The eighth Austin Film Festival and Heart of Film Screenwriters Confab, skedded for Oct. 11-18, will fete filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan with the 2001 Distinguished Screenwriter nod.As this year’s distinguished scribe, the writer-producer-director, who next helms “Dreamcatcher” for Castle Rock, joins the company of past recipients such as Paul Mazursky, James L. Brooks and Paul Schrader. Fest officials also announced that Sept. 22 is the early registration deadline for festgoers. Early registration includes discounted passes to the confab, exhibits, screenings and Q&A sessions. Between Sept. 22 and Oct. 1, registration will be accepted by phone or fax. After Oct. 1, registration will be accepted on a space-available basis at Austin’s Omni Hotel.