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Things You Need to Know About the 2015 Austin Film Festival

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Things You Need to Know About the 2015 Austin Film Festival

Hey, Screenwriters Need Love, Too!

“Rosewater” screening with Jon Stewart on the closing night of the Austin Film Festival in Austin, Texas on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (Photo by Jack Plunkett)

According to Fernando Martinez, Austin Film Festival (AFF) Director of Marketing, the AFF is unique because “it champions the art of storytelling, with focus on the writer.” The 8 day festival, spanning Oct. 29 – Nov. 5, 2015, is celebrating its 22nd year, and is actually made up of film screenings, conferences, and parties. The conference portion of the festival offers over 175 different workshops, panels, and roundtable discussions with both nationally and internationally known experts focusing on all aspects of the business and art of screenwriting. All levels of participants are welcome from beginners to the most seasoned writers.

Things You Need to Know About the 2015 Austin Film Festival

Conferences run through the entire 8 days, with film screenings taking place at various locations mostly in the evenings. If noshing with celebs is your thing, then plan to attend the 2015 Awards Luncheon to be held at the Austin Club. According to an AFF press release, 2015 honorees include Academy Award nominee John Singleton (writer/director – Boyz ‘n the Hood, Poetic Justice) for Extraordinary Contribution to Film and Academy Award Winner Chris Cooper (The Bourne Identity, Capote, The Horse Whisperer) for the Acting Award. Norman Lear (All in the Family, The Jeffersons) will receive the award for Outstanding Television Writer, and Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) for Distinguished Screenwriter.

But What About the Flicks, Man?

Things You Need to Know About the 2015 Austin Film Festival
Never fear my cinephiles, there are plenty of motion pictures for your viewing pleasure. Covering every genre a filmgoer could imagine including documentaries, featured length films, short films, and comedies, the Austin Film Festival has it all.

Interestingly, it seems the popularity of “binge watching television” is affecting film submissions this year. Martinez commented that different in 2015 than in years past is “the shift away from short film submissions to the increasingly popular web episodes/series.” This festival truly has something for everyone.

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