Today, the Austin Film Festival is announced their full film & conference schedule with 23 World, North American, and US Premieres, and a new awards category this year – the inaugural New Voice Award will honor actor, producer, writer/director Catherine Reitman.

This year’s festival will include television premiere of Into the Dark: Pilgrim and Seinfeld Retrospective Presented by Alec Berg & David Mandel, film premiere of Lawrence and Meg Kasdan’s Last Week at Ed’s, and Honey Boy, from a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf based on his own experience, in which he also stars alongside Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, and FKA twigs, and many more.

Austin, TX – September 26, 2019 – Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference (AFF), the premier film festival recognizing the writers’ contributions to film, television, and new media, announced today the full schedule of films and panels for the 26th annual Festival, this October 24-31. AFF also announced the attendance of actress, comedienne, producer, writer and director Catherine Reitman, who is set to receive the Festival’s inaugural New Voice Award at the annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday October 26 and participate in additional programming at the Festival’s Writers Conference.

Reitman is best known as the creator and star of the acclaimed two-time International Emmy® Award-nominated series Workin’ Moms, which originally aired on CBC in Canada and can now be seen internationally as a Netflix Original.  She has had roles in other high-profile film and television series, including BlackishIt’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaHow I Met Your MotherReal Wedding CrashersI Love You, Man; and Knocked Up. Reitman’s writing and producing credits include CBC’s Workin’ Moms, VH1’s Miss You Much, and the web series Breakin’ it Down with Catherine Reitman.

AFF’s feature film slate includes 23 World, North American, and US Premieres, and highly anticipated marquee titles, including the world premiere of Lawrence and Meg Kasdan’s Last Week at Ed’s; Yellow Rose, starring Austin native Dale Watson with writer/director Diane Paragas in attendance; and Honey Boy, from a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf based on his own experience, in which he also stars alongside Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, and FKA twigs. Other marquee titles include Edward Norton’s detective drama Motherless Brooklyn, in which he also stars with Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe; Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta; and The Two Popes, from Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of City of God, and three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.

AFF also announced the World Premiere of Pilgrim, the upcoming edition of Hulu and Blumhouse Television’s Into The Dark. Writer and director Marcus Dunstan will present this addition to the feature-length horror anthology series. Inspired by true events: In an attempt to remind her family of their privilege and help them bond, Ms. Anna Barker invites Pilgrim reenactors to stay with them over Thanksgiving. When the “actors” refuse to break character, the Barker family learns that there is such a thing as too much gratitude. AFF will also showcase independent original series from its Scripted Digital Series competition.

Other World Premieres include The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (based on the true events – an elderly African-American vet with bipolar disorder is killed during a conflict with police), Not To Be Unpleasant But We Need To Have A Serious Talk (a man’s darkly comedic tour through past relationships to find who’s contracted fatal STD), This Might Hurt (a documentary about three chronic pain patients on a ‘mind-body medicine’ program), and Texas Independent I’ve Got Issues (deadpan collage of stories about human suffering).

Austin Film Festival also revealed today their full Writers Conference schedule, which will take place during the first four days of the Festival, October 24-27. The Conference features a roster of prominent screenwriters in film and television, including Megan Amram, Ron Bass, David Benioff, Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna, Sarah Green, James Ivory, Nicole Perlman, Daniel Petrie, Jr., Ed Solomon and many more.

The full Film and Conference schedule can be found at

Austin Film Festival’s 2019 slate:

Marquee Features

A Hidden Life Writer/Director: Terrence Malick

Clemency Writer/Director: Chinonye Chukwu

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Oh My God I Think It’s Over Director: Katie Hyde (in attendance)

Ford v Ferrari Writer: Jez & John Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller – Director: James Mangold

Harriet Writer: Gregory Allen Howard and Kasi Lemmons, Director: Kasi Lemmons

Honey Boy Writer: Shia LaBeouf, Director: Alma Har’el

Last Week At Ed’s (World Premiere) Director: Meg Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan (in attendance)

Marriage Story Writer/Director: Noah Baumbach

Motherless Brooklyn Writer: Edward Norton (Screenplay), Jonathan Lethem (based on the novel by) Director: Edward Norton

Peace (World Premiere) Writer/Director: Robert Port (in attendance)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire Writer/Director: Céline Sciamma

