve discovered so many great films that we can’t wait to share with everyone, and we’re counting down the days until we can spread the big news. We’ve already offered a sneak peek into ten of the feature films that will be featured in this year’s program, and we have a lot more coming. We can’t wait until the 12th for the official announcement, so back by popular demand, we will be rolling out early announcements for our stellar shorts program on Twitter!

Harrison Glaser | 08.27.2014

We’re nearing September here at AFF and that means the craziest and most exciting time of the year is upon us! We’re finishing up programming what may be AFF’s strongest and most diverse film slate yet. We’ve discovered so many great films that we can’t wait to share with everyone, and we’re counting down the days until we can spread the big news. We’ve already offered a sneak peek into ten of the feature films that will be featured in this year’s program, and we have a lot more coming. We can’t wait until the 12th for the official announcement, so back by popular demand, we will be rolling out early announcements for our stellar shorts program on Twitter!

Every year, AFF’s Short Film program serves as the beating heart of the Festival, offering countless stories and eliciting every emotion on the spectrum from the audience. As a Festival rooted in the art and craft of storytelling, our selected short films represent the purest, most diverse and least filtered version of this art form. Clocking in at less than forty minutes, each short film uses the most of its limited runtime to tell a strong narrative and move the audience. It’s no small feat, and it’s something we at AFF like to celebrate.

Therefore, every Monday and Friday, starting this Friday, August 29, we will be announcing a handful of our confirmed short films through Twitter. Use this opportunity to begin your research and get a head start on planning your must-watch priority list. It’s going to be tough because (spoiler alert) they’re all fantastic, but you might as well prepare for that now. How do you get the news? Follow @austinfilmfest on twitter and look for the hashtags #MovieMonday and #FilmFriday, these hashtags will accompany our short film announcements!

So get ready! Make sure to follow us by Friday, August 29th and every following Monday and Friday, and keep on clicking that refresh button. Good news will be start popping up in no time. We’ll keep a running page on our website as well that will have all of the short films listed here. We can’t wait to share these films with you!

 

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AFF Alumni Roundup: The Emmys Edition

Congratulations to all of the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award winners! We are especially thrilled for all of the AFF alumni who were nominated for awards as well as those who won! Those who took home trophies Monday night include:

08.28.2014

Congratulations to all of the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award winners! We are especially thrilled for all of the AFF alumni who were nominated for awards as well as those who won! Those who took home trophies Monday night include:

Outstanding Drama Series: Breaking Bad created by AFF 2013 Outstanding Television Writer Award winner Vince Gilligan

Outstanding Director for a Drama Series: True Detective – Who Goes There – Directed by 2014 AFF Confirmed Panelist Cary Joji Fukunaga

Outstanding Miniseries: Fargo created by 2014 AFF Confirmed Panelist Noah Hawley

Outstanding Animated Program: Bob’s Burgers with AFF Alum Jim Dauterive as Executive Producer

See Emmy winners Noah Hawley and Cari Fukunaga at this year’s Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference! See the full list of panelists here.

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AFF Reveals First Slate of Films for 21st Annual Festival & Conference

Austin, TX – June 19, 2014 – Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premier film festival recognizing writers’ and filmmakers’ contributions to film, television and new media, announced today the first slate of films included in the 2014 lineup of Festival screenings October 23-30. The complete list of programming at the 21st annual AFF, including short films, competition titles, and Conference panels, will be announced in mid-September.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL REVEALS FIRST SLATE OF FILMS
FOR 21ST ANNIVERSARY LINE-UP

2014 Centerpiece Film to feature Kevin Costner’s Black and White

Additional selections include The Sound and the Fury, The Imitation Game, The Homesman, and the World Premieres of 21 Years: Richard Linklater and Dawn Patrol

Austin, TX – June 19, 2014 – Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premier film festival recognizing writers’ and filmmakers’ contributions to film, television and new media, announced today the first slate of films included in the 2014 lineup of Festival screenings October 23-30. The complete list of programming at the 21st annual AFF, including short films, competition titles, and Conference panels, will be announced in mid-September.

AFF 2014 EARLY FILMS:

CENTERPIECE FILM: Black and White
Writer/Director: Mike Binder (In attendance)
Cast in attendance: Jillian Estell
Starring Academy Award-winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, Black and White is the story of a widowed grandfather (Costner) who is left to raise his bi-racial granddaughter. When the little girl’s paternal grandmother (Spencer) seeks custody, a bitter legal battle ensues that forces the uneasy family members to have an honest conversation about life, death, anger and America’s racial divide. Also starring Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Ehle, Gillian Jacobs, Bill Burr, Andre Holland, and introducing Jillian Estell.

21 Years: Richard Linklater – World Premiere
Director:  Michael Dunaway, Tara Wood (In attendance)
A spirited look at the first 21 years of writer/director Richard Linklater’s remarkable career, featuring interviews with collaborators Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Billy Bob Thornton, Keanu Reeves, Jack Black, and more.

