Austin Film Fest: Writer-Centric Event to Screen Numerous Oscar Hopefuls

The Sound and the Fury
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The Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference, which has become one of the many important stops on the awards season circuit over the last few years — particularly for Oscar- and Emmy-contending screenwriters — has announced the lineup for its 21st edition, which will take place in the Texas capital from Oct. 23-30.

Not surprisingly, many of this year's highest-profile Oscar hopefuls will be represented there — among them The Weinstein Co.'s The Imitation Game (adapted for the screen by Graham Moore), Fox Searchlight's Wild (adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby), Radius' Escobar: Paradise Lost (written for the screen by Andrea Di Stefano), Roadside Attractions and Saban Films' The Homesman (adapted for the screen by Tommy Lee Jones) and Disney's Big Hero 6 (written by Don Hall and Jordan Roberts).

Also represented will be several films which may have awards potential but do not yet have a U.S. distributor, including James Franco's The Sound and the Fury and Mike Binder's Black and White, both of which had their world premiere screening at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month.

AFF, meanwhile, will host 15 world premieres of its own, including that of Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood's documentary 21 Years: Richard Linklater, which looks at the career of the titular Austin-based filmmaker who stands a strong shot of landing his first-ever best director Oscar nomination this year for his film Boyhood. Also world premiering at AFF will be Dawn Patrol, the result of a script that was discovered out of the AFF's screenplay competition.

Next week, AFF is expected to announce its opening night film, closing night film and actor honoree.

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