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MATTHEW WEINER TO RECEIVE “OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER” AWARD AT 2014 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL & SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE

Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premier film festival that recognizes the writers’ and filmmakers’ impact on film, television, and new media, is thrilled to announce accomplished creator, Executive Producer, writer and director of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner, as the 2014 recipient of the “Outstanding Television Writer” Award. In addition to his television credits, Weiner has written and directed the feature film, Are You Here, which will be open in theaters later this summer. Starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler, the film is an unexpected story about friendship and the people who keep us afloat while facing the compromises of life. The film will open in theaters on Friday, August 22.

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MATTHEW WEINER TO RECEIVE “OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER” AWARD AT 2014 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL & SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE

 

“The Writers Festival” announces Panelists for 21st Anniversary, featuring Neil LaBute, Terry George, Cary Fukunaga, William Broyles, Whit Stillman, Michelle Ashford, and more

 

AFF Film and Screenplay Competitions to include jurors hailing from AMC, Darkwoods Productions, The Black List, The Weinstein Company, FilmBuff, P.O.V., Sundance Institute, and Oscilloscope

Austin, TX – June 3, 2014 – Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premier film festival that recognizes the writers’ and filmmakers’ impact on film, television, and new media, is thrilled to announce accomplished creator, Executive Producer, writer and director of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner, as the 2014 recipient of the “Outstanding Television Writer” Award.  In addition to his television credits, Weiner has written and directed the feature film, Are You Here, which will be open in theaters later this summer.  Starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler, the film is an unexpected story about friendship and the people who keep us afloat while facing the compromises of life.  The film will open in theaters on Friday, August 22.

Weiner has been nominated for a total of 11 Emmys for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.  He won the award for the series pilot, as well as for the Second Season episode, “Meditations in an Emergency,” with Kater Gordon, and for the Third Season episode, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.” with Erin Levy.  Most recently, Weiner won the WGA Award for Best Episodic for the Season Five episode, “The Other Woman,” with Semi Chellas. He also received Directors Guild nominations for his efforts behind the camera on “Meditations in an Emergency” in Season Two and the Season Three finale, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.”  Weiner’s additional credits include serving as an Executive Producer and writer on The Sopranos, and writer on various television comedy series including The Naked Truth, Becker, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe.

Austin Film Festival annually recognizes an Outstanding Television Writer for their collective body of work that has elevated and heavily contributed to the culture of television. Previous Award recipients include Vince Gilligan, David Simon, Chris Carter, David Milch, Mike Judge, Garry Shandling, David Chase, and Mitch Hurwitz, among others.

Weiner joins Distinguished Screenwriter honoree, Jim Sheridan, along with a strong roundup of Panelists confirmed to speak at the 21st annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference such as Neil LaBute (writer/director The Shape of Things), Terry George (writer/director Hotel Rwanda), Whit Stillman (writer/director Metropolitan), Richard Kelly (writer/director Donnie Darko), Emma Tillinger Koskoff (President of Production at Sikelia Productions), Cary Fukunaga (director True Detective), screenwriters behind American Hustle, The Fault in Their Stars, Saving Mr. Banks, and the creators of Fargo, Masters of Sex, Halt and Catch Fire, TURN, and Better Call Saul.

Additional Conference participants will include select jurors hailing from AFF’s Film, Screenplay, and Teleplay Competitions. Jurors include representatives from Mad Men’s home network AMC, The Weinstein Company, Sundance Institute, FilmBuff, Oscilloscope, The Black List, Gravitas Ventures, POV, and Frank Darabont’s production company, Darkwoods Productions.

For a list of confirmed 2014 AFF Panelists, visit www.austinfilmfestval.com. Join them at the 21st Annual Austin Film Festival and Conference, taking place October 23rd through 30th, 2014. Badges and Passes are available for purchase online 24 hours a day at www.austinfilmfestival.com or at 1-800-310-FEST from 10am to 6pm CST.

 

ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL:

Austin Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters and 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.

Click here to purchase your badge to the 2014 Festival and Conference.

 

 

 

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AFF Announces Creative Director and Film Team, Year-Round Events & Screenings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND FILM TEAM YEAR-ROUND EVENTS AND SCREENINGS INCLUDE SELECTIONS FROM FAMILY FILM SERIES, MADE IN TEXAS FILMS, AND AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL’S 2013 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS   The Festival Continues Programming Expansion in Partnership with The Writers Guild Foundation In Los Angeles AUSTIN, TX — March 19, 2014 – In response to the evolution of …

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND FILM TEAM

YEAR-ROUND EVENTS AND SCREENINGS INCLUDE SELECTIONS FROM FAMILY FILM SERIES, MADE IN TEXAS FILMS, AND AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL’S 2013 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

 

The Festival Continues Programming Expansion in Partnership with
The Writers Guild Foundation In Los Angeles

AUSTIN, TX — March 19, 2014 – In response to the evolution of the Festival, Austin Film Festival (AFF) has realigned its team to best cultivate the growing number of Festival attendees and film submission entries. The Conference and Film departments have been combined in hopes to produce an even stronger platform for storytellers and will fall under supervision of the Festival’s newly appointed Creative Director, Erin Hallagan.  Former Conference Director and Film Programmer, Hallagan will work in tandem with Senior Programmer, Elizabeth Mims, and Film Program Coordinator, Harrison Glaser, to plan, promote, and implement the film program.  Both Mims and Glaser join the film team as prior Festival employees: Mims  as former Young Filmmakers Program Director and Festival alum (Only The Young, 2012); Glaser served as Conference Assistant in 2012 and 2013. AFF Co-Founder and Executive Director Barbara Morgan notes, “We are excited about the new team we have assembled to build our film program as even more committed to the craft of great storytelling.  Erin Hallagan has proven herself to be an inspired programmer and leader; positioning her as Creative Director of the Festival is the natural next step”.

 

The Festival is proud to present their ongoing year-round programming and events, including newly added Conversations in Film presented by On Story®, a continued partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation in Los Angeles, and film selections from its Made in Texas, Family Films, Audience Award Winners, and Austin Premieres series.

 

Highlights from the 2014 spring and summer year-round events programming include:

 

On Story®: Conversations in Film:
On Story®: MAKING YOUR SHORT FILM
SUNDAY, MARCH 30 | 2pm
Harry Ransom Center
Kat Candler (Hellion),  David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), and Miguel Alvarez (Mnemosyne Rising) will discuss the various elements of pre-production through post, along with how to overcome the hurdles that accompany getting your short film off the page and onto the screen.
On Story® Conversation Series

Additional On Story® speakers include acclaimed actor Robert Walden for a conversation on an actor’s role in the industry, how to establish and maintain successful relationships, and a deeper look at dissecting a script for beats and subtext; Austin-based screenwriter Justin Marks will take part in a conversation on how to break into the industry, manage a writing career, juggle multiple projects at once, and navigating the development process.
Look to www.austinfilmfestival.com for event dates and details.

Film Screenings & Special Events:
An Evening of Award Winning Shorts
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 | 7pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

A collection of award Jury and Audience Award  winning films from the 2013 Austin Film Festival. Films include: Cootie Contagion, MIA, A Cautionary Tale, Mr. Invisible, Pistachio Milk, Fool’s Day
Audience Awards Series AFF 2013 Category: Shorts (Narrative, Student, Animated)

From First Draft to Feature with The Writers Guild Foundation
SATURDAY, APRIL 12 | 10:00am to 6:00pm
The Writers Guild Theatre | Beverly Hills, CA
Austin Film Festival and The Writers Guild Foundation are teaming up to co-present “From First Draft to Feature,” a day-long craft symposium for screenwriters. AFF’s panels will include “Launching Your Writing Career: Competitions” and “Launching Your Writing Career: The Writer’s Producer

On Story® Season 4 Release Party and LIVE Taping with Ed Solomon*
TUESDAY, APRIL 16 | 6pm
KLRU Studio 6A
On Story® presented by Austin Film Festival is back for its 4th season on April 19, 2014. Join us Tuesday, April 16th for complimentary bites, beverages, and a live taping of” A Conversation with Ed Solomon”, writer of Men in Black, Now You See Me, and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
*This party is invitation only, however, is open to all Austin Film Festival Members.

The Faculty
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 | 7pm
Texas Spirit Theater

Bizarre occurrences at Herrington High School lead students to wonder if their teachers are aliens.
Made in Texas Series

 

For Serious
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 | 7pm
Galaxy Highland 10

Pete Pierson, a recently unemployed attorney, just started production on his first movie. With help from his flaky best friend, dead beat brother, and a rival director, Pete’s movie can’t miss…. assuming he ever figures out what it’s about. 
In attendance: director John Sheehan and members of the cast

Austin Premieres Series – World Premiere

The Golden Scallop
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 | 7pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

Three fried-fish restaurants’ struggles, passions, and eccentricities are documented at the ultimate short order cooking contest, The Golden Scallop Championship. A food truck, a novelty eatery, and old favorite all vie for victory.
Audience Awards Series AFF 2013 Category: Comedy Vanguard

Futureworld
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 | 7pm
Reporters Tray and Charlie travel to “futureworld” after a fellow reporter is killed after discovering its secrets.
Made in Texas Series

Speak Now
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 | 7pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

Speak Now is a romantic dramedy about a group of high school friends reuniting for a wedding – one that will challenge the beliefs and change the lives of all in attendance forever. This feature film was shot in three days with all the dialogue improvised by the actors.
Audience Awards Series AFF 2013 Category: Write/Rec

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 | 7pm
Texas Spirit Theater
Pete Perkins looks to fulfill his promise to bury his best friend in his hometown in Mexico.
Made in Texas Series

 

Homeward Bound
SUNDAY, JULY 6 | 3pm
Texas Spirit Theater
Three loyal pets escape from a California ranch to be reunited with their ownersIn Attendance: Screenwriter Caroline Thompson.
Family Film Series: Free and open to the public

Logan’s Run
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23 | 7pm
Texas Spirit Theater
An idyllic sci-fi future has one major drawback: life must end at 30.
Made in Texas Series

Hook
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 | 3pm
Texas Spirit Theater
Adult Peter Pan returns to Neverland to rescue his kidnapped children from his old enemy Captain Hook,  and reclaim his youthful spirit. In attendance: Screenwriter James V. Hart and actor Dante Basco (Rufio)
Family Film Series: Free and open to the public.

Henry, Portrait of  a Serial Killer
Wednesday, August 20 | 7pm
Texas Spirit Theater
Centered around the random crime spree of a serial killer who seemingly operates with impunity.
Made in Texas Series

On Story® Conversation in Film Series
On Story® Conversations in Film Series are recorded and produced for the PBS affiliated show, On Story®, and feature local & visiting screenwriters and filmmakers discussing the art and craft of storytelling. On Story® is a half-hour TV series that takes a look at the creative process of filmmaking through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors and producers.  For more information visit: onstory.tv.
Season 4 of On Story® Premieres April 19th on KLRU and KLRUQ.

FAMILY FILM SERIES
AFF’s Family Film Series is free and open to the public in conjunction with the Bullock Texas State History Museum’s Free First Sundays, where attendees enjoy free admission to the Bullock Texas State History Museum as well as free admission to family friendly film programming by Austin Film Festival. Screenings take place in the Texas Spirit Theater.

AUDIENCE AWARDS SERIES
Presented by Capital One Bank, the Audience Awards Series revisits some of the most popular films of last year’s festival, as voted by the audiences themselves at screenings.  Offering comedy, horror, drama, and a collection of award winning shorts, this year’s selections will match great films with great food in the Alamo Drafthouse Village.

MADE IN TEXAS SERIES
The Made In Texas Series focuses on films made in Texas or made by Texans, or both.  This year’s program will bring together five distinct visions of the future, some frightening, some hilarious, some mind-altering.  Great local and visiting guests will lend their thoughts on the films they helped to create in a classic Texas venue, the Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Texas History museum.

TICKET INFORMATION

All event ticketing information can be found at austinfilmfestival.com.  Tickets for From First Draft to Feature with The Writers Guild Foundation can be found at The Writers Guild Foundation website. Become an AFF Member to receive free admission to certain screening series, discounted On Story® Conversation tickets, and access to the On Story® Season 4 Launch Party and Live Taping. Ticket prices vary per event and can be purchased online at austinfilmfestival.com, over the phone at 512-478-4795, toll free at 1-800-310-FEST, or at the event, space permitting. Call for discounted group rates and partnership information.

ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters. In addition to a robust list of year-round events, AFF is producing its 21st Annual Film Festival & Conference in 2014. AFF is known as a uniquely pro-artist and interactive idea exchange. Its uncommonly loyal following is due to the fact that the organization has spotlighted the minds and imaginations behind projects for two decades—a trend now picking up steam in the industry.  As director and producer Ron Howard said, Austin Film Festival “is really about creativity, about trying to help people find their voice. You sense it. There’s a spirit of camaraderie that’s palpable.” AFF is a greenhouse for projects and a clubhouse for legendary and emerging artists.

 

Moviemaker Magazine named Austin the #1 city in which to be a moviemaker in 2013, as well as selecting AFF as one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals around. In addition, AFF consistently receives accolades as Moviemaker’s Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.

Austin Film Festival 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.

 

For inquiries, contact Kristen O’Brien
kristengobrien@gmail.com
512-660-8850

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JIM SHERIDAN TO RECEIVE “DISTINGUISHED SCREENWRITER” AWARD AT 2014 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL & SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   JIM SHERIDAN TO RECEIVE “DISTINGUISHED SCREENWRITER” AWARD AT 2014 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL & SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE “The Writers Festival” announces first tier of Panelists for 21st Anniversary, including screenwriters behind BARCELONA, CAST AWAY, DONNIE DARKO, FIGHT CLUB, HOTEL RWANDA, I LOVE YOU MAN, ROUNDERS, SAVING MR. BANKS, THE BOXER, and more Programming continues to spotlight television and will feature writers …

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JIM SHERIDAN TO RECEIVE “DISTINGUISHED SCREENWRITER” AWARD AT
2014 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL & SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE

“The Writers Festival” announces first tier of Panelists for 21st Anniversary, including screenwriters behind BARCELONA, CAST AWAY, DONNIE DARKO, FIGHT CLUB, HOTEL RWANDA, I LOVE YOU MAN, ROUNDERS, SAVING MR. BANKS, THE BOXER, and more

Programming continues to spotlight television and will feature writers and producers from China Beach, Girls, House, King of the Hill, Mind Games, Seinfeld, South Park, The Office, The West Wing, True Detective, and Masters of Sex creator Michelle Ashford

 

Austin, TX – February, 12, 2014 – Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premiere film festival that recognizes the writers’ and filmmakers’ impact on film, television, and new media, is thrilled to announce accomplished screenwriter and filmmaker Jim Sheridan as their 2014 recipient of the “Distinguished Screenwriter” Award.  Sheridan’s credits include writing and directing MY LEFT FOOT, THE FIELD, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE BOXER, and IN AMERICA.  He is known for writing INTO THE WEST and SOME MOTHER’S SON, as well as directing DREAM HOUSE, GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’, and BROTHERS.

Sheridan’s work has achieved popular and critical acclaim worldwide.  His films have garnered sixteen Academy Award nominations and have won two Academy Awards as well as numerous prestigious international awards.

Austin Film Festival annually recognizes a Distinguished Screenwriter for their collective body of work that has elevated and heavily contributed to the culture of film. Previous Distinguished Screenwriter Award recipients include Robert Altman, Shane Black, Horton Foote, Buck Henry, Lawrence Kasdan, Callie Khouri, Richard LaGravanese , Barry Levinson,  Paul Mazursky, John Milius, David Peoples, Frank Pierson, Harold Ramis, Paul Schrader, William Wittliff, and Steven Zaillian.

Sheridan will accept the award at the Festival’s annual Awards Luncheon held on Saturday, October 25, 2014, as well as speak on panels during the Conference.

“We are thrilled to be honoring Jim Sheridan for our 21st anniversary.  His body of work truly encapsulates the mission of Austin Film Festival,” said Conference Director, Erin Hallagan.  “As we move into this third decade of championing the writer’s role in the landscape of film and television, we look forward to continuing a strong program that addresses both new developments in media, as well as the core elements of their craft.”

Sheridan joins a strong roundup of Panelists confirmed to speak at the 21st annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference.  The Conference will provide unparalleled access to some of the best writers, filmmakers, and industry personnel in film and television in an intimate and impassioned atmosphere.  Registrants have the opportunity to attend an array of panels including: meet and greets with Conference speakers, roundtables, the 12th annual Pitch Competition, and panels that cater to the art, craft, and business of storytelling through film and television.

Confirmed panelists* include:

Michelle Ashford, creator Masters of Sex

Eli Attie, writer/executive producer Mind Games, writer/co-executive producer House, MD, writer/supervising producer The West Wing

William Broyles, writer CAST AWAY, APOLLO 13, THE POLAR EXPRESS, UNFAITHFUL, JARHEAD, ENTRAPMENT, China Beach

Cary Fukunaga, director/executive producer True Detective,  director JANE EYRE, writer/director SIN NOMBRE
Terry George,
writer/director HOTEL RWANDA, SOME MOTHER’S SON, RESERVATION ROAD, writer THE BOXER, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER

John Hamburg, writer/director I LOVE YOU MAN, writer MEET THE PARENTS, ZOOLANDER

Richard Kelly, writer/director DONNIE DARKO, SOUTHLAND TALES, THE BOX, writer DOMINO
Brian Koppelman, writer ROUNDERS, OCEAN’S THIRTEEN, RUNAWAY JURY, writer/director SOLITARY MAN

Franklin Leonard, creator The Black List
Kelly Marcel,
writer SAVING MR. BANKS, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

Craig Mazin, writer IDENTITY THIEF, THE HANGOVER PART II & III, co-host ScriptNotes

Peter Mehlman, writer/co-executive producer Seinfeld
Scott Myers, host Go Into The Story, writer K-9, ALASKA, TROJAN WAR

Alvaro Rodriguez, writer MACHETE, SHORTS, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 3: THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series

Dan Sterling, producer Girls, The Office, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, writer/producer, The Sarah Silverman Program, writer King of the Hill, South Park

Whit Stillman, writer/director METROPOLITAN, BARCELONA, THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO, DAMSELS IN DISTRESS

Jim Uhls, writer FIGHT CLUB, SEMPER FI, JUMPER

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

For a list of confirmed 2014 AFF Panelists, visit www.austinfilmfestval.com. Join the Panelists at the 21st Annual Austin Film Festival and Conference, taking place from October 23rd to 30th, 2014. Badges and Passes are available for purchase online 24 hours a day at www.austinfilmfestival.com or by phone at 1-800-310-FEST from 10am to 6pm CST.

ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL:

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters. In addition to a robust list of year-round events, AFF is producing its 21st Annual Film Festival & Conference in 2014. AFF is known as a uniquely pro-artist and interactive idea exchange. Its uncommonly loyal following is due to the fact that the organization has spotlighted the minds and imaginations behind projects for two decades—a trend now picking up steam in the industry.  As director and producer Ron Howard said, Austin Film Festival “is really about creativity, about trying to help people find their voice. You sense it. There’s a spirit of camaraderie that’s palpable.” AFF is a greenhouse for projects and a clubhouse for legendary and emerging artists.

Past participants of the Festival & Conference include Vince Gilligan, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jonathan Demme, Will Ferrell, Wes Anderson, Frank Darabont, Ron Howard, Sydney Pollack, Danny Boyle, Oliver Stone, Robert Rodriguez, Chris Carter, David Simon, David Milch, Mitch Hurwitz, Greg Daniels, James L. Brooks, Sandra Bullock, Joel & Ethan Coen, Russell Crowe, Rian Johnson, Jenji Kohan, David Shore, Claire Danes, Robert Duvall, James Franco, Buck Henry, Dennis Hopper, Bryan Singer, Jason Schwartzman, Caroline Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, and Owen Wilson, to name just a few.

Austin Film Festival 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.

For inquiries, contact Kristen O’Brien
kristengobrien@gmail.com
512-660-8850

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL OPENS 2014 FILM AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL OPENS 2014 FILM AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS                         AUSTIN, Texas—Dec. 10, 2013— Austin Film Festival (AFF) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition and Film Competition.  These AFF competitions often act as springboards for aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers eager to jump into the movie business. AFF’s Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is …

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL OPENS 2014 FILM AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS

                       

AUSTIN, Texas—Dec. 10, 2013— Austin Film Festival (AFF) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition and Film Competition.  These AFF competitions often act as springboards for aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers eager to jump into the movie business.

AFF’s Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is one of the most respected and prestigious writing contests in the country with a rich history of launching careers.  Brian Weakland, 2013 Drama Screenplay Winner for “Last Waltz of Vienna”, and Brian Siegele, 2013 Sci-Fi Screenplay Winner for “Lightspeed” both signed with Madhouse Entertainment after winning.

“Austin scripts are read and judged by top Hollywood screenwriters – professionals who appreciate good storytelling. There is nothing hollow about a win in Austin,” Weakland recently said.

“I signed with the reps of my dreams within weeks of the festival,” Siegle added, “and we are now working on packaging my winning screenplay as well as prepping new ideas.”

At the 2013 Festival, AFF presented two World Premieres from alumni of its screenplay competition: COFFEE, KILL BOSS by 2011 Semifinalist Sigurd Ueland and CAVEMEN by 2000 Semifinalist Herschel Faber.  Also recently announced, Dan Shea, 2012 Comedy Screenplay Winner, had his winning script “The P.A.N.D.A War” optioned by Dirty Monty. Christopher Cantwell, a 2010 Finalist, recently had one of his pilot scripts Halt & Catch Fire ordered for series production by AMC.  Rachel Long and Brian Pittman’s 2008 Semifinalist script “Stranded” (renamed to DAWN PATROL) was acquired by Enderby Entertainment and recently wrapped production with Daniel Petrie, Jr. as director.

AFF’s Film Competition provides an invaluable platform for filmmakers to showcase their craft among industry professionals, aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers and film-lovers.  Known as “The Writer’s Festival,” for the past 20 years, Austin Film Festival prides itself in seeking out films that display strong written and visual storytelling. The 2013 festival featured 28 World Premieres and several US and North American premieres.  Five features were picked up for distribution during the week of the festival, and another shortly after.

As an Academy Qualifier, the jury award winners for Narrative Shorts and Animated Shorts are eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award.  Last year’s jury included Leigh Whannell, America Ferrera, Scott Neustadter, Mick Garris, David Lowery, and executives from Anchor Bay, Long Shot Factory, and Nickelodeon.

For more information on submitting a film or screenplay, please visit www.austinfilmfestival.com.

ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters. In addition to a robust list of year-round events, AFF is producing its 21st Annual Film Festival & Conference in 2014. AFF is known as a uniquely pro-artist and interactive idea exchange. Its uncommonly loyal following is due to the fact that the organization has spotlighted the minds and imaginations behind projects for two decades—a trend now picking up steam in the industry.  As director and producer Ron Howard said, Austin Film Festival “is really about creativity, about trying to help people find their voice. You sense it. There’s a spirit of camaraderie that’s palpable.” AFF is a greenhouse for projects and a clubhouse for legendary and emerging artists.

Moviemaker Magazine named Austin the #1 city in which to be a moviemaker in 2013, as well as selecting AFF as one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals around. In addition, AFF consistently receives accolades as Moviemaker’s Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.

Austin Film Festival 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. Additional support is provided by KUT, KVUE, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, and Shweiki Media.

For press inquiries, contact Kristen O’Brien
kristengobrien@gmail.com

For competition inquiries, please contact Austin Film Festival at
info@austinfilmfestival.com
1-800-310-FEST or 512-478-4795

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE 2013 CAPITAL ONE BANK AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE 2013 CAPITAL ONE BANK AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS Five AFF Films Purchased for Distribution at 2013 Festival AFF ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 21st ANNUAL FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE: OCTOBER 23-30, 2014 AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 31, 2013) ­ Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce the 2013 Audience Award winners presented by Capital One Bank. Throughout the week of the Festival and Conference …

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
THE 2013 CAPITAL ONE BANK
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

Five AFF Films Purchased for Distribution at 2013 Festival

AFF ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 21st ANNUAL FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE: OCTOBER 23-30, 2014

AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 31, 2013) ­ Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce the 2013 Audience Award winners presented by Capital One Bank. Throughout the week of the Festival and Conference (Oct. 24-31) audience members were invited to numerically rate films by ballot following each film’s screening. The winners are as follows:

 

Marquee Feature Audience Award:
1982
Writer/ Director: Tommy Oliver

Narrative Feature Audience Award:
BESIDE STILL WATERS
Writers: Chris Lowell, Mohit Narang
Director: Chris Lowell

Documentary Feature Audience Award: (tie)
(tie) ALL OF ME
Director: Alexandra Lescaze

(tie) THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE
Directors: Kirk Marcolina, Matthew Pond

Comedy Vanguard Audience Award:
THE GOLDEN SCALLOP
Writer: Kevin Harrigan
Director: Joseph Laraja

Dark Matters Audience Award:
BLOOD PUNCH
Writer: Eddie Guzelian
Director: Madellaine Paxson

Texas Independents Audience Award:
SOMBRAS DE AZUL
Writer/Director: Kelly Daniela Norris

Write/Rec Audience Award:
SPEAK NOW
Writer: Erin Cardillo
Director: Noah Harald

Narrative Short Audience Award:
MR. INVISIBLE
Writer: Richard Sainsbury
Director: Greg Ash

Narrative Student Short Audience Award:
COOTIE CONTAGION
Writer/Director: Josh Smooha

Animated Short Audience Award:
MIA
Writers: Wouter Bongaerts, Bert Vandecasteele
Director: Wouter Bongaerts

Documentary Short Audience Award:
THE GUIDE
Director: Jessica Yu

The 2013 Film Jury Award Winners and Screenplay/Teleplay winners have already been announced, and are available here.

The 2012 Audience Awards included Silver Linings Playbook, Asad and Head over Heels, all of which were nominated for Academy Awards. 2012’s Feature Audience Awards Winners Spinning Plates, Rising From Ashes, The Muslims Are Coming, and Saturday Morning Massacre (aka Saturday Morning Mystery) all went on to (or are currently making) theatrical runs.   The 2011 Audience Award Winner The Artist won five Academy Awards and was nominated for five others.

The AFF Audience Award Film Series is sponsored by Capital One Bank. “Capital One Bank’s support of the 2013 Austin Film Festival is one of the many ways our company is ‘Investing for Good’ in Austin,” said Mike Perrine, Capital One Bank’s Austin Area President.  “The 2013 festival welcomed visitors from across the country to Austin and showcased more than 120 features and 100 shorts.  In a city that welcomes, values, and inspires originality and creativity, Capital One Bank salutes the featured participants and congratulates each of the winners.”

Five AFF Films were purchased for distribution at this year’s Festival & Conference. The Brightest Star (formerly Light Years), NSFW, Scrapper, and Favor were picked up by Gravitas Ventures, a Festival sponsor. Well Go USA acquired the North American rights to Cavemen. The Brightest Star, NSFW and Cavemen had their World Premieres at this year’s Austin Film Festival.

AFF has announced its dates for the 21st Annual Austin Film Festival and Conference, October 23-30, 2014. For information or to purchase a Badge, please call 1-800-310-FEST (3378) or visit the website at www.austinfilmfestival.com.

ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters. In addition to a robust list of year-round events, AFF is producing its 20th Annual Film Festival & Conference in 2013. AFF is known as a uniquely pro-artist and interactive idea exchange. Its uncommonly loyal following is due to the fact that the organization has spotlighted the minds and imaginations behind projects for two decades—a trend now picking up steam in the industry.  As director and producer Ron Howard said, Austin Film Festival “is really about creativity, about trying to help people find their voice. You sense it. There’s a spirit of camaraderie that’s palpable.” AFF is a greenhouse for projects and a clubhouse for legendary and emerging artists.

Austin Film Festival 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. Additional support is provided by KUT, KVUE, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, and Shweiki Media.

ABOUT CAPITAL ONE BANK:

Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $209.9 billion in deposits and $296.5 billion in total assets as of June 30, 2013. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has more than 900 branch locations primarily in Texas, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index.

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Austin Film Festival Announces Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking – Actor Honoree: Susan Sarandon. Vince Gilligan’s staged script reading to include cast of Will Ferrell, Linda Cardellini, and Thomas Haden Church

20th ANNUAL AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTION TO FILMMAKING – ACTOR HONOREE, SUSAN SARANDON Vince Gilligan’s staged script reading of 2 FACE to include cast of WILL FERRELL, LINDA CARDELLINI, and THOMAS HADEN CHURCH Horror Film ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE to Close Festival on Halloween Night AUSTIN, TX (October 8, 2013) –Austin Film Festival (AFF) proudly announces the 2013 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking – …

20th ANNUAL AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTION TO FILMMAKING – ACTOR HONOREE,
SUSAN SARANDON

Vince Gilligan’s staged script reading of 2 FACE to include cast of
WILL FERRELL, LINDA CARDELLINI,
and THOMAS HADEN CHURCH

Horror Film ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE to Close Festival on Halloween Night

AUSTIN, TX (October 8, 2013) –Austin Film Festival (AFF) proudly announces the 2013 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking – Actor awardee, Susan Sarandon.

Sarandon’s credits include Oscar®-nominated performances in Thelma and Louise, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Client, and Atlantic City to her Academy Award®-winning and SAG® Award-winning role in Dead Man Walking as Sister Helen.  Additional film credits include Bull Durham, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Enchanted, In the Valley of Elah, Moonight Mile, Igby Goes Down, Romance and Cigarettes, The Great Waldo Pepper, Lovin’ Molly, The Front Page, Pretty Baby, Jeff Who Lives at Home, Cloud Atlas, Robot & Frank, Snitch, The Witches of Eastwick, Cradle Will Rock, White Palace, Bob Roberts, and Little Women.  Upcoming films include The Last of Robin Hood with Kevin Kline and Dakota Fanning, The Calling with Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace and Donald Sutherland and Tammy with Melissa McCarthy.

