The Austin Film Festival has been a unique, welcomed change to what film festivals typically, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of them doing so. Informally known as “The Writer’s Festival,” AFF has made it their mission to put those who put words on the page front and center, spotlighting an all-too-often overlooked component of the filmmaking process.

This year’s AFF will be held from October 25th through November 1st, and often features early screenings of films that later go on to become Oscar contenders. Last year’s slate included future-award-winners like Lady Bird, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and I, Tonya. Now, in preparation for 2018, they’ve announced some of the things attendees can expect.

First, they’ve selected judges for Fiction Podcast Script Competition. The competition is designed to help connect those who want to tell their stories via audio to potential audiences. The roster includes Stitcher CCO Chris Bannon, Peabody-winning writer John Dryden, Studio 360’s Jocelyn Gonzalez, The Bright Sessions creator Lauren Shippen, and Vice President Tim Street.

Internet radio hubs Authentic and Stitcher have both signed on as official sponsors of the competition, which will help elevate the medium of fiction in podcasts.

If you’re interested in submitting a fiction-oriented podcast, you can learn more about the application process here. Keep in mind the deadline to apply is July 6th.

Additionally, both Street and Shippen will be featured as part of the Austin Film Festival’s Writers Conference from October 25th through the 28th. The minds behind the hit podcast 36 Questions, Ellen Winter & Chris Littler, will also be on the slate.

Of course, we’ll keep you posted as more announcements become available.

To learn more about the Austin Film Festival, including how to attend, visit their website here.