Featured Panelists

avatar for Walter Hill

Walter Hill

2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award Recipient
avatar for Keenen Ivory Wayans

Keenen Ivory Wayans

2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award Recipient
avatar for Kenneth Lonergan

Kenneth Lonergan

2017 Distinguished Screenwriter Award Recipient


avatar for Amy Acker

Amy Acker

actor The Gifted, Person of Interest, Angel, Much Ado About Nothing,...
avatar for Zack Akers

Zack Akers

writer/director Limetown; producer 36 Questions
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

moderator; professor UCLA; Director, Hollins University Graduate...
avatar for Scott Alexander

Scott Alexander

writer Ed Wood, The People v. O.J. Simpson, The People vs. Larry...
avatar for Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick; editor The Simpsons
avatar for Megan Amram

Megan Amram

writer/producer The Good Place, Transparent, Silicon Valley, Parks &...
avatar for Michael Arndt

Michael Arndt

writer Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3
avatar for David Arquette

David Arquette

actor Scream franchises, Never Been Kissed, Ready to Rumble, Eight...
avatar for John August

John August

writer Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish,...
avatar for Nan Barnett

Nan Barnett

Executive Director, National New Play Network
avatar for Elizabeth Bassin

Elizabeth Bassin

Feature Executive, Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Roger Bean

Roger Bean

playwright; President of Stage Rights
avatar for Kristine Belson

Kristine Belson

President, Sony Pictures Animation
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

writer/executive producer Counterpart, Da Vinci's Demons, Caper,...
avatar for Emily Best

Emily Best

founder/CEO Seed&Spark; co-creator F*ck Yes!
avatar for Geoff Betts

Geoff Betts

Business Agent, WGA East
avatar for Asmara Bhattacharya

Asmara Bhattacharya

writer Stone; script reader; contributor Final Draft, Script Magazine
avatar for David Birke

David Birke

writer Elle
avatar for Dennis Bishop

Dennis Bishop

Moderator; producer Dexter; Film Chair KD Conservatory, Dallas
avatar for Trysta A. Bissett

Trysta A. Bissett

writer/executive producer/editor Ruin Me; writer A Teacher's Obsession
avatar for Shane Black

Shane Black

writer/director The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang;...
avatar for Christopher Boone

Christopher Boone

moderator; writer/director Cents; contributor No Film School
avatar for David Boxerbaum

David Boxerbaum

Senior Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency
avatar for R.B. Brenner

R.B. Brenner

Moderator; Director of the School of Journalism, UT Austin
avatar for Kelly Jo Brick

Kelly Jo Brick

writer Pause, The Jewel in the Woods; contributing editor TVWriter.com
avatar for Skip Bronkie

Skip Bronkie

producer Limetown; Creative Director, Facebook, Pinterest (2010-2015)
avatar for Alisha Brophy

Alisha Brophy

co-writer License to Drive (2017), White Girl Problems, Swiped,...
avatar for Effie Brown

Effie Brown

producer Dear White People, In the Cut, Real Women Have Curves,...
avatar for Owen Burke

Owen Burke

producer LA -> Vegas, The Chris Gethard Show, Drunk History
avatar for Colette Burson

Colette Burson

writer/director/EP Permanent, Hung; writer The Riches
avatar for Reggie Rock Bythewood

Reggie Rock Bythewood

creator Shots Fired; writer Notorious, Get on the Bus
avatar for Liz Cairns

Liz Cairns

director His Name is Willy; writer/director My Favourite Season,...
avatar for Angela Torres Camarena

Angela Torres Camarena

writer/director; faculty LMU LA
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

author The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful...
avatar for Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark

Partner, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman
avatar for Glenn Cockburn

Glenn Cockburn

President/Founder, Meridian Artists
avatar for Cullen Conly

Cullen Conly

Literary Agent, ICM Partners
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

writer/co-producer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena; co-writer Patriots...
avatar for Scooter Corkle

Scooter Corkle

writer/director Hollow in the Land; director of photography Bloody...
avatar for Karrie Cox

Karrie Cox

producer Adult Beginners, Tangerine; executive producer Kicks
avatar for Marcus Cox

Marcus Cox

producer Adult Beginners, Tangerine; executive producer Kicks
avatar for Alex Creasia

Alex Creasia

Literary Manager / Producer
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

Literary Manager, Madhouse Entertainment; producer Slender Man (2018)
avatar for Greg Curtis

Greg Curtis

Moderator; Former Editor of Texas Monthly
avatar for Deniese Davis

Deniese Davis

producer Insecure, Awkward Black Girl, Guidance, Sequin Raze
avatar for Bob Dearden

