Austin Film Festival introduces inaugural theater track, 2017 playwriting competition

aff Austin Film Festival (AFF), which bills itself as “the Writers’ Festival,” announced Tuesday an inaugural Playwriting Track for the AFF Writers Conference (Oct. 13 to 16), including a new playwriting competition, to open in the 2017 season.

The Playwriting Track will feature discussions that delve into the art and craft of dramatic writing and how these techniques can inform storytelling for both stage and screen.

Playwright, screenwriter, “House of Cards” showrunner and AFF frequent flier Beau Willimon will present a staged script reading of his unproduced play “War Story” which follows two soldiers, two bankers, a war overseas and a war at home.

Willimon picked up an Oscar nomination for his work on “The Ides of March,” which was adapted from his play “Farragut North.”

Additional playwright and film/television hybrids confirmed for the conference include Stephen Falk (creator, “You’re the Worst”), Monica Macer (writer, “Nashville”), Melanie Marnich (writer, “The Affair”), Mark Medoff (writer, “Children of a Lesser God”), Elizabeth Meriwether (creator, “The New Girl”), Nicole Perlman (writer, “Guardians of the Galaxy”) and many more. The Playwriting Track will play host to panels such as “Shakespeare Inspired”, “Stage to Screen”, “Playwrights in the Writers Room”, “Dialogue”, “Subtext and Beats,” and “Breaking in as a Playwright.”

The playwriting competition is an extension of AFF’s  screenplay competition. AFF will accept full-length stage plays and provide aspiring playwrights exposure to a wide array of theatre professionals. More information and specifics will be available when the competition opens in early 2017.

AFF runs from October 13 to 20. Expect the full schedule in mid-September.


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