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16th Austin Film Festival & Conference

22—29 October, 2009
What’s It All About

The Austin Film Festival is dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of screenwriting and filmmaking by providing unique year-round cultural events and services.

Watch Out For!

1. Guest Panellist: Melissa Rosenberg, Twilight saga screenwriter, will show a clip from the forthcoming flick, New Moon, apart from participating in Write What You Know: Fantasy/Sci-Fi and Love Stories/ Romantic Comedies.
2. Documentary Feature Competition: Director Shan Nicholson presents Downtown Calling, which documents the evolution of New York City during the 1970s and shows how its collective output continues to play a driving role in the international fashion, art and music industries today.

Special Screening

The festival opens with Serious Moonlight. Directed by Cheryl Hines, the movie is about a high-powered Manhattan lawyer, Louise (Meg Ryan), who is told by her husband of 13 years, Ian (Timothy Hutton), that he’s leaving her for a younger woman. Things start to go wrong when Louise holds Ian captive until he professes his love for her.

Director Oren Moverman’s The Messenger is this year’s Centerpiece. It’s the story of two soldiers from different generations who are assigned to inform the ‘next of kin’.
The closing night will feature Up In The Air by writer/director Jason Reitman. Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), a consummate modern business traveller who, after years of staying happily airborne, suddenly contemplates what it means to actually have a home.

Film Festivals in Oct. & Nov. ‘09

Williamstown Film Festival
October 23—November 1, 2009
The Williamstown Film Festival was founded in 1998 to fill a cultural gap in a part of Massachusetts known for its world-class museums, theatre, music, and dance—the Berkshires.

Ft Lauderdale International Film Festival
October 23—November 11, 2009
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will reel out over 200 films from around the globe. Films are divided into: Competition Films, World Films, American Independents, Documentaries, Shorts, Sunshine Celluloid, Children’s Films, Gay and Lesbian Films, Retrospecitives and Tributes.

AFI Fest
October 30—November 7
AFI Fest presents a survey of the year’s most significant films each fall. Featuring international work from emerging filmmakers, global showcases of films from the great masters and red-carpet gala premieres, it brings world cinema to the heart of Hollywood.

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