Bob Dearden

writer iZombie, Play It Again, Dick
avatar for Etta Devine

Etta Devine

avatar for Brandon Dickerson

Brandon Dickerson

writer/director Sironia, Victor, Amanda & Jack Go Glamping; writer...
avatar for Steven Dietz

Steven Dietz

playwright/director Fiction, Bloomsday, Becky's New Car, Lonely Planet
avatar for Tate Donovan

Tate Donovan

Presenter of 2017 Distinguished Screenwriter Award
avatar for Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran

producer Stranger Than Fiction, Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee,...
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

President, Enderby Entertainment; producer An Ordinary Man, Blackway,...
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

moderator; Screenplay/Teleplay Director Austin Film Festival
avatar for Owen Egerton

Owen Egerton

moderator; writer/director Follow
avatar for Chris Emerson

Chris Emerson

Literary Manager, Magnet Management
avatar for Liz Engelman

Liz Engelman

dramaturg; Head of Playwriting and Directing, UT Austin; Director,...
avatar for Emily Ferenbach

Emily Ferenbach

Director of Development, Hello Sunshine
avatar for Kieran Fitzgerald

Kieran Fitzgerald

writer Snowden, The Homesman, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
avatar for Alison Flierl

Alison Flierl

writer BoJack Horseman, School of Rock (television show);...
avatar for Dana Fox

Dana Fox

writer What Happens in Vegas, Couples Retreat, How to Be Single;...
avatar for Scott Frank

Scott Frank

writer Dead Again, Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Minority Report, Logan; ...
avatar for Chelsea Friedland

Chelsea Friedland

VP of Development, Seven Bucks Productions
avatar for Mark Frost

Mark Frost

co-creator/writer/executive producer Twin Peaks;...
avatar for Jason Fuchs

Jason Fuchs

co-writer Wonder Woman, Ice Age: Continental Drift; writer Break My...
avatar for Bryan Furst

Bryan Furst

President of Film and Television, Skybound Entertainment
avatar for Daniela Garcia-Brcek

Daniela Garcia-Brcek

Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University
avatar for Melissa Georges

Melissa Georges

Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
avatar for Carrye Glazar

Carrye Glazar

executive producer Kings of Atlantis; co-producer Game Change
avatar for Katie Goan

Katie Goan

Managing Director, Sweetwood Creative; writer/co-creator Kidnapped By...
avatar for Rob Gokee

Rob Gokee

host/creator Tacocity Podcast; composer Daddy, Tamar & Vince, Dueling...
avatar for Jared Ian Goldman

Jared Ian Goldman

producer Ingrid Goes West, Little Boxes, Wilson, Loving, Adult...
avatar for Michael Green

Michael Green

co-creator/executive producer American Gods; writer Blade Runner...
avatar for Misha Green

Misha Green

writer/producer Underground, Lovecraft Country, The Mother
avatar for Allison Gregory

Allison Gregory

co-founder Austin ‘Wrights; playwright Wild Horses
avatar for Sarah Gubbins

Sarah Gubbins

writer/co-creator/executive director I Love Dick
avatar for Jen Gunnels

Jen Gunnels

Editor, Tor Books; co-founder Tor Labs
avatar for Marc Haimes

Marc Haimes

writer Kubo and the Two Strings, Nimona, Girl Who Drank the Moon,...
avatar for Toby Halbrooks

Toby Halbrooks

writer Pete's Dragon, Peter Pan; producer Ain't Them Bodies Saints, A...
avatar for Jenny Turner Hall

Jenny Turner Hall

executive producer/writer/director The Unexplainable Disappearance of...
avatar for Erin Hallagan

Erin Hallagan

founder Story Bar; former AFF Creative Director

Kevin Hamedani

moderator; co-writer/director ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Junk
avatar for Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister

host/head writer PRI's Live Wire Radio 2003-2015; co-writer of The...
avatar for Kevin Hand

Kevin Hand

Deputy Project Scientist, Europa
avatar for Fabienne Harford

Fabienne Harford

Podcast Competition Director; Managing Director (2015-2016), Austin...
avatar for James V. Hart

James V. Hart

writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting,...
avatar for David Haskell

David Haskell

director The Outdoorsman
avatar for Noah Hawley

Noah Hawley

creator/executive producer/showrunner/writer/director
avatar for Chuck Hayward

Chuck Hayward

writer Dear White People (television show), Fat Camp, Step...
avatar for Pat Hazell

Pat Hazell

moderator; Chief Creative Officer, Sweetwood Creative; former writer...
avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

writer/director A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, It's Not About the Nail, At...
avatar for Eric Heisserer

Eric Heisserer

writer/director Hours; writer Arrival, The Thing, Final Destination 5
avatar for Felicia D. Henderson

Felicia D. Henderson

co-creator/executive producer The Quad; co-executive producer The...
avatar for Christina Hodson

