See world premieres, 30+ films, and top writers at the 30th annual Austin Film Festival

Between lauded writers, new awards, and dozens of screenings, here’s what to expect from this year’s Austin Film Festival.


See “The Bikeriders,” directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Austin Butler, at this year’s Austin Film Festival.

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The lineup for this year’s Austin Film Festival is out, so strap in for multiple world premieres and screenings of lauded new films.

For the 30th anniversary of the long-running event, the festival announced a new Writer’s Writer award. Emmy-winning Cord Jefferson — who worked on “Watchmen,” “Succession,” and “The Good Place” — is the award’s inaugural winner.

Here’s what to expect from the rest of the festival, which runs Thursday, Oct. 26 to Thursday, Nov. 2:


Expect 30+ screenings of films, including:

  • “The Bikeriders” starring Austin Butler, Tom Hardy, and Jodie Comer
  • “Day of the Fight,” starring Michael C. Pitt, Steve Buscemi, and Joe Pesci
  • “Re:Uniting,” a world premiere
  • “Problem with People,” a world premiere


The first four days of the festival are also the Writers Conference, featuring panels, workshops, and networking with appearances from Dan Erickson (“Severance”), Tracy Oliver (“Girls Trip”), Damon Lindelof (“Lost”), and more.

Badges and passes start at $80.