Austin Film Festival Conference 2013 No Film School promo codeThe Austin Film Festival & Conference is the only major film festival in the United States truly dedicated to the art and craft of screenwriting. Like many festivals, AFF shows a slate of independent features and shorts in competition alongside upcoming major studio releases. What makes AFF special, though, is the Conference the festival holds each year featuring top screenwriters from Hollywood as well as award-winning screenwriters of independent films discussing their screenplays, their craft and the business. I feel lucky and humbled to be one of this year's Conference panel moderators at AFF because of my contributions to No Film School. To find out more about the 20th Anniversary Austin Film Festival & Conference and an exclusive No Film School promo code for $50 off their Conference and Producers badges, check out the details below.

For the first time, the Austin Film Festival & Conference will feature conference panels and discussions throughout the eight days of the festival, starting Thurs. Oct. 24 and continuing through the closing of the festival on Thurs. Oct. 31. The conference features over 80 panels covering the entire breadth of screenwriting topics from writing techniques to genre specifics to selling your screenplay to producing scripts independently. Here is a sample of some of this year's screenwriting panels at the conference:

I recently found out that I have the pleasure of moderating the Script-to-Screen panels with Rian Johnson and Richard Kelly, as well as A Conversation with Jeff Nichols and the Keeping Time on Your Side panel with Scott Neustadter and David Lowery. You can check out the full list and a complete schedule of panels on Austin Film Festival's website.

Also, now until Oct. 10, you can get $50 off Conference badges and Producers badges with an exclusive No Film School promo code. Conference badges get you into all of the panels plus priority seating for screening and access to select parties. Producers badges have the same perks as Conference badges plus entry into all of the parties. Conference badges are regularly $450 and Producers badges are $675, so this promo code brings Conference badges down to $400 and Producers badges down to $625. At checkout, enter the code No Film School to get the discount off these two badge levels. You can read all the details and purchase your badges with the discount at AFF's website.

Will you be attending the 20th Austin Film Festival & Conference? Do you have questions for Rian Johnson, Richard Kelly, Jeff Nichols, Scott Neustadter or David Lowery that you think I should ask during the panels? Share your plans and questions with us in the comments.