7 Minutes - World Premiere
Writer/Director: Jay Martin (In attendance)
Cast in attendance: Luke Mitchell, Leven Rambin
Three former high-school friends are forced to commit a brazen robbery that quickly goes horribly wrong.  Featuring a cast of Kris Kristofferson, Luke Mitchell, Jason Ritter, and Leven Rambin.

Dawn Patrol – World Premiere
Writer: Rachel Long, Brian Pittman (In attendance)
Director: Daniel Petrie Jr. (In attendance)
Cast and Crew in attendance: Scott Eastwood, Rita Wilson, Jeff Fahey, Chris Brochu, Kim Matula, Dendrie Taylor, Matt Meola, Rick Dugdale
A surfer-turned-Marine (Scott Eastwood) held at gunpoint tells his tragic story of revenge-gone-wrong to stall his execution. With the screenplay originating out of Austin Film Festival’s 2008 Screenplay Competition, Dawn Patrol (formerly Stranded) was acquired by Dan Petrie Jr and Rick Dugdale at Enderby Entertainment and makes its way back to Texas this October for its World Premiere.

One-Eyed GirlWorld Premiere
Writer: Craig Behenna, Nick Matthews (In attendance)
Director: Nick Matthews
Cast in attendance: Mark Leonard Winter, Tilda Cobham-Hervey
A psychiatrist haunted by the death of a former patient stumbles upon a Doomsday cult and battles to save a teenage girl (Cobham-Hervey) from its clutches.

The Homesman – Texas Premiere
Writer: Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley A. Oliver, Kieran Fitzgerald
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven to the brink, the task of saving them from their surroundings falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank).  Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a feisty low-life drifter, George Biggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her.  The unlikely pair and the three women head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in.  But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat.

The Imitation Game – Texas Premiere
Writer: Graham Moore
Director: Morten Tyldum
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.

The Sound and the FuryTexas Premiere
Writer: Matt Rager, William Faulkner (Novel)
Director: James Franco
Directed by and starring Academy Award® nominee James Franco, The Sound and The Fury captures the lives and passions of the Compsons, a once proud Southern family caught in a tragic spiral of loss and misfortune. Based on the novel by Noble Prize winner author William Faulkner and considered among the 20th century’s greatest works, The Sound and the Fury encapsulates the universal theme of the death of honor, social injustice and forbidden love.

The Texas Promise - World Premiere
Director: Vanessa Roth (In attendance)
From Academy-Award ® winning documentarian, Vanessa Roth, The Texas Promise is the gripping story of equity, politics, money, and our children as historic decisions are being made about opportunity, the economy, and our democracy. When the Texas legislature cut $5.4 billion from public schools, it affected the daily lives of the 5 million students in Texas public schools and made Texas 49th in the country in per pupil spending.  Texans took to the streets in protest, districts from across Texas sued the state, and ideological battle lines were drawn in Austin. 

In continuation of AFF’s annual Guest Programmer Series, featured retrospective films will include Matthew Weiner presenting The Twilight Zone, Jim Sheridan & Terry George presenting In the Name of the Father, John Patrick Shanley presenting Moonstruck, Randall Wallace presenting Braveheart, and Tom Schulman presenting Dead Poets Society. Films will be followed by extended post-screening discussions that connect the public and the filmmaker, open the dialogue between artist and audience, and provide a platform for film-lovers and makes to learn about classic films.

AFF is supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.

Cast and crew attendance is subject to change and based on permitting schedules.


ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL:

Widely known as “The Writers Festival,” Austin Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters. AFF is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.  Badges and passes are available for purchase online at www.austinfilmfestival.com or by phone at 1-800-310-FEST. Click here for more information on Badges and Film Passes

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In Memoriam: Paul Mazursky

We were very saddened to lose industry great Paul Mazursky last week. Mazursky’s career spanned more than 50 years with over two hundred film credits. He was a five time Academy Award® Nominee including once for Best Picture in 1978 for his film, An Unmarried Woman, which he wrote and directed. We were fortunate to have him at the 7th annual Austin Film Festival and Conference in 2000 to …

We were very saddened to lose industry great Paul Mazursky last week. Mazursky’s career spanned more than 50 years with over two hundred film credits. He was a five time Academy Award® Nominee including once for Best Picture in 1978 for his film, An Unmarried Woman, which he wrote and directed. We were fortunate to have him at the 7th annual Austin Film Festival and Conference in 2000 to present him the Distinguished Screenwriter Award. That year he sat down with Steve Zaillian for a panel on the pleasures and perils of writing and directing. This week’s On Story podcast features audio from that panel.

Listen as Mazursky and Zaillian describe their respective writing processes, thoughts on structure, casting, and their experiences in the ever-changing landscape of Hollywood filmmaking.

To listen to this week’s On Story Podcast, visit our onstory.tv podcast page or subscribe on iTunes.

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