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Austin Film Festival

September 21, 2009

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In case you have been sleeping under a rock of sorts, I must wake you up with a nudge… the Austin Film Festival is coming soon! The Austin Film Festival (and conference) just announce the panelists and schedule for the conference and excitedly, Matthew Weiner, the writer of MadMen is going to be there (among many other top notch folks.) And of course there are the films to be excited about too! So you ask, when did this awesome event start and why?

“Founded in 1994, the Austin Film Festival (AFF) was the first organization of its kind to focus on the writers’ creative contribution to film.  AFF originally consisted of the Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference, a forum for craft development, inspiration, networking and launching careers created for screenwriters – the film industry’s historically under-represented, as evidenced by the recent writers’ strike.  It has since grown to serve all filmmakers and Austin’s arts community and now encompasses a wealth of year-round programming dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the art and impact of storytelling.”

Here’s the skinny on this year:

Conference October 22-25

“The Conference provides over 80 inspiring and interactive panels, roundtables and meet and greets with established screenwriters and filmmakers. The Conference conducts workshops on the core elements of screenwriting and filmmaking, including dialogue, story structure and character development. Some popular panels focus on writing scripts that producers want to develop, overcoming writers block, producing your film on an indie budget, marketing your project and more.”

Festival October 22-29

The Festival boasts an outstanding program of narrative, animation and documentary features and shorts, including premieres, advanced screenings, and independent films. Film screenings are complemented by lively and informative Q&A sessions with cast members and filmmakers.”Premiering regionally and worlwide films that are a must see (including an Ann Hathaway flick titled Poliwood.) Check out the Austin Film Festival Sneak Preview for other great films.

Parties October 21-29

“The AFF and Conference offers multiple networking opportunities in the form of exclusive parties where registrants mingle with legendary screenwriters, filmmakers and other industry insiders. Only in Austin could you see John Milius and Oliver Stone discussing War Films, enjoy a three-hour conversation with Chris McQuarrie, and share some barbecue with Terry George at the Film Texas BBQ Supper. Come to Austin to enjoy passionate conversation with your peers about the art and craft of screenwriting and film.” If you can, check out Film and Food October 21st at the Driskill. Tickets will set you back $85, but all proceeds benefit the young filmmakers program.

Contributing restaurants include: “The Belmont, Carmelo’s Ristorante, Driskill Grill, Eddie V’s Edgewater Grille, Garridos, Maria Maria La Cantina, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, NoRTH, Parkside, Polkadots Cupcake Factory, Ranch 616, Restaurant Jezebel, Roaring Fork, Siena Ristorante Toscana, Tokyo Steak House, Viking Home Appliances, Whole Foods Market and many more…”

How Much? Badges/Passes start at $42 for access to over 190 films. The prices go up to $630 for the “producer badge” with nearly unlimited access to the festival and conference. So you can truly pick your own adventure and price point here, but the discounted prices end September 30th.

See you there!

Source: Austin Film Festival

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