The Austin Film Festival this week announced the first slate of films for this year's festival. Director Robert Zemeckis' "Flight," a mystery thriller starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle and Melissa Leo, will serve as the October festival's centerpiece film.

"The X-Files" creator Chris Carter will receive the Outstanding Television Writer Award. In addition to appearing in conversation during the festival, Carter will also serve as a guest programmer and screen one of his favorite films at the festival. Carter joins Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids") and Brian Helgeland ("L.A. Confidential") as one of this year's guest programmers.

Other titles announced include "It's a Disaster," University of Texas alumnus writer-director Todd Berger's apocalyptic comedy starring Julia Stiles and America Ferrera, who will be in attendance; coming-of-age comedy "Free Samples," starring Jess Weixler and Jesse Eisenberg; "Spinning Plates," a restaurant documentary featuring culinary luminaries Thomas Keller and Grant Achatz; and "Shadow Dancer," a Belfast-set actioner starring Clive Owen.

Director Don Swaynos' comedy "Pictures of Superheroes," starring Austinites John Merriman, Shannon McCormick and Kerry Lendo, represents the one film with local ties on the initial roster. The complete lineup of films will be announced in September. For more information, go to AustinFilmFestival.com.

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