50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2018

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Austin Film Festival

Austin, Texas / October 25-November 1, 2018 / austinfilmfestival.com / A, S, P

You’d think that maybe once a festival lays claim to being the world’s largest convergence of screenwriting and media storytellers, it could lead to complacency on the part of its hosts. Not the Austin Film Festival, which continued to make bold new introductions to its renowned Writers Conference in 2017, including in-depth explorations of narrative podcasting, digital storytelling, playwriting, and web series. A centerpiece of AFF’s 200-plus panels is its Independent Filmmaking Track, focused on indie moviemaking from pre-production to post. And as long as it remains “one of the few festivals in the world that celebrates the writer above all else,” says Film Competition Director Harrison Glaser, gearing up for AFF’s cash prize-filled contests should be every screen wordsmith’s annual ritual.

Greta Gerwig feels the love of fellow screenwriters at Austin Film Festival’s 2017 “On Story” Panel. Photograph courtesy of Austin Film Festival

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4 Comments

  1. Jon Deo

    April 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Really? No gay film festivals. Try again.

    • Filmmaker

      April 18, 2018 at 9:35 am

      “Iris Prize Film Festival’s namesake is indeed its calling card—IPFF continues to dole out the largest LGBT short film prize (£30,000) on the planet”

    • Caleb, Asst Editor

      June 8, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Jon,

      Thanks so much for your feedback. Keep an eye out for our upcoming “25 Coolest Film Fests” in our Summer issue (newsstands 7/24). Lots of LGBT Fest representation!

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