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Wednesday, October 25
 

7:00pm

Film & Food Fundraising Party
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Austin Film Festival is pleased to announce their 15th annual Film & Food Fundraising Party, an evening dedicated to celebrating Austin's thriving film industry and famous culinary talent. Held in the glamorous and historic Driskill Hotel, the event brings Austinites and visitors together to celebrate the film arts and enjoy flowing cocktails and inventive cuisine from some of Austin’s most notable chefs. Live and silent auctions showcase the very best in luxury items, trips, and experiences. Click Here for more information! Proceeds from the event benefit AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program. YFP was founded to encourage youth to explore their creativity and improve their literacy skills through the arts of screenwriting and filmmaking. Click Here for more information!


Wednesday October 25, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701
 
Thursday, October 26
 

11:30am

Opening Remarks
Austin Film Festival welcomes you to its 24th annual celebration of storytelling through film, television, theatre, narrative fiction podcasting, and new media. Bringing together industry icons, independent filmmakers, aspiring storytellers, and everyone in between, this year features intimate discussions, workshops, premieres, retrospectives, parties, and limitless networking opportunities. Join AFF staff and board members for Opening Remarks to learn more about the week ahead, last-minute additions and changes, and new special guests.

Panelists
avatar for Oren Uziel

Oren Uziel

writer/director Shimmer Lake; writer 22 Jump Street, Freaks of Nature, The God Particle
Oren Uziel recently directed his first feature, Shimmer Lake, which previously won an award at the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. Production recently wrapped on his science fiction film The God Particle, directed by Julius Onah and produced by JJ Abrams. His prev... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Vogler

Christopher Vogler

author The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
Christopher Vogler is a veteran Hollywood story consultant known the world over for his landmark book The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers. Vogler began his career as a documentary filmmaker for the US Air Force’s space program. After graduate studies at the... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

12:00pm

Exhibit Hall
We are fortunate to have a wide variety of well-respected businesses and organizations present at this year's Exhibit Hall. The Exhibit Hall is held in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel and is only open for three days, so please take advantage of this opportunity to visit with the exhibitors.


Thursday October 26, 2017 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

A Conversation with Gale Anne Hurd
Don’t miss this one-on-one, in-depth conversation with Gale Anne Hurd, one of the industry’s most respected film and television producers, and the co-writer of The Terminator. As an executive producer on such projects as The Walking DeadAliens, and Armageddon, Hurd has decades of experience navigating high-tension, high-stake, and high-conflict situations – both on and off the page.

Hurd is the Executive Producer of Mankiller, her third Native American documentary, which chronicles the extraordinary life of the first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller. Mankiller will be screening at this year's Festival, consult the film schedule for screening times.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival

Panelists
avatar for Gale Anne Hurd

Gale Anne Hurd

executive producer The Walking Dead, Armageddon, Aliens; producer/co-writer The Terminator
Gale Anne Hurd is one of the industry’s most respected film and television producers. In 1984, after working in various capacities for legendary producer Roger Corman, Hurd produced and co-wrote her first feature film, The Terminator. The film was a box office and critical success, and has since become a genre classic. This success was quickly followed... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

1:00pm

Austin Pitch Prep
Are you ready to give your best pitch? Get prepped to sell your script–and yourself!–and ensure your first pitch wont be your last. Will you be in the select group that makes it through to the Pitch Competition Finale?

Panelists
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

writer Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Bears, Samantha Who?; comic book writer Rick and Morty, SLAM!
Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village, TV writer, comic book writer, author, and best-selling novelist. She’s currently co-writing Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2:.She was recently named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch and is a 2017... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

1:00pm

How to Work the Conference
The AFF Conference is a great place to mingle and learn–that person sitting next to you could be a life changing contact. Although the schedule can be intimidating, this panel featuring seasoned festival attendees is here to help. Join the discussion on everything from networking to pitching to where the closest restroom can be found. Find out how to maximize your Badge and your time here at the Conference!

Moderators
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

moderator; Screenplay/Teleplay Director Austin Film Festival

Panelists
avatar for Bob Dearden

Bob Dearden

writer iZombie, Play It Again, Dick
Bob Dearden is a former forestry worker and decorated free-throw shooter hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He received an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, and currently works as a writer for The CW’s iZombie.
avatar for Erin Hallagan

Erin Hallagan

founder Story Bar; former AFF Creative Director
Erin Hallagan is the founder of Story Bar, an Austin-based multi-disciplinary arts initiative featuring storytelling and the exploration of the human condition through community-driven programming. Prior to Story Bar, Erin served as Creative Director of the Austin Film Festival &... Read More →
avatar for Nick Holden

Nick Holden

writer/director The Golden Rut
Brothers Nick and Josh Holden co-founded the Austin,TX based, film and video production company Mishnoon in 2007. The Holden Brothers, have made over an estimated 100 short form videos, including web series, music videos, music documentaries, and web and TV commercials. Over the... Read More →
avatar for Josh Holden

Josh Holden

writer/director The Golden Rut
Brothers Nick and Josh Holden co-founded the Austin,TX based, film and video production company Mishnoon in 2007. The Holden Brothers, have made over an estimated 100 short form videos, including web series, music videos, music documentaries, and web and TV commercials. Over the... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

1:00pm

Indie Film Track: The Filmmaker's Team
The making of a feature film is no small feat. As the saying goes, it takes a village. Learn who and what you need in your corner in order to make the journey from pre-production to post as seamless as possible.

Moderators
avatar for Ashland Viscosi

Ashland Viscosi

moderator; founder Creatives Meet Business
Ashland founded Creatives Meet Business (CMB), an event and podcast series in Austin for creatives of all disciplines to define themselves as “artists” and “creatives” AND “small business owners” and “entrepreneurs.” The event series helps creatives – filmmakers... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Scooter Corkle

Scooter Corkle

writer/director Hollow in the Land; director of photography Bloody Knuckles; gaffer Beyond the Black Rainbow
"Scooter Corkle is a writer/director from Vancouver Canada, having worked in film for past 14 years in various departments including grip, lighting and camera. His last two short films CHLOE AND ATTIE and POUR RETOURNER went on to play in festivals all over the world including Tribeca, Palm Springs, Telluride, Toronto After Dark, Dead by Dawn, Atlantic Film Festival and Vancouver to name a... Read More →
avatar for JJ Ingram

JJ Ingram

producer Operator, Chasing the Blues, The Long Dumb Road, Once Upon A River
A Chicago native, JJ’s producer credits include: Chasing The Blues (Fulton Market Films), Operator (SXSW 2016, The Orchard), Unexpected (Sundance, Film Arcade), Bloomin Mud Shuffle (Factory 25) and Baby Mary (SXSW 2014). JJ recently wrapped the comedy feature, The Long Dumb Road ... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

director/actress Sun Dogs; actress Once Upon a Time, Warrior, House
Actress, director, and producer, Jennifer Morrison, continues to have her plate full with numerous television and film projects.  In April 2016, she launched her own production banner, Apartment 3C Productions. The first full length feature film under the new company is Sun Dogs, which Morrison directed... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Slaysman

Kristin Slaysman

producer/actor Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks; actor The Last Tycoon, Masters of Sex, American Horror Story, Little Sister, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
Kristin Slaysman is a graduate of Northwestern University and a Los Angeles-based producer, actor and director. As an actor, her feature film work has premiered at Berlin, Sundance & SXSW film festivals. TV credits include: Masters of Sex, American Horror Story and The Last Tycoon. Kristin has written/directed several shorts and she produced a narrative feature about the L.A. rock... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

1:00pm

The Hero's Journey: Exploring Joseph Campbell's Story Structure
It’s a classic story framework. From the Bible to Star Wars to The Lego Movie, humans love a great tale of adventure. The Hero’s Journey, as codified by Joseph Campbell, has helped many a screenwriter structure a story. Join Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey, as he examines the challenges and temptations of writing within this framework, how to heed the call to adventure, and the details that go into making the monomyth your own. 

Moderators
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University
Greg Garrett has been a panelist and moderator at the Austin Film Festival for more than fifteen years. At the Festival, he has interviewed luminaries such as Lawrence Kasdan, James Hart, and Damon Lindelof, and led conversations on craft, genre, adaptation, and narrative. Himsel... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Christopher Vogler

Christopher Vogler

author The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
Christopher Vogler is a veteran Hollywood story consultant known the world over for his landmark book The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers. Vogler began his career as a documentary filmmaker for the US Air Force’s space program. After graduate studies at the... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

1:00pm

Austin Pitch #1
It's the 15th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David's Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Panelists
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

author The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting
Jill Chamberlain is the founder of The Screenplay Workshop (www.thescreenplayworkshop.org) where she has helped over a thousand writers with their screenplays. Her book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting(University of Texas Press) is the go-to m... Read More →
avatar for Daniela Garcia-Brcek

Daniela Garcia-Brcek

Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion
Daniela Garcia-Brcek is a literary manager at Circle of Confusion, a feature film & television production and management company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Daniela identifies as a TCI – a third culture individual: Venezuelan-born, with a childhood in South East A... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

1:00pm

*Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film
*Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft and business of writing for film. How do you break in, deal with contracts and options, and find representation? What’s the difference between indie and studio films, and what happens when your movie goes into development? What are the most essential habits and routines to assume? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 25 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 26 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 27 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 28 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

ROUNDTABLE FAQS

Panelists
avatar for Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick; editor The Simpsons
Taylor Allen is a writer and an editor living in lovely Los Angeles, California. In 2015, Taylor co-wrote Chappaquiddick with his writing and producing partner Andrew Logan. The script earned them a spot on The Black List (and also got him blacklisted from some presumably wonder... Read More →
avatar for Asmara Bhattacharya

Asmara Bhattacharya

writer Stone; script reader; contributor Final Draft, Script Magazine
Asmara Bhattacharya is a filmmaker and playwright, a script reader for Austin Film Festival and other contests, and a film screener for Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. She writes for Final Draft’s blog and Script Magazine, interviewing the pros and sharing tips that are never the least bit snarky. A writer with placements in many competitions, she is also active on set as everything from director to producer to consultant to camera operator. Her website... Read More →
avatar for Angela Torres Camarena

Angela Torres Camarena

writer/director; faculty LMU LA
Angela is an award-winning film director and writer devoted to creating meaningful films from a sensitive and poetic perspective. Her films have been selected at film festivals around the world including the Palm Springs Film Festival, SXSW and Cannes. In 2009 she won the Changemaker Award by HBO with her film Exiled in America. Her film Frente Noreste - starring Mexican Academy Award winners Evangelina Sosa... Read More →
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

writer/co-producer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena; co-writer Patriots Day
Cook is a screenwriter, director, and producer of various studio and independent films and television. His work includes The Duel (formerly By Way of Helena), Triple Nine, and Patriot’s Day. Both By Way of Helena (2010) and Triple Nine (2012) made the top 10 of The Black List... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

Literary Manager, Madhouse Entertainment; producer Slender Man (2018)
Ryan Cunningham is a literary manager and producer at Madhouse Entertainment. Ryan began his career in physical production as a PA on several films and TV shows shooting in New Orleans while he attended Tulane University. After graduating, Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he worke... Read More →
avatar for Owen Egerton

Owen Egerton

moderator; writer/director Follow
Owen Egerton is the writer/director of the horror film Follow, a Black List honored screenwriter and the author of several books including How Best to Avoid Dying and The Book of Harold, The Illegitimate Son of God, which was optioned by Warner Brothers Television. He’s also one of the talents behind the Alamo... Read More →
KH

Kevin Hamedani

moderator; co-writer/director ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Junk
Kevin Hamedani began his filmmaking career with the feature ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction. Produced by Academy Award nominee John Sinno (Iraq in Fragments) the film went on to receive critical acclaim showing in film festivals worldwide. ZMD was acquired by Lions Gate and prem... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Logan

Andrew Logan

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick
Andrew Logan is a writer and producer based in Austin, TX. As a writer, Andrew was listed on the 2015 Black List for the screenplay he co-wrote called Chappaquiddick, a political thriller that chronicles the true story of what is described as the seven most dramatic days of Senat... Read More →
avatar for Jono Matt

Jono Matt

co-writer Captain Planet
Jono Matt (who's totally writing this bio, but is still going to speak in the third person) is currently working on the live-action reboot of Captain Planet. He met his writing partner, Glen Powell, when they both snuck into the Golden Globes. Jono worked as a director's assistan... Read More →
avatar for Frederick Mensch

Frederick Mensch

writer Nightingale; proprietor MovieBytes.com
Frederick Mensch is a Chicago-based screenwriter, playwright, and web developer. He’s the writer of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated HBO Film Nightingale, starring David Oyelowo, and the proprietor of the MovieBytes.com website for screenwriters, the Internet’s most compr... Read More →
avatar for Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander

writer/director/producer The Intergalactic Nemesis; writer/director Hit & Run, Buttercup
Jason Neulander is an award-winning theatre artist, filmmaker, and producer based in Austin, Texas. He founded and was the artistic director of Austin’s premiere producer of new plays Salvage Vanguard Theater from 1994 to 2008. Over his tenure he grew the company from producing... Read More →
avatar for Russell Leigh Sharman

Russell Leigh Sharman

writer Bobbie Sue; writer/director Apartment 4E; author The Tenants of East Harlem, Nightshift NYC
Russell Leigh Sharman is a writer, filmmaker and anthropologist. He has written (and re-written) for Hollywood since 2008 when his screenplay BOBBIE SUE won a spot on the Hollywood Blacklist. He has since worked as a writer-for-hire for studios and production companies, including... Read More →
avatar for Chris Sparling

Chris Sparling

writer Buried, The Sea of Trees, ATM; writer/director Mercy, The Atticus Institute
hris Sparling wrote the 2010 film Buried starring Ryan Reynolds, for which he won "Best Original Screenplay" from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. His Black List script, ATM, was produced by Gold Circle Films and released by IFC Films in 2012. His feature directin... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

1:00pm

Script Library
The Script Library is located in the Cloak Room of the SFA Hotel and houses all Semifinalist, Finalist, and winning scripts from the 2017 Screenplay Competition. Come check it out and find that perfect written work to get those creative juices flowing again!

Thursday October 26, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Cloak Room

2:45pm

Alternative Ways to Break In
While the doorways to Hollywood are narrow, with lots of writers trying to squeeze through, the reality is the industry is changing and the old processes are no longer the only ways to find success. Come and listen as panelists share the creative pathways they found and forged that lead to the success they’ve experienced.


Moderators
avatar for Erin Hallagan

Erin Hallagan

founder Story Bar; former AFF Creative Director
Erin Hallagan is the founder of Story Bar, an Austin-based multi-disciplinary arts initiative featuring storytelling and the exploration of the human condition through community-driven programming. Prior to Story Bar, Erin served as Creative Director of the Austin Film Festival &... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Jenny Turner Hall

Jenny Turner Hall

executive producer/writer/director The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
Jenny Turner Hall (jennyturnerhall.com) is a Peabody Award recipient and an irrepressible storyteller with a DIY spirit. She writes, produces, and performs stories in almost every genre. She is currently an executive producer, writer, and director of The Unexplainable Disappearan... Read More →
avatar for Jardine Libaire

Jardine Libaire

writer/author White Fur
Jardine Libaire got her MFA in Writing from the University of Michigan. Her sixth novel White Fur (Hogarth), published in May 2017, was an Amazon Best Book, a Barnes + Noble Discover, and a Book of the Month selection; the television-series adaptation of White Fur she wrote for FilmNation Entertainment just landed a home at Amazon Studios where she continues to develop it. She also just wrote and published a documentary book with photographer Phyllis B... Read More →
avatar for Jono Matt

Jono Matt

co-writer Captain Planet
Jono Matt (who's totally writing this bio, but is still going to speak in the third person) is currently working on the live-action reboot of Captain Planet. He met his writing partner, Glen Powell, when they both snuck into the Golden Globes. Jono worked as a director's assistan... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

2:45pm

Fail Again, Fail Better
This is a business that's obsessed with success even though failures are far more frequent. Join four friends for a frank and honest conversation about how their failures shaped their careers, their choices, and their decisions to keep going in spite of it all.

Panelists
avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

writer/director A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, It's Not About the Nail, At the Bar, F*ck That: A Guided Meditation
Jason Headley’s feature film, A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, won a Special Jury Prize at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award at the deadCenter Film Festival. Called “a talent to watch” by the Hollywood Reporter, Jason is currently writing an upcoming feature film f... Read More →
avatar for Christina Hodson

Christina Hodson

writer Transformers: Bumblebee (2018)
Christina Hodson transitioned from development executive to screenwriter in 2012 and has started to make a name for herself writing muscular, female-driven stories in traditionally male-dominated genres. | | Her first three spec scripts featured on the Black List three years in a row. One of these was the female-driven action sci-fi THE EDEN PROJECT, which sold in a bidding war to Sony. Shortly thereafter, she was hired to write THE FUGITIVE reboot for Warner Bros. | | In 2015, she participated in the TRANSFORMERS writers room for Paramount/Hasbro and was subsequently hired to write the BUMBLEBEE stand-alone movie. Hailee Steinfeld is starring and Travis Knight (KUBO... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

writer Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Bears, Samantha Who?; comic book writer Rick and Morty, SLAM!
Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village, TV writer, comic book writer, author, and best-selling novelist. She’s currently co-writing Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2:.She was recently named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch and is a 2017... Read More →
avatar for Oren Uziel

Oren Uziel

writer/director Shimmer Lake; writer 22 Jump Street, Freaks of Nature, The God Particle
Oren Uziel recently directed his first feature, Shimmer Lake, which previously won an award at the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. Production recently wrapped on his science fiction film The God Particle, directed by Julius Onah and produced by JJ Abrams. His prev... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

2:45pm

Indie Film Track: Storytelling through Documentaries
When watching a documentary, it can be easy to forget the complex, ever-changing writing process the filmmakers were faced with during production. Adapting to unforeseeable elements, while keeping the story clear and true to the film’s intent, is a task documentarians must master to craft a truly great work. Come listen to seasoned documentarians as they advise on the importance and techniques behind successful planning, interviews, editing, and storytelling involved in doc filmmaking.
 

Moderators
avatar for Greg Curtis

Greg Curtis

Moderator; Former Editor of Texas Monthly
Gregory Curtis was the Editor of Texas Monthly from 1981-2000. During his editorship, the magazine won many prizes including five National Magazine Awards. In 2000, it was selected by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the ten best magazine editors in the country. Curtis has been published... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for James Keach

James Keach

director/producer Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me; producer/actor Walk The Line, Long Riders
Born in New York, James has been a part of the film industry as an actor, director, writer, and producer. A graduate of Northwestern University and the Yale School of Drama, he received classical training as an actor at the New York Shakespeare Festival and was a founding member of the Body Politic Theater in Chicago. | | James has appeared in over fifty feature films and has produced and directed hundreds of hours of television. His most recent success was the award-winning documentary... Read More →
avatar for Keith Maitland

Keith Maitland

director/producer TOWER, A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story
Keith Maitland has made three feature documentaries in the last ten years -- TOWER, an animated doc about a mass shooting in Austin, TX in 1966; A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story, a music doc featuring Willie Nelson, Beck, and dozens of other musicians who have graced the ACL stage; and the Emmy-nominated The Eyes of Me, a year in the life of four blind... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

writer/director/producer Mankiller, Naturally Native, True Whispers: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers, Choctaw Code Talkers, My Indian Summer
Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, a filmmaker of Cherokee ancestry, is the Director/Producer (in collaboration with Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Entertainment) for Vision Maker Media/PBS, of MANKILLER. Red-Horse Mohl’s body of work spans over two decades of film and television content creation and... Read More →
avatar for Michael Del Monte

Michael Del Monte

writer/director Transformer; director Transcend
Michael Del Monte started directing documentaries after completing his Master’s in philosophy from the University of Toronto. His first feature documentary, Transcend, was inspired by his personal passion for long distance running. In 2016 he produced and edited the short-film “The... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

2:45pm

Picking the Write Fellowship
Fellowships have a long list of successful alumni, but what separates one from another, and which is the best fit for you? Join this panel for a discussion on the variety of options, what they can offer, and how to use these programs as a means to break in.

Moderators
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

author The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting
Jill Chamberlain is the founder of The Screenplay Workshop (www.thescreenplayworkshop.org) where she has helped over a thousand writers with their screenplays. Her book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting(University of Texas Press) is the go-to m... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Grace Moss

Grace Moss

Director, Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment
Grace Moss is the Director of Entertainment Diversity Initiatives for NBC Entertainment. In this role, she oversees multiple programs that focus on discovering, cultivating and showcasing talented writers and directors of diverse backgrounds, with the objective of getting them st... Read More →
avatar for John Rhodes

John Rhodes

co-founder ScreenCraft
John is an independent film producer with experience on many sides of the industry. He worked for Open Road Films’ acquisition team, acquiring and releasing such films as The Grey starring Liam Neeson and End of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Previously he worked as a creative... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Windsor

Rebecca Windsor

Director, Warner Bros. Television Workshop
Rebecca Windsor is the Director of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for professionals looking to start and/or further their careers in television. As an extension of her role developing new talent, Rebecca was recruited to help launch Warner Bros. new digital content brand Stage13, overseeing the critically acclaimed short-form digital series Snatchers, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and launched on... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

2:45pm

The Fine Print: Contracts and Options
Take off your reading glasses and join this discussion on the writer’s relationship with “the fine print”. Covering contractual agreements, options, and basic legal advice, this is your opportunity to seek counsel without having to sign on the dotted line.

Moderators
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

moderator; President, Richter Scale Media
Scott M. Richter is a multiple award winning WGA writer, producer, director,attorney and founder of Richter Scale Media, his Los Angeles based production company. In addition to having written for TV, film and digital media, Scott has practiced law in both Florida and California... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark

Partner, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman
Stephen Clark is a partner in the West Hollywood, CA entertainment law firm, Lichter, Grossman, et al. For over 16 years, he has represented a diverse group of writers, directors, actors and producers in film and television. His extensive experience includes a wide variety of individual rights and employment transactions as well as structuring independent film-finance and distribution deals.Before joining his current firm, he began his... Read More →
avatar for Chris Sparling

Chris Sparling

writer Buried, The Sea of Trees, ATM; writer/director Mercy, The Atticus Institute
hris Sparling wrote the 2010 film Buried starring Ryan Reynolds, for which he won "Best Original Screenplay" from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. His Black List script, ATM, was produced by Gold Circle Films and released by IFC Films in 2012. His feature directin... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

2:45pm

Austin Pitch #2
It's the 15th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David's Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Panelists
avatar for Marcus Cox

Marcus Cox

producer Adult Beginners, Tangerine; executive producer Kicks
Marcus Peace Cox is a writer/director and Independent Spirit nominated and Gotham Award winning producer. His films have played prestigious film festivals including; SXSW, Dallas International, Tribeca, Toronto and Sundance. He founded Through Films with wife, Karrie Cox, in 2008... Read More →
avatar for Allison Vanore

Allison Vanore

Head of Production, Canvas Media Studios; producer The Rainbow Experiment, 42 Seconds of Happiness, Daddy, Vanity
Allison Vanore serves as Head of Production at Canvas Media Studios. She is an Emmy-nominated producer of StyleHaul's revenge-filled drama Vanity. Outside of Canvas, Allison's series credits include Producing Juliet, Anyone But Me, and My Gimpy Life. Allison's feature film credit... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

2:45pm

*Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Television
*Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft and business of writing for television. How do you break in? What is the dynamic in a writers’ room and the difference between various jobs involved? How is the changing landscape of television affecting the role of a writer? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to TV writers, producers, showrunners, and executives in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for television.
*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 25 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 26 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 27 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 28 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

ROUNDTABLE FAQS

Panelists
avatar for Kelly Jo Brick

Kelly Jo Brick

writer Pause, The Jewel in the Woods; contributing editor TVWriter.com
Kelly Jo Brick is a television and documentary writer and producer. She wrote the Telly Award-winning film PAUSE and the Frank Lloyd Wright documentary The Jewel In The Woods. She is a contributing editor for TVWriter.com where she writes The Write Path, an interview series that... Read More →
avatar for Bob Dearden

Bob Dearden

writer iZombie, Play It Again, Dick
Bob Dearden is a former forestry worker and decorated free-throw shooter hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He received an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, and currently works as a writer for The CW’s iZombie.
avatar for Alison Flierl

Alison Flierl

writer BoJack Horseman, School of Rock (television show); writer/producer/performer Internet Comment Theater; producer Random Tropical Paradise
Alison Flierl is a Writer/Producer/Performer. She co-created and co-stars in the new comedy digital series Internet Comment Theater for Mashable. Alison wrote for Season 2 and 3 of BoJack Horseman on Netflix and is currently writing for Season 3 of School of Rock on Nickelodeon... Read More →
avatar for Carrye Glazar

Carrye Glazar

executive producer Kings of Atlantis; co-producer Game Change
As a native Texan who recently relocated back to Austin, Carrye has worked for over a decade in content development and production at various companies. After graduating from University of Texas at Austin with her Radio-TV-Film degree and a minor in Business Foundations, she work... Read More →
avatar for Leif Lillehaugen

Leif Lillehaugen

producer/executive The Night Manager, Madam Secretary
avatar for Britta Lundin

Britta Lundin

writer Riverdale; author Ship It (2018), Riverdale (comic)
Britta Lundin is a writer on Riverdale on the CW. Her debut YA novel Ship It, will be published by Freeform Books in 2018, it is based on her script by the same name which won The Bitch List for the best Bechdel Test-passing screenplays. She has also written for the Riverdale com... Read More →
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

writer Free Willy: Escape From Pirate's Cove, Steven King's Haven, Seventh Day, Parker; Disney/ABC Feature Writing Fellow; professor UT Austin, Young Filmmakers Competition Juror
Cindy McCreery is an Associate Professor of Screenwriting in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches television and feature film writing in the undergraduate, graduate and Michener Center for Writing programs. Previously she taught s... Read More →
avatar for Conrad Sun

Conrad Sun

TV Literary Manager, Meridian Artists
Conrad Sun joined Meridian Artists in 2014 to head their Los Angeles Division. Conrad devotes his efforts toward building the Los Angeles roster, and supporting all of Meridian's LA based clients for both staffing and development. Additionally Conrad works with the Toronto office... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

2:45pm

Second Rounders and Above Panel: To the Conference and Beyond!
Welcome, Second Rounders and Semifinalists! New to the Conference? No problem. Join panelists who have previously advanced in the competition for the inside scoop on special programming, best practices among industry pros, and how to work your new status going forward.

Moderators
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

moderator; Screenplay/Teleplay Director Austin Film Festival

Panelists
avatar for Asmara Bhattacharya

Asmara Bhattacharya

writer Stone; script reader; contributor Final Draft, Script Magazine
Asmara Bhattacharya is a filmmaker and playwright, a script reader for Austin Film Festival and other contests, and a film screener for Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. She writes for Final Draft’s blog and Script Magazine, interviewing the pros and sharing tips that are never the least bit snarky. A writer with placements in many competitions, she is also active on set as everything from director to producer to consultant to camera operator. Her website... Read More →
avatar for Troy Anthony Miller

Troy Anthony Miller

writer The Hitch (2013 AFF Darkwoods Productions Horror Award Winner), writer The Olympian (2017 AFF Sony Pictures Animation Comedy Award Finalist)
Troy Anthony Miller is a writer, filmmaker, and improv comedian who lives in Los Angeles by way of Austin, Texas. He has taught improvisational storytelling to businesses such as Whole Foods and Google, and his comedy troupe Confidence Men: Improvised David Mamet is a two-time winner of the B. Iden Payne Award for Best Improvisational Theatre. His feature... Read More →
avatar for Trey Selman

Trey Selman

moderator
A graduate of The University of Texas, Trey believes in slow-smoked brisket, Davy Crockett and Bigfoot. He's lucky to live in the hill country and works from a collection of ramshackle diners, small town coffee shops and anywhere else the people are friendly but the wifi never works. Hasta... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

2:45pm

The HartChart: La La Land
Come experience the famous “HartChart” first hand. James V. Hart (Hook, Contact, Bram Stoker’s Dracula) will explore how to develop characters and stories by getting to the “heart” of the script. Using Damien Chazelle’s award-winning La La Land as a case study, join this breakdown of establishing main character desires, charting their progress toward their goals, and creating a successful resolution. Through the HartChart’s guidelines for implementing craft, learn how to embrace structure as a friend, rather than an enemy, and how to flesh out ideas for the screen.
FaceTime interview with writer/director Damien Chazelle to kick off the session!

THIS IS AN EXTENDED PANEL THAT WILL END AT 4:15PM. Those who enrolled in the advance sign-up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The remaining seats will then open to badge holders.


Panelists
avatar for James V. Hart

James V. Hart

writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones; creator HartChart story mapping tool
James V. Hart T (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees. His writing/producing credits include; Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old Son, Jake, Bram Stoker's Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Muppet Treasure Island, directed by Brian Henson, and Contact, directed by Robert Zemeckis. Other writing/producing credits include... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

5:00pm

Austin Film Commission Opening Night Reception
This year's Opening Night Reception, hosted by Austin Film Commission, is the perfect place to reconnect with AFF friends, compare notes on which movies you can't miss, and fall back into the Austin vibe. The Austin Film Commission, will host live music by a local Austin band representing Austin as the live music capital of the world.

Must have an AFF Producers Badge or be on the ACVB/Austin Film Commission Guest List for entry. All parties are 21 and up.


Thursday October 26, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Rattle Inn 610 Nueces Street, Austin, TX 78701

7:00pm

Lady Bird presented by Hiscox Insurance
(USA, 93 min)

Writer/Director: Greta Gerwig (in attendance)
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein

Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNi_HC839Wo

Sponsors


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Paramount Theatre

7:10pm

In Blue
(Netherlands, 102 min)

Writers: Jan-Willem den Bok & Jaap van Heusden
Director: Jaap van Heusden
Cast: Maria Kraakman, Bogdan Iancu, Ellis van den Brink

A flight attendant who has successfully existed as a single independent woman for years finds herself delivering a child mid flight. This moment flips her world on its head. She no longer understands why she’s alone. In a somewhat dire state, she becomes involved with a boy who is living under the streets of Bucharest. Her love borderlines obsession as she navigates her maternal instincts and the sexual advances of a teenager.

Sponsors


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

7:10pm

Shorts Program 1: A Family Affair
(TRT: 95 min)

Florida-Montreal (Canada, 17 min)
Writer/Director: Renaud Lessard
Immature, twenty-something siblings Jonathan and Florie deal with long-boiling grievances toward one another as they await the arrival of their Mother, who has just decided to leave their Father.

Boy Saviour (Australia, 9 min)
Writers: Jim Thompson, Arthur Angel
Director: Arthur Angel
Set in 1970’s Australia, a Greek migrant struggling with depression and isolation awaits counseling. Her son tells her stories to ease her pain and his burden.

Show and Tell (Canada, 10 min)
Writers: Reem Morsi, Sally Karam
Director: Reem Morsi
Naya is thrilled after she’s chosen to perform her story at an upcoming school concert. But after learning her family will attend while wearing traditional Muslim dress, she becomes self-conscious of her cultural background.

Kidnapped (UK, 8 min)
Writer/Director: Dino Kazamia
Joe holds a random stranger at gunpoint in the hope of staging his own abduction.

So Much Yellow (USA, 10 min)
Writer/Director: Erica Milson
A young girl revisits the traumatic memory of a family road trip that changed her life forever.

Howay! (UK, 10 min)
Writer: Wyatt Bunce
Director: William J. L. Hamilton
Young former football prodigy Alan is forced to redefine his relationship with his father after an accident cuts his career short.

The Carpenters (USA, 15 min)
Writer/Director: Xiuzhi Yang
After being forbidden to perform carpentry jobs for his father’s business, a young handicapped man proves his capability by taking on a house call against his father’s wishes.

His Name is Willy (Canada, 16 min)
Writer: Kathleen Hepburn
Director: Liz Cairns
Two siblings begin the process of reconciliation when they plan a DIY funeral for their mother, who requested that her corpse be thrown to the wolves.

Thursday October 26, 2017 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

7:10pm

Boy Saviour
(Australia, 9 min)
Writers: Jim Thompson, Arthur Angel
Director: Arthur Angel
Set in 1970’s Australia, a Greek migrant struggling with depression and isolation awaits counseling. Her son tells her stories to ease her pain and his burden.


