Austin Film Festival Drops 20th Anniversary Lineup

'Inside Llewyn Davis' takes center stage

Inside Llewyn Davis
Inside Llewyn Davis

With just over five weeks to go before the Austin Film Festival kicks off, the AFF team today released the lineup for their big, 20th anniversary gig.

Some 70 features and 100 shorts comprise this year's slate, which also boasts a record number of U.S. and world premieres. The Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis – which stars Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Justin Timberlake – is the Centerpiece Film, but theirs aren't the only big names in this year's lineup. See also: Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and Michael Fassbender (Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave); Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom); Dame Judi Dench (Philomena); Bryan Cranston (Cold Comes the Night); and many more.

AFF's impressive conference slate, including such panelists as Jenji Kohan, Rian Johnson, and David Shore, is already up online, as is the list of awards recipients (Vince Gilligan, Jonathan Demme, Callie Khouri).

See the full film slate below, and start planning.

Marquee Screenings

Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel and Ethan Coen (writer/directors); Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett in attendance
12 Years a Slave – John Ridley (writer), Steve McQueen (director)
Nebraska – Bob Nelson (writer), Alexander Payne (director); Will Forté in attendance
August: Osage County – Tracy Letts (writer), John Wells (director)
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – William Nicholson (writer), Justin Chadwick (director)
Philomena – Steve Coogan (writer), Jeff Pope (writer), Stephen Frears (director)
Big Sur – Michael Polish (writer/director); Josh Lucas, Jean Marc-Barr and John Robbins in attendance
Winter in the Blood – Ken White (writer), Alex and Andrew Smith (writer/directors); cast in attendance
Child of God – James Franco (writer/director), Vince Jolivette (writer)
HBO’s Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley – Whoopi Goldberg (director)
Mystery Road – Ivan Sen (writer/director)
If You Build It – Patrick Creadon (director)
Last I Heard – David Rodriguez (writer/director); Paul Sorvino in attendance
Yuma – Wojciech Gajewicz (writer), Piotr Mularuk (writer/director)
Number 10 Blues/Goodbye, Saigon – Norio Osada (writer/director) – U.S. Premiere
Mom, Dad, I'm Muslim – Anat Tel Mendelovich (writer/director) – U.S. Premiere

Narrative Feature Competition

Beside Still Waters – Chris Lowell (writer/director), Mohit Narang (writer)
Crackheads – Tim Tsiklauri (writer/director), Andy Sophocleous (writer) – U.S. Premiere
Finding Neighbors – Ron Judkins (writer/director) – World Premiere
Jack, Jules, Esther and Me – Daniel Poliner (writer/director) – World Premiere
A Leading Man – Steven J. Kung (writer/director)
The Maid's Room – Michael Walker (writer/director)
The Odd Way Home – Rajeev Nirmalakhandan (writer/director) Jason Ronstadt (writer) – World Premiere
Siren – Jesse Peyronel (writer/director) – U.S. Premiere

Documentary Feature Competition

All of Me – Alexandra Lescaze (director)
Dog Days – Kasey Kirby, Laura Waters Hinson (directors) – World Premiere
Icebound – Daniel Anker (director) – U.S. Premiere
Living Dolls – Maureen Judge (director) – World Premiere
Political Bodies – Christopher Englese (director) – World Premiere
Take Away One – William Lorton (director) – World Premiere
The Project – Shawn Efran (director)
120 Days – Ted Roach (director) – World Premiere

Heart of Film

A Birder's Guide to Everything – Luke Matheny (writer), Rob Meyer (writer/director)
Circle the Wagen – Ryan Steven Green (writer/director)
Favor – Paul Osborne (writer/director)
Forever's End – J.C. Schroder (writer/director)
Girl on a Bicycle – Jeremy Leven (writer/director)
Great Chicken Wing Hunt – Matt Reynolds (writer)
How to Follow Strangers – Chioke Nassor (writer/director)
La Navaja de Don Juan – Tom Sanchez (writer/director) – World Premiere
The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne – Kirk Marcolina and Matthew Pond (directors)
Light Years – Matthew Mullen (writer), Maggie Kiley (writer/director) – World Premiere
Scrapper – Brady Hall (writer/director); Aidan Gillen in attendance
Sole Survivor – Ky Dickens (writer/director)
That Burning Feeling – Jason James (writer/director) – U.S. Premiere

Comedy Vanguard

Cavemen – Herschel Faber (writer/director); Chad Michael Murray in attendance – World Premiere
Coffee, Kill Boss – Sigurd Ueland (writer), Nathan Marshall (director); Eddie Jemison in attendance – World Premiere
G.B.F. – George Northy (writer), Darren Stein (director)
The Golden Scallop – Kevin Harrigan (writer), Joseph Laraja (director)
Hellaware – Michael M. Bilandic (writer/director)
I'm Dating You Not – Pablo Flores (writer), Guillermo Groizard (director) – U.S. Premiere
The Little Tin Man – Dugan Bridges, Matthew Perkins (writers), Matthew Perkins (director)
Mop King – Ace Dixon (writer/director) – World Premiere

Dark Matters

Blood Punch – Eddie Guzelian (writer), Madellaine Paxson (director) – World Premiere
Dark Mountain – Tara Anaïse (writer/director) – U.S. Premiere
Dug Up – Dustin Rikert (writer/director) – World Premiere
Innocence – Hilary Brougher (writer/director), Tristine Skyler (writer) – World Premiere
OXV: The Manual – Darren Paul Fischer (writer/director) – U.S. Premiere

Texas Independents

Dear Sidewalk – Jake Limbert (writer), Jake Oelman (director) – World Premiere
Little Hope Was Arson – Theo Love (director)
The Road to Livingston – Erik Mauck (director), Chelsea Hernandez (director) – World Premiere
Sombras de Azul – Kelly Daniela Norris (writer/director) – World Premiere


Always Learning – Robert Krakower (writer/director) – World Premiere
The Bloc – Max Sturgeon (writer/director) – World Premiere
Drones – Matt Witten (writer), Rick Rosenthal (director) – U.S. Premiere
The Fable of Shannon Cable – Vinnie Hogan (writer/director) – World Premiere
Handy – Vincenzo Cosentino (writer/director) – World Premiere
Not Safe for Work – Ryan Balas (writer/director) – World Premiere
Speak Now – Erin Cardillo (writer), Noah Harald (director) – World Premiere
3 References – James Christopher (writer/director) – World Premiere

Correction: The original version of this article misspelled the name of Max Sturgeon's feature.

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