Sarandon will accept the award at the Festival’s annual Awards Luncheon held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Austin Club.  The Inaugural Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking – Actor Award was presented to Johnny Depp in 2011.  Sarandon will present a retrospective screening of John Turturro’s Romance and Cigarettes, and join a conversation on the art and craft of storytelling with the other 2013 Awardees, Vince Gilligan (Outstanding Television Writer), Jonathan Demme (Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking), Callie Khouri (Distinguished Screenwriter), and Barry Josephson (Heart of Film Award).

AFF’s Screenwriters Conference will also feature a staged reading of Vince Gilligan’s unproduced feature screenplay “2 FACE”, to be directed by Rian Johnson on Sunday, October 27th at 2:00PM. The script follows a man with a split personality disorder who finds himself taking opposite sides of the political spectrum.  Cast in attendance for the reading includes Will Ferrell, Linda Cardellini, and Thomas Haden Church.

2013 Conference Panelist Elaine May (The Heartbreak Kid, Tootsie, The Birdcage, Primary Colors, Ishtar), will also take part as a guest programmer, presenting A New Leaf, which she wrote, directed and starred in alongside Walter Matthau.  The film will be screened on Friday, October 25that 3:30PM.

Austin Film Festival’s Opening Night will feature the US Premiere of Jonathan Sobel’s break-out Toronto heist hit The Art of the Steal starring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon and Jay Baruchel, as well as the World Premiere of AFF success story Coffee, Kill Boss a film that emerged from the Festival’s world-renowned Screenplay Competition in 2011.  Coffee, Kill Boss stars Eddie Jemison (Ocean’s 11-13, Hung), Noureen DeWulf (Anger Management) and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Mulholland Drive).   The comedy is about ten executives who meet in secret to sell off their company and end up the victims of a murder plot.  Eddie Jemison and Noureen DeWulf in attendance.

AFF’s Closing Night film falls on Halloween and will feature the US Premiere of All Cheerleaders Die, a horror comedy about a rebellious outsider who joins the cheerleading squad on a mission to take down the captain of the football team…. until a supernatural force changes everything.  Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson co-wrote and directed the film, hailed as a monster midnight sensation in Toronto. Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson in attendance.

Additions to the 20th Anniversary Film Schedule include Whitewash, a comic thriller starring Thomas Haden Church (in attendance) and The Pretty One, starring Zoe Kazan, Jack Johnson, and Ron Livingston. Additional talent in attendance for the 20th Anniversary lineup include Paul Sorvino, Rumer Willis, Chad Michael Murray, Chris Lowell, Aiden Gillen.
For the full Film and Conference schedules, visit www.austinfilmfestival.com. The 20th Anniversary Austin Film Festival and Conference takes place this October 24th to 31st, 2013. Badges and Passes are available for purchase online 24 hours a day at www.austinfilmfestival.com or by phone at 1-800-310-FEST from 10am to 6pm CST.

About Austin Film Festival:

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters. In addition to a robust list of year-round events, AFF is producing its 20th Annual Film Festival & Conference in 2013. AFF is known as a uniquely pro-artist and interactive idea exchange. Its uncommonly loyal following is due to the fact that the organization has spotlighted the minds and imaginations behind projects for two decades—a trend now picking up steam in the industry.  As director and producer Ron Howard said, Austin Film Festival “is really about creativity, about trying to help people find their voice. You sense it. There’s a spirit of camaraderie that’s palpable.” AFF is a greenhouse for projects and a clubhouse for legendary and emerging artists.

Austin Film Festival 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. Additional support is provided by KUT, KVUE, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, and Shweiki Media.

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THE 2013 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 20TH ANNIVERSARY FILM LINEUP

THE 2013 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 20TH ANNIVERSARY FILM LINEUP JOEL AND ETHAN COEN’S INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS AS CENTERPIECE FILM PRESENTED BY LEAD ACTOR OSCAR ISAAC AND MUSIC PRODUCER T BONE BURNETT FULL FILM LINEUP INCLUDES 12 YEARS A SLAVE, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, CHILD OF GOD, AND BIG SUR AUSTIN, TX (Sept 17, 2013) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) …

THE 2013 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 20TH ANNIVERSARY FILM LINEUP


JOEL AND ETHAN COEN’S INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS AS CENTERPIECE FILM PRESENTED BY LEAD ACTOR OSCAR ISAAC AND MUSIC PRODUCER T BONE BURNETT

FULL FILM LINEUP INCLUDES 12 YEARS A SLAVE, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, CHILD OF GOD, AND BIG SUR

AUSTIN, TX (Sept 17, 2013) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced today the full film lineup with more world and U.S. Premieres showcased than ever before in the twenty year history of the festival which takes place Oct. 24th – 31st, 2013 in Austin, TX.

The lineup of over 70 feature films and over 100 short films includes anticipated independent and Oscar®-bound productions spanning across all film genres from drama to comedy and everything in between. This year’s Centerpiece Film is INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS starring Oscar Isaac (in attendance), Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Justin Timberlake. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival, the film follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Inside Llewyn Davis features the Coen brothers’ fourth collaboration with Grammy and Academy Award®-winning music producer T Bone Burnett, also in attendance.

Additional films include: Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and featuring a powerful ensemble cast including Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts; Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA starring Will Forté (in attendance) and Bruce Dern; biopic MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM starring Idris Elba; James Franco’s CHILD OF GOD;  BIG SUR with Josh Lucas, Jean Marc-Barr and John Robbins in attendance; and the World Premiere of the romance drama LIGHT YEARS, starring Allison Janney and Clark Gregg. Also playing is PHILOMENA with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan; HBO’S WHOOPI GOLDBERG PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY; COLD COMES THE NIGHT starring Alice Eve and Bryan Cranston; crime drama MYSTERY ROAD; AND WINTER IN THE BLOOD with cast in attendance.

Elaine May will be joining this year’s Festival & Conference as a contributing guest programmer (along with the likes of Vince Gilligan, Callie Khouri, Jonathan Demme, and Shane Black), as well as participating on a panel discussion about writing comedy led by Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal.  Elaine May is known best for her work as a screenwriter, director, playwright, and actress, including the sketch act Nichols and May and such films as THE HEARTBREAK KID, TOOTSIE, THE BIRDCAGE, PRIMARY COLORS, A NEW LEAF, and ISHTAR.

The AFF lineup consists of Marquee Screenings; Comedy Vanguard; Texas Independents, a showcase for Texas filmmakers; and new categories Dark Matters, exhibiting horror films, Write/Rec, and Heart of Film, highlighting the very best of low-budget independent filmmaking and out of competition jewels.

All films will have the chance to vie for this year’s Capital One Bank Audience Award. Awarded films will be selected by AFF Audience members by ballot following each film’s screening.  AFF will host over 180 screenings and over 100 panelists for the coinciding Writers Conference which has been extended this year through Oct. 31 in honor of the 20th Anniversary.  Badges, Passes, and information on all announced panelists and special events can be found at www.austinfilmfestival.com.

AFF 2013 FILM LINEUP:

MARQUEE SCREENINGS:
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
– Joel and Ethan Coen (Writer/Directors); Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett in attendance
12 YEARS A SLAVE –
John Ridley (Writer), Steve McQueen (Director)
NEBRASKA
– Bob Nelson (Writer), Alexander Payne (Director); Will Forté in attendance
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
– Tracy Letts (Writer), John Wells (Director)
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
– William Nicholson (Writer), Justin Chadwick (Director)
PHILOMENA
– Steve Coogan (Writer), Jeff Pope (Writer), Stephen Frears (Director)
BIG SUR
– Michael Polish (Writer/Director); Josh Lucas, Jean Marc-Barr and John Robbinson in attendance
WINTER IN THE BLOOD
– Ken White (Writer), Alex and Andrew Smith (Writer/Directors); cast in attendance
CHILD OF GOD – James Franco (Writer/Director), Vince Jolivette (Writer)
HBO’S WHOOPI GOLDBERG PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY– Whoopi Goldberg (Director)
MYSTERY ROAD
– Ivan Sen (Writer/Director)
IF YOU BUILD IT
– Patrick Creadon (Director)
LAST I HEARD –
David Rodriguez (Writer/Director); Paul Sorvino in attendance
YUMA
– Wojciech Gajewicz (Writer), Piotr Mularuk (Writer/Director)
NUMBER 10 BLUES/GOODBYE, SAIGON
– Norio Osada (Writer/Director) – US Premiere
MOM, DAD, I’M MUSLIM
– Anat Tel Mendelovich (Writer/Director) – US Premiere
CAVEMEN
Herschel Faber (Writer/Director); Chad Michael Murray in attendance – World Premiere

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
BESIDE STILL WATERS – Chris Lowell (Writer/Director), Mohit Narang (Writer)
CRACKHEADS
– Tim Tsiklauri (Writer/Director), Andy Sophocleous (Writer) – US Premiere
FINDING NEIGHBORS
– Ron Judkins (Writer/Director) – World Premiere
JACK, JULES, ESTHER AND ME
– Daniel Poliner (Writer/Director) – World Premiere
A LEADING MAN – Steven J. Kung (Writer/Director)
THE MAID’S ROOM
– Michael Walker (Writer/Director)
THE ODD WAY HOME
– Rajeev Nirmalakhandan (Writer/Director) Jason Ronstadt (Writer) – World Premiere
SIREN – Jesse Peyronel (Writer/Director) – US Premiere

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
ALL OF ME – Alexandra Lescaze (Director)
DOG DAYS – Kasey Kirby, Laura Waters Hinson (Directors) – World Premiere
ICEBOUND – Daniel Anker (Director) – US Premiere
LIVING DOLLS – Maureen Judge (Director) – World Premiere
POLITICAL BODIES – Christopher Englese (Director) – World Premiere
TAKE AWAY ONE – William Lorton (Director) – World Premiere
THE PROJECT – Shawn Efran (Director)
120 DAYS – Ted Roach (Director) – World Premiere

HEART OF FILM
A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING –
Luke Matheny (Writer), Rob Meyer (Writer/Director)
CIRCLE THE WAGEN – Ryan Steven Green (Writer/Director)
FAVOR –
Paul Osborne (Writer/Director)
FOREVER’S END – J.C. Schroder (Writer/Director)
GIRL ON A BICYCLE –
Jeremy Leven (Writer/Director)
GREAT CHICKEN WING HUNT –
Matt Reynolds (Writer)
HOW TO FOLLOW STRANGERS –
Chioke Nassor (Writer/Director)
LA NAVAJA de DON JUAN –
Tom Sanchez (Writer/Director) – World Premiere
THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE –
Kirk Marcolina and Matthew Pond (Directors)
LIGHT YEARS –
Matthew Mullen (Writer), Maggie Kiley (Writer/Director) – World Premiere
SCRAPPER –
Brady Hall (Writer/Director); Aidan Gillen in attendance
SOLE SURVIVOR –
Ky Dickens (Writer/Director)
THAT BURNING FEELING –
Nick Citton (Writer), Jason James (Director) – US Premiere

COMEDY VANGUARD
COFFEE, KILL BOSS
– Sigurd Ueland (Writer), Nathan Marshall (Director); Eddie Jemison in attendance – World Premiere
G.B.F.
– George Northy (Writer), Darren Stein (Director)
THE GOLDEN SCALLOP – Kevin Harrigan (Writer), Joseph Laraja (Director)
HELLAWARE
– Michael M. Bilandic (Writer/Director)
I’M DATING YOU NOT – Pablo Flores (Writer), Guillermo Groizard (Director) – US Premiere
THE LITTLE TIN MAN
– Dugan Bridges, Matthew Perkins (Writers), Matthew Perkins (Director)
MOP KING –
Ace Dixon (Writer/Director) – World Premiere
WAKING - Skyler Caleb (Writer), Ben Shelton (Director)

DARK MATTERS
BLOOD PUNCH – Eddie Guzelian (Writer), Madellaine Paxson (Director) – World Premiere
DARK MOUNTAIN
– Tara Anaïse (Writer/Director) – US Premiere
DUG UP – Dustin Rikert (Writer/Director) – World Premiere
INNOCENCE – Hilary Brougher (Writer/Director), Tristine Skyler (Writer) – World Premiere
OXV: THE MANUAL – Darren Paul Fisher (Writer/Director) – US Premiere

TEXAS INDEPENDENTS
DEAR SIDEWALK – Jake Limbert (Writer), Jake Oelman (Director) – World Premiere
LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON – Theo Love (Director)
THE ROAD TO LIVINGSTON – Erik Mauck (Director), Chelsea Hernandez (Director) – World Premiere
SOMBRAS DE AZUL – Kelly Daniela Norris (Writer/Director) – World Premiere

WRITE/REC
ALWAYS LEARNING –
Robert Krakower (Writer/Director) – World Premiere
THE BLOC –
Max Sturgeon (Writer/Director) – World Premiere
DRONES – Matt Witten (Writer), Rick Rosenthal (Director) – US Premiere
THE FABLE OF SHANNON CABLE – Vinnie Hogan (Writer/Director) – World Premiere
HANDY – Vincenzo Cosentino (Writer/Director) – World Premiere

NOT SAFE FOR WORK – Ryan Balas (Writer/Director) – World Premiere
SPEAK NOW – Erin Cardillo (Writer), Noah Harald (Director) – World Premiere
3 REFERENCES –
James Christopher (Writer/Director) – World Premiere

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

About Austin Film Festival

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.

Special support is provided to Austin Film Festival by Capital One Bank, Stella Artois, KVUE, City of Austin – Cultural Arts Division, Texas Commission of the Arts, KUT/KUTX, and Shweiki Media.

 

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Austin Film Festival Announces Exceptional 20th Anniversary Conference Slate

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES EXCEPTIONAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE SLATE

PANELISTS INCLUDE A LITANY OF HOLLYWOOD’S FINEST: SHANE BLACK, JONATHAN DEMME, VINCE GILLIGAN, RIAN JOHNSON, JENJI KOHAN, ROBERTO ORCI, ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, DAVID SHORE, AND MANY OTHERS

CALLIE KHOURI TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED SCREENWRITER AWARD AT THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES EXCEPTIONAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE SLATE

PANELISTS INCLUDE A LITANY OF HOLLYWOOD’S FINEST: SHANE BLACK, JONATHAN DEMME, VINCE GILLIGAN, RIAN JOHNSON, JENJI KOHAN, ROBERTO ORCI, ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, DAVID SHORE, AND MANY OTHERS

CALLIE KHOURI TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED SCREENWRITER AWARD AT THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE

AUSTIN, TX (September 3rd) –Austin Film Festival (AFF) proudly announces the 2013 lineup of Panelists at this year’s Conference and the strongest brain trust of writers and filmmakers ever assembled in the twenty year history of the Festival. Attendees include Shane Black, Jonathan Demme, Leslie Dixon, Vince Gilligan, Brian Helgeland, Rian Johnson, Richard Kelly, Jenji Kohan, Chris Lowell, David Lowery, Ray McKinnon, Jeff Nichols, Ron Nyswaner, Roberto Orci, Dan Rather, Robert Rodriguez, David Shore, Norman Steinberg, Jim Taylor, Rob Thomas, Beau Willimon, and more.

AFF is thrilled to award Callie Khouri the Distinguished Screenwriter Award.  Khouri galvanized women and sparked nationwide debate in 1991 with the hit movie Thelma and Louise, her screenwriting debut, which was nominated for six Academy Awards®. She received the Oscar, the Golden Globe, the Writers Guild of America Award and a PEN Literary Award for Best Original Screenplay. Her second picture, Something to Talk About, starred Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid and Robert Duvall. Her directorial debut, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, starred Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd, which she also adapted for the screen. In 2006 Khouri collaborated with legendary television producer Steven Bochco and wrote and directed the television drama, Hollis and Rae. She is currently the creator and executive producer of the TV show Nashville starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.  Khouri will accept the award at the Festival’s annual Awards Luncheon held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Austin Club. Past Distinguished Screenwriter Honorees include Lawrence Kasdan, David Peoples, Frank Pierson, Eric Roth, Paul Schrader, Caroline Thompson, Bill Wittliff, and Steven Zaillian.

Scheduled Panelists for the 20th Anniversary  Conference are Robert Rodriguez (director/producer Sin City, Machete, Machete Kills) and Roberto Orci (creator Fringe, writer Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness), who will discuss their recent collaboration on El Rey, Rodriguez’s owned and operated cable network, which will host their upcoming original scripted series.

Jenji Kohan (creator Weeds, Orange is the New Black, joins and David Shore (creator House), Terri Edda Miller, and Andrew Marlowe (creators Castle) by way of the Writers Guild Foundation as part of the Scribble-to-Screen panel series, complimented by an extensive exhibit showcasing the Foundation’s renowned traveling script library.

AFF will feature a staged script reading of Vince Gilligan’s unproduced feature screenplay “2 FACE”, directed by Rian Johnson. The script follows a man with a split personality disorder who finds himself taking opposite sides of the political spectrum

Dan Rather (journalist, producer, news anchor CBS Evening News) joins writer/director Anne Rapp for a discussion on their upcoming documentary on playwright Horton Foote, using their research and production process as one of the Conference’s many case studies for aspiring filmmakers.

Additional Conference case studies include:

  • A conversation on launching a television show, and the creator/executive producer relationship using Ray McKinnon and Mark Johnson’s Sundance original series Rectify as a blueprint.
  • An in-depth look at adapting the Veronica Mars television series into a feature film, with creator Rob Thomas and actor Chris Lowell.
  • Script-to-screen panels on the writing and directing processes that went into Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with Shane Black and Brick with Rian Johnson.

AFF’s continuing ‘Conversation in Film’ series will highlight the craft and career of leaders in the film and television industry, including Beau Willimon (creator House of Cards), Ron Nyswaner (writer Philadelphia, The Painted Veil), Leslie Dixon (writer Overboard, Limitless, The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)), Jim Taylor (writer Sideways, About Schmidt ), and more.

Indie film favorites, David Lowery (writer/director Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pioneer), Jeff Nichols (writer/director Mud, Take Shelter), and Richard Kelly (writer/director Donnie Darko, The Box) will speak to the state of independent filmmaking within an ever-changing industry.

Brian Helgeland (writer/director 42, A Knight’s Tale, writer L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) will present a retrospective screening of Cool Hand Luke. He joins the compilation of special retrospective screenings guest programmed by this year’s Conference panelists.  Guest programmers include: Jonathan Demme presenting Greaser’s Palace; Vince Gilligan presenting The French Connection; Shane Black presenting My Man Godfrey; Jim Taylor presenting his own Election; and Norman Steinberg presenting Blazing Saddles which he co-wrote with Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor.

For a list of confirmed 2013 AFF Panelists, visit www.austinfilmfestval.com. Hear these Panelists at the 20th Anniversary Austin Film Festival and Conference, taking place from October 24th to 31st, 2013. Badges and Passes are available for purchase online 24 hours a day at www.austinfilmfestival.com or by phone at 1-800-310-FEST from 10am to 6pm CST.

About Austin Film Festival:

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters. In addition to a robust list of year-round events, AFF is producing its 20th Annual Film Festival & Conference in 2013. AFF is known as a uniquely pro-artist and interactive idea exchange. Its uncommonly loyal following is due to the fact that the organization has spotlighted the minds and imaginations behind projects for two decades—a trend now picking up steam in the industry.  As director and producer Ron Howard said, Austin Film Festival “is really about creativity, about trying to help people find their voice. You sense it. There’s a spirit of camaraderie that’s palpable.” AFF is a greenhouse for projects and a clubhouse for legendary and emerging artists.

Austin Film Festival 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. Additional support is provided by KUT, KVUE, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, and Shweiki Media.

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Austin Film Festival First Wave of Films for 20th Anniversary Lineup

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce the first ten films in our 2013 lineup. This year’s lineup includes world premieres, features and documentaries, foreign films, and local filmmakers. AFF’s executive director, Barbara Morgan says “As the Festival that honors the writer, we are thrilled to continue a program that boasts strong narrative work, eclectic world premieres and retrospectives presented by some of the industry’s top filmmakers during this momentous 20th Anniversary.”

2013 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
ITS FIRST WAVE OF FILMS INCLUDING
WORLD PREMIERES AND SPECIAL RETROSPECTIVE SERIES

FIRST WAVE OF FILMS INCLUDE NEBRASKA; COFFEE, KILL BOSS;
INNOCENCE; AND THE ODD WAY HOME

FULL LINEUP COMING IN MID SEPTEMBER

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce the first ten films in our 2013 lineup. This year’s lineup includes world premieres, features and documentaries, foreign films, and local filmmakers. AFF’s executive director, Barbara Morgan says “As the Festival that honors the writer, we are thrilled to continue a program that boasts strong narrative work, eclectic world premieres and retrospectives presented by some of the industry’s top filmmakers during this momentous 20th Anniversary.”

The 2013 Festival will include a special retrospective series of films presented by Panelists, showcasing films that have inspired their own work. One retrospective film track: “Out of the Vault: Jonathan Demme” will include films selected by the 2013 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking award recipient and Academy Award® winning director, Jonathan Demme.

Additional retrospectives include: Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad, and AFF’s 2013 Outstanding Television Writer award recipient, presenting William Friedkin’s classic crime thriller The French Connection, written by Ernest Tidyman. Shane Black, writer and director of Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, will present Morrie Ryskind’s screwball comedy, My Man Godfrey. Jim Taylor, long-time collaborator of Alexander Payne and writer of Sideways, About Schmidt and Citizen Ruth, will host a screening of Election, his 1999 screenplay following a high school student election that is taken to the extreme. Norman Steinberg will show the revolutionary comedy that he co-wrote with Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor, Blazing Saddles.

Other Festival highlights include:

Nebraska, written by Bob Nelson and directed by Alexander Payne. After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune.  Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.

Coffee, Kill Boss (World Premiere), the first feature film from director Nathan Marshall, follows ten executives who secretly meet to sell off their company but instead become victims of an outrageous murder scheme.  The script, written by Sigurd Ueland — a 2010 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition Semifinalist — is a dark comic romp through the halls of corporate America.

Innocence (World Premiere), written and directed by Hilary Brougher (director, Stephanie Daley), produced by Christine Vachone (Bluebird, Boys Don’t Cry), follows a young woman who discovers that her elite private school harbors a dark secret. This suspenseful horror film, based on Jane Medelsohn’s 2000 novel explores themes of loss, love, and the supernatural. Innocence will screen as a part of AFF’s Dark Matters Category.

The Odd Way Home (World Premiere), directed by Rajeev Nirmalakhandan, written by Jason Ronstadt, and produced by Peter Touche. The film follows Maya (Rumer Willis), the product of a neglected childhood, and Duncan (Chris Marquette), a slave to his obsessions of order and pattern, as they journey through the American Southwest, finding happiness in the unlikeliest of places.

Siren (North American Premiere), Television writer Jesse Peyronel’s feature script directorial debut. Starring Vinessa Shaw (3:10 to Yuma, The Hills Have Eyes) and Rob Kazinsky (Pacific Rim), Siren is a dark fairytale about a woman with an unusual curse: an alluring scent. She is irresistible to every man she meets, but when confronted with a man immune to her power, she is presented with the possibility of real love.

Speak Now (World Premiere), directed by Noah Harald and written by Erin Cardillo, Speak Now is a Romantic Dramedy following high school friends reuniting for a wedding. Old offenses and newly mounting scandal plunge the group back into a pool of high-school drama. Entirely improvised from an outline and character studies, the whole feature was shot in three days.  Speak Now will screen as part of Austin Film Festival’s new WRITE/REC Series, focusing on the best in low-budget storytelling.

Take Away One (World Premiere), the first feature film written and directed by seasoned tv editor William Lorton (Face Off, Bridezillas), this documentary film follows Lorton’s aunt, Mary Baratta-Lorton, and her mysterious unsolved murder. Mary, in her short 38 years, rose from obscurity to become one of the most famous teachers in the US. Personally inept with math, yet placed as a UC Berkeley student-teacher in one of the roughest inner-city classrooms of the San Francisco Bay Area – Mary’s intuitive strategy of teaching arithmetic with hands-on manipulative materials quickly blossomed into a nation-wide career as an author, lecturer, and movement leader.

Mom, Dad, I’m Muslim (US Premiere), a documentary film, written and directed by Anat Tel Mendelovich and distributed by Seventh Art Releasing, examines the trials of May Davidovich, a 22-year old devout Muslim searching for equilibrium between her belief in Islam and her parents’ devotion to Judaism. The religious conflict between May and her parents makes for a fascinating case study on the balance between pursuing spiritual fulfillment and inherent family expectations.

Sombras de Azul, (World Premiere), the Spanish-language feature film debut of local Austin writer/director, Kelly Daniela Norris, who re-imagines her own experience of bereavement following the death of her brother by weaving together real memory and personal reflection through the sights and sounds of Cuba.

These films can be seen at the 20th Anniversary Austin Film Festival and Conference taking place from October 24th to 31st, 2013. Badges and Passes are available for purchase online 24 hours a day at austinfilmfestival.com or by phone at 1-800-310-FEST from 10am to 6pm CST.

About Austin Film Festival:

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters. In addition to a robust list of year-round events, AFF is producing its 20th Annual Film Festival & Conference in 2013. AFF is known as a uniquely pro-artist and interactive idea exchange. Its uncommonly loyal following is due to the fact that the organization has spotlighted the minds and imaginations behind projects for two decades—a trend now picking up steam in the industry.  As director and producer Ron Howard said, Austin Film Festival “is really about creativity, about trying to help people find their voice. You sense it. There’s a spirit of camaraderie that’s palpable.” AFF is a greenhouse for projects and a clubhouse for legendary and emerging artists.

Austin Film Festival 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. Additional support is provided by KUT, KVUE, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, and Shweiki Media.

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Panelist Announcement: Shane Black to return to Austin Film Festival and Conference

Back by popular demand! Shane Black, writer and director of IRON MAN 3 and KISS KISS BANG BANG, and writer of the first two installments of the LETHAL WEAPON series, 1991’s THE LAST BOY SCOUT, and THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, is back as one of the many fantastic panelists on board for this year’s. As a long time friend of the Festival, AFF board member, …

Back by popular demand! Shane Black, writer and director of IRON MAN 3 and KISS KISS BANG BANG, and writer of the first two installments of the LETHAL WEAPON series, 1991’s THE LAST BOY SCOUT, and THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, is back as one of the many fantastic panelists on board for this year’s. As a long time friend of the Festival, AFF board member, and the 2006 Distinguished Screenwriter award recipient, Shane always brings tons of advice, lessons learned, and words of inspiration, which he generously shares with registrants.

This is the best show in town, folks. AFF walks the walk, knowledge-wise, and that’s all there is to it. I have dropped what I’m currently doing to fire off this note and heartily endorse what to me is both a yearly passion and a home away from home. Barbara Morgan and the Austin staff are my extended family.

- Shane Black

This year, Shane will present a script-to-screen of KISS KISS BANG BANG. With script in hand and film clips on the screen, the writer/director will dissect this romantic thriller, discussing his writing process – what worked, what didn’t, what needed to be changed for film production, and why.

There are a limited number of spots available for Conference and Producers Badgeholders.  Austin Film Festival will be opening an advance sign-up for this highly anticipated script-to-screen panel this Thursday, July 25th.

If you have not yet purchased a Badge, what are you waiting for?!

What’s more – AFF will release a few more seats to Rian Johnson’s script-to-screen discussion of his feature script and directorial debut, BRICK. Advance sign-ups for both panels will open at 12PM CST.  Space is available on a first come basis!

If you’re currently a Lone Star or Weekend Badgeholder and would like to upgrade your Badge to participate, give us a call at 1.800.310.FEST or email us at officemanager@austinfilmfestival.com.

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Austin Film Festival Breaks Record for Submissions

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL BREAKS RECORD FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR 2013 SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION 8648 ENTRIES FOR 2013, UP BY 32% FROM 2012 Wednesday, June 19th — Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce a record number of submissions for their 20th annual Screenplay & Teleplay Competition. The 2013 competition received a total of 8648 entries across all categories with 6236 individual script submissions.  AFF’s …

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL BREAKS RECORD FOR SUBMISSIONS

FOR 2013 SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION

8648 ENTRIES FOR 2013, UP BY 32% FROM 2012

Wednesday, June 19th — Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce a record number of submissions for their 20th annual Screenplay & Teleplay Competition. The 2013 competition received a total of 8648 entries across all categories with 6236 individual script submissions.  AFF’s long-standing history for launching writing careers brought in entries from all over the U.S. and 48 other countries and has attracted influential industry heavyweights such as AMC, Dark Hero Studios, Darkwoods Productions, Enderby Entertainment and the Writers Guild of America East to sponsor and judge specific categories.  These numbers have grown by approximately 32% from last year’s submissions, present the most significant increase in the Festival’s 20-year history and further position AFF as one of the most prominent screenplay competitions alongside the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

Competition winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000; reimbursements for travel and lodging while at the 2013 Festival & Conference (October 24-31); access to and recognition by some of the most important writers, agents, producers and filmmakers in the industry; and will also be included in the annual Producers Book distributed to more than 400 production companies. Writers advancing to the Second Round (roughly top 10-12%), Semifinals and Finals will be given exclusive opportunities to attend special roundtables and panels at this year’s Conference.

