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Making Sense of the Austin Film Festival, One Panel and One Screening at a Time

Austin Film Festival

Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.

The Austin Film Festival kicks off today. Over the course of the festival, KUT News is featuring guest blogs from AFF staffers pointing to festival highlights. Today, Conference Director Erin Hallagan delivers her take on the festival, which she says is like convincing mom to stop at the candy store AND ice cream parlor all in one day.”

The crossover participation of those involved in the festival and conference this year is remarkable. Panelists are presenting films; filmmakers are speaking on panels; and of course registrants do their fair share of double-dipping as well.  And that’s what it’s all about.  The blend of the overall experience and its accessible interactivity is what makes Austin Film Festival truly unique. With a platter of incredibly active screenwriters and filmmakers, there is something for everyone and plenty of room for ideas to blossom.

Here’s some events and speakers that I wouldn’t miss:

SCREENING: Eric Roth presents “The Insider” Friday, October 19th at 8:15 p.m. Texas Spirit Theater PANEL: A Conversation with Eric Roth Saturday, October 20th at 9:00 a.m. Driskill Hotel, Ballroom SCRIPT READING: “Luck” Saturday, October 20th at 2:15 p.m. New Movement Theater

PANEL: A Conversation with Paul Feig Sunday, October 21st at 11:30 a.m. Stephen F. Austin Hotel, Ballroom SCREENING: Paul Feig presents “Loves Of A Blonde” Sunday, October 21st at 1:15 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at the Ritz

PANEL: Television Comedy Friday, October 19th at 9:00 a.m. Stephen F. Austin Hotel, Ballroom SCREENING: Phil Rosenthal presents “Broadway Danny Rose” Saturday, October 20th at 6:00 p.m. SCRIPT READING: “You’re Lucky You’re Funny” Sunday, October 21st at 3:00 p.m.

PANEL: A Conversation with James Franco Friday, October 19th at 1:45 p.m. Stephen F. Austin Hotel, Ballroom SCREENING:Francophrenia Friday, October 19th at 7:00 p.m. Paramount Theater

And lastly, be sure to check out our Independent Filmmaking Track. We will once again be hosting a two-day, back-to-back series of panels that will take all first-time and new filmmakers through the process of creating their first film, from funding to pre-production to production to post-production to marketing. This track will be invaluable for any filmmaker with a vision in need of some direction or insight. This year, the series will include speakers from the 2012 Film Program and Competition!

Hope to see you there!

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