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AFF announces new panelists, screenings

Charles Ealy

The Austin Film Festival and Conference has announced a slew of new events this week, including a special screening of the new animated Fox TV show "Bob's Burgers," with creator Loren Bouchard and writer Jim Dauterive in attendance.

Kyle Killen, the Austin writer of the feature film "The Beaver" and the TV series "Lone Star," will discuss his new series, "Awake," a drama about a detective (Jason Isaacs) who leads a double life.

And Hart Hanson, the creator of the TV series "Bones," will host a screening of the show, with actor David Boreanaz and producer Barry Josephson attending. Hanson will receive this year's Outstanding Television Writer Award from Boreanaz at the annual awards luncheon on Oct. 22.

Awards will also be presented to John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and the director of animated hits such as "Toy Story" and "Cars"; and screenwriter Caroline Thompson ("Edward Scissorhands").

Other writers attending the conference include Alec Berg ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Noah Hawley ("The Unusuals"), Rob Thomas ("Veronica Mars") and Rodrigo Garcia ("In Treatment").

The festival also announced it is partnering with VH1 Creative Labs to find new ideas for television. On Oct. 22, VH1 will hold three panels to listen to pitches in all genres. Each entrant will have three minutes to pitch, and the top three will get a meeting with a VH1 development executive.

High-profile films at this year's festival include "Like Crazy," which won the grand jury prize for best picture at the Sundance Film Festival. The love story stars Felicity Jones, who won a special jury prize as best actress at Sundance, as well as Anton Yelchin.

"Shame," which caused a sensation at the recent Toronto and Venice film festivals with its focus on a sex addict, also will screen. Other highlights include "The Artist," a black-and-white silent movie that wowed audiences at the Cannes Film Festival and garnered the best actor award for French star Jean Dujardin; "The Descendants," which had its premiere in Toronto and stars George Clooney; "Sal," a biographical look at the final days of the actor Sal Mineo, directed by James Franco and premiering in Venice; and "Jeff, Who Lives at Home," which premiered in Toronto and stars Jason Segel and Ed Helms. It is directed by former Austin residents Jay and Mark Duplass.

The opening-night film, as well as the centerpiece and closing night films, have not yet been announced.

Festival screenings kick off Oct. 20 and continue through Oct. 27. For a list of the festival lineup, visit www.austin360.com/movies. For a list of panelists, go to austinfilmfestival.com.

cealy@statesman.com; 445-3931