Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference, the premier film festival recognizing the writers’ contributions to film, television, and new media, has listed the full schedule of films and panels for the 25th Anniversary festival, from Thursday, October 25-November 1.
AFF’s feature film slate includes 23 World, North American, and US Premieres, a robust retrospective series, and highly anticipated marquee titles, including Steve McQueen’s and Gillian Flynn’s modern-day thriller “Widows;” Peter Farrelly’s drama “Green Book” starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen; Mike Leigh’s period piece “Peterloo;” Mickey Rourke-starring boxing drama “Tiger;” Paul Dano’s “Wildlife” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan; and Julia Roberts’ and Lucas Hedges’ family drama “Ben is Back” bowing as AFF’s Centerpiece selection, with writer/director Peter Hedges in attendance.
AFF also announced its 2018 television program. Included this year is comedy series “Friends From College,” launching on Netflix in 2019. Creators Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller will present a special preview screening of the season 2 premiere episode. Creator Justin Marks and executive producer Jordan Horowitz will also be on hand at the festival to present the season 2 premiere of their espionage spy thriller “Counterpart,” starring Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons, premiering on Starz later this year. AFF will also showcase independent original series as part of its Scripted Digital Series competition.
A staple of the Festival, AFF’s retrospective series this year will feature Tony Gilroy presenting his 1995 film “Dolores Claiborne” based on Stephen King’s novel, Graham Yost presenting his 1994 action classic “Speed,” and writer Mick Garris in attendance for a special Halloween presentation of “Hocus Pocus.”
Other World Premieres include “The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova” (a comedy about estranged siblings traveling to Poland to track down the remains of the their grandmother’s childhood dog), “F/11 and Be There” (a documentary about famed photographer Burk Uzzle), “The Amaranth” (a thriller about a mysterious retirement community), “A Girl Named C” (Emily Kassie’s documentary about a family grappling with the discovery that their 11-year-old daughter was raped), and “Waiting for the Miracle to Come” (Lian Lunson’s whimsical drama starring Willie Nelson and Charlotte Rampling).
Austin Film Festival also revealed their full Writers Conference schedule, which will take place the first four days of the Festival, October 25-28. The Conference features a roster of prominent screenwriters in film and television, including Roger Corman, Tony Gilroy, Larry Wilmore, Megan Amram, John August, Wendy Calhoun, Nicole Holofcener, Ali LeRoi, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Nicole Perlman, Ed Solomon, Linda Woolverton, Graham Yost, and many more.
The full film and conference schedule can be found at austinfilmfestival.com.