Richard Linklater to Attend Karlovy Vary as Festival Fetes Austin Film Society (Exclusive)

The 53rd Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, which runs June 29-July 7, will dedicate a special section to the Austin Film Society, the nonprofit film organization founded in 1985 that has grown into one of the U.S.’s key film institutions. Afs founder and artistic director Richard Linklater will be among the guests of the program, which also focuses on filmmakers from Texas.

Karlovy Vary’s artistic director, Karel Och, said: “Richard Linklater and his colleagues have been a huge inspiration to film communities around the world, and we’re delighted to embrace the incredible achievement of the organization with a selection of outstanding films from Texas filmmakers that have been supported by Afs.”

The Afs began as a film club that attracted students, artists and cinema die-hards. “Afs quickly grew into an institution supporting film culture and film production in a vibrant and growing Texas film community,” according to a statement. Since its inception,

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