In AFF’s 20-year history, past competition entrants have signed with agencies, have had scripts optioned, acquired and made, and have jumpstarted TV writing careers.  2010 Finalist Chris Cantwell had his script “Halt & Catch Fire” (co-written with partner Chris Rogers) ordered by AMC as one of four projects this year to go to pilot.  2010 Comedy Screenplay Winner Julie Howe currently has her winning script “Jasper Milliken” in development with Sony-based producers, Joyce San Pedro (an AFF judge) and Alex Siskin.  Appearing on the 2012 Black List are 2011 Comedy Screenplay Winner Max Taxe for his winning script “Goodbye, Felix Chester” and 2012 Drama Finalist Austin Reynolds for “From New York to Florida”.

To attend the 20th Anniversary Austin Film Festival and Conference, get your badge here.

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Austin Film Festival Announces National and Local Public Relations Team

                                            For national press inquiries: Shannon Sonnier, Facet PR Shannon@facet-pr.com 323-592-3071         For regional press inquiries and credentials Kristen O’Brien KristenGOBrien@gmail.com 512-660-8850   AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NATIONAL AND LOCAL PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM   Austin, TX, — May 28, 2013 – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is pleased to announce their relationship with Facet PR for all …

                                            For national press inquiries:
Shannon Sonnier, Facet PR
Shannon@facet-pr.com 323-592-3071

        For regional press inquiries and credentials
Kristen O’Brien
KristenGOBrien@gmail.com 512-660-8850

 

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NATIONAL
AND LOCAL PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM

 

Austin, TX, — May 28, 2013 – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is pleased to announce their relationship with Facet PR for all national announcements, releases and press inquiries. Facet PR is a boutique PR company founded by Shannon Sonier in 2012 that specializes in independent film and filmmakers, embodying a true understanding and passion for the process and ever-changing industry. Currently Facet PR represents the 2013 San Diego Film Festival, the indie feature “Free Samples”, Stephenie Meyer and Meghan Hibbett’s Fickle Fish Films, as well as a wide range of entertainment distributors and sales companies, including GoDigital,  Ambush Entertainment, Double Dutch Media and more.

Additionally, local affiliate Kristen O’Brien will facilitate all announcements, releases and inquiries in the Austin and region areas. O’Brien is a writer and editor with a background in PR and event management. Her PR career began in 2005 working for the nationally acclaimed Uchi restaurant and Chef Tyson Cole. O’Brien’s experience in marketing, PR and event production includes working for companies such as Cirque du Soleil, VH1, the Austin-American Statesman, and Circuit of the Americas, to name a few. O’Brien has also worked in a number of capacities for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ELLE Magazine and Texas Monthly.

Austin Film Festival is eager to continue fostering the spirit and goals of the Festival and Conference with these new partnerships as they celebrate their milestone 20th Anniversary Year.  For more information, visit www.austinfilmfestival.com

ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters. In addition to a robust list of year-round events, AFF is producing its 20th Annual Film Festival & Conference in 2013. AFF is known as a uniquely pro-artist and interactive idea exchange. Its uncommonly loyal following is due to the fact that the organization has spotlighted the minds and imaginations behind projects for two decades—a trend now picking up steam in the industry. As director and producer Ron Howard said, Austin Film Festival “is really about creativity, about trying to help people find their voice. You sense it. There’s a spirit of camaraderie that’s palpable.” AFF is a greenhouse for projects and a clubhouse for legendary and emerging artists.

 

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AMC AS NEW SPONSOR FOR THE 2013 ONE HOUR PILOT AWARD

Austin, TX – May 20, 2013 – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce that AMC is the official sponsor and judge for the One-Hour Pilot Award of the 2013 Teleplay Competition. The AMC One-Hour Pilot Award is open to any pilot script written in the one-hour format for an original television series. AMC will review the top scripts submitted in the category and will determine the semifinalists, finalists, and winner. Finalists will be given the opportunity to meet with a representative from AMC during this year’s Conference (October 24-27) or over the phone at a later date. The winner of the One-Hour Pilot Award will receive a prize package including $1,000, reimbursement for airfare (up to $500) and hotel (up to $500) for attendance to the Festival and Conference, and the bronze AFF Typewriter Award.

Austin, TX – May 20, 2013 – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce that AMC is the official sponsor and judge for the One-Hour Pilot Award of the 2013 Teleplay Competition. The AMC One-Hour Pilot Award is open to any pilot script written in the one-hour format for an original television series. AMC will review the top scripts submitted in the category and will determine the semifinalists, finalists, and winner. Finalists will be given the opportunity to meet with a representative from AMC during this year’s Conference (October 24-27) or over the phone at a later date. The winner of the One-Hour Pilot Award will receive a prize package including $1,000, reimbursement for airfare (up to $500) and hotel (up to $500) for attendance to the Festival and Conference, and the bronze AFF Typewriter Award.
“Each of AMC’s series has started with an original vision from the great writer that defied expectations,” said Susie Fitzgerald, AMC’s SVP of Scripted Programming. “The network is honored to sponsor the AFF’s One-Hour Pilot Award as it recognizes talent from this community and helps foster a new generation of great writers.”
About AMC

Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s original drama series include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.” Its newest series, “Low Winter Sun,” premieres this summer. AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like “Comic Book Men,” “Small Town Security,” “Talking Dead,” and “Freakshow.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More
About Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters, and recognizing their contributions to film, television, and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships. AFF’s Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is now in its 20th year and received a record number of over 6500 entries in 2012. Past competition entrants have signed with agencies, have had scripts optioned, acquired and made, and have had jumpstarted TV writing careers.
Screenplay and Teleplay Final Deadline: JUNE 1st
All entries must be submitted online by 11:59PM PST or postmarked by June 1st
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AFF Announces First Panels in 2013 Conference Lineup and Special Badge Offer!

Built around one of the most prestigious screenwriting competitions in the country, Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference attracts groundbreaking producers, agents, managers, and development execs, as well as countless working screenwriters and filmmakers. Hitting its 20th anniversary this year, the Conference is as devoted as ever to nurturing creativity – a rare oasis in a rough-and-tumble business. The access and intimacy is unmatched with registrants and speakers under one roof, attending panels, parties and screenings in Austin, a city known for its creative culture, big heart, and zero pretensions.

Built around one of the most prestigious screenwriting competitions in the country, Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference attracts groundbreaking producers, agents, managers, and development execs, as well as countless working screenwriters and filmmakers. Hitting its 20th anniversary this year, the Conference is as devoted as ever to nurturing creativity – a rare oasis in a rough-and-tumble business. The access and intimacy is unmatched with registrants and speakers under one roof, attending panels, parties and screenings in Austin, a city known for its creative culture, big heart, and zero pretensions.
This October 24-31, join the minds behind such films as THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, BIG FISH, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, DONNIE DARKO, MUD, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, LOOPER, SHREK, BLAZING SADDLES, ZOOLANDER, 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, NOW YOU SEE ME, A TIME TO KILL, ON THE ROAD, BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, LITTLE WOMEN, FIGHT CLUB, and television shows Breaking Bad, Curb Your Enthusiasm, House of Cards, Fargo, Treme, The Wire, John Adams, The Office, and Boardwalk Empire… to name a few!
A sampling of the panels already planned for the Conference…
As part of the continuing “Conversation with” series, join in-depth, one-on-one conversations with top filmmakers as they discuss their experiences in the industry, including: Jonathan Demme, Vince Gilligan, Akiva Goldsman, Beau Willimon, Mark Johnson, Robin Swicord, Leslie Dixon, and more!
Staged Script Reading of Vince Gilligan’s 2-FACE
A special staged script reading of Vince Gilligan’s dark comedy script, 2-FACE.
Crowdfunding Case Study: VERONICA MARS movie project with Rob Thomas
As our world becomes more connected and technologically developed, filmmakers are finding numerous avenues and opportunities to get their projects off the ground. Join Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas as he discusses his record-breaking Kickstarter campaign for the upcoming VERONICA MARS movie and how crowdfunding is quickly changing the ways films are getting made.
And back by popular demand….
The Throw with Terry Rossio
Terry Rossio
will lead a presentation on “The Throw,” otherwise known as the transition between scenes. He will discuss very practical, actual writing techniques, and show film clips to demonstrate successful (and not so successful) throws.
Scriptnotes LIVE!
For the second year, veteran filmmakers John August and Craig Mazin will record a live presentation of their incredibly informative screenwriting podcast, Scriptnotes, in which they discuss craft and career, complete with audience questions and other surprises.
The Psychology of Storytelling
Producer Lindsay Doran will explore the secrets of creating a satisfying script and what psychology can teach us about making mood-elevating movies.
Advance Sign-Up Opportunity: This Thursday, May 30th
Script-to-Screen with Rian Johnson: BRICK*
With script in hand and film clips on the screen, writer/director Rian Johnson will dissect his critically acclaimed film BRICK, discussing his writing process – what worked, what didn’t, what needed to be changed for film production – and why.
The first 10 people to use the code PANELS when purchasing a Conference Badge will receive a $50 discount making the badges only $300! Click here to purchase!**
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AFF and ATX Fest to Co-Present Panels

05.08.13 | Celina Guerrero Austin Film Festival is excited to partner with ATX Television Festival for “Season Two” of the TV centric celebration this June. In addition to offering AFF followers 15% off any badge level (use code ATXAFF15), we will be co-presenting panels at each festival! First up, AFF presents “Face Off: Movies vs. TV, Presented by Austin Film Festival” on Saturday, June 8th …

05.08.13 | Celina Guerrero

Austin Film Festival is excited to partner with ATX Television Festival for “Season Two” of the TV centric celebration this June. In addition to offering AFF followers 15% off any badge level (use code ATXAFF15), we will be co-presenting panels at each festival! First up, AFF presents “Face Off: Movies vs. TV, Presented by Austin Film Festival” on Saturday, June 8th with AFF alums Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars and the upcoming offshoot film of the series) and Kyle Killen (Awake, THE BEAVER) to be joined by ATX panelist Jonathan Prince (creator of American Dreams and director of the beloved ’90′s Camp Nowhere).

The panel will focus on the demands and benefits of writing both for film and television, the differences between the two mediums, and how to navigate transitioning from one to the other. Feature film screenwriters and successful showrunners will discuss the art, craft and business of their diverse careers, with a special focus on how they have been affected by the changing landscape of television. For more information on panelists and events at ATX, click here.

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AFF ANNOUNCES CONTRIBUTION TO FILMMAKING, TELEVISION WRITER AND NEW HEART OF FILM AWARDEES

JONATHAN DEMME TO RECEIVE ESTEEMED

“EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTION TO FILMMAKING” AWARD AT 2013 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan named “Outstanding Television Writer”

Bones EP Barry Josephson to receive inaugural “Heart of Film” Award

At the Fest’s 20th Anniversary October 24-31, 2013

JONATHAN DEMME TO RECEIVE ESTEEMED

“EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTION TO FILMMAKING” AWARD AT 2013 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL 

 Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan named “Outstanding Television Writer”

 Bones EP Barry Josephson to receive inaugural “Heart of Film” Award

At the Fest’s 20th Anniversary October 24-31, 2013

 

Austin, TX, — April 24, 2013 – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is thrilled to announce accomplished filmmaker Jonathan Demme as their 2013 recipient of the “Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking” Award.  Demme is best known for directing THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, which won him an Academy Award for Best Director, and critically acclaimed films PHILADELPHIA and RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, among others.

Vince Gilligan, creator of the highly acclaimed and popular television series Breaking Bad and writer/executive producer of the hit series The X-Files, will be honored as this year’s “Outstanding Television Writer” Awardee. His other credits include the Fox Television series The Lone Gunmen, which he co-created, and the features HANCOCK, HOME FRIES and WILDER NAPALM.

Film and television producer, Barry Josephson, will receive the Festival’s inaugural “Heart of Film” Award for his many contributions to film and television, and service to the screenwriting industry.  In addition to executive producing the popular FOX television drama Bones, Josephson’s recent film projects include, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, released by Warner Brothers, TURN, soon to be released by AMC network, and the international Walt Disney hit film, ENCHANTED.
Demme, Gilligan, and Josephson will accept their awards at the Festival’s annual award luncheon held on October 26th at the Austin Club.

“In our 20th Anniversary year, we are asserting, that we are, and have always been, the foremost writers’ festival,” said Barbara Morgan, AFF Co-Founder and Executive Director.  “We are beyond proud to be honoring filmmaking legend Jonathan Demme, TV’s most sought-after creator, Vince Gilligan, and acclaimed producer, Barry Josephson – and we have many great surprises ahead.”

The 2013 Conference panelists also read like a ‘who’s who’ of Hollywood’s A-list filmmakers.  Attending this year’s festival are John August (writer CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, BIG FISH), Alec Berg (writer/executive producer Curb Your Enthusiasm), Peter Craig (writer THE TOWN), Leslie Dixon (writer OVERBOARD), Todd Garner (Broken Road Productions), Akiva Goldsman (writer A BEAUTIFUL MIND, I AM LEGEND), Rian Johnson (writer BRICK, LOOPER), Franklin Leonard (creator of The Black List), Ashley Miller (writer THOR, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS), Jeff Nichols (writer MUD, TAKE SHELTER), Terry Rossio (writer SHREK, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise), Rob Thomas (creator/writer Veronica Mars), and Beau Willimon (writer/executive producer House of Cards).

Austin Film Festival annually recognizes outstanding filmmakers and screenwriters for their consistently exceptional body of work with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award and the Outstanding Television Writer Award.  Previous Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking award recipients include Danny Boyle, Frank Darabont, Ron Howard, John Lasseter, Sydney Pollack, Robert Rodriguez, and Oliver Stone; Outstanding Television Writer Awardees include David Chase, Mitchell Hurwitz, David Milch, Garry Shandling, and David Simon.

 ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL:

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters. In addition to a robust list of year-round events, AFF is producing its 20th Annual Film Festival & Conference in 2013. AFF is known as a uniquely pro-artist and interactive idea exchange. Its uncommonly loyal following is due to the fact that the organization has spotlighted the minds and imaginations behind projects for two decades—a trend now picking up steam in the industry.  As director and producer Ron Howard said, Austin Film Festival “is really about creativity, about trying to help people find their voice. You sense it. There’s a spirit of camaraderie that’s palpable.” AFF is a greenhouse for projects and a clubhouse for legendary and emerging artists.

Austin Film Festival 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. Additional support is provided by KUT, KVUE, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, and Shweiki Media.

Past participants of the Festival & Conference include Wes Anderson, Robert Altman, James L. Brooks, Sandra Bullock, Joel & Ethan Coen, Russell Crowe, Claire Danes, Robert Duvall, James Franco, Buck Henry, Dennis Hopper, Lawrence Kasdan, Barry Levinson, Harold Ramis, Bryan Singer, Jason Schwartzman, Caroline Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, and Owen Wilson, to name just a few.

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PBS Television Show On Story Premieres THIRD Season on KLRU April 20th

Media Contacts: Celina Guerrero – 512.478.4795 celina@austinfilmfestival.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 08, 2013 PBS Television Show On Story Premieres THIRD Season on KLRU April 20th  AIRING NationWide in Over fifty Markets including New York, San francisco, SAVANNAH, ANCHORAGE and HOUSTON Austin, TXAustin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce that its original television show, On Story, is premiering its third …

Media Contacts:
Celina Guerrero – 512.478.4795
celina@austinfilmfestival.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 08, 2013

PBS Television Show On Story Premieres THIRD Season on KLRU April 20th

 AIRING NationWide in Over fifty Markets including New York, San francisco, SAVANNAH, ANCHORAGE and HOUSTON


Austin, TXAustin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce that its original television show, On Story, is premiering its third season on KLRU, Austin’s PBS station, as well as on over 150 stations in over 75  markets and 25 states, airing in New York, San Francisco, Houston, Salt Lake City, Portland, Cleveland, Orlando, Denver, and more.

On Story is a half-hour series curated from AFF’s twenty-year collection of recorded conversations and Q&As with many of this era’s greatest writers and creators—historically under-appreciated players in the industry but now increasingly in the public spotlight. AFF’s prescience in being the first organization of its kind dedicated to the writer’s contribution to film has resulted in a treasure trove of never-before-seen footage of iconic screenwriters, filmmakers and producers discussing the techniques, objectives and backstories behind important films and television series.

Each On Story episode traces a theme through these conversations, highlighting the topic with a groundbreaking short film previously screened at Austin Film Festival. Featured writers and filmmakers include Academy Award-winning director and producer Sydney Pollack (Tootsie, Out of Africa), Academy Award-winner Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), Emmy Award-winner David Milch (Deadwood, Luck), Buck Henry (The Graduate), Emmy Award-winner Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos, Mad Men), David Simon (The Wire), and more.

The TV series On Story is part of the larger On Story Project, a multi-platform initiative incorporating Austin Film Festival’s ventures into television, publishing (with the first On Story book coming out from the University of Texas Press in October 2013), education, web-based media, and the public On Story Archive soon opening at the Wittliff Collections.

The third season of On Story will premiere on KLRU-Q on April 20thth. The season will bring you 12 brand new episodes.

Episodes will feature: legendary television writer Chris Carter reveals the secret behind the creation and success of The X-Files, speaking with Lost and Prometheus writer, Damon Lindelof; the writers behind Wanted, The Bourne Ultimatum, Con Air, and Snitch discuss how they use action scenes to further plot, convey tension, and build toward a satisfying climax;  the creative minds behind Thor, The Avengers, Hulk, The Incredible Hulk, Elektra, The Green Lantern, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2, and X-Men: First Class divulge the complexities of heroes and villains, and how the best supernatural films tap into human elements; the writers of re-imagined classics and popular franchises such as Ghost, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Twins and Snow White and the Huntsman deliberate how to keep stories fresh while remaining faithful to the original version, and much more.

For more information on On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival, to watch previously aired episodes, and to hear podcasts of On Story material, visit www.onstory.tv. Check with your local PBS affiliate for On Story’s time slot in your city. For more information and updates follow On Story on Facebook at facebook.com/AFFOnStory and Twitter @AFFOnStory.

For more information on the upcoming 20th Annual Austin Film Festival & Conference, October 24 – 31, 2013, in Austin, TX, visit www.austinfilmfestival.com, or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378). Badges and Film Passes are currently on sale and can be purchased online. For regular updates, follow AFF on Facebook at facebook.com/AustinFilmFestival and Twitter @austinfilmfest.

About Austin Film Festival

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters, and recognizing their contributions to film, television, and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.

Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

 

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL RECEIVES FILM FESTIVAL GRANT FROM ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES FOR TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL

(November 13th, 2012) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce that they have been awarded a $25,000 Film Festival Grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The grant funds will go towards the Festival’s 20th Anniversary programming, including their Retrospective Screening Series, which honors acclaimed screenwriters and filmmakers and their historic films through revelatory, educational screenings for the public.

AUSTIN, TEXAS (November 13th, 2012) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce that they have been awarded a $25,000 Film Festival Grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The grant funds will go towards the Festival’s 20th Anniversary programming, including their Retrospective Screening Series, which honors acclaimed screenwriters and filmmakers and their historic films through revelatory, educational screenings for the public.

AFF’s Retrospective Screenings offer the rare opportunity for veteran screenwriters and filmmakers to present one of their renowned works to the public, shedding new light on the film and their career through candid discussion during the event. Through their Retrospective Series, AFF aims to connect the viewer to the filmmaker, to open dialogue between artist and audience, and to promote the education of classic cinema.

Some of AFF’s Retrospective Screenings over the years have included: Joel and Ethan Coen present Blood Simple, Robert Altman presents Nashville, Frank Pierson presents Dog Day Afternoon, John Landis presents American Werewolf in London, Danny Boyle presents Shallow Grave, Lawrence Kasdan presents Body Heat, Sydney Pollack presents Tootsie, Shane Black presents The Long Kiss Goodnight, Steven Zaillian presents The Falcon and the Snowman, Whit Stillman presents Metropolitan, Oliver Stone presents Born on the Fourth of July, and Eric Roth presents The Insider.

The Academy Foundation – the Academy’s cultural and educational wing – annually distributes more than $1 million to film scholars, cultural organizations and film festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. The Foundation also presents the Academy’s rich assortment of screenings and other public programs each year.

AFF has announced its dates for their 20th annual Austin Film Festival and Conference, October 24-31, 2013. For information or to purchase a Badge, please call 1-800-310-FEST (3378) or visit the website

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE 2012 ESURANCE AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

(October 30, 2012) Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce the 2012 Audience Award winners presented by Esurance. Throughout the week of the Festival and Conference (Oct. 18-25) audience members were invited to numerically rate films by ballot following each film’s screening.

AFF ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 20th ANNUAL FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE: OCTOBER 24-31, 2013

AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 30, 2012) Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce the 2012 Audience Award winners presented by Esurance. Throughout the week of the Festival and Conference (Oct. 18-25) audience members were invited to numerically rate films by ballot following each film’s screening. The winners are as follows:

Marquee Feature Audience Award:

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Writer/Director: David O. Russell

Narrative Feature Audience Award:

JUNK

Writers: Kevin Hamedani, Ramon Isao

Director: Kevin Hamedani

Documentary Feature Audience Award: (Tie)

SPINNING PLATES

Writer/Director: Joseph Levy

RISING FROM ASHES

Director: T.C. Johnstone

Comedy Vanguard Audience Award:

THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING!

Directors: Negin Farsad, Dean Obeidallah

Dark Matters Audience Award:

SATURDAY MORNING MASSACRE

Writers: Jory Balsimo, Aaron Leggett, Jason Wehling

Director: Spencer Parsons

Narrative Short Audience Award:

ASAD

Writer/Director: Bryan Buckley

Narrative Student Short Audience Award:

THE TELEPORTED MAN

Writer/Director: Zach Endres

Animated Short Audience Award:

HEAD OVER HEELS

Writer/Director: Timothy Reckart

Documentary Short Audience Award:

GOOD KARMA $1

Directors: Jason Berger, Amy Laslett

The 2012 Film Competition and Screenplay/Teleplay winners have already been announced, and are available at http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/news/2012-screenplay-teleplay-and-film-competition-winners/

Last year’s Audience Awards included The Artist and The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, both of which won Academy Awards. The 2009 Out of Competition Audience Award Winner was Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, which was nominated for several Academy Awards, including “Best Picture” and “Best Director.”2008 AFF Audience Award winner, Slumdog Millionaire, presented by director Danny Boyle, went on to win 8 Oscars®, including “Best Picture”, “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay.”

The AFF Audience Award Film Series is sponsored by Esurance, the direct-to-consumer car insurance company. Esurance has been a longtime supporter of filmmakers and artists who help bring compelling stories to life.

AFF has announced its dates for the 20th Annual Austin Film Festival and Conference, October 24-31, 2013. For information or to purchase a Badge, please call 1-800-310-FEST (3378) or visit the website at www.austinfilmfestival.com.

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FRANK DARABONT TO RECEIVE EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTION TO FILMMAKING AWARD AT 2012 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

(October 10, 2012) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce the recipient of the 2012 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award, Frank Darabont, director of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, THE GREEN MILE, THE MAJESTIC, THE MIST and more. Darabont will accept the award at the Festival’s annual Award Luncheon held on Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 at the Austin Club.

DIRECTOR OF THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, THE GREEN MILE, THE MAJESTIC, THE MIST, AND CREATOR OF “THE WALKING DEAD”

JOINS ERIC ROTH, DISTINGUISHED SCREENWRITER AWARDEE,

AND CHRIS CARTER, OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER AWARDEE

AUSTIN, TX (October 10, 2012) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce the recipient of the 2012 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award, Frank Darabont, director of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, THE GREEN MILE, THE MAJESTIC, THE MIST and more. Darabont will accept the award at the Festival’s annual Award Luncheon held on Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 at the Austin Club.

Three-time Oscar® nominee Frank Darabont (director, writer, producer) is one of only six filmmakers in history to have had their first two feature films as director receive Oscar® nominations for Best Picture, with 1994’s THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION and 1999’s THE GREEN MILE. Both films were adaptations based on works by Stephen King, and each earned him Oscar® nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay as well. He also directed 2001’s THE MAJESTIC starring Jim Carrey and another Stephen King adaptation THE MIST starring Thomas Jane. Most recently, Darabont has received acclaim as creator of the hit AMC television series, “The Walking Dead.”

Darabont joins Eric Roth who will receive the 2012 Distinguished Screenwriter Award and Outstanding Television Writer Awardee Chris Carter. Roth’s writing credits include FORREST GUMP, THE INSIDER, ALI, MUNICH, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE and more. Carter is best known as the Creator of “The X-Files” but has also created other series including “Millennium,” “Harsh Realm,” and “The Lone Gunmen.”

Austin Film Festival annually recognizes outstanding filmmakers for going above and beyond with their consistently exceptional body of work with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award. Previous recipients of the award include John Lasseter (’11), Robert Rodriguez (’10), Ron Howard (’09), Danny Boyle (’08), and Oliver Stone (’07).

Austin Film Festival is also pleased to announce their 2012 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Finalists, chosen from a record field of over 6,500 entries in Drama, Comedy, Enderby Entertainment Award, Dark Hero Studios Sci-Fi Award and

Teleplay categories. The full list of Finalists is available here. Winners will be announced at the Awards Luncheon Oct. 20th at the Austin Club.

This year’s Conference at AFF includes over 80 panels, workshops and roundtable discussions led by more than 100 top professionals in the television and film industries. Focusing on the art, craft and business of film and television writing and production, it provides registrants unparalleled access to the best writers and filmmakers in the field. Check out the 2012 list of panelists and the schedule by day. Some recently added Conference highlights include:

A Conversation with Frank Darabont

Sunday, Oct 21 1:15pm – 2:30pm

Join this year’s Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Awardee for an in-depth look inside the career of this honoree well versed in both film and television writing and directing. From THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION to “The Walking Dead,” his credits include some of our most beloved projects across both mediums.

A Conversation with America Ferrera

Sunday, Oct 21 11:30am – 12:45pm

New to AFF’s “Conversation with” series, join this intimate one-on-one with America Ferrera, actress and producer with credits such as “Ugly Betty,” REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES, THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS, and this year’s marquee film IT’S A DISASTER.

A Conversation with David Chase

Thursday, Oct 18th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos”, recipient of our first Outstanding Television Writer Award in 2000, and writer of this year’s Opening Night Film NOT FADE AWAY, will take part in an in-depth discussion about his impressive career and what he’s learned during his 40 years in the industry.

The Conference will also include representatives from Comedy Central, Pixar, Industry Entertainment, Josephson Entertainment, Zero Gravity Management, United Talent Agency, and many more. Attendance of Conference speakers is schedule permitting and subject to change without notice.

The 19th annual Austin Film Festival & Conference will be held Oct 18-25, 2012 in Austin, TX. For more information on films, panels and awardees, visit www.austinfilmfestival.com or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378). Festival Badges and Film Passes are now on sale and can be purchased online or by phone. All badges and passes grant admission to films.

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19TH ANNUAL AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES CLOSING NIGHT FILM JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR WITH WRITER/DIRECTOR BILLY BOB THORNTON IN ATTENDANCE

(October 9, 2012) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce Closing Night Film JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR with writer/director/actor Billy Bob Thornton in attendance on October 25th.

NEW FILM ADDITIONS INCLUDE

FRANCOPHRENIA WITH JAMES FRANCO IN ATTENDANCE

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, WHOLE LOTTA SOLE, AND DEADFALL

AUSTIN, TX (October 9, 2012) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce Closing Night Film JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR with writer/director/actor Billy Bob Thornton in attendance on October 25th.

Set in 1969 Alabama, JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR is a rich, heartfelt drama about two clashing families brought together by the death of a woman who was married first to the Alabaman Jim Caldwell and then to the British Kingsley Bedford. The result is a culture clash of the Sixties, and of the Old World versus the Old South. Directed by Billy Bob Thornton and written by Thornton and Tom Epperson, the film stars Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, John, Hurt, Robert Patrick, and Thornton.

AFF’s Opening Night feature is David Chase’s NOT FADE AWAY on October 18th with Chase in attendance. This year’s Centerpiece film is Robert Zemeckis’ FLIGHT starring Denzel Washington. Other recently added films to the AFF lineup include FRANCOPHRENIA, comprised of footage from James Franco’s appearances on “General Hospital,” with Franco in attendance at the screening. HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, WHOLE LOTTA SOLE, and DEADFALL are also new additions to the schedule. To view the full film schedule, go here.

FRANCOPHRENIA

James Franco in attendance

Writers: Ian Olds, Paul Felten

Directors: Ian Olds, James Franco

With: James Franco, Kalup Linzy, Owen Renfroe, Steve Burton, Dominic Zamprogna, Julie Berman

This wholly unique documentary follows James Franco’s time on the set of General Hospital, utilizing a thrilling experimental style to focus on Franco’s experiences as an established movie star joining a long-running soap opera and as “Franco,” the performance artist he portrayed on the show. Franco in attendance.

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

Writer: Richard Nelson

Director: Roger Michell

Cast: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, Samuel West, Olivia Colman

In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Williams) host the King and Queen of England for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York – the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking for FDR’s support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one.

WHOLE LOTTA SOLE

Writers: Terry George, Thomas Gallagher

Director: Terry George

Cast: Brendan Fraser, Colm Meaney, and David O’Hara

This latest film from writer/director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda, In the Name of the Father, The Boxer, Reservation Road), is a charming Irish crime caper starring Brendan Fraser as an unwitting hostage caught up in the schemes of a hapless criminal. Featuring a delightful group of character actors, including Colm Meaney and David O’Hara.

DEADFALL

Writer: Zach Dean

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky

Cast: Eric Bana, Charlie Hunnam, Olivia Wilde, Kris Kristofferson, Sissy Spacek, Kate Mara

Siblings Addison (Bana) and Liza (Wilde) are on the run from a casino heist gone wrong. When a car accident leaves their wheel man and a state trooper dead, they split up and make a run for the Canadian border in the worst of circumstances – a near whiteout blizzard.

