2017 Austin Film Festival News

Special Go Into The Story discount!

Alert the presses! It’s official! Earth-shattering good news!

I’ll be participating in the 2017 Austin Film Festival!

No need for tears of joy and please, hold the applause. I can’t POSSIBLY make my voice loud enough to be heard over such a public acclimation!

This marks my return to the AFF having been a panelist and moderator there in both 2013 and 2014:

Panelist: “Surviving Your First Year in Hollywood” with Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Thing, Story of Your Life)

Panelist: Deconstructing Tootsie” with John Hamburg (Meet the Parents, Zoolander) and Leslie Dixon (Outrageous Fortune, Mrs. Doubtfire)

Moderator: “Deconstructing Dog Day Afternoon” with Peter Craig (The Town, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, Part 2) and Robin Swicord (Little Women, Memoirs of a Geisha)

Moderator: One-On-One Conversation with Whit Stillman (Metropolitan)

Moderator: “The Sanity Spectrum” with John August (Big Fish), Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko), and Jim Uhls (Fight Club)

Moderator: “Status Quo” with Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club), Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society), and Jim Uhls (Fight Club)

Moderator: “The Unreliable Narrator” with John August (Big Fish), Jim Taylor (Election), and Jim Uhls (Fight Club)

Workshop: “The Signature Gesture: A Workshop in Expressive Writing” hosted with Mary Coleman, Senior Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios

As you can see from just the few events in which I participated, there are some amazing screenwriters and people associated with filmmaking and TV who appear each year at the AFF and this year is no different. You can peruse the early list here.

And check this out: The folks at the Festival have made it possible for Go Into The Story readers to get a $25 discount on the Producers, Conference, or Weekend Badge. Just use the code GITS25 when you sign up.

If you’ve never attended the Austin Film Festival, it’s a remarkable experience. Writers, screenwriters, TV writers, filmmakers, movie lovers, all gathered for a weekend of panels, Q&A sessions, impromptu conversations, parties... it’s kind of like a mini-Woodstock for screenwriters.

If you have gone to the Festival before, you know what I’m talking about. It’s a great opportunity to interface with professionals who work in Hollywood as well as those in the independent space as well as make see old friends and make new ones.

We’ll probably even do an informal GITS meetup in the Driskill Hotel bar.

To learn more, go here. And if you sign up, don’t forget to use the discount code: GITS25.

See you there!

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