Christina Hodson

writer Transformers: Bumblebee (2018)
avatar for Erich Hoeber

Erich Hoeber

writer Battleship, Red & Red 2, Meg (2018), Happytime Murders (2018),...
avatar for Jon Hoeber

Jon Hoeber

writer Battleship, Red & Red 2, Meg (2018), Happytime Murders (2018),...
avatar for Donna Hoke

Donna Hoke

playwright The Couple Next Door, Safe, Brilliant Works of Art,...
avatar for Josh Holden

Josh Holden

writer/director The Golden Rut
avatar for Nick Holden

Nick Holden

writer/director The Golden Rut
avatar for Ellen Horne

Ellen Horne

Executive Producer, Audible
avatar for Rob Huebel

Rob Huebel

creator/actor Do You Want to See a Dead Body?; actor Transparent, The...
avatar for Gale Anne Hurd

Gale Anne Hurd

executive producer The Walking Dead, Armageddon, Aliens;...
avatar for JJ Ingram

JJ Ingram

producer Operator, Chasing the Blues, The Long Dumb Road, Once Upon A...
avatar for Nicholas Jasenovec

Nicholas Jasenovec

co-writer/director Paper Heart; director Broad City, Detroiters,...
avatar for Henry Jones

Henry Jones

writer/director; 2016 Drama, Sci-Fi, and Enderby Entertainment...
avatar for Jessica Julius

Jessica Julius

Director, Creative Affairs at Walt Disney Animation Studios
avatar for Doug Jung

Doug Jung

writer Star Trek Beyond, God Particle, Big Love, Banshee
avatar for Ryan Kaufman

Ryan Kaufman

Director of Narrative Design, Telltale Games
avatar for James Keach

James Keach

director/producer Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me; producer/actor Walk The...
avatar for Courtney A. Kemp

Courtney A. Kemp

creator/showrunner Power
avatar for Samantha Kern

Samantha Kern

producer The California No; executive producer Manson Family...
avatar for Todd A. Kessler

Todd A. Kessler

co-creator/executive producer Bloodline, Damages
avatar for Albert Kim

Albert Kim

showrunner Sleepy Hollow; writer/producer Nikita, Leverage, Dirt
avatar for Ajay Kishore

Ajay Kishore

Founder/CEO of Stareable
avatar for Louisiana Kreutz

Louisiana Kreutz

writer/director Quaker Oaths
avatar for Justin Lader

Justin Lader

writer The Discovery, The One I Love
avatar for Tom Large

Tom Large

director Bodies, Wounded, Beyond; producer Little, The Hex, Kidnapped
avatar for Ben Lewin

Ben Lewin

writer/director The Sessions
avatar for Jardine Libaire

Jardine Libaire

writer/author White Fur
avatar for Leif Lillehaugen

Leif Lillehaugen

producer/executive The Night Manager, Madam Secretary
avatar for Gabbi Lindgren

Gabbi Lindgren

Screenplay Competition Administrative Coordinator
avatar for Andrew Logan

Andrew Logan

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick
avatar for Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe

writer Walk The Prank, Dr. Ken; editor The Good Fight
avatar for David Lowery

David Lowery

writer/director A Ghost Story, Pete's Dragon, Ain't Them Bodies...
avatar for Britta Lundin

Britta Lundin

writer Riverdale; author Ship It (2018), Riverdale (comic)
avatar for Keith Maitland

Keith Maitland

director/producer TOWER, A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story
avatar for Jenny Marchick

Jenny Marchick

Senior Vice President, Sony Pictures Animation
avatar for Amy Rose Marsh

Amy Rose Marsh

Literary Director – Samuel French, Inc.
avatar for Chris Mass

Chris Mass

writer/producer Chalk, Bobbie Sue, Free Birds
avatar for Kelly Masterson

Kelly Masterson

writer Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Snowpiercer
avatar for Jono Matt

Jono Matt

co-writer Captain Planet
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

co-host Scriptnotes; writer Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II &...
avatar for David McCracken

David McCracken

writer/director/actor Bullitt Country; director OstrichLand
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

Young Filmmakers Competition Juror
writer Free Willy: Escape From Pirate's Cove, Steven King's Haven,...
avatar for Tim McKeon

Tim McKeon

co-creator/showrunner PBS Kids Odd Squad
avatar for Frederick Mensch

Frederick Mensch

writer Nightingale; proprietor MovieBytes.com
avatar for John Merriman

John Merriman

Moderator; actor Mustang Island, You Hurt My Feelings
avatar for Scott Miles

Scott Miles

co-writer License to Drive (2017), White Girl Problems, Swiped,...
avatar for Troy Anthony Miller

Troy Anthony Miller

writer The Hitch (2013 AFF Darkwoods Productions Horror Award...
avatar for Aldo Miyashiro