The 19th annual Austin Film Festival October 18-25th will host over 180 film screenings and the Conference lineup features over 100 panelists participating in 90 plus panels and roundtable discussions. The film lineup includes Marquee Screenings; the new Guest Programmers series, featuring films selected and presented by panelists and filmmakers like Paul Feig, Phil Rosenthal, and Chris Carter; Comedy Vanguard; Dark Matters; Family Films; Passport to Africa, comprised of four documentary stories about this endlessly fascinating continent; and Texas Independents, a showcase for Texas filmmakers. Attendance of special guests and speakers is schedule permitting and subject to change without notice.

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2012 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED DAVID CHASE TO PRESENT NOT FADE AWAY AS OPENING NIGHT FILM

INCLUDING SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE SESSIONS, FLIGHT, QUARTET, THE SAPPHIRES, SHADOW DANCER, A LATE QUARTET, IT’S A DISASTER, THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS, AND FREE SAMPLES AUSTIN, TX (Sept 18, 2012) – The 19th annual Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced today this year’s full feature-length film lineup. This list excludes the Closing Night Film, which will be announced along with additional films and guests soon. …

INCLUDING SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE SESSIONS, FLIGHT, QUARTET, THE SAPPHIRES, SHADOW DANCER, A LATE QUARTET, IT’S A DISASTER, THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS, AND FREE SAMPLES

AUSTIN, TX (Sept 18, 2012) – The 19th annual Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced today this year’s full feature-length film lineup. This list excludes the Closing Night Film, which will be announced along with additional films and guests soon. AFF will take place Oct 18-25, 2012 in Austin, TX.

Included in the lineup of anticipated independent and big-budget Oscar®-bound productions is a list of over 60 titles, with many world and U.S. premieres spanning across genres from drama and documentary to horror and comedy. This year’s films include David Chase’s Not Fade Away (Opening Night Film) with Chase in attendance; the previously announced Centerpiece Film Flight; the new film by David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook, fresh off its Audience Award-winning premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival; The Sessions starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy; Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet; The Sapphires; Shadow Dancer starring Clive Owen; Edward Burns’ The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, with Burns in attendance, and the world premieres of Spinning Plates, To Kill a Memory, The Rep, Ex-Girlfriends, and Mar Del Plata.

AFF will host more than 180 film screenings and includes a Conference lineup with over 100 panelists participating in 90 plus panels and roundtable discussions. You can find information on panelists and special events already announced at austinfilmfestival.com.

Below is a listing of AFF’s film lineup which includes Marquee Screenings; the new Guest Programmers series, featuring films selected and presented by panelists and filmmakers like Paul Feig, Phil Rosenthal, and Chris Carter; Comedy Vanguard; Dark Matters; Family Films; Passport to Africa, comprised of four documentary stories about this endlessly fascinating continent; and Texas Independents, a showcase for Texas filmmakers.

AFF 2012 FILM LINEUP

MARQUEE SCREENINGS:

NOT FADE AWAY – David Chase (Writer/Director); David Chase in attendance

FLIGHT – John Gatins (Writer), Robert Zemeckis (Director)

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK – David O. Russell (Writer/Director); Julia Stiles in attendance

THE SESSIONS – Ben Lewin (Writer/Director)

QUARTET – Ronald Harwood (Writer), Dustin Hoffman (Director)

SHADOW DANCER – Tom Bradby (Writer), James Marsh (Director)

THE SAPPHIRES – Tony Briggs, Keith Thompson (Writers), Wayne Blair (Director)

A LATE QUARTET – Seth Grossman, Yaron Zilberman (Writers), Yaron Zilberman (Director)

IT’S A DISASTER – Todd Berger (Writer/Director); Julia Stiles and America Ferrera in attendance

THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS – Edward Burns (Writer/Director), Edward Burns in attendance

FREE SAMPLES – Jim Beggarly (Writer), Jay Gammill (Director)

A.K.A. DOC POMUS – William Hechter, Peter Miller (Directors)

ANN RICHARDS’ TEXAS – Keith Patterson (Writer), Jack Lofton, Keith Patterson (Directors)

CONGRATULATIONS – Juan Cardarelli, Brian Dietzen, Eric M. Levy, Abby Miller (Writers), Juan Cardarelli, Eric M. Levy (Directors) – World Premiere

THE EYES OF THAILAND – Windy Borman, Tim O’Brien (Writers), Windy Borman (Director)

GLOW: THE STORY OF THE GORGEOUS LADIES OF WRESTLING – Bradford Thomason (Writer), Brett Whitcomb (Director)

I DO – David W. Ross (Writer), Glenn Gaylord (Director)

IDOL IS DEAD - Yukihiro Katô (Writer/Director) – World Premiere

THE KITCHEN – Jim Beggarly (Writer), Ishai Setton (Director)

LAST WILL. & TESTAMENT – Laura Wilson, Lisa Wilson (Directors) – US Premiere

ONLY THE YOUNG – Elizabeth Mims, Jason Tippet (Directors)

THE REP – Morgan White (Writer/Director) – World Premiere

SAMPLE THIS – Robert Burris, Dan Forrer (Writers), Dan Forrer (Director) – World Premiere

SPINNING PLATES – Joseph Levy (Writer/Director) – World Premiere

TO KILL A MEMORY – Dustin Rikert, William Shockley, Philip Tiboni (Writers), Dustin Rikert (Director) – World Premiere; star and musician Kix Brooks (of the country music duo Brooks and Dunn) in attendance

GUEST PROGRAMMERS

Chris Carter (2012 Outstanding Television Writer Awardee) presents… Murder by Decree; episodes from “The X-Files” and “Millennium”

Eric Roth (2012 Distinguished Screenwriter Awardee) presents… The Insider

Paul Feig presents… The Human Tornado

Phil Rosenthal presents… Broadway Danny Rose

COMEDY VANGUARD

BAD PARENTS – Caytha Jenkins (Writer/Director)

THE BITTER BUDDHA – Steven Feinartz (Director)

EX-GIRLFRIENDS – Alexander Poe (Writer/Director) – World Premiere; Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”) in attendance

THE EXQUISITE CORPSE PROJECT – Adam Conover, Chioke Nassor, Dave Segal, Joel Clark, Raphael Bob-Waksberg (Writers), Ben Popik (Director)

LAST MAN(S) ON EARTH – Aaron Hultgren (Writer/Director)

MISSED CONNECTIONS – Kenny Stevenson (Writer), Eric Kissack (Director)

THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! – Negin Farsad, Dean Obeidallah (Directors)

PICTURES OF SUPERHEROES – Don Swaynos (Writer/Director)– World Premiere

DARK MATTERS

BONEBOYS – Kim Henkel (Writer), Duane Graves, Justin Meeks (Directors)

IT’S IN THE BLOOD – Scooter Downey, Sean Elliot (Writers), Scooter Downey (Director)

SATURDAY MORNING MASSACRE – Jory Balsimo, Aaron Leggett, Jason Wehling (Writers), Spencer Parsons (Director)

VAMPIRA AND ME – R.H. Greene (Director)

FAMILY FILMS

FLATLAND 2: SPHERELAND – Dano Johnson (Writer/Director)

MURT RAMIREZ WANTS TO KICK MY ASS – Dan Lee (Writer/Director) – World Premiere

R.L. STINE’S THE HAUNTING HOUR – Episodes presented by Billy Brown and Dan Angel (Writers/Producers)

PASSPORT TO AFRICA

THE FADE – Andy Mundy-Castle (Director)

FINDING MERCY – Robyn Paterson (Director)

PUNK IN AFRICA – Keith Jones, Deon Maas (Writers/Directors)

RISING FROM ASHES – T.C. Johnstone (Director)

TEXAS INDEPENDENTS

THE GIRL – David Riker (Writer/Director)

SATELLITE OF LOVE – Jonathan Case, Will Moore (Writers). Will Moore (Director)

SPRING EDDY – George Anson (Writer/Director) – World Premiere

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

ALLEGIANCE – Michael Connors (Writer/Director)

COME MORNING – Derrick Sims (Writer/Director) – World Premiere

JUNCTION – Tony Glazer (Writer/Director)

JUNK – Kevin Hamedani, Ramon Isao (Writers), Kevin Hamedani (Director) – World Premiere

LAST STOP: SALVATION – Baris Pirhasan (Writer), Yusuf Pirhasan (Director)

LIARS FIRES AND BEARS – Jeremy Cloe (Writer), Jeremy Cloe, Lundon Boyd (Directors)

MAR DEL PLATA – Ionathan Klajman (Writer), Ionathan Klajman, Sebastian Dietsch (Directors) – World Premiere

SPARROWS DANCE – Noah Buschel (Writer/Director)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

ELEMENTAL – Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee (Director)

THE FOUR HORSEMEN – Ross Ashcroft (Director) – US Premiere

INFORMANT – Jamie Metzger (Director)

LAST DAY AT LAMBEAU – Michael Neelsen (Director)

THE MISSING PIECE: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MAN WHO STOLE THE MONA LISA – Joe Medeiros (Director)

MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON – S. Leo Chiang (Director)

PLIMPTON! STARRING GEORGE PLIMPTON AS HIMSELF – Thomas Bean (Director)

WHERE HAVE ALL THE MERMAIDS GONE? – Nathaniel Kramer (Director) – US Premiere

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

The 19th annual Austin Film Festival & Conference will be held Oct 18 25, 2012 in Austin, TX. For more information on films, panels and awardees, visit www.austinfilmfestival.com or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378). Festival Badges and Film Passes are now on sale and can be purchased online or by phone. All Badges and Passes grant admission to films.

For regular updates, follow AFF on Facebook at facebook.com/AustinFilmFestival and Twitter @austinfilmfest.

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE 10TH ANNUAL FILM & FOOD PARTY WITH HONORARY CHAIR ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

WEDNESDAY, OCT 17 AT THE DRISKILL HOTEL  AUSTIN, TX (September 5, 2012) –Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced today that writer/director/producer Robert Rodriguez will serve as honorary chair for the 10th anniversary celebration of their annual Film & Food Party, benefitting AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program. Film & Food will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, TX and kicks …

WEDNESDAY, OCT 17 AT THE DRISKILL HOTEL

 AUSTIN, TX (September 5, 2012) –Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced today that writer/director/producer Robert Rodriguez will serve as honorary chair for the 10th anniversary celebration of their annual Film & Food Party, benefitting AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program. Film & Food will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, TX and kicks off the 19th Annual Festival & Conference.

 AFF’s Film & Food Party is an evening dedicated to honoring Austin as both a nationally recognized thriving film industry and a renowned culinary hotspot. Held in the glamorous and historic Driskill Hotel, this evening of specialty cocktails by Twin Liquors and innovative cuisine, presented by some of Austin’s hottest restaurants, brings together Austinites and visitors alike to celebrate the arts. Live and silent auctions present the very best in luxury items, trips and experiences. It’s also a great time to rub elbows with some of the top filmmakers and screenwriters in town for the Festival. The event will be a gathering of creative minds, with industry icons joined by the culinary talents behind Foreign & Domestic, Olive & June, Swift’s Attic, Haddington’s, TRACE, Trento, and many more.

 

Proceeds from the event benefit AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program. The Young Filmmakers Program was founded to encourage students, ages 9 – 18, to explore their creativity and improve their literacy skills through the arts of screenwriting and filmmaking. Programs are offered free through AISD schools and partner organizations and grant more than 300 students and teachers scholarships to the annual Austin Film Festival & Conference.

In addition to attending Austin Film Festival for years, Rodriguez has a long history of supporting young filmmakers and the arts in Austin. A Texas native, Rodriguez grew up in San Antonio, later attending the University of Texas. Over the course of his dynamic career, he has produced over 16 films, including iconic titles such as DESPERADO, FROM DUSK ‘TIL DAWN, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, MACHETE, SIN CITY, GRINDHOUSE, and the popular SPY KIDS franchise. Rodriguez continues to produce his films outside of the Hollywood system setting production in Austin at Troublemaker Studios.

 

10TH ANNUAL FILM & FOOD PARTY

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012

7PM – 10PM

DRISKILL HOTEL / AUSTIN, TX

Tickets are $90 in advance/$100 at the door

$75 tickets available for AFF Members and Badge Holders

Call 512.478.4795 or visit austinfilmfestival.com for tickets

Benefitting Young Filmmakers Program

 

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

 

Sponsors of the Film & Food Party include Whole Foods Market, KVUE, Twin Liquors, Stella Artois, and Shweiki Media Printing.

More information on the 19th annual Austin Film Festival is available at www.austinfilmfestival.com or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378). For regular updates, follow AFF on Facebook at facebook.com/AustinFilmFestival and Twitter

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ERIC ROTH TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED SCREENWRITER AWARD AT 2012 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

SCREENWRITER OF FORREST GUMP, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, THE INSIDER, EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE, AND MORE JOINS CHRIS CARTER, RECIPIENT OF THIS YEAR’S OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER AWARD  AUSTIN, TX (September 4th) –Austin Film Festival (AFF) proudly announced today this year’s recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Screenwriter Award – Eric Roth, screenwriter of THE INSIDER, FORREST GUMP, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENAJMIN …

SCREENWRITER OF FORREST GUMP, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, THE INSIDER, EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE, AND MORE

JOINS CHRIS CARTER, RECIPIENT OF THIS YEAR’S OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER AWARD 

AUSTIN, TX (September 4th) –Austin Film Festival (AFF) proudly announced today this year’s recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Screenwriter Award – Eric Roth, screenwriter of THE INSIDER, FORREST GUMP, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENAJMIN BUTTON , EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE, ALI, MUNICH, THE GOOD SHEPHERD, and more. Roth will accept the award at the Festival’s annual Award Luncheon held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Austin Club

ERIC ROTH won an Academy Award® and a Writers Guild of America Award (WGA) for his screenplay FORREST GUMP, the Oscar®-winning Best Picture directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks. He also earned Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for his work on that film. Roth received his second Oscar®, Golden Globe and WGA Award nominations for the screenplay for the Best Picture-nominated film THE INSIDER, directed by Michael Mann and starring Russell Crowe, Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer, and for which Roth won the WGA’s honorary Paul Selvin Award and a Humanitas Prize. He garnered both Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for the screenplay of Steven Spielberg’s drama MUNICH, and more recently for David Fincher’s THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, the screenplay also brought Roth another Golden Globe and BAFTA nod.

 Roth attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, from which he has won a Distinguished Alumni Award; Columbia University; and the University of California, Los Angeles, where he won the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award in 1970, and in 2008 was honored with the Distinguished Achievement In Screenwriting Award from the UCLA School Of Theater, Film and Television.

 Roth’s early work included such movies as “The Drowning Pool,” with Paul Newman, WOLFEN, with Albert Finney, and THE ONION FIELD. His first produced screenplay was Robert Mulligan’s THE NICKEL RIDE, which premiered at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival. His subsequent credits have included SUSPECT, directed by Peter Yates and starring Cher, Dennis Quaid and Liam Neeson; Mike Figgis’ MR. JONES, starring Richard Gere; THE HORSE WHISPERER directed by and starring Robert Redford; Michael Mann’s ALI, starring Will Smith in the title role; and THE GOOD SHEPHERD, directed by Robert De Niro, who also starred with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. One of Roth’s proudest accomplishments was having written for the legendary film director Akira Kurosawa, for one of Kurosawa’s last films, his 1991 RHAPSODY IN AUGUST. More recently, he wrote the screenplay for the Oscar®-nominated film EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE, based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer.

For the small screen, Roth served as executive producer and wrote two episodes for David Milch’s HBO drama Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. Currently, Roth is executive producer, with David Fincher, on Netflix’s first original television series, House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, which premieres in January 2013. Roth is also developing the script for a sci-fi outer space feature film trilogy and writing the screenplay for the epic film CLEOPATRA, starring Angelina Jolie.

 In 2012, Roth received the Writers Guild’s prestigious Laurel Award for Lifetime Achievement in Screenwriting.

 At this year’s Conference, Roth will present “A Conversation with Eric Roth,” giving an inside look into his films and career. He will also host a retrospective screening of his 1999 film, THE INSIDER.

Austin Film Festival annually recognizes outstanding filmmakers and screenwriters for their accomplished bodies of work and contributions to filmmaking. Previous recipients of the Distinguished Screenwriter Award include Caroline Thompson, David Peoples, Steven Zaillian, Shane Black, Harold Ramis, Lawrence Kasdan, Barry Levinson, Frank Pierson, James L. Brooks, Richard LaGravenese and Horton Foote, among others. Roth joins Chris Carter, who is set to receive AFF’s Outstanding Television Writer Award at this year’s Festival.

 Since 1994, Austin Film Festival has been dedicated to furthering the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story. Austin Film Festival’s Conference offers over 80 panels, workshops and roundtable discussions led by more than 100 top professionals in the television and film industries. Focusing on the art, craft and business of film and television writing and production, it provides registrants unparalleled access to the best writers and filmmakers in the field. Just some of the speakers confirmed for 2012, include:

John August- writer FRANKENWEENIE, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, BIG FISH, CHARLIE’S ANGELS I & II

 Alec Berg – writer THE DICTATOR, EURO TRIP, executive producer Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld

 Aline Brosh McKenna – writer WE BOUGHT A ZOO, 27 DRESSES, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

 Scott Z. Burns – writer CONTAGION, THE INFORMANT, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, producer AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

 Etan Cohen – writer MEN IN BLACK III, TROPIC THUNDER, IDIOCRACY, MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA, King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-head

 Lindsay Doran – producer STRANGER THAN FICTION, NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

Paul Feig – director BRIDESMAIDS, Bridesmaids, The Office, Arrested Development, creator Freaks and Geeks, writer/director I AM DAVID

Bruce Feirstein – writer GOLDENEYE, TOMORROW NEVER DIES, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH

Brian Helgeland – L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, CONSPIRACY THEORY, A KNIGHT’S TALE

  Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver – writers/producers RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, writers THE RELIC

 Simon Kinberg – writer SHERLOCK HOLMES, MR. AND MRS. SMITH, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, producer ELYSIUM, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein – writers THE VOW, VALENTINE’S DAY, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, NEVER BEEN KISSED

Damon Lindelof – writer PROMETHEUS, Lost, writer/producer STAR TREK sequel

 Jenny Lumet – writer RACHEL GETTING MARRIED

Craig Mazin – writer IDENTITY THEFT, TURKEYS, THE HANGOVER PART II, SCARY MOVIE 3 and 4, ROCKETMAN

 Ashley Miller – writer THOR, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, AGENT CODY BANKS, Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Andromeda

Marti Noxon – writer Fright Night, I Am Number Four, writer/producer Glee, Mad Men, Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy

Zak Penn – writer THE AVENGERS, LAST ACTION HERO, ELEKTRA, PCU, BEHIND ENEMY LINES, X2, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008); writer/director INCIDENT AT LOCH NESS, THE GRAND; creator of SyFy series Alphas

 Scott Rosenberg – writer GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS, CON AIR, HIGH FIDELITY, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS

Philip Rosenthal – writer/director EXPORTING RAYMOND, creator/executive producer Everybody Loves Raymond

 Terry Rossio – writer SHREK, DÉJÀ VU, THE MASK OF ZORRO, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise

 The Conference will also include representatives from Comedy Central, Pixar, Industry Entertainment, Josephson Entertainment, Zero Gravity Management, United Talent Agency, and many more. Attendance of Conference speakers is schedule permitting and subject to change

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2012 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES EARLY 10 FILMS INCLUDING CENTERPIECE FILM FLIGHT

“THE X-FILES” CREATOR CHRIS CARTER TO RECEIVE OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER AWARD EARLY 10 FILMS ALSO INCLUDE SHADOW DANCER, FREE SAMPLES, RISING FROM ASHES, IT’S A DISASTER, TO KILL A MEMORY, SPINNING PLATES, LAST WILL & TESTAMENT, PICTURES OF SUPERHEROES, AND MORE FULL LINEUP COMING MID-SEPTEMBER AUSTIN, TX (August 27, 2012) - Austin Film Festival & Conference (AFF), the premier film festival recognizing writers’ and filmmakers’ …

“THE X-FILES” CREATOR CHRIS CARTER TO RECEIVE OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER AWARD

EARLY 10 FILMS ALSO INCLUDE SHADOW DANCER, FREE SAMPLES, RISING FROM ASHES, IT’S A DISASTER, TO KILL A MEMORY, SPINNING PLATES, LAST WILL & TESTAMENT, PICTURES OF SUPERHEROES, AND MORE

FULL LINEUP COMING MID-SEPTEMBER

AUSTIN, TX (August 27, 2012) - Austin Film Festival & Conference (AFF), the premier film festival recognizing writers’ and filmmakers’ contributions to film, television and new media, announced today the first 10 films included in the 2012 lineup of Festival film screenings October 18-25. Also announced is this year’s Outstanding Television Writer Award recipient, “The X-Files” creator Chris Carter. Carter will receive the award at the Festival’s annual Awards Luncheon held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2012 at the Austin Club.

Described by Time Magazine as a “televisionary,” Chris Carter created four ground-breaking television series for Fox: “The X-Files”, “Millennium”, “Harsh Realm”, and “The Lone Gunmen” Carter is best known for his longest running series, the award-winning sci-fi drama “The X-Files”, which ran for nine seasons on Fox and spawned two feature films. He’s currently developing a new series for cable.

Carter’s participation during the Conference will include “A Conversation with Chris Carter,” where he will share stories from his long career in television and film. Carter will also present special retrospective screenings of “The X-Files” and “Millennium” episodes and, as a guest programmer, will host a screening of one of his favorite films for Festival audiences. And, stay tuned for details on “The X-Files” marathon at the Alamo Drafthouse. The Festival annually recognizes an Outstanding Television Writer and Carter joins previous recipients Hart Hanson (“Bones”), David Simon (“The Wire”), Mitchell Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”), Greg Daniels (“The Office,” “Parks & Recreation”) and many more.

Carter joins Paul Feig and Brian Helgeland as part of AFF’s new Guest Programmer section of the Festival, giving highly regarded filmmakers an opportunity to screen and discuss the films that influenced them. These filmmakers will shed new light not only on these classic films but also on their own work.

The Early 10 films include the highly anticipated new film by Robert Zemeckis, Flight, this year’s Centerpiece; It’s A Disaster, written and directed by AFF alum Todd Berger and starring Julia Stiles, America Ferrera and David Cross (Stiles and Ferrera to attend); Free Samples, a new comedy starring Jess Weixler and Jesse Eisenberg; Shadow Dancer, a tense drama starring Clive Owen; Rising From Ashes, a remarkable documentary about Rwanda’s national cycling team; To Kill A Memory, indie western starring Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn (Brooks to attend); Spinning Plates, a documentary feature about the challenges and triumphs of three very different restaurants around the country; Pictures of Superheroes, a comedy written and directed by Don Swaynos, produced by former AFF Program Director Kelly Williams and starring Austin actor/comedians Kerri Lendo and John Merriman; Last Will & Testament, a startling documentary about the debate over the authorship of the works attributed to Shakespeare; and more.

AFF annually hosts over 180 film screenings and special events, and the Conference boasts more than 100 speakers participating in panels and roundtable discussions. Among the films screened during the Festival are numerous world and US premieres in a wide range of genres, from comedy to documentary, horror to drama. Filmmakers from around the world showcase everything from breakout indie films to big-budget Oscar®-bound productions.

The Early 10 films include a sampling of the premieres and special presentations the Festival has to offer in 2012. The complete list of films screening at AFF this year, including short films and competition titles, will be announced in mid-September. Cast and crew attendance is subject to change and based on permitting schedules.

AFF 2012 EARLY 10 FILMS

FLIGHT – Centerpiece Film

Writer: John Gatins

Director: Robert Zemeckis

In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault, and what really happened on that plane? Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the highly anticipated new film also stars John Goodman, Don Cheadle, and Melissa Leo.

FREE SAMPLES

Writer: Jim Beggarly

Director: Jay Gammill

A Stanford law school dropout named Jillian escapes to the anonymity of Los Angeles to figure out what she wants to do with her life, and on the day of her college boyfriend’s birthday, she finds herself stuck running an ice cream truck

fending off locals and oddball friends alike. This one day spent in a truck on the streets of LA will wake Jillian from her aimless daze and make her see that life doesn’t stop just because you want it to. Starring Jess Weixler, Jesse Eisenberg, Halley Feiffer, Jason Ritter, this great new comedy is directed by Baylor University film school grad Jay Gammill.

IT’S A DISASTER

Writer/Director: Todd Berger

Four couples meet for Sunday brunch only to discover they are stuck in a house together as the world may be about to end. Starring Julia Stiles, America Ferrera and David Cross. Julia Stiles and America Ferrera will present the screening at AFF.

LAST WILL & TESTAMENT

Directors: Laura Wilson, Lisa Wilson

US Premiere

This documentary explores the ongoing debate about the authorship of the works attributed to Shakespeare. Writers and critics, actors and scholars, including Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, Charlie Chaplin, and many others have struggled to reconcile England’s “Star of Poets” with the grain dealer from Stratford. Why? – Featuring interviews with Vanessa Redgrave, Derek Jacobi, Mark Rylance, and other highly regarded Shakespearean actors.

PICTURES OF SUPERHEROES

World Premiere

Writer/Director: Don Swaynos

A young maid is asked by her employer to pretend to be his wife as part of a highly questionable business scheme. Meanwhile, she meets the comic book superhero artist living in her employer’s home (seemingly without the employer’s knowledge or permission), and she begins to wonder if there is something more to life than fake marriages and carpet cleaners. Produced by Kelly Williams, and starring Kerri Lendo, John Merriman, Byron Brown and Chris Doubek.

RISING FROM ASHES

Director: T.C. Johnstone

Two worlds collide when cycling legend Jock Boyer (first American to compete in the Tour de France) moves to Rwanda and teams with Tom Ritchey (inventor of the mountain bike) to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds, both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past. Narrated by Forest Whitaker and directed by Austin native T.C. Johnstone, this remarkable story culminated at the 2012 Olympics in London when one of the subjects of the film, Adrien Niyonshuti, competed in the Games and became Rwanda’s first Olympic cyclist.

SHADOW DANCER

Writer: Tom Bradby

Director: James March

Single mother Collette McVeigh is a Republican living in Belfast with her mother and hardliner IRAbrothers. When she is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, an MI5 officer (Mac, played by Clive Owen) offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison for 25 years or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. With her son’s life in her hands, Collette chooses to place her trust in Mac and return home, but when her brothers’ secret operation is ambushed, suspicions of an informant are raised and Collette finds both herself and her family in grave danger. Starring Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, and Gillian Anderson.

SPINNING PLATES

World Premiere

Writer/Director: Joseph Levy

Spinning Plates is a feature documentary film about three restaurants, extraordinary for what they are today as well as the challenges they have overcome. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion… a 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community… a fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are putting everything they have on the line just to make enough to survive and provide for their young daughter. Features Chef Grant Achatz of Chicago’s Alinea and Chef Thomas Keller of California’s The French Laundry.

TO KILL A MEMORY

World Premiere

Writers: Dustin Rikert, William Shockley, Philip Tiboni

Director: Dustin Rikert

A respected US Marshal is imprisoned after being suspiciously involved in a bank robbery gone wrong. When he learns that the other bank robbers may be going after his wife, the Marshal must escape prison and catch them before it’s too late. This low budget indie Western features an astonishing lead performance from country western singer Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn. Kix Brooks will present the screening at AFF.

PAUL FEIG PRESENTS: THE HUMAN TORNADO AND BRINGING UP BABY

This year, AFF is excited to introduce an all new Guest Programmer section, which invites some of our highly regarded panelists and guest filmmakers to program and present films that inspired them. Paul Feig (director of BRIDESMAIDS, creator of “Freaks and Geeks,” also directed episodes of “Arrested Development,” “The Office,” “Mad Men,” “30 Rock” and more) has chosen two very different films: the blaxsploitation Dolemite adventure THE HUMAN TORNADO and Howard Hawks’ immortal screwball comedy BRINGING UP BABY. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear how these two wildly diverse films influenced one of the most in-demand directors in Hollywood today.

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL OFFERS “WEEKEND GETAWAY” TRAVEL PACKAGES INCLUDING FESTIVAL BADGE, HOTELS, RESTAURANT GIFT CERTIFICATES, AND MORE

EXPERIENCE THE FESTIVAL ALONG WITH AUSTIN’S HISTORIC HOTELS AND CULINARY HOT SPOTS AUSTIN, TX (JULY 10, 2012) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce their new Weekend Getaway Packages, discounted travel packages that encourage visiting festival-goers to experience Austin’s restaurants and historic hotels. Packages range from $725 to $765, and offer a value of 18-19% off regular prices. Each of the three packages, …

EXPERIENCE THE FESTIVAL ALONG WITH AUSTIN’S HISTORIC HOTELS AND CULINARY HOT SPOTS

AUSTIN, TX (JULY 10, 2012) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce their new Weekend Getaway Packages, discounted travel packages that encourage visiting festival-goers to experience Austin’s restaurants and historic hotels. Packages range from $725 to $765, and offer a value of 18-19% off regular prices.

Each of the three packages, named for food-centric films, include a Weekend Badge to the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival, October 18 – 25, 2012, special discounted rates at either The Driskill Hotel or The InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel for the first weekend of the Festival, gift certificates to the city’s culinary destinations, and an Austin Film Festival gift bag filled with AFF merchandise. The offer will end August 31, 2012, and there are a limited number available – five per package – so act now to enjoy an Austin weekend full of film, food and comfort.

