The Writer's Festival & Austin Film Festival, Oct 13th-20th —
August 9, 2020

The Writer’s Festival & Austin Film Festival, Oct 13th-20th

By Merideth Cox

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Austin Film Festival screening, 2015

The Austin Film Festival & Writer’s Conference returns to Austin October 13th-20th. Since its creation in 1993, the Austin Film Festival has set itself apart not just as a film festival, but as a champion of screenwriters – an essential yet overlooked part of filmmaking. The AFF was the first event of its kind to take the lead in bringing professional and amateur screenwriters together to celebrate the role of the screenplay in filmmaking, as well as discuss the creative possibilities of writing for film and television. Since then, the festival and conference has expanded tremendously and now includes all types of filmmakers, producers, agents and screenwriters, in an effort to foster the sale of screenplays, promote filmmaking, and launch long-term careers.

Director Paul Feig
Director Paul Feig

For those of you who are beginning or established screenwriters, or interested in the process of crafting a film or TV series, the conference is the big draw. Over four days, the AFF will present 175 panels, workshops, round-tables and pitch sessions covering every possible aspect of screenwriting. Panelists this year already include acclaimed filmmaker Paul Feig, Marta Kauffman (producer of Friends and Veronica’s Closet), writer and director Nancy Meyers, and Kent Alterman (the president of Comedy Central).

For those of you who are more interested in film screenings, Q&As with directors, producers, writers and actors, or frankly, just the industry parties, the festival is what you want to attend. The film screenings are supplemented by lively and information Q&A sessions with cast members and the filmmakers, making this an incredible opportunity to pick the brain of your favorite film people. There are already tons of amazing films scheduled, and more information is being added on a daily basis.

Like most festivals, there are many different pass and badge options, starting at $75. Full information at

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Merideth is a music writer who has covered bands from her hometown in Colorado to London to Bangkok to Shanghai and finally back to Austin. Led Zeppelin changed her life. So did Dolly Parton. You can read her music reviews at

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