The Latest News on Austin Film Festival 2012

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Iron Giant poster designed by Ben GarnerAs October draws closer, updates from the Austin Film Festival have become more frequent. Last week, we received several bits of news about this year's fest, which runs from October 18-25. Here are the items that have come up since our last AFF post:

  • AFF has selected award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth as their 2012 Distinguished Screenwriter. Roth won an Oscar and a WGA award for his screenplay for Forrest Gump. Other screenplays Roth has worked on include The Horse Whisperer, Ali, The Good Shepherd, The Insider, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. More recently, Roth adapted the screenplay for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. He's currently exec-producing the upcoming Netflix miniseries House of Cards with David Fincher and Kevin Spacey. Roth will host a screening of The Insider and lead "A Conversation with Eric Roth" during this year's conference.
  • Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will be honorary chair for the Austin Film Festival Film & Food Party on Wednesday, October 17, the night before the fest officially begins, at the Driskill Hotel. Tickets are now available, with discounts for AFF members and badgeholders. This will be the tenth year for the gala event, which benefits the Young Filmmakers Program at AFF. Austin's food scene will be represented by culinary staff from Olive & June, Foreign & Domestic, Haddingtons, Trento and other local restaurants.
    [Aside from Jette: I've been to this event twice and it is great fun if you're a foodie. There are also live and silent auctions and fancy cocktails, not to mention a great crowd.]
  • The semifinalists for the screenplay and teleplay competition at AFF have been released. From 6,500 entries, 96 scripts made the semifinals cut. The competition looks at spec scripts, pilot scripts, drama, comedy and sci-fi/fantasy screenplays. The finalists will be announced in early October, with the winners announced at the Awards Luncheon during the fest.
  • Austin Film Festival has held poster design contests for special-event screenings throughout the year, and the five winning posters are now duking it out for a chance at a Producers Badge at this year's fest.  You can cast your vote by "liking" any of the posters though Facebook. Technology! Voting is open until 5 pm on Friday, Sept. 21.

[Iron Giant poster design by Ben Garner for AFF]