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

7:10pm

Florida-Montreal
(Canada, 17 min)
Writer/Director: Renaud Lessard
Immature, twenty-something siblings Jonathan and Florie deal with long-boiling grievances toward one another as they await the arrival of their Mother, who has just decided to leave their Father.


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

7:10pm

His Name is Willy
(Canada, 16 min)
Writer: Kathleen Hepburn
Director: Liz Cairns
Two siblings begin the process of reconciliation when they plan a DIY funeral for their mother, who requested that her corpse be thrown to the wolves.


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

7:10pm

Howay!
(UK, 10 min)
Writer: Wyatt Bunce
Director: William J. L. Hamilton
Young former football prodigy Alan is forced to redefine his relationship with his father after an accident cuts his career short.


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

7:10pm

Kidnapped
(UK, 8 min)
Writer/Director: Dino Kazamia
Joe holds a random stranger at gunpoint in the hope of staging his own abduction.


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

7:10pm

Show and Tell
(Canada, 10 min)
Writers: Reem Morsi, Sally Karam
Director: Reem Morsi
Naya is thrilled after she’s chosen to perform her story at an upcoming school concert. But after learning her family will attend while wearing traditional Muslim dress, she becomes self-conscious of her cultural background.


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

7:10pm

So Much Yellow
(USA, 10 min)
Writer/Director: Erica Milson
A young girl revisits the traumatic memory of a family road trip that changed her life forever.


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

7:10pm

The Carpenters
(USA, 15 min)
Writer/Director: Xiuzhi Yang
After being forbidden to perform carpentry jobs for his father’s business, a young handicapped man proves his capability by taking on a house call against his father’s wishes.


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

7:15pm

24 Hours to Live
(USA, 93 min)

Writers: Zach Dean, Jim McClain, Ron Mita
Director: Brian Smrz
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Lian Cunningham, Rutger Hauer, Paul Anderson

Travis Conrad (Ethan Hawke) is a former elite soldier devastated over the recent tragic deaths of his wife and young son, when his old army buddy “Jim Morrow” (Paul Anderson) shows up with an offer he can't refuse. Morrow now works for a powerful and highly secretive private military contractor, Red Mountain, who hires Travis for an extremely dangerous – but extremely lucrative – assassination job. Travis accepts the covert assignment, but everything goes completely wrong when he is shot and killed by an equally skilled female Interpol agent, “Lin Bisset” (Xu Qin) right at the moment he locates the target. But, just when we think it's curtains for Travis, he wakes up in an operating room, his body convulsing back to life – a recipient of Red Mountain's brand new, highly experimental medical procedure that will give him 24 more hours of life… plenty of time for Morrow to extract the location of the target, information that only Travis knows.

TRAILER



Thursday October 26, 2017 7:15pm - 9:15pm
State Theatre

7:30pm

Mankiller
(USA, 73 min)

Executive Producer: Gale Anne Hurd
Director/Producer: Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

Mankiller examines the legacy of the formidable Wilma Mankiller, who overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first female Principal Chief and a champion of social justice and equality. A stalwart activist for women's rights, Mankiller was cited by the organizers of the 2017 Women's March on Washington as one of the most important leaders in America's movement for equality. And yet, most people still don’t know her name. Mankiller reminds audiences of the true meaning of servant leadership and serves as a wakeup call to take action for positive change.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/189335357


Thursday October 26, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

8:00pm

The Great Unwashed
(UK, 82 min)

Writer: Louis Fonseca, Nick Horseman
Director: Louis Fonseca
Cast: Jon Pointing, Bekka Bowling, Michael Ryan

Charlie, a young and mild-mannered man, mistakenly witnesses a murder in the back of a barbershop while attempting to apply for a job. Now he’s out of friends, a job, and a place to stay. Frantically trying to escape mobsters on his tail, Charlie ends up joining a group of hippies in the country who steal from farmers for food.

Trailer


Thursday October 26, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Hideout Theatre

9:00pm

Story Mixer: The Screenwriters Edition
Story Bar is pleased to present a late-night storytelling revue, featuring some of your favorite #AFF2017 Panelists and Screenwriters. Bring your drink up from the Driskill Bar and enjoy this mix of poetry, short fiction, and true-to-life tales from folks who know their way around a good story. 

This Story Mixer is presented by Story Bar.

Moderators
avatar for Erin Hallagan

Erin Hallagan

founder Story Bar; former AFF Creative Director
Erin Hallagan is the founder of Story Bar, an Austin-based multi-disciplinary arts initiative featuring storytelling and the exploration of the human condition through community-driven programming. Prior to Story Bar, Erin served as Creative Director of the Austin Film Festival &... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Troy Campbell

Troy Campbell

Inspired by his experiences collaborating with Danish singer-songwriter Poul Krebs, Troy Campbell founded The House of Songs in 2009 as a one-year project to bring Danish artists to Austin. It has since expanded to 14 countries and a second home in Bentonville, Arkansas. In 2016... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Turner Hall

Jenny Turner Hall

executive producer/writer/director The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
Jenny Turner Hall (jennyturnerhall.com) is a Peabody Award recipient and an irrepressible storyteller with a DIY spirit. She writes, produces, and performs stories in almost every genre. She is currently an executive producer, writer, and director of The Unexplainable Disappearan... Read More →
avatar for Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister

host/head writer PRI's Live Wire Radio 2003-2015; co-writer of The Benefits of Gusbandry (web series)
For nine years, Courtenay Hameister was the host and head writer for Live Wire, a nationally-syndicated live public radio variety show distributed by Public Radio International. She's interviewed over 500 filmmakers, screenwriters, comics and other creative makers including Bob O... Read More →
avatar for Tess Morris

Tess Morris

writer Man Up
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

writer Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Bears, Samantha Who?; comic book writer Rick and Morty, SLAM!
Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village, TV writer, comic book writer, author, and best-selling novelist. She’s currently co-writing Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2:.She was recently named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch and is a 2017... Read More →
avatar for Russell Leigh Sharman

Russell Leigh Sharman

writer Bobbie Sue; writer/director Apartment 4E; author The Tenants of East Harlem, Nightshift NYC
Russell Leigh Sharman is a writer, filmmaker and anthropologist. He has written (and re-written) for Hollywood since 2008 when his screenplay BOBBIE SUE won a spot on the Hollywood Blacklist. He has since worked as a writer-for-hire for studios and production companies, including... Read More →

Community Partners

Thursday October 26, 2017 9:00pm - 10:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

9:45pm

Shorts Program 2: Goal-Oriented
(TRT: 97 min)

Whirlpool (UK, 17 min)
Writer/Directors: Elizabeth Dixon, Kate Baxter
Helen Keller struggles to act on her true desires as she faces prejudice from the public, her family, and even herself.

The Love Trials (USA, 16 min)
Writers: Ashley Donigan, Theodore James
Director: Thomas James
A romantic comedy about a woman who performs a series of secret tests on her best friend’s fiancé to make sure he's really 'the one'.

Just Like the Real Thing (USA, 17 min)
Writer/Director: Rickey Cook
A man uses a near future technology to help him prepare for a difficult upcoming conversation.

Lawn (USA, 11 min)
Writer: Matthew Fisher
Directors: Matthew Fisher, Kevin Ray
Stuck in a mid-life crisis, Lionel takes the first step toward reclaiming the life that got away from him by mowing his overgrown yard.

Sticky (UK, 13 min)
Writer/Director: Richard Turley
Lost in fantasy, Karen’s crush on the postman is about to get sticky. A suburban tale of lust, parcels, and chewing gum.

The Break (USA, 23 min)
Writer/Director: Samuel Roukin
Pete is a DJ looking for his big break. When it finally comes, his family may just break too.

Thursday October 26, 2017 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

9:45pm

Sun Dogs
(USA, 94 min)

Writer: Jennifer Morrison
Director: Anthony Tambakis
Cast: Michael Angarano, Allison Janney, Ed O'Neill, Melissa Benoist, Alvin 'Xzibit' Joiner

Slightly limited from an accident at birth, Ned Chipley, departs on a quest to find his purpose in life only to discover that extraordinary heroes sometimes hide in the ordinary corners of everyday life.


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:45pm - 11:45pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

9:45pm

Just Like The Real Thing
(USA, 17 min)
Writer/Director: Rickey Cook
A man uses a near future technology to help him prepare for a difficult upcoming conversation.

Thursday October 26, 2017 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

9:45pm

Lawn
Lawn (USA, 11 min)
Writer: Matthew Fisher
Directors: Matthew Fisher, Kevin Ray
Stuck in a mid-life crisis, Lionel takes the first step toward reclaiming the life that got away from him by mowing his overgrown yard.


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

9:45pm

Sticky
(UK, 13 min)
Writer/Director: Richard Turley
Lost in fantasy, Karen’s crush on the postman is about to get sticky. A suburban tale of lust, parcels, and chewing gum.


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

9:45pm

The Break
(US, 23 min)
Writer/Director: Samuel Roukin

Pete is a DJ looking for his big break. When it finally comes, his family may just break too.


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

9:45pm

The Love Trials
(USA, 16 min)
Writers: Ashley Donigan, Theodore James
Director: Thomas James
A romantic comedy about a woman who performs a series of secret tests on her best friend’s fiancé to make sure he's really 'the one'.


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

9:45pm

Whirlpool
(UK, 17 min)
Writer/Directors: Elizabeth Dixon, Kate Baxter
Helen Keller struggles to act on her true desires as she faces prejudice from the public, her family, and even herself.


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

10:00pm

Confessions of a Serial Killer
(USA, 89 min)

Writer/Director: John Dwyer
Cast: Robert A. Burns, Berkley Garrett, Dennis Hill

Confessions of a Serial Killer is the thinly veiled account of the chilling life and crimes of the notorious Henry Lee Lucas, whose reign of terror came to an end on July 11th,1983. After a grizzly discovery in the trunk of his stolen car and subsequent arrest, Daniel Ray Hawkins begins confessing to a long list of murders that he and his sidekick Moon Lewton committed as they crisscrossed America’s interstates. Told in flashback, Hawkins recounts in disturbing detail the killings of over 200 women as he calmly shares his stories with a wise old sheriff who cannot believe what he’s hearing.


Thursday October 26, 2017 10:00pm - Friday October 27, 2017 12:00am
State Theatre

10:00pm

Ruin Me
(USA, 88 min)

Writer: Trysta A. Bissett, Preston DeFrancis
Director: Preston DeFrancis
Cast: Marcienne Dwyer, Matt Dellapina, Eva Hamilton, John Odom, Chris Hill, Cameron Gordon, Sam Ashdown

Part camping trip, part haunted house, and part escape room, Slasher Sleepout is a horror movie fan’s dream. Unfortunately Alexandra is not a fan of horror movies, and is taking part in the Sleepout only to support her boyfriend. Along with four other strangers, Alex and her boyfriend are dropped in the middle of the woods for a 36-hour weekend of terror. But what begins as a fun trip turns deadly when the participants are actually killed off one by one. And that’s just the first layer of the mystery.

TRAILER: https://youtu.be/AFhPmeXZleg


Thursday October 26, 2017 10:00pm - Friday October 27, 2017 12:00am
Alamo Drafthouse Village

11:00pm

WGA West Late Night Welcome Party
The WGA West Late Night Welcome Party celebrates the first full day of panels and is a great end to the day's packed film schedule. This party sets the tone for the rest of the week as panelists, filmmakers, screenwriters and attendees discuss what the rest of the festival has in store. Grab a beer or a glass of wine and enjoy the first late night party-but pace yourself, you've got a lot more ahead!

Must have an AFF Conference, Producers or Press Badge or be on theWGA West Guest List for entry. All parties are 21 and up.

Panelists
avatar for Megan Amram

Megan Amram

writer/producer The Good Place, Transparent, Silicon Valley, Parks & Recreation; writer The Simpsons; author Science...For Her!
Megan Amram is a comedy writer and performer currently working on The Simpsons as well as the NBC series The Good Place. Previously, Megan was a writer on the acclaimed Amazon series Transparent, HBO’s Silicon Valley, and the final three seasons of the NBC comedy Parks and Recr... Read More →
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

writer/executive producer Counterpart, Da Vinci's Demons, Caper, Eureka; writer Person of Interest, Leverage, The 4400
Amy Berg is a writer and executive producer for film and television. She's written for a dozen shows including Da Vinci's Demons, Person of Interest, Eureka, Leverage, and The 4400. She also created the award-winning digital series Caper. Along with her feature work, she's curren... Read More →
avatar for Eric Heisserer

Eric Heisserer

writer/director Hours; writer Arrival, The Thing, Final Destination 5
Eric Heisserer is a screenwriter and author who recently won the Writers Guild of America award for his screenplay Arrival, for which he also received an Academy Award nomination. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, is a sci-fi thrill... Read More →
avatar for Raamla Mohamed

Raamla Mohamed

writer/supervising producer Scandal
Raamla was born and raised in Los Angeles by her Somalian father and her South Bronx-ian mother. After graduating from Columbia University with a double major in English Literature and Film Studies, Raamla remained in NYC to work in off-Broadway theater. She then went on to recei... Read More →

Community Partners
Sponsors

Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00pm - Friday October 27, 2017 1:00am
WeWork 600 Congress Ave 14th Floor, Austin, TX 78701
 
Friday, October 27
 

8:30am

Exhibit Hall
We are fortunate to have a wide variety of well-respected businesses and organizations present at this year's Exhibit Hall. The Exhibit Hall is held in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel and is only open for three days, so please take advantage of this opportunity to visit with the exhibitors.


Friday October 27, 2017 8:30am - 5:30pm
Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Indie Film Track: Big Stories in Small Packages
Composing an engaging story with clear characterization, dialogue, and structure is challenging when creating a feature film. Now imagine successfully placing these nuanced elements into a half-hour or less. You now understand the challenge of crafting the perfect short film script. To learn tips, tricks, and strategies for brewing the right storytelling potion, come hear from our panel of experienced short film filmmakers.

Moderators
avatar for Ashland Viscosi

Ashland Viscosi

moderator; founder Creatives Meet Business
Ashland founded Creatives Meet Business (CMB), an event and podcast series in Austin for creatives of all disciplines to define themselves as “artists” and “creatives” AND “small business owners” and “entrepreneurs.” The event series helps creatives – filmmakers... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Liz Cairns

Liz Cairns

director His Name is Willy; writer/director My Favourite Season, Withering Heights, Sad Bear
Liz Cairns is a director from Vancouver, BC and a graduate of the Director’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. Her films have played at festivals internationally, including the TIFF, Austin Film Festival, Interfilm Berlin, Female Eye Film Festival and VIFF. Programmer Curtis Woloschukcommented on... Read More →
avatar for Britta Lundin

Britta Lundin

writer Riverdale; author Ship It (2018), Riverdale (comic)
Britta Lundin is a writer on Riverdale on the CW. Her debut YA novel Ship It, will be published by Freeform Books in 2018, it is based on her script by the same name which won The Bitch List for the best Bechdel Test-passing screenplays. She has also written for the Riverdale com... Read More →
avatar for Gabrielle Shepard

Gabrielle Shepard

writer/director Queen, Candid; producer Electrogenesis, The Homecoming
Gabrielle Shepard is a Writer, Director and Producer based in Los Angeles, California.  | | She earned an MFA in Film and Television Producing at Chapman University where she also studied Screenwriting and Directing. Her projects have been programmed in various film festivals including: Cannes Short Film Corner, Austin Film Festival and Pan African Film Festival... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

9:00am

Morning Improv
It’s no secret. Writers, by nature, are, well…a bit more on the introspective side. Pitching your logline like a trained Shakespearean actor or approaching your screenwriting idol with confidence may feel a tad out of your comfort zone. Never fearAFF is here! Back by popular demand, we're offering morning improv workshops during the Conference to help you warm up your inner Lone Star in order to “rise and shine” throughout the day. Hopefully, you’ll be given the opportunity to say “yes, and” to new skills, friendships, and that screenplay deal. No experience necessary!
 This workshop is presented by The New Movement.

Panelists
avatar for Chris Trew

Chris Trew

moderator; executive producer Air Sex: The Movie; Creative Director, The New Movement; content creator The New Orleans Pelicans, Uproxx, Comedy Underground
Chris Trew is a nationally touring comedian and improv teacher with one foot based in Austin and the other in New Orleans. He co-founded The New Movement, a comedy theater and training center that puts on several annual comedy festivals and shows every night of the week. He is th... Read More →

Community Partners

Friday October 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

9:00am

Nothing Personal
Everyone’s a critic – especially in show business. As a writer, It can be easy to get bogged down in readers’ notes, but feedback is an essential part of improving your writing. If you’re only looking for praise, you’ll miss opportunities to improve your craft. Join panelists for an honest conversation on how to make criticism constructive, what to make of your notes, and how to keep moving forward.
 

Moderators
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

moderator; professor UCLA; Director, Hollins University Graduate Screenwriting Program
Tim Albaugh is a writer/producer, and a graduate of the UCLA MFA screenwriting program. Albaugh has taught screenwriting at UCLA, UC Irvine, Hollins University, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Feature Animation. His students have sold features to all the major studios an... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Adam Pava

Adam Pava

writer The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie franchise, The Stuff of Legend, Clone High, Johnny Bravo, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends
Adam Pava wrote the stop-motion hit The Boxtrolls, which earned a 2015 Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. He is currently adapting the graphic novel series The Stuff of Legend for Walt Disney Studios, writing an original musical for DreamWorks Animation, and developing a... Read More →
avatar for Kira Snyder

Kira Snyder

writer/producer The Handmaid's Tale, The 100; writer Pacific Rim: Uprising
Kira Snyder is a writer and Co-Executive Producer on the TV show The Handmaid’s Tale for Hulu. Her other film and television work includes the upcoming movie Pacific Rim: Uprising, pilot scripts for Hulu and FX, The 100 on the CW, Incursion for Starz, Syfy’s Eureka and Alphas... Read More →
avatar for Emily Zulauf

Emily Zulauf

former Development Associate, Pixar; script supervisor Inside Out; writer/film instructor
Emily Zulauf spent over seven years with Pixar Animation Studios, first as a Creative Development Associate and then a Script Supervisor on Inside Out, before moving to Seattle. She is currently a film instructor, writer, and co-executive director of a nonprofit that works with p... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

9:00am

Science Fiction vs. Science Fact
Science fiction is the ultimate creative canvas—any world you can imagine is possible. But there’s also a part where audiences can’t help but wonder—could this really happen? Join this discussion with writers and scientists alike on balancing fiction with fact and what’s required for viewers to truly suspend their disbelief so the appearance of truth is always within arm’s reach. After all, the science fiction of today could very well be the science fact of tomorrow.
 
This panel is presented by The Science and Entertainment Exchange.

Moderators
Panelists
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

writer/executive producer Counterpart, Da Vinci's Demons, Caper, Eureka; writer Person of Interest, Leverage, The 4400
Amy Berg is a writer and executive producer for film and television. She's written for a dozen shows including Da Vinci's Demons, Person of Interest, Eureka, Leverage, and The 4400. She also created the award-winning digital series Caper. Along with her feature work, she's curren... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Hand

Kevin Hand

Deputy Project Scientist, Europa
avatar for Eric Heisserer

Eric Heisserer

writer/director Hours; writer Arrival, The Thing, Final Destination 5
Eric Heisserer is a screenwriter and author who recently won the Writers Guild of America award for his screenplay Arrival, for which he also received an Academy Award nomination. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, is a sci-fi thrill... Read More →
avatar for Doug Jung

Doug Jung

writer Star Trek Beyond, God Particle, Big Love, Banshee
After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Doug Jung’s first feature was Confidence starring Ed Burns and Dustin Hoffman. He’s written extensively for television as well as film, including HBO’s Big Love and as co-creator of TNT’s Dark Blue. Star Trek Beyond... Read More →

Community Partners

Friday October 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

9:00am

Script-to-Screen: Snowpiercer
Join Snowpiercer co-writer Kelly Masterson as he dissects the story’s journey from graphic novel to script-to-screen. Masterson will reference specific scenes from the film—with clips projected throughout—and discuss writing for a multinational audience, the writer/director relationship with Joon-ho Bong, writing through language barriers, and the layered messages throughout the film.

Moderators
avatar for Dennis Bishop

Dennis Bishop

Moderator; producer Dexter; Film Chair KD Conservatory, Dallas
Dennis created and is Chair of the Film Program at KD Conservatory, College of Film and Dramatic Arts, Dallas, Texas. KD Conservatory is a fully accredited college offering Associate of Applied Arts Degrees in Acting Performance, Musical Theatre, and Motion Picture Production. A native Texan... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Kelly Masterson

Kelly Masterson

writer Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Snowpiercer
Kelly Masterson is a playwright/screenwriter. He wrote the screenplay for Snowpiercer, a post-apocalyptic thriller, with Korean Director, Bong Joon Ho. It starred Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris and John Hurt. Snowpiercer broke box office records in Korea a... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

9:00am

New Frontiers of Storytelling
Writers are rapidly finding new ways to break in and tell their stories. With the rise of digital series, video games, podcasts, virtual reality, and other emerging mediums, the traditional landscape of narrative fiction is changing. Learn how these panelists paved their own paths using new frontiers of storytelling as their calling cards, and how you can do the same.

Moderators
avatar for Evan Bregman

Evan Bregman

Director of Programming, Rooster Teeth, SCRIPTED DIGITAL SERIES JUROR
Evan Bregman is Director of Programming at Rooster Teeth Productions, a pioneering studio responsible for some of the biggest online series in history, such as the award-winning and longest-running web series, Red vs. Blue. In this role, he oversees the strategic release of over... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Ryan Kaufman

Ryan Kaufman

Director of Narrative Design, Telltale Games
Ryan Kaufman is the Director of Narrative Design at Telltale Games, where he has worked on games like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Game of Thrones, striving to create and craft truly interactive narrative. Previously, he was a designer and creative director at LucasArts and Planet Moon... Read More →
avatar for Mac Rogers

Mac Rogers

writer, The Message, LifeAfter; writer/producer Steal The Stars, The Honeycomb Trilogy
Mac Rogers is an award-winning audio dramatist and playwright based in New York City whose new audio thriller Steal the Stars is releasing episodes every Wednesday. His audio/podcast dramas The Message and Lifeafter have been downloaded over six million times. His stageplays incl... Read More →
avatar for Ethan Stearns

Ethan Stearns

Executive Producer, MWM Immersive
Ethan Stearns serves as the Executive Producer at Madison Wells Media (MWM) a diversified entertainment and media company focused on premium content creation in film, television, immersive media and live theater. With his background in feature production and technology coupled with his passion for interactive entertainment Stearns is one of the foremost experts in the field of Virtual Reality and sits on the VR advisory boards of both GDC and VDR. In his role, Stearns oversees all of... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

9:00am

Austin Pitch #3
It’s the 15th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Panelists
avatar for Maresa Pullman

Maresa Pullman

executive producer The Polar Bears, Welcome to the Rileys, Cyrus, Robin Hood
Maresa Pullman started her career in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency as an Agent Trainee in 1999. Since then she has excelled as an executive and producer for talent-based companies. She acted as Executive Producer on The Polar Bears (2012) animated short for Ridley Sco... Read More →
avatar for Herschel Weingrod

Herschel Weingrod

writer Trading Places, Brewster’s Millions, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Space Jam; producer Falling Down, The Final Season; director Last Wishes
Herschel Weingrod has been a working screenwriter and producer for over twenty-five years. His credits include Trading Places, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Brewster’s Millions, Falling Down, Space Jam, Pure Luck, and The Final Season. He is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

9:00am

*Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Television
*Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft and business of writing for television. How do you break in? What is the dynamic in a writers’ room and the difference between various jobs involved? How is the changing landscape of television affecting the role of a writer? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to TV writers, producers, showrunners, and executives in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for television.
*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 25 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 26 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 27 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 28 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

ROUNDTABLE FAQS

Panelists
avatar for Kelly Jo Brick

Kelly Jo Brick

writer Pause, The Jewel in the Woods; contributing editor TVWriter.com
Kelly Jo Brick is a television and documentary writer and producer. She wrote the Telly Award-winning film PAUSE and the Frank Lloyd Wright documentary The Jewel In The Woods. She is a contributing editor for TVWriter.com where she writes The Write Path, an interview series that... Read More →
avatar for Colette Burson

Colette Burson

writer/director/EP Permanent, Hung; writer The Riches
Colette Burson is a television writer, screenwriter, producer and director. She co-created, executive produced and was the showrunner of "Hung" for HBO, as well as wrote for "The Riches" on FX. She has written original television pilots and episodes for Showtime, FX, NBC, and Canal+/Europa. Her work as a director prior to... Read More →
avatar for Glenn Cockburn

Glenn Cockburn

President/Founder, Meridian Artists
Glenn Cockburn is the founder of Meridian Artists. Along with the rest of the Meridian Artists team, Glenn currently represents a select roster of some of Canada’s most talented writers, directors and producers. Glenn’s career started in 1996 when he began working as script r... Read More →
avatar for Deniese Davis

Deniese Davis

producer Insecure, Awkward Black Girl, Guidance, Sequin Raze
Deniese Davis has produced over 100 projects including music videos, short films and digital content. In the web-series realm she is best known for producing Issa Rae's award-winning web series “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl”, which accumulated over 17 million views with seasons one and two combined. As a freelance producer she has worked with companies such as Macro, AwesomenessTV, All Def Digital, Pulse Films, Caviar Films, Valhalla Entertainment, and AlrightTV, including a brief stint as Head of Production for Marlon... Read More →
avatar for Bob Dearden

Bob Dearden

writer iZombie, Play It Again, Dick
Bob Dearden is a former forestry worker and decorated free-throw shooter hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He received an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, and currently works as a writer for The CW’s iZombie.
avatar for Ajay Kishore

Ajay Kishore

Founder/CEO of Stareable
Ajay Kishore is the founder and CEO of Stareable, the largest community of web series creators and fans. He is a fellow at the Made in NY Media Center, serves on the jury for digital content at Series Fest and Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival, advises Tribeca Film Festival’s di... Read More →
avatar for Jardine Libaire

Jardine Libaire

writer/author White Fur
Jardine Libaire got her MFA in Writing from the University of Michigan. Her sixth novel White Fur (Hogarth), published in May 2017, was an Amazon Best Book, a Barnes + Noble Discover, and a Book of the Month selection; the television-series adaptation of White Fur she wrote for FilmNation Entertainment just landed a home at Amazon Studios where she continues to develop it. She also just wrote and published a documentary book with photographer Phyllis B... Read More →
avatar for Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe

writer Walk The Prank, Dr. Ken; editor The Good Fight
Richard Lowe spent most of his childhood in a grocery store learning how to stock shelves,bag food, and butcher meat, as he was the presumed heir of a multi-generational family business started by Chinese immigrants. However, after graduating from UCLA with a degree in film and T... Read More →
avatar for Jen Statsky

Jen Statsky

writer/producer Broad City, The Good Place, Parks and Recreation, Lady Dynamite
Jen Statsky is currently a Writer/Producer on The Good Place for NBC and Broad City for Comedy Central. Prior to that, she was an executive story editor on Parks & Recreation for NBC and Lady Dynamite for Netflix. Jen has also worked as a staff writer on HBO's Hello Ladies, Comed... Read More →
avatar for Conrad Sun

Conrad Sun

TV Literary Manager, Meridian Artists
Conrad Sun joined Meridian Artists in 2014 to head their Los Angeles Division. Conrad devotes his efforts toward building the Los Angeles roster, and supporting all of Meridian's LA based clients for both staffing and development. Additionally Conrad works with the Toronto office... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Verso

Nicholas Verso

writer/director/editor Boys In The Trees, The Last Time I Saw Richard
In 2016, Nicholas’ debut feature film, Boys In The Trees, made its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival before screening at festivals around the world including Toronto, Busan, Sitges and winning Best Narrative Feature at the Austin Film Festival. The script won the NewDraft Award at NewFest 2011 and was also nominated for two Australian Writers Guild Awards. His short film work... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

9:00am

Second Rounders and Above Panel: What Producers Want!
Hear from veteran producers regarding what they look for in a screenplay, the differences between producing for film and television or independent and studio projects, and the development of a story through execution. Panelists will discuss trends in the industry, how to take your project to the next level, and the edge your script needs to really stick.

Moderators
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

moderator; Screenplay/Teleplay Director Austin Film Festival

Panelists
avatar for Marcus Cox

Marcus Cox

producer Adult Beginners, Tangerine; executive producer Kicks
Marcus Peace Cox is a writer/director and Independent Spirit nominated and Gotham Award winning producer. His films have played prestigious film festivals including; SXSW, Dallas International, Tribeca, Toronto and Sundance. He founded Through Films with wife, Karrie Cox, in 2008... Read More →
avatar for Karrie Cox

Karrie Cox

producer Adult Beginners, Tangerine; executive producer Kicks
Karrie Cox is an actress and Independent Spirit nominated and Gotham Award winning producer. Her films have played SXSW, Tribeca, Toronto and Sundance. Karrie founded Through Films in 2008 with her husband, Marcus Cox, to make meaningful motion pictures that captivate, influence... Read More →
avatar for Jared Ian Goldman

Jared Ian Goldman

producer Ingrid Goes West, Little Boxes, Wilson, Loving, Adult Beginners, The Skeleton Twins, Kill Your Darlings
Jared Ian Goldman is a film producer who has already left his creative mark on the cinematic landscape, producing fresh stories with always-affecting emotional authenticity and often a great deal of humor. His most recent credits include Ingrid Goes West (Neon/ Universal), a dark... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Partner, Enderby Entertainment; writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy; director Dawn Patrol, Toy Soldiers; executive producer An Ordinary Man, Blackway; former WGAW President
Screenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy. Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The Big Easy, starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin. Petrie then served as producer of the thriller Shoot to Kill, starring Sidney Poitier and Tom Berenger, and as executive producer of the comedy... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David's Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

9:00am

Semifinalists and Above Panel: We're All in This Together: Building Your Team
A writer, a manager, and an attorney walk into a room. This isn't a joke; it's the future of your career. As a writer, it's important to have a team of people to back you up in your professional life. But who exactly do you need in your corner? How do you know what kind of representation or legal help is right for you? Join panelists as they discuss how to seek these people out and what you can expect from these relationships.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Moderators
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

moderator; President, Richter Scale Media
Scott M. Richter is a multiple award winning WGA writer, producer, director,attorney and founder of Richter Scale Media, his Los Angeles based production company. In addition to having written for TV, film and digital media, Scott has practiced law in both Florida and California... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for David Boxerbaum

David Boxerbaum

Senior Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency
A senior agent in the Lit Department at Paradigm, David represents high level writers, directors and producers for Film and TV. David began his career as an assistant at Jerry Bruckheimer Films. He then spent a year under the tutelage of producer Rob Fried, learning about develop... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark

Partner, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman
Stephen Clark is a partner in the West Hollywood, CA entertainment law firm, Lichter, Grossman, et al. For over 16 years, he has represented a diverse group of writers, directors, actors and producers in film and television. His extensive experience includes a wide variety of individual rights and employment transactions as well as structuring independent film-finance and distribution deals.Before joining his current firm, he began his... Read More →
avatar for Cullen Conly

Cullen Conly

Literary Agent, ICM Partners
Cullen Conly is an agent at ICM Partners in the Motion Picture Literary department, based in New York. His clients include Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers, Charlie McDowell, Sian Heder, Patrick Brice, the Zellner Brothers, Ben Dickinson, Andrew Ahn and Zachary Heinzerling, among others. Prior to joining ICM, Conly was the Manager of the Feature Film Program of the Sundance Institute, where he worked in the Screenwriter and Director Labs. Among the filmmakers he helped nurture there are Beasts Of The Southern... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

Literary Manager, Madhouse Entertainment; producer Slender Man (2018)
Ryan Cunningham is a literary manager and producer at Madhouse Entertainment. Ryan began his career in physical production as a PA on several films and TV shows shooting in New Orleans while he attended Tulane University. After graduating, Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he worke... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

9:00am

Script Library
The Script Library is located in the Cloak Room of the SFA Hotel and houses all Semifinalist, Finalist, and winning scripts from the 2017 Screenplay Competition. Come check it out and find that perfect written work to get those creative juices flowing again!

