Frank Marshall, Robin Swicord, Jason Segel slated to attend


Source: AFF

Austin, TX – September 14, 2016 – Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters 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 23rd annual Festival, this October 13-20. AFF’s feature film slate includes 20 World Premieres, a robust Retrospective series guest programmed by Jason Segel, Paul Feig, Phil Rosenthal, and others, and highly anticipated marquee titles La La Land (starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone) and Trespass Against Us (starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson). AFF will also screen the upcoming Wakefield, starring Brian Cranston and Jennifer Garner, with writer/director Robin Swicord in attendance, and the animated feature Nerdland¸ starring Paul Rudd and Patton Oswalt, with writer Andrew Kevin Walker in attendance.

Producer Frank Marshall (Indiana Jones, Back to the Future) joins director Ryan Suffern for the documentary screening of Finding Oscar, chronicling the search for two small children who offer the only living evidence that ties the Guatemalan government with the devastating Dos Erres Massacre. Marshall will also take part in a conversation that explores his journey as a producer, his philosophy on storytelling and his long time collaborations with Steven Spielberg and other distinguished writers and directors.

Other films making their World Premiere in the 2016 slate are One Night (indie-romance with Anna Camp and writer/director Minhal Baig in attendance), The Writer’s Burrow (a Spanish thriller with the director and lead actor in attendance), The Big Flip—Stories from the Modern Household (a documentary that explores families with reversed gender roles), and Hot Air (an Austin-based comedy).

Austin Film Festival also revealed today their full Screenwriters Conference schedule, which will take place the first four days of the Festival, October 13-16. The Conference features a roster of prominent screenwriters in film and television, including Jason Segel, Paul Feig, Marta Kauffman, Nancy Meyers, Scott Alexander, Michelle Ashford, Kent Alterman, Carter Bays, Wendy Calhoun, Aaron Covington, Katie Dippold, Stephen Falk, Bobby Farrelly, Will Gluck, Tony Hale, John Hamburg, John Lee Hancock, Tim Herlihy, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, Paula Pell, Nicole Perlman, Phil Rosenthal, Gary Whitta, Beau Willimon, James Wong, Alan Yang, and many more.


The full Film and Conference schedule can be found at

Austin Film Festival’s 2016 slate:


Marquee Features


  • Loving

Writer/Director: Jeff Nichols


  • Crunch Time: Episodes 1-6

Writers: Andrew Disney, Bradley Jackson

Director: Andrew Disney

World Premiere


  • Gimme Danger

Director: Jim Jarmusch


  • Good Fortune

Directors: Josh Tickell, Rebecca Tickell


  • La La Land

Writer/Director: Damien Chazelle


  • Lion

Writer: Luke Davies

Director: Garth Davis


  • My Scientology Movie

Director: John Dower


  • Nerdland

Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker

Director: Chris Prynoski


  • The Salesman

Writer/Director: Asghar Farhadi


  • The Thinning

Writers: Michael J. Gallagher, Steve Greene

Director: Michael J. Gallagher


  • Trespass Against Us

Writer: Alastair Siddons

Director:  Adam Smith


  • Wakefield

Writer/Director: Robin Swicord


Retrospective Programming:


  • Happy Gilmore (1996), presented by Tim Herlihy

Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler

Director: Dennis Dugan


  • The Last Supper (1996), presented by Dan Rosen

Writer: Dan Rosen|

Director: Stacy Title


  • A Little Princess (1995), presented by Richard LaGravenese and Mark Johnson

Writers: Elizabeth Chandler, Richard LaGravenese

Director: Alfonso Cuaron


  • The Muppets (2011), presented by Jason Segel

Writers: Jason Segel, Nicholas Stroller, Jim Henson

Director: James Bobin


  • The Producers (1967), presented by Phil Rosenthal

Writer/Director: Mel Brooks


  • What’s Up Doc? (1972), presented by Paul Feig

Writers: Buck Henry, David Newman, Robert Benton, Peter Bogdanovich

Director: Peter Bogdanovich


Narrative Features


  • Blood Stripe

Writers: Remy Auberjonois, Kate Nowlin

Director: Remy Auberjonois


  • Boys in the Trees

Writer/Director: Nicholas Verso

US Premiere


  • Chronesthesia

Director/Writer: Hayden Weal

North American Premiere


  • Holding Patterns

Writer/Director: Jake Goldberger

World Premiere


  • No Retreat

Writers: J.D. Singer Nicholas, Zafonte

Director: Nicholas Zafonte

World Premiere


  • Suburban Cowboy

Writer: Ryan Colucci

Directors: Ryan Colucci, Dragan Roganovic

World Premiere


  • The Tiger Hunter

Writers: Sameer Gardezi, Lena Khan

Director: Lena Khan


Documentary Features


  • Berlin Rebel High School

Writer/Director: Alexander Kleider

World Premiere


  • Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?

