2019 Austin Film Festival Full Film and Conference Schedule – October 24-31

The 26th annual Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference (AFF) announced their full film and conference schedule of films and panels that will take place the next month of October from the 24th to the 31st.

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The 26th annual Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference (AFF) announced their full film and conference schedule of films and panels that will take place the next month of October from the 24th to the 31st. The film festival recognizes the writer’s contribution to film, television and new media. The festival also announced the attendance of the actress, writer, director, producer and comedienne Catherine Reitman. She is set to receive the Festival’s inaugural New Voice Award at the annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday October 26th and participate in additional programming at the Festival’s Writers Conference. Reitman is the creator and star of the acclaimed two-time International Emmy Award-nominated series Workin’ Moms, which originally aired on CBC in Canada and can now be seen internationally as a Netflix Original. She is recognized for her roles in high-profile film and television series that includes the Blackish; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; How I Met Your Mother; Real Wedding Crashers; I Love You, Man; and Knocked Up. Reitman’s writing and producing credits include CBC’s Workin’ Moms, VH1’s Miss You Much, and the web series Breakin’ it Down with Catherine Reitman.

AFFs feature film slate includes 23 World, North American, and US Premieres, and highly anticipated marquee titles, including the world premiere of Lawrence and Meg Kasdan’s Last Week at Ed’s; Yellow Rose, starring Austin native Dale Watson with writer/director Diane Paragas in attendance; and Honey Boy, from a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf based on his own experience in which he also stars alongside Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, and FKA twigs. Other marquee titles include Edward Norton’s detective drama Motherless Brooklyn, in which he also stars with Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe; Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta; and The Two Popes, from Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of City of God, and three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.

AFF additionally announced the World Premiere of Pilgrim, the upcoming edition of Hulu and Blumhouse Television’s Into The Dark. Writer and director Marcus Dunstan will present this addition to the feature-length horror anthology series. Inspired by true events: In an attempt to remind her family of their privilege and help them bond, Ms. Anna Barker invites Pilgrim reenactors to stay with them over Thanksgiving. When the “actors” refuse to break character, the Barker family learns that there is such a thing as too much gratitude. AFF will also showcase independent original series from its Scripted Digital Series competition.

Other World Premieres include The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (based on the true events an elderly African-American vet with bipolar disorder is killed during a conflict with police), Not To Be Unpleasant But We Need To Have A Serious Talk (a man’s darkly comedic tour through past relationships to find who’s contracted fatal STD), This Might Hurt (a documentary about three chronic pain patients on a ‘mind-body medicine’ program), and Texas Independent I’ve Got Issues (deadpan collage of stories about human suffering).

Austin Film Festival revealed their full Writers Conference schedule, which will take place during the first four days of the Festival, October 24th to the 27th. The Conference features a roster of prominent screenwriters in film and television, including Megan Amram, Ron Bass, David Benioff, Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna, Sarah Green, James Ivory, Nicole Perlman, Daniel Petrie, Jr., Ed Solomon and many more.

Austin Film Festival’s 2019 :

Marquee Features

A Hidden Life

Writer/Director: Terrence Malick


Writer/Director: Chinonye Chukwu

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Oh My God I Think It’s Over

Director: Katie Hyde (in attendance)

Ford v Ferrari

Writer: Jez & John Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller

Director: James Mangold


Writer: Gregory Allen Howard and Kasi Lemmons

Director: Kasi Lemmons

Honey Boy

Writer: Shia LaBeouf

Director: Alma Har’el

Last Week At Ed’s (World Premiere)

Director: Meg Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan (in attendance)

Marriage Story

Writer/Director: Noah Baumbach

Motherless Brooklyn

Writer: Edward Norton (Screenplay), Jonathan Lethem (based on the novel by)

Director: Edward Norton

Peace (World Premiere)

Writer/Director: Robert Port (in attendance)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Writer/Director: Céline Sciamma

Rattlesnake (World Premiere)

Writer/Director: Zak Hilditch (in attendance)

Skyman (World Premiere)

Writer/Director: Daniel Myrick (in attendance)

The Kill Team

Writer/Director: Dan Krauss

The Report

Writer/Director: Scott Z. Burns

The Truth

Writer: Hirokazu Koreeda, Adaption by Lea Le Dimna

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

The Two Popes

Writer: Anthony McCarten

Director: Fernando Meirelles


Writer/Director: Trey Edward Shults (in attendance)

