Sunday, September 21, 2008

Badge Discounts End Monday! Plus Announcing Danny Boyle & Charlie Kaufman!

AFF Badges will remain at their discounted prices until Monday, September 22 at midnight! Reserve your Producers badge for only $585 (full price $650)!

To help you decide what badge is right for you we created our detailed breakdown of badge benefits.


Scheduled To Appear during the Austin Film Festival:
Greg Daniels, Danny Boyle, Charlie Kaufman, Tim Kring, Jake Kasdan, David Wain, Terry Rossio, John August, Robert Townsend, Polly Platt, Shauna Cross, Melissa Rosenberg, John Lee Hancock, Dan Petrie, Jr., James V. Hart, Mark Vahradian, Shane Black, Herschel Weingrod, Bryan Bertino, Bob Fisher, Mike Fry, Matthew Gross, Kirsten Smith, Boaz Yakin, Jeff Nathanson, Phil Rosenthal, Beau Thorne and many more!

Don't miss out your opportunity to break into the business! Learn about this year's exciting and intimate panels with key screenwriters and filmmakers and a sneak preview of the film line-up (including buzz-worthy films fresh from Toronto).

Panel Highlights:
A Conversation with...Danny Boyle
Meet 2008 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award recipient Danny Boyle, the legendary director and producer behind Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting and A Life Less Ordinary to name a few.

A Conversation with...Greg Daniels
Join Outstanding Television Writer recipient Greg Daniels at his panel and learn from the five time Emmy winner and creator, writer and director of The Office and King of the Hill.

Adapting Twilight
The record breaking Twilight series has been a landmark in the young adult novel and is now currently in production as a major fall release. Come hear from screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg on the process of translating the hit novel into a blockbuster film and watch a clip from the film.

Building a Script
How do you build a script from an original idea? What should you ask yourself before you get the story started? This panel will give you insight into how writers get their feet wet and dive into a new project. Shauna Cross, Dan Petrie Jr., Polly Platt, Greg Beal - moderator

Tell Your Story: Phil Rosenthal and Jake Kasdan
Find Phil Rosenthal and Jake Kasdan by the fireplace in the Victorian Balcony. Ask questions about comedy and join the casual conversation on the couches. Other Tell Your Story participants include: Terry Rossio, Jeff Nathanson, David Wain & more. See their discussions from Thursday - Sunday at the Conference!

Film Highlights:
(w/ Danny Boyle in attendance!)
Writer: Simon Beaufoy
Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Dev Patel, Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

The story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India ’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much?

(w/ Charlie Kaufman in attendance!)
Writer/Director: Charlie Kaufman
Cast: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson, Dianne West, Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Catherine Keener

Theater director Caden Cotard's life in Schenectady , New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin , taking their young daughter Olive with her. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his body's autonomic functions. Worried about the transience of his life, he moves his theater company to a warehouse in New York City . He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mockup of the city outside.

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Writers: Jonathan Raymond, Kelly Reichardt
Cast: Michelle Williams, Will Patton, Larry Fessenden, Will Oldham

Wendy Carroll is driving to Ketchikan , Alaska , in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon , however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and Lucy. Wendy and Lucy addresses issues of sympathy and generosity at the edges of American life, revealing the limits and depths of people’s duty to each other in tough times.

Writer/Director: Mike Leigh
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Eddie Marsan

Just how hard is it to be happy? In the effervescent new comedy from director Leigh Sally Hawkins stars as Poppy, an irrepressibly free-spirited school teacher who brings an infectious laugh and an unsinkable sense of optimism to every situation she encounters, offering us a deeply life-affirming exploration of one of the most mysterious and often the most elusive of all human qualities: happiness.

Now's the time to get your badge. Producers, Conference, Weekend & Lone Star available.

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