An early look at potential award contenders and some of the hottest screenwriting talent in the business is lined up for the Austin Film Festival and Conference, which begins its eight day run Thursday.
The program includes several unreleased Oscar buzz films like "12 Years a Slave."
"You heard it here first, that's going to take everything," festival programmer Ryan Darbonne said. "I think it's going to sweep the Oscars and win all the big awards."
The Coen brother's new drama "Inside Llewyn Davis" is the festival's Centerpiece Premiere.
Will Ferrell, Will Forte, Susan Sarandon, Rumer Willis and "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan are some of the high profile guests scheduled to attend.
YNN's Victor Diaz interviews Darbonne about the festival lineup in the video above.