AFF, which draws both national and international visitors to the city each October, designed the packages to introduce those visitors to new experiences in Austin. The Festival celebrates writers’ and filmmakers’ creative contributions to film through storytelling and features film premieres and screenings, exciting and informative panels with some of the top names in the industry, and numerous parties and other special events. According to Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau estimates, AFF currently contributes in excess of $8 million to the local economy annually.

“We fill over 30,000 theater seats each Festival, and many of those moviegoers are from out of town. We’re thrilled that they get to experience the wonder of The Paramount Theatre and our other great venues, and we wanted to create more opportunities to show visitors all that Austin has to offer,” says AFF Director of Marketing Taylor Cumbie.

THE PACKAGES

Babette’s Feast

Price: $765 ($930 value)

In addition to a Weekend Badge to the 2012 Austin Film Festival, this package includes and two night stay at The Driskill Hotel for Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October

21st, 2012. Built in 1886, The Driskill remains a landmark of legendary Texas hospitality. Located on Sixth Street in the heart of downtown Austin, the luxurious, historic hotel is convenient to all that the city has to offer including the Texas State Capitol, convention center, opera, symphony, fine dining, shopping, and Austin’s music scene.

It also includes a $50 gift certificate to 2nd Bar + Kitchen. Recently commended in the New York Times Magazine for its irresistible cuisine, 2nd Bar + Kitchen is a dynamic downtown destination where Executive Chef David Bull combines seasonal ingredients and local artisan products to create what he calls “Natural American” cuisine. In 2011, Bon Appétit named it one of the “Top Ten Best New Restaurants.”

Julie & Julia

Price: $725 ($895 value)

Along with a Weekend Badge to AFF, the Julie & Julia Package includes a two-night stay at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel for Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st, 2012. A pivotal part of the Austin scene for more than 60 years, the Beaux Arts hotel opened in 1924 and was named to memorialize Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas and a beloved Texas Statesman. The hotel has been witness to much Austin history and served as the campaign headquarters for LBJ during his 1937 run for the House of Representatives.

The package also includes gift certificates to Chez Nous, Austin’s neighborhood authentic French bistros since 1982, and Parkside, the gastro pub by chef Shawn Cirkiel, an Austin staple.

Soul Food

Price: $725 ($895 value)

Also featuring a Weekend Badge to the Festival and a two-night stay at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin for Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st, 2012, the Soul Food Package offers visitors a chance to taste a little bit of Texas with gift certificates to South Texas gourmet legend Ranch 616 and downtown favorite Hickory Street.

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RECORD ENTRIES FOR 2012 SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL RECEIVES RECORD ENTRIES FOR 2012 SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION OVER 6,500 ENTRIES FOR 2012, UP BY 12% FROM 2011 AUSTIN, TX (JUNE 13, 2012) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce record entries for their 19th annual Screenplay & Teleplay competition. The 2012 competition received a total of over 6,500 entries, up by approximately 700 entries or 12% from last …

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL RECEIVES RECORD ENTRIES FOR 2012 SCREENPLAY & TELEPLAY COMPETITION
OVER 6,500 ENTRIES FOR 2012, UP BY 12% FROM 2011

AUSTIN, TX (JUNE 13, 2012) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce record entries for their 19th annual Screenplay & Teleplay competition. The 2012 competition received a total of over 6,500 entries, up by approximately 700 entries or 12% from last year’s record of over 5,800. Entries came in from all over the U.S. and 42 other countries, and the records show the Competition has grown by over 62% since 2009.

This year, a significant rise in entries occurred in each category of the competition, including screenplay entries in Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi and the Enderby Entertainment Award; and teleplay entries in Sitcom Spec, One-Hour Spec, Sitcom Pilot, and One-Hour Pilot. Panels of judges, including some of the industry’s top writers, showrunners, producers and managers, will choose the winners in each category, who will accept their awards and prizes at the 19th annual Austin Film Festival & Conference October 18-25, 2012 in Austin, TX.

Competition winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000; reimbursements for travel and lodging while at the 2012 Festival & Conference; access to and recognition by some of the most important writers, agents, producers and filmmakers in the industry; and will also be included in the annual Producers Book distributed to more than 400 production companies. Advancing writers in the Second Round (roughly top 10-12%), Semifinals and Finals will be given exclusive opportunities to attend special roundtables and panels at this year’s Conference.

AFF not only recognizes the work of writers for feature screenplays but also those for television. This year’s number of entries includes over 1,500 submissions in the Teleplay Competition, which is open to both spec scripts for existing shows and original pilots. For the first time, the winner of the Sitcom Pilot category will be given the opportunity to have his or her winning script read aloud and workshopped during a special Roundtable session at the Conference with a panel of industry professionals including Alec Berg (writer The Dictator, Eurotrip, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Kell Cahoon (writer/producer “Psych”, “NewsRadio”, “Just Shoot Me”), and Etan Cohen (writer Men in Black III, Tropic Thunder, “King of the Hill”), among others.

The Writer’s Guild of America, East, this year’s underwriting sponsor of the Drama Screenplay Award, will present the winner of the Drama category at this year’s Conference and have provided the following three WGAE writers to judge and choose the winner: Stephen Schiff (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, True Crime), Christopher Kyle (Alexander, The Weight of Water) and John J. McLaughlin (Hitchcock, Black Swan). Overall, 40 industry jurors have been confirmed to judge the Screenplay & Teleplay Competition including Herschel Weingrod (writer, Trading Places; producer, Falling Down), Kyle Killen (writer, The Beaver; showrunner, “Awake”, “Lone Star”), Craig Mazin (writer, The Hangover II), and representatives from Escape Artists at Sony, Oasis Media, Washington Square Arts and Paradigm Agency.

In its 19-year history, the AFF Screenplay & Teleplay Competition has served to jumpstart many writing careers. In the competition’s first year, screenplay competition winner Max Adams’ script Excess Baggage was optioned by Columbia and made into a film starring Alicia Silverstone and Benicio Del Toro. Rachel Long and Brian Pittman’s 2008 Semifinalist script Stranded was acquired by Enderby Entertainment (Daniel Petrie, Jr. and Rick Dugdale’s production company). The project is currently in pre-production with Petrie set to direct. Julie Howe, 2010 Comedy Screenplay Award Winner for Jasper Milliken, signed an exclusive deal with Experience Media Studios after the 2010 Conference with the help of an AFF judge and panelist. The producers of the film have officially signed on veteran director Jonathan Lynn (My Cousin Vinny, The Whole Nine Yards) to helm the film.

The 19th annual Austin Film Festival & Conference will be held Oct 18 – 25, 2012 in Austin, TX. AFF has already announced the first round of panelists for this year’s Conference, including some of the top screenwriters, directors, showrunners and producers in the business. The full list of panelists can be found here. Stay tuned for announcements from AFF with this year’s awardees, film lineup, Conference panels and more panelists, and more. For more information on Austin Film Festival and to purchase passes or badges go to www.austinfilmfestival.com.

For regular updates, follow AFF on Facebook at facebook.com/AustinFilmFestival and Twitter @austinfilmfest.

ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.

Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2012 CONFERENCE PANELISTS

INCLUDING THE INDUSTRY’S TOP WRITERS, FILMMAKERS, PRODUCERS, AGENTS, EXECUTIVES, AND MANAGERS AUSTIN, TX (May 3, 2012) – The 19th annual Austin Film Festival (AFF) announces the first round of conference panelists for the 2012 Festival & Conference. The Festival, taking place in Austin October 18-25, features conversations and panels featuring some of the industry’s top writers, filmmakers, producers, show creators and more. AFF is also …

INCLUDING THE INDUSTRY’S TOP WRITERS, FILMMAKERS, PRODUCERS, AGENTS, EXECUTIVES, AND MANAGERS

AUSTIN, TX (May 3, 2012) – The 19th annual Austin Film Festival (AFF) announces the first round of conference panelists for the 2012 Festival & Conference. The Festival, taking place in Austin October 18-25, features conversations and panels featuring some of the industry’s top writers, filmmakers, producers, show creators and more. AFF is also currently still accepting Screenplay and Teleplay competition submissions, but the deadline is fast approaching. Visit austinfilmfestival.com/submit to find out more.

Along with AFF’s prestigious screenplay competitions, stellar lineup of film screenings and premieres including big budget and indie films alike, and awardees in categories such as Extraordinary Contribution To Filmmaking (past awardees including John Lasseter, Ron Howard, Danny Boyle and more), the Festival’s Conference enlightens and inspires future filmmakers and fans alike. Conference panelists shed light on their own productions as well as the film and television industries in general. They lead discussions on taking a film from script-to-screen, writing for animation and comedy, how to break into the business and much more.

More panelists and a full Conference schedule breakdown to come later, but the below speakers are confirmed to participate in the 2012 Austin Film Festival & Conference.

 

2012 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE PANELISTS

WRITERS & FILMMAKERS

• Dan Angel, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Young Blades, Night Visions, Goosebumps

• John August, FRANKENWEENIE, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, BIG FISH, CHARLIE’S ANGELS

• Alec Berg, THE DICTATOR, EUROTRIP, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Seinfeld

• Michael Brandt & Derek Haas, Chicago Fire, WANTED, THE DOUBLE, 3:10 TO YUMA, 2

FAST 2 FURIOUS

• Aline Brosh McKenna, WE BOUGHT A ZOO, 27 DRESSES, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

• Billy Brown, The Haunting Hour, John Carpenter’s Body Bags, Night Visions, Goosebumps

• Scott Z. Burns, CONTAGION, THE INFORMANT, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

• Kell Cahoon, The Larry Sanders Show, Newsradio, Just Shoot Me, King of the Hill, Method and Red, Psych

• Etan Cohen, MEN IN BLACK III, TROPIC THUNDER, IDIOCRACY, King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-head

• Peter Craig, BAD BOYS 3, THE TOWN

• Evan Daugherty, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

• Pen Densham, ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, MOLL FLANDERS, HOUDINI

• Pamela Gray, writer CONVICTION, A WALK ON THE MOON, MUSIC OF THE HEART, Once and Again

• David Guggenheim, SAFE HOUSE

• Phil Hay, R.I.P.D. ‘13, CLASH OF THE TITANS, AEON FLUX, CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL

• Eric Heisserer, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (2010), FINAL DESTINATION 5, THE THING (2011)

• Brian Helgeland, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, MAN ON FIRE, MYSTIC RIVER, PAYBACK, A KNIGHT’S TALE

• Kyle Killen, Awake, Lonestar, THE BEAVER

• Simon Kinberg, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, THIS MEANS WAR, SHERLOCK HOLMES, MR. & MRS. SMITH, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND

• Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein, THE VOW, VALENTINE’S DAY, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, NEVER BEEN KISSED

• Max Landis, CHRONICLE, GOOD TIME GANG

• Alex Litvak, PREDATORS, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, FIVE AGAINST THE BULLET

• Jeff Lowell, Just Shoot Me!, Spin City, HOTEL FOR DOGS, OVER HER DEAD BODY

• Jenny Lumet, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED

• Craig Mazin, IDENTITY THEFT, TURKEYS, THE HANGOVER PART II, SCARY MOVIE 3 & 4

• Ashley Miller, THOR, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Andromeda

• Peter Murrieta, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, Hope & Faith, Greetings from Tucson

• Marti Noxon, FRIGHT NIGHT, I AM NUMBER FOUR, writer/producer Glee, Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy

• Zak Penn, LAST ACTION HERO, ELEKTRA, X2, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND; creator of SyFy series Alphas

• Daniel Petrie, Jr., Combat Hospital, BEVERLY HILLS COP, THE BIG EASY, SHOOT TO KILL

• Scott Rosenberg, GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS, CON AIR, HIGH FIDELITY, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS

• Philip Rosenthal, EXPORTING RAYMOND, Everybody Loves Raymond, Coach, Down the Shore

• Terry Rossio, SHREK, DÉJÀ VU, THE MASK OF ZORRO, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise

• Liz Tigelaar, Life Unexpected, writer/producer Brothers & Sisters, American Dreams, Once and Again

• Ric Roman Waugh, EVEL (2014), SNITCH, FELON

• Hilary Winston, Happy Endings, Community, My Name is Earl

• Stu Zicherman, A.C.O.D., Fables, Lights Out, Six Degrees, ELEKTRA, 2000 AD

 

AGENTS, EXECUTIVES, MANAGERS & PRODUCERS

• Elizabeth Avellán, producer SIN CITY, MACHETE, PREDATORS, SHORTS, GRINDHOUSE

• Garrett Basch, Film Rites

• David Boxerbaum, Paradigm Agency

• Dave Brown, Artist International

• Bryan Brucks, Brucks Entertainment

• Lindsay Doran, producer STRANGER THAN FICTION, NANNY MCPHEE, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

• Rick Dugdale, Enderby Entertainment

• Tai Duncan, Paul Schiff Productions

• Rebecca Ewing, United Talent Agency

• Lisa Fragner, Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios, Inc.

• Jane Francis, Fox 21

• Matthew Gross, Gross Entertainment

• Barry Josephson, Josephson Entertainment

• Jessica Julius, Disney Animation

• Kris Meyer, producer PLIMPTON!, HALL PASS, THE HEARTBREAK KID, FEVER PITCH, STUCK ON YOU, SHALLOW HAL

• Gayla Nethercott, Nethercott Agency

• Ryan Saul, APA

• Joyce San Pedro, Alex Siskin and with Escape Artists at Sony

• Matt Summers, 821 Entertainment

• Mark Vahradian, di Bonaventura Pictures

• Alexander Young, Josephson Entertainment

*All panelists are confirmed, schedules permitting and are subject to change.

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW FILM SERIES, AFF AUDIENCE AWARD FILM SERIES, PRESENTED BY ESURANCE

Austin, TXAustin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce its newest screening series, AFF Audience Award Film Series Presented by Esurance, featuring four of the most beloved films from the 2011 Austin Film Festival. The series, screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Village (2700 W Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757), will take place every third Monday of the month, beginning on May 21st, 2012 …

Austin, TXAustin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce its newest screening series, AFF Audience Award Film Series Presented by Esurance, featuring four of the most beloved films from the 2011 Austin Film Festival. The series, screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Village (2700 W Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757), will take place every third Monday of the month, beginning on May 21st, 2012 at 7:00pm.

Last year during the 2011 Austin Film Festival, audience members were invited to rate the 170+ films that screened at the Festival and vote for their favorites. This year, AFF will bring four of the Esurance Audience Award Winners back to Austin audiences for an encore screening: RESTIVE (writer/director Jeremiah Jones, winner – Narrative Feature Competition); ECSTASY OF ORDER: THE TETRIS MASTERS (director Adam Cornelius, winner (tie) – Documentary Feature Competition); STORIES FROM AN UNDECLARED WAR (director Dennis Rice, winner (tie) – Documentary Feature Competition); and SIRONIA (writer/director Brandon Dickerson, writers Thomas Ward and Wes Cunningham, winner – Texas Independents Category). The award-winning writers and/or directors of each film will be present at the screening to discuss their film, creative process, and future projects.

“There truly is no greater reward for a filmmaker than an Audience Award, which confirms their ability to tell a good story. Every filmmaker is a storyteller at heart, and you can’t receive better validation than the approval of your audience,” says AFF Film Program Director Stephen Jannise.

AFF will kick off the series with SIRONIA on May 21st. Singer/songwriter Wes Cunningham stars as a man who has been chewed up and spit out by the Hollywood music machine. A once ambitious musician, he impulsively moves with his pregnant wife to a small town called Sironia, Texas in search of authenticity and purpose in his life. This poignant film played to two standing-room-only audiences at AFF last year. The writer/director of SIRONIA, Brandon Dickerson, will be present at the screening for a Q&A.

The next entry in the series, screening on Monday June 18th, will be ECSTASY OF ORDER: THE TETRIS MASTERS, co-winner of the AFF Audience Award in the Documentary Feature category. The film follows a group of record-holding Tetris players as they prepare to compete in the 2010 Classic Tetris World Championship. The film gives us an intimate look at the Masters as they reveal their secrets, recount their obsessions with the game, and take us to the transcendental state required to reach the highest level, known as the ‘Ecstasy of Order.’

The series will continue on with RESTIVE, a Southern Gothic tale from promising new writer/director and University of Texas graduate Jeremiah Jones, and STORES FROM AN UNDECLARED WAR, a documentary that follows The Freedom Writers Diary, a collection of journal entries written by 150 at-risk students from Long Beach, CA. The dates of these two screenings are TBD and will be announced on Austin Film Festival’s website.

The AFF Audience Award Film Series is sponsored by Esurance, the direct-to-consumer car insurance company. Esurance has been a longtime supporter of filmmakers and artists who help bring compelling stories to life.

About Austin Film Festival

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters, and recognizing their contributions to film, television, and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.

Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

For more information on the upcoming 19th Annual Austin Film Festival & Conference, October 18th – 25th, 2012 in Austin, TX, visit www.austinfilmfestival.com, or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378). Badges and Film Passes are currently on sale and can be purchased online. For regular updates, follow AFF on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AustinFilmFestival and Twitter @austinfilmfest.

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PBS Television Show “On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival” Premieres Second Season on KLRU

 Picked Up Nationwide in Over Sixty Markets including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Houston Austin, TXAustin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce that its original television show, “On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival” has been picked up for a second season on KLRU, Austin’s PBS station, and will expand to 100 stations in over 60 markets, including New …

 Picked Up Nationwide in Over Sixty Markets including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Houston

Austin, TXAustin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce that its original television show, “On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival” has been picked up for a second season on KLRU, Austin’s PBS station, and will expand to 100 stations in over 60 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Detroit, Tampa, Denver, and more.

“On Story” is a half-hour series that gives viewers anecdotal backstories into the making of some of the most popular and beloved films and television shows ever made and premiered on Austin’s PBS station KLRU-Q in 2011 to an audience of over 500,000 viewers in Central Texas. Season one has already begun airing on various stations around the country and the entire first season can also be viewed online at www.austinfilmfestival.com/onstory.

The show features interviews with some of the industry’s most accomplished and acclaimed screenwriters, directors and producers, and offers behind-the-scenes insight into the process of screenwriting and filmmaking. Featured filmmakers include Academy Award-winning director and producer Sydney Pollack (Tootsie, Out of Africa, The Way We Were), Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up), Academy Award winner Ron Howard (Cocoon, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), Emmy Award winner David Milch (NYPD Blue, Deadwood, Luck), Buck Henry (screenwriter – The Graduate), Emmy Award winner Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos, Mad Men), David Simon (The Wire), and more.

“Accessibility has always been one of the touchstones of our mission. I’m thrilled we can now bring the gems of wisdom from the writers and filmmakers who speak at the Festival to an even greater audience,” says Austin Film Festival’s Executive Director, Barbara Morgan.

The second season of “On Story” will premiere on KLRU-Q on Saturday, May 26th at 7:30pm. The season will bring you 12 all new episodes featuring interviews and discussions from the 2011 Austin Film Festival & Conference. Audiences will have the chance to hear from 2011 AFF Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Awardee John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios), 2011 AFF Distinguished Screenwriter Awardee Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family), 2011 AFF Outstanding Television Awardee Hart Hanson (Bones), and many more.

John August, screenwriter of Go, Big Fish, and Charlie and the Chocolate Facotry, notes, “Austin Film Festival is unique in its focus on writing, and the stories behind the stories. I’m excited that viewers across the country will get to learn more about how their favorite movies and television shows came to be.”

For more information on “On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival,” and to watch previously aired episodes, visit www.austinfilmfestival.com/onstory. For the full list of stations, visit the Austin Film Festival’s website, www.austinfilmfestival.com. Check with your local PBS affiliate to find out when “On Story” airs in your city.

For more information on the upcoming 19th Annual Austin Film Festival & Conference, October 18th – 25th 2012 in Austin, TX, visit www.austinfilmfestival.com, or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378). Badges and Film Passes are currently on sale and can be purchased online. For regular updates, follow AFF on Facebook at facebook.com/AustinFilmFestival and Twitter @austinfilmfest.

About Austin Film Festival

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters, and recognizing their contributions to film, television, and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.

Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL 2011 AWARD WINNERS “THE ARTIST” AND “THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE” RECEIVE ACADEMY AWARDS®

Austin, TX- Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce that two of its award-winning films from 2011 are also now Academy Award® winners. THE ARTIST, which won the 2011 Austin Film Festival Audience Award for Out-of-Competition Feature, was named Best Picture of the Year by the Academy. The film’s writer/director Michel Hazanavicius was named Best Director of the Year while the star, Jean Dujardin, …

Austin, TX- Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce that two of its award-winning films from 2011 are also now Academy Award® winners. THE ARTIST, which won the 2011 Austin Film Festival Audience Award for Out-of-Competition Feature, was named Best Picture of the Year by the Academy. The film’s writer/director Michel Hazanavicius was named Best Director of the Year while the star, Jean Dujardin, was given the award for Best Actor. THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS FOR MR. MORRIS LESSMORE, winner of both the Grand Jury Award and the Audience Award for Best Animated Short at AFF 2011, was named Best Animated Short at the Oscars®. AFF’s 2010 Best Animated Short winner, THE LOST THING, also went on to win the Academy Award®, making THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS the second AFF film in a row to win the Oscar® in that category.

Other AFF 2011 films that were nominated this year include THE DESCENDANTS (winner, Best Adapted Screenplay), ALBERT NOBBS (nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress), PUSS IN BOOTS (nominated for Best Animated Feature), HELL AND BACK AGAIN (nominated, Best Documentary Feature), and RAJU (nominated, Best Live Action Short Film). 2007 AFF Alumnus Terry George also took home an Oscar® for his live action short film THE SHORE.

Austin Film Festival has a long history of screening films that continue on to make Oscar® history. In 2008, AFF Audience Award winner SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE went on to win eight Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director – Danny Boyle, and Best Adapted Screenplay – Simon Beaufoy. Boyle and Beaufoy’s 127 HOURS screened at AFF 2010 and subsequently went on to gain six Academy Award® nominations. Other AFF films that have gone on to win Oscars® include JUNO (AFF 2007 Audience Award for Out-of-Competition Feature), PRECIOUS (AFF 2009), UP IN THE AIR (AFF 2009), and BLACK SWAN (AFF 2010). THE ACCOUNTANT, AFF 2001 Best Narrative Short Film, went on to win an Academy Award® in 2002.

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES DANIEL PETRIE, JR AND RICK DUGDALE’S ENDERBY ENTERTAINMENT AS NEW SCREENPLAY COMPETITION SPONSOR

AUSTIN, Texas—Jan. 26, 2012— Austin Film Festival (AFF) is pleased to announce that Daniel Petrie, Jr. and Rick Dugdale’s production company Enderby Entertainment is the new judge for the sponsored award category of the 19th Annual Screenplay Competition.  The new Enderby Entertainment Award is a sub-category of the Screenplay Competition and is open to feature scripts in all genres with an original concept and distinctive …

AUSTIN, Texas—Jan. 26, 2012— Austin Film Festival (AFF) is pleased to announce that Daniel Petrie, Jr. and Rick Dugdale’s production company Enderby Entertainment is the new judge for the sponsored award category of the 19th Annual Screenplay Competition.  The new Enderby Entertainment Award is a sub-category of the Screenplay Competition and is open to feature scripts in all genres with an original concept and distinctive voice that can be independently produced with a production budget under $5 million.  Enderby Entertainment will review the top scripts submitted in this category and will determine the Semifinalists, Finalists, and winner.  Finalists will be given the opportunity to meet with the production company during the Festival and Conference, which will be held Oct. 18-25, 2012.  The winner of the Enderby Entertainment Award will receive a prize package including $2,500, reimbursement for airfare (up to $500) and hotel (up to $500) for attendance to the Festival and Conference, and the bronze AFF Typewriter Award.

“We’re thrilled that Enderby Entertainment was chosen to be part of Austin Film Festival’s screenwriting competition” said Daniel Petrie, Jr. and Rick Dugdale.  “Austin Film Festival has always believed, as we do, that the screenplay is the heart of a film.  It’s a pleasure and an honor to be a small part of all the good work the Festival does to encourage and empower screenwriters.”

Festival badges and film passes for the 2012 Austin Film Festival, taking place October 18-25th, are currently on sale. For more information on the upcoming 19th annual Austin Film Festival, visit the official website at www.austinfilmfestival.com or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378). For regular updates, follow AFF on Facebook at facebook.com/AustinFilmFestival and Twitter @austinfilmfest.

About Enderby Entertainment

Los Angeles-based Enderby Entertainment is an independent film, television and digital media company with an old-fashioned emphasis on storytelling, on the creative side, and transparency, on the financial side.  Founded in 2006 by partners Rick Dugdale and Daniel Petrie, Jr., Enderby Entertainment’s film credits include writer/director Stephen Elliot’s upcoming film Cherry, starring James Franco and Heather Graham, which will premiere at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, and five films from Enderby’s thriller division:  The Speak, Vile, 5 Souls, Silver Falls and No Tell Motel.  Upcoming films include The Storm, to be directed by Walter Hill, and Stranded, to be directed by Daniel Petrie, Jr. from a screenplay by Austin Film Festival semi-finalists Rachel Long & Brian Pittman.  Films in development include Heartbreak Hill, to be directed by Donald Petrie, and the comedy 50 Yard Line.  Digital media properties include the internet production Get Wylde and a soon-to-be-released gaming application.

About Rick Dugdale

Enderby Entertainment President Rick Dugdale oversees all aspects of finance and physical production for Enderby.  He serves as producer or executive producer on all Enderby Entertainment projects, including Cherry, which Dugdale produced for Enderby in addition to playing a key role in arranging the financing for the film.  Dugdale also serves as CEO of Tony-Seven Films, Enderby Entertainment’s thriller division; he served as executive producer on The Speak, Vile and 5 Souls and as producer on Silver Falls and No Tell Motel.  Dugdale joined Daniel Petrie, Jr. & Company as Vice President, Production in 2003 before becoming a full partner in 2004.  He then founded Enderby Entertainment with Petrie in 2006.

About Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Enderby Entertainment partner Daniel Petrie, Jr. oversees creative affairs for the company.  Petrie was nominated for an Academy Award for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy.  Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The Big Easy, starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin.  Petrie served as producer of the thriller Shoot to Kill, starring Sidney Poitier and Tom Berenger, and as executive producer of the comedy Turner & Hooch, starring Tom Hanks; Petrie co-wrote both films.  Petrie also served as executive producer of The 6th Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

 

Petrie’s directorial debut was the film Toy Soldiers, starring Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, and Louis Gossett, Jr., which he also co-wrote.  Petrie also directed the HBO film Dead Silence, starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and adapted and directed the TNT movie Framed, starring Rob Lowe and Sam Neill.  Most recently, Petrie was executive producer, showrunner and co-creator of the 13 episode TV series Combat Hospital, simulcast on ABC and Canada’s Global TV in the summer of 2011.

A past President of the Writers Guild of America, West, Inc., Petrie currently serves as Vice President, Programs of the Writers Guild Foundation.  He is a former Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a former Trustee of the American Film Institute.  Petrie has also been an active supporter for Austin Film Festival since 1997.

About Austin Film Festival’s Screenplay Competition

One of the most respected competitions in the country, the AFF Screenplay Competition provides emerging writers the means to expose their work to major players in the entertainment industry.  Past entrants have signed with Artisan Entertainment, Creative Artists Agency, Metropolitan Talent Agency, William Morris Agency, DreamWorks Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Miramax Films, and other highly respected companies.

The Screenplay Competition has two main categories: Drama and Comedy, and also features two sub-categories: The Enderby Entertainment Award and the Dark Hero Studios Sci-Fi Award (science fiction, horror, supernatural thriller, fantasy, etc.).  The Teleplay Competition is open to spec scripts from a currently airing network and original pilot scripts and features four main categories: Sitcom Pilot, One-Hour Pilot, Sitcom Spec, and One-Hour Spec.  The Screenplay Competition deadline is May 15 with a late deadline of June 1.  The Teleplay Competition final deadline is June 1.  Winners of the competitions will be announced in Austin at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at The Austin Club.

For additional information on the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival Screenplay and Teleplay Competition including entry forms, submission fees and Competition guidelines rules call 1-800-310-FEST (3378) or visit the official website at www.austinfilmfestival.com.

About Austin Film Festival

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.

Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

 

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Alexis Bledel Joins AFF’s 9th Annual Film & Food Gala as Honorary Co-Chair

AUSTIN, TX (October 7, 2011)—The Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced today that Actress Alexis Bledel has been named honorary co-chair for the 9th Annual Film & Food Gala, benefitting AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program. Previously announced honorary co-chair, Actress and Producer America Ferrera is no longer able to attend due to a work schedule conflict. Bledel will be joined by writer/director Ryan Piers Williams (The Dry …

AUSTIN, TX (October 7, 2011)—The Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced today that Actress Alexis Bledel has been named honorary co-chair for the 9th Annual Film & Food Gala, benefitting AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program. Previously announced honorary co-chair, Actress and Producer America Ferrera is no longer able to attend due to a work schedule conflict. Bledel will be joined by writer/director Ryan Piers Williams (The Dry Land).

A native of Houston, Bledel is a versatile actress in both film and television. She starred as “Rory Gilmore” in the critically acclaimed series “Gilmore Girls.” She recently appeared with James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn in Director Robert Redford’s period drama “The Conspirator.” Next, Bledel stars opposite Saoirse Ronan in Oscar winner Geoffrey Fletcher’s directorial debut “Violet and Daisy.” The film centers on a pair of teenage assassins who are lured into what is supposed to be just another quick and easy job, only to find complications as the man they’re supposed to kill is not what they expected. Bledel’s additional film credits include “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “Tuck Everlasting” and the Robert Rodriguez film “Sin City,” which was filmed in Austin.

The Gala will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, TX and kicks off the 18th Annual Festival and Conference. For more information, please visit www.austinfilmfestival.com/.

