Austin Film Festival Announces Full Film and Conference Schedule

Catherine Reitman Announced as Recipient of Inaugural New Voice Award

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference (AFF), the premier film festival recognizing the writers’ contributions to film, television, theatre and new media, announced today the full schedule for the 26th annual Festival, this October 24-31. AFF also announced the attendance of actress, comedienne, producer, writer and director Catherine Reitman, who is set to receive the Festival’s inaugural New Voice Award at the annual Awards Luncheon and participate in additional programming at the Festival’s Conference. Reitman is best known as the creator and star of the acclaimed two-time International Emmy® Award-nominated series Workin’ Moms, which originally aired on CBC in Canada and can now be seen internationally as a Netflix Original. She has had roles in other high-profile film and television series, including Black-ish; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; How I Met Your Mother; Real Wedding Crashers; I Love You, Man; and Knocked Up. Reitman’s writing and producing credits include CBC’s Workin’ Moms, VH1’s Miss You Much, and the web series Breakin’ it Down with Catherine Reitman.

AFF’s feature film slate includes 23 World, North American, and US Premieres, and highly anticipated marquee titles, including the World Premiere of Lawrence and Meg Kasdan’s Last Week at Ed’s; Yellow Rose, starring Dale Watson with writer/director Diane Paragas in attendance; and Honey Boy, from a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf based on his own experience, in which he also stars alongside Lucas Hedges, and FKA twigs. Other marquee titles include Edward Norton’s detective drama Motherless Brooklyn, in which he stars with Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe; Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta; and The Two Popes, from Fernando Meirelles, and Anthony McCarten, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.

AFF also announced the World Premiere of Pilgrim, the upcoming edition of Hulu and Blumhouse Television’s Into The Dark. Writer and director Marcus Dunstan will present this addition to the feature-length horror anthology series.

Other World Premieres include The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Not To Be Unpleasant But We Need To Have A Serious Talk, This Might Hurt, and I’ve Got Issues.

The full Film and Conference schedule can be found at


Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. AFF is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts. All attendees and events are based on permitting schedules and are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice.


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