Friday October 27, 2017 9:00am - 4:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Cloak Room

10:45am

A Conversation with Keenen Ivory Wayans
The trailblazing linchpin of a sprawling African-American family of comic entertainers, it was the multi-talented writer/director/producer Keenen Ivory Wayans who was the first to achieve national prominence by successfully creating, launching, and hosting the landmark, Emmy award-winning, 1990s black-oriented comedy satire In Living Color. Join this conversation with the 2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Television honoree for an in-depth conversation about his creative baby— and ultimate “pièce de résistance”—and how In Living Color paved the way for so many other artists and projects. 

Moderators
avatar for John Merriman

John Merriman

Moderator; actor Mustang Island, You Hurt My Feelings
John Merriman is an award winning filmmaker and actor. He starred in the New York Times Critic's Pick YOU HURT MY FEELINGS, the LA Film Fest winning feature GRETCHEN, and the indie comedies PICTURES OF SUPERHEROES and CINEMA SIX. He also acted in the acclaimed Sundance film PIT STOP and the SXSW award winner LOVES HER GUN. Together with Kerri Lendo, he wrote, directed, and acted in the short films MODERN MAN and SLEEP STUDY which won the Audience Award at the 2010 Austin Film... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Keenen Ivory Wayans

Keenen Ivory Wayans

2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award Recipient
The trail-blazing linchpin of a sprawling African-American family of comic entertainers, it was multi-talented writer/director/producer Keenen Ivory Wayans (born June 8, 1958, in New York City) who was the first to achieve national prominence by successfully creating, launching a... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

10:45am

Bloodline: The Family Noir
We all have our demons. The Rayburns seem to have more than most. With their storied, dynastic image of small business success and solid moral fiber, the Rayburns seem like the very picture of the American dream. But veiled beneath gentility and a respectable legacy lurk secrets so dark they could destroy the family reputation for good. With the family’s second son, a detective, as its protagonist and narrator, this critically acclaimed show fuses the family drama with the elements of an ominous television noir. Hear from Bloodline’s co-creator Todd A. Kessler about the genesis and development of this “family noir.”

Moderators
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University
Greg Garrett has been a panelist and moderator at the Austin Film Festival for more than fifteen years. At the Festival, he has interviewed luminaries such as Lawrence Kasdan, James Hart, and Damon Lindelof, and led conversations on craft, genre, adaptation, and narrative. Himsel... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Todd A. Kessler

Todd A. Kessler

co-creator/executive producer Bloodline, Damages
Todd A. Kessler most recently co-created and executive produced the 3 season run of Netflix’s Emmy award-winning Bloodline starring Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz and Sissy Spacek. Kessler co-created and executive produced 5 seasons of the FX/DirecTV Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series Damages starring Glenn Close and Rose Byrne. Kessler also wrote and produced the second and third seasonsof... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

10:45am

Indie Film Track: Crowdfunding to Build Independence
The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience. Crowdfunding is becoming a fundamental piece of most financing plans for independent films. However, many filmmakers miss the opportunity to turn their film funding campaigns into audience-building opportunities that can last an entire career and provide the groundwork for theatrical distribution that you control. This class for film-related projects will provide the crowdfunding action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience. In this workshop, you'll learn how to find your audience, how to structure your crowdfunding campaign, how to pick the right goal and backer incentives, and much more. This class is the reason crowdfunding campaigns on Seed&Spark have the highest success rate in the world (over 80% in 2017).

This panel is presented by Seed&Spark.

Panelists
avatar for Emily Best

Emily Best

founder/CEO Seed&Spark; co-creator F*ck Yes!
Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, an entertainment platform built to increase diversity and inclusion for filmmakers and audiences. Seed&Spark’s curated streaming platform is fed by its crowdfunding platform, which has the highest campaign success rate in the wor... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday October 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

10:45am

Inside the Writers Room: The People v. O.J. Simpson
It was the verdict heard around the world, and one that has continued to haunt our collective conscious. A master of dramatizing true life events, Scott Alexander will guide us through his journey of co-creating The People v. O.J. Simpson and how he tackled one of the most notorious American crime stories for the screen. 

Moderators
avatar for R.B. Brenner

R.B. Brenner

Moderator; Director of the School of Journalism, UT Austin
R.B. Brenner is a professor and the director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas. He arrived at UT-Austin in August 2014 from Stanford University, where he joined the faculty four years earlier after leaving The Washington Post. At The Post, his roles included Metro Editor, Sunday Editor and Deputy Universal News Editor. He was one of the primary editors of the... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Scott Alexander

Scott Alexander

writer Ed Wood, The People v. O.J. Simpson, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon, Big Eyes
Scott Alexander has been writing professionally since 1986. He met his writing partner, Larry Karaszewski, when they were roommates at USC’s School of Cinema. On a whim, they wrote a screenplay during their senior year, which sold a week after graduation. They are best known for writing very unusual biopics with larger-than-life characters. They wrote the highly-acclaimed Ed Wood, for which they were nominated for Best Screenplay by the Writers Guild. They followed this with The People vs. Larry Flynt, for which they won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, as well as a special Writers Guild award for civil rights and liberties. They scripted the extremely postmodern Man on the Moon, the life story of Andy Kaufman. They wrote Big Eyes, the strange-but-true story of Margaret and Walter Keane, for which they received an Indie Spirit Best Screenplay nomination. They recently ventured into television, creating the hit FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson, for which they won the Emmy, Golden Globe, PGA, and WGA Award for Best Limited Series. All four of the feature scripts have been published in book... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

10:45am

It's the End of the World as We Know It: Writing Dystopian Stories
Panelists who flirted with (fictional) disaster in the most calamitous ways will discuss the research, rules, and resonance needed to successfully create dystopian worlds that are as rich as they are desperate. The success often lies in harnessing the fear of things not yet in existence, but easily imagined. From post-apocalyptic chaos to totalitarianism, writers will discuss the importance of outlining, psychology, and tone when capturing dystopia on the page.
 

Moderators
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

moderator; AFF Screenwriting Award Winner; Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Moving Image Arts Program Chair, Sarah Lawrence College
Fred Strype is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker whose work has been screened and honored internationally. He is a tenured professor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where he is Chair of their Filmmaking & Moving Image Arts Program. In the past, he served on... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Kelly Masterson

Kelly Masterson

writer Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Snowpiercer
Kelly Masterson is a playwright/screenwriter. He wrote the screenplay for Snowpiercer, a post-apocalyptic thriller, with Korean Director, Bong Joon Ho. It starred Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris and John Hurt. Snowpiercer broke box office records in Korea a... Read More →
avatar for Kira Snyder

Kira Snyder

writer/producer The Handmaid's Tale, The 100; writer Pacific Rim: Uprising
Kira Snyder is a writer and Co-Executive Producer on the TV show The Handmaid’s Tale for Hulu. Her other film and television work includes the upcoming movie Pacific Rim: Uprising, pilot scripts for Hulu and FX, The 100 on the CW, Incursion for Starz, Syfy’s Eureka and Alphas... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Central Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary

10:45am

The Writer/Agent Relationship
The what, where, and why of finding an agent: What can you expect from the relationship? Where do you find representation? And why is having an agent important? Join screenwriters and their agents for an in-depth exploration on how to find, keep, and make the most of this important relationship.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

moderator; professor UCLA; Director, Hollins University Graduate Screenwriting Program
Tim Albaugh is a writer/producer, and a graduate of the UCLA MFA screenwriting program. Albaugh has taught screenwriting at UCLA, UC Irvine, Hollins University, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Feature Animation. His students have sold features to all the major studios an... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for David Boxerbaum

David Boxerbaum

Senior Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency
A senior agent in the Lit Department at Paradigm, David represents high level writers, directors and producers for Film and TV. David began his career as an assistant at Jerry Bruckheimer Films. He then spent a year under the tutelage of producer Rob Fried, learning about develop... Read More →
avatar for Alisha Brophy

Alisha Brophy

co-writer License to Drive (2017), White Girl Problems, Swiped, United States of Fuckin' Awesome
Alisha Brophy is a small town girl who always ends up in big cities. She lives in Los Angeles, but you wouldn’t know it from her cowboy boots and New York accent. She is a recent Moth GrandSLAM champion, and you can hear her storytelling broadcast nationally on “The Moth” radio hour. Her projects are often inspired by her backstory that includes carnival work, and competitive dog training. She received her MFA in Screenwriting from UT-Austin, where she met her co-writer, Scott Miles. Alisha and Scott won the Academy's 2014 Nicholl Fellowship with their comedy United States of Fuckin' Awesome. They followed this with the feature White Girl Problems, for Elizabeth Banks' Brownstone productions and Lionsgate, which has recently attached Danielle MacDonald (PattiCake$) and has gone into pre-production. They've also developed animation with ShadowMachine (BoJack Horseman), sold an original pitch to CBS Films, and their DIY animated shorts have been featured on Funny or Die, IndieWire, AV Club, Huffington Post, and GQ. They are currently writing the new License to Drive for Fox and Davis Entertainment. They're repped by Paradigm and Circle of Confusion. More info can be found at... Read More →
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Scott Miles

co-writer License to Drive (2017), White Girl Problems, Swiped, United States of Fuckin' Awesome
Scott Miles lives for BBQ and cinema in equal measure. With degrees in both film production and screenwriting, he's quite comfortable switching hats between writer and director, so long as one of those is a fancy stovepipe hat like Lincoln wore. He thinks he’d look good in that. Scott is the less chatty half of a writing team with Alisha Brophy. They won the Academy's 2014 Nicholl Fellowship with their comedy United States of Fuckin' Awesome. They followed this with the feature White Girl Problems, for Elizabeth Banks' Brownstone productions and Lionsgate, which has recently attached Danielle MacDonald (PattiCake$) and has gone into pre-production. They've also developed animation with ShadowMachine (BoJack Horseman), sold an original pitch to CBS Films, and their DIY animated shorts have been featured on Funny or Die, IndieWire, AV Club, Huffington Post, and GQ. They are currently writing the new License to Drive for Fox and Davis Entertainment. They're repped by Paradigm and Circle of Confusion. More info can be found at... Read More →
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Valarie Phillips

Literary Agent in Film and Television, Paradigm Talent Agency
Valarie Phillips has shepherded the careers of Jamie Linden (Money Monster), Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows), and Matthew Sand (Deep Water Horizon). Through the years, Valarie has worked closely with director Kenny Ortega, guiding him through the Michael Jackson concert-turned-d... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

10:45am

The Writer/Producer Relationship
What does it take to forge a strong collaboration? Join this candid conversation with Lindsay DoranScott Frank, and Craig Mazin on how to be a writer that producers love, and vice versa, as well as the inevitable hardships that go hand-in-hand with trusting others with your fate.

Moderators
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Oren Uziel

writer/director Shimmer Lake; writer 22 Jump Street, Freaks of Nature, The God Particle
Oren Uziel recently directed his first feature, Shimmer Lake, which previously won an award at the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. Production recently wrapped on his science fiction film The God Particle, directed by Julius Onah and produced by JJ Abrams. His prev... Read More →

Panelists
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Lindsay Doran

producer Stranger Than Fiction, Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee, Dead Again; executive producer The Firm, Sabrina; former president/COO of United Artists
Lindsay Doran has worked in the movie business for more than 30 years as a studio executive and as a producer. She has served as the President and COO of United Artists Pictures and as the President of Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Productions. She currently divides her time between her producing duties and her work as... Read More →
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Scott Frank

writer Dead Again, Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Minority Report, Logan; writer/director The Lookout, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Godless
Scott Frank graduated from UCSB in 1982 with a degree in Film Studies. Since then, he has written and or directed over fifteen feature films and television programs.In 2008, Scott Frank’s directorial debut, The Lookout, won the Independent Spirit award for “Best First Feature... Read More →
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Craig Mazin

co-host Scriptnotes; writer Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II & III, Scary Movie 3 & 4, RocketMan
Writer and producer Craig Mazin has made a name for himself as a screenwriter with a knack for appealing to broad audiences over the course of his twenty-year career. His hit films include The Hangover Part II and Part III and Identity Thief. | | Currently, Mazin is writing a wh... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

10:45am

YouTube Red Presents: 'Do You Want To See A Dead Body?'
This comedy series follows comedian Rob Huebel (“Childrens Hospital,” “Transparent”) and his celebrity friends who join him on a quest to go check out a dead body he found.  And then maybe they will go get tacos or something... Celebrity guest stars include Justin Long, Adam Scott, Judy Greer, Terry Crews, and John Cho along with many more. Huebel, Owen Burke, Nick Jasenovec, and Jonathan Stern serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Abominable Pictures and Funny or Die and will debut on November 15 on YouTube Red.

Join Rob, Owen, and Jonathan for a panel to discuss the development/making of the series, the funniest behind the scenes moments, comedy in the digital age, and more. Then, be sure to stop by the screening at 7:30pm to get a first look at three of the episodes.

OPEN TO FILM PASS HOLDERS

Moderators
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Richard Whittaker

The Austin Chronicle's token Englishman, Richard is also a regular contributor to the OneOfUs.Net podcast network, covering new films and revival releases. His work has appeared in a multitude of diverse publications, including The Texas Observer, Fortean Times, Birth.Movies.Death... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Owen Burke

Owen Burke

producer LA -> Vegas, The Chris Gethard Show, Drunk History
Owen Burke is a three time Emmy nominated Writer/Producer, currently running television for Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions.  He is currently producing Fox’s upcoming comedy LA->Vegas with Steve Levitan, as well as THE CHRIS GETHARD SHOW for TruTV and Comedy... Read More →
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Rob Huebel

creator/actor Do You Want to See a Dead Body?; actor Transparent, The House, Baywatch
Actor, writer, and comedian Rob Huebel has made a name for himself in both the television and film worlds. He is best known for his role as Dr. Owen Maestro on Adult Swim’s award-winning series, Childrens Hospital, for which he earned an acting Emmy nomination. He currently stars as Len Novak on Jill Soloway's critically acclaimed and award-winning Amazon... Read More →
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Jonathan Stern

executive producer Wet Hot American Summer, Childrens Hospital, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Burning Love, Hotwives of Orlando, Shrink
Stern has served as executive producer and/or co­-creator on over 15 television or digital series and has produced on 10 feature films. Past projects include: “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” and "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later" (Netflix), “Childrens... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday October 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
800 Congress

10:45am

Script-to-Podcast-to-Screen
The road from script to podcast is an exciting one, but the journey doesn’t end there. Creating a podcast is only the first step on the road to the screen for these writers who are living evidence of the career opportunities in the emerging world of fiction podcasts.
 

Moderators
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Fabienne Harford

Podcast Competition Director; Managing Director (2015-2016), Austin Film Festival

Panelists
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Jenny Turner Hall

executive producer/writer/director The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
Jenny Turner Hall (jennyturnerhall.com) is a Peabody Award recipient and an irrepressible storyteller with a DIY spirit. She writes, produces, and performs stories in almost every genre. She is currently an executive producer, writer, and director of The Unexplainable Disappearan... Read More →
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Lauren Shippen

writer/creator The Bright Sessions
Lauren Shippen is the writer and creator of the science fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions. Since its debut in November of 2015, the podcast has won numerous awards, was named iTunes Best of 2016 and has been featured in Vox, Popular Science, Wired, The London Evening Standard... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

10:45am

Austin Pitch #4
It’s the 15th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Panelists
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

author The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting
Jill Chamberlain is the founder of The Screenplay Workshop (www.thescreenplayworkshop.org) where she has helped over a thousand writers with their screenplays. Her book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting(University of Texas Press) is the go-to m... Read More →
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Owen Egerton

moderator; writer/director Follow
Owen Egerton is the writer/director of the horror film Follow, a Black List honored screenwriter and the author of several books including How Best to Avoid Dying and The Book of Harold, The Illegitimate Son of God, which was optioned by Warner Brothers Television. He’s also one of the talents behind the Alamo... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

10:45am

Conference Q&A Session: James V. Hart
*For Producers Badges only, sit down for intimate, informal, and in-depth conversations with select panelists on the art, craft, and business of storytelling through film, television, and new media.

*This Conference Q&A Session requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at The Driskill Hotel's Citadel Club. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.

ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 25 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 26 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 27 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 28 | 8:30AM-3:00PM

Panelists
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James V. Hart

writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones; creator HartChart story mapping tool
James V. Hart T (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees. His writing/producing credits include; Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old Son, Jake, Bram Stoker's Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Muppet Treasure Island, directed by Brian Henson, and Contact, directed by Robert Zemeckis. Other writing/producing credits include... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

10:45am

Second Rounders Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of screenwriting. This session offers Second Rounds from the Screenplay Competition exclusive access to writers, executives, studio reps, agents, managers, producers, and attorneys in an informal setting. Take advantage of this invaluable opportunity to ask those burning questions: What’s the best way to overcome writer’s block? Or risk a taking a new direction after established success? How do I find representation? Are studios buying spec scripts? What are emerging trends in the industry? Don’t miss your chance to ask all this and more without being charged by the hour or forgoing a percentage of your script sale.

*This roundtable is open to Second Rounders only.

Roundtables required advance sign-up through the Screenplay Department. 

Panelists
avatar for Geoff Betts

Geoff Betts

Business Agent, WGA East
Geoff Betts has been a Business Agent with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) for the past ten years. He administers the Guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) on behalf of all WGA film, television and digital media writers on the east coast. This is in addition to overse... Read More →
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Karrie Cox

producer Adult Beginners, Tangerine; executive producer Kicks
Karrie Cox is an actress and Independent Spirit nominated and Gotham Award winning producer. Her films have played SXSW, Tribeca, Toronto and Sundance. Karrie founded Through Films in 2008 with her husband, Marcus Cox, to make meaningful motion pictures that captivate, influence... Read More →
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Marcus Cox

producer Adult Beginners, Tangerine; executive producer Kicks
Marcus Peace Cox is a writer/director and Independent Spirit nominated and Gotham Award winning producer. His films have played prestigious film festivals including; SXSW, Dallas International, Tribeca, Toronto and Sundance. He founded Through Films with wife, Karrie Cox, in 2008... Read More →
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Rick Dugdale

President, Enderby Entertainment; producer An Ordinary Man, Blackway, Rosemont, Dawn Patrol
Rick Dugdale is the President and CEO of Enderby Entertainment, an independent film finance and production company, founded in 2006 by Dugdale and his filmmaking partner, Daniel Petrie, Jr. Dugdale oversees all aspects of Enderby Entertainment’s business, finance, and productio... Read More →
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Erich Hoeber

writer Battleship, Red & Red 2, Meg (2018), Happytime Murders (2018), Naruto (2019)
Screenwriting brothers Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber have worked in a diverse array of genres and formats during their 20-year stint in Hollywood. First gaining traction with the 1998 Sundance hit Montana, the team began aprolific run in features, animation, and graphic novels,writ... Read More →
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Doug Jung

writer Star Trek Beyond, God Particle, Big Love, Banshee
After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Doug Jung’s first feature was Confidence starring Ed Burns and Dustin Hoffman. He’s written extensively for television as well as film, including HBO’s Big Love and as co-creator of TNT’s Dark Blue. Star Trek Beyond... Read More →
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Jono Matt

co-writer Captain Planet
Jono Matt (who's totally writing this bio, but is still going to speak in the third person) is currently working on the live-action reboot of Captain Planet. He met his writing partner, Glen Powell, when they both snuck into the Golden Globes. Jono worked as a director's assistan... Read More →
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Joyce San Pedro

producer Troupe Zero, Life: Round 2, Salome
Joyce is a former Los Angeles studio-based producer who recently transitioned to Indie Producer in New York. Her TV and film projects are stories of empowerment, insight, and education. Her co-production partners include Amazon Studios, Escape Artists, EndemolShine, UCP, Sumayoko International, TV5 (Philippines), and 2Team Productions... Read More →
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Christopher Vogler

author The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
Christopher Vogler is a veteran Hollywood story consultant known the world over for his landmark book The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers. Vogler began his career as a documentary filmmaker for the US Air Force’s space program. After graduate studies at the... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

10:45am

Second Rounders and Above Panel: The One Hour Drama
Anne Cofell Saunders (co-executive producer Timeless; writer Battlestar Galactica, 24) will discuss the inner-workings of what to expect: the etiquette, expectations, format, and anatomy of the writers room. Join her and pre-selected Second Rounders for an interactive workshop on how to break a story.
This panel is open to Second Rounders only.

Panelists
avatar for Anne Cofell Saunders

Anne Cofell Saunders

co-executive producer Timeless; writer Battlestar Galactica, 24; writer/producer Smallville, Revolution, Chuck
Anne Cofell Saunders first broke into television on the ground-breaking series 24, where she earned her first writing credit. From there, she staffed on the critically acclaimed re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica – where she earned a Peabody Award and was nominated for a Hugo... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45am - 12:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

1:00pm

Beauty and Ruin
(Canada, 75 min)

Writers: Marc de Guerre, Sally Blake
Director: Marc de Guerre

The once prosperous city of Detroit is going bankrupt and emergency manager Kevyn Orr searches for cash to pay off Detroit creditors by plundering the city’s assets. One of these assets is the Detroit Institute of Art, which houses one of the richest collections in the US. Beauty and Ruin follows the story of the bankruptcy and the fight over the artwork as Detroit goes into receivership. At the top on the list of those the city owes money to are the thousands of retired city workers who stand to have their pensions and health care cut drastically. Art and culture or food and healthcare?

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/204380528

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Friday October 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

1:30pm

A Conversation with Walter Hill
From character studies to blockbusters, legendary writer/director/producer Walter Hill has mastered the comedy, drama, thriller, and western genres. Join the 2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award Recipient for an in-depth conversation moderated by Shane Black.

Moderators
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Shane Black

writer/director The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; writer Lethal Weapon, Last Action Hero
Shane Black has been responsible for creating a number of box office blockbusters, including the first two installments of the Lethal Weapon series and 1991’s The Last Boy Scout. In 1990, Shane sold his espionage script The Long Kiss Goodnight for a record sum of money. His dir... Read More →

Panelists
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Walter Hill

2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award Recipient
During the course of his notable career, Walter Hill has been a writer, director and producer on projects ranging from classic westerns to action-packed thrillers and buddy comedies, all marked with his unique visceral style. A veteran director of twenty feature films, he has als... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

1:30pm

Between the (Paper) Sheets
If you’re a virgin to writing sex scenes, this panel is for you. When a writer opens the bedroom door (read: bathroom stall, kitchen floor, backseat of the car), they are exposing some of the most naked attributes of their characters—their vulnerabilities, desires, neuroses, and proclivities—thus providing a deeper understanding of their motivations. Panelists will explore the language between the (paper) sheets, the secrets of crafting chemistry, and how to write a hot and heavy scene that’s sexy and you know it. 

Moderators
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Etta Devine

Moderator
Etta Devine is an actor, filmmaker, and writer and one of 2017's Movie Maker Magazine's 25 Screenwriters to watch. With partner Gabriel Diani she directed, wrote, produced and starred in the feature film “Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse” which premiered at the 2016 Austin film festival and won awards from the Mill Valley Film Festival, Spokane International Film Festival, Omaha Film Festival, San Luis Obispo Film Festival, and many others. She co-produced and starred in the horror comedy... Read More →

Panelists
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Colette Burson

writer/director/EP Permanent, Hung; writer The Riches
Colette Burson is a television writer, screenwriter, producer and director. She co-created, executive produced and was the showrunner of "Hung" for HBO, as well as wrote for "The Riches" on FX. She has written original television pilots and episodes for Showtime, FX, NBC, and Canal+/Europa. Her work as a director prior to... Read More →
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Ben Lewin

writer/director The Sessions
Ben Lewin's career has encompassed award-winning documentaries, feature films, TV movies, mini-series and episodic programs. Lewin wrote and directed THE SESSIONS, a film about Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes) who was paralyzed by polio and confined to an iron lung, and who had a life-changing relationship with a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt). The film won numerous international awards including Audience Awards at the 2012 Sundance, San Sebastian and Mill Valley Film Festivals, as well as a 2012 Sundance Special Jury Prize for Ensemble... Read More →
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Tracy Oliver

co-writer Barbershop 3, Girls Trip, The Neighbors, The Start-UP, Survivor's Remorse; writer/producer/actress The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Tracy Oliver is an emerging writer in the TV, feature, and digital space. She recently co-wrote Barbershop 3 with Black-ish creator, Kenya Barris, as well as the Universal movie, Girl Trip. Her television credits include The Neighbors, The Start-Up, and Survivor's Remorse where s... Read More →
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Guinevere Turner

writer American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page, Go Fish
Guinevere Turner is a writer, director and actor who has been working in film and TV since her 1994 debut film Go Fish, which she wrote, produced and starred in. She teamed up with director Mary Harron to write the films American Psycho and The Notorious Bettie Page. She was a wr... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

1:30pm

Research and Development at Disney and Pixar Animation Studios: Collaboration and Immersion
The development process at Disney and Pixar is unique in the industry and has led to critically-acclaimed and award-winning films like Disney's Moana and Zootopia and Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and Inside Out. Creative development team members Jessica Julius, Emily Mollenkopf, and Erika Schmidt will share insights on how research and development help create believable worlds, engaging characters, and compelling stories.

Panelists
avatar for Jessica Julius

Jessica Julius

Director, Creative Affairs at Walt Disney Animation Studios
Jessica Julius is a Director of Creative Affairs at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She has over 12 years experience in film development and production, most recently on Disney’s 2017 film releases Moana (nominated for two Academy Awards®) and the Oscar-winning Zootopia. She has worked on the Academy... Read More →
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Emily Mollenkopf

Development Executive, Pixar Animation Studios
Emily Mollenkopf is the Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios. Emily joined Pixar in 2011 on Pixar’s first TV special; Toy Story of TERROR! She began her career at G4TV producing video game-centric television for X-Play and Attack of the Show. As Development Executive at Pixar Emily matches directors with screenwriters and helps them craft their stories and deepen the worlds of their films. She is currently working on projects scheduled for release in 2019 and beyond. Emily holds an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and an MFA in producing from... Read More →
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Erika Schmidt

Creative Development Associate, Pixar Animation Studios
Erika Schmidt is a Creative Development Associate at Pixar Animation Studios, where she works with directors in the earliest phases of their filmmaking process, conducting research to help deepen the worlds of their stories. She also supports the process of matching writers with Pixar’s directors. Erika also has a history as a theatre artist and writer in Chicago. Her short story, “Story About a Family,” won the 2013 Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction. You can see her fiction and essays at... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

1:30pm

Screenwriters Agreements
Industry representatives in entertainment provide an overview of screenwriter agreements, contracts, and legalities, along with advice on securing the best deal, avoiding common mistakes, and knowing what a Writers Guild agreement has to offer.

Moderators
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

moderator; AFF Screenwriting Award Winner; Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Moving Image Arts Program Chair, Sarah Lawrence College
Fred Strype is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker whose work has been screened and honored internationally. He is a tenured professor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where he is Chair of their Filmmaking & Moving Image Arts Program. In the past, he served on... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark

Partner, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman
Stephen Clark is a partner in the West Hollywood, CA entertainment law firm, Lichter, Grossman, et al. For over 16 years, he has represented a diverse group of writers, directors, actors and producers in film and television. His extensive experience includes a wide variety of individual rights and employment transactions as well as structuring independent film-finance and distribution deals.Before joining his current firm, he began his... Read More →
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Bob Sobhani

co-founder and Partner, Magnet Management
After a stint as a story analyst/reader at the Sundance Writer's Lab, and later ICM, Bob took an internship at The Ladd Co. for producer Alan Ladd, Jr.In 1998, Bob started working at Zide/Perry Entertainment where he worked both in management and production. He worked on numerous... Read More →
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Kay S. Wolf

WGAW Senior Representative
Kay S. Wolf is the Writers Guild of America West’s Senior Representative in Los Angeles. She conducts outreach to writers, encouraging them to use WGA contracts both domestically and in international markets, and is involved in WGA screenwriter matters within the Member Organiz... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

1:30pm

Structurally Sound
Are you getting stuck in the middle or end of a script? Craig Mazin, writer of Identity Thief and co-host of the popular ScriptNotes podcast, introduces a new way of thinking about structure. He'll discuss how to build your plot as a function of character and theme, why beginnings are endings and endings are beginnings, and how the answer to solving your plot is to stop thinking about plot. After this panel, you'll never get lost in a script again!

Panelists
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

co-host Scriptnotes; writer Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II & III, Scary Movie 3 & 4, RocketMan
Writer and producer Craig Mazin has made a name for himself as a screenwriter with a knack for appealing to broad audiences over the course of his twenty-year career. His hit films include The Hangover Part II and Part III and Identity Thief. | | Currently, Mazin is writing a wh... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

1:30pm

Tampering with Temporal Elements
Eat your heart out, H.G. Wells. Sometimes it's okay to tamper with time. Manipulating a narrative's timeline can be a powerful structural device as well as a strong vehicle for emphasizing character, theme, and a writer's voice. If employed correctly, unconventional temporal elements can enhance and liberate a story in ways traditional narratives cannot. Join this discussion on ditching the passé “beginning-to-end” model in favor of a more nuanced approach. While there are no set rules to successfully deconstructing a storyline, panelists will offer their best advice and techniques on how to create nonlinear structures.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University
Greg Garrett has been a panelist and moderator at the Austin Film Festival for more than fifteen years. At the Festival, he has interviewed luminaries such as Lawrence Kasdan, James Hart, and Damon Lindelof, and led conversations on craft, genre, adaptation, and narrative. Himsel... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Todd A. Kessler

Todd A. Kessler

co-creator/executive producer Bloodline, Damages
Todd A. Kessler most recently co-created and executive produced the 3 season run of Netflix’s Emmy award-winning Bloodline starring Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz and Sissy Spacek. Kessler co-created and executive produced 5 seasons of the FX/DirecTV Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series Damages starring Glenn Close and Rose Byrne. Kessler also wrote and produced the second and third seasonsof... Read More →
avatar for Oren Uziel

Oren Uziel

writer/director Shimmer Lake; writer 22 Jump Street, Freaks of Nature, The God Particle
Oren Uziel recently directed his first feature, Shimmer Lake, which previously won an award at the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. Production recently wrapped on his science fiction film The God Particle, directed by Julius Onah and produced by JJ Abrams. His prev... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Central Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary

1:30pm

Television Comedy
Comedic TV writers are constantly required to work against the clock to produce fresh, funny material. The expectations to which they are held can sometimes seem like jokes themselves. Sit down with writers as they dissect how to overcome challenges and make people laugh. 

Moderators
avatar for Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister

host/head writer PRI's Live Wire Radio 2003-2015; co-writer of The Benefits of Gusbandry (web series)
For nine years, Courtenay Hameister was the host and head writer for Live Wire, a nationally-syndicated live public radio variety show distributed by Public Radio International. She's interviewed over 500 filmmakers, screenwriters, comics and other creative makers including Bob O... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Megan Amram

Megan Amram

writer/producer The Good Place, Transparent, Silicon Valley, Parks & Recreation; writer The Simpsons; author Science...For Her!
Megan Amram is a comedy writer and performer currently working on The Simpsons as well as the NBC series The Good Place. Previously, Megan was a writer on the acclaimed Amazon series Transparent, HBO’s Silicon Valley, and the final three seasons of the NBC comedy Parks and Recr... Read More →
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Stefani Robinson

writer Atlanta, Man Seeking Woman, Deadpool (television show)
Stefani Robinson is a screenwriter whose credits include the Emmy-nominated FX series Atlanta and the FXX series Man Seeking Woman. She is currently working on the FXX animated Deadpool series and is also working on features for Sony and Fox Searchlight. She graduated from Emerso... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

1:30pm

The Managers
Get the answers to all of your questions about finding and working with a manager. At what point do you need one? What can you expect from the relationship? Join this panel of established managers for answers to all these questions and more!

