Like pumpkins at HEB and the temperature dropping to the heavenly low 90s, one of the best signs of fall in Austin is the annual Austin Film Festival. Since 1994, AFF has been bringing panels, movies and industry experts to our city, and this year, the action runs the full week from Thursday, Oct. 20, to Thursday, Oct. 27. The conference portion of the event, which focuses largely on the writing side of filmmaking, takes place from Oct. 20 to Oct. 23 while screenings take place every day from Oct. 20 to Oct. 27. While most of the panels and the parties are located downtown, screenings stretch from the Alamo Ritz and the Paramount to the Texas Spirit Theater at the Bob Bullock and all the way up to the Regal Arbor.
Badges are still available for full AFF immersion, but film fans can also catch all the screenings they want with a $50 Film Pass or just by buying individual tickets to the screenings they want to attend. Keep in mind that badge and pass holders have priority entrance to all screenings.
The big news right now is that Johnny Depp himself might be attending AFF this year to receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Film – Acting Award. Here’s hoping this means he’ll also make an appearance at the Paramount’s double feature of his new Hunter S. Thompson-based flick “The Rum Diary” and the beloved “Edward Scissorhands.”
Out of the entire festival schedule, I’m most looking forward to Sunday because of television showrunner Rob Thomas’ Script-to-Screen: Veronica Mars panel to learn more about the making of one of my favorite shows of all time. That afternoon, I’ll also be heading to the Paramount for “Like Crazy,” a movie I’ve been looking forward to since its Sundance buzz.
Are you planning on checking out any AFF screenings? What movies are you most excited about?