Austin Film Festival

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Viola Davis in Widows
Widows, starring Viola Davis and Cynthia Erivo, will be one of the films screened at the 2018 Austin Film Festival. Photo by Merrick Morton

The 2018 Austin Film Festival will include 23 world, North American, and U.S. premieres, a robust retrospective series, and highly anticipated marquee titles.

Among the big movies being shown are Steve McQueen’s and Gillian Flynn’s modern-day thriller, Widows; closing night film The Front Runner, starring Hugh Jackman; Peter Farrelly’s dramedy period piece, Green Book, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen; Mike Leigh’s period piece, Peterloo; Tiger, a boxing drama starring Mickey Rourke; Paul Dano’s Wildlife, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan; and the family drama Ben is Back, starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges which will be AFF’s Centerpiece selection, with writer/director Peter Hedges in attendance

The festival will also include a television program, featuring a preview of season 2 of the Netflix comedy series, Friends From College, and a sneak peek of the season 2 premiere of the Starz espionage spy thriller, Counterpart.

AFF’s retrospective series this year will feature Tony Gilroy presenting his 1995 film, Dolores Claiborne, based on Stephen King’s novel; Graham Yost presenting his 1994 action classic, Speed; and writer Mick Garris in attendance for a special Halloween presentation of Hocus Pocus.

The festival also includes the daytime Writer's Conference, featuring a roster of prominent screenwriters in film and television, including Roger Corman, Tony Gilroy, Larry Wilmore, Megan Amram, John August, Wendy Calhoun, Nicole Holofcener, Ali LeRoi, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Nicole Perlman, Ed Solomon, Linda Woolverton, Graham Yost, and many more.

Screenings will take place at multiple locations. For a full schedule of events, go to the festival website.

Event Details


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Alamo Drafthouse - Village
2700 W. Anderson Ln.
Austin, TX 78757

Stateside at the Paramount
719 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

The Hideout Theatre
617 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

The Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W. Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos St.
Austin, TX 78701

Box Office Hours

Mon - Sun: 10am - 11am

Ticket Info

$75-$695 for passes