It may seem unusual to some, but the Austin Film Festival is one of the few festivals in the country where the panels are absolutely, positively as interesting as the movies being screened. Here are a few we’re looking forward to. They are open to badgeholders only, but many likely will be recorded for future episodes of AFF’s “On Story.”

The award winners. This year, legendary director Walter Hill is getting the 2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award, Keenen Ivory “In Living Color” Wayans is picking up the Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award, and “You Can Count on Me” and “Manchester By the Sea” writer/director Kenneth Lonergan gets the Distinguished Screenwriter Award. The awardees will speak during several panels.

“Iron Man 3” screenwriter/AFF frequent flyer Shane Black chats with Hill (1:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Stephen F. Austin InterContinental Ballroom); Hill also will present a screening of his cult classic “The Warriors” later…

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