Celebrate! Writers and filmmakers will once again be able to commune at one of the nation's best events for creators, the Austin Film Festival. The eight-day festival will take place Oct. 21-28 in Austin, Texas.

AFF will feature four full days of panel conversations and discussions on the art, craft, and business of screenwriting with some of the industry’s biggest names. There will also be eight days of film screenings highlighting some of the best emerging talent and premiere studio films as part of its marquee programming.

For those still unable to travel, AFF will offer a virtual badge, which will include a selection of panels and films recorded at the festival.

AFF has also named Scott Frank as its 2021 Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting recipient.

Frank is an Oscar- and Emmy-nominated writer and director whose screenplay credits include Little Man Tate, Dead Again,Get Shorty, Minority Report, The Interpreter, Marley & Me, The Wolverine, Logan, the Netflix limited series Godless (writer/director), and The Queen’s Gambit (writer/director).

Frank will be recognized at the 2021 Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 23, and will participate in festival and conference programming.

The Festival also announced several conference guests, including Peter Craig (The Batman), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy). More panelist announcements are sure to come.

You can learn more at the Austin Film Festival website.