Austin Film Festival Announces Full 25th Anniversary Film & Conference Schedule


Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference (AFF), the premier film festival recognizing the writers’ contributions to film, television, and new media, announced today the full schedule of films and panels for the 25th Anniversary festival, this 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 thrillerWidows, Peter Farrelly’s dramedy period piece 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 at 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 Burke 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 today 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


Austin Film Festival’s 2018 slate:


Marquee Features


And Breathe Normally

Writer/Director: Isold Uggadottir


Ben is Back

Writer/Director: Peter Hedges


Boy Erased

Writer/Director: Joel Edgerton


Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Writers: Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty

Director: Marielle Heller


El Chicano

Writers: Ben Hernandez Bray, Joe Carnahan

Director: Ben Hernandez Bray


Everybody Knows

Writer/Director: Asghar Farhadi


The Favourite

Writers: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos


The Front Runner

Writers: Matt Bai, Jay Carson, Jason Reitman

Director: Jason Reitman



Director: Todd Sansom


Green Book

Writers: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly

Director: Peter Farrelly


Happy as Lazarro

Writer/Director: Alice Rohrwacher


Little Woods

Writer/Director: Nia DaCosta


The Long Dumb Road

Writers: Hannah Fidell, Carson Mell

Director: Hannah Fidell



Writer/Director: Mike Leigh



Writer/Director: Hirokazu Koreeda



Writers: Michael Pugliese, Prem Singh

Director: Alister Grierson



Writers: Gillian Flynn & Steve McQueen

Director: Steve McQueen



Writers: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan

Director: Paul Dano


Worlds of Ursula K. LeGuin

Writer/Director: Arwen Curry


Marquee Televison

Counterpart Season 2 Episode 1 Premiere

Creator: Justin Marks

Executive Producer: Jordan Horowitz


Friends from College Season 2 Episode 1 Premiere

Creators: Francesca Delbanco & Nicholas Stoller


Narrative Features


Above the Clouds

Writer: Simon Lord

Director: Leon Chambers



Writers: Akash Sherman, James Ewasiuk

Director: Akash Sherman


The Comet

Writer: Torben Bech

Director: Bård Røssevold


Delia & Sammy

Writer/ Director: Therese Cayaba



Writers: Stephen Kinigopoulos, Piero Iberti        

Director: Stephen Kinigopoulos, Alexa Kinigopoulos


Last Summer

Writer/Director: Jon Jones


Laugh or Die

Writers: Heikki Kujanpää, Mikko Reitala

Director: Heikki Kujnapää


Love Goes Through Your Mind

Writers: Shruti Swaminathan, Ronak Shah

Director: Ronak Shah


Major Arcana

Writer/Director: Josh Melrod


Speaking in Tongues

Writers: Nathan Deming, Lawrie Doran

Director: Nathan Deming



Writer: Bruce McLeod

Director: Lisa Mulcahy


Comedy Vanguard Features



Writers: Daniel Campbell, Graham Gordy

Director: Daniel Campbell


The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova

Writer: Michael Whatling

Director: Zack Bernbaum


In Reality

Writers: Ann Lupo, Esteban Pedraza, Aaron Pryka

Director: Ann Lupo


Lost & Found

Writer/Director: Liam O Mochain


Original Sin (Pecado Original)

Writers: Jean Lee, Maia Nikiphoroff

Director: Jean Lee


Simple Wedding

Writers: Sara Zandieh, Stephanie Wu

Director: Sara Zandieh


Dark Matters Features



Writers: Jules Vincent, Chuck McCue

Director: Rob Grant


The Amaranth

Writer: Eileen Shields

Director: Albert Chi


Beyond the Night

Writer/Director: Jason Noto


The Black String

Writers: Brian Hanson, Richard Handley

Director: Brian Hanson


The Dark Red

Writers: Dan Bush, Conal Byrne

Director: Dan Bush


Empathy, Inc.

Writer: Mark Leidner

Director: Yedidya Gorestman


Ghost Light

Writer: John Stimpson, Geoffrey Taylor

Director: John Stimpson


The Lake Vampire

Writer/Director: Carl Zitelmann


Documentary Feature


A Girl Named C

Director: Emily Kassie


Care to Laugh

Director: Julie Getz


F/11 and Be There

Director: Jethro Waters


Fathers of Football

Director: Bradley Beesley


For The Birds

Director: Richard Miron



Director: Ben Lawrence


The Interpreters

Directors: Andres Caballero, Sofian Khan


Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story

Writers: Jon Strong, Ted Haddock, John King, Mike Quinn Jr.

Director: Jon Strong


The Money Stone

Director: Stuart Harmon


Surviving Bokator

Writers: Mark Bochsler, Kevin Schjerning, Fernanda Rossi

Director: Mark Bochsler


Turning Point

Director: James Keach


Texas Independent Features


Also Starring Austin

Writer: Mike Blizzard, Laura Colwell, Lala Morgan

Director: Mike Blizzard


The Iron Orchard

Writer: Gerry De Leon

Director: Ty Roberts


Jules of Light and Dark

Writer/Director: Daniel Laabs


Texas Cotton

Writers: Tyler Russell, Jameel Khaja

Director: Tyler Russell


Waiting for the Miracle to Come

Writer/Director: Lian Lunson

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