Moderators
avatar for Linnea Toney

Linnea Toney

Moderator
Linnea is a Talent Manager and Executive Producer with projects spanning digital and traditional media including this year’s I HART FOOD which can be seen on the Food Network. Previously, Linnea worked at Ryan Seacrest Productions, developing comedy and drama projects such as... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Glenn Cockburn

Glenn Cockburn

President/Founder, Meridian Artists
Glenn Cockburn is the founder of Meridian Artists. Along with the rest of the Meridian Artists team, Glenn currently represents a select roster of some of Canada’s most talented writers, directors and producers. Glenn’s career started in 1996 when he began working as script r... Read More →
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Ryan Cunningham

Literary Manager, Madhouse Entertainment; producer Slender Man (2018)
Ryan Cunningham is a literary manager and producer at Madhouse Entertainment. Ryan began his career in physical production as a PA on several films and TV shows shooting in New Orleans while he attended Tulane University. After graduating, Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he worke... Read More →
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Chris Emerson

Literary Manager, Magnet Management
Wheel of Fortune indirectly launched Chris' entertainment career when he won a speedboat as a contestant on the show and was unable to afford the taxes. So he took a job in television production and discovered a love for the behind-the-scenes machinations of the entertainment ind... Read More →
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Daniela Garcia-Brcek

Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion
Daniela Garcia-Brcek is a literary manager at Circle of Confusion, a feature film & television production and management company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Daniela identifies as a TCI – a third culture individual: Venezuelan-born, with a childhood in South East A... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

1:30pm

Austin Pitch #5
It’s the 15th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Panelists
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

moderator; professor UCLA; Director, Hollins University Graduate Screenwriting Program
Tim Albaugh is a writer/producer, and a graduate of the UCLA MFA screenwriting program. Albaugh has taught screenwriting at UCLA, UC Irvine, Hollins University, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Feature Animation. His students have sold features to all the major studios an... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

1:30pm

*Roundtable: AFF Filmmakers
*Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft and business of short filmmmaking.

*This roundtable is open to 2017 selected Austin Film Festival filmmakers

This roundtable required advance sign-up through the Film Department. 

Panelists
avatar for Jason Fuchs

Jason Fuchs

co-writer Wonder Woman, Ice Age: Continental Drift; writer Break My Heart 1000 Times, Pan
Jason, a screenwriter, actor and producer, is best known for co-writing Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), which broke what was then the record internationally for highest grossing animated film, as well as Joe Wright's, Pan (2015). Jason co-wrote Wonder Woman, the newest chapter... Read More →
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Britta Lundin

writer Riverdale; author Ship It (2018), Riverdale (comic)
Britta Lundin is a writer on Riverdale on the CW. Her debut YA novel Ship It, will be published by Freeform Books in 2018, it is based on her script by the same name which won The Bitch List for the best Bechdel Test-passing screenplays. She has also written for the Riverdale com... Read More →
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Tess Morris

writer Man Up
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Kelly Sanders

Kelly Sanders has been in the film industry for over 25 years. She is currently a programming consultant with Violet Crown Cinemas. She also serves as Executive Director of Truly Indie, a Wagner-Cuban company that assists filmmakers with self-distribution and has worked on film releases including VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR, Snoop... Read More →
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Russell Leigh Sharman

writer Bobbie Sue; writer/director Apartment 4E; author The Tenants of East Harlem, Nightshift NYC
Russell Leigh Sharman is a writer, filmmaker and anthropologist. He has written (and re-written) for Hollywood since 2008 when his screenplay BOBBIE SUE won a spot on the Hollywood Blacklist. He has since worked as a writer-for-hire for studios and production companies, including... Read More →
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Allison Vanore

Head of Production, Canvas Media Studios; producer The Rainbow Experiment, 42 Seconds of Happiness, Daddy, Vanity
Allison Vanore serves as Head of Production at Canvas Media Studios. She is an Emmy-nominated producer of StyleHaul's revenge-filled drama Vanity. Outside of Canvas, Allison's series credits include Producing Juliet, Anyone But Me, and My Gimpy Life. Allison's feature film credit... Read More →
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Kelly Williams

producer A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, Hellion
Kelly Williams is an independent producer based in Austin, Texas.  He is a 2012 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow and a 2015 Sundance Institute Catalyst Forum Fellow.  Along with his producing partner, Jonathan Duffy, they formed Ten Acre Films.  Their first project together was Yen... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall

1:30pm

*Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film
*Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft and business of writing for film. How do you break in, deal with contracts and options, and find representation? What’s the difference between indie and studio films, and what happens when your movie goes into development? What are the most essential habits and routines to assume? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 25 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 26 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 27 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 28 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

ROUNDTABLE FAQS

Panelists
avatar for Emily Best

Emily Best

founder/CEO Seed&Spark; co-creator F*ck Yes!
Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, an entertainment platform built to increase diversity and inclusion for filmmakers and audiences. Seed&Spark’s curated streaming platform is fed by its crowdfunding platform, which has the highest campaign success rate in the wor... Read More →
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David Birke

writer Elle
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Angela Torres Camarena

writer/director; faculty LMU LA
Angela is an award-winning film director and writer devoted to creating meaningful films from a sensitive and poetic perspective. Her films have been selected at film festivals around the world including the Palm Springs Film Festival, SXSW and Cannes. In 2009 she won the Changemaker Award by HBO with her film Exiled in America. Her film Frente Noreste - starring Mexican Academy Award winners Evangelina Sosa... Read More →
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Matt Cook

writer/co-producer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena; co-writer Patriots Day
Cook is a screenwriter, director, and producer of various studio and independent films and television. His work includes The Duel (formerly By Way of Helena), Triple Nine, and Patriot’s Day. Both By Way of Helena (2010) and Triple Nine (2012) made the top 10 of The Black List... Read More →
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Kieran Fitzgerald

writer Snowden, The Homesman, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
Kieran Fitzgerald has a BA in English from Harvard University and a MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers. He wrote and directed the feature documentary, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández, which aired on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy in investigative journalism. With Tommy Lee Jones, he... Read More →
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Rob Gokee

host/creator Tacocity Podcast; composer Daddy, Tamar & Vince, Dueling Kapowskis
Los Angeleno Rob Gokee is an author and award-winning composer for television and film. Over the last 11 years, he’s written music for over 100 films and shows, including Wicked Tuna, Braxton Family Values, The New Adventures of Peter & Wendy, and acclaimed feature films Daddy... Read More →
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Kevin Hamedani

moderator; co-writer/director ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Junk
Kevin Hamedani began his filmmaking career with the feature ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction. Produced by Academy Award nominee John Sinno (Iraq in Fragments) the film went on to receive critical acclaim showing in film festivals worldwide. ZMD was acquired by Lions Gate and prem... Read More →
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Josh Holden

writer/director The Golden Rut
Brothers Nick and Josh Holden co-founded the Austin,TX based, film and video production company Mishnoon in 2007. The Holden Brothers, have made over an estimated 100 short form videos, including web series, music videos, music documentaries, and web and TV commercials. Over the... Read More →
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Nick Holden

writer/director The Golden Rut
Brothers Nick and Josh Holden co-founded the Austin,TX based, film and video production company Mishnoon in 2007. The Holden Brothers, have made over an estimated 100 short form videos, including web series, music videos, music documentaries, and web and TV commercials. Over the... Read More →
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Jono Matt

co-writer Captain Planet
Jono Matt (who's totally writing this bio, but is still going to speak in the third person) is currently working on the live-action reboot of Captain Planet. He met his writing partner, Glen Powell, when they both snuck into the Golden Globes. Jono worked as a director's assistan... Read More →
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Scott Myers

writer K-9, Alaska, Trojan War; Assistant Professor, DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts,
Scott has written over thirty movie and TV projects at every major Hollywood studio and broadcast network. His screenwriting credits include K-9, Alaska, and Trojan War. From 2002-2010, Scott was an executive producer at Trailblazer Studios, overseeing the company’s original co... Read More →
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Adam Pava

writer The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie franchise, The Stuff of Legend, Clone High, Johnny Bravo, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends
Adam Pava wrote the stop-motion hit The Boxtrolls, which earned a 2015 Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. He is currently adapting the graphic novel series The Stuff of Legend for Walt Disney Studios, writing an original musical for DreamWorks Animation, and developing a... Read More →
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Ross Saxon

Head of Development, Braven Films, executive on production Magic Magic
A graduate of the Film Program at Bard College where his studies included work under acclaimed indie director Kelly Reichardt, his thesis was short listed for the Adolphus Mekas Award for best screenplay. He began his career working on film sets across NY, learning the administra... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

1:30pm

Conference Q&A Session: Albert Kim
*For Producers Badges only, sit down for intimate, informal, and in-depth conversations with select panelists on the art, craft, and business of storytelling through film, television, and new media.

*This Conference Q&A Session requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at The Driskill Hotel's Citadel Club. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.

ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 25 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 26 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 27 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 28 | 8:30AM-3:00PM

Panelists
avatar for Albert Kim

Albert Kim

showrunner Sleepy Hollow; writer/producer Nikita, Leverage, Dirt
Albert Kim is a television writer and producer who was most recently Executive Producer and Showrunner of the hit Fox drama Sleepy Hollow. Previously he spent four seasons as a writer and producer on the CW drama Nikita, for which he wrote several of the show’s most popular epi... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

1:30pm

Second Rounders and Above Panel: The First Ten Pages
Join Academy Award-nominated producer Lindsay Doran (Stranger than Fiction) as she explains – using the first ten pages from pre-selected Second Round feature screenplays – how those crucial first ten pages can either hook industry professionals right away or make them close the script without reading the rest. How can you make sure they get to page 11? Come find out.

Panelists
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Lindsay Doran

producer Stranger Than Fiction, Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee, Dead Again; executive producer The Firm, Sabrina; former president/COO of United Artists
Lindsay Doran has worked in the movie business for more than 30 years as a studio executive and as a producer. She has served as the President and COO of United Artists Pictures and as the President of Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Productions. She currently divides her time between her producing duties and her work as... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
800 Congress

2:00pm

Shorts Program 13: Documentary Shorts 1
(TRT: 92 min)

Light on Her Feet (USA, 21 min)
Director: Martin Barshai
An intimate portrait of 18-year-old Emma Sherman during her difficult journey to the world of professional ballet.

The Duel (USA, 6 min)
Writer: Lili Taylor
Director: Sean David Christensen
A sixteen-year-old girl must save her younger brother from the dangerous reality of their father's sudden mental breakdown.

Mickey’s Pets (USA, 13 min)
Director: Ashley S. Brandon
With a trusty new peacock piece in tow, a young taxidermist must overcome her insecurities to compete at the U.S. National Taxidermy Championships.

I Have Something to Tell You (USA ,8 min)
Directors: Ben Joyner, Dumaine Babcock
A short documentary about artist Adrain Chesser, who used his craft to cope with his HIV/AIDS diagnosis in his acclaimed portrait series.

Take a Walk on the Wildside (Canada, 15 min)
Writer/Director: Lisa Rideout
Inside of one of Toronto’s oldest cross-dressing shops, the tender relationships between the eccentric store owner and her customers provide a beacon of hope for the community.

Digilante (Australia, 29 min)
Director: Mike Nayna
Filmmaker Mike Nayna gained media attention after a viral shaming video he uploaded resulted in two jail terms and inspired a surprise spate of copycat incidents. But while he was praised online, a far more complex and morally ambiguous story was taking place.

Friday October 27, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

2:00pm

Digilante
(Australia, 29 min)
Director: Mike Nayna
Filmmaker Mike Nayna gained media attention after a viral shaming video he uploaded resulted in two jail terms and inspired a surprise spate of copycat incidents. But while he was praised online, a far more complex and morally ambiguous story was taking place.


Friday October 27, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

2:00pm

I Have Something to Tell You
(USA , 8 min)
Directors: Ben Joyner, Dumaine Babcock
A short documentary about artist Adrain Chesser, who used his craft to cope with his HIV/AIDS diagnosis in his acclaimed portrait series.


Friday October 27, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

2:00pm

Light on Her Feet
(USA, 21 min)
Director: Martin Barshai
An intimate portrait of 18-year-old Emma Sherman during her difficult journey to the world of professional ballet.


Friday October 27, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

2:00pm

Mickey's Pets
(USA, 13 min)
Director: Ashley S. Brandon
With a trusty new peacock piece in tow, a young taxidermist must overcome her insecurities to compete at the U.S. National Taxidermy Championships.


Friday October 27, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

2:00pm

Take a Walk on the Wildside
(Canada, 15 min)
Writer/Director: Lisa Rideout
Inside of one of Toronto’s oldest cross-dressing shops, the tender relationships between the eccentric store owner and her customers provide a beacon of hope for the community.


Friday October 27, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

2:00pm

The Duel
(USA, 6 min)
Writer: Lili Taylor
Director: Sean David Christensen
A sixteen-year-old girl must save her younger brother from the dangerous reality of their father's sudden mental breakdown.


Friday October 27, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

3:00pm

Script Reading Workshop: Miki

After his Buddhist mother passes away of cancer, an alcoholic college circuit comic on the road reluctantly delivers her prayer bracelet to his estranged high school Jewish sweetheart in Chicago. The death that reconnects these two as adults turns out to be their source of salvation.

Script by: Weiko Lin

Six scripts have been chosen from this year’s group of Second Rounders and above in the Screenplay and Podcast Competition to be read aloud in our Script Reading Workshops. These selected scripts will be performed by a group of actors in an intimate setting.


Friday October 27, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Stephen F Austin, State Boardroom

3:00pm

The Warriors presented by Walter Hill
(USA, 90 min)

Writers: Walter Hill, David Shaber, Sol Yurick (novel)
Director: Walter Hill
Cast: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright

In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down.

Panelists
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Walter Hill

2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award Recipient
During the course of his notable career, Walter Hill has been a writer, director and producer on projects ranging from classic westerns to action-packed thrillers and buddy comedies, all marked with his unique visceral style. A veteran director of twenty feature films, he has als... Read More →



Friday October 27, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Paramount Theatre

3:15pm

A Conversation with Misha Green
Writer-producer Misha Green isn’t afraid to push boundaries. Underground broke new ground in the historical drama by exploring American heroes through a unique blend of modern music and genre writing. Join Green for a conversation on her experience as a first time showrunner, having to say goodbye to a story before it’s finished, and what she’s working on next. 

Moderators
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Ya'Ke Smith

writer/director Katrina’s Son, WOLF, dawn., Hope’s War, One Hitta Quitta; Film Professor, UT Arlington
Ya’Ke Smith, known for his unflinching and veracious style of storytelling, is a rising voice in independent cinema.His films have received world-wide acclaim, screening and winning awards at over 90 film festivals. The Director’s Guild of America, the Student Academy Awards... Read More →

Panelists
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Misha Green

writer/producer Underground, Lovecraft Country, The Mother
Misha Green is a writer, producer and showrunner currently working on HBO’s recently announced LoveCraft Country as well as the feature The Mother at Netflix. Most recently, she worked on WGN’s Underground, serving as the co-creator, an executive producer and a writer. The sh... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
800 Congress

3:15pm

Deconstructing: Blade Runner
The year 2019 seemed like a distant future when Blade Runner was released, but its complex themes about the nature of humanity ring true today. Join writers and fans of the original film as they deconstruct the layers of narrative, genre, and theme in this cult classic. 

Moderators
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Scott Myers

writer K-9, Alaska, Trojan War; Assistant Professor, DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts,
Scott has written over thirty movie and TV projects at every major Hollywood studio and broadcast network. His screenwriting credits include K-9, Alaska, and Trojan War. From 2002-2010, Scott was an executive producer at Trailblazer Studios, overseeing the company’s original co... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Jon Hoeber

Jon Hoeber

writer Battleship, Red & Red 2, Meg (2018), Happytime Murders (2018), Naruto (2019)
Screenwriting brothers Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber have worked in a diverse array of genres and formats during their 20-year stint in Hollywood. First gaining traction with the 1998 Sundance hit Montana, the team began aprolific run in features, animation, and graphic novels,writ... Read More →
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Doug Jung

writer Star Trek Beyond, God Particle, Big Love, Banshee
After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Doug Jung’s first feature was Confidence starring Ed Burns and Dustin Hoffman. He’s written extensively for television as well as film, including HBO’s Big Love and as co-creator of TNT’s Dark Blue. Star Trek Beyond... Read More →
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Anne Cofell Saunders

co-executive producer Timeless; writer Battlestar Galactica, 24; writer/producer Smallville, Revolution, Chuck
Anne Cofell Saunders first broke into television on the ground-breaking series 24, where she earned her first writing credit. From there, she staffed on the critically acclaimed re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica – where she earned a Peabody Award and was nominated for a Hugo... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

3:15pm

Demystifying the Development Process
Development can be a confusing time. What exactly goes into development, who’s involved, and how can a writer best prepare for the process? Join a panel of executives as they shed light on the development process.

Moderators
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

moderator; President, Richter Scale Media
Scott M. Richter is a multiple award winning WGA writer, producer, director,attorney and founder of Richter Scale Media, his Los Angeles based production company. In addition to having written for TV, film and digital media, Scott has practiced law in both Florida and California... Read More →

Panelists
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Bryan Furst

President of Film and Television, Skybound Entertainment
Bryan Furst is the Co-President of TV and Film at Skybound Entertainment, a title he shares with brother Sean Furst. At Skybound, Bryan has leveraged the company’s vast library of IP to build a robust slate of film and television projects. He and his brother collaborate with th... Read More →
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Jenny Marchick

Senior Vice President, Sony Pictures Animation
As Senior Vice President of Development for Sony Pictures Animation, Jenny Marchick is responsible for the creative supervision of a number of upcoming features for the studio, from inception to script through production.Her upcoming films include The Star, a faith-based feature... Read More →
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Ashley Strumwasser

Director of Development, Hello Sunshine
Ashley Strumwasser is a Director of Development at Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s company dedicated to telling female-driven stories across all platforms. Prior to Hello Sunshine, Ashley was a creative executive to the director James Griffiths, who has an overall deal at A... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

3:15pm

Funny Features
Take part in this conversation with feature film writers who have successfully navigated writing for hardest genre.

Moderators
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John Merriman

Moderator; actor Mustang Island, You Hurt My Feelings
John Merriman is an award winning filmmaker and actor. He starred in the New York Times Critic's Pick YOU HURT MY FEELINGS, the LA Film Fest winning feature GRETCHEN, and the indie comedies PICTURES OF SUPERHEROES and CINEMA SIX. He also acted in the acclaimed Sundance film PIT STOP and the SXSW award winner LOVES HER GUN. Together with Kerri Lendo, he wrote, directed, and acted in the short films MODERN MAN and SLEEP STUDY which won the Audience Award at the 2010 Austin Film... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Scott Alexander

Scott Alexander

writer Ed Wood, The People v. O.J. Simpson, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon, Big Eyes
Scott Alexander has been writing professionally since 1986. He met his writing partner, Larry Karaszewski, when they were roommates at USC’s School of Cinema. On a whim, they wrote a screenplay during their senior year, which sold a week after graduation. They are best known for writing very unusual biopics with larger-than-life characters. They wrote the highly-acclaimed Ed Wood, for which they were nominated for Best Screenplay by the Writers Guild. They followed this with The People vs. Larry Flynt, for which they won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, as well as a special Writers Guild award for civil rights and liberties. They scripted the extremely postmodern Man on the Moon, the life story of Andy Kaufman. They wrote Big Eyes, the strange-but-true story of Margaret and Walter Keane, for which they received an Indie Spirit Best Screenplay nomination. They recently ventured into television, creating the hit FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson, for which they won the Emmy, Golden Globe, PGA, and WGA Award for Best Limited Series. All four of the feature scripts have been published in book... Read More →
avatar for Dana Fox

Dana Fox

writer What Happens in Vegas, Couples Retreat, How to Be Single; creator/showrunner Ben and Kate; director New Girl
Dana Fox is a television and film writer, producer, and director. Dana graduated from Stanford University with a degree in English and Art History, and then went on to get her MFA in film and television producing from USC Film School's Peter Stark Producing Program. Among her cre... Read More →
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Oren Uziel

writer/director Shimmer Lake; writer 22 Jump Street, Freaks of Nature, The God Particle
Oren Uziel recently directed his first feature, Shimmer Lake, which previously won an award at the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. Production recently wrapped on his science fiction film The God Particle, directed by Julius Onah and produced by JJ Abrams. His prev... Read More →
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Herschel Weingrod

writer Trading Places, Brewster’s Millions, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Space Jam; producer Falling Down, The Final Season; director Last Wishes
Herschel Weingrod has been a working screenwriter and producer for over twenty-five years. His credits include Trading Places, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Brewster’s Millions, Falling Down, Space Jam, Pure Luck, and The Final Season. He is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

3:15pm

Inside the Writers Room: The Deuce
HBO’s new series The Deuce takes an immersive look at the evolution of the sex work industry in 1970s Manhattan. With a palpable griminess coating the city, this show builds a world big enough to explore the exploitation and power dynamics running rampant among its characters. Sit down with writing duo George Pelecanos and David Simon as they discuss their first time working as co-creators, the importance of research for this period piece, and how setting influences theme and character.

Moderators
avatar for Michael MacCambridge

Michael MacCambridge

Moderator
From 1988-95, Michael MacCambridge was a columnist and critic at the Austin American-Statesman, writing about movies, music and popular culture. Since then, he has written and edited several books, including America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured A Nation... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos

novelist; writer/producer The Wire, The Deuce, Treme, The Pacific
George Pelecanos was born in Washington, D.C. He worked as a line cook, dishwasher, bartender, and woman’s shoe salesman before publishing his first novel in 1992. Pelecanos is the author of twenty books set in and around Washington, D.C.: A Firing Offense, Nick's Trip, Shoedog... Read More →
avatar for David Simon

David Simon

writer/executive producer The Wire, Treme, Show Me A Hero, The Deuce
David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer. A former crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, he is the creator of the celebrated HBO series The Wire, which depicts the political and socioeconomic fissures in an American city. His other television cr... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

3:15pm

Is Your Script or Production in Jeopardy?
Making films can be a risky business, and filmmakers are often left in the dark when trying to navigate the gambles that go hand-in-hand with bringing their stories to life. Join industry experts for an interactive game of Jeopardy that addresses the common challenges filmmakers face when developing their projects. Jeopardy topics will include: dealing with idea theft, use of name and likeness, false light, issues around stories based on or inspired by true events, legal pitfalls when blurring fact with fiction, public domain and fair use complexities, and the critical role insurance plays in getting your story out there.
This panel is presented by Hiscox Insurance.

Panelists
avatar for Melissa Georges

Melissa Georges

Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Melissa Georges is counsel to our Entertainment Group. For more than 15 years, she has helped award-winning film and television producers, directors, actors, writers, animators, and comedians resolve complex legal issues to get their projects cleared and distributed.Ms. Georges a... Read More →
avatar for Laura Lee Prather

Laura Lee Prather

Partner, Litigation Practice Group
Ms. Prather is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Austin, TX. Her practice includes First Amendment, intellectual property and media/entertainment litigation and appeals. She is an advocate at the Texas Legislature on First Amendment and open g... Read More →
avatar for Joanne Richardson

Joanne Richardson

Practice Leader Media & Entertainment, Hiscox Insurance
Joanne Richardson has been underwriting media and entertainment liability for over 20 years and was designated a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting (CPCU) in 1995. She spent nine years as an Underwriting Officer at Employers’ Reinsurance Corp./GE Capital (ERC), in New Yor... Read More →
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Peter Rienecker

Vice President, Legal Affairs for Home Box Office, HBO
Peter Rienecker is Vice President, Legal Affairs for Home Box Office, responsible for legal matters concerning development, production, distribution and advertising of original programming, First Amendment issues, intellectual property and related labor concerns. In particular, h... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday October 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

3:15pm

Represent Yourself. Represent Others. Responsibly.
This is a frank discussion about the creative side of navigating our diverse landscape. Whitewashing. Representation. Writers and their identities are more central to the conversation than ever before. As creatives, we do not want to be limited to writing only our own experiences. As humans, we have an obligation to address the inequities in our industry and work towards equal representation. This panel will discuss the complex and nuanced questions of representation, responsibility, and creativity. In the end, it's about making the best possible work, responsibly. 
 This panel is presented by Seed&Spark.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Best

Emily Best

founder/CEO Seed&Spark; co-creator F*ck Yes!
Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, an entertainment platform built to increase diversity and inclusion for filmmakers and audiences. Seed&Spark’s curated streaming platform is fed by its crowdfunding platform, which has the highest campaign success rate in the wor... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Tracy Oliver

Tracy Oliver

co-writer Barbershop 3, Girls Trip, The Neighbors, The Start-UP, Survivor's Remorse; writer/producer/actress The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Tracy Oliver is an emerging writer in the TV, feature, and digital space. She recently co-wrote Barbershop 3 with Black-ish creator, Kenya Barris, as well as the Universal movie, Girl Trip. Her television credits include The Neighbors, The Start-Up, and Survivor's Remorse where s... Read More →
avatar for Kay Oyegun

Kay Oyegun

writer This Is Us, Queen Sugar
Katherine (Kay) Oyegun is a drama writer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by way of Lagos, Nigeria. She is currently a staffed on the NBC series This Is Us. She previously wrote on the OWN series Queen Sugar, from writer/director, Ava DuVernay. Kay has worked on the ABC series The... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

writer Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Bears, Samantha Who?; comic book writer Rick and Morty, SLAM!
Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village, TV writer, comic book writer, author, and best-selling novelist. She’s currently co-writing Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2:.She was recently named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch and is a 2017... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday October 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

3:15pm

The Creative Career: Practical Tips for Starting Out
A panel of successful WGAW writers will discuss what you need to know in your career, how to avoid common pitfalls, and what the Writers Guild can do for you.

This panel is presented by the Writers Guild of America, West.

Moderators
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

writer/executive producer Counterpart, Da Vinci's Demons, Caper, Eureka; writer Person of Interest, Leverage, The 4400
Amy Berg is a writer and executive producer for film and television. She's written for a dozen shows including Da Vinci's Demons, Person of Interest, Eureka, Leverage, and The 4400. She also created the award-winning digital series Caper. Along with her feature work, she's curren... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Megan Amram

Megan Amram

writer/producer The Good Place, Transparent, Silicon Valley, Parks & Recreation; writer The Simpsons; author Science...For Her!
Megan Amram is a comedy writer and performer currently working on The Simpsons as well as the NBC series The Good Place. Previously, Megan was a writer on the acclaimed Amazon series Transparent, HBO’s Silicon Valley, and the final three seasons of the NBC comedy Parks and Recr... Read More →
avatar for Michael Green

Michael Green

co-creator/executive producer American Gods; writer Blade Runner 2049, Murder on the Orient Express, Logan
Michael Green is a television and film writer and producer. In 2017, Green wrote 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and co-wrote Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve, Alien: Covenant, direct... Read More →
avatar for Eric Heisserer

Eric Heisserer

writer/director Hours; writer Arrival, The Thing, Final Destination 5
Eric Heisserer is a screenwriter and author who recently won the Writers Guild of America award for his screenplay Arrival, for which he also received an Academy Award nomination. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, is a sci-fi thrill... Read More →
avatar for Raamla Mohamed

Raamla Mohamed

writer/supervising producer Scandal
Raamla was born and raised in Los Angeles by her Somalian father and her South Bronx-ian mother. After graduating from Columbia University with a double major in English Literature and Film Studies, Raamla remained in NYC to work in off-Broadway theater. She then went on to recei... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday October 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Central Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary

3:15pm

The Three Page Challenge
In a live version of the popular Scriptnotes podcast segment, John August, Craig Mazin, and special guests will read three pages of pre-selected registrant scripts and review them as only they can.

Panelists
avatar for John August

John August

writer Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Go; co-host Scriptnotes
John August’s screenwriting credits include Go, Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and both Charlie’s Angels movies. His feature directing debut, The Nines, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. He also wrote the book for the Broadway musical version of Big Fish. His company, Quote-Unquote Apps, makes several apps of interest to screenwriters, including Highland and Weekend Read. John co-hosts the weekly Scriptnotes podcast, and maintains two websites aimed at budding screenwriters... Read More →
avatar for Cullen Conly

Cullen Conly

Literary Agent, ICM Partners
Cullen Conly is an agent at ICM Partners in the Motion Picture Literary department, based in New York. His clients include Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers, Charlie McDowell, Sian Heder, Patrick Brice, the Zellner Brothers, Ben Dickinson, Andrew Ahn and Zachary Heinzerling, among others. Prior to joining ICM, Conly was the Manager of the Feature Film Program of the Sundance Institute, where he worked in the Screenwriter and Director Labs. Among the filmmakers he helped nurture there are Beasts Of The Southern... Read More →
avatar for Daniela Garcia-Brcek

Daniela Garcia-Brcek

Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion
Daniela Garcia-Brcek is a literary manager at Circle of Confusion, a feature film & television production and management company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Daniela identifies as a TCI – a third culture individual: Venezuelan-born, with a childhood in South East A... Read More →
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

co-host Scriptnotes; writer Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II & III, Scary Movie 3 & 4, RocketMan
Writer and producer Craig Mazin has made a name for himself as a screenwriter with a knack for appealing to broad audiences over the course of his twenty-year career. His hit films include The Hangover Part II and Part III and Identity Thief. | | Currently, Mazin is writing a wh... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

3:15pm

Austin Pitch #6
It’s the 15th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Panelists
avatar for Deniese Davis

Deniese Davis

producer Insecure, Awkward Black Girl, Guidance, Sequin Raze
Deniese Davis has produced over 100 projects including music videos, short films and digital content. In the web-series realm she is best known for producing Issa Rae's award-winning web series “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl”, which accumulated over 17 million views with seasons one and two combined. As a freelance producer she has worked with companies such as Macro, AwesomenessTV, All Def Digital, Pulse Films, Caviar Films, Valhalla Entertainment, and AlrightTV, including a brief stint as Head of Production for Marlon... Read More →
avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

writer/director A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, It's Not About the Nail, At the Bar, F*ck That: A Guided Meditation
Jason Headley’s feature film, A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, won a Special Jury Prize at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award at the deadCenter Film Festival. Called “a talent to watch” by the Hollywood Reporter, Jason is currently writing an upcoming feature film f... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

3:15pm

Podcast Second Rounders and Above: Podcast Workshop
Join the creators of Limetown for an intimate workshop for Podcast Second Rounders on how to turn an idea into a script, a script into a podcast that sells and everything in between.  

This Workshop is open to Podcast Second Rounders and above only.

