Unlike the myriad of other festivals out there that celebrate film, TV, and new media, the Austin Film Festival has always set itself apart from the rest by focusing on the contributions that the writers make in the creative process. This year, veteran screenwriter Tony Gilroy will be honored with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award for his work in film.
In addition to his work on the first four Bourne movies, Gilroy co-wrote Rogue One: A Star Wars story, the first in what promises to be an unending number of Star Wars films that take place outside the Skywalker saga. Previously, Gilroy was nominated by the Academy for both his screenplay and directing work in 2007’s Michael Clayton. His latest film, Beirut, starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike, is currently receiving rave reviews on the festival circuit.
Additionally, screenwriter Daniel Petrie, Jr. will receive the festivals second-ever “Heart of Film” Award for his numerous contributions to film and TV. Petrie is perhaps best known for writing Beverly Hills Cop, the movie which cemented Eddie Murphy as a bonafide superstar after his breakout role in Walter Hill’s 48 Hours.
Both Gilroy and Petrie will be joined in their accolades by B-movie giant Roger Corman, who will be receiving the “Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking” Award.