Danny Boyle to Accept Award at AFF

Austin Film Festival's 2008 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award goes to Danny Boyle

Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire

Marc Savlov already rhapsodized about Danny Boyle here and how he'll be showing his much-buzzed-about (we're talking Oscar) Slumdog Millionaire at the Austin Film Festival. Now comes down the pike the news that AFF – prescient folks they – are going to hand him a trophy now. He'll be receiving the 2008 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award, which is earmarked for "individuals who have demonstrated an unyielding commitment to outstanding scripts and innovative filmmaking."

Slumdog Millionaire premieres at the Paramount on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7:30pm, followed by a screening of Boyle's breakout first feature, Shallow Grave, with Boyle in attendance.

He'll accept the award on Saturday, Oct. 18, at a luncheon, followed by a conference panel titled "A Conversation With Danny Boyle."

The Austin Film Festival runs Oct. 16-23. Buy your badges – and seriously, buy them now – at austinfilmfestival.com. For those having to tighten the belt a bit, AFF is offering a pretty stellar deal with the $95 Lone Star Badge, which gives you admission to all festival films and to one day of the screenwriting conference (and it's Saturday, the big guns day that you don't want to miss). Read more about the Lone Star Badge here.

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