9TH ANNUAL FILM & FOOD GALA
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2011
7PM – 10PM
DRISKILL HOTEL / AUSTIN, TX
Tickets are $90/$75 for AFF Members and Badge Holders
Call 512.478.4795 or visit austinfilmfestival.com for tickets
Benefitting Young Filmmakers Program

All chairs are confirmed based on permitting schedules and are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Proceeds from the ticket sales and event auctions benefit Austin Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Program, which was founded to encourage students, ages 9-18, to explore their literacy skills through the arts of screenwriting and filmmaking. Programs are offered free through AISD schools and partner organizations.

Sponsors of the Film & Food Gala include Whole Foods Market, KVUE, Twin Liquors, Dos Equis, Shweiki Media Printing, Livestrong Austin Marathon & Half Marathon, and United/Continental Airlines.

More information on the 18th annual Austin Film Festival is available at www.austinfilmfestival.com/ or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378). For regular updates, follow AFF on Facebook at facebook.com/AustinFilmFestivaland Twitter @austinfilmfest.

About Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by Dos Equis, KVUE, KUT 90.5 FM, United/Continental Airlines, Esurance, and Wells Fargo Advisors.

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An Exclusive Staged Reading of “The Nice Guys”

A NOIR SCRIPT BY SHANE BLACK & ANTHONY BAGAROZZI. READ BY PROFESSIONAL ACTORS WITH BLACK DIRECTING. SUNDAY, OCT. 23RD AT THE ROLLINS THEATER IN AUSTIN, TX AUSTIN, TX (August 30, 2011) – The Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced today an exclusive staged reading of Shane Black and Anthony Bagarozzi’s noir script, “The Nice Guys,” during the Festival. The script will be read by professional actors …

A NOIR SCRIPT BY SHANE BLACK & ANTHONY BAGAROZZI. READ BY PROFESSIONAL ACTORS WITH BLACK DIRECTING.

SUNDAY, OCT. 23RD AT THE ROLLINS THEATER IN AUSTIN, TX

AUSTIN, TX (August 30, 2011) – The Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced today an exclusive staged reading of Shane Black and Anthony Bagarozzi’s noir script, “The Nice Guys,” during the Festival. The script will be read by professional actors with Black and Bagarozzi in attendance, with Black directing. The reading will be Sunday, October 23rd at 4:30pm at the Rollins Theatre at The Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, TX.

It’s going to be a production you won’t want to miss during the Festival, as these two seasoned screenwriters give film fans a first glimpse at this dark murder mystery read live by actors. “The Nice Guys” follows last year’s wildly popular and successful reading of Maggie Carey’s “The Hand Job.” AFF’s script readings are energetic and considered some of the Conference’s most beloved events, bringing the page to life with comedic, dramatic and exciting performances.

ABOUT THE NICE GUYS
In smoggy 1970s Los Angeles, Jackson Healy (muscle-for-hire, recovering alcoholic) and Holland March (private eye, practicing alcoholic) are brought together by the suicide of a fading porn star. Problem is, the dead girl’s aunt is convinced she saw her niece alive and well, AFTER the highly publicized incident. March needs money, takes the case-and within days, it’s blossomed into a far-reaching murder conspiracy, bizarrely rooted in smog and the U.S. auto industry.

Shane Black has had tremendous success in creating a number of box office blockbusters, including the first two “Lethal Weapon” movies and 1991’s “The Last Boyscout.” In 1990, Shane sold his espionage script “The Long Kiss Goodnight” for a record sum of money. His directorial debut, the romantic thriller “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang” re-teamed him with producer Joel Silver. Black was the recipient of the 2006 Austin Film Festival’s Distinguished Screenwriter Award. Next, he’s writing and directing “Iron Man 3” starring Robert Downey, Jr., scheduled for release May 2013.

Anthony Bagarozzi broke into the business with the sale of “Tick Tock,” an original screenplay, which he co-wrote with Chuck Mondry. Along with writing “The Nice Guys” with Shane Black, Bagarozzi is currently working on a “Doc Savage” screenplay for Sony Pictures, as well as adapting the best selling manga “Death Note” for Warner Brothers. Next year he plans to make his directorial debut with the supernatural thriller “Deathless,” co-written by Chuck Mondry and produced by Modern Pictures.

Past Austin Film Festival script readings include works by Anne Rapp, Ya’Ke Smith, Jim Dauterive, Tim McCandlies, Bill Wittliff, Larry Wright, Mike Fry, Kat Candler, the late Bud Shrake and, most recently, the 2009 Black List scripts “By Way of Helena” by Matthew Cook with Jeff Fahey, D.B. Sweeney and others, and “The Hand Job” by Maggie Carey, with performers Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader, Jessica Alba, Colin Hanks, and others.

Film Passes and Festival Badges are currently on sale at a discounted rate until September 30th and can be purchased athttp://austinfilmfestival.myshopify.com/collections/2011-badges-film-passes. Right now, Film Passes are only $42. All Badges and Passes grant admission to the script reading.

AFF has also announced the early 10 films screening at the festival this year, as well as this year’s award winners and the confirmed Conference panelists. These announcements and general information on the 18th annual Austin Film Festival is available atwww.austinfilmfestival.com/ or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378). For regular updates, follow AFF on Facebook at facebook.com/AustinFilmFestival and Twitter @austinfilmfest.

About Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by Dos Equis, KVUE, KUT 90.5 FM, United/Continental Airlines, and Esurance.

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The Early 10 Films Confirmed to Screen

INCLUDING JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME, PUSS IN BOOTS, BENEATH THE DARKNESS, ALBERT NOBBS, HAROLD’S GOING STIFF, ECSTASY OF ORDER: THE TETRIS MASTERS, AND MORE FULL LINEUP COMING MID-SEPTEMBER AUSTIN, TX (August 23, 2011) – The Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premiere film festival recognizing writers’ and filmmakers’ contributions to film, television and new media, announced today the first 10 films included in the 2011 …

INCLUDING JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME, PUSS IN BOOTS, BENEATH THE DARKNESS, ALBERT NOBBS, HAROLD’S GOING STIFF, ECSTASY OF ORDER: THE TETRIS MASTERS, AND MORE

FULL LINEUP COMING MID-SEPTEMBER

AUSTIN, TX (August 23, 2011) – The Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premiere film festival recognizing writers’ and filmmakers’ contributions to film, television and new media, announced today the first 10 films included in the 2011 lineup of Festival film screenings October 20-27. AFF annually hosts over 170 film screenings and special events, and the Conference boasts more than 100 speakers participating in panels and roundtable discussions.

Included in the early 10 films announced are Jeff Who Lives At Home, a new comedy by the Duplass brothers starring Jason Segel; Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters (world premiere), a documentary about the obsession of the masters at the 2010 Classic Tetris World Championship; Harold’s Going Stiff (U.S. premiere), a contemporary and affecting zombie film; UCB dance film Freak Dance (world premiere); the gender-blurring tale of Albert Nobbs, starring Glenn Close, with director Rodrigo Garcia in attendance; Puss in Boots, the animated film about the swashbuckling feline; American Teacher, an inspiring documentary about U.S. educators; We Need To Talk About Kevin, a gripping drama starring Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly; and the Southern Gothic tale Restive.

One of the films announced, Beneath the Darkness, was birthed out of the 2003 Festival when writer Bruce Wilkinson and director Martin Guigui met following a screening of Guigui’s film Swing. This meeting at the Festival allowed Wilkinson to achieve a life dream before his passing following the film’s completion. This will be the world premiere of Beneath the Darkness, which stars Dennis Quaid as a psychopathic killer. Quaid, along with the director and much of the cast, will be in attendance.

The 2011 film lineup includes several World, U.S., and regional premieres in all genres ranging from comedy to horror, documentary to drama. Filmmakers from around the world and Texas alike showcase everything from obscure indie films to big-budget Oscar®-bound productions.

The complete list of films screening at AFF this year, including short films and competition titles, will be announced in mid-September. Cast and crew attendance is subject to change and based on permitting schedules

AFF’S 2011 EARLY 10 FILMS ARE:

ALBERT NOBBS
Writers: Glenn Close, John Banville
Director: Rodrigo Garcia (in attendance)
Cast: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brendan Gleeson
Glenn Close stars as a woman who must disguise herself as a male butler in order to find work in 19th century Ireland.

AMERICAN TEACHER
Director: Vanessa Roth
Narrator: Matt Damon
Regional Premiere
Weaving interviews of policy experts and startling facts with the lives and careers of four teachers, Matt Damon narrates the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system—the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across the country.

BENEATH THE DARKNESS
Writer: Bruce Wilkinson
Director: Martin Guigui (in attendance)
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Tony Oller, Aimee Teegarden, Stephen Lunsford, Brett Cullen (entire cast listed will be in attendance)
World Premiere
After watching their best friend get murdered, a group of teens struggle to expose a local hero (Dennis Quaid) as the psychopathic killer and keep from becoming his next victims.

ECSTASY OF ORDER: THE TETRIS MASTERS
Director: Adam Cornelius
World Premiere
This video game documentary brings world-record-holding Tetris players together for the 2010 Classic Tetris World Championship. Witness the Masters as they reveal their secrets, recount their obsession with the game, and enter the transcendental state required to reach the highest levels known as the ‘Ecstasy of Order’.

FREAK DANCE
Writer: Matt Besser
Directors: Matt Besser, Neil Mahoney
Cast: Michael Cassady, Megan Heyn, Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Tim Meadows, Andy Daly, Horatio Sanz
World Premiere
The Upright Citizens Brigade unleash their unique take on the dance film with this funky, epic dance floor battle, featuring several past and present members of the popular sketch comedy group.

HAROLD’S GOING STIFF
Writer/Director: Keith Wright
Cast: Stan Rowe, Sarah Spencer, Andy Pandini, Lee Thompson, Richard Harrison, Phil Gascoyne
US Premiere
Lonely pensioner, Harold Gimble, has become the first man to suffer from a new neurological disease that is slowly turning him into a zombie-like state. Harold’s hermit-like existence is shaken up when a vivacious nurse, Penny Rudge, is sent along to alleviate his stiffness.

JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME
Writers/Directors: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Cast: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer, Rae Dawn Chong
Regional Premiere
Jeff (Jason Segel) is living in his mother’s (Susan Sarandon) basement and waiting for destiny to fall right into his lap. When he goes out on a simple errand, he runs into his estranged brother (Ed Helms) and starts to see the signs that may point him toward a new life.

PUSS IN BOOTS
Writers: Brian Lynch, David H. Steinberg, Tom Wheeler, Jon Zack
Director: Chris Miller
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris
Regional Premiere
Way before Puss (Antonio Banderas) ever met Shrek, our suave and furry feline hero goes on a swashbuckling ride, as he teams with mastermind Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) and the street-savvy Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs.

RESTIVE
Writer/Director: Jeremiah Jones
Cast: Christopher Denham, Connor Hill, Michael Mosley, Marianna Palka, Ivan Sandomire
Regional Premiere
A mother deals with emotional and physical abuse from her mentally unstable husband as the narrative twists and turns in this thrilling Southern Gothic tale.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Writers: Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Cast: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller
Regional Premiere
Two parents (Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly) try to come to terms with the horrifying atrocities committed by their young son in this wrenching drama from acclaimed filmmaker Lynne Ramsay.

The 2011 Conference will offer registrants the opportunity to attend informative and inspiring discussions, including A Conversation with John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and Academy Award®-winning director and executive-producer of Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and more. Also on tap is A Conversation with “Bones” and upcoming “The Finder” show creator Hart Hanson, as well as A Conversation with Caroline Thompson, writer of Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas. There will be in-depth Script-To-Screen discussions on The Graduate with writer Buck Henry, Fight Club with writer Jim Uhls, and “Veronica Mars” with show creator Rob Thomas, as well as a panel on Zombies, Apes & Vampires: Breathing New Life Into Old Subjects with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of The Planet of The Apes, The Relic), Alvaro Rodriguez (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn 3), and Rhett Reese (Zombieland). Full panel schedule coming soon.

This year’s Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award recipient is John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios). Along with Distinguished Screenwriter Awardee Caroline Thompson (screenwriter of Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Outstanding Television Writer Awardee Hart Hanson (creator, writer, executive producer of “Bones,” “The Finder”), they will receive their awards at the annual Award Luncheon on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Austin Club.

Film passes and Festival badges are currently on sale at a discounted rate until September 30th and can be purchased athttp://austinfilmfestival.myshopify.com/collections/2011-badges-film-passes. Right now, Film Passes are only $42. All badges and passes grant admission to films.

For more information on the 18th annual Austin Film Festival, panels, film screenings and special events, visit the official website atwww.austinfilmfestival.com/ or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378). For regular updates, follow AFF on Facebook at facebook.com/AustinFilmFestival and Twitter @austinfilmfest.

About Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by Dos Equis, KVUE, KUT 90.5 FM, United/Continental Airlines, and Esurance.

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2011 Script-To-Screen Panels During the Conference Announced

INCLUDES FIGHT CLUB WITH JIM UHLS, THE GRADUATE WITH BUCK HENRY, AND “VERONICA MARS” WITH ROB THOMAS PLUS, ADDITIONAL CONFERENCE PANELISTS ANNOUNCED AUSTIN, TX (AUGUST 4, 2011) – The 18th annual Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced today this year’s Script-To-Screen panels during the Festival Conference, which will take place October 20th-23rd. Also announced, are many of the AFF’s 2011 Conference panelists, including many film and …

INCLUDES FIGHT CLUB WITH JIM UHLS, THE GRADUATE WITH BUCK HENRY, AND “VERONICA MARS” WITH ROB THOMAS

PLUS, ADDITIONAL CONFERENCE PANELISTS ANNOUNCED

AUSTIN, TX (AUGUST 4, 2011) – The 18th annual Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced today this year’s Script-To-Screen panels during the Festival Conference, which will take place October 20th-23rd. Also announced, are many of the AFF’s 2011 Conference panelists, including many film and television writers, producers, directors, show creators and more.

The 2011 Script-To-Screen conversations include examinations of FIGHT CLUB with screenwriter Jim Uhls, THE GRADUATE with screenwriter Buck Henry, and “Veronica Mars” with creator Rob Thomas. During the Script-To-Screen section of the Conference lineup, film and television writers go in depth about their triumphs and tragedies as they worked to bring the project from script to screen. Audience members gain insight into some of their favorite productions as well as get an accurate picture of what it takes to bring a film or show from original idea to completion.

2011 SCRIPT-TO-SCREENS

FIGHT CLUB with Jim Uhls
In 1997, Chuck Palahniuk’s manuscript for the soon to be published FIGHT CLUB had made the rounds all over town and been rejected by everybody as being “unadaptable.” But, with the help of Laura Ziskin, then the executive running Fox 2000, screenwriter Jim Uhls and director David Fincher, the film went on to become one of the most controversial and talked-about films of 1999, turning the book into an instant cult classic.

With script in hand and film clips on the wall, screenwriter Jim Uhls (FIGHT CLUB, SEMPER FI, JUMPER) will dissect his critically acclaimed screenplay FIGHT CLUB, discussing his writing process, what worked, what didn’t, what needed to be changed for film production and why.

THE GRADUATE with Buck Henry
Ranked as the seventh greatest film of all time on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies, THE GRADUATE is a 1967 classic comedy-drama directed by Mike Nichols and based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Webb. Prolific writer Buck Henry wrote the screenplay, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his adaptation.

At the Conference, Buck Henry will dissect his critically acclaimed screenplay THE GRADUATE, discussing his writing process and the film’s production, what worked, what didn’t, what needed to be changed and why.

“Veronica Mars” with Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas’ critically acclaimed TV series “Veronica Mars,” starring Kristen Bell in the title role, premiered on September 22, 2004 during television network UPN’s final two years, and ended tragically prematurely on May 22, 2007. During the series’ run, it was nominated for two Satellite Awards, four Saturn Awards, five Teen Choice Awards and was featured on AFI’s TV Programs of the Year for 2005.

With the original pilot script in hand and film clips on the wall, television producer, screenwriter, and author Rob Thomas (“Veronica Mars,” “Party Down,” “Cupid,” “90210″ ’08) will dissect his pilot episode of “Veronica Mars.” Using this episode as a case study for how a TV show comes together, he will discuss how the idea for the show came about, the research and staff writing process, and other aspects of the show’s production.

More panels and discussions during AFF’s 2011 Conference will be announced soon, but you can find more information online atwww.austinfilmfestival.com//new/2011_panelists. Many of this year’s participating panelists have been announced below, including many of the industry’s top writers, directors, producers, show creators and more. More details on their specific panels to come shortly.

2011 CONFIRMED PANELISTS

-Elizabeth Avellan, producer Sin City, Machete, Predators, Shorts, Grindhouse
-Henry Bean, writer Internal Affairs, Deep Cover, The Believer
-Alec Berg, writer “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Eurotrip, “Seinfeld”
-Pen Densham, Trilogy Entertainment Group, author Riding the Alligator, writer Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Moll Flanders, Houdini
-Rodrigo Garcia, Albert Nobbs, “In Treatment,” Mother and Child
-Pamela Gray, writer Conviction, A Walk on the Moon, “Once and Again”
-Buck Henry, writer The Graduate, To Die For, Catch-22
-Jim Herzfeld, writer Meet The Fockers, Meet The Parents, Tapeheads, writer/producer “Married… With Children”
-Laeta Kalogridis, executive producer Avatar, writer Shutter Island, Alexander, Night Watch
-Lawrence Kasdan, writer Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Body Heat, The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist
-Mike Mitchell, director Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked ’11, Shrek Forever After, Surviving Christmas
-Rhett Reese, writer Zombieland, GI Joe 2, Deadpool
-Alvaro Rodriguez, writer Machete, Shorts, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter
-Terry Rossio, writer Shrek, Déjà Vu, The Mask of Zorro, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise
-Amy Talkington, writer Valley Girl ’12, Private Benjamin ’12, Night of the White Pants
-Rob Thomas, creator/writer “Veronica Mars,” “Cupid,” “Party Down,” developer/writer “90210,” writer “Dawson’s Creek”
-Jim Uhls, writer Fight Club, Semper Fi, Jumper
-Kyle Killen, creator/producer “Awake,” “Lonestar,” writer The Beaver
-Ric Roman Waugh, writer Snitch, Bobby Martinez, Felon

*All panelists are confirmed, schedules permitting and are subject to change. The complete list is available atwww.austinfilmfestival.com/, or upon request.

AFF will take place October 20-27, 2011 in Austin, Texas and will host more than 170 exciting film screenings and events. AFF will also include a conference lineup with over 100 panelists participating in 90 plus panels and roundtable discussions. Film screenings, additional panelists and special events will be announced in the coming months. Attendance of Conference speakers is schedule permitting and subject to change without notice.

Austin Film Festival’s 2011 award recipients have already been announced, including John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios), who will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award; Caroline Thompson (screenwriter of Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas) receiving the Distinguished Screenwriter Award; and Hart Hanson (creator, writer, executive producer of “Bones”) receiving the Outstanding Television Writer Award. They will accept their awards at AFF’s annual Award Luncheon held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Austin Club.

To purchase passes or badges to the 2011 Austin Film Festival (October 20 – 27, 2011), go tohttp://austinfilmfestival.myshopify.com/collections/2011-badges-film-passes.

For regular updates, follow AFF on Facebook at facebook.com/AustinFilmFestival and Twitter @austinfilmfest.

About Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by United Airlines and Esurance.

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2011 AFF Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Awardee Announced

CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER OF WALT DISNEY AND PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS JOINS DISTINGUISHED SCREENWRITER AWARDEE CAROLINE THOMPSON AND “BONES” CREATOR HART HANSON, OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER AWARDEE John Lasseter appears courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Visiting Artists program. AUSTIN, TX (June 14, 2011) – The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce that this year’s recipient of the 2011 Extraordinary Contribution …

CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER OF WALT DISNEY AND PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS JOINS DISTINGUISHED SCREENWRITER AWARDEE CAROLINE THOMPSON AND “BONES” CREATOR HART HANSON, OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER AWARDEE

John Lasseter appears courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Visiting Artists program.

AUSTIN, TX (June 14, 2011) – The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce that this year’s recipient of the 2011 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award will be John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. He will accept the Award, along with the other awardees, at AFF’s annual Award Luncheon held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Austin Club. The Awards Luncheon is presented by the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation. Lasseter will also speak on panels during the Conference, including “A Conversation with John Lasseter” and “The Art of Storytelling with Caroline Thompson, Hart Hanson and John Lasseter.”

Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award®-winning director and creatively oversees all films and associated projects from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. His executive-producing credits include “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Bolt” and last year’s critically acclaimed “Up,” the first animated film ever to open the Cannes Film Festival and the recipient of two Academy Awards® for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score. Lasseter also served as executive producer for Disney’s Oscar®-nominated films “The Princess and the Frog” and “Tangled” as well as Pixar’s most recent Academy Award® winner for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, “Toy Story 3.”
Under Lasseter’s supervision, Pixar’s animated features and short films have earned a multitude of critical accolades and film industry honors.

Lasseter joins Caroline Thompson who will receive the 2011 Distinguished Screenwriter Award and Outstanding Television Writer Awardee Hart Hanson. Thompson’s writing credits include “Edward Scissorhands,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Corpse Bride,” “The Addams Family,” “The Secret Garden” and more. Hanson is most well known in his role as creator, writer and executive producer of the popular television series “BONES,” which just got picked up for a 7th season on Fox.

The Austin Film Festival annually recognizes outstanding filmmakers for going above and beyond with their consistently exceptional body of work with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award. Previous recipients of the award include Robert Rodriguez (’10), Ron Howard (’09), Danny Boyle (’08), Oliver Stone (’07), and the late Sydney Pollack (’06.)

The inclusion of Lasseter in the 2011 Conference will round out an impressive list of animation writers, filmmakers, and executives attending and speaking at the Festival, helping make this an outstanding year for animation at AFF. Below are a few of the confirmed names in film and television and their animation credits taking part in AFF 2011.

• Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger, writers “Kung Fu Panda,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” “King of the Hill”
• Rita Hsiao, writer “Toy Story 2,” “Mulan”
• Jason Eaton, writer “Ice Age 3”
• Lisa Fragner, 20th Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios, Inc.
• Tim McCanlies, writer “The Iron Giant”
• Mike Mitchell, director “Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked,” “Shrek Forever After”
• Nancy Pimental, writer “South Park”
• Rhett Reese, writer “Dinosaur”
• Tim Talbott, writer “South Park”

AFF will take place October 20-27, 2011 in Austin, Texas and will host more than 170 exciting film screenings and events. AFF will also include a conference lineup with over 100 panelists participating in 90 plus panels and roundtable discussions. The complete list is available at www.austinfilmfestival.com/, or upon request. Film screenings, additional panelists and special events will be announced in the coming months. Attendance of Conference speakers is schedule permitting and subject to change without notice.

Awards Luncheon tickets are $50 each and are available for purchase by Conference and Producers Badge holders only. For additional information on the 18th Annual Austin Film Festival, panels and film screenings, and how to purchase everything from a Producers Badge to a Film Pass, visit the official website at www.austinfilmfestival.com/ or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378).

About Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by Continental and United Airlines, KVUE, KUT 90.5, and Dos Equis.

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Austin Film Festival & Ballet Austin Present a Special Screening of Center Stage

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL & BALLET AUSTIN PRESENT A SPECIAL SCREENING OF CENTER STAGE FOLLOWED BY A BALLET CLASS TAUGHT BY A BALLET AUSTIN COMPANY MEMBER AT BUTLER DANCE EDUCATION CENTER SUNDAY, JULY 24TH FINAL EVENT IN DANCE FILM SERIES Who: Austin Film Festival & Ballet Austin What: Screening of the 2000 film Center Stage When: Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 3pm / $10 (free for …

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL & BALLET AUSTIN PRESENT A SPECIAL SCREENING OF CENTER STAGE
FOLLOWED BY A BALLET CLASS TAUGHT BY A BALLET AUSTIN COMPANY MEMBER AT BUTLER DANCE EDUCATION CENTER SUNDAY, JULY 24TH

FINAL EVENT IN DANCE FILM SERIES

Who: Austin Film Festival & Ballet Austin
What: Screening of the 2000 film Center Stage
When: Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 3pm / $10 (free for AFF members with RSVP)
Where: Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures StudioTheater (501 W 3rd Street)
Tickets: All tickets are $10 and include admission to Ballet class ($17 value) immediately following the screening. Visitwww.balletaustin.org/film

AUSTIN, TX (June 13, 2011) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) and Ballet Austin announce a special dance film screening of Center Stage (2001) followed by a free Beginning Ballet class for all attendees on July 24th at Ballet Austin. In addition, a pair of ballet shoes signed by the Ballet Austin Company will be given away to a lucky audience winner.

The screening at Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures StudioTheater (501 West 3rd St) offers a special treat for ballet fans as well as film buffs looking to expand their artistic horizons and get moving with a dance class following the film. With the event, AFF and Ballet Austin hope to engage new arts audiences outside of their genres and bring them a new appreciation for both dance and film.

About Center Stage:
This story follows the challenges that a group of young talented dancers face when they enroll in the American Academy Ballet in New York. Each student is talented and ambitious, but how far will they go to achieve their dream?

Austin Film Festival and Ballet Austin came together for special screenings of the film Fame on Sunday, May 22nd with a free Jazz Class workshop, as well as The Company on Sunday, June 26th with a free Ballet Fit Class. AFF and Ballet Austin first worked together on the screening of Black Swan during the 2010 Austin Film Festival, and everything went so well, they decided to create other opportunities to collaborate for a full artistic experience. They have been working together as part of the Austin Shared Service group, which is a collection of local arts organizations collaborating to increase awareness, participation and excitement for the arts as well as arts education in Austin.

All proceeds benefit the Ballet Austin Academy Scholarship Program.

AFF members must RSVP in advance of the screening. All RSVP information will be posted at www.austinfilmfestival.com/ shortly. All non-AFF members are able to purchase $10 tickets at www.balletaustin.org/film

For more information on Austin Film Festival’s year round events, go to www.austinfilmfestival.com//new/events

For more information on Ballet Austin’s year round events, go to www.balletaustin.org

About Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.
The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Special support for Summer Film Camp is provided to the Austin Film Festival by Austin High School, Shweiki Media, KVUE, and Whole Foods Market.

About Ballet Austin
As distinctive and dynamic as the city it calls home, Ballet Austin welcomes audiences near and far to participate in its “classically innovative” vision for the democratization of dance. With a rich history spanning five decades, acclaimed productions, and one of the nation’s largest classical ballet academies, the organization is poised for an even greater future. From their new home at the Butler Dance Education Center and Community School in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin and artistic director Stephen Mills actively engage the community, dancers, and audiences alike. The New York Times proclaims Ballet Austin “a company with big ambitions” originating work that is “absorbing.”

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AFF & KLRU-TV Announce new series “On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival”

AUSTIN, TX (April 11, 2011) – Austin Film Festival and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, announced today the new 12-episode series “On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival” will premiere on Saturday, April 16, 2011, on KLRU Q. The new half-hour series will focus on the inspiration and creative process at the conception of the filmmaking process and air right after “Roger Ebert presents: At the Movies” and …

AUSTIN, TX (April 11, 2011) – Austin Film Festival and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, announced today the new 12-episode series “On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival” will premiere on Saturday, April 16, 2011, on KLRU Q.

The new half-hour series will focus on the inspiration and creative process at the conception of the filmmaking process and air right after “Roger Ebert presents: At the Movies” and just before the station’s new movie package at 8pm. “On Story” will include new interviews and footage from past Austin Film Festival panels and screenings of screenwriters and filmmakers discussing their craft and films. Each episode will pair these conversations with a short film from a Texas filmmaker, which has previously screened at the Austin Film Festival. “On Story” is produced by Austin Film Festival co-Founder and Executive Director Barbara Morgan.

“Austin Film Festival is quite proud of the new series, and we’re so happy to be working with KLRU on it,” says Barbara Morgan. “We’ve been working on concept for a while and are thrilled to finally be able to give local audiences a taste of the Festival.”

The filmmakers and screenwriters appearing on the show include Lawrence Kasdan (EMPIRE STRIKES BACK), Shane Black (LETHAL WEAPON), Ed Burns (THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN), Randall Wallace (BRAVEHEART), John Lee Hancock (THE BLIND SIDE), David Peoples (BLADE RUNNER), Judd Apatow (KNOCKED UP), Ron Howard, and more.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE
April 16, 2011 at 7:30pm: Episode 1
Footage: Lawrence Kasdan, Shane Black, and Randall Wallace at Austin Film Festival
Short film: FRENTE NORESTE by Angela Torres Camarena

April 23, 2011 at 7:30pm: Episode 2
April 30, 2011 at 7:30pm: Episode 3
May 7, 2011 at 7:30pm: Episode 4
May 14, 2011 at 7:30pm: Episode 5
May 21, 2011 at 7:30pm: Episode 6
May 28, 2011 at 7:30pm: Episode 7
June 4, 2011 at 7:30pm: Episode 8
June 11, 2011 at 7:30pm: Episode 9
June 18, 2011 at 7:30pm: Episode 10
June 25, 2011 at 7:30pm: Episode 11
July 2, 2011 at 7:30pm: Episode 12

The show airs on KLRU-Q broadcast channel 18.3, which is available free over the air in KLRU’s 18 county viewing area including Travis, Hayes, Bastrop, Williamson and Caldwell counties. KLRU-Q is also available to digital cable subscribers of Time Warner (channel 20 or 225) or Grande (channel 284).

Episodes will also be available online at klru.org the Sunday following the broadcast.

For more information on the Austin Film Festival, visit www.austinfilmfestival.com/. And, go to www.klru.org to find out more about the station and for programming schedules.