 Rattlesnake (World Premiere Writer/Director: Zak Hilditch (in attendance)

 Skyman (World Premiere) Writer/Director: Daniel Myrick (in attendance)

 The Kill Team Writer/Director: Dan Krauss

 The Report Writer/Director: Scott Z. Burns

The Truth Writer: Hirokazu Koreeda, Adaption by Lea Le Dimna, Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

The Two Popes Writer: Anthony McCarten, Director: Fernando Meirelles

Waves, Writer/Director: Trey Edward Shults (in attendance)

Yellow Rose, Writer: Diane Paragas & Annie J. Howell, Director: Diane Paragas (in attendance)

 Marquee Television

Into the Dark: Pilgrim Writer/Director: Noah Feinberg and Marcus Dunstan (in attendance) & Patrick Melton

Seinfeld Retrospective Presented by Alec Berg & David Mandel Creators: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David

The Label Maker (1995)

The Bizarro Jerry (1996)

Narrative Features

The Bygone Writer/Director: Graham Phillips, Parker Phillips

DC Noir Writer: George Pelecanos, Director: George Pelecanos, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Nick Pelecanos, Stephen Kinigopoulos

Drowning (North American Premiere) Writer/Director: Melora Walters

Family Obligations Writer/Director: Kenneth R. Frank

The Illegal Writer/Director: Danish Renzu

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (World Premiere) Writer/Director: David Midell

Limbo (North American Premiere) Writer: Anil Kizilbuga Director: Tim Dunschede

Not To Be Unpleasant But We Need To Have A Serious Talk (World Premiere) Writer: Giorgos Georgopoulos, Maria Fakinou Director: Giorgos Georgopoulos

Undertow (North American Premiere) Writer/Director: Miranda Nation

Wade in the Water Writer: Chris Retts, Director: Mark Wilson

The Witness (North American) Writer: Mitko Panov, Wladyslaw Pasikowski, David Riker, Director: Mitko Panov

Comedy Vanguard Features

Man Camp Writers: Daniel Cummings, Scott Kruse, Josh Long, Director: Nate Bakke

The Planters Writer/Director: Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder

Red Rover (US Premiere) Writer: Duane Murray, Shane Belcourt, Director: Shane Belcourt

Sawah (North American) Writer: Adolf El Assal, Dennis Foon, Sirvan Marogy, Director: Adolf El Assal

The VICE Guide to Bigfoot (World Premiere) Writer: Zach Lamplugh, Brian Emond, Director: Zach Lamplugh

Treasure Trouble Writer/Director: Dan Erickson

Dark Matters Features

A Patient Man Writer/Director: Kevin Ward

Macabre (North American Premiere) Writer: Lucas Paraizo, Rita Gloria Curvo, Director: Marcos Prado

Noise (North American Premiere) Writer/Director: Jeremy Laval

Sleeping in Plastic (World Premiere) Writer/Director: Van Ditthavong

Swing Low Writer/Director: Teddy Grennan

The Wretched Writer/Director: Brett Pierce, Drew Pierce

Documentary Feature

Against The Tides (North American Premiere) Director: Stefan Stuckert

The Animal People (World Premiere) Writer: Cassandra Suchan, Denis Henry Hennelly, Sasha Perry, Brian Palmer, Director: Cassandra Suchan, Denis Henry Hennelly

Cowboys (World Premiere) Director: John Langmore, Bud Force

Cows With No Name (North American Premiere) Director: Hubert Charuel

Flannery Director: Elizabeth Coffman

Guest House Director: Hannah Dweck, Yael Luttwak

Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film Writer: Thomas R. Burman, William Conlin, Director: William Conlin

Paradise Without People Director: Francesca Trianni

Pipe Dreams Director: Stacey Tenenbaum

There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv (North American Premiere) Director: Duki Dror

This Might Hurt (World Premiere) Director: Marion Cunningham

Texas Independent Features

Apartment 413 Writer: Ronald Maede, Director: Matt Patterson

A Room Full of Nothing Writer: Duncan Coe, Director: Elena Weinberg, Duncan Coe

I’ve Got Issues (World Premiere) Writer/Director: Steve Collins

When We Last Spoke Writer: Joanne Hock, Rick Eldridge, Director: Joanne Hock


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