Panelists
avatar for Zack Akers

Zack Akers

writer/director Limetown; producer 36 Questions
Zack Akers graduated from Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Film & Television. Zack’s work has appeared on HBO, ESPN, CBS, and NBC. In Summer 2015, he co-founded Two-Up with Skip Bronkie, and released Limetown, an audio drama reinvented for the podcast age. Limetown has... Read More →
avatar for Skip Bronkie

Skip Bronkie

producer Limetown; Creative Director, Facebook, Pinterest (2010-2015)
Skip Bronkie graduated from Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Film & Television. He was a creative director and commercial filmmaker at Facebook and Pinterest. In Summer 2015, he co-founded Two-Up with Zack Akers, and released Limetown, an audio drama reinvented for the p... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

3:15pm

*Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Television
*Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft and business of writing for television. How do you break in? What is the dynamic in a writers’ room and the difference between various jobs involved? How is the changing landscape of television affecting the role of a writer? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to TV writers, producers, showrunners, and executives in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for television.
*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 25 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 26 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 27 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 28 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

ROUNDTABLE FAQS

Panelists
avatar for Alex Creasia

Alex Creasia

Literary Manager / Producer
Prior to joining Pathfinder Media, Alex ventured to start his own literary management company, Vol. Unlimited Entertainment. It was there he, learned to scout and foster emerging and established writers and directors. Before his time in management, Alex worked at Ryan Murphy Productions as an Executive Assistant to Creative Executive where they produced such notable shows as Glee... Read More →
avatar for Bob Dearden

Bob Dearden

writer iZombie, Play It Again, Dick
Bob Dearden is a former forestry worker and decorated free-throw shooter hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He received an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, and currently works as a writer for The CW’s iZombie.
avatar for Alison Flierl

Alison Flierl

writer BoJack Horseman, School of Rock (television show); writer/producer/performer Internet Comment Theater; producer Random Tropical Paradise
Alison Flierl is a Writer/Producer/Performer. She co-created and co-stars in the new comedy digital series Internet Comment Theater for Mashable. Alison wrote for Season 2 and 3 of BoJack Horseman on Netflix and is currently writing for Season 3 of School of Rock on Nickelodeon... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Friedland

Chelsea Friedland

VP of Development, Seven Bucks Productions
In her current role, Friedland oversees the development of new projects and works closely with Seven Bucks Digital Studios, the digital arm of Seven Bucks Prods, to identify long form opportunities in the digital space. Prior to joining Seven Bucks Productions, Friedland served as the Director of Development for Red Bull TV, part of the first team responsible for creating original content for Red... Read More →
avatar for Ajay Kishore

Ajay Kishore

Founder/CEO of Stareable
Ajay Kishore is the founder and CEO of Stareable, the largest community of web series creators and fans. He is a fellow at the Made in NY Media Center, serves on the jury for digital content at Series Fest and Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival, advises Tribeca Film Festival’s di... Read More →
avatar for Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe

writer Walk The Prank, Dr. Ken; editor The Good Fight
Richard Lowe spent most of his childhood in a grocery store learning how to stock shelves,bag food, and butcher meat, as he was the presumed heir of a multi-generational family business started by Chinese immigrants. However, after graduating from UCLA with a degree in film and T... Read More →
avatar for Britta Lundin

Britta Lundin

writer Riverdale; author Ship It (2018), Riverdale (comic)
Britta Lundin is a writer on Riverdale on the CW. Her debut YA novel Ship It, will be published by Freeform Books in 2018, it is based on her script by the same name which won The Bitch List for the best Bechdel Test-passing screenplays. She has also written for the Riverdale com... Read More →
avatar for Tim McKeon

Tim McKeon

co-creator/showrunner PBS Kids Odd Squad
Tim McKeon is a three-time Emmy winning writer. He is currently co-creator and showrunner for the PBS KIDS show Odd Squad and the spin-off webseries Oddtube. Other writing credits include Disney’s Gravity Falls, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Amazon’s Will vs The Futu... Read More →
avatar for LaToya Morgan

LaToya Morgan

writer/producer Into the Badlands, Turn: Washington's Spies, Carried By Six
Born and raised in Los Angeles, LaToya Morgan is a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory where she received a MFA in Screenwriting. She’s an alumna of several prestigious fellowships including the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop, the Producers Guild P... Read More →
avatar for Grace Moss

Grace Moss

Director, Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment
Grace Moss is the Director of Entertainment Diversity Initiatives for NBC Entertainment. In this role, she oversees multiple programs that focus on discovering, cultivating and showcasing talented writers and directors of diverse backgrounds, with the objective of getting them st... Read More →
avatar for Theresa Rebeck

Theresa Rebeck

THERESA REBECK is a prolific writer with success spanning theater, television, film, and | literature. She has been named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek and The New York Times has referred to her as “one of her generation’s major talents.” | She is best known for her plays Seminar and Mauritius, which both premiered on Broadway, | and her earlier works Spike Heels, Bad Dates and Omnium Gatherum, (Pulitzer Finalist, cowritten with Alex Gersten) and her TV show Smash. | | Additional theater credits include Dead Accounts (Music Box Theatre); The Scene, The... Read More →
avatar for Brad Silberling

Brad Silberling

Director/Writer/Producer Brad Silberling is proud to bring audiences his latest motion picture, the suspense drama AN ORDINARY MAN starring Ben Kingsley.   His prior features include CITY OF ANGELS starring Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage, MOONLIGHT MILE, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon; LEMONY... Read More →
avatar for Ray Utarnachitt

Ray Utarnachitt

writer DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Tomorrow People, Person of Interest
Ray Utarnachitt is currently a writer/producer on DC’S Legends of Tomorrow. He is a Michigan native and like any good Asian student, was pre-med at the University of Michigan for 3 years. Much to his parents’ dismay, he switched tracks and graduated with a Film degree. Ray br... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Windsor

Rebecca Windsor

Director, Warner Bros. Television Workshop
Rebecca Windsor is the Director of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for professionals looking to start and/or further their careers in television. As an extension of her role developing new talent, Rebecca was recruited to help launch Warner Bros. new digital content brand Stage13, overseeing the critically acclaimed short-form digital series Snatchers, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and launched on... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

3:15pm

Semifinalists and Above Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of screenwriting. This session offers Semifinalists and Above from the Screenplay Competition exclusive access to writers, executives, studio reps, agents, managers, producers, and attorneys in an informal setting. Take advantage of this invaluable opportunity to ask those burning questions: What’s the best way to overcome writer’s block? Or risk a taking a new direction after established success? How do I find representation? Are studios buying spec scripts? What are emerging trends in the industry? Don’t miss your chance to ask all this and more without being charged by the hour or forgoing a percentage of your script sale.

*This roundtable is open to Semifinalists and Above only.

Roundtables required advance sign-up through the Screenplay Department. 

Panelists
avatar for Chris Emerson

Chris Emerson

Literary Manager, Magnet Management
Wheel of Fortune indirectly launched Chris' entertainment career when he won a speedboat as a contestant on the show and was unable to afford the taxes. So he took a job in television production and discovered a love for the behind-the-scenes machinations of the entertainment ind... Read More →
avatar for Emily Ferenbach

Emily Ferenbach

Director of Development, Hello Sunshine
Emily Ferenbach is a Director of Development at Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s company focused on telling stories with women at the center. Before this, she was a Creative Executive at Twentieth Century Fox where she worked on the latest entries in the Kingsman, Predator a... Read More →
avatar for Jared Ian Goldman

Jared Ian Goldman

producer Ingrid Goes West, Little Boxes, Wilson, Loving, Adult Beginners, The Skeleton Twins, Kill Your Darlings
Jared Ian Goldman is a film producer who has already left his creative mark on the cinematic landscape, producing fresh stories with always-affecting emotional authenticity and often a great deal of humor. His most recent credits include Ingrid Goes West (Neon/ Universal), a dark... Read More →
avatar for Christina Hodson

Christina Hodson

writer Transformers: Bumblebee (2018)
Christina Hodson transitioned from development executive to screenwriter in 2012 and has started to make a name for herself writing muscular, female-driven stories in traditionally male-dominated genres. | | Her first three spec scripts featured on the Black List three years in a row. One of these was the female-driven action sci-fi THE EDEN PROJECT, which sold in a bidding war to Sony. Shortly thereafter, she was hired to write THE FUGITIVE reboot for Warner Bros. | | In 2015, she participated in the TRANSFORMERS writers room for Paramount/Hasbro and was subsequently hired to write the BUMBLEBEE stand-alone movie. Hailee Steinfeld is starring and Travis Knight (KUBO... Read More →
avatar for Henry Jones

Henry Jones

writer/director; 2016 Drama, Sci-Fi, and Enderby Entertainment Screenplay Award Recipient
A consummate raconteur from the hinterlands of Minnesota, Jones weighs in at 180lbs of pure literary fury. After stints as a Top 40 radio DJ, a steelworker, a furniture salesman, pizza delivery driver, video store manager and college drop-out, he hustled his way to Los Angeles. O... Read More →
avatar for Tess Morris

Tess Morris

writer Man Up
avatar for Stefani Robinson

Stefani Robinson

writer Atlanta, Man Seeking Woman, Deadpool (television show)
Stefani Robinson is a screenwriter whose credits include the Emmy-nominated FX series Atlanta and the FXX series Man Seeking Woman. She is currently working on the FXX animated Deadpool series and is also working on features for Sony and Fox Searchlight. She graduated from Emerso... Read More →
avatar for Chris Sparling

Chris Sparling

writer Buried, The Sea of Trees, ATM; writer/director Mercy, The Atticus Institute
hris Sparling wrote the 2010 film Buried starring Ryan Reynolds, for which he won "Best Original Screenplay" from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. His Black List script, ATM, was produced by Gold Circle Films and released by IFC Films in 2012. His feature directin... Read More →
avatar for Jen Statsky

Jen Statsky

writer/producer Broad City, The Good Place, Parks and Recreation, Lady Dynamite
Jen Statsky is currently a Writer/Producer on The Good Place for NBC and Broad City for Comedy Central. Prior to that, she was an executive story editor on Parks & Recreation for NBC and Lady Dynamite for Netflix. Jen has also worked as a staff writer on HBO's Hello Ladies, Comed... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall

3:15pm

Young Filmmakers Program: Pitch #1
This session is for the Young Filmmakers Program only.

The student pitch sessions give high school students the opportunity to pitch their best ideas to industry professionals and receive feedback in an encouraging setting, while learning more about the art of the pitch.

Panelists
avatar for James V. Hart

James V. Hart

writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones; creator HartChart story mapping tool
James V. Hart T (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees. His writing/producing credits include; Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old Son, Jake, Bram Stoker's Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Muppet Treasure Island, directed by Brian Henson, and Contact, directed by Robert Zemeckis. Other writing/producing credits include... Read More →
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

writer Free Willy: Escape From Pirate's Cove, Steven King's Haven, Seventh Day, Parker; Disney/ABC Feature Writing Fellow; professor UT Austin, Young Filmmakers Competition Juror
Cindy McCreery is an Associate Professor of Screenwriting in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches television and feature film writing in the undergraduate, graduate and Michener Center for Writing programs. Previously she taught s... Read More →
avatar for Emily Zulauf

Emily Zulauf

former Development Associate, Pixar; script supervisor Inside Out; writer/film instructor
Emily Zulauf spent over seven years with Pixar Animation Studios, first as a Creative Development Associate and then a Script Supervisor on Inside Out, before moving to Seattle. She is currently a film instructor, writer, and co-executive director of a nonprofit that works with p... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

4:00pm

Boost
(Canada, 98 min)

Writer/Director: Darren Curtis

Cast: Nabil Rajo, Jahmil French, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Fanny Mallette, Patrick Goyette

Hakeem and A-Mac are like brothers. Both African immigrants living in Montreal’s tough Parc-Ex neighborhood, the friends work at a car wash owned by Hakeem’s uncle, where they “spot” luxury sports cars for a local crime syndicate to make extra money. A-Mac eventually persuades Hakeem to boost a car of their own, leading to a windfall of cash and a fatal accident. Now Hakeem is forced to make a life-altering decision which will define the type of man he will become.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/195306984

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Friday October 27, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

4:30pm

Augie
(USA, 89 min)

Writer/Director: James Keach

Tough, bullheaded, and devilishly handsome, Augie Nieto lived life in the fast lane. Known as “the Henry Ford of the fitness industry,” Augie was the first person to popularize the LifeCycle in gyms across the States. At the age of 47, Augie and his wife Lynne seemed to have it all, but their lives were turned upside down by the news of Augie’s Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) diagnosis. And yet, ALS is what saved Augie’s life, as he learned to channel his will to live and his drive for success into doing everything he can to find a cure .


Friday October 27, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

4:30pm

Shorts Program 14: Documentary Shorts 2
(TRT: 94 min)

Revolving Doors (USA, 18 min)
Writer/Director: James Burns
Despite attempts to retain meaningful employment, Jason succumbs to crime to keep his family fed and returns to prison, disrupting the future of his children.

So Damn Glad (USA, 13 min)
Director: Justin Lubke
So Damn Glad follows the life and death of 97-year-old orthopedic surgery trailblazer, Doc Losee, as he holds on to joy and gratitude until the bitter end.

Wolfe (Australia, 16 min)
Director: Claire Randall
Growing up, Nick’s imaginary friend Mister Wolfe helped him make friends and build confidence. But, when he hit puberty, Nick’s imaginary friend revealed himself to be much darker.

Butch: Legend of Langston (USA, 19 min)
Directors: David Tester, Christopher Hunt
An exploration of the many myths, stories, and legends of Butch, a man who has lived on the Langston campus since 1961.

Los Comandos (USA, 28 min)
Directors: Joshua Bennett, Juliana Schatz Preston
In El Salvador, gang violence has overrun the country, disproportionately targeting children and teenagers. The emergency medical unit, Los Comandos de Salvamento fights against the epidemic, providing one of the few refuges for the community’s youth.

Friday October 27, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

4:30pm

Butch: Legend of Langston
(USA, 19 min)
Directors: David Tester, Christopher Hunt
An exploration of the many myths, stories, and legends of Butch, a man who has lived on the Langston campus since 1961.


Friday October 27, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

4:30pm

Los Comandos
(USA, 28 min)
Directors: Joshua Bennett, Juliana Schatz Preston
In El Salvador, gang violence has overrun the country, disproportionately targeting children and teenagers. The emergency medical unit, Los Comandos de Salvamento fights against the epidemic, providing one of the few refuges for the community’s youth.

Friday October 27, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

4:30pm

Revolving Doors
(USA, 18 min)
Writer/Director: James Burns
Despite attempts to retain meaningful employment, Jason succumbs to crime to keep his family fed and returns to prison, disrupting the future of his children.

Friday October 27, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

4:30pm

So Damn Glad
(USA, 13 min)
Director: Justin Lubke
So Damn Glad follows the life and death of 97-year-old orthopedic surgery trailblazer, Doc Losee, as he holds on to joy and gratitude until the bitter end.

Friday October 27, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

4:30pm

Wolfe
(Australia, 16 min)
Director: Claire Randall
Growing up, Nick’s imaginary friend Mister Wolfe helped him make friends and build confidence. But, when he hit puberty, Nick’s imaginary friend revealed himself to be much darker.


Friday October 27, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

4:45pm

Film Texas BBQ Supper
Hosted by the Texas Association of Film Commissions, Producers Badges are invited to kick off the weekend, chat and chow down at one of the most highly anticipated events of the Festival each year. Join us at Fair Market and savor world-famous BBQ, washed down with a cold beer or glass of Wine. Representatives from regional film commissions across Texas will be on hand to tell you all about the media production industries in Texas.

*Pick up the shuttle outside the Driskill Bar on 7th Street starting at 4:30pm. Return shuttles will stop running at 7:30pm

Must have an AFF Producers Badge or be on the Texas Association of Film Commissions Guest List for entry. All parties are 21 and up.


Friday October 27, 2017 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Fair Market 1100 E 5th Street, Austin, TX 78702

5:15pm

Script Reading Workshop - Tick Tock: The Vagenda

Cristina, Judy, and Tiffany (the best of friends) live in the big bad city since graduating from NYU over a decade ago. Although they are still considered hot in a manscape of aging hipsters and lumbersexuals, their eggs are considered geriatric. Now they have to answer the biggest biological question every woman faces… to preg or not to preg?

Script by: Tiffany Hodges, Cristina Doikos, & Judy Jerome

Six scripts have been chosen from this year’s group of Second Rounders and above in the Screenplay and Podcast Competition to be read aloud in our Script Reading Workshops. These selected scripts will be performed by a group of actors in an intimate setting.

Friday October 27, 2017 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Stephen F Austin, Boardroom

5:15pm

The Deuce-Finale

S1E8– “My Name Is Ruby” (season finale)

(USA, 60 min)

Writers: George Pelecanos, David Simon, Chris Yakaitis

Director: Michelle MacLaren

Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, THE DEUCE follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world at the pioneering moments of what would become the billion-dollar American sex industry. 

Moderators
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

moderator; AFF Screenwriting Award Winner; Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Moving Image Arts Program Chair, Sarah Lawrence College
Fred Strype is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker whose work has been screened and honored internationally. He is a tenured professor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where he is Chair of their Filmmaking & Moving Image Arts Program. In the past, he served on... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos

novelist; writer/producer The Wire, The Deuce, Treme, The Pacific
George Pelecanos was born in Washington, D.C. He worked as a line cook, dishwasher, bartender, and woman’s shoe salesman before publishing his first novel in 1992. Pelecanos is the author of twenty books set in and around Washington, D.C.: A Firing Offense, Nick's Trip, Shoedog... Read More →
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David Simon

writer/executive producer The Wire, Treme, Show Me A Hero, The Deuce
David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer. A former crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, he is the creator of the celebrated HBO series The Wire, which depicts the political and socioeconomic fissures in an American city. His other television cr... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 5:15pm - 7:15pm
State Theatre

5:30pm

Beauty Mark
(USA, 87 min)

Writer/Director: Harris Doran
Cast: Auden Thornton, Catherine Curtin, Laura Bell Bundy, Jeff Kober, Madison Iseman

In rural Kentucky, Angie finds herself in dire straits. Young, poverty-stricken, and tasked with taking care of both her five-year-old son and alcoholic mother, Angie and her family are forced out of their house after discovering it has been condemned. Without a place to call her own and $65 to her name, she must find a place to stay and the money to pay for it. With desperation building and with nowhere else to go, Angie turns to the only person she knows who can help: the man who abused her as a child.

Trailer


Friday October 27, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 8

6:15pm

In Honor of Sam Shepard - Raggedy Man presented by William D. Wittliff
(USA, 94 min)

Writer: William D. Wittliff
Director: Jack Fisk
Cast: Sissy Spacek, Eric Roberts, Sam Shepard

While World War II rages overseas, a divorced mother of two, Nita Longley (Sissy Spacek), struggles to makes ends meet as a telephone operator in small-town Texas. As the subject of disdainful gossip due to her divorce, Nita faces a lonely existence of ostracism, where only the unscrupulous approach her -- often with ill intent. When she befriends Teddy (Eric Roberts), a sailor on leave, her situation improves, but he's soon sent to war. Once again, Nita must face her plight alone.

Community Partners


Friday October 27, 2017 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Hideout Theatre

6:15pm

Please Stand By
(USA, 93 min)

Writer: Michael Golamco
Director: Ben Lewin (in attendance)
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Toni Collette, Alice Eve

Wendy (Dakota Fanning) sees things differently: She¹s fiercely independent, with a brilliant mind and a mischievous sense of hilarity. Wendy also has autism. To her, people are an indecipherable code and the world¹s a confusing place. She¹s always had a hard time figuring it all out and she just wants a chance to be accepted just like everybody else. But inspired by no-nonsense caregiver Scottie (Academy Award® Nominee Toni Collette), Wendy comes of age and escapes from her care home on the road-trip of a lifetime to deliver her 500-page Star Trek script to a Hollywood competition.


Friday October 27, 2017 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Paramount Theatre

6:30pm

Shorts Program 10: Everything's Shorter in Texas
(TRT: 104 min)

Hunter (USA, 23 min)
Writer/Director: Xia L. Magnus
A Mother and Son are forced to rectify the past after a chaotic and traumatic boar hunting trip in the West Texas Outback.

Acid Test (USA, 14 min)
Writer/Director: Jennifer Waldo
16-year-old Jenny learns the power of rebellion after her parents discover she’s experiencing her first acid trip.

Calling (USA, 16 min)
Writers: Artemis Anastasiadou, Adolfo R. Mora
Director: Artemis Anastasiadou
After a violent event comes to an end, a mother struggles to keep on being a caregiver to her handi-capable son.

Contact High (USA, 11 min)
Writer/Director: Joseph Bowman
An overly enthusiastic religious child's prayer is overheard by a pot-smoking custodian.

The Last Hunt (USA, 16 min)
Writer: Yasir Masood
Director: Quoc Huynh
When a convenience store cashier is shot by a thug late at night, memories of his family overseas gives him the strength to fight for survival.

Albert E. Brumley: Songwriter of the Ozarks (USA, 24 min)
Directors: Troy Campbell, Austin Tolin
A team of talented songwriters from Texas and Australia are challenged to complete and perform recently-discovered and unfinished works by the late, legendary composer of the gospel favorite “I’ll Fly Away.”

Community Partners

Friday October 27, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

6:30pm

Wild Honey
(USA, 88 min)

Writer/Director: Francis Stokes
Cast: Rusty Schwimmer, Timothy Omundson, Todd Stashwick, Stephnie Weir

Gabby's life is on hold. She's living with her mother and more miserable with each passing hour. One day, while aimlessly and unsuccessfully working as a phone-sex operator, a mysterious man named Martin calls. They hit it off and Martin becomes Gabby’s first regular customer. He leads a glamorous life as a Hollywood sci-fi screenwriter and resides in the same city as Gabby’s estranged and successful sister. Gabby begins to fall for Martin, and in a moment of spontaneity, decides to fly to Los Angeles to meet him, dropping in on her unsuspecting sister.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/233595196


Friday October 27, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

6:30pm

Acid Test
(USA, 14 min)
Writer/Director: Jennifer Waldo
16-year-old Jenny learns the power of rebellion after her parents discover she’s experiencing her first acid trip.


Friday October 27, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

6:30pm

Albert E. Brumley: Songwriter of the Ozarks
(USA, 24 min)
Directors: Troy Campbell, Austin Tolin
A team of talented songwriters from Texas and Australia are challenged to complete and perform recently-discovered and unfinished works by the late, legendary composer of the gospel favorite “I’ll Fly Away.”


Friday October 27, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

6:30pm

Calling
(USA, 16 min)
Writers: Artemis Anastasiadou, Adolfo R. Mora
Director: Artemis Anastasiadou
After a violent event comes to an end, a mother struggles to keep on being a caregiver to her handi-capable son.


Friday October 27, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

6:30pm

Contact High
(USA, 11 min)
Writer/Director: Joseph Bowman
An overly enthusiastic religious child's prayer is overheard by a pot-smoking custodian.


Friday October 27, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

6:30pm

Hunter
(USA, 23 min)
Writer/Director: Xia L. Magnus
A Mother and Son are forced to rectify the past after a chaotic and traumatic boar hunting trip in the West Texas Outback.


Friday October 27, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

6:30pm

The Last Hunt
(USA, 16 min)
Writer: Yasir Masood
Director: Quoc Huynh
When a convenience store cashier is shot by a thug late at night, memories of his family overseas gives him the strength to fight for survival.


Friday October 27, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

7:00pm

Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace
(USA, 96 min)

Writer: Rich Gentile, Eli Spielman, Bruce Johnson
Director: Rich Gentile

Whenever the phrase “breaking the color line” is used, there’s a temptation to invoke Jackie Robinson’s story. However, Perry Wallace, the first black college athlete in the Southeast Conference, was a mere teenager who stood all alone at center court in such hotbeds of rabid racism as Starkville, Mississippi and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Narrated by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, Triumph is not a sports film as much as it is a unique window into America’s civil rights movement that chronicles Perry Wallace’s evolution from a reluctant pioneer in the final throes of the Jim Crow era to a determined game-changer.

Trailer


Friday October 27, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

7:00pm

Private Filmmakers Meet Up presented by New Republic Studios
Film Department Guest List Only

Community Partners
Sponsors

Friday October 27, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Antone's Nightclub 305 E 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701

7:15pm

High & Outside: a baseball noir
(USA, 102 min)

Writer: Dan O'Dair
Director: Evald Johnson
Cast: Ernie Hudson, Geoffrey Lewis, David Proval, Jason Richter, Lindsey Haun, Eddie Jemison, Phil Donlon, David Yow

Phil is a man obsessed with the game of baseball. It’s been in his blood since the day he was born to Len Harding, a legend in the game. Now, at 33, Phil is still trying to make it to the big leagues and escape the shadow of his famous and domineering father, but his marriage is falling apart, he’s broke, and he’s just been released by the last team he thought could give him a shot at the bigs.

Trailer


Friday October 27, 2017 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village

7:30pm

Do You Want to See a Dead Body? presented by YouTube Red

(USA, 60 min)

Creator: Rob Huebel 

This comedy series follows comedian Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital, Transparent) and his celebrity friends who join him on a quest to go check out a dead body he found.  And then maybe they will go get tacos or something... Celebrity guest stars include Justin Long, Adam Scott, Judy Greer, Terry Crews, and John Cho along with many more. Huebel, Owen Burke, Nick Jasenovec, and Jonathan Stern serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Abominable Pictures and Funny or Die and will debut on November 15 on YouTube Red. 

Join us for a special first look screening of three episodes followed by an audience Q&A with Rob, Owen, Nick, and Jonathan! The question is..."do you want to see a dead body?"


Community Partners
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Friday October 27, 2017 7:30pm - 8:45pm
State Theatre

8:45pm

Mansfield 66/67
(USA, 84 min)

Directors: P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes

Mansfield 66/67 is a true story based on the rumors and heresay surrounding Jane Mansfield's last couple of years and the Satanic elements surrounding her untimely demise in 1967. Defined by her hunger for publicity, one the one hand and her infamous affair with Anton LaVey on the other, the documentary is not only a portrait of one of Hollywood's most famous bombshells, but a tribute to a fallen Hollywood idol of mythical proportions.

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93ccJc7Or-o


Friday October 27, 2017 8:45pm - 10:45pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 8

9:00pm

Scriptnotes, Live!
Grab a drink from the bar and join veteran filmmakers John August and Craig Mazin for a special late night recording of their incredibly informative screenwriting podcast, Scriptnotes. August, Mazin, and special guests will discuss craft and career, complete with audience questions, and other surprises.

Panelists
avatar for John August

John August

writer Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Go; co-host Scriptnotes
John August’s screenwriting credits include Go, Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and both Charlie’s Angels movies. His feature directing debut, The Nines, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. He also wrote the book for the Broadway musical version of Big Fish. His company, Quote-Unquote Apps, makes several apps of interest to screenwriters, including Highland and Weekend Read. John co-hosts the weekly Scriptnotes podcast, and maintains two websites aimed at budding screenwriters... Read More →
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Craig Mazin

co-host Scriptnotes; writer Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II & III, Scary Movie 3 & 4, RocketMan
Writer and producer Craig Mazin has made a name for himself as a screenwriter with a knack for appealing to broad audiences over the course of his twenty-year career. His hit films include The Hangover Part II and Part III and Identity Thief. | | Currently, Mazin is writing a wh... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 9:00pm - 10:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

9:00pm

The Landing
(USA, 86 min)

Writers/Directors: David Dodson and Mark Dodson
Cast: Cindy Lou Adkins, Warren Farina, Don Hannah

In 1973 the United States' manned space program experienced an extraordinary tragedy – an event that, despite its place as one of the most disturbing episodes of the space race, was nevertheless all but ignored during the emerging Watergate scandal that ultimately claimed Richard Nixon’s presidency. Interviews with witnesses and participants, conducted on the 25th anniversary of the incident, reveal new layers of a mystery that continues to obsess investigators and which nearly destroyed an American institution.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/212466276


Friday October 27, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

9:15pm

Permanent
(USA, 93 min)

Writer/Director: Colette Burson
Cast: Patricia Arquette, Rainn Wilson and Kira McLean

Set in 1983 in small town Virginia, PERMANENT centers around a 13 year old and her family. The story of a hairstyle gone incredibly wrong and a young girl’s plight to fit in while encountering bullies at a new school.


Friday October 27, 2017 9:15pm - 11:15pm
Paramount Theatre

9:15pm

Southern Tale
(USA, 90 min)

Writer/Director: Tel Royal
Cast: Tel Royal, Don Scribner, Grace Montie

Chris, a charming and volatile young man, seemingly has life figured out - a reliable best friend, an adorable girlfriend, and a lusty weekend lover. However, he soon finds himself challenged by the missteps of his estranged father as he tries to escape his desolate hometown where everything isn't always as it seems. When things don't go according to plan, Chris hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely confidant: a mysterious hitchhiker he picks up alongside a dark highway.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/229766727


Friday October 27, 2017 9:15pm - 11:15pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

9:30pm

In Living Color (1990-1994) presented by Keenen Ivory Wayans
Writers: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans
Director: Paul Miller
Cast: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Kelly Coffield Park, Jim Carey, Kim Coles
This series provides a platform for the many members of the comedic Wayans family. Popular recurring sketches include Homey D. Clown, the Homeboy Shopping Network, Men on Film and Great Moments in Black History.

Panelists
avatar for Keenen Ivory Wayans

Keenen Ivory Wayans

2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award Recipient
The trail-blazing linchpin of a sprawling African-American family of comic entertainers, it was multi-talented writer/director/producer Keenen Ivory Wayans (born June 8, 1958, in New York City) who was the first to achieve national prominence by successfully creating, launching a... Read More →



Friday October 27, 2017 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Hideout Theatre

9:45pm

Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks
(USA, 88 min)

Writers:  Josh Crockett, Jonathan Pappas
Director:  Josh Crockett
Cast: Kristin Slaysman, Scott Rodgers, Ashley Spillers, Robert Longstreet

Two estranged siblings are reunited at the funeral for their parents, a couple of crazy doctors-without-borders who rarely stuck around to do any parenting. Though supposedly all grown up, Marcus and Michelle are as lost and self-centered as kids. They struggle with their lack of grief over the deaths, and they struggle with each other. The siblings can’t help but turn their current lives and relationships into chaos as they’re forced to reckon with their shared past.


Friday October 27, 2017 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

9:45pm

Hulu's Shut Eye – Season 2 Premiere & Moderated Conversation with Creative Team
Premiere Screening of Hulu Original Drama Series Shut Eye Season Two

Followed by moderated conversation with the show's creative team including Emmy®-nominated Showrunner/Executive Producer John Shiban (Breaking Bad, The X Files), Oscar® and Emmy®-winning Executive Producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Rain Man), Emmy®-winning Executive Producer Melissa Bernstein (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad), and Writer Amy Berg (Da Vinci’s Demons, Person of Interest).         

About Shut Eye:
Charlie Haverford (Jeffrey Donovan) is a scammer with a small chain of fortune-telling storefronts and contracts building tricks for a family that controls the business in the greater chunk of Los Angeles. A blow to the head from a client’s angry boyfriend intersects with a hypnosis session while auditioning a new “clairvoyant,” and suddenly, a man whose entire life has been based on fraud begins to see and feel some very real and fundamental truths. Charlie’s wife Linda (KaDee Strickland) is sick and tired of their mediocre life and wants to break away from Fonso (Angus Sampson), the single father who runs the Marks family’s psychic empire, and controls the Haverford’s future. Isabella Rossellini co-stars as Rita, the cunning, seductive, and sadistic matriarch of the Marks clan.    

Check out the teaser trailer!


Community Partners


Friday October 27, 2017 9:45pm - 11:45pm
State Theatre

10:00pm

Kafou
(Haiti, 51 min)

Writers: Jasmuel Andri, Bruno Mourral, Gilbert Mirambeau
Director: Bruno Mourral
Cast: Jasmuel Andri, Rolaphton Mercure, Manfred Marcelin, Ralphe Théodore, Rolando Etienne

Set in Haiti, Doc, a calculated man desperate to save his sick mother, gets a job from an organized crime boss. Teaming up with Zoe, a man he barely knows, he's put in charge of driving a car through the city under the cover of night to a drop off point. Here's the catch: there's something in the trunk, but they’re not allowed to open it. In the gritty streets of Port-Au-Prince, riddled with stray dogs and dirty cops, the two men frantically attempt to get the car to its destination in the face of unforeseen obstacles.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/224690237

Sponsors


Friday October 27, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00am
Alamo Drafthouse Village

11:00pm

Filmmakers Happy Hour presented by NAB Show
The Filmmakers Happy Hour is another one of the Festival's great late-night parties and provides filmmakers and registrants alike the opportunity to discuss another full day of panels and the Friday evening films. Swap your Saturday schedule while enjoying a beer on us or martini!

Must have an AFF Producers Badge for entry. All parties are 21 and up.

Panelists
avatar for John August

John August

writer Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Go; co-host Scriptnotes
John August’s screenwriting credits include Go, Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and both Charlie’s Angels movies. His feature directing debut, The Nines, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. He also wrote the book for the Broadway musical version of Big Fish. His company, Quote-Unquote Apps, makes several apps of interest to screenwriters, including Highland and Weekend Read. John co-hosts the weekly Scriptnotes podcast, and maintains two websites aimed at budding screenwriters... Read More →
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

co-host Scriptnotes; writer Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II & III, Scary Movie 3 & 4, RocketMan
Writer and producer Craig Mazin has made a name for himself as a screenwriter with a knack for appealing to broad audiences over the course of his twenty-year career. His hit films include The Hangover Part II and Part III and Identity Thief. | | Currently, Mazin is writing a wh... Read More →

Community Partners
Sponsors

Friday October 27, 2017 11:00pm - Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00am
Ruth's Chris Steak House 107 W 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701
 
Saturday, October 28
 

8:30am

Exhibit Hall
We are fortunate to have a wide variety of well-respected businesses and organizations present at this year's Exhibit Hall. The Exhibit Hall is held in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel and is only open for three days, so please take advantage of this opportunity to visit with the exhibitors.


Saturday October 28, 2017 8:30am - 5:30pm
Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

A Conversation with Mark Frost
Take part in this conversation with novelist, TV creator, screenwriter, producer, and director Mark Frost. Frost served as a writer and executive producer on seminal police drama Hill Street Blues, and co-created the cult show Twin Peaks. Join Frost as he discusses his writing style, working across mediums, and his experience working on the forefront of television.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival

Panelists
avatar for Mark Frost

Mark Frost

co-creator/writer/executive producer Twin Peaks; author/filmmaker/producer
Mark created and Executive Produced Twin Peaks for ABC and Executive Produced Hill Street Blues for NBC. He has a large presence in the feature world where he wrote Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four 2 for Fox, The Greatest Game Ever Played for Disney, and Storyville for Fox which... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

9:00am

A Conversation with Michael Green
With a TV show (American Gods) and multiple features (Blade Runner: 2049, Murder on the Orient Express) coming out this year, Michael Green is a busy man. Putting out three major projects can be even harder when they’re all adaptations. Sit down with Green for a conversation on how to successfully revamp a well-known story, handle the pressure of the accompanying high expectations, and balance a workload that would challenge even the best of time management skills.