About Austin Film Festival
Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.

Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by Continental Airlines, KVUE, KUT 90.5, and Dos Equis.

About KLRU
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, reflects, celebrates and inspires Central Texas through creative excellence, community engagement and lifelong learning. In addition to providing locally produced and quality national television programming, KLRU is also a non-profit organization helping to build a stronger community through educational workshops, community engagement projects and public events. Known as the producing station of the longest-running live music television show “Austin City Limits,” KLRU has also worked on several other national productions including the documentaries CITIZEN ARCHITECT and LAST BEST HOPE. Get more information about KLRU at www.klru.org.

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2011 AFF Distinguished Screenwriter Awardee Announced

SCREENWRITER OF EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, CORPSE BRIDE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY AND MORE JOINS HART HANSON, RECIPIENT OF THIS YEAR’S OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER AWARD AUSTIN, TX (April 5, 2011) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) proudly announced today this year’s recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Screenwriter Award will be Caroline Thompson, screenplay writer of EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, CORPSE BRIDE, THE ADDAMS …

SCREENWRITER OF EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, CORPSE BRIDE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY AND MORE JOINS HART HANSON, RECIPIENT OF THIS YEAR’S OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER AWARD

AUSTIN, TX (April 5, 2011) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) proudly announced today this year’s recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Screenwriter Award will be Caroline Thompson, screenplay writer of EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, CORPSE BRIDE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, THE SECRET GARDEN, BLACK BEAUTY, and more. Thompson will accept the award at the Festival’s annual Award Luncheon held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Austin Club. Thompson will also speak on panels during the Conference.

Caroline Thompson published her first novel, First Born, in 1983, and adapted it for the screen with director Penelope Spheeris. Although the film was never made, Thompson discovered her love for writing screenplays, and her first film was 1990’s EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, which was immediately followed by THE ADDAMS FAMILY in 1991. She went on to write HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY, THE SECRET GARDEN, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, BLACK BEAUTY, BUDDY, SNOW WHITE: THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL, CORPSE BRIDE and CITY OF EMBER. She is currently working on adaptations of Melissa Marr’s novel Wicked Lovely and Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita. Eager to encourage the strange and idiosyncratic in young filmmakers, Caroline and her husband Steve Nicolaides founded and run the website Small & Creepy Films at www.smallandcreepy.com.

Thompson joins Hart Hanson, who is set to receive AFF’s Outstanding Television Writer Award at this year’s Festival. Hanson is best known as the creator, writer and executive producer of the popular television series “Bones,” which is currently in it’s 6th season on Fox. Hanson’s other credits include creator/showrunner for “Traders,” which was nominated for multiple Gemini Awards (Canadian Emmy’s), as well as writing for “Judging Amy,” “Joan of Arcadia,” and more. Presenting Hanson with his award will be “Bones” stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel. Still to be announced is this year’s recipient of the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award.

The Austin Film Festival annually recognizes outstanding filmmakers and screenwriters for their accomplished bodies of work and contributions to filmmaking. Previous recipients of the Distinguished Screenwriter Award include David Peoples, Steven Zaillian, Harold Ramis, Lawrence Kasdan, Barry Levinson, Frank Pierson, James L. Brooks, Richard LaGravenese and Horton Foote, among others.

Since 1994, Austin Film Festival has been dedicated to furthering the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story. The Austin Film Festival’s Conference offers over 80 panels, craft sessions and roundtable discussions led by more than 100 top professionals in the television and film industries. Focusing on the art, craft and business of film and television writing and production, it provides registrants unparalleled access to the best writers and filmmakers in the field. Just some of the speakers confirmed for 2011, schedules permitting, include:

• Alec Berg, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Seinfeld”
• Jon Aibel & Glenn Berger, KUNG FU PANDA 1 & 2, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS 2 & 3, MONSTERS VS. ALIENS
• Shane Black, IRONMAN III ‘12, KISS KISS, BANG BANG, LETHAL WEAPON
• Lindsay Doran, producer STRANGER THAN FICTION, NANNY MCPHEE, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
• Rodrigo Garcia, writer/director “In Treatment,” MOTHER AND CHILD
• Pamela Gray, writer CONVICTION, A WALK ON THE MOON
• Ted Griffin, creator “Terriers,” writer OCEAN’S ELEVEN, RUMOR HAS IT…, MATCHSTICK MEN
• Noah Hawley, creator “My Generation,” writer/producer “The Unusuals,” “Bones”
• Jim Herzfeld, writer MEET THE FOCKERS, MEET THE PARENTS, TAPEHEADS
• Rita Hsiao, writerTOY STORY 2, MULAN
• Elizabeth Hunter, writer BEAUTY SHOP, THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS, “ER”
• Lawrence Kasdan, writer RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RETURN OF THE JEDI, THE BIG CHILL, THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST
• Kyle Killen, writer THE BEAVER, creator “Lonestar”
• Luisa Leschin, writer “Are We There Yet?,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “George Lopez”
• Craig Mazin, writer THE HANGOVER 2, SCARY MOVIE 3 & 4
• Tim McCanlies, director ALABAMA MOON, writer SECONDHAND LIONS, THE IRON GIANT
• Mike Mitchell, director ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIP-WRECKED ’11, SHREK FOREVER AFTER, SURVIVING CHRISTMAS
• Peter Murrieta, creator “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Hope and Faith”
• Nancy Pimental, writer “South Park,” THE SWEETEST THING
• Rhett Reese, writer DEADPOOL ‘12, ZOMBIELAND, GI JOE2, MONSTERS, INC.
• Howard A. Rodman, writer AUGUST, SAVAGE GRACE, JOE GOULD’S SECRET
• Alvaro Rodriguez, writer MACHETE, SHORTS, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 3
• Alex Smith, co-writer/director DANCE WITH THE ONE, THE SLAUGHTER RULE
• Dana Stevens, writer “What About Brian,” LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT, FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
• Amy Talkington, writer VALLEY GIRL ‘12, PRIVATE BENJAMIN ‘12, NIGHT OF THE WHITE PANTS
• Beau Thorne, writer MAX PAYNE
• Donald Todd, writer/producer “Samantha Who?,” “Caroline in the City,” “Dave’s World,” “ALF”

The Conference will also include representatives from Overbrook Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios, Josephson Entertainment, di Bonaventura Pictures, CAA, UTA and many more. The complete list is available at www.austinfilmfestival.com/, or upon request. Film screenings, additional panelists and special events will be announced in the coming months. Attendance of Conference speakers is schedule permitting and subject to change without notice.

Awards Luncheon tickets are $50 each and are available for purchase by Conference and Producers Badge holders only.

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2011 AFF Outstanding Television Awardee Announced

CREATOR OF “BONES” COMES TO AUSTIN WITH EMILY DESCHANEL AND DAVID BOREANAZ HANSON WILL LEAD THIS YEAR’S LINEUP OF TELEVISION WRITERS & SHOW CREATORS AT THE CONFERENCE AUSTIN, TX (February 14, 2011) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) proudly announced today that this year’s recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Television Writer Award will be Hart Hanson, creator, executive producer, show runner, and writer of 20th Century …

CREATOR OF “BONES” COMES TO AUSTIN WITH EMILY DESCHANEL AND DAVID BOREANAZ

HANSON WILL LEAD THIS YEAR’S LINEUP OF TELEVISION WRITERS & SHOW CREATORS AT THE CONFERENCE

AUSTIN, TX (February 14, 2011) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) proudly announced today that this year’s recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Television Writer Award will be Hart Hanson, creator, executive producer, show runner, and writer of 20th Century Fox Television’s “BONES.” “BONES” stars Emily Deschanel (Cold Mountain, Glory Road) and David Boreanaz (“Angel,” “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer”) will present Hanson with the Award at the Festival’s annual Awards Luncheon held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Austin Club. “I am thrilled the Austin Film Festival is recognizing the talents of Hart Hanson,” said Deschanel. “He is such a gifted writer and storyteller, and is truly the voice of our show. It’s been a joy to work with him, and it’s a great honor to celebrate his work.”

Hart Hanson is perhaps best known for his current work on the highly acclaimed television series “Bones,” now in its sixth season, where he serves as creator, executive producer, and show runner.

A native Canadian, Hanson received a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an MFA from the University of British Columbia. He began his writing career on the iconic Canadian show, “Beachcombers” and went on to write and produce episodes of many acclaimed Canadian shows including “North of 60,” “Road to Avonlea,” “The Odyssey,” “Ready or Not,” “Poltergeist,” “Street Legal,” “Neon Rider,” and the made for television movies “Trust in Me,” “Whale Music,” “Guitarman,” and “African Sky.” Hanson created and ran the show “Traders”, which was nominated for multiple Gemini Awards (Canadian Emmy’s).

Upon moving to the United States, Hanson served as a writer and producer on the television shows “Joan of Arcadia,” “Judging Amy,” “Snoops,” “Cupid,” “Stargate SG-1,” and “The Outer Limits.” He is a CTU fellow at the Banff Television Festival, A Trustee for the Humanitas Foundation, and an Advisor to the Canadian Film Centre.

Hanson will speak on panels during the Conference, including ‘A Conversation with Hart Hanson’ moderated by producer – and Austin Film Festival board member – Barry Josephson (LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, ENCHANTED, HIDE AND SEEK). In addition, Hanson, Josephson, Deschanel, and Boreanaz will present a special screening of an episode of “Bones.” The show is produced by Far Field Productions and Josephson Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Hanson, Stephen Nathan, Ian Toynton and Barry Josephson are executive producers. In honoring Hanson, the Austin Film Festival is especially pleased to reach out to and be involved with the Canadian screenwriting and filmmaking community and the Writers Guild of Canada.

The Austin Film Festival annually recognizes an Outstanding Television Writer for their elevation of and impact on television writing and contributions to the culture of television. Previous recipients of the award include David Simon (“The Wire”), Mitchell Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”), Greg Daniels (“The Office”), David Milch (“Deadwood”), Garry Shandling (“The Larry Sanders Show”), David Chase (“The Sopranos”), Tom Fontana (“Oz”), Darren Star (“Sex and the City”), and Mike Judge (“King of the Hill”), among others.

Since 1994, Austin Film Festival has been dedicated to furthering the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story. The AFF’s Conference offers over 125 panels, craft sessions and roundtable discussions led by more than 100 industry professionals. Focusing on the art, craft and business of film and television writing and production, it provides registrants unparalleled access to the best writers in the field. Some of the speakers confirmed for 2011, schedules permitting, include:

• Alec Berg, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Seinfeld”
•Shane Black, KISS KISS, BANG BANG, LETHAL WEAPON, THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT
•Lindsay Doran, producer Nanny McPhee, Nanny McPhee Returns, Sense and Sensibility
•Rodrigo Garcia, “In Treatment,” MOTHER AND CHILD
•Ted Griffin, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, MATCHSTICK MEN
•Lawrence Kasdan, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BODY HEAT, THE BIG CHILL
•Luisa Leschin, “Are We There Yet?,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “George Lopez”
•Craig Mazin, THE HANGOVER 2, SCARY MOVIE 3 & 4
•Tim McCanlies, ALABAMA MOON, SECONDHAND LIONS, THE IRON GIANT
•Peter Murrieta, “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Hope and Faith”
•Pamela Ribon, “Samantha Who,” “Romantically Challenged”
•Alvaro Rodriguez, MACHETE, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 3: THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER
•Alex Smith, DANCE WITH THE ONE, THE SLAUGHTER RULE, SON OF THE GUN
•Donald Todd, “Samantha Who?,” “Caroline in the City,” “Dave’s World,” “ALF”

The Conference will also include representatives from Overbrook Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios, Fortis Films, CAA, UTA, and many more. The complete list is available at www.austinfilmfestival.com/ or upon request. Film screenings, additional panelists and special events will be announced in the coming months. Attendance of Conference speakers is schedule permitting and subject to change without notice.

Awards Luncheon tickets are $50 each and are available for purchase by Conference and Producers Badge holders only.

Click here to buy your Badge today!

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Film Pass Frenzy Press Release

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL’S FILM PASS FRENZY STARTS SATURDAY, JULY 17TH ENTER TO WIN A VARIETY OF PRIZES BY PURCHASING 2 AFF FILM PASSES AUSTIN, TX (July 14, 2010) – The 17th annual Austin Film Festival announces the Film Pass Frenzy with 17 days of giveaways starting Saturday, July 17th. Anyone who purchases two Film Passes to this year’s Austin Film Festival (October 21-28, 2010) during …

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL’S FILM PASS FRENZY

STARTS SATURDAY, JULY 17TH

ENTER TO WIN A VARIETY OF PRIZES BY PURCHASING 2 AFF FILM PASSES

AUSTIN, TX (July 14, 2010) – The 17th annual Austin Film Festival announces the Film Pass Frenzy with 17 days of giveaways starting Saturday, July 17th. Anyone who purchases two Film Passes to this year’s Austin Film Festival (October 21-28, 2010) during the 17 days of the Film Pass Frenzy, which ends Monday, August 2nd, will have the chance to win a variety of cool prizes.

Each day, those who purchase two AFF Film Passes online between the hours of 12am and 11:59pm will be entered into that day’s drawing, with winners chosen at random from an AFF hat, to win the prize pack of the day. Prizes range from tickets to Fun Fun Fun Fest to Bird’s Barbershop swag to a free night’s stay at Lakeway Resort and Spa to an AFF badge upgrade that grants you further access to the Festival’s panels and parties. Each day’s winner will be announced via AFF’s twitter (@austinfilmfest) and Facebook page at 9:00am the following day, at which time that day’s prizes will also be announced. So, keep an eye on AFF’s social media sites to find out what you could win.

Right now, Film Passes are only $42 each, granting admission to all eight nights of film screenings and the Paramount Theatre Film Pass Party at Aces Lounge on Tuesday, October 26th where Film Pass holders can purchase$2 Dos Equis from 10pm – midnight.  The Festival boasts an outstanding program of Oscar©-winning studio and independent films each year, and due to AFF’s very accessible and open atmosphere, Film Pass holders are likely to be in close contact with many of the famous and award-winning filmmakers, screenwriters and actors in attendance. Past film screenings have included JUNO, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, UP IN THE AIR, PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE, and AN EDUCATION. The Film Pass price increases to $50 on August 1st.

Many of this year’s amazing panelists for the conference have already been announced, as well as this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Television Writer Award. Stay tuned for updates on films to be screened this year and other news. For additional information on all things AFF and the Film Pass Frenzy, go to www.austinfilmfestival.com/ or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378). Follow AFF on Twitter @austinfilmfest and become a Facebook fan.

About Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. The AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by Continental Airlines, KVUE and Dos Equis.

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David Simon Press Release

DAVID SIMON TO RECEIVE OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER AWARD AT 2010 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL CREATOR OF “THE WIRE” AND “TREME,” WRITER/PRODUCER OF “HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET” WILL LEAD THIS YEAR’S STELLAR LINEUP OF TELEVISION WRITERS & SHOW CREATORS AT THE CONFERENCE AUSTIN, TX (June 30, 2010) – The Austin Film Festival (AFF) proudly announced today this year’s recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Television Writer …

DAVID SIMON TO RECEIVE

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER AWARD

AT 2010 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

CREATOR OF “THE WIRE” AND “TREME,” WRITER/PRODUCER OF “HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET”

WILL LEAD THIS YEAR’S STELLAR LINEUP OF TELEVISION WRITERS & SHOW CREATORS AT THE CONFERENCE

AUSTIN, TX (June 30, 2010) – The Austin Film Festival (AFF) proudly announced today this year’s recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Television Writer award will be David Simon, creator of HBO’s “Treme” and “The Wire.” Simon will accept the award at the Festival’s annual Award Luncheon held on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at the Austin Club. In addition, Simon will speak on panels during the Conference.

David Simon is perhaps best known for his work on the HBO series “The Wire,” where he served as creator, executive producer, head writer and show runner for the duration of the series. He also worked as a journalist for The Baltimore Sun for many years and wrote the narrative non-fiction book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and co-wrote The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood. The NBC series “Homicide: Life on the Street” was based on the former, and Simon adapted the latter into a mini-series for HBO called “The Corner.” He also adapted the non-fiction book Generation Kill, chronicling the experience of a battalion of Marines in Iraq during the 2003 invasion, into an HBO miniseries under the same name, where he also served as show runner.

The Austin Film Festival annually recognizes outstanding filmmakers and screenwriters for their accomplished bodies of work and contributions to filmmaking. Previous recipients of the Outstanding Television Writer Award include Mitchell Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”), Greg Daniels (“The Office”), David Milch (“Deadwood”), Garry Shandling (“The Larry Sanders Show”), David Chase (“The Sopranos”), Tom Fontana (“Oz”), Darren Star (“Sex and the City”), and Mike Judge (“King of the Hill”), among others.

The Festival offers some of the best panelists and speakers from television and film during the Conference, and several of those already scheduled this year include Allan Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Peter Murrieta ( “Wizards of Waverly Place”), Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (The Hangover), John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), Phil Hay (Clash of the Titans I & II), Larry Doyle (“The Simpsons” ), John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Randall Wallace (Braveheart), and many more.

Since 1994, AFF has been dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers while recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. Last year, Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award recipient Ron Howard presented a special retrospective screening event of Apollo 13 with archival footage from NASA and a panel discussion that followed featuring cast and crew.  Danny Boyle was named the 2008 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award recipient and he premiered critically-acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire at the Festival.  AFF prides itself on bringing great movies from independent writers and directors to Austin, Texas. Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman (writer and director, respectively) of the break-out film Juno attended the festival in 2007, and Reitman returned in 2009 to premiere Up in the Air.

The AFF’s Screenwriters Conference offers over 65 panels, craft sessions and roundtable discussions led by more than 100 industry professionals. Focusing on the art and commerce of film and television writing and production, it provides registrants unparalleled access to the best writers in the field. Past participants include Damon Lindelof (Star Trek, “Lost”), Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men”), Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day), Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson (Rushmore), John Milius (Apocalypse Now), Sydney Pollack (Tootsie), Robert Altman (Nashville), Joel & Ethan Cohen (Fargo), Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Bryan Singer (X-Men), and Oliver Stone (Platoon).

Already confirmed screenwriter and filmmaker speakers, schedules permitting, for the 2010 Screenwriters Conference include:

•  John August, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels

•  Shane Black, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Last Boyscout

•  Michael Brandt & Derek Haas, Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma, 2 Fast 2 Furious

•  Larry Doyle, I Love You, Beth Cooper, “The Simpsons,” “Beavis and Butt-Head”

•  John Lee Hancock, The Blind Side, A Perfect World, The Rookie

•  Phil Hay, Clash of the Titans 2, Clash of the Titans, AEon Flux

•  Peter Hedges, About a Boy, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Pieces of April

• Allan Loeb, Cheaters, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Switch

•  Jeff Lowell, Over Her Dead Body, John Tucker Must Die, “Just Shoot Me,” “Spin City”

•  Jon Lucas & Scott Moore, The Hangover, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Four Christmases

•  Craig Mazin, The Hangover 2, Scary Movie 4, Scary Movie 3

•  Peter Murrieta, “Hope and Faith,” “Wizards of Waverly Place”

•  Dan Petrie, Jr., Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy, Shoot to Kill

• Alvaro Rodriguez, Machete, Shorts, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter

•  Tim Talbott, “South Park”

•  John Turman, Hulk, Fantastic Four II: Rise of the Silver Surfer

•  Randall Wallace, Secretariat, The Man in the Iron Mask, Braveheart

•  Jorge Zamacona, “Wanted”, “Homicide: Life on the Street”, “The Unusuals”

The Conference will also include representatives from Pixar Animation Studios, Paramount Pictures, Touchstone/ABC, Josephson Entertainment, Disney Animation Studios, di Bonaventura Pictures, Fortis Films, Focus Features, UTA, WME, APA, Inc., Mosaic Media, Depth of Field, 20th Century Fox and many more.  Complete list available at www.austinfilmfestival.com/ or upon request.  Film screenings, more panelists and special events will be announced shortly.  Attendance of Conference speakers is schedule permitting and subject to change without notice.

Awards Luncheon tickets are $45 each and are available for purchase by Conference and Producers Badge holders only.  For additional information on the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival, panels and film screenings, and how to purchase everything from a Producers Badge to a Film Pass, visit the official website at www.austinfilmfestival.com/ or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378).

About Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. The AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by Continental Airlines, KVUE and Dos Equis.

 

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Conversations in Film: Chuck Sklar Press Release

Austin Film Festival Hosts a Conversation in Film with Emmy® Award-Winning Comedy Writer Chuck Sklar! AUSTIN, Texas – June 24, 2010 – Join comedy writer Chuck Sklar (“The Chris Rock Show” and the Chris Rock-produced documentary Good Hair) for a Conversation in Film on how to turn your funny ideas and stories into comedy material for the screen. In this workshop, Chuck will discuss writing for …

Austin Film Festival Hosts a Conversation in Film with Emmy® Award-Winning Comedy Writer Chuck Sklar!

AUSTIN, Texas – June 24, 2010 – Join comedy writer Chuck Sklar (“The Chris Rock Show” and the Chris Rock-produced documentary Good Hair) for a Conversation in Film on how to turn your funny ideas and stories into comedy material for the screen. In this workshop, Chuck will discuss writing for sketch comedy, sitcom and late night, as well as the changing landscape of television at Cap City Comedy Club on Sunday, July 25, 2010, from 2:00pm – 3:30pm.  Ticket prices are $8 for AFF members and $10 for non-members.

Chuck is an Emmy® Award-winning comedy writer whose credits include “Weekends at the DL,” with D.L. Hughley, the ABC family sitcom “Roommates,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Politically Incorrect” and “Everybody Hates Chris.”   He was head writer on “Scratch and Burn” and “The Man Show” in 2001. Sklar also worked on “The Chris Rock Show” from 1996-2000. Most recently, Chuck wrote the Chris Rock-produced documentary Good Hair, which won the Black Reel Award, Gotham Award, Image Award, and Sundance Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary.  The screenplay was nominated for a WGA Award.

Created in 2007, Conversations in Film is a year-round series of film seminars that provide the public with the unique experience to interact with local and visiting filmmakers.  Cap City Comedy Club is located at 8120 Research Blvd # 100, Austin, TX 78758.

To purchase tickets with your AFF membership, please call (512)478-4795.  Non-members may purchase tickets and find out more about AFF memberships, by visiting www.austinfilmfestival.com/ or by calling.

About Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. The AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by Continental Airlines, KVUE and Dos Equis.

For press inquiries, contact:

Elaine Garza / Giant Noise / 512-382-9017 / elaine@giantnoise.com

William Mills / Giant Noise / 512-382-9017 / will@giantnoise.com

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Spiderwood Press Release

Spiderwood Studios to Sponsor Narrative Feature Film Award at Austin Film Festival  State-of-the-Art Production Studio Backs Film Competition at Festival Focused on Discovering New Talent AFF Film Competition Submission Deadline July 14 AUSTIN, Texas – June 16, 2010 – The Austin Film Festival announced today that Austin-based motion picture, music and animation production facility Spiderwood Studios will award the Narrative Feature Winner, a sub-category of …

Spiderwood Studios to Sponsor Narrative Feature Film Award at Austin Film Festival 

State-of-the-Art Production Studio Backs Film Competition at Festival Focused on Discovering New Talent

AFF Film Competition Submission Deadline July 14

AUSTIN, Texas – June 16, 2010 – The Austin Film Festival announced today that Austin-based motion picture, music and animation production facility Spiderwood Studios will award the Narrative Feature Winner, a sub-category of the AFF Film Competition, a $5,000 cash prize as well as $5,000 toward services at their studios. 

For seventeen years, AFF has provided emerging filmmakers with a platform for screening their films in front of an audience of almost 30,000 and exposure to industry professionals. The Festival is among the select events accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, and all award winning narrative short and animated short films are also eligible for an Academy Award®. The 2010 Austin Film Festival will be held Oct. 21-28, 2010, and winners of the Film and Screenplay Competitions will be announced in Austin at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at The Austin Club.

In addition to the $5,000 cash prize, Spiderwood Studios will also donate $5,000 towards services at their studios, which could include Soundstages, Jumbor Cyclorama Wall, Edit Bay, Back Lot, and much more.

“Austin Film Festival is delighted that Spiderwood Studios is sponsoring the 2010 Narrative Feature Award.  The ability to offer a larger cash award, in addition to use of their studio space for potential future projects, will hopefully assist the winning filmmaker in the promotion of their current film,” said Kelly Williams, Film Program Director for the Austin Film Festival.

1st Place Winners receive a cash prize of $5,000; $5,000 toward services at Spiderwood Studios; reimbursement (up to $500) of one round-trip airfare to Austin to attend the 2010 AFF; reimbursement (up to $500) for stay at an AFF hotel during the Film Festival; and the AFF Typewriter Award.

About Spiderwood Studios

SPIDERWOOD STUDIOS is a state-of-the-art, motion picture, music and animation production facility situated on 200-acres of diverse terrain along the banks of the Colorado River.  Spiderwood Studios is fully equipped with sound stages, full service audio suites, production offices, 24’ x 100′ cyclorama wall, edit bays, render farm, R.V. park and 200 acres groomed for production backlot.

About the Austin Film Festival Film Competition

The AFF Film Competition encourages and advocates the work of new and talented filmmakers.  One of the most respected competitions in the country, the AFF Film Competition provides emerging filmmakers the means to expose their work to major players in the entertainment industry.

Categories include: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Narrative Student Short, Animated Short, Documentary Feature, and Documentary Short.  The film competition has a late postmark deadline of July 2nd, and a very late postmark deadline of July 14, 2010.

Films can be submitted to the Austin Film Festival Competition three ways: on-line at www.austinfilmfestival.com/, through www.withoutabox.com or by Entry Form, available by calling 800-310-FEST (3378.)

For additional information on the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival and the Film Competition, including entry forms, submission fees and Competition guidelines rules, visit the official website at www.austinfilmfestival.com/ or call David Gil, Film Competition Programmer, at (512)478-4795.

About Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. The AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by Continental Airlines, KVUE and Dos Equis.

For press inquiries, contact:

Elaine Garza / Giant Noise / 512-382-9017 / elaine@giantnoise.com

William Mills / Giant Noise / 512-382-9017 / will@giantnoise.com

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9500 Liberty Press Release

TEXAS SENATOR KIRK WATSON AND THE AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL PRESENT A SPECIAL SCREENING OF “9500 LIBERTY”  DISCUSSION AFTER THE FILM WITH SENATOR WATSON, POLICE CHIEF ART ACEVEDO, FILMMAKER ERIC BYLER, AND OTHERS WILL EXPLORE THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE IN TEXAS Austin, TX – May 24, 2010 – Texas Senator Kirk Watson and the Austin Film Festival are pleased to announce a joint presentation of a special …

TEXAS SENATOR KIRK WATSON AND THE AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL PRESENT A SPECIAL SCREENING OF “9500 LIBERTY” 

DISCUSSION AFTER THE FILM WITH SENATOR WATSON, POLICE CHIEF ART ACEVEDO, FILMMAKER ERIC BYLER, AND OTHERS WILL EXPLORE THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE IN TEXAS

Austin, TX – May 24, 2010 – Texas Senator Kirk Watson and the Austin Film Festival are pleased to announce a joint presentation of a special advance screening event of the documentary film “9500 Liberty” by award-winning filmmakers Eric Byler and Annabel Park at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, TX. “9500 Liberty” takes an intimate look at a Virginia county that adopted a resolution similar to the controversial law recently signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and the decision’s effects on the people who lived there.

Scheduled for 7:00PM on Wednesday, June 2nd, the screening will be immediately followed by a discussion moderated by Senator Watson with filmmaker Eric Byler, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, Brown McCarroll LLP partner and past American Immigration Lawyers Association President Kathleen Campbell Walker, and Eddie Aldrete, Senior Vice President for IBC Bank. The discussion will also take place in the Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Museum, which is located at 1800 North Congress Avenue.

Byler’s timely documentary explores Prince William County, Virginia, which became ground zero in America’s explosive battle over immigration policy after elected officials adopted regulations requiring police officers to question anyone suspected of being an undocumented immigrant.

“9500 Liberty” reveals the startling vulnerability of a local government that was targeted by national anti-immigration networks with Internet-based tactics designed to frighten citizens and intimidate lawmakers.  And it documents efforts of residents to resist the sudden climate of fear and racial division, setting up a real-life showdown between those elected to represent a divided community.  Depicting many of the same highly publicized conflicts at the intersection of politics and immigration – many of which are now on display in Arizona – “9500 Liberty” brings an affecting perspective to this inflamed debate.

This special advance screening event is free and open to the public.  To reserve tickets, please visit www.austinfilmfestival.com/ or call (512)478-4795.

After a sold-out premiere in Tempe, AZ, “9500 Liberty” is opening in theaters across the country. Byler will remain in Austin for Friday’s theatrical premiere at the Landmark Dobie Theater, 2025 Guadalupe Street in the Dobie Mall.

For more information about “9500 Liberty”, go to www.9500liberty.com.

For press inquiries, contact:

Elaine Garza / Giant Noise / 512-382-9017 / elaine@giantnoise.com

William Mills / Giant Noise / 512-382-9017 / will@giantnoise.com

ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. The AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships. www.austinfilmfestival.com/.

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by Continental Airlines, KVUE and Dos Equis.