Yellow Rose

Writer: Diane Paragas & Annie J. Howell

Director: Diane Paragas (in attendance)

Marquee Television

Into the Dark: Pilgrim

Into the Dark Pilgrim (still) – Courtesy of Austin Film Festival

Writer/Director: Noah Feinberg and Marcus Dunstan (in attendance) & Patrick Melton

Seinfeld Retrospective Presented by Alec Berg & David Mandel

Creators: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David

The Label Maker (1995)

The Bizarro Jerry (1996)

Narrative Features

The Bygone

Writer/Director: Graham Phillips, Parker Phillips

DC Noir

Writer: George Pelecanos

Director: George Pelecanos, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Nick Pelecanos, Stephen


Drowning (North American Premiere)

Writer/Director: Melora Walters

Family Obligations

Writer/Director: Kenneth R. Frank

The Illegal

Writer/Director: Danish Renzu

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (World Premiere)

Writer/Director: David Midell

Limbo (North American Premiere)

Writer: Anil Kizilbuga

Director: Tim Dunschede

Not To Be Unpleasant But We Need To Have A Serious Talk (World Premiere)

Writer: Giorgos Georgopoulos, Maria Fakinou

Director: Giorgos Georgopoulos

Undertow (North American Premiere)

Writer/Director: Miranda Nation

Wade in the Water

Writer: Chris Retts

Director: Mark Wilson

The Witness (North American)

Writer: Mitko Panov, Wladyslaw Pasikowski, David Riker

Director: Mitko Panov

Comedy Vanguard Features

Man Camp

Writers: Daniel Cummings, Scott Kruse, Josh Long

Director: Nate Bakke

The Planters

Writer/Director: Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder

Red Rover (US Premiere)

Writer: Duane Murray, Shane Belcourt

Director: Shane Belcourt

Sawah (North American)

Writer: Adolf El Assal, Dennis Foon, Sirvan Marogy

Director: Adolf El Assal

The VICE Guide to Bigfoot (World Premiere)

Writer: Zach Lamplugh, Brian Emond

Director: Zach Lamplugh

Treasure Trouble

Writer/Director: Dan Erickson

Dark Matters Features

A Patient Man

A Patient Man (still) – Courtesy of Austin Film Festival

Writer/Director: Kevin Ward

Macabre (North American Premiere)

Macabre (still) – Courtesy of Austin Film Festival

Writer: Lucas Paraizo, Rita Gloria Curvo

Director: Marcos Prado

Noise (North American Premiere)

Writer/Director: Jeremy Laval

Sleeping in Plastic (World Premiere)

SLEEPING IN PLASTIC (still) – Courtesy of Austin Film Festival

Writer/Director: Van Ditthavong

Swing Low

Swing Low  (still) – Courtesy of Austin Film Festival

Writer/Director: Teddy Grennan

The Wretched

The Wretched (still) – Courtesy of Austin Film Festival

Writer/Director: Brett Pierce, Drew Pierce

Documentary Feature

Against The Tides (North American Premiere)

Director: Stefan Stuckert

The Animal People (World Premiere)

Writer: Cassandra Suchan, Denis Henry Hennelly, Sasha Perry, Brian Palmer

Director: Cassandra Suchan, Denis Henry Hennelly

Cowboys (World Premiere)

Director: John Langmore, Bud Force

Cows With No Name (North American Premiere)

Director: Hubert Charuel


Director: Elizabeth Coffman

Guest House

Director: Hannah Dweck, Yael Luttwak

Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film

Writer: Thomas R. Burman, William Conlin

Director: William Conlin

Paradise Without People

Director: Francesca Trianni

Pipe Dreams

Director: Stacey Tenenbaum

There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv (North American Premiere)

Director: Duki Dror

This Might Hurt (World Premiere)

Director: Marion Cunningham

Texas Independent Features

Apartment 413

Writer: Ronald Maede

Director: Matt Patterson

A Room Full of Nothing

Writer: Duncan Coe

Director: Elena Weinberg, Duncan Coe

I’ve Got Issues (World Premiere)

Writer/Director: Steve Collins

When We Last Spoke

Writer: Joanne Hock, Rick Eldridge

Director: Joanne Hock


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