AUSTIN -- Actor Johnny Depp is headed to the Austin Film Festival.
He will received the Extraordinary Contribution to Film – Acting Award at the awards luncheon on Saturday. He's being honored for his body of work, contribution to the culture of film and, for his recognition and support of the importance of writing and writers.
Depp will also present the Distinguished Screenwriter award to Caroline Thompson. Her credits include "Edward Scissorhands" and "Corpse Bride." This year's other award recipients are John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios) and Hart Hanson (creator/writer/executive producer of “Bones” and “The Finder”).
Depp will introduce his new film "The Rum Diary" at the Paramount Theatre on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., and he will do a Q&A following the film. He'll be joined by "The Rum Diary" writer/director Bruce Robinson, whose screenplay credits include "The Killing Fields" and "Fat Man and Little Boy."
Depp and Thompson will introduce a special retrospective screening of "Edward Scissorhands" at 9:45 p.m. at the Paramount, following "The Rum Diary" screening. Thompson will do a Q&A following the film.
Austin Film Festival badges have priority admission to all screenings, followed by Film Passes, and then individual ticket holders. Badges and Film Passes may be purchased online or at Austin Film Festival's Registration Office at the Driskill Hotel.
Individual tickets are sold 25 minutes prior to each film screening at the theater. Click here to see the full Festival and Conference Schedule.