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Producers Badge Promo

17TH ANNUAL AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL  ANNOUNCES LIMITED TIME PRODUCERS BADGE PROMOTION TO KICK OFF MAY 24TH AND, A PEEK AT SOME OF THE CONFERENCE’S CONFIRMED PANELISTS AUSTIN, TX – The 17th annual Austin Film Festival (Oct. 21 – 28), the premiere film festival recognizing writers’ and filmmakers’ contributions to film, television and new media, announced today a special one-week promotion which will kick off …

17TH ANNUAL AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL 

ANNOUNCES LIMITED TIME PRODUCERS BADGE PROMOTION

TO KICK OFF MAY 24TH

AND, A PEEK AT SOME OF THE CONFERENCE’S CONFIRMED PANELISTS

AUSTIN, TX – The 17th annual Austin Film Festival (Oct. 21 – 28), the premiere film festival recognizing writers’ and filmmakers’ contributions to film, television and new media, announced today a special one-week promotion which will kick off Monday, May 24th and run through May 31st.

Everyone who purchases a Producers Badge during that week will be automatically entered into a drawing for lunch with John Lee Hancock, writer/director of “The Blind Side” and “The Alamo”, writer of “A Perfect World” and director of “The Rookie”. Only five winners will be selected for this intimate lunch to kick off the 2010 Conference the afternoon of Thursday, October 21st. And, AFF will pick up the tab.

Producers Badges are only $525 until midnight on May 31st, and then $585 through September 28th. After that, they go up to $650. With a Producers Badge, you gain access to parties, networking events, all four days of Conference panels and you’ll be the first in line for 200+ movies during the eight days of Festival screenings.

If you have already purchased your Producers Badge, you will still be entered in the drawing.

In case you need a little more incentive to buy your Badge early, here’s a look at some of the already confirmed panelists for this year’s Conference:

JON LUCAS & SCOTT MOORE: “The Hangover,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”

CRAIG MAZIN: screenwriter “The Hangover 2,” “Scary Movie 4,” “Scary Movie 3”

ASHLEY BRUCKS: Paramount Pictures

MARY COLEMAN: Pixar Animation Studios

JOHN AUGUST: screenwriter “Corpse Bride,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Big Fish,” “Charlie’s Angels”

SHANE BLACK: screenwriter/director “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” screenwriter “Lethal Weapon,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” “The Last Boyscout”

MICHAEL BRANDT & DEREK HAAS: screenwriters “Wanted,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “2 Fast 2 Furious;” Haas is also the author of The Silver Bear and Columbus

JEFF GORIN: William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

REBECCA EWIGN: United Talent Agency

MAGGIE MALONE: Disney Animation Studios

PETER HEDGES: screenwriter “About a Boy,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” writer/director “Pieces of April”

PETER MURRIETA: showrunner “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Hope and Faith”

Also, please note that there will be a home football game the weekend of the Conference. And, well, this being Texas, we strongly advise booking your hotel sooner rather than later. To take advantage of the substantial discounts AFF offers at surrounding area hotels, reservations must be booked through our office and you must be registered in advance. To make a reservation, please call 1-800-310-FEST (3378).

To buy your Badge or for more information on the Festival and Conference, go to www.austinfilmfestival.com/.

ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. The AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships. www.austinfilmfestival.com/.

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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Steven Zaillian to Receive Distinguished Screenwriter Award at 2009 Austin Film Festival

AUSTIN, TX— August 18, 2009 — Academy Award®-winning screenwriter, director and producer Steven Zaillian will be presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 16th Annual Austin Film Festival & Conference, October 22-29, 2009. Steven Zaillian will be presented with the award during the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 24th, at the Austin Club. The Awards Luncheon is funded by AKR Foundation. In addition, Zaillian …

AUSTIN, TX— August 18, 2009 — Academy Award®-winning screenwriter, director and producer Steven Zaillian will be presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 16th Annual Austin Film Festival & Conference, October 22-29, 2009. Steven Zaillian will be presented with the award during the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 24th, at the Austin Club. The Awards Luncheon is funded by AKR Foundation. In addition, Zaillian will be a featured speaker during the Festival’s four-day Conference, October 22-25, 2009.

“Starting with our inaugural Distinguished Screenwriter Award recipient, Pulitzer Prize and Oscar®-winning screenwriter Horton Foote, the Austin Film Festival annually celebrates a screenwriter for their body of work and contributions to furthering the art of screenwriting,” said Austin Film Festival Executive Director and Co-Founder Barbara Morgan. “Steven’s work is revered and respected by so many screenwriters. We are delighted that he will be joining us this October.”

Steven Zaillian received an Academy Award® for his screenplay for Schindler’s List. His work on the film was also honored with a Writers Guild Award, the British Academy’s BAFTA Award and the Humanitas Prize.

His other screenplays include the Academy Award®-nominated Awakenings, The Falcon and the Snowman, Jack the Bear and American Gangster. He co-wrote Clear and Present Danger, The Interpreter and the Academy Award®-nominated Gangs of New York. He also wrote and directed Searching for Bobby Fischer, Writers Guild Award-nominated A Civil Action and All the King’s Men.

Previous Distinguished Screenwriter Award recipients were John Milius, Shane Black, Harold Ramis, Barry Levinson, Frank Pierson, Richard LaGravanese, Lawrence Kasdan, Buck Henry, Robert Altman, William Wittliff, Paul Schrader, Paul Mazursky and Horton Foote.

Also at the Austin Film Festival this year, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ron Howard will accept the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award. Mitchell Hurwitz, Emmy Award®-winning creator of “Arrested Development” will accept the Outstanding Television Writer Award.

This year’s Austin Film Festival and Conference will host over 140 exciting premiere film screenings and events, and produce over 80 panels and roundtable discussions focusing on the art and commerce of film and television writing and production. The AFF and Conference provides registrants unparalleled access to the best writers and filmmakers in the industry.

Recent confirmed screenwriter and filmmaker panelists include William Broyles, Jr. (writer Flags of Our Fathers, Cast Away, Apollo 13), Damon Lindelof (co-creator “Lost”), Kirsten Smith (writer The Ugly Truth, Legally Blonde), Matthew Weiner (creator “Mad Men”), David Hayter (Watchmen, X2, X-Men), Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight, New Moon, and Breaking Dawn), Paul Feig (creator “Freaks and Geeks”), Michael Green (creator “Kings”, writer The Green Lantern ‘10, “Heroes”), and Peter Hedges (writer About a Boy, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.)

The Conference will also include representatives from Paramount Pictures, ABC Studios, Dreamworks, Josephson Entertainment, Disney Animation Studios, Kurtzman/Orci, 20th Century Fox and many more.

For a complete list of panelists and events, for more information, click here or call 800-310-3378.

Conference badges and film passes are on sale now and can be purchased here or by phone.

About Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. The AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships. www.austinfilmfestival.com/

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, Continental Airlines, Clear Channel Radio, KVUE, Target®, and AKR Foundation.

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Ron Howard to Receive Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award at 2009 Austin Film Festival

AUSTIN, TX— July 14, 2009 — Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ron Howard will be presented with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award at the 16th Annual Austin Film Festival & Conference, October 22-29, 2009. Ron Howard will be presented with the Award during the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 24th, at the Austin Club. In addition, Howard will be a featured speaker during the Festival’s four-day …

AUSTIN, TX— July 14, 2009 — Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ron Howard will be presented with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award at the 16th Annual Austin Film Festival & Conference, October 22-29, 2009. Ron Howard will be presented with the Award during the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 24th, at the Austin Club. In addition, Howard will be a featured speaker during the Festival’s four-day Conference, October 22-25, 2009.

Producer, director and actor Ron Howard is one of this generation’s most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood’s most memorable films. Howard directed and produced Cinderella Man starring Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, with whom he previously collaborated with on A Beautiful Mind, for which Howard earned an Oscar® for Best Director and which also won awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. The film garnered four Golden Globes as well, including the award for Best Motion Picture Drama. Additionally, Howard won Best Director of the Year from the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Howard and producer Brian Grazer received the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign for their work on the film.

Howard’s skill as a director has long been recognized, starting in 1978 with his directorial debut of the comedy Grand Theft Auto. In 1995, he received his first Best Director of the Year award from the DGA for Apollo 13. The true-life drama also garnered nine Academy Award® nominations, winning Oscars® for Best Film Editing and Best Sound. It also received Best Ensemble Cast and Best Supporting Actor Awards from the Screen Actor’s Guild. Many of Howard’s past films have received nods from the Academy, including the popular hits Backdraft, Parenthood and Cocoon, the last of which took home two Oscars®. Howard was honored by the Museum of Moving Images in December 2005, and by the American Cinema Editors in February 2006. On January 24th, Howard, along with his partner Brian Grazer, was honored with the Milestone Award by the Producers Guild of America (PGA).

Howard’s latest film was his adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-selling novel Angels & Demons, starring Oscar® winner Tom Hanks. The film is a follow up to his internationally successful film The Da Vinci Code, also starring Tom Hanks.

Howard also produced and directed the film adaptation of Peter Morgan’s critically acclaimed play Frost / Nixon. The film, which was released in December 2009, was nominated for 5 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, and was also nominated for The Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures by the PGA.

Howard’s portfolio includes some of the most popular films of the past 20 years. In 1991, Howard created the acclaimed drama Backdraft, starring Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell and William Baldwin. He followed it with the historical epic Far and Away, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Howard directed Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise and Delroy Lindo in the 1996 suspense thriller Ransom. Howard worked with Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Kathleen Quinlan on Apollo 13, which was re-released recently in the IMAX format. Howard’s other films include the blockbuster Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey; Parenthood, starring Steve Martin; the fantasy epic Willow; and Night Shift, starring Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton and Shelley Long; and the suspenseful western, The Missing, starring Oscar® winners Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones.

Howard has also served as an executive producer on a number of award-winning films and television shows, such as the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, and Fox’s Emmy Award winner for Best Comedy, “Arrested Development,” for which he narrated. He is also producing the upcoming television series “Parenthood,” based on the comedy he directed.

Howard and long-time producing partner Brian Grazer first collaborated on the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash. The pair co-founded Imagine Entertainment in 1986 to create independently produced feature films. The company has since produced a variety of popular feature films, including such hits as American Gangster, Friday Night Lights, The Nutty Professor, The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Bowfinger, The Paper and Liar, Liar. Howard and Grazer produced the recently released drama Changeling, directed by Clint Eastwood and staring Angelina Jolie.

He began his career in film as an actor. He first appeared in The Journey and The Music Man, then as Opie on the long-running television series “The Andy Griffith Show.” Howard later starred in the popular series “Happy Days” and drew favorable reviews for his performances in American Graffiti and The Shootist.

Previous Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award recipients are Danny Boyle, Oliver Stone and Sydney Pollack.

This year’s Austin Film Festival and Conference will host over 140 exciting premiere film screenings and events, and produce over 80 panels and roundtable discussions focusing on the art and commerce of film and television writing and production. The AFF and Conference provides registrants unparalleled access to the best writers and filmmakers in the industry.

“Arrested Development” creator Mitchell Hurwitz will accept the 2009 Outstanding Television Writer Award. Recent confirmed screenwriter and filmmaker panelists include Lawrence Kasdan (writer/director The Accidental Tourist, Body Heat, The Big Chill), Damon Lindelof (co-creator “Lost”), Richard Linklater (writer/director Dazed and Confused, Before Sunset), Doug Ellin (creator “Entourage”), David Hayter (Watchmen, X2, X-Men), Gina Prince-Bythewood (writer/director The Secret Life of Bees), and Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight, New Moon, and Breaking Dawn.) The Conference will also include representatives from Paramount Pictures, ABC Studios, Dreamworks, Josephson Entertainment, Disney Animation Studios, Kurtzman/Orci, 20th Century Fox and many more.

For a complete list of panelists and events, for more information, go to www.austinfilmfestival.com/ or call 512-478-4795 or 800-310-3378. Conference Badges and Film Passes are on sale now and can be purchased on-line or by phone.

About Austin Film Festival
The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. The AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships. www.austinfilmfestival.com/

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, Continental Airlines, Clear Channel Radio, KVUE, and Target®.

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Austin Film Festival
512-478-4795
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Mitchell Hurwitz to Receive Outstanding Television Writer Award at 2009 Austin Film Festival

“Arrested Development” Creator Heads Up Stellar List of Television Show Creators at 16th Annual Screenwriters Conference AUSTIN, Texas — July 6, 2009 — The Austin Film Festival (AFF) proudly announces that “Arrested Development” creator Mitchell Hurwitz will accept the 2009 Outstanding Television Writer Award during the Festival’s annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 24th. In addition to claiming the honor, Hurwitz will speak on panels …

“Arrested Development” Creator Heads Up Stellar List of Television Show Creators at 16th Annual Screenwriters Conference

AUSTIN, Texas — July 6, 2009 — The Austin Film Festival (AFF) proudly announces that “Arrested Development” creator Mitchell Hurwitz will accept the 2009 Outstanding Television Writer Award during the Festival’s annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 24th. In addition to claiming the honor, Hurwitz will speak on panels during the Festival’s 16th Annual Screenwriters Conference, October 22-25, 2009.

Hurwitz is a television writer and producer, best known as the creator of the television sitcom, “Arrested Development,” which earned numerous Emmy Awards.  Prior to that he created “Everything’s Relative,” where he worked with Jeffrey Tambor and also co-created “The Ellen Show.”  Currently Hurwitz is partnered with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum running a television production company called Tantamount Studios – where he’s writing a project for Will Arnett, and another for Jason Biggs.  He also neither denies, nor confirms, the reality of an Arrested Development feature.

The Festival annually recognizes outstanding filmmakers and screenwriters for their accomplished bodies of work and contributions towards furthering the art and craft of filmmaking.  Previous recipients of the Outstanding Television Writer Award include Greg Daniels (“The Office”), David Milch (“Deadwood”), Garry Shandling (“The Larry Sanders Show”), David Chase (“The Sopranos”), Tom Fontana (“Oz”), Darren Star (“Sex and the City”), and Mike Judge (“King of the Hill”), among others.

Hurwitz will be joining a powerful group of television show creators confirmed to speak at the 2009 Conference that includes Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men”), Doug Ellin (“Entourage”), Damon Lindelof (co-creator “Lost”), Michael Green (“Kings”), Paul Feig (“Freaks and Geeks”), and Mike White (“Pasadena”).  Anyone else see a Brilliant but Cancelled panel in the works?

Since 1994, the AFF has been dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers while recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. AFF prides itself on bringing great movies from independent writers and directors to Austin, Texas. Both Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman (writer and director, respectively) of the break-out film Juno attended the Festival in 2007. Danny Boyle was named the 2008 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award recipient by AFF and attended the Festival, where he screened critically-acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire.

The AFF’s Screenwriters Conference offers over 65 panels, craft sessions and roundtable discussions led by more than 100 industry professionals. Focusing on the art and commerce of film and television writing and production, it provides registrants unparalleled access to the best writers in the field.  Past participants include John Milius (Apocalypse Now), Sydney Pollack (Tootsie), Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day), Barry Levinson (Diner), Robert Altman (Nashville), Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich), Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson (Rushmore), Joel & Ethan Coen (Fargo), Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio (Shrek), Bryan Singer (X-Men), Oliver Stone (Platoon), and Chris & Paul Weitz (About a Boy).

Already confirmed screenwriter speakers, schedules permitting, for the 2009 Screenwriters Conference include:

•    Jessica Bendinger (writer/director Stick It, writer Aquamarine, Bring It On)
•    Shane Black (writer/director Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, writer Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Last Boyscout)
•    Billy Brown (writer The Haunting Hour, John Carpenter’s Body Bags, “Night Visions”, “Goosebumps”)
•    Jim Dauterive (writer “King of the Hill”, “Monsignor Martinez”)
•    Doug Ellin (creator/writer “Entourage”)
•    Paul Feig (creator/writer “Freaks and Geeks”, writer/director I Am David, writer/director Unaccompanied Minors, director “The Office”, “Mad Men”, “30 Rock”, and “Weeds”)
•    Michael Green (creator/writer “Kings”, writer The Green Lantern ‘10, “Heroes”, “Everwood”, “Smallville”)
•    David Hayter (writer Watchmen, X2, The Scorpion King, X-Men)
•    Pat Hazell (writer “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”, “My Life In 3D”, “Showtime’s Aspen Comedy Special”)
•    Lawrence Kasdan (writer/director The Accidental Tourist, Body Heat, The Big Chill, writer Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi)
•    Damon Lindelof (co-creator/writer “Lost”, writer “Crossing Jordan”)
•    Richard Linklater (writer/director Fast Food Nation, A Scanner Darkly, Before Sunset, Waking Life)
•    Chris McQuarrie (writer The Usual Suspects, The Way of the Gun, Valkyrie)
•    Daniel Petrie, Jr. (writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy, Shoot to Kill, writer/director “Framed”)
•    Gina Prince-Bythewood (writer/director The Secret Life of Bees, Love & Basketball, writer “Felicity”, “A Different World”)
•    Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight, New Moon, and Breaking Dawn, head writer “Dexter”)
•    Danny Rubin (S.F.W., Groundhog Day)
•    Chuck Sklar (“The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Politically Incorrect,” “The Chris Rock Show”)
•    Kirsten Smith (The House Bunny, Ella Enchanted, Legally Blonde)
•    Matthew Weiner (creator/writer “Mad Men”, writer “The Sopranos”, “Dexter”)
•    Herschel Weingrod (writer Trading Places, Brewster’s Millions, producer Falling Down)
•    Mike White (producer/actor Gentlemen Broncos, writer The School of Rock, The Good Girl, Orange County

For more information about the Austin Film Festival and Conference, purchasing a Badge, and the complete list of confirmed panelists, please call 1-800-310-FEST (3378) or visit the website at www.austinfilmfestival.com/.

About Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. The AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.  www.austinfilmfestival.com/

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, Continental Airlines, Clear Channel Radio, KVUE, and Target®.

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Austin to Marfa, A Love Connection

Austin American-Statesman – Tobin Levy – ‎Jun 24, 2009 Sandlot baseball requires a certain amount of trash talk, and there was plenty of it at Parque Zaragoza earlier this month. Austin’s Texas Playboys were facing off against their favorite Texas rival: Marfa’s Los Yonke Gallos. But despite the brash talk during the afternoon double-header, the competitors were chatting in the other side’s dugout and the …

Austin American-Statesman – Tobin Levy – ‎Jun 24, 2009

Sandlot baseball requires a certain amount of trash talk, and there was plenty of it at Parque Zaragoza earlier this month.

Austin’s Texas Playboys were facing off against their favorite Texas rival: Marfa’s Los Yonke Gallos. But despite the brash talk during the afternoon double-header, the competitors were chatting in the other side’s dugout and the fans seemed to be cheering for both teams at once.

In fact, the amity seen at the East Austin baseball diamond reflects a larger camaraderie between the two communities, the effect of Austin’s ongoing love affair with the tiny West Texas town of Marfa.

Take Austin architect Jack Sanders, the founder and captain of the Playboys. He’s currently project manager of Marfa’s El Cosmico, which is “part yurt and hammock hotel, part residential living, part art-house, greenhouse and amphitheater” and is the latest project of Liz Lambert, who was the creative force behind the Hotel San Jose and Jo’s coffee house on South Congress Avenue and Hotel Saint Cecilia just off South Congress Avenue.

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Cameras Roll After Bells Toll

UT: The Daily Texan – Emily Macrander – ‎Jun 19, 2009‎ “The kids at the Austin Film Festival Summer Film Camp do quite the opposite: They go back to school to learn how to make the programs their peers may…” http://www.dailytexanonline.com/dt-weekend/cameras-roll-after-bells-toll-1.1764546

UT: The Daily Texan – Emily Macrander – ‎Jun 19, 2009‎

“The kids at the Austin Film Festival Summer Film Camp do quite the opposite: They go back to school to learn how to make the programs their peers may…”

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Hey, Look Me Over! AFF and the Blanton Team Up To Bring Underseen Films To Austin

The Austin Chronicle – June 19, 2009 – Kimberley Jones If you want to impress Austin Film Festival Film Program Director Kelly Williams, dangle a good-looking movie theatre at him. The underused Texas Spirit Theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum was at least in part the inspiration for AFF’s ongoing Made in Texas film series, and now a new AFF series, the …

The Austin Chronicle – June 19, 2009 – Kimberley Jones

If you want to impress Austin Film Festival Film Program Director Kelly Williams, dangle a good-looking movie theatre at him. The underused Texas Spirit Theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum was at least in part the inspiration for AFF’s ongoing Made in Texas film series, and now a new AFF series, the New Directions Summer Film Series, is setting up shop just down the street in the Blanton Museum of Art’s newly completed auditorium in the Edgar A. Smith Building. The gleaming 299-seat theatre boasts state of the art A/V technology, not to mention no scuffed floors or gum jammed under the seats – that is, jokes Williams, until a rowdy crowd amasses for this month’s Silent Light screening.

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Made in Texas Film Series Continues with “True Stories”

Examiner.com – ‎Jun 16, 2009‎ “But this place is completely normal.” So says David Byrne, writer, director, and narrator of the 1986 movie, “True Stories”, the ironically named chronicle of the fictional Texas town of Virgil on its 150 year anniversary. Byrne claims all the stories in the movie are based on things he read out of the newspaper; banal stories about the oddities of …

Examiner.com – ‎Jun 16, 2009‎

“But this place is completely normal.” So says David Byrne, writer, director, and narrator of the 1986 movie, “True Stories”, the ironically named chronicle of the fictional Texas town of Virgil on its 150 year anniversary. Byrne claims all the stories in the movie are based on things he read out of the newspaper; banal stories about the oddities of small town life in Texas. But the dream-like sequences and wacky characterizations make this movie seem like “Our Town” on acid. The movie stars John Goodman, the late Spalding Grey, and at least 50 sets of twins (eat your heart out, Doublemint gum).

“True Stories” will be shown at the Bob Bullock Texas State History museum as a part of the Made in Texas film series, a program of the Austin Film Festival sponsored by the Texas film commission. This is the fourth in a series of six films that will be screened throughout the summer which were either made by a Texas filmmaker or shot in Texas (“True Stories” was filmed primarily in Dallas and Red Oak).

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Dark Hero Studios to Judge Austin Film Festival Sci-Fi Competition

Dark Hero Studios to Judge Austin Film Festival Sci-Fi Competition Sci-Fi Heavyweights Preside Over Screenplay Competition at Festival Focused on Discovering New Talent AUSTIN, Texas – May 19, 2009 - Watchmen co-writer David Hayter and producer Benedict Carver’s Dark Hero Studios will judge the 2009 Austin Film Festival (AFF) Sci-Fi Competition. The Sci-Fi Competition is a sub-category of the Screenplay Competition and includes science fiction, horror, supernatural thriller …

Dark Hero Studios to Judge Austin Film Festival Sci-Fi Competition

Sci-Fi Heavyweights Preside Over Screenplay Competition at Festival Focused on Discovering New Talent

AUSTIN, Texas – May 19, 2009 - Watchmen co-writer David Hayter and producer Benedict Carver’s Dark Hero Studios will judge the 2009 Austin Film Festival (AFF) Sci-Fi Competition. The Sci-Fi Competition is a sub-category of the Screenplay Competition and includes science fiction, horror, supernatural thriller and fantasy genres.  For sixteen years AFF has provided emerging writers with exposure to and dialogue with industry professionals.  As one of the most respected festivals in the country, AFF supports participating writers by providing unique networking opportunities during the Festival and Conference, which will be held Oct. 22-29, 2009.  Screenplay and Teleplay Competition deadlines have been extended to May 22, with a late deadline of June 8, 2009.

“This is a coup for the AFF Screenplay Competition and our entrants,” said Alex McPhail, AFF Screenplay Competition Director. “David Hayter and Benedict Carver are two of the biggest names in Sci-fi and they will lend an enormous amount of expertise to the judging.  Finalists will have bragging rights not just for making it to the finals, but for having had a script read by major industry influencers.”

About Dark Hero Studios

David Hayter and Benedict Carver’s newly formed Dark Hero Studios will produce feature films, television programming, Internet content, graphic novels and videogames.  Hayter is preparing to make his directorial debut on his thriller scriptWolves, which Carver is producing.  Hayter’s previous screenwriting credits include WatchmenX-MenX2, and The Scorpion King. Carver has produced Doomsday and Tekken among other films. He previously was senior vice president of acquisitions and co-productions at Screen Gems, and he has also been a film reporter with Daily Variety. Dark Hero Studios’ focus on action, sci-fi and horror genres makes them an ideal partner for judging this year’s AFF Sci-Fi Competition.

About the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition

One of the most respected competitions in the country, the AFF Screenplay Competition provides emerging writers the means to expose their work to major players in the entertainment industry.  Past entrants have signed with Artisan Entertainment, Creative Artists Agency, Metropolitan Talent Agency, William Morris Agency, DreamWorks Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Miramax Films, and other highly respected companies.

The Screenplay Competition has two categories: Drama and Comedy.  Prizes are $5,000 for each category, reimbursement for airfare (up to $500) and hotel (up to $500) for attendance to the Festival, and the bronze AFF Typewriter Award.  The Competition also features two sub-categories with prizes of their own: the Sci-Fi Award (science fiction, horror, supernatural thriller, fantasy, etc.) and the Latitude Productions Award (open to adult character driven drama or comedy scripts with an estimated budget of $10 million dollars or less).  In order to be considered for these prizes, a script must be entered in either the Drama or Comedy Screenplay categories.  The prizes for these are $2,500 each, reimbursement for airfare (up to $500) and hotel (up to $500) for attendance to the Festival, and the bronze AFF Typewriter Award.

The Teleplay Competition is open to any spec script from a currently airing network or cable TV show.  The two categories are Drama and Comedy, and the prizes are $1,000 each, reimbursement for airfare (up to $500) and hotel (up to $500) for attendance to the festival, and the bronze AFF Typewriter Award.

The extended early Screenplay Competition deadline is May 22 with a $40 entry fee, and the extended late deadline is June 8 with a $50 entry fee.  The Sci-Fi Competition and Latitude Competition entry fees are an additional $20 each.  The extended Teleplay deadline is June 8 and the entry fee is $30.

The AFF Film Competition continues to encourage and advocate the work for new and talented filmmakers.  Categories include: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Narrative Student Short, Animated Short, Documentary Feature, and Documentary Short.  The film competition has an early postmark deadline of June 3 ($45) and a late deadline of July 3 ($50).

Winners of the competitions will be announced in Austin at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 at The Austin Club.

For additional information on the 16th Annual Austin Film Festival and the Screenplay and Teleplay Competition and Film Competition, including entry forms, submission fees and Competition guidelines rules call 1-800-310-FEST (3378) or visit the official website at www.austinfilmfestival.com/.

About Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. The AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.  www.austinfilmfestival.com/

The Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Special support is provided to the Austin Film Festival by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, Continental Airlines, Clear Channel Radio, KVUE, and Target®.

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CONTACTS:

Cile Montgomery
Giant Media
Tel: (512) 478-4795
cmontgomery@giantmediallc.com

Alex McPhail
Screenplay Competition Director
Austin Film Festival
Tel: (512) 478-4795
alex@austinfilmfestival.com

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The 2009 List: 25 Festivals Worth the Fee

MovieMaker Magazine – April 17, 2009 “Now more than ever, with our country deep in a recession, coughing up the entry fees for a number of film festivals can be an unfeasible expense, so moviemakers need to choose wisely and target those fests that can offer a potential return on their investment. But how can you choose where to submit?” View Article

MovieMaker Magazine – April 17, 2009

“Now more than ever, with our country deep in a recession, coughing up the entry fees for a number of film festivals can be an unfeasible expense, so moviemakers need to choose wisely and target those fests that can offer a potential return on their investment. But how can you choose where to submit?”

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Audience Award Winners Announced!

The Austin Film Festival is pleased to announce its 2008 audience award winners. Votes were cast by ballot following all film screenings. Winners by category follow: Out of Competition Feature: “Slumdog Millionaire” Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Danny Boyle Narrative Feature Competition: “A Quiet Little Marriage” Writer/Director: Mo Perkins Documentary Feature Competition: “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman” Director: Eric Bricker Narrative Short: “Pop Art” …

The Austin Film Festival is pleased to announce its 2008 audience award winners. Votes were cast by ballot following all film screenings. Winners by category follow:

Out of Competition Feature:

“Slumdog Millionaire”
Writer: Simon Beaufoy
Director: Danny Boyle
Narrative Feature Competition:
“A Quiet Little Marriage”
Writer/Director: Mo Perkins
Documentary Feature Competition:
“Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman”
Director: Eric Bricker
Narrative Short:
“Pop Art”
Writer/Director: Amanda Boyle
Narrative Student Short:
“Miracle Investigators”
Writer/Director: Jeremy Dehn
Documentary Short:
“Road To Tlacotepec”
Director: Berndt Mader
Animated Short:
“The Inquisitive Snail”
Director: Flemish Beauty
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Texas Book Festival | Bonnie and Clyde Screening!

Pictures at a Revolution, Bonnie and Clyde Screening Sunday November 2, 2008 1:30pm Alamo Ritz Downtown, 320 E. 6th St. See it on the Book Fest Schedule Buy Tickets Online! In “Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood”, Mark Harris vividly depicts the epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in …

Pictures at a Revolution, Bonnie and Clyde Screening

Sunday November 2, 2008 1:30pm
Alamo Ritz Downtown, 320 E. 6th St.
See it on the Book Fest Schedule
In “Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood”, Mark Harris vividly depicts the epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Doolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde– and through them, tells the larger story of the cultural revolution that transformed Hollywood, and America, forever. The product of extraordinary and unprecedented access to the principals of all five films, combined with 20 years’ worth of insight covering the film industry, Harris’ Pictures at a Revolution is a windfall to pop culture historians and movie buffs everywhere.For 15 years, Harris has worked as a writer and editor covering movies, television, and books for Entertainment Weekly, where he now writes the “Final Cut” back-page column. He has written about pop culture for several other publications as well. A graduate of Yale University, he lives in New York City with his husband, Tony Kushner.

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