Austin Film Festival Announces Full Lineup

New films from Jeff Nichols, Alexander Payne on the schedule

Austin Butler in The Bikeriders, just added to the lineup of Austin Film Festival 2023 (Image Courtesy of 20th Century)

The Bikeriders, the eagerly awaited new film from Jeff Nichols, is just one of the films just announced as part of the complete feature lineup at Austin Film Festival 2023.

Based on the photojournalism of Danny Lyon, Nichols' newest follows a biker couple (Jodie Comer and Austin Butler) as they navigate the chicanes of 1960s biker culture, and the shift from the freewheeling rebelliousness of the post-war era to darker times. Also starring Tom Hardy, Michael Shannon, Mike Faist, and Norman Reedus, it premiered at Telluride last month but puts down the kickstand in Austin af AFF (Oct. 26- Nov. 3) before its award season release on Dec. 1.

Known as the writers festival (and probably breathing a sigh of relief that the Writers Guild of America strike looks closer than ever to being resolved), AFF is also programming works by noteworthy directors, including Hirokazu Kore-eda (Monster), Brian Helgeland (FinestKind), Alexander Payne (The Holdovers), and David Duchovny (Bucky F*cking Dent). Additionally, the festival has confirmed that Emerald Fennell, director of opening night selection Saltburn, will be in attendance.

Austin Film Festival runs Oct. 26-Nov. 3. Badges available now at Now here's today's announced titles, including Comedy Vanguard, Dark Matters, Texas Features, and more.


Opening Night

Writer/Director: Emerald Fennell (in attendance)


The Trap
Writer/Director: Lena Headey (in attendance)
World Premiere

Closing Night

Day of the Fight
Writer/Director: Jack Huston (in attendance)

The Bikeriders
Writer/Director: Jeff Nichols (in attendance)

American Fiction
Writer/Director: Cord Jefferson (in attendance)

Problem With People
Writers: Paul Reiser, Wally Marzano-Lesnevich, Director: Chris Cottam (all in attendance)
World Premiere

The Holdovers
Writer: David Hemingson. Director: Alexander Payne

All of Us Strangers
Writer/Director: Andrew Haigh

Writer/Director: Brian Helgeland (in attendance)

Not an Artist
Writers: Alexi Pappas, Jeremy Teicher, Matt Walsh. Directors: Alexi Pappas, Jeremy Teicher.
World Premiere

Smoking Tigers
Writer/Director: So Young Shelly Yo (in attendance)

Bucky F*cking Dent
Writer/Director: David Duchovny

Writer/Director: Jac Cron

Writer/Director: Christos Nikou

Last Straw
Writer: Taylor Sardoni. Director: Alan Scott Neal

Lawmen: Bass Reeves
Writer/Creator: Chad Feehan. Director: Christina Alexandra Voros

The Promised Land
Writer: Nikolaj Arcel, Anders Thomas Jensen. Director: Nikolaj Arcel

Writer: Yûji Sakamoto. Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu

Robot Dreams
Writer/Director: Pablo Berger

Scab Vendor
Directors: Lucas de Barros, Mariana Robles Thome

The Disappearance of Shere Hite
Director: Nicole Newnham


Writer/Director: Chase Joliet
World Premiere

Writer/Director: António Sequeira
World Premiere

Bolt from the Blue
Writer/Director: Jack Martin
World Premiere

Writer/Director: Heath Davis
World Premiere

Invaders from Proxima B
Writer/Director: Ward Roberts
World Premiere

The Highest
Writer/Director: Jeremy Curl
World Premiere

Re: Uniting
Writer/Director: Laura Adkin
World Premiere

Midnight at the Paradise
Writer: Bill Robertson. Director: Vanessa Matsui.
World Premiere

Secret Art of Human Flight
Writer: Jesse Orenshein. Director: H.P. Mendoza.
World Premiere

Summer of Violence
Writer/Director: Nicki Micheaux
World Premiere

Writer: Ailbhe Keogan. Director: Claire Dix.
World Premiere

The Battle
Writer/Director: Vera Egito


Born To Fly
Director: Brennan Robideaux
North American Premiere

Studio One Forever
Director: Marc Saltarelli

The Philadelphia Eleven
Director: Margo Guernsey

This Is Not Financial Advice
Director: Chris Temple, Zach Ingrasci

First We Bombed New Mexico
Writer: Joel Marcus. Director: Lois Lipman

Home Is A Hotel
Director: Kevin Wong

Susan Feniger. FORKED
Director: Liz Lachman

Aitamaako'tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun
Director: Banchi Hanuse

Dark Matters

Wild Eyed and Wicked
Writer/Director: Gordon Shoemaker Foxwood
World Premiere

Writer/Director: Matt McClung
World Premiere

The Veil
Writer/Director: Cameron Beyl

Writers: Trevor Vandelac, Ben Van Kleek. Director: Ben Van Kleek

Unfinished Business from Beyond
Writer: Eduardo Espindola. Director: Ian Martin.
North American Premiere

Cannibal Mukbang
Writer/Director: Aimee Kuge

Comedy Vanguard

Don't Tell Larry
Writers/ Directors: Greg Porper, John Schimke.
World Premiere

For When You Get Lost
Writer: Jennifer Sorenson. Director: Michelle Steffes.
World Premiere

Soweto Blaze
Writer/Director: Brad Katzen
World Premiere

Egghead & Twinkie
Writer/Director: Sarah Kambe Holland

Villains Inc.
Writers: Matt Moen, Jason Gray, Jeremy Warner. Director: Jeremy Warner.

Sour Party
Writers/Directors: Amanda Drexton, Michael A. Drexton

All the Wrong Ingredients
Writer/Director: Nicholas Livanos

Texas Features

I'll Be There
Writer: Cindy McCreery. Director: Andrew Shea.
World Premiere

The Stars At Night
Writer/Director: Elizabeth Buckley
World Premiere

Writers: Brandon Lewis, Seckita Lewis. Director: Seckita Lewis.
World Premiere

Home Free
Writer: Lenny Barszap. Director: Aaron Brown.

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