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Topic: I'm going to Austin Film Fest - who's going? & other questions...

Author: Irin Evers Posted: 09/15/08 01:11 PM

I'm finally going to attend the Austin Film Festival. Please let me know if you're attending so we can meet up there. (I have a Second Rounder).

Also - I got a Producer's Badge which includes everything except 1) the Saturday Awards Luncheon and 2) Pitch Competition - are these two worth doing? Any suggestions on things to "not miss"?

Is it worth staying until Monday morning or do lots of people leave on Sunday afternoon/evening? (I'm going to arrive on Wednesday).

I've been to lots of fests, but is there anything that I might not think of to bring, to do, etc.?

Heather - definitely send me your contact info.


-irin evers

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 09/15/08 03:17 PM


Did you see the article I wrote with Aadip Desai on the home page of moviebytes? Check it out for answers to your questions.

Can't wait to meet you! Last year some moviebyters met for coffee in the Driskill coffee shop at 8:30 on the 2nd day of the conference. Shall we do that?


PS I'll email you my info.

Author: Gene Langlais III Posted: 09/15/08 04:38 PM

Hi Irin,

We've written a bit about the AFF at the Done Deal forum. You may want to check out these threads:

In those threads somewhere we address the issue of the Awards Luncheon. As for the pitch competition, we personally advise against it. You'll be missing out on too many panels waiting in line to pitch. Spend your efforts pitching execs you meet at parties.

Also don't forget that your Producers' Badge *doesn't* cover the Film & Food party the Wednesday before the conference, which we strongly advise people to attend (more on this party in the threads mentioned above).

Panels begin at 9am on Thurs-Sun, and you'll be partying until 2am Thurs-Sat (and at least until 10pm on Wed if you go to Film & Food), so if you aren't completely wiped out by Sunday night, you did the festival wrong -- go back in time and start over. So factor that in to your travel plans (we find traveling to be enough of a pain without being exhausted while doing it). Also Sunday night may be your best chance to actually see a film or two at the festival. Some folks do stick around on Monday, but by Tuesday there really isn't much reason left to stay.

If you (or anyone else) have any other questions about the AFF, fire away...

--Gene & Paul

Author: John Arends Posted: 09/15/08 11:45 PM

I'm in for Austin, as well. Looking forward to spending some quality time with old friends and new.

Gene and Paul's posts over on DDP are great companion pieces to Heather's guidance. This'll be my third trip, first with a Producer's Pass and as a Second Rounder.

Cya soon!


Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 09/16/08 11:00 AM

John, So glad you'll be there again!


Author: John Arends Posted: 09/16/08 11:40 AM

Ditto, Heather! Looking forward to that cinnamon roll at the Driskill and later, Lone Star long necks with the Brothers Langlais...

Author: Irin Evers Posted: 09/16/08 08:14 PM

Thanks so much for all the info!

I had already printed out Heather's posting, and I added the Langlais postings from Done Deal to my collection. Looking forward to meeting all of you. I'd meet up for coffee - let's confirm when it gets closer. My cell is: 917-715-2862 and my email is: Shoot me an email with your info whenever you have a chance.

Thanks again.

-irin evers

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 09/17/08 12:54 PM

Hey, Irin,

This link has my article about Austin BUT if you scrole down past it Bill True (screenwriter) did the same interview and has some differnt opinion from mine. It might be helpful too. In addition, he's really funny and will probably be at Austin as a speaker.


Author: Irin Evers Posted: 09/17/08 01:27 PM

Thanks Heather! I'm going to check that out right now...

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 10/10/08 05:35 PM

Anyone else going?

Looking forward to meeting all of you there.