Moderators
avatar for Christopher Boone

Christopher Boone

moderator; writer/director Cents; contributor No Film School
Christopher Boone is a screenwriter and filmmaker living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He contributes to the blog No Film School (nofilmschool.com), where he shares lessons learned from professional screenwriters about the craft and business of screenwriting. His first feature film... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Michael Green

Michael Green

co-creator/executive producer American Gods; writer Blade Runner 2049, Murder on the Orient Express, Logan
Michael Green is a television and film writer and producer. In 2017, Green wrote 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and co-wrote Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve, Alien: Covenant, direct... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Central Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary

9:00am

Breaking in as an Assistant
There are a lot of ways into this industry, and not all are accompanied by the glitz and glam that most of us associate with Hollywood. For many, the road to the top is paved with more empty coffee cups and dry cleaning receipts than red carpets or writers rooms. Join panelists who weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty as they share their experiences breaking in, and how they ultimately transitioned from writer’s assistant to a working writer.

Moderators
avatar for Ashland Viscosi

Ashland Viscosi

moderator; founder Creatives Meet Business
Ashland founded Creatives Meet Business (CMB), an event and podcast series in Austin for creatives of all disciplines to define themselves as “artists” and “creatives” AND “small business owners” and “entrepreneurs.” The event series helps creatives – filmmakers... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Bob Dearden

Bob Dearden

writer iZombie, Play It Again, Dick
Bob Dearden is a former forestry worker and decorated free-throw shooter hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He received an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, and currently works as a writer for The CW’s iZombie.
avatar for Jono Matt

Jono Matt

co-writer Captain Planet
Jono Matt (who's totally writing this bio, but is still going to speak in the third person) is currently working on the live-action reboot of Captain Planet. He met his writing partner, Glen Powell, when they both snuck into the Golden Globes. Jono worked as a director's assistan... Read More →
avatar for Stefani Robinson

Stefani Robinson

writer Atlanta, Man Seeking Woman, Deadpool (television show)
Stefani Robinson is a screenwriter whose credits include the Emmy-nominated FX series Atlanta and the FXX series Man Seeking Woman. She is currently working on the FXX animated Deadpool series and is also working on features for Sony and Fox Searchlight. She graduated from Emerso... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

9:00am

Drafting Dialogue
Because film and TV are such visual mediums, it’s easy to forget one of your most important storytelling tools: good dialogue. Most of us talk to people every day, so why is putting it on the page so difficult? Join this panel of speech-focused scribes for a conversation on when to “show” and when to “tell”, why dialogue is key to character development, and how it is crucial to shaping the world of your story.

Moderators
avatar for Erin Hallagan

Erin Hallagan

founder Story Bar; former AFF Creative Director
Erin Hallagan is the founder of Story Bar, an Austin-based multi-disciplinary arts initiative featuring storytelling and the exploration of the human condition through community-driven programming. Prior to Story Bar, Erin served as Creative Director of the Austin Film Festival &... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Jason Fuchs

Jason Fuchs

co-writer Wonder Woman, Ice Age: Continental Drift; writer Break My Heart 1000 Times, Pan
Jason, a screenwriter, actor and producer, is best known for co-writing Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), which broke what was then the record internationally for highest grossing animated film, as well as Joe Wright's, Pan (2015). Jason co-wrote Wonder Woman, the newest chapter... Read More →
avatar for David Lowery

David Lowery

writer/director A Ghost Story, Pete's Dragon, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Pioneer; writer Pit Stop
David Lowery is a filmmaker from Texas. His films include Pioneer, St. Nick, Pete's Dragon and A Ghost Story.
avatar for Kay Oyegun

Kay Oyegun

writer This Is Us, Queen Sugar
Katherine (Kay) Oyegun is a drama writer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by way of Lagos, Nigeria. She is currently a staffed on the NBC series This Is Us. She previously wrote on the OWN series Queen Sugar, from writer/director, Ava DuVernay. Kay has worked on the ABC series The... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David's Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

9:00am

Indie Film Track: Storytelling on Any Budget
Money isn’t the only thing separating the style and content of massive studio efforts and intimate indie productions. Finding a way to make the voice of the storyteller ring through in these seemingly opposite worlds can be difficult, but it is possible! Join panelists who have dabbled in both the indie and studio worlds.

Moderators
avatar for Dennis Bishop

Dennis Bishop

Moderator; producer Dexter; Film Chair KD Conservatory, Dallas
Dennis created and is Chair of the Film Program at KD Conservatory, College of Film and Dramatic Arts, Dallas, Texas. KD Conservatory is a fully accredited college offering Associate of Applied Arts Degrees in Acting Performance, Musical Theatre, and Motion Picture Production. A native Texan... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Toby Halbrooks

Toby Halbrooks

writer Pete's Dragon, Peter Pan; producer Ain't Them Bodies Saints, A Ghost Story, Old Man and the Gun, Upstream Color, Listen Up Philip, Person to Person
Toby Halbrooks is a filmmaker from Dallas Texas. He still lives and works there. Also, he is a Wizard.
avatar for Tom Large

Tom Large

director Bodies, Wounded, Beyond; producer Little, The Hex, Kidnapped
Tom Large is a Director and Producer from London. His credits include the award winning Wounded and AFF 2017 Dark Matters feature Bodies. He is currently producing Little, Celine Held and Logan George's debut feature and the feature film The Understudy starring Bill Milner. ... Read More →
avatar for Hanneke Schutte

Hanneke Schutte

writer/director Jimmy in Pienk, Meerkat Moonship
Hanneke is a multi-award winning South African writer and director. Her first short film Superhero debuted at the Durban International Film Festival and won two SAFTAs (South African Film and Television awards) for best Short Film and Best Cinematography. In 2013 she was the winner of Kevin... Read More →
avatar for Chris Sparling

Chris Sparling

writer Buried, The Sea of Trees, ATM; writer/director Mercy, The Atticus Institute
hris Sparling wrote the 2010 film Buried starring Ryan Reynolds, for which he won "Best Original Screenplay" from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. His Black List script, ATM, was produced by Gold Circle Films and released by IFC Films in 2012. His feature directin... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

9:00am

Morning Improv
It’s no secret. Writers, by nature, are, well…a bit more on the introspective side. Pitching your logline like a trained Shakespearean actor or approaching your screenwriting idol with confidence may feel a tad out of your comfort zone. Never fearAFF is here! Back by popular demand, we're offering morning improv workshops during the Conference to help you warm up your inner Lone Star in order to “rise and shine” throughout the day. Hopefully, you’ll be given the opportunity to say “yes, and” to new skills, friendships, and that screenplay deal. No experience necessary!
 This workshop is presented by The New Movement.

Panelists
avatar for Chris Trew

Chris Trew

moderator; executive producer Air Sex: The Movie; Creative Director, The New Movement; content creator The New Orleans Pelicans, Uproxx, Comedy Underground
Chris Trew is a nationally touring comedian and improv teacher with one foot based in Austin and the other in New Orleans. He co-founded The New Movement, a comedy theater and training center that puts on several annual comedy festivals and shows every night of the week. He is th... Read More →

Community Partners

Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

9:00am

The Showrunners
Overseeing a show entails a lot of responsibility, but the time and energy that goes into creating one is extremely rewarding. As the show travels from an idea into production to become a polished product, showrunners assume many different roles throughout this process. Showrunners will discuss their role in the show and on set, how they participate in the writers room, and their day-to-day duties during production. 
 

Moderators
avatar for Linnea Toney

Linnea Toney

Moderator
Linnea is a Talent Manager and Executive Producer with projects spanning digital and traditional media including this year’s I HART FOOD which can be seen on the Food Network. Previously, Linnea worked at Ryan Seacrest Productions, developing comedy and drama projects such as... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Misha Green

Misha Green

writer/producer Underground, Lovecraft Country, The Mother
Misha Green is a writer, producer and showrunner currently working on HBO’s recently announced LoveCraft Country as well as the feature The Mother at Netflix. Most recently, she worked on WGN’s Underground, serving as the co-creator, an executive producer and a writer. The sh... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Gubbins

Sarah Gubbins

writer/co-creator/executive director I Love Dick
Sarah Gubbins is the Co-Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of I Love Dick with Jill Soloway Co-Creating, Executive Producing and Directing. Sarah is a Chicago playwright who’s play’s include: The Kid Thing, Cocked, fml: how Carson McCullers’s saved my life, and The Drin... Read More →
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Courtney A. Kemp

creator/showrunner Power
Courtney A. Kemp is a highly regarded creator, showrunner, and producer in the television industry.Kemp is the mind behind Starz’ critically acclaimed gritty New York drama, Power. The series marks her debut as a creator and showrunner and follows the complex character James... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

9:00am

What Heroes Want
John August looks at how writers can best develop and communicate their heroes’ goals, both within a scene and over the course of the film.

Panelists
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John August

writer Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Go; co-host Scriptnotes
John August’s screenwriting credits include Go, Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and both Charlie’s Angels movies. His feature directing debut, The Nines, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. He also wrote the book for the Broadway musical version of Big Fish. His company, Quote-Unquote Apps, makes several apps of interest to screenwriters, including Highland and Weekend Read. John co-hosts the weekly Scriptnotes podcast, and maintains two websites aimed at budding screenwriters... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

9:00am

Podcast Track: How to Make a Podcast
This workshop will focus on the nuts and bolts of developing a podcast, from the starting point of an idea, to a script, to a finished produced project.

Panelists
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Kc Wayland

writer/director of We’re Alive; producer Bronzeville
Kc Wayland is an award-winning writer, producer, editor, director, and United States Army veteran whose film and audio work has been enjoyed around the world. His highly successful zombie audio Theater for the Mind, We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, appeared on the Nerdist Podcast Network and garnered over 58 million downloads since its debut. More recently Kc was a producer of the historical audio theater series and smash hit Bronzeville, starring Laurence Fishburne and Larenz Tate. You can visit him at... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

9:00am

Austin Pitch #7
It's the 15th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David's Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Panelists
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Alex Creasia

Literary Manager / Producer
Prior to joining Pathfinder Media, Alex ventured to start his own literary management company, Vol. Unlimited Entertainment. It was there he, learned to scout and foster emerging and established writers and directors. Before his time in management, Alex worked at Ryan Murphy Productions as an Executive Assistant to Creative Executive where they produced such notable shows as Glee... Read More →
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Chris Mass

writer/producer Chalk, Bobbie Sue, Free Birds
Chris Mass co-wrote, produced, and starred in his first feature Chalk, which garnered numerous festival awards including AFF's Jury and Audience Awards before going on to be nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The feature brought Chris his first studio gig at Universal as well as a television deal... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

9:00am

* Roundtable: AFF Filmmakers
*Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft and business of filmmmaking.

*This roundtable is open to 2017 selected Austin Film Festival filmmakers

Roundtables required advance sign-up through the Film Department. 

Panelists
avatar for Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick; editor The Simpsons
Taylor Allen is a writer and an editor living in lovely Los Angeles, California. In 2015, Taylor co-wrote Chappaquiddick with his writing and producing partner Andrew Logan. The script earned them a spot on The Black List (and also got him blacklisted from some presumably wonder... Read More →
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Emily Best

founder/CEO Seed&Spark; co-creator F*ck Yes!
Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, an entertainment platform built to increase diversity and inclusion for filmmakers and audiences. Seed&Spark’s curated streaming platform is fed by its crowdfunding platform, which has the highest campaign success rate in the wor... Read More →
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Karrie Cox

producer Adult Beginners, Tangerine; executive producer Kicks
Karrie Cox is an actress and Independent Spirit nominated and Gotham Award winning producer. Her films have played SXSW, Tribeca, Toronto and Sundance. Karrie founded Through Films in 2008 with her husband, Marcus Cox, to make meaningful motion pictures that captivate, influence... Read More →
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Marcus Cox

producer Adult Beginners, Tangerine; executive producer Kicks
Marcus Peace Cox is a writer/director and Independent Spirit nominated and Gotham Award winning producer. His films have played prestigious film festivals including; SXSW, Dallas International, Tribeca, Toronto and Sundance. He founded Through Films with wife, Karrie Cox, in 2008... Read More →
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Carrye Glazar

executive producer Kings of Atlantis; co-producer Game Change
As a native Texan who recently relocated back to Austin, Carrye has worked for over a decade in content development and production at various companies. After graduating from University of Texas at Austin with her Radio-TV-Film degree and a minor in Business Foundations, she work... Read More →
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Jason Headley

writer/director A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, It's Not About the Nail, At the Bar, F*ck That: A Guided Meditation
Jason Headley’s feature film, A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, won a Special Jury Prize at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award at the deadCenter Film Festival. Called “a talent to watch” by the Hollywood Reporter, Jason is currently writing an upcoming feature film f... Read More →
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Justin Lader

writer The Discovery, The One I Love
After receiving a film degree from the University of Central Florida, Justin went on to attend the American Film Institute (AFI) where he received his Masters in Screenwriting. While at AFI, Justin met Charlie McDowell who was enrolled in the directing program. Their partnership culminated with the film The One I Love, which starred Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it was purchased by The Weinstein Company for distribution. For his efforts, Justin was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. Netflix recently released Justin and... Read More →
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Andrew Logan

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick
Andrew Logan is a writer and producer based in Austin, TX. As a writer, Andrew was listed on the 2015 Black List for the screenplay he co-wrote called Chappaquiddick, a political thriller that chronicles the true story of what is described as the seven most dramatic days of Senat... Read More →
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Ross Saxon

Head of Development, Braven Films, executive on production Magic Magic
A graduate of the Film Program at Bard College where his studies included work under acclaimed indie director Kelly Reichardt, his thesis was short listed for the Adolphus Mekas Award for best screenplay. He began his career working on film sets across NY, learning the administra... Read More →
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Brad Silberling

Director/Writer/Producer Brad Silberling is proud to bring audiences his latest motion picture, the suspense drama AN ORDINARY MAN starring Ben Kingsley.   His prior features include CITY OF ANGELS starring Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage, MOONLIGHT MILE, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon; LEMONY... Read More →
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Marianne Wibberley

writer National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Bad Boys 2
Marianne is half of a married writing team with Cormac Wibberley. They both grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California, Los Angeles. After graduation, Marianne went on to receive her MFA in screenwriting from the UCLA Graduate School of Theater, Film and... Read More →
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Cormac Wibberley

writer National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Bad Boys 2
Cormac Wibberley is half of a married writing team with Marianne Wibberley. They both grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California, Los Angeles. After college, Cormac worked as an executive in children’s programming at ABC. It was during this time... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

9:00am

Conference Q&A Session: Erich Hoeber & Jon Hoeber
*For Producers Badges only, sit down for intimate, informal, and in-depth conversations with select panelists on the art, craft, and business of storytelling through film, television, and new media.


*This Producers Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at The Driskill Hotel's Citadel Club.

ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 12 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 13 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 14 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 15 | 8:30AM-3:00PM

Panelists
avatar for Jon Hoeber

Jon Hoeber

writer Battleship, Red & Red 2, Meg (2018), Happytime Murders (2018), Naruto (2019)
Screenwriting brothers Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber have worked in a diverse array of genres and formats during their 20-year stint in Hollywood. First gaining traction with the 1998 Sundance hit Montana, the team began aprolific run in features, animation, and graphic novels,writ... Read More →
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Erich Hoeber

writer Battleship, Red & Red 2, Meg (2018), Happytime Murders (2018), Naruto (2019)
Screenwriting brothers Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber have worked in a diverse array of genres and formats during their 20-year stint in Hollywood. First gaining traction with the 1998 Sundance hit Montana, the team began aprolific run in features, animation, and graphic novels,writ... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

9:00am

Second Rounders Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of screenwriting. This session offers Second Rounds from the Screenplay Competition exclusive access to writers, executives, studio reps, agents, managers, producers, and attorneys in an informal setting. Take advantage of this invaluable opportunity to ask those burning questions: What’s the best way to overcome writer’s block? Or risk a taking a new direction after established success? How do I find representation? Are studios buying spec scripts? What are emerging trends in the industry? Don’t miss your chance to ask all this and more without being charged by the hour or forgoing a percentage of your script sale.

*This roundtable is open to Second Rounders only.

Roundtables required advance sign-up through the Screenplay Department. 

Panelists
avatar for Kelly Jo Brick

Kelly Jo Brick

writer Pause, The Jewel in the Woods; contributing editor TVWriter.com
Kelly Jo Brick is a television and documentary writer and producer. She wrote the Telly Award-winning film PAUSE and the Frank Lloyd Wright documentary The Jewel In The Woods. She is a contributing editor for TVWriter.com where she writes The Write Path, an interview series that... Read More →
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Alisha Brophy

co-writer License to Drive (2017), White Girl Problems, Swiped, United States of Fuckin' Awesome
Alisha Brophy is a small town girl who always ends up in big cities. She lives in Los Angeles, but you wouldn’t know it from her cowboy boots and New York accent. She is a recent Moth GrandSLAM champion, and you can hear her storytelling broadcast nationally on “The Moth” radio hour. Her projects are often inspired by her backstory that includes carnival work, and competitive dog training. She received her MFA in Screenwriting from UT-Austin, where she met her co-writer, Scott Miles. Alisha and Scott won the Academy's 2014 Nicholl Fellowship with their comedy United States of Fuckin' Awesome. They followed this with the feature White Girl Problems, for Elizabeth Banks' Brownstone productions and Lionsgate, which has recently attached Danielle MacDonald (PattiCake$) and has gone into pre-production. They've also developed animation with ShadowMachine (BoJack Horseman), sold an original pitch to CBS Films, and their DIY animated shorts have been featured on Funny or Die, IndieWire, AV Club, Huffington Post, and GQ. They are currently writing the new License to Drive for Fox and Davis Entertainment. They're repped by Paradigm and Circle of Confusion. More info can be found at... Read More →
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Jill Chamberlain

author The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting
Jill Chamberlain is the founder of The Screenplay Workshop (www.thescreenplayworkshop.org) where she has helped over a thousand writers with their screenplays. Her book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting(University of Texas Press) is the go-to m... Read More →
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Stephen Clark

Partner, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman
Stephen Clark is a partner in the West Hollywood, CA entertainment law firm, Lichter, Grossman, et al. For over 16 years, he has represented a diverse group of writers, directors, actors and producers in film and television. His extensive experience includes a wide variety of individual rights and employment transactions as well as structuring independent film-finance and distribution deals.Before joining his current firm, he began his... Read More →
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Alison Flierl

writer BoJack Horseman, School of Rock (television show); writer/producer/performer Internet Comment Theater; producer Random Tropical Paradise
Alison Flierl is a Writer/Producer/Performer. She co-created and co-stars in the new comedy digital series Internet Comment Theater for Mashable. Alison wrote for Season 2 and 3 of BoJack Horseman on Netflix and is currently writing for Season 3 of School of Rock on Nickelodeon... Read More →
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Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Partner, Enderby Entertainment; writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy; director Dawn Patrol, Toy Soldiers; executive producer An Ordinary Man, Blackway; former WGAW President
Screenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy. Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The Big Easy, starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin. Petrie then served as producer of the thriller Shoot to Kill, starring Sidney Poitier and Tom Berenger, and as executive producer of the comedy... Read More →
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Scott Miles

co-writer License to Drive (2017), White Girl Problems, Swiped, United States of Fuckin' Awesome
Scott Miles lives for BBQ and cinema in equal measure. With degrees in both film production and screenwriting, he's quite comfortable switching hats between writer and director, so long as one of those is a fancy stovepipe hat like Lincoln wore. He thinks he’d look good in that. Scott is the less chatty half of a writing team with Alisha Brophy. They won the Academy's 2014 Nicholl Fellowship with their comedy United States of Fuckin' Awesome. They followed this with the feature White Girl Problems, for Elizabeth Banks' Brownstone productions and Lionsgate, which has recently attached Danielle MacDonald (PattiCake$) and has gone into pre-production. They've also developed animation with ShadowMachine (BoJack Horseman), sold an original pitch to CBS Films, and their DIY animated shorts have been featured on Funny or Die, IndieWire, AV Club, Huffington Post, and GQ. They are currently writing the new License to Drive for Fox and Davis Entertainment. They're repped by Paradigm and Circle of Confusion. More info can be found at... Read More →
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Troy Anthony Miller

writer The Hitch (2013 AFF Darkwoods Productions Horror Award Winner), writer The Olympian (2017 AFF Sony Pictures Animation Comedy Award Finalist)
Troy Anthony Miller is a writer, filmmaker, and improv comedian who lives in Los Angeles by way of Austin, Texas. He has taught improvisational storytelling to businesses such as Whole Foods and Google, and his comedy troupe Confidence Men: Improvised David Mamet is a two-time winner of the B. Iden Payne Award for Best Improvisational Theatre. His feature... Read More →
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LaToya Morgan

writer/producer Into the Badlands, Turn: Washington's Spies, Carried By Six
Born and raised in Los Angeles, LaToya Morgan is a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory where she received a MFA in Screenwriting. She’s an alumna of several prestigious fellowships including the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop, the Producers Guild P... Read More →
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Kira Snyder

writer/producer The Handmaid's Tale, The 100; writer Pacific Rim: Uprising
Kira Snyder is a writer and Co-Executive Producer on the TV show The Handmaid’s Tale for Hulu. Her other film and television work includes the upcoming movie Pacific Rim: Uprising, pilot scripts for Hulu and FX, The 100 on the CW, Incursion for Starz, Syfy’s Eureka and Alphas... Read More →
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Bob Sobhani

co-founder and Partner, Magnet Management
After a stint as a story analyst/reader at the Sundance Writer's Lab, and later ICM, Bob took an internship at The Ladd Co. for producer Alan Ladd, Jr.In 1998, Bob started working at Zide/Perry Entertainment where he worked both in management and production. He worked on numerous... Read More →
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Anthony Sparks

co-executive producer Queen Sugar; writer/producer, The Blacklist, Undercovers
Anthony Sparks is an award winning television writer-producer and a cutting edge scholar of media, performance, and African American studies. Originally from Chicago’s South Side, Anthony has worked on multiple television drama series over the last 15 seasons, including "The Blacklist" (NBC... Read More →
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Herschel Weingrod

writer Trading Places, Brewster’s Millions, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Space Jam; producer Falling Down, The Final Season; director Last Wishes
Herschel Weingrod has been a working screenwriter and producer for over twenty-five years. His credits include Trading Places, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Brewster’s Millions, Falling Down, Space Jam, Pure Luck, and The Final Season. He is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin... Read More →
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Kai Wu

Kai was born in Taiwan and raised in Salisbury, Maryland. She spent most of her days hanging out at Wal-Marts until she purchased a diary from aisle 9 and discovered her calling as a writer.  After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, she moved to Los Angeles where she got her start working at The Gersh... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall

9:00am

Semifinalists and Above Panel: AMA: Agents, Managers, and Answers
Agents and managers will share their advice on how to start the process of finding representation, what agencies are looking for in a new writer, some of the most common problems they’ve encountered, and what a writer should expect from the relationship. Join this “Ask Me Anything” styled discussion for an inside look at the blood and guts of the business, and come prepared with questions on what you can do to best position yourself to transition from an aspiring writer to a working writer.
This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Moderators
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

moderator; Screenplay/Teleplay Director Austin Film Festival

Panelists
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

Literary Manager, Madhouse Entertainment; producer Slender Man (2018)
Ryan Cunningham is a literary manager and producer at Madhouse Entertainment. Ryan began his career in physical production as a PA on several films and TV shows shooting in New Orleans while he attended Tulane University. After graduating, Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he worke... Read More →
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Daniela Garcia-Brcek

Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion
Daniela Garcia-Brcek is a literary manager at Circle of Confusion, a feature film & television production and management company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Daniela identifies as a TCI – a third culture individual: Venezuelan-born, with a childhood in South East A... Read More →
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Valarie Phillips

Literary Agent in Film and Television, Paradigm Talent Agency
Valarie Phillips has shepherded the careers of Jamie Linden (Money Monster), Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows), and Matthew Sand (Deep Water Horizon). Through the years, Valarie has worked closely with director Kenny Ortega, guiding him through the Michael Jackson concert-turned-d... Read More →
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Ellie Schiff

Literary Agent in Film and Television, Paradigm Talent Agency
Ellie Schiff is an agent in Paradigm’s TV literary department. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she majored in English and Political Science. Her clients consist mainly of diverse, female, and LGBT voices, many of whom she&rsquo... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

9:00am

Script Library
The Script Library is located in the Cloak Room of the SFA Hotel and houses all Semifinalist, Finalist, and winning scripts from the 2017 Screenplay Competition. Come check it out and find that perfect written work to get those creative juices flowing again!

Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 5:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Cloak Room

10:45am

#Screenwriters
These days, a good social media presence is an integral part of every writer’s toolkit. Different platforms can help you show off your work, interact with your audience, and reach new writing communities. The only catch is staying on top of it all. Join these writers to learn more about how to build a smart strategy when you’re networking online.

Moderators
avatar for Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister

host/head writer PRI's Live Wire Radio 2003-2015; co-writer of The Benefits of Gusbandry (web series)
For nine years, Courtenay Hameister was the host and head writer for Live Wire, a nationally-syndicated live public radio variety show distributed by Public Radio International. She's interviewed over 500 filmmakers, screenwriters, comics and other creative makers including Bob O... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Megan Amram

Megan Amram

writer/producer The Good Place, Transparent, Silicon Valley, Parks & Recreation; writer The Simpsons; author Science...For Her!
Megan Amram is a comedy writer and performer currently working on The Simpsons as well as the NBC series The Good Place. Previously, Megan was a writer on the acclaimed Amazon series Transparent, HBO’s Silicon Valley, and the final three seasons of the NBC comedy Parks and Recr... Read More →
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Tess Morris

writer Man Up
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Jen Statsky

writer/producer Broad City, The Good Place, Parks and Recreation, Lady Dynamite
Jen Statsky is currently a Writer/Producer on The Good Place for NBC and Broad City for Comedy Central. Prior to that, she was an executive story editor on Parks & Recreation for NBC and Lady Dynamite for Netflix. Jen has also worked as a staff writer on HBO's Hello Ladies, Comed... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

10:45am

A Conversation with Noah Hawley
Join this conversation with Noah Hawley, the man behind some of TV’s best dramatic series.  From Bones to Fargo to Legion, Hawley is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director. Join Hawley as he explores the creation and execution of a limited series, writing across mediums, and making adaptations your own.

Moderators
avatar for Maya Perez

Maya Perez

Moderator
Maya Perez is a writer and producer. Her work has appeared in The Masters Review, Electric Literature, and Misadventures, and she is co-editor of three books: On Story - Screenwriters and Their Craft (2013), On Story - Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films (2016), and the forthcoming On Story... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Noah Hawley

Noah Hawley

creator/executive producer/showrunner/writer/director
Noah Hawley is an Emmy®, Golden Globe®, PEN, Critics’ Choice, and Peabody Award winning author, screenwriter, producer and director. He has published five novels and penned the script for the feature film Lies and Alibis. He created, executive produced, and served as showrunn... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Central Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary

10:45am

A Conversation with the 2017 Awardees
Join this highly anticipated conversation with the 2017 Awardees, Walter Hill, Kenneth Lonergan and Keenen Ivory Wayans, as they discuss their careers and approaches to the art, craft, and business of storytelling through film and television.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival

Panelists
avatar for Walter Hill

Walter Hill

2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award Recipient
During the course of his notable career, Walter Hill has been a writer, director and producer on projects ranging from classic westerns to action-packed thrillers and buddy comedies, all marked with his unique visceral style. A veteran director of twenty feature films, he has als... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Lonergan

Kenneth Lonergan

2017 Distinguished Screenwriter Award Recipient
Kenneth Lonergan's plays include This is Our Youth (1996), Drama Desk Best Play nominee, 2015 Tony Award Best Revival nominee (Steppenwolf); The Waverly Gallery (2000), Pulitzer Prize finalist; Lobby Hero (2001), Drama Desk Best Play nominee, Outer Critics Circle Best Play nomine... Read More →
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Keenen Ivory Wayans

2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award Recipient
The trail-blazing linchpin of a sprawling African-American family of comic entertainers, it was multi-talented writer/director/producer Keenen Ivory Wayans (born June 8, 1958, in New York City) who was the first to achieve national prominence by successfully creating, launching a... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

10:45am

Combating Common Challenges
Writer’s block, self-doubt, and procrastination are problems that all writers have. Panelists will discuss how to crush these common challenges in order to let your creativity flow. If you are experiencing any of these side effects of writing, this panel is sure to be the cure!
 

Moderators
avatar for Scott Myers

Scott Myers

writer K-9, Alaska, Trojan War; Assistant Professor, DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts,
Scott has written over thirty movie and TV projects at every major Hollywood studio and broadcast network. His screenwriting credits include K-9, Alaska, and Trojan War. From 2002-2010, Scott was an executive producer at Trailblazer Studios, overseeing the company’s original co... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Dana Fox

Dana Fox

writer What Happens in Vegas, Couples Retreat, How to Be Single; creator/showrunner Ben and Kate; director New Girl
Dana Fox is a television and film writer, producer, and director. Dana graduated from Stanford University with a degree in English and Art History, and then went on to get her MFA in film and television producing from USC Film School's Peter Stark Producing Program. Among her cre... Read More →
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Eric Heisserer

writer/director Hours; writer Arrival, The Thing, Final Destination 5
Eric Heisserer is a screenwriter and author who recently won the Writers Guild of America award for his screenplay Arrival, for which he also received an Academy Award nomination. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, is a sci-fi thrill... Read More →
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Scott Rosenberg

writer High Fidelity, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Con Air, Beautiful Girls
Scott Rosenberg has written the screenplays Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, Beautiful Girls, Con Air, Disturbing Behavior, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Highway.He co-wrote High Fidelity and Kangaroo Jack. As well as created and produced the Showtime series, Going to Californi... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

10:45am

Indie Film Track: Distribution and Marketing
After the challenging post-production process, filmmakers are faced with perhaps the most important question they’ll come across: how do I get people to see my film? Festivals provide the starting point for exposure, buzz, and finding like-minded creatives who see the value of your film. Using that momentum to secure distribution is challenging, arduous workbut it is possible! Attend this panel to get valuable insight into the process from representatives who can guide you through the ever-changing distribution world. Learn distribution models, marketing strategies and practices, and how to work film festivals to secure your big break!

Moderators
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Lindsey Ashley

Moderator
Since 2005, Lindsey Ashley has been on staff at the Texas Film Commission helping to market all of the resources available for creative industries in Texas. As a Production Consultant and Location Scout she has worked closely with Writers, Producers, Directors, Production Designe... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Ajay Kishore

Ajay Kishore

Founder/CEO of Stareable
Ajay Kishore is the founder and CEO of Stareable, the largest community of web series creators and fans. He is a fellow at the Made in NY Media Center, serves on the jury for digital content at Series Fest and Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival, advises Tribeca Film Festival’s di... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Sanders

Kelly Sanders

Kelly Sanders has been in the film industry for over 25 years. She is currently a programming consultant with Violet Crown Cinemas. She also serves as Executive Director of Truly Indie, a Wagner-Cuban company that assists filmmakers with self-distribution and has worked on film releases including VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR, Snoop... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

10:45am

Script-to-Screen: Kubo and the Two Strings
Join Marc Haimes for a conversation about the samurai stop motion epic, Kubo and the Two Strings. Haimes will discuss the process of bringing to life this animated, original story, including the heavy research required to make the story fit perfectly into its ancient Japanese setting. For lovers of animation or celebrators of creativity, don’t miss the making of this magical film.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Zulauf

Emily Zulauf

former Development Associate, Pixar; script supervisor Inside Out; writer/film instructor
Emily Zulauf spent over seven years with Pixar Animation Studios, first as a Creative Development Associate and then a Script Supervisor on Inside Out, before moving to Seattle. She is currently a film instructor, writer, and co-executive director of a nonprofit that works with p... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Marc Haimes

Marc Haimes

writer Kubo and the Two Strings, Nimona, Girl Who Drank the Moon, Untitled Mark Boal Project
Growing up in Bethesda MD, Marc's love of scary books, freaky comics, bad television and great movies propelled him out to Los Angeles… where he tripped and fell into a corporate dream job as a creative executive for Dreamworks Studios. However, in 2011 Marc tore off his tie an... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

10:45am

Singular Settings
Sure, we all know how essential good characters can be to a good story, but what about the setting? The INT/EXT of a screenplay can play just as important of a role, and some writers have made the unique choice to set their story in a single location. Join this panel for an exploration of the benefits and challenges of shooting in one location, how to approach setting as a character, and the ways it can inform the world, rules, and tone of a film.

