AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 21, 2018--Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premier film festival recognizing writers’ and filmmakers’ contributions to film, television, and new media, announced today the first wave of films to be included in their 2018 program taking place October 25 to November 1 including Boy Erased, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and Cannes Palme D’or winner Shoplifters.

World Premieres include The Black String, Fishbowl, Speaking in Tongues, and Fathers of Football.

As part of its retrospective series, AFF will screen Roger Corman’s Rock All Night, presented by Robert Rodriguez and Corman himself, Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking honoree.

The complete list of programming will be announced in late September.


The Black String World Premiere Writers: Brian Hanson, Richard Handley Director: Brian Hanson Starring: Frankie Muniz, Cullen Douglas, Chelsea Edmundson

Boy Erased Writer/Director: Joel Edgerton Starring: Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton

Can You Ever Forgive Me? Writers: Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty Director: Marielle Heller Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Julie Ann Emery

Fathers of Football World Premiere Director: Bradley Beesley

Fishbowl World Premiere Writers: Stephen Kinigopoulos, Piero Iberti, Bennett Elliott Directors: Stephen Kinigopoulos, Alexa Kinigopoulos Starring: Rick Kain, Belle Shickle, Emily Peachey, Caroline Coleman

Little Woods Writer/Director: Nia DaCosta Starring: Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Lance Reddick

The Long Dumb Road Writers: Hannah Fidell, Carson Mell Director: Hannah Fidell Starring: Tony Revolori, Jason Mantzoukas, Taissa Farmiga, Ron Livingston

Rock All Night (1957) presented by Roger Corman and Robert Rodriguez Writer: Charles B. Griffith Director: Roger Corman

Shoplifters Writer/Director: Hirokazu Koreeda Starring: Lily Franky, Ando Sakura, Matsuoka Mayu

Speaking in Tongues World Premiere Writers: Nathan Deming, Lawrie Doran Director: Nathan Deming


Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers, 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. To apply for press credentials, please complete  this form. Badges and passes are available for purchase at  or by phone at 1-800-310-FEST.

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