Slackery News Tidbits: December 23, 2013

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Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

  • Austin tops MovieMaker's list of the 10 cities to be a filmmaker this year for the state's incentive program, sales tax exemptions, festivals, UT's Radio-Television-Film department and overall moviegoing audience.
  • The Drafthouse Films release The Act of Killing (Elizabeth's review), a movie that sees former Indonesian death squad leaders reenacting their real-life mass killings, was voted as this year's best documentary by the Online Film Critics Society. Why Don't You Play In Hell?, which screened at Fantastic Fest 2013, also made the Society's list of the top 10 films without a U.S. release.
  • The Act of Killing also topped The Guardian's list of the 10 best films of 2013. Austin-based filmmaker Richard Linklater's third installment Before Midnight (Elizabeth's review), starring Texas native Ethan Hawke, landed at number six.
  • If your New Year's resolution is to submit your movie to the Austin Film Festival or Fantastic Fest (or both), you're in luck: AFF's early-bird deadline for all submission categories is April 30. Late submissions will be accepted until July 15. Fantastic Fest ends its first round of feature and short film submissions Feb. 20 and concludes June 28. FYI: Feature and short film submissions are no longer being accepted for SXSW Film 2014 -- keep an eye out starting next month as the March fest's lineup is announced.
  • The Alamo Drafthouse is teaming up with IFC to launch the weekly, thematically-paired film lineup "Slightly Off-Cinema Sundays." Next month's theme, "Novel Flicks," puts a slightly off spin on film adaptations of bestselling books ranging from No Country for Old Men and Fight Club that will screen at four Austin locations and others nationwide. 
  • Finally, in more Drafthouse news, the theater chain celebrates its grand opening in New Braunfels today.