Moderators
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

moderator; AFF Screenwriting Award Winner; Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Moving Image Arts Program Chair, Sarah Lawrence College
Fred Strype is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker whose work has been screened and honored internationally. He is a tenured professor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where he is Chair of their Filmmaking & Moving Image Arts Program. In the past, he served on... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Frederick Mensch

Frederick Mensch

writer Nightingale; proprietor MovieBytes.com
Frederick Mensch is a Chicago-based screenwriter, playwright, and web developer. He’s the writer of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated HBO Film Nightingale, starring David Oyelowo, and the proprietor of the MovieBytes.com website for screenwriters, the Internet’s most compr... Read More →
avatar for Brian Nelson

Brian Nelson

writer Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, Devil, 11/22/63, Altered Carbon
Brian Nelson wrote the original screenplay for the Lionsgate release Hard Candy, which has won multiple awards including Best Picture and Best Script at the Sitges International Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain. He also scripted the Universal release Devil from a story by M. Nig... Read More →
avatar for Chris Sparling

Chris Sparling

writer Buried, The Sea of Trees, ATM; writer/director Mercy, The Atticus Institute
hris Sparling wrote the 2010 film Buried starring Ryan Reynolds, for which he won "Best Original Screenplay" from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. His Black List script, ATM, was produced by Gold Circle Films and released by IFC Films in 2012. His feature directin... Read More →
avatar for Dwain Worrell

Dwain Worrell

writer The Wall, Marvel's Iron Fist
Dwain Worrell is a Boston native with roots in Barbados. He graduated Georgia State University with a degree in dramaturgy, and continued his education abroad in Beijing, China where he studied Mandarin. Dwain currently lives in Los Angeles where he works as a professional screen... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

10:45am

The 2017 Screenwriters to Watch
Screenwriters are, of course, the perennially overworked, underappreciated artists whose hearts, souls, and lifeblood the movie world depends on. Since its inception in 1993, Austin Film Festival has worked diligently to erode the “underappreciated” element by championing screenwriters through the Conference, film programs, and screenplay/teleplay competitions. For the second year, AFF partnered with MovieMaker Magazine to highlight filmmakers with different backgrounds and at different stages in their careers: promising creators who possess original voices, keen storytelling sensibilities, and bright and buzzy futures. Join this panel to meet just a few of 2017’s “25 Screenwriters to Watch” as they impart major turning points in their careers and important lessons learned along the way. 

This panel is co-presented by MovieMaker Magazine.
 

Moderators
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

moderator; Screenplay/Teleplay Director Austin Film Festival

Panelists
avatar for Henry Jones

Henry Jones

writer/director; 2016 Drama, Sci-Fi, and Enderby Entertainment Screenplay Award Recipient
A consummate raconteur from the hinterlands of Minnesota, Jones weighs in at 180lbs of pure literary fury. After stints as a Top 40 radio DJ, a steelworker, a furniture salesman, pizza delivery driver, video store manager and college drop-out, he hustled his way to Los Angeles. O... Read More →
avatar for Louisiana Kreutz

Louisiana Kreutz

writer/director Quaker Oaths
Louisiana was recently named one of MovieMaker Magazine's "25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2017".  Her award winning feature comedy,Quaker Oaths, has played in 12 festivals around the country, including Phoenix, Orlando, Woods Hole, Breckenridge, and its premiere at the Austin Film... Read More →
avatar for Jono Matt

Jono Matt

co-writer Captain Planet
Jono Matt (who's totally writing this bio, but is still going to speak in the third person) is currently working on the live-action reboot of Captain Planet. He met his writing partner, Glen Powell, when they both snuck into the Golden Globes. Jono worked as a director's assistan... Read More →
avatar for Jimmy Mosqueda

Jimmy Mosqueda

writer Valedictorian, The House of Rodriguez; AFF 2015 Comedy Screenplay Finalist; AFF & MovieMaker Magazine's 25 Screenwriters to Watch
Jimmy Mosqueda is a lifelong California resident, the son of Mexican immigrants, and a graduate of Stanford University. His high school dark comedy VALEDICTORIAN was a finalist in the Comedy Screenplay category at the 2015 Austin Film Festival. After Austin, Jimmy took the script to the 2016 Sundance... Read More →
avatar for Trey Selman

Trey Selman

moderator
A graduate of The University of Texas, Trey believes in slow-smoked brisket, Davy Crockett and Bigfoot. He's lucky to live in the hill country and works from a collection of ramshackle diners, small town coffee shops and anywhere else the people are friendly but the wifi never works. Hasta... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

10:45am

The Writer/Manager Relationship
The what, where, and why of finding a manager. What can you expect from the relationship? Where do you find representation? And why is having an agent important? Join a screenwriter and their manager for an in-depth exploration on how to find, keep, and make the most of this important relationship.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

moderator; professor UCLA; Director, Hollins University Graduate Screenwriting Program
Tim Albaugh is a writer/producer, and a graduate of the UCLA MFA screenwriting program. Albaugh has taught screenwriting at UCLA, UC Irvine, Hollins University, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Feature Animation. His students have sold features to all the major studios an... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for David Birke

David Birke

writer Elle
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

Literary Manager, Madhouse Entertainment; producer Slender Man (2018)
Ryan Cunningham is a literary manager and producer at Madhouse Entertainment. Ryan began his career in physical production as a PA on several films and TV shows shooting in New Orleans while he attended Tulane University. After graduating, Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he worke... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

10:45am

Podcast Track: Turning Your Story Into $$
A series of successful podcasters will share their journey into this medium and offer advice on how to harness the power of podcasting to make a living through your storytelling. Addressing the unique financial opportunity within this industry, these panelists will dive into the finacial nuts bolts of starting and selling your podcast.

This panel is presented by Authentic.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Street

Tim Street

Vice President Influence and Production, Authentic
Tim is a writer, director and is the producer of two podcasts to reach number one on iTunes. He also serves as Vice President of Influence and Production at Authentic. Tim began his career producing such Nickelodeon shows as All That and What Would You Do? and has created short f... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Rob Gokee

Rob Gokee

host/creator Tacocity Podcast; composer Daddy, Tamar & Vince, Dueling Kapowskis
Los Angeleno Rob Gokee is an author and award-winning composer for television and film. Over the last 11 years, he’s written music for over 100 films and shows, including Wicked Tuna, Braxton Family Values, The New Adventures of Peter & Wendy, and acclaimed feature films Daddy... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Shippen

Lauren Shippen

writer/creator The Bright Sessions
Lauren Shippen is the writer and creator of the science fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions. Since its debut in November of 2015, the podcast has won numerous awards, was named iTunes Best of 2016 and has been featured in Vox, Popular Science, Wired, The London Evening Standard... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

10:45am

Austin Pitch #8
It’s the 15th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Panelists
avatar for Samantha Kern

Samantha Kern

producer The California No; executive producer Manson Family Vacation; co-producer G.B.F.
Samantha Kern, an Oklahoma native, is an independent film producer, writer, and actress. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of La Verne (Cum Laude) and graduated with a post-graduate certificate from The Guildford School of Acting (UK) with an MFA... Read More →
avatar for Leif Lillehaugen

Leif Lillehaugen

producer/executive The Night Manager, Madam Secretary


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

10:45am

*Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Playwriting
* Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for the stage. How do you get your play produced? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to playwrights, theatrical producers, and dramaturges in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for the stage.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David's Episcopal Church's Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 25 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 26 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 27 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 28 | 8:30AM-3:00PM

ROUNDTABLE FAQS

Panelists
avatar for Nan Barnett

Nan Barnett

Executive Director, National New Play Network
Nan Barnett is a new play developer and producer, and an advocate for theater-makers and the theater they make. She is currently the Executive Director of National New Play Network, the country's alliance of more than 100 theaters with a dedication to the development, production... Read More →
avatar for Roger Bean

Roger Bean

playwright; President of Stage Rights
ROGER BEAN is the Founder and President of Stage Rights. Established in 2000, Stage Rights has fast become one of the leading independent theatrical publishers of new plays and musicals in the United States, administering stock and amateur performance rights throughout the country and... Read More →
avatar for Steven Dietz

Steven Dietz

playwright/director Fiction, Bloomsday, Becky's New Car, Lonely Planet
Steven Dietz's thirty-plus plays and adaptations have been seen at over one hundred regional theatres in the United States, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions have been seen in over twenty countries and his work has been translated into ten languages. Recent world... Read More →
avatar for Liz Engelman

Liz Engelman

dramaturg; Head of Playwriting and Directing, UT Austin; Director, Tofte Lake Center
Liz Engelman is the head of the Playwriting and Directing area at UT Austin. As a dramaturg, Liz splits her time between the school year at UT Austin, and summer in Ely, MN, where she is the founder and director of Tofte Lake Center at Norm’s Fish Camp, a creative retreat cente... Read More →
avatar for Katie Goan

Katie Goan

Managing Director, Sweetwood Creative; writer/co-creator Kidnapped By Craigslist; producer/instructor/arts administrator
Katie Goan is a producer, writer and arts administrator, and has worked in show business for more than twenty years. She currently serves as Managing Director of Sweetwood Creative. Katie came to Austin after many years in New York City where she was Managing Director of The Peop... Read More →
avatar for Allison Gregory

Allison Gregory

co-founder Austin ‘Wrights; playwright Wild Horses
Allison Gregory’s plays have been produced all over the country, and she has received commissions, grants, and development from Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, The Kennedy Center, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Skirball-Kenis Foundation, ACT Theatre, Seattle... Read More →
avatar for Pat Hazell

Pat Hazell

moderator; Chief Creative Officer, Sweetwood Creative; former writer Seinfeld; The Tonight Show veteran; contributor NPR
Showtime declared Pat Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 30 years of experience as a writer, producer and director have made him a go-to guy for new American theater.Pat is one of the original writers for NBC’s Seinfeld, a veteran of The Tonight Show, a crit... Read More →
avatar for Donna Hoke

Donna Hoke

playwright The Couple Next Door, Safe, Brilliant Works of Art, Elevator Girl
Resident playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, Donna’s work has been seen in 43 states and on five continents. Plays include The Couple Next Door (Princess Grace semi-finalist), Safe (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), Brilliant Works of Art (2016 Kilroys List), and Elevator Girl (2017 O’Neill finalist). She's also been nominated for both the Primus and Blackburn prizes. Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children's book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. She has received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop Hearts of Stone, as well as an Artie Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS). For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo's Best Writer by Artvoice—the only woman to ever receive the designation. | | Donna Hoke serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and also as Western New York regional representative. In addition, she is a blogger, and moderator of the 11,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook. Recent speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, the recently released Workshopping the New Play, and at... Read More →
avatar for Amy Rose Marsh

Amy Rose Marsh

Literary Director – Samuel French, Inc.
Amy Rose Marsh is the Literary Director of Samuel French, where her responsibilities include overseeing acquisitions and licensing strategy for plays and musicals, as well as management of the day-to-day operations of the literary department. While at Samuel French, Amy Rose has helped lead their fantastic acquisitions team in shepherding approximately 1000 new works into the Samuel French catalogue, including titles by Will Eno, Sarah Ruhl, Caryl Churchill, Agatha Christie, Dominique Morisseau, Annie Baker, Dave Malloy, August Wilson, Lisa Kron, and Jeanine Tesori, among other brilliant writers. Additionally, Amy Rose is a passionate advocate for diverse storytelling and emerging voices, and has worked in collaboration with Abbie Van Nostrand and the Samuel French marketing team to form important partnerships between Samuel French and the Kilroys, the National New Play Network, New Black Fest, the Kendeda Playwrighting Award, and The Princess Grace... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Masterson

Kelly Masterson

writer Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Snowpiercer
Kelly Masterson is a playwright/screenwriter. He wrote the screenplay for Snowpiercer, a post-apocalyptic thriller, with Korean Director, Bong Joon Ho. It starred Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris and John Hurt. Snowpiercer broke box office records in Korea a... Read More →
avatar for Abbie Van Nostrand

Abbie Van Nostrand

Director of Corporate Communications, Samuel French, Inc.
Abbie Van Nostrand recently celebrated her 33rd Anniversary with Samuel French, the world’s leading publisher and licensor of plays and musicals. As Director of Corporate Communications, Abbie supervises customer partnerships with educational, community and professional organizations. She also oversees client relationships ranging from emerging writers to well-established authors, composers, lyricists to... Read More →
avatar for Mac Rogers

Mac Rogers

writer, The Message, LifeAfter; writer/producer Steal The Stars, The Honeycomb Trilogy
Mac Rogers is an award-winning audio dramatist and playwright based in New York City whose new audio thriller Steal the Stars is releasing episodes every Wednesday. His audio/podcast dramas The Message and Lifeafter have been downloaded over six million times. His stageplays incl... Read More →
avatar for Julian Sheppard

Julian Sheppard

Julian is the Co-Writer of Complete Unknown, directed by Joshua Marston, and starring Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates, and Danny Glover. It premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Amazon Studios later that year. He and Mr. Marston... Read More →
avatar for Tari Stratton

Tari Stratton

Director, Education & Outreach, Dramatists Guild of America
Tari Stratton is currently the Director of Education & Outreach for the Dramatists Guild of America, and the Associate Editor of The Dramatist magazine, the only magazine dedicated to the theatrical writer.   She is also an administrator and instructor at the Dramatists Guild Institute, and works with the DGF Fellows... Read More →
avatar for Lisa B. Thompson

Lisa B. Thompson

playwright/scholar Underground, Single Black Female, Mother's Day, Watch; author Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class
Playwright Lisa B. Thompson’s credits include: Underground (Vortex Repertory Company, 2017 David Mark Cohen New Play Award from the Austin Critics Table), Single Black Female(New Professional Theatre, 2005 LA Weekly Theatre Award for Best Comedy nominee), Mother’s Day (Fronte... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

10:45am

Conference Q&A Session: Kay Oyegun
*For Producers Badges only, sit down for intimate, informal, and in-depth conversations with select panelists on the art, craft, and business of storytelling through film, television, and new media.

*This Conference Q&A Session requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at The Driskill Hotel's Citadel Club. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.

ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 25 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 26 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 27 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 28 | 8:30AM-3:00PM

Panelists
avatar for Kay Oyegun

Kay Oyegun

writer This Is Us, Queen Sugar
Katherine (Kay) Oyegun is a drama writer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by way of Lagos, Nigeria. She is currently a staffed on the NBC series This Is Us. She previously wrote on the OWN series Queen Sugar, from writer/director, Ava DuVernay. Kay has worked on the ABC series The... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

10:45am

Semifinalists and Above Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of screenwriting. This session offers Semifinalists from the Screenplay Competition exclusive access to writers, executives, studio reps, agents, managers, producers, and attorneys in an informal setting. Take advantage of this invaluable opportunity to ask those burning questions: What’s the best way to overcome writer’s block? Or risk a taking a new direction after established success? How do I find representation? Are studios buying spec scripts? What are emerging trends in the industry? Don’t miss your chance to ask all this and more without being charged by the hour or forgoing a percentage of your script sale.

*This roundtable is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Roundtables required advance sign-up through the Screenplay Department. 

Panelists
avatar for Alisha Brophy

Alisha Brophy

co-writer License to Drive (2017), White Girl Problems, Swiped, United States of Fuckin' Awesome
Alisha Brophy is a small town girl who always ends up in big cities. She lives in Los Angeles, but you wouldn’t know it from her cowboy boots and New York accent. She is a recent Moth GrandSLAM champion, and you can hear her storytelling broadcast nationally on “The Moth” radio hour. Her projects are often inspired by her backstory that includes carnival work, and competitive dog training. She received her MFA in Screenwriting from UT-Austin, where she met her co-writer, Scott Miles. Alisha and Scott won the Academy's 2014 Nicholl Fellowship with their comedy United States of Fuckin' Awesome. They followed this with the feature White Girl Problems, for Elizabeth Banks' Brownstone productions and Lionsgate, which has recently attached Danielle MacDonald (PattiCake$) and has gone into pre-production. They've also developed animation with ShadowMachine (BoJack Horseman), sold an original pitch to CBS Films, and their DIY animated shorts have been featured on Funny or Die, IndieWire, AV Club, Huffington Post, and GQ. They are currently writing the new License to Drive for Fox and Davis Entertainment. They're repped by Paradigm and Circle of Confusion. More info can be found at... Read More →
avatar for Cullen Conly

Cullen Conly

Literary Agent, ICM Partners
Cullen Conly is an agent at ICM Partners in the Motion Picture Literary department, based in New York. His clients include Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers, Charlie McDowell, Sian Heder, Patrick Brice, the Zellner Brothers, Ben Dickinson, Andrew Ahn and Zachary Heinzerling, among others. Prior to joining ICM, Conly was the Manager of the Feature Film Program of the Sundance Institute, where he worked in the Screenwriter and Director Labs. Among the filmmakers he helped nurture there are Beasts Of The Southern... Read More →
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

President, Enderby Entertainment; producer An Ordinary Man, Blackway, Rosemont, Dawn Patrol
Rick Dugdale is the President and CEO of Enderby Entertainment, an independent film finance and production company, founded in 2006 by Dugdale and his filmmaking partner, Daniel Petrie, Jr. Dugdale oversees all aspects of Enderby Entertainment’s business, finance, and productio... Read More →
avatar for Chris Emerson

Chris Emerson

Literary Manager, Magnet Management
Wheel of Fortune indirectly launched Chris' entertainment career when he won a speedboat as a contestant on the show and was unable to afford the taxes. So he took a job in television production and discovered a love for the behind-the-scenes machinations of the entertainment ind... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Furst

Bryan Furst

President of Film and Television, Skybound Entertainment
Bryan Furst is the Co-President of TV and Film at Skybound Entertainment, a title he shares with brother Sean Furst. At Skybound, Bryan has leveraged the company’s vast library of IP to build a robust slate of film and television projects. He and his brother collaborate with th... Read More →
avatar for Christina Hodson

Christina Hodson

writer Transformers: Bumblebee (2018)
Christina Hodson transitioned from development executive to screenwriter in 2012 and has started to make a name for herself writing muscular, female-driven stories in traditionally male-dominated genres. | | Her first three spec scripts featured on the Black List three years in a row. One of these was the female-driven action sci-fi THE EDEN PROJECT, which sold in a bidding war to Sony. Shortly thereafter, she was hired to write THE FUGITIVE reboot for Warner Bros. | | In 2015, she participated in the TRANSFORMERS writers room for Paramount/Hasbro and was subsequently hired to write the BUMBLEBEE stand-alone movie. Hailee Steinfeld is starring and Travis Knight (KUBO... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Marchick

Jenny Marchick

Senior Vice President, Sony Pictures Animation
As Senior Vice President of Development for Sony Pictures Animation, Jenny Marchick is responsible for the creative supervision of a number of upcoming features for the studio, from inception to script through production.Her upcoming films include The Star, a faith-based feature... Read More →
avatar for Scott Miles

Scott Miles

co-writer License to Drive (2017), White Girl Problems, Swiped, United States of Fuckin' Awesome
Scott Miles lives for BBQ and cinema in equal measure. With degrees in both film production and screenwriting, he's quite comfortable switching hats between writer and director, so long as one of those is a fancy stovepipe hat like Lincoln wore. He thinks he’d look good in that. Scott is the less chatty half of a writing team with Alisha Brophy. They won the Academy's 2014 Nicholl Fellowship with their comedy United States of Fuckin' Awesome. They followed this with the feature White Girl Problems, for Elizabeth Banks' Brownstone productions and Lionsgate, which has recently attached Danielle MacDonald (PattiCake$) and has gone into pre-production. They've also developed animation with ShadowMachine (BoJack Horseman), sold an original pitch to CBS Films, and their DIY animated shorts have been featured on Funny or Die, IndieWire, AV Club, Huffington Post, and GQ. They are currently writing the new License to Drive for Fox and Davis Entertainment. They're repped by Paradigm and Circle of Confusion. More info can be found at... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Oliver

Tracy Oliver

co-writer Barbershop 3, Girls Trip, The Neighbors, The Start-UP, Survivor's Remorse; writer/producer/actress The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Tracy Oliver is an emerging writer in the TV, feature, and digital space. She recently co-wrote Barbershop 3 with Black-ish creator, Kenya Barris, as well as the Universal movie, Girl Trip. Her television credits include The Neighbors, The Start-Up, and Survivor's Remorse where s... Read More →
avatar for Bradley Paul

Bradley Paul

writer Lodge 49, Better Call Saul, Hawaii Five-0
Bradley Paul has been a writer on several dramatic series including: Better Call Saul, Hawaii Five-0, and AMC's upcoming Lodge 49, which will premiere in 2018. Before moving to Los Angeles and breaking into television, he was a script reader and short film screener for the Austin... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Strumwasser

Ashley Strumwasser

Director of Development, Hello Sunshine
Ashley Strumwasser is a Director of Development at Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s company dedicated to telling female-driven stories across all platforms. Prior to Hello Sunshine, Ashley was a creative executive to the director James Griffiths, who has an overall deal at A... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Windsor

Rebecca Windsor

Director, Warner Bros. Television Workshop
Rebecca Windsor is the Director of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for professionals looking to start and/or further their careers in television. As an extension of her role developing new talent, Rebecca was recruited to help launch Warner Bros. new digital content brand Stage13, overseeing the critically acclaimed short-form digital series Snatchers, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and launched on... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall

11:00am

Young Filmmaker's Showcase

[TRT: 98 Min]

Creature of My Heart [USA, 8 min]
Writer/Director: Juliana Lane
To win Belinda’s heart, Victor must create a monster. But in the end, it is his heart that is won. 

A Job to Die For [USA, 6 min]
Writer/Directors: Ivy Golyzniak, Alex Davis
After accidentally killing his boss, Joe must figure out what he’s going to do before he’s discovered as the murderer. But in an office full of gossipers, nothing is a secret for long.

Powdered [USA, 7 min]
Writer/Director: Paul Plath
Two boneheaded detectives are running out of time to solve the case when they make a chance discovery. 

Pack Animals [USA, 6min]
Writer/Director: Ashley Merka
Two boys decide they are going to find out once and for all what really goes on inside the girls bathroom.

The Strangest Dream [USA, 1 min]
Writer/Director: Arianna Muñoz
When she’s asleep, her toys come alive.

The Petition [USA, 8min]
Writer: Riley Goodwin
Directors: Riley Goodwin, Kibiriti Majuto
Two students examine the issues surrounding the proposed removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Blue Inventor [Poland, 3min]
Writer/Director: Jonasz Wiewiór
A blue creature is devastated after his precious invention is met with disapproval from his teacher.  But new life is breathed into his venture after he meets someone who shares his same passion.

Katham [USA, 4 min]
Writer/Director: Devan Prabhakar
A portrait of a potter.

Requiem for Mr. Cromwell [USA, 8 min]
Writer/Director: Theo Taplitz
After the unexpected death of his father, Gunther ventures out of the house for the first time to bring his father to his final resting place. 

A Human Idol [USA, 12min]
Writer/Director: Elliot Mark
Jessi wants to fit in and be cool. But after an embarrassing moment on the way to a party his conception of the popular kids is shattered.

The Last Take [USA, 6min]
Writer/Director: Ethan Cannon
The lead role in a student film production has had enough of his director Lilly’s constant berating.  He mounts a rebellion against her and vows to shut down the production. But how far will Lilly go to get the last take?

Loop [USA, 7 min]
Writer: Ryan Beard
Directors: Ryan Beard, Stephen Gentry, Eli Harl
An unapologetically cerebral movie set in a world where virtual reality machine are banned and addicts crave the rush of alternate reality.

Two of Five Million [USA, 6 min]
Writers/Directors: Socratis & Diamantis Zavitsanos
About five million Syrians have been displaced due to the pressures of ISIS. This film tells the story of two of them.

Zero [USA, 2 min]
Writer/Director: Lainey Davidson
A near death experience makes a girl realize there is more to life than calories.

Awake [USA, 3 min]
Writer/Director: Tyler Taliaferro
A reflection on loneliness and sleep.


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

12:15pm

Awards Luncheon
Don't miss this year's Awards Luncheon! While attending the Festival, don't miss the opportunity to attend AFF's Awards Luncheon, where you can dine with panelists, awardees, and hear inspiring speeches from this year's honorees and winners. A must attend event to make the most of your AFF experience.

ADDITIONAL TICKET PURCHASE REQUIRED! For Awards Luncheon ticketing information, please contact our Registration Director at 512-478-4795

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY. AFF reserves the right not to seat late parties. This ticket in non-transferable.


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:15pm - 2:15pm
The Austin Club 110 E. 9th Street, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

Scares, Suspense, and Screenplays
While many writers have found their entry into the industry via the horror genre, writing a script with all the necessary thrills and chills is no small task. This panel will explore the psychology of terror that taps into the root of our fears and anxietiesthe depths of the unknown. Learn from these writers how to fold scares and suspense into the language of your screenplay while still managing to embrace originality in a genre that is seemingly oversaturated.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Alvarado-Dykstra

Paul Alvarado-Dykstra

Moderator
Paul co-founded Fantastic Fest, and has worked with Oscar-nominated directors Guillermo del Toro, Frances Reid, and Emmy-nominated producer Scott Carter in development and/or production. Currently, he is producing an animated feature film adaptation of Tad Williams’ best-selling fantasy-adventure novel TAILCHASER'S SONG. Previously, he produced the viral... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for David Birke

David Birke

writer Elle
avatar for Brian Nelson

Brian Nelson

writer Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, Devil, 11/22/63, Altered Carbon
Brian Nelson wrote the original screenplay for the Lionsgate release Hard Candy, which has won multiple awards including Best Picture and Best Script at the Sitges International Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain. He also scripted the Universal release Devil from a story by M. Nig... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

12:30pm

Speaking Truth to Power: How Entertainment Can Tackle the Thorniest Social Issues (and Change the World)
No one needs a reminder that social issues in America and worldwide are at a boiling point. In the words of Oscar Wilde,“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”  Whether it’s a laugh, a jump scare, or just a really good story, you can engage and provoke a debate through entertainment and that is the privilege and responsibility of the artist. This panel discusses how film and television can reveal truth and change minds under guise of entertaining the audience. Or did someone tap a teacup? 
This panel is co- presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Educational Initiatives and ScreenCraft Media
 

Moderators
avatar for S. Craig Watkins

S. Craig Watkins

Moderator
S. Craig Watkins is a Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, in the Moody College of Communication. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan.  Craig has written three books that examine the media entertainment industry.  His work considers, for example, the impact of hip hop in popular culture, issues of diversity and inclusion in media, the influence of youth culture and lifestyle, and the rise and... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Effie Brown

Effie Brown

producer Dear White People, In the Cut, Real Women Have Curves, Project Greenlight
Effie T. Brown is an award winning film and television Producer, known for her highly acclaimed, multi-platform repertoire as well as championing inclusion and diversity in Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera.Through her company, Duly Noted Inc., Brown has produced... Read More →
avatar for Reggie Rock Bythewood

Reggie Rock Bythewood

creator Shots Fired; writer Notorious, Get on the Bus
Reggie Rock Bythewood grew up in the Bronx, NY. He attended the High School of Performing Arts and received a BFA in theater from Marymount Manhattan College. As a teen, he acted in the soap opera Another World alongside Morgan Freeman and Joe Morton. After acting in the John Say... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Stepansky

Barbara Stepansky

writer Flint; 2013 Nicholl Fellow
Barbara Stepansky is a 2013 Nicholl Fellow and an award-winning independent writer/director. Her work was short listed for the Academy Awards, garnered the DGA Diversity Award and the Student Emmy and was featured on the Black List. She is the recipient of the Mary Pickford Found... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

12:30pm

The Heroine's Journey
Panelists will discuss the creative side of writing female characters and the business-related challenges of working in the male-dominated film industry.

Moderators
avatar for Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister

host/head writer PRI's Live Wire Radio 2003-2015; co-writer of The Benefits of Gusbandry (web series)
For nine years, Courtenay Hameister was the host and head writer for Live Wire, a nationally-syndicated live public radio variety show distributed by Public Radio International. She's interviewed over 500 filmmakers, screenwriters, comics and other creative makers including Bob O... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Emily Ferenbach

Emily Ferenbach

Director of Development, Hello Sunshine
Emily Ferenbach is a Director of Development at Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s company focused on telling stories with women at the center. Before this, she was a Creative Executive at Twentieth Century Fox where she worked on the latest entries in the Kingsman, Predator a... Read More →
avatar for Jason Fuchs

Jason Fuchs

co-writer Wonder Woman, Ice Age: Continental Drift; writer Break My Heart 1000 Times, Pan
Jason, a screenwriter, actor and producer, is best known for co-writing Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), which broke what was then the record internationally for highest grossing animated film, as well as Joe Wright's, Pan (2015). Jason co-wrote Wonder Woman, the newest chapter... Read More →
avatar for Kira Snyder

Kira Snyder

writer/producer The Handmaid's Tale, The 100; writer Pacific Rim: Uprising
Kira Snyder is a writer and Co-Executive Producer on the TV show The Handmaid’s Tale for Hulu. Her other film and television work includes the upcoming movie Pacific Rim: Uprising, pilot scripts for Hulu and FX, The 100 on the CW, Incursion for Starz, Syfy’s Eureka and Alphas... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

12:30pm

The Networking Lounge
Come get away from the bustle of the parties and events, in our NEW Networking Lounge: a space specifically intended to help streamline networking opportunities. Open to anyone looking for an area to set meetings, talk shop, or get some of those freshly inspired ideas down on the page, our Networking Lounge offers designated tables set up for writers to meet potential co-collaborators, conspirators, and creatives. Just some of the topics featured at the lounge include: writers seeking directors; registrants flying solo; playwrights; directors seeking producers; and many more. Caffeine and hydration included!

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall

12:30pm

The Writers Room Explained
The writers room can be a mysterious place for someone trying to break into television. It’s the place where good ideas, contentious debate, and a seemingly endless supply of snacks come together to create all of your favorite TV shows. But how does it work? What is the etiquette expected? What are some of the most common issues that occur? What is the difference between a writer’s assistant and a staff writer? Story editor and executive story editor? Different producing roles and the role of the showrunner? Perhaps more importantly, how does one work their wayup the chain of command? Panelists will provide a glimpse inside these closed doors, offering secrets, anecdotes, strategies, to-do’s, and not-to-do’s.

