#AFF20th #OfficialSelection #ComingSoon
07.24.13 | Bears Fonté
On August 1st, we will announce the first Official Selection of #AFF20th – on TWITTER. If you don’t already follow @BearsFonte and @RyanDarbonneATX, do so now, because that’s where you’ll hear it first. We will announce new Official Selections for #AFF20th every day, twice a day, one from @BearsFonte, one from @RyanDarbonneATX. If you’re not already following @austinfilmfest, you’re missing the most up to date announcements about Panels, Panelists and everything AFF.
Yes, our competition deadline just passed, but our first film arrived on January 2nd and there are several entries we’ve been longing to tell you about. So starting Wednesday, August 1st we will tweet EACH SHORT that will play the festival, One-by-One, from our Twitter Accounts. We may even sprinkle in some features. We may tease some of our Marquee films that will play the Paramount. Film fans and filmmakers both should pay attention. And don’t worry if you are a filmmaker, we are far from having made all our decisions for this year’s festival. We won’t be done until our full slate of films is announced mid-September.
If you’ve been following my posts, you know that I am a huge supporter of the short film. At many festivals, shorts get lost in the wake of all other huge features. At AFF, we pride ourselves in championing the next great storytellers, and in many cases, these can be found in the shorts programs. Huge names like Jason Reitman (JUNO, UP IN THE AIR), Ray McKinnon (Rectify, actor in Sons of Anarchy, Deadwood) and Cary Fukunaga (JANE EYRE, SIN NOMBRE) all had shorts at Austin Film Festival early in their careers. We want everyone to get excited about this year’s shorts, which is why we thought we’d take to the twitterverse to introduce you to some of the films and filmmakers you will be able to see at the 20th Anniversary Austin Film Festival.
If you come to the festival, but skip the shorts, you are missing out on a big part of what makes AFF a source of inspiration. Last year we played over 100 shorts across thirteen programs and in front of features. This included one program of Doc Shorts, one of Animated Shorts (although we had just as many spread through other programs), and one program of Young Filmmakers’ Shorts. This year we received so many Doc Shorts (up 25% from last year) we should be able to add an entire second program for them which the AFF Film Department is hugely excited for. Mostly I’m just excited to start sharing good news that can be shared over and over again in 140 characters or less.
August 1st – be sure to follow @BearsFonte and @RyanDarbonneATX if you want to be the first to know this year’s freshest storytellers. Search #AFF20th for all news and updates about Austin Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary.