Upcoming Movies and Special Events from Austin Film Festival

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aff logoChange is in the air at Austin Film Festival: They recently announced a few major updates to the film and conference staff structure and have also revealed a year-round programming slate packed with special events.

First, former Conference Director and Film Programmer Erin Hallagan has been named Creative Director of the newly-combined Conference and Film departments. Austin Film Festival (AFF) Co-Founder and Executive Director Barbara Morgan describes Hallagan as "an inspired programmer and leader" and calls her promotion "the natural next step."

Also taking on new roles are Elizabeth Mims and Harrison Glaser, both previous festival employees, as well. Mims was a Young Filmmakers Program Director at AFF and also directed Only the Young, a documentary selected to screen during AFF in 2012 (here's Elizabeth's interview with the Austin-based filmmaker). Mims will now act as a Senior Programmer for the festival. Glaser, who served as a Conference Assistant for the last two years, has been named the new Film Program Coordinator. 

The official festival doesn’t happen until October, but several AFF-hosted screenings and panels take place between now and then. Highlights include the On Story conversation series and an ongoing partnership with the Los Angeles-based Writers Guild Foundation

It all begins with this Sunday's On Story: Making Your Short Film panel featuring some of Texas’ top filmmaking talents: Kat Candler (Hellion), David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) and Miguel Alvarez (Mnemosyne Rising). Taking place at 2 pm at the Harry Ransom Center (tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for AFF members and students), the conversation will touch on the challenges of producing a short from page to screen.

Scheduled events in April include An Evening of Award Winning Shorts (Wednesday, April 9), a screening of AFF short film highlights from 2013, and From First Draft to Feature with The Writers Guild Foundation (Saturday, April 12), a full-day symposium for screenwriters held in Beverly Hills, CA. AFF's panels will include "Launching Your Writing Career: Competitions" and "Launching Your Writing Career: The Writer's Producer."

Ed Solomon, writer of Men in Black, Now You See Me and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, will sit down for a live taping at the Season Four Release Party for On Story on Tuesday, April 15 at KLRU Studio 6A. This event is opent to AFF Members and invitees. 

Open-to-the-public screenings of The Faculty (Made in Texas Series) and For Serious (a locally-made world premiere) also await in April, and several more festival favorites and Family Film Series selections are scheduled through the summer -- including free screenings of Homeward Bound (July 6) and Hook (August 3). 

Check the Austin Film Festival website for more information about upcoming screenings, news announcements and ticket details.