Jim Sheridan to get AFF honor
The Austin Film Festival announced Wednesday that Jim Sheridan, whose credits include writing and directing “My Left Foot” and “In the Name of the Father,” will receive the 2014 Distinguished Screewriter Award.
Previous winners of the award include Robert Altman, Shane Black, Horton Foote, Buck Henry, Lawrence Kasdan, Callie Khouri, Richard LaGravanese , Barry Levinson, Paul Mazursky, John Milius, David Peoples, Frank Pierson, Harold Ramis, Paul Schrader, William Wittliff and Steven Zaillian.
Sheridan will accept the award at the annual awards luncheon on Oct. 25, 2014.
“We are thrilled to be honoring Jim Sheridan for our 21st anniversary. His body of work truly encapsulates the mission of Austin Film Festival,” said Erin Hallagan, conference director. “As we move into this third decade of championing the writer’s role in the landscape of film and television, we look forward to continuing a strong program that addresses both new developments in media, as well as the core elements of their craft.”
Sheridan joins an already sizable number of panelists, including Michelle Ashford, creator of “Masters of Sex”; Eli Attie, writer and executive producer of “Mind Games”; William Broyles (“Cast Away,” “Apollo 13”); Cary Fukunaga, director and executive producer of “True Detective”; Terry George, writer of “Hotel Rwanda”; Peter Gould, creator of “Better Call Saul”; John Hamburg (“I Love You Man”); Richard Kelly (“Donnie Darko”); Brian Koppelman (“Ocean’s Thirteen”); Whit Stillman (“Metropolitan”); and Kelly Marcel, writer of “Saving Mr. Banks.”
The festival and conference will take place Oct. 23-30.