British director and producer Danny Boyle has been announced as the 2008 recipient of the Austin Film Festival’s “Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award.” The honor is awarded to industry professionals who have demonstrated an unyielding commitment and creativity to moviemaking. AFF co-founder and director Barbara Morgan said of Boyle, “His work is regarded as some of the most cutting -edge and thought-provoking filmmaking today.”

Boyle, the director of hit films Trainspotting and 28 Days Later, is in good company, as the previous winners of this honor were legendary moviemakers Sydney Pollack and Oliver Stone. Boyle will accept this award at a special luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008 at the Austin Club, and his latest film, Slumdog Millionaire, will screen at the festival on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008. The Austin Film Festival and Conference runs October 16-23, 2008.

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