Aldo Miyashiro

writer/director Atacada, Bleed. Scream. Beat!
avatar for Raamla Mohamed

Raamla Mohamed

writer/supervising producer Scandal
avatar for Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

writer/director/producer Mankiller, Naturally Native, True Whispers:...
avatar for Emily Mollenkopf

Emily Mollenkopf

Development Executive, Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Michael Del Monte

Michael Del Monte

writer/director Transformer; director Transcend
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival
avatar for LaToya Morgan

LaToya Morgan

writer/producer Into the Badlands, Turn: Washington's Spies, Carried...
avatar for Brent Morin

Brent Morin

actor How to Be Single, Undateable, The Outdoorsman
avatar for Tess Morris

Tess Morris

writer Man Up
avatar for Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

director/actress Sun Dogs; actress Once Upon a Time, Warrior, House
avatar for Jimmy Mosqueda

Jimmy Mosqueda

writer Valedictorian, The House of Rodriguez; AFF 2015 Comedy...
avatar for Grace Moss

Grace Moss

Director, Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment
avatar for Bruno Mourral

Bruno Mourral

writer/director Kafou, Kidnapping Inc.
avatar for Scott Myers

Scott Myers

writer K-9, Alaska, Trojan War; Assistant Professor, DePaul...
avatar for Brian Nelson

Brian Nelson

writer Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, Devil, 11/22/63, Altered Carbon
avatar for Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander

writer/director/producer The Intergalactic Nemesis; writer/director...
avatar for Abbie Van Nostrand

Abbie Van Nostrand

Director of Corporate Communications, Samuel French, Inc.
avatar for Tracy Oliver

Tracy Oliver

co-writer Barbershop 3, Girls Trip, The Neighbors, The Start-UP,...
avatar for Linda Olszewski

Linda Olszewski

senior acquisitions consultant, ShortsHD
avatar for Kay Oyegun

Kay Oyegun

writer This Is Us, Queen Sugar
avatar for Marco Palmieri

Marco Palmieri

co-founder Tor Labs; Senior Editor, Tor Books; podcast producer Steal...
avatar for Bradley Paul

Bradley Paul

writer Lodge 49, Better Call Saul, Hawaii Five-0
avatar for Adam Pava

Adam Pava

writer The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie franchise, The Stuff of Legend,...
avatar for Joyce San Pedro

Joyce San Pedro

producer Troupe Zero, Life: Round 2, Salome
avatar for George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos

novelist; writer/producer The Wire, The Deuce, Treme, The Pacific
avatar for Maya Perez

Maya Perez

avatar for Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Partner, Enderby Entertainment; writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big...
avatar for Valarie Phillips

Valarie Phillips

Literary Agent in Film and Television, Paradigm Talent Agency
avatar for Laura Lee Prather

Laura Lee Prather

Partner, Litigation Practice Group
avatar for Maresa Pullman

Maresa Pullman

executive producer The Polar Bears, Welcome to the Rileys, Cyrus,...
avatar for Brooke Purdy

Brooke Purdy

writer Hindsight, Friend Zone (2018); writer/co-director Quality...
avatar for John Rhodes

John Rhodes

co-founder ScreenCraft
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

writer Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Ralph Breaks The Internet:...
avatar for Joanne Richardson

Joanne Richardson

Practice Leader Media & Entertainment, Hiscox Insurance
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

moderator; President, Richter Scale Media
avatar for Peter Rienecker

Peter Rienecker

Vice President, Legal Affairs for Home Box Office, HBO
avatar for Stefani Robinson

Stefani Robinson

writer Atlanta, Man Seeking Woman, Deadpool (television show)
avatar for Mac Rogers

Mac Rogers

writer, The Message, LifeAfter; writer/producer Steal The Stars, The...
avatar for Scott Rosenberg

Scott Rosenberg

writer High Fidelity, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Con Air, Beautiful Girls
avatar for Anne Cofell Saunders

Anne Cofell Saunders

co-executive producer Timeless; writer Battlestar Galactica, 24;...
avatar for Ross Saxon

Ross Saxon

Head of Development, Braven Films, executive on production Magic Magic
avatar for Ellie Schiff

Ellie Schiff

Literary Agent in Film and Television, Paradigm Talent Agency
avatar for Erika Schmidt

Erika Schmidt

Creative Development Associate, Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Hanneke Schutte

Hanneke Schutte

writer/director Jimmy in Pienk, Meerkat Moonship
avatar for Trey Selman

Trey Selman

avatar for Beth Serlin

Beth Serlin

moderator; Associate Professor/Interim Graduate Director of...
avatar for Russell Leigh Sharman

Russell Leigh Sharman

writer Bobbie Sue; writer/director Apartment 4E; author The Tenants...

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