Writer: Mark Monroe

Director: Eve Marson


  • The Harvest Run

Writers/Directors: Steven Balvanz, Aaron McAdams

World Premiere


  • Monogamish

Director: Tao Ruspoli

North American Premiere


  • My Life as a Film

Writer/Director: Eva Vitija

North American Premiere


  • ProGamer

Director: Justin Agnew

World Premiere


  • Santoalla

Directors: Andrew Becker, Daniel Mehrer


Dark Matters Features


  • The Cliff

Writers: Natxo Lopez, Andres Martorell, Helena Taberna

Director: Helena Taberna


  • Electric Nostalgia

Writer/Director: Jacob Leighton Burns


  • Found Footage 3D

Writer/Director: Steven DeGennaro


  • Middle Man

Writer/Director: Ned Crowley


  • The Man Who Was Thursday

Writer/Director: Balazs Juszt

North American Premiere


  • The Writer’s Burrow

Writers: Francisco Conde, Kurro González

Director: Kurro González

World Premiere


Comedy Vanguard Features


  • 5 Doctors

Writers: Max Azulay, Matt Porter, Phil Primason

Directors: Max Azulay, Matt Porter

World Premiere


  • Brave New Jersey

Writers: Michael Dowling, Jody Lambert

Director: Jody Lambert

World Premiere


  • Diani and Devine Meet the Apocalypse

Writer/Directors: Etta Devine, Gabriel Diani

World Premiere


  • The Golden Rut

Writer/Directors: Nick and Josh Holden

World Premiere


  • Hot Air

Writers: Jeremy M. Goldstein and Derek Sieg

Director: Derek Sieg

World Premiere


Heart of Film Features


  • 11:55

Writers: Ari Issler, Ben Snyder, Victor Almanzar

Directors: Ari Issler, Ben Snyder


  • An Acquired Taste

Writer/ Director: Vanessa Lemaire


  • Almost Adults

Writer: Adrianna DiLonardo

Director: Sarah Rotella


  • American Wrestler: The Wizard

Writer: Brian Rudnick

Director: Alex Ranarivelo


  • The Big Flip—Stories from the Modern Home Front

Writer/Director: Izzy Chan

World Premiere


  • Chronically Metropolitan

Writer: Nicholas Schutt

Director: Xavier Manrique


  • Delinquent

Writer/Director: Kieran Valla


  • Finding Sofia

Writer/Director: Nico Casavecchia

US Premiere


  • Finding Oscar

Writers: Frank Marshall, Ryan Suffern

Director: Ryan Suffern


  • One Night

Writer/Director: Minhal Baig

World Premiere


  • Pushing Dead

Writer/Director: Tom E. Brown


  • Two Trains Runnin’

Writer: Benjamin Hedin

Director: Sam Pollard


  • The Viagra Chronicles

Writer/Director: Chiara Sambuchi

North American Premiere


  • Wrestling Alligators

Writers: Udy Epstein, Tchavdar Georgiev, Andrew Shea

Director: Andrew Shea


Texas Independent Features


  • The Big Spoon

Writers: Mallory Culbert, Carlyn Hudson

Director: Carlyn Hudson

World Premiere


  • Canine Soldiers – The Militarization of Love

Director: Nancy Schiesari

World Premiere


  • Funniest

Director: Katie Pengra, Dustin Svehlak

World Premiere


  • Homestate

Writers: David Hickey, Blaise Miller

Director: David Hickey

World Premiere


  • Quaker Oaths

Writer/Director: Louisiana Kreutz

Cast: Alex Dobrenko, Fede Rangel

World Premiere


Stories from Abroad Features


  • The Load

Writers: Alan Jonsson Gavicia, Arturo Ruiz Serrano

Director: Alan Jonsson Gavicia


  • Long Live Death

Writer: Erol Yesilkaya

Director: Sebastian Marka


  • My Mother’s Wound

Writers: Ozan Aciktan, Ozan Guven, Fethi Kantarci, Uygar Sirin, Mehmet Turgut, Funda Çetin

Director: Ozan Aciktan



AFF is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. All attendees/events are based on permitting schedules and are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Badges and passes are available for purchase online or by calling 1-800-310-FEST.




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