Panelists
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

writer/executive producer Counterpart, Da Vinci's Demons, Caper, Eureka; writer Person of Interest, Leverage, The 4400
Amy Berg is a writer and executive producer for film and television. She's written for a dozen shows including Da Vinci's Demons, Person of Interest, Eureka, Leverage, and The 4400. She also created the award-winning digital series Caper. Along with her feature work, she's curren... Read More →
avatar for LaToya Morgan

LaToya Morgan

writer/producer Into the Badlands, Turn: Washington's Spies, Carried By Six
Born and raised in Los Angeles, LaToya Morgan is a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory where she received a MFA in Screenwriting. She’s an alumna of several prestigious fellowships including the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop, the Producers Guild P... Read More →
avatar for Bradley Paul

Bradley Paul

writer Lodge 49, Better Call Saul, Hawaii Five-0
Bradley Paul has been a writer on several dramatic series including: Better Call Saul, Hawaii Five-0, and AMC's upcoming Lodge 49, which will premiere in 2018. Before moving to Los Angeles and breaking into television, he was a script reader and short film screener for the Austin... Read More →
avatar for Ray Utarnachitt

Ray Utarnachitt

writer DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Tomorrow People, Person of Interest
Ray Utarnachitt is currently a writer/producer on DC’S Legends of Tomorrow. He is a Michigan native and like any good Asian student, was pre-med at the University of Michigan for 3 years. Much to his parents’ dismay, he switched tracks and graduated with a Film degree. Ray br... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

12:30pm

Unpacking the Mysteries of the Mystery
The ingredients of a satisfying mystery are plentiful: secrets and suspicions; clues and corruption; crime and consequence… But if mixed together incorrectly, yourstory can fall subject to stale tropes and more error than trials. Join this scrupulous investigation of writing the mystery genre led by true detectives and experts in the field, and learn how to be hot on the trail of the next great whodunit.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University
Greg Garrett has been a panelist and moderator at the Austin Film Festival for more than fifteen years. At the Festival, he has interviewed luminaries such as Lawrence Kasdan, James Hart, and Damon Lindelof, and led conversations on craft, genre, adaptation, and narrative. Himsel... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Mark Frost

Mark Frost

co-creator/writer/executive producer Twin Peaks; author/filmmaker/producer
Mark created and Executive Produced Twin Peaks for ABC and Executive Produced Hill Street Blues for NBC. He has a large presence in the feature world where he wrote Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four 2 for Fox, The Greatest Game Ever Played for Disney, and Storyville for Fox which... Read More →
avatar for Justin Lader

Justin Lader

writer The Discovery, The One I Love
After receiving a film degree from the University of Central Florida, Justin went on to attend the American Film Institute (AFI) where he received his Masters in Screenwriting. While at AFI, Justin met Charlie McDowell who was enrolled in the directing program. Their partnership culminated with the film The One I Love, which starred Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it was purchased by The Weinstein Company for distribution. For his efforts, Justin was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. Netflix recently released Justin and... Read More →
avatar for George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos

novelist; writer/producer The Wire, The Deuce, Treme, The Pacific
George Pelecanos was born in Washington, D.C. He worked as a line cook, dishwasher, bartender, and woman’s shoe salesman before publishing his first novel in 1992. Pelecanos is the author of twenty books set in and around Washington, D.C.: A Firing Offense, Nick's Trip, Shoedog... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Central Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary

12:30pm

Writing with a Partner
Whether they meet-cute or find themselves paired on the same case, writing partners have the same goal: get it done—preferably twice as fast as everyone else. Panelists will team up to talk about finding a writing partner, developing a collective voice, staying organized, and how to effectively apply the creative power of two minds.
 

Moderators
avatar for Beth Serlin

Beth Serlin

moderator; Associate Professor/Interim Graduate Director of Screenwriting, Loyola Marymount University
Beth Serlin is a screenwriter, educator and firm believer in the universal nature of film language. Her career started with Beyond Silence (Jenseits der Stille), winning Best Screenplay at the Tokyo Film Festival and a nomination for Best Foreign Language film in the 1998 Academy Awards... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick; editor The Simpsons
Taylor Allen is a writer and an editor living in lovely Los Angeles, California. In 2015, Taylor co-wrote Chappaquiddick with his writing and producing partner Andrew Logan. The script earned them a spot on The Black List (and also got him blacklisted from some presumably wonder... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Logan

Andrew Logan

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick
Andrew Logan is a writer and producer based in Austin, TX. As a writer, Andrew was listed on the 2015 Black List for the screenplay he co-wrote called Chappaquiddick, a political thriller that chronicles the true story of what is described as the seven most dramatic days of Senat... Read More →
avatar for Tim McKeon

Tim McKeon

co-creator/showrunner PBS Kids Odd Squad
Tim McKeon is a three-time Emmy winning writer. He is currently co-creator and showrunner for the PBS KIDS show Odd Squad and the spin-off webseries Oddtube. Other writing credits include Disney’s Gravity Falls, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Amazon’s Will vs The Futu... Read More →
avatar for Adam Pava

Adam Pava

writer The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie franchise, The Stuff of Legend, Clone High, Johnny Bravo, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends
Adam Pava wrote the stop-motion hit The Boxtrolls, which earned a 2015 Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. He is currently adapting the graphic novel series The Stuff of Legend for Walt Disney Studios, writing an original musical for DreamWorks Animation, and developing a... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

12:30pm

Playwriting Track: Stage Write
Oh, the theater, with its brimming lights and energy, where every performance is unique and the words of the playwright are met with reverence. One of the oldest and purest forms of entertainment, the theater is a haven for brilliant dialogue, evocative themes, and raw storytelling. Join established playwrights as they pull back the curtain on this distinguished medium and break the fourth wall by sharing seasoned lessons learned throughout their careers.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Saltwick

Sarah Saltwick

Moderator
SARAH SALTWICK is a playwright based in Austin, TX, a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin and was a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. Recent Austin productions include A Perfect Robot at The Vortex (nominated for 3 Austin Critic Table Awards, and 6 B. Iden Payne... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Steven Dietz

Steven Dietz

playwright/director Fiction, Bloomsday, Becky's New Car, Lonely Planet
Steven Dietz's thirty-plus plays and adaptations have been seen at over one hundred regional theatres in the United States, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions have been seen in over twenty countries and his work has been translated into ten languages. Recent world... Read More →
avatar for Julian Sheppard

Julian Sheppard

Julian is the Co-Writer of Complete Unknown, directed by Joshua Marston, and starring Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates, and Danny Glover. It premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Amazon Studios later that year. He and Mr. Marston... Read More →
avatar for Lisa B. Thompson

Lisa B. Thompson

playwright/scholar Underground, Single Black Female, Mother's Day, Watch; author Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class
Playwright Lisa B. Thompson’s credits include: Underground (Vortex Repertory Company, 2017 David Mark Cohen New Play Award from the Austin Critics Table), Single Black Female(New Professional Theatre, 2005 LA Weekly Theatre Award for Best Comedy nominee), Mother’s Day (Fronte... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

12:30pm

Podcast Track: Mixer
Swing by the SFA bar and meet other podcasters and panelists involved in this year's programming! *Food and drink not provided

Panelists
avatar for Rob Gokee

Rob Gokee

host/creator Tacocity Podcast; composer Daddy, Tamar & Vince, Dueling Kapowskis
Los Angeleno Rob Gokee is an author and award-winning composer for television and film. Over the last 11 years, he’s written music for over 100 films and shows, including Wicked Tuna, Braxton Family Values, The New Adventures of Peter & Wendy, and acclaimed feature films Daddy... Read More →
avatar for Jen Gunnels

Jen Gunnels

Editor, Tor Books; co-founder Tor Labs
Jen Gunnels is an editor at Tor Books, where her authors include L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Richard Baker, Kit Reed, Emily Davenport, and F. Paul Wilson. Before coming to Tor she served as drama critic and Theater Editor for the Hugo nominated New York Review of Science Fictionand as a... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Turner Hall

Jenny Turner Hall

executive producer/writer/director The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
Jenny Turner Hall (jennyturnerhall.com) is a Peabody Award recipient and an irrepressible storyteller with a DIY spirit. She writes, produces, and performs stories in almost every genre. She is currently an executive producer, writer, and director of The Unexplainable Disappearan... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Horne

Ellen Horne

Executive Producer, Audible
Ellen Horne is an Executive Producer at Audible where she produces original content, including Ponzi Supernova, Mortal City, and Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein. Prior to Audible, Ellen started as an intern at WNYC’s Radiolab and stayed there for more than a dozen years as Executive Producer. While at WNYC, Ellen also worked with On the Media, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Takeaway, and even took a spin on the host mic for the Mad Men Pre-Game Show. Ellen has soft-spot for location-based audio storytelling, such as a Detour/Radiolab collaboration in Austin, TX, as well as producing and directing... Read More →
avatar for Marco Palmieri

Marco Palmieri

co-founder Tor Labs; Senior Editor, Tor Books; podcast producer Steal the Stars; book acquisition The Craft Sequence; The Emperor's Blades; The Traitor Baru Cormorant; Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom
Marco Palmieri​ is a senior editor for Tor Books, Forge Books, and Tor.com Publishing, where he’s privileged to work with authors such as Seth Dickinson, Max Gladstone, Kameron, Hurley, David Mack, Una McCormack, Sunny Moraine, Ilana C. Myer, Bradley W. Schenck, Lawrence M. S... Read More →
avatar for Mac Rogers

Mac Rogers

writer, The Message, LifeAfter; writer/producer Steal The Stars, The Honeycomb Trilogy
Mac Rogers is an award-winning audio dramatist and playwright based in New York City whose new audio thriller Steal the Stars is releasing episodes every Wednesday. His audio/podcast dramas The Message and Lifeafter have been downloaded over six million times. His stageplays incl... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Shippen

Lauren Shippen

writer/creator The Bright Sessions
Lauren Shippen is the writer and creator of the science fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions. Since its debut in November of 2015, the podcast has won numerous awards, was named iTunes Best of 2016 and has been featured in Vox, Popular Science, Wired, The London Evening Standard... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Strouse

Benjamin Strouse

CEO Gen-Z Media
Benjamin Strouse is the CEO of Gen-Z Media (gen-z.fm), a leading producer of original, high-quality audio programming for kids and family. In his previous career as an IP attorney, Ben worked extensively across the music, film and theater industries. He won a 2017 Peabody award f... Read More →
avatar for Kc Wayland

Kc Wayland

writer/director of We’re Alive; producer Bronzeville
Kc Wayland is an award-winning writer, producer, editor, director, and United States Army veteran whose film and audio work has been enjoyed around the world. His highly successful zombie audio Theater for the Mind, We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, appeared on the Nerdist Podcast Network and garnered over 58 million downloads since its debut. More recently Kc was a producer of the historical audio theater series and smash hit Bronzeville, starring Laurence Fishburne and Larenz Tate. You can visit him at... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Bar

12:30pm

Austin Pitch #9
It’s the 15th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.

Panelists
avatar for Jared Ian Goldman

Jared Ian Goldman

producer Ingrid Goes West, Little Boxes, Wilson, Loving, Adult Beginners, The Skeleton Twins, Kill Your Darlings
Jared Ian Goldman is a film producer who has already left his creative mark on the cinematic landscape, producing fresh stories with always-affecting emotional authenticity and often a great deal of humor. His most recent credits include Ingrid Goes West (Neon/ Universal), a dark... Read More →
avatar for Bob Sobhani

Bob Sobhani

co-founder and Partner, Magnet Management
After a stint as a story analyst/reader at the Sundance Writer's Lab, and later ICM, Bob took an internship at The Ladd Co. for producer Alan Ladd, Jr.In 1998, Bob started working at Zide/Perry Entertainment where he worked both in management and production. He worked on numerous... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

12:30pm

*Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film
*Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft and business of writing for film. How do you break in, deal with contracts and options, and find representation? What’s the difference between indie and studio films, and what happens when your movie goes into development? What are the most essential habits and routines to assume? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 25 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 26 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 27 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 28 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

ROUNDTABLE FAQS

Panelists
avatar for Elizabeth Bassin

Elizabeth Bassin

Feature Executive, Josephson Entertainment
Elizabeth began her career in physical production before transitioning into development. She spent two years at Mandeville Films, where she worked on such films as Insurgent and Wonder. She soon made the leap into an executive role moving over to Josephson Entertainment to head t... Read More →
avatar for Emily Best

Emily Best

founder/CEO Seed&Spark; co-creator F*ck Yes!
Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, an entertainment platform built to increase diversity and inclusion for filmmakers and audiences. Seed&Spark’s curated streaming platform is fed by its crowdfunding platform, which has the highest campaign success rate in the wor... Read More →
avatar for Asmara Bhattacharya

Asmara Bhattacharya

writer Stone; script reader; contributor Final Draft, Script Magazine
Asmara Bhattacharya is a filmmaker and playwright, a script reader for Austin Film Festival and other contests, and a film screener for Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. She writes for Final Draft’s blog and Script Magazine, interviewing the pros and sharing tips that are never the least bit snarky. A writer with placements in many competitions, she is also active on set as everything from director to producer to consultant to camera operator. Her website... Read More →
avatar for Angela Torres Camarena

Angela Torres Camarena

writer/director; faculty LMU LA
Angela is an award-winning film director and writer devoted to creating meaningful films from a sensitive and poetic perspective. Her films have been selected at film festivals around the world including the Palm Springs Film Festival, SXSW and Cannes. In 2009 she won the Changemaker Award by HBO with her film Exiled in America. Her film Frente Noreste - starring Mexican Academy Award winners Evangelina Sosa... Read More →
avatar for Kieran Fitzgerald

Kieran Fitzgerald

writer Snowden, The Homesman, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
Kieran Fitzgerald has a BA in English from Harvard University and a MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers. He wrote and directed the feature documentary, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández, which aired on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy in investigative journalism. With Tommy Lee Jones, he... Read More →
avatar for Jon Hoeber

Jon Hoeber

writer Battleship, Red & Red 2, Meg (2018), Happytime Murders (2018), Naruto (2019)
Screenwriting brothers Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber have worked in a diverse array of genres and formats during their 20-year stint in Hollywood. First gaining traction with the 1998 Sundance hit Montana, the team began aprolific run in features, animation, and graphic novels,writ... Read More →
avatar for Josh Holden

Josh Holden

writer/director The Golden Rut
Brothers Nick and Josh Holden co-founded the Austin,TX based, film and video production company Mishnoon in 2007. The Holden Brothers, have made over an estimated 100 short form videos, including web series, music videos, music documentaries, and web and TV commercials. Over the... Read More →
avatar for Nick Holden

Nick Holden

writer/director The Golden Rut
Brothers Nick and Josh Holden co-founded the Austin,TX based, film and video production company Mishnoon in 2007. The Holden Brothers, have made over an estimated 100 short form videos, including web series, music videos, music documentaries, and web and TV commercials. Over the... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Kern

Samantha Kern

producer The California No; executive producer Manson Family Vacation; co-producer G.B.F.
Samantha Kern, an Oklahoma native, is an independent film producer, writer, and actress. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of La Verne (Cum Laude) and graduated with a post-graduate certificate from The Guildford School of Acting (UK) with an MFA... Read More →
avatar for Chris Mass

Chris Mass

writer/producer Chalk, Bobbie Sue, Free Birds
Chris Mass co-wrote, produced, and starred in his first feature Chalk, which garnered numerous festival awards including AFF's Jury and Audience Awards before going on to be nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The feature brought Chris his first studio gig at Universal as well as a television deal... Read More →
avatar for Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander

writer/director/producer The Intergalactic Nemesis; writer/director Hit & Run, Buttercup
Jason Neulander is an award-winning theatre artist, filmmaker, and producer based in Austin, Texas. He founded and was the artistic director of Austin’s premiere producer of new plays Salvage Vanguard Theater from 1994 to 2008. Over his tenure he grew the company from producing... Read More →
avatar for Joyce San Pedro

Joyce San Pedro

producer Troupe Zero, Life: Round 2, Salome
Joyce is a former Los Angeles studio-based producer who recently transitioned to Indie Producer in New York. Her TV and film projects are stories of empowerment, insight, and education. Her co-production partners include Amazon Studios, Escape Artists, EndemolShine, UCP, Sumayoko International, TV5 (Philippines), and 2Team Productions... Read More →
avatar for Maresa Pullman

Maresa Pullman

executive producer The Polar Bears, Welcome to the Rileys, Cyrus, Robin Hood
Maresa Pullman started her career in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency as an Agent Trainee in 1999. Since then she has excelled as an executive and producer for talent-based companies. She acted as Executive Producer on The Polar Bears (2012) animated short for Ridley Sco... Read More →
avatar for Russell Leigh Sharman

Russell Leigh Sharman

writer Bobbie Sue; writer/director Apartment 4E; author The Tenants of East Harlem, Nightshift NYC
Russell Leigh Sharman is a writer, filmmaker and anthropologist. He has written (and re-written) for Hollywood since 2008 when his screenplay BOBBIE SUE won a spot on the Hollywood Blacklist. He has since worked as a writer-for-hire for studios and production companies, including... Read More →
avatar for Brad Silberling

Brad Silberling

Director/Writer/Producer Brad Silberling is proud to bring audiences his latest motion picture, the suspense drama AN ORDINARY MAN starring Ben Kingsley.   His prior features include CITY OF ANGELS starring Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage, MOONLIGHT MILE, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon; LEMONY... Read More →
avatar for Ethan Stearns

Ethan Stearns

Executive Producer, MWM Immersive
Ethan Stearns serves as the Executive Producer at Madison Wells Media (MWM) a diversified entertainment and media company focused on premium content creation in film, television, immersive media and live theater. With his background in feature production and technology coupled with his passion for interactive entertainment Stearns is one of the foremost experts in the field of Virtual Reality and sits on the VR advisory boards of both GDC and VDR. In his role, Stearns oversees all of... Read More →
avatar for Guinevere Turner

Guinevere Turner

writer American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page, Go Fish
Guinevere Turner is a writer, director and actor who has been working in film and TV since her 1994 debut film Go Fish, which she wrote, produced and starred in. She teamed up with director Mary Harron to write the films American Psycho and The Notorious Bettie Page. She was a wr... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

12:30pm

Conference Q&A Session: Marc Haimes
*For Producers Badges only, sit down for intimate, informal, and in-depth conversations with select panelists on the art, craft, and business of storytelling through film, television, and new media.

*This Conference Q&A Session requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at The Driskill Hotel's Citadel Club. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.

ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 25 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 26 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 27 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 28 | 8:30AM-3:00PM

Panelists
avatar for Marc Haimes

Marc Haimes

writer Kubo and the Two Strings, Nimona, Girl Who Drank the Moon, Untitled Mark Boal Project
Growing up in Bethesda MD, Marc's love of scary books, freaky comics, bad television and great movies propelled him out to Los Angeles… where he tripped and fell into a corporate dream job as a creative executive for Dreamworks Studios. However, in 2011 Marc tore off his tie an... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

12:30pm

Script-to-Screen: Pete's Dragon
A lot has changed for Pete’s Dragon since the 1970s. Join writing duo Toby Halbrooks and David Lowery for a conversation on how they brought this adaptation to life, how fairy tales have changed since they were kids, and how they dealt with the responsibility of making something old into something new.

THIS PANEL HAS EXTENDED TIME AND WILL END AT 2:00PM. 

Moderators
avatar for Christopher Boone

Christopher Boone

moderator; writer/director Cents; contributor No Film School
Christopher Boone is a screenwriter and filmmaker living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He contributes to the blog No Film School (nofilmschool.com), where he shares lessons learned from professional screenwriters about the craft and business of screenwriting. His first feature film... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Toby Halbrooks

Toby Halbrooks

writer Pete's Dragon, Peter Pan; producer Ain't Them Bodies Saints, A Ghost Story, Old Man and the Gun, Upstream Color, Listen Up Philip, Person to Person
Toby Halbrooks is a filmmaker from Dallas Texas. He still lives and works there. Also, he is a Wizard.
avatar for David Lowery

David Lowery

writer/director A Ghost Story, Pete's Dragon, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Pioneer; writer Pit Stop
David Lowery is a filmmaker from Texas. His films include Pioneer, St. Nick, Pete's Dragon and A Ghost Story.


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

12:30pm

Fail State
(USA, 94 min)

Writer: Alexander Shebanow, Regina Sobel, Nicholas Adams
Director: Alexander Shebanow

For most Americans today, college is the only path to a middle-class life, but it’s increasingly out of reach. Certain people in the higher education industry are happy to take advantage of this fact. In this documentary exposé, Fail State reveals the dark story behind the rise of predatory for-profit colleges and why our higher education system, once the envy of the world, is leaving millions of Americans in financial ruin. This film follows various lower-income students who found themselves taken in by these for-profit schools and the hard truths they learned when they did not deliver.

Community Partners


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm
State Theatre

12:30pm

Second Rounders and Above Panel: The One Hour Drama
Anne Cofell Saunders (co-executive producer Timeless; writer Battlestar Galactica, 24) will discuss the inner-workings of what to expect: the etiquette, expectations, format, and anatomy of the writers room. Join her and pre-selected Second Rounders for an interactive workshop on how to break a story.
This panel is open to Second Rounders only.

Panelists
avatar for Anne Cofell Saunders

Anne Cofell Saunders

co-executive producer Timeless; writer Battlestar Galactica, 24; writer/producer Smallville, Revolution, Chuck
Anne Cofell Saunders first broke into television on the ground-breaking series 24, where she earned her first writing credit. From there, she staffed on the critically acclaimed re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica – where she earned a Peabody Award and was nominated for a Hugo... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

1:00pm

Script Reading Workshop: Curse and Judgement
A New Orleans lawyer with the power to see the deceased victims of the clients she defends must find justice to bring the spirits peace.

Script by: Corey Moore


Six scripts have been chosen from this year’s group of Second Rounders and above in the Screenplay and Podcast Competition to be read aloud in our Script Reading Workshops. These selected scripts will be performed by a group of actors in an intimate setting.

Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Stephen F Austin, Boardroom

1:30pm

Shorts Program 15: Animated Shorts
(TRT: 99 min)

Au Revoir Balthazar (Switzerland, 10 min)
Writer/Director: Rafael Sommerhalder
With only the resonant sound of a sea shell to guide it, a scarecrow tries to navigate a harsh snowstorm with a broken leg.

Second to None (Ireland, 7 min)
Writer/Director: Vincent Gallagher
Frederick Butterfield has always been runner up to his twin brother Herman. When Herman, the eldest brother by a mere minute, becomes the world’s oldest man, Frederick finally sees an opportunity to take first place.

Pittari (USA, 4 min)
Writer/Director: Patrick Smith
A horned creature's destructive rampage is halted by a stubborn adversary.

Intruder Man (USA, 10 min)
Writer/Director: Peter Nelson
The story of a woman during two distinct stages of her life; as a young teacher struggling against a sexist superintendent, and as a paranoid elderly woman with Alzheimer’s.

Tete a Tete (UK, 8 min)
Writer/Director: Natasha Tonkin
Kerry struggles to overcome the obstruction of modern technology during a visit to her sister’s family’s home.

Rouff (Germany, 7 min)
Writers/Directors: Benjamin Brand, Johannes Engelhardt, Markus Eschrich, Johannes Lumer, Julius Rosen
Three-legged dog sketch Rouff is sad and lonely. To escape his loneliness, he folds a new friend, Pete, from the paper he is drawn on.

Don’t Think of a Pink Elephant (UK, 7 min)
Writer/Director: Suraya Raja
Layla is terrified by her potential to do harm. When presented with the perfect opportunity to make her grizzly fantasies a reality, will she succumb to her violent urges?

History of Magic: Ensueño (USA, 5 min)
Writer/Director: Jose Luis Gonzales
Bored out of her mind by her small, border-town life, Ester will take her chances against sharks, tanks, and flame-throwing Nazis if it means avoiding the bland fates of her fellow students and family.

Negative Space (France, 5 min)
Writers/Directors: Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
A man packs his suitcase in the meticulous manner his father taught him as he reflects on the relationship they shared.

Totem (USA, 7 min)
Writer/Director: Alex Cannon
A boy in an ancient tribe confronts a terrifying beast in the wild.

After All (Australia, 13 min)
Writer/Director: Michael Cusack
A man cleans out his childhood home, remembering past conversations with his deceased mother as he shifts through her belongings.

Post No Bills (Canada, 5 min)
Writer: Robin Hays
Directors: Robin Hays, Andy Poon
On an urban city wall plastered with posters, Noodle Boy must make his way through a series of obstacles in order to save his crush, Miss Fortune.

Ayny – My Second Eye (Germany, 11 min)
Writer/Director: Ahmad Saleh
Two brothers risk dangerous conditions to gather enough scrap metal to purchase their dream instrument, a beautiful handmade Oud.

Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

1:30pm

After All
(Australia, 13 min)
Writer/Director: Michael Cusack
A man cleans out his childhood home, remembering past conversations with his deceased mother as he shifts through her belongings.


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

1:30pm

Au Revoir Balthazar
(Switzerland, 10 min)
Writer/Director: Rafael Sommerhalder
With only the resonant sound of a sea shell to guide it, a scarecrow tries to navigate a harsh snowstorm with a broken leg.


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

1:30pm

Ayny - My Second Eye
(Germany, 11 min)
Writer/Director: Ahmad Saleh
Two brothers risk dangerous conditions to gather enough scrap metal to purchase their dream instrument, a beautiful handmade Oud.


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

1:30pm

Don't Think of a Pink Elephant
(UK, 7 min)
Writer/Director: Suraya Raja
Layla is terrified by her potential to do harm. When presented with the perfect opportunity to make her grizzly fantasies a reality, will she succumb to her violent urges?


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

1:30pm

Intruder Man
(USA, 10 min)
Writer/Director: Peter Nelson
The story of a woman during two distinct stages of her life; as a young teacher struggling against a sexist superintendent, and as a paranoid elderly woman with Alzheimer’s.


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

1:30pm

Negative Space
(France, 5 min)
Writers/Directors: Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
A man packs his suitcase in the meticulous manner his father taught him as he reflects on the relationship they shared.


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

1:30pm

Pittari
(USA, 4 min)
Writer/Director: Patrick Smith
A horned creature's destructive rampage is halted by a stubborn adversary.


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

1:30pm

Post No Bills
(Canada, 5 min)
Writer: Robin Hays
Directors: Robin Hays, Andy Poon
On an urban city wall plastered with posters, Noodle Boy must make his way through a series of obstacles in order to save his crush, Miss Fortune.


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

1:30pm

Rouff
(Germany, 7 min)
Writers/Directors: Benjamin Brand, Johannes Engelhardt, Markus Eschrich, Johannes Lumer, Julius Rosen
Three-legged dog sketch Rouff is sad and lonely. To escape his loneliness, he folds a new friend, Pete, from the paper he is drawn on.


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

1:30pm

Second to None
(Ireland, 7 min)
Writer/Director: Vincent Gallagher
Frederick Butterfield has always been runner up to his twin brother Herman. When Herman, the eldest brother by a mere minute, becomes the world’s oldest man, Frederick finally sees an opportunity to take first place.


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

1:30pm

Tete a Tete
(UK, 8 min)
Writer/Director: Natasha Tonkin
Kerry struggles to overcome the obstruction of modern technology during a visit to her sister’s family’s home.


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

1:30pm

The History of Magic: Ensueno
(USA, 5 min)
Writer/Director: Jose Luis Gonzales
Bored out of her mind by her small, border-town life, Ester will take her chances against sharks, tanks, and flame-throwing Nazis if it means avoiding the bland fates of her fellow students and family.


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

1:30pm

Totem
(USA, 7 min)
Writer/Director: Alex Cannon
A boy in an ancient tribe confronts a terrifying beast in the wild.


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 9

2:00pm

Logndagen
(Sweden, 80 min)

Writer/Director: Yaghoob Keshavarz Sarkar
Cast: Yaghoob Keshavarz Sarkar, Roya Bamzar

Iranian couple Leily and Mahyar move to Sweden so that Leily can pursue her graduate degree. With the culture shock and the language barrier, Mahyar finds himself struggling to find work with his engineering background and settles for a newspaper delivery job. Leily is thriving in her studies but realizes the changes are taking a toll on their relationship. The conflict builds to a fever pitch around something seemingly trivial. Meatballs, Facebook and misunderstandings can change the course of their relationship, but will it survive?

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/231301293

Sponsors


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hideout Theatre

2:00pm

Shorts Program 6: The Outsiders
(TRT: 90 min)

Wyrm (USA, 20 min)
Writer/Director: Christopher Winterbauer
Awkward teenager Wyrm has two days to get his first kiss or he'll be held back from high school as part of the school district's No Child Left Alone program.

The Patient (USA, 14 min)
Writer: Kate St. Onge, Marylea Wiley
Director: Savannah Gisleson
Closeted homosexual, Dr. Whitmore, finds his reputation at risk when he develops an attachment and attraction to a new African American patient.

Must Kill Karl (Canada, 13 min)
Writer: Karen Moore
Director: Joe Kicak
Everyone has 'that' friend who we all secretly hate and wish would just go away. One night, a group of friends decides enough is enough and that there's only one way to get rid of him for good.

Public Speaking (USA, 16 min)
Writer/Director: Noah Millman
Two high school debaters ride home together on a school bus after a tournament. They can talk about anything from nuclear weapons to farm subsidies, but can they talk about how badly he wants to touch her?

Suitable (USA, 14 min)
Writer: Rochee Jeffrey
Director: Thembi Banks
Brandy, a high school tomboy, comes to terms with her sexuality when she decides what she'll wear to the prom.

Lolz-Ita (Canada, 13 min)
Writer/Director: Katie Boland
A naive but internet savvy 22-year-old navigates the reality of her small town Canadian life juxtaposed with the fantasy of her provocative and powerful Instagram celebrity.

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

2:00pm

The Seven-Ups presented by George Pelecanos and David Simon
(USA, 103 min)

Writers: Albert Ruben, Alexander Jacobs, Sonny Grosso
Director: Philip D’Antoni
Cast: Roy Scheider, Victor Arnold, Tony Lo Bianco

Buddy Manucci (Roy Scheider) is a tough New York City cop who operates as part of an unconventional team called "The Seven-Ups" that uses drastic measures to bring criminals to justice. When Vito Lucia (Tony Lo Bianco), one of Manucci's street contacts, uses a classified police list to kidnap mobsters and hold them for ransom, it sets off a series of escalating conflicts. After a member of Manucci's unit is killed in the ensuing violence, the cop and his crew stop at nothing to get Lucia.


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Paramount Theatre

2:00pm

Time Trap
(USA, 85 min)

Writer: Mark Dennis
Directors: Mark Dennis, Ben Foster
Cast: Andrew Wilson, Cassidy Gifford, Brianne Howey, Reiley McClendon

Back in the ‘70s, a group of hippies went missing while in search of the fountain of youth. Years later, an archeological professor goes on an adventure to find the long-missing crew. However, when he doesn’t return from his expedition for days, his students sense something has gone awry and assemble a ragtag crew in search of him. The motley crew of college students and their younger siblings soon realize that they may be over their heads as they begin to question the basic laws that govern reality in this Indiana Jones style mystery.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/235453218

Community Partners


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Galaxy Highland, Screen 8

2:00pm

Lolz-Ita
(Canada, 13 min)
Writer/Director: Katie Boland
A naive but internet savvy 22-year-old navigates the reality of her small town Canadian life juxtaposed with the fantasy of her provocative and powerful Instagram celebrity.

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

2:00pm

Must Kill Karl
(Canada, 13 min)
Writer: Karen Moore
Director: Joe Kicak
Everyone has 'that' friend who we all secretly hate and wish would just go away. One night, a group of friends decides enough is enough and that there's only one way to get rid of him for good.

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

2:00pm

Public Speaking
(USA, 16 min)
Writer/Director: Noah Millman
Two high school debaters ride home together on a school bus after a tournament. They can talk about anything from nuclear weapons to farm subsidies, but can they talk about how badly he wants to touch her?


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

2:00pm

Suitable
(USA, 14 min)
Writer: Rochee Jeffrey
Director: Thembi Banks
Brandy, a high school tomboy, comes to terms with her sexuality when she decides what she'll wear to the prom.


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

2:00pm

The Patient
(USA, 14 min)
Writer: Kate St. Onge, Marylea Wiley
Director: Savannah Gisleson
Closeted homosexual, Dr. Whitmore, finds his reputation at risk when he develops an attachment and attraction to a new African American patient.


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

2:00pm

Wyrm
(USA, 20 min)
Writer/Director: Christopher Winterbauer
Awkward teenager Wyrm has two days to get his first kiss or he'll be held back from high school as part of the school district's No Child Left Alone program.


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Sprint

2:45pm

A Conversation with Courtney A. Kemp
Join this conversation with Courtney A. Kemp, a highly regarded creator, showrunner, and producer in the television industry, not to mention one of Marie Claire magazine’s picks for “Top 50 Most Influential Women in America.” With a resume that includes The Good Wife, The Bernie Mac Show, Justice, and creating the critically acclaimed gritty New York drama Power, Kemp knows her way around a successful TV show. Sit down for a session packed with information on the power dynamics in the television industry, the writers room, and a well-crafted story.

Moderators
avatar for S. Craig Watkins

S. Craig Watkins

Moderator
S. Craig Watkins is a Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, in the Moody College of Communication. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan.  Craig has written three books that examine the media entertainment industry.  His work considers, for example, the impact of hip hop in popular culture, issues of diversity and inclusion in media, the influence of youth culture and lifestyle, and the rise and... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Courtney A. Kemp

Courtney A. Kemp

creator/showrunner Power
Courtney A. Kemp is a highly regarded creator, showrunner, and producer in the television industry.Kemp is the mind behind Starz’ critically acclaimed gritty New York drama, Power. The series marks her debut as a creator and showrunner and follows the complex character James... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

2:45pm