Chinonye Chukwu’s “Clemency” starring Alfre Woodard, Andrew Lanham’s “Just Mercy” starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn” and the Shia Lebeouf-penned “Honey Boy” are among the films being screened during MVFF42. Screenwriters attending the panel to be announced.

The Shia Lebeouf-penned “Honey Boy” is among the films being screened during MVFF42. Courtesy image.

For more than 10 years, Variety has honored “10 Screenwriters to Watch,” regularly bring those honorees together for a chance to recognize their achievements and facilitate a conversation around screenwriting.

They’ll do this year as part of the 42nd Mill Valley Film Festival, gathering some of the honored screenwriters for a panel discussion and a reception at the Outdoor Art Club on Sunday, Oct. 13, 11am-12:30pm. And while the exact list of attendees is TBA, some of the biggest names in Hollywood are among them. Variety‘s 10 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019 are: 

Krysty Wilson Cairns – 1917
Chinonye Chukwu – Clemency
Stephany Folsom – Toy Story 4
Shay Hatten – John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit – Detective Pikachu
Amanda Idoko – Breaking News In Yuba City
Shia Lebeouf – Honey Boy
Andrew Lanham – Just Mercy
Edward Norton – Motherless Brooklyn
Cat Vasko – Queen of the Air

“For decades, the Mill Valley Film Festival has been an essential stop on both the festival circuit and during awards season for key taste-maker screenings” said Steven Gaydos, executive vice president of content at Variety. “We are excited to begin this new partnership with the festival to showcase this year’s group of groundbreaking screenwriters to the discerning audience in Northern California.”

“We are honored to host Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch as part of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Screenwriters provide an essential part of the filmmaking process,” said Mill Valley Film Festival founder and director, Mark Fishkin. “Their contributions cannot be overemphasized, as their words are the common ground that lay the foundation for storytelling through film.”

Four of the films penned by the 10 honorees will screened at MVFF42. They include Just Mercy on Opening Night (Oct. 3), Motherless Brooklyn on Closing Night (Oct. 13), Clemency on Oct. 6 and Honey Boy on Oct. 9, with director Alma Har’el in attendance. Click links for more info on each film.

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