Featured Speakers

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David Benioff

2019 Recipient of the Outstanding Television Writer Award
avatar for D.B. Weiss

D.B. Weiss

2019 Recipient of the Outstanding Television Writer Award
avatar for Ron Bass

Ron Bass

2019 Recipient of the Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting
avatar for Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Daniel Petrie, Jr.

2019 Recipient of the Heart of Film Award
avatar for Sarah Green

Sarah Green

2019 Recipient of the Polly Platt Award for Producing
avatar for Catherine Reitman

Catherine Reitman

2019 Recipient of the New Voice Award


avatar for Dayo Adesokan

Dayo Adesokan

writer Superstore, Downward Dog, Young & Hungry
avatar for Zack Akers

Zack Akers

co-founder of Two-Up; writer/producer Limetown, producer 36...
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

moderator; Producer; Director, Hollins University Graduate...
avatar for Megan Alderson

Megan Alderson

Pixar Creative Development Associate
avatar for Joshua Allen

Joshua Allen

co-executive producer Almost Family; writer/producer Empire
avatar for Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick; editor The Simpsons
avatar for Sofia Alvarez

Sofia Alvarez

playwright; screenwriter To All the Boys I've Loved Before
avatar for Megan Amram

Megan Amram

writer/producer The Good Place, The Simpsons, Transparent, Silicon...
avatar for Fatimah Asghar

Fatimah Asghar

author If They Come for Us; writer/co-creator Brown Girls Web Series
avatar for Adolf El Assal

Adolf El Assal

co-writer/director/producer Sawah
avatar for Doug Atchison

Doug Atchison

writer Brian Banks; writer/director Akeelah and the Bee
avatar for Kerry Ball

Kerry Ball

literary agent; Head of Development, Meridian Artists
avatar for Katie Baron

Katie Baron

Vice President of Creative, Sony Pictures Animation
avatar for Shane Belcourt

Shane Belcourt

co-writer/director Red Rover
avatar for Richard Stephen Bell

Richard Stephen Bell

Cinema Ed
moderator; Executive Director, Cinema Ed; writer; actor
avatar for Tawnya Benavides-Bhattacharya

Tawnya Benavides-Bhattacharya

Founder, TV Writing School, Script Anatomy; writer/co-executive...
avatar for Charlotte Benbeniste

Charlotte Benbeniste

writer/director Bye Bye Body
avatar for Julie Benson

Julie Benson

writer Wu Assassins, The 100, DC Comics Batgirl, Birds of Prey comic,...
avatar for Shawna Benson

Shawna Benson

writer/co-producer Wu Assassins, The 100; writer DC's Batgirl, Birds...
avatar for David Berenbaum

David Berenbaum

writer Elf, The Haunted Mansion, The Spiderwick Chronicles
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

writer/executive producer Neverwhere, Broad Band, Counterpart,...
avatar for Christian Bersani

Christian Bersani

Creative Executive, Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Mark Bianculli

Mark Bianculli

writer/executive producer Lincoln; consulting producer The Hunt
avatar for Shane Black

Shane Black

writer/director The Predator, The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss...
avatar for Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom

co-creator/star Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
avatar for Elsa Boccuzzi

Elsa Boccuzzi

Senior Creative Executive, Walt Disney Animation Studios; co-producer...
avatar for Gillian Bohrer

Gillian Bohrer

Partner, Megamix
avatar for Jenna Bond

Jenna Bond

Manager of Outreach & Member Services, WGAE
avatar for Max Borenstein

Max Borenstein

creator The Terror: Infamy, Untitled Showtime Lakers Project (2020,...
avatar for Richard Botto

Richard Botto

Screenwriter, Producer, Founder & CEO, Stage 32
avatar for David Boxerbaum

David Boxerbaum

Partner, Verve Talent & Literary Agency
avatar for Justin Boyd

Justin Boyd

writer Channel Zero, Reprisal, Lincoln
avatar for VJ Boyd

VJ Boyd

writer/producer S.W.A.T., Justified
avatar for Michael Brandt

Michael Brandt

creator Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med; writer 3:10 to Yuma,...
avatar for Kelly Jo Brick

Kelly Jo Brick

writer Pause, The Jewel in the Woods; contributing writer for Final...
avatar for Skip Bronkie

Skip Bronkie

co-founder, Two-Up; producer Limetown, 36 Questions, The Wilderness
avatar for Lt. Col Nathan Broshear

Lt. Col Nathan Broshear

Director, Secretary of the Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office
avatar for Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

producer Cowboys, Nothing Stays The Same, Punk in Africa, No No: A...
avatar for Bill Broyles

Bill Broyles

co-creator Six; writer Cast Away, Apollo 13, The Polar Express,...
avatar for Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah Brunstetter

writer/producer This is Us; playwright The Cake
avatar for Dave Buckman

Dave Buckman

The Second City, Boom Chicago, American Crime, Machete
avatar for Willis Bulliner

Willis Bulliner

Director at Powerhouse Animation Studios; director Seis Manos
avatar for Burnie Burns

Burnie Burns

Co-founder/Chief Creative Officer, Rooster Teeth; creator Red vs....
avatar for Steven Canals

Steven Canals

creator/executive producer POSE
avatar for Cam Cannon

Cam Cannon

writer/executive producer USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage; executive...
avatar for C. Robert Cargill

C. Robert Cargill

writer Sinister, Marvel's Doctor Strange; novelist Sea of Rust
avatar for Emily Carmichael

Emily Carmichael

writer Jurassic World 3, Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Black Hole
avatar for Krista Carpenter

Krista Carpenter

Manager/Co-Founder, Fictional Entity
avatar for Milan Chakraborty

Milan Chakraborty

producer The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Rearranged, My Friend...
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

author The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful...
avatar for Adam M. Clampitt

Adam M. Clampitt

Officer-in-Charge, NR Navy Office of Information, West
avatar for Tripper Clancy

Tripper Clancy

writer Stuber, Four Facing the Bank
avatar for Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark

Partner, Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler Feldman & Clark, Inc.
avatar for Elizabeth Coffman

Elizabeth Coffman

director Flannery
avatar for Mary Coleman

Mary Coleman

Head of Creative Development, Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Steve Conrad

Steve Conrad

writer/creator/executive producer Perpetual Grace, LTD, Patriot;...
avatar for Scott Conroy

Scott Conroy

writer/creator Blackout, Embeds; author Vote First Or Die, Sarah From...
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

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

Akela Cooper

writer Nun 2, Jupiter's Legacy, Hell Fest; writer/producer Luke Cage,...
avatar for Jon Cozart

Jon Cozart

filmmaker/musician comedian/content creator
avatar for Pierce Cravens

Pierce Cravens

producer Oh, Hello (Broadway), Saint Frances
avatar for Daniel Cummings

Daniel Cummings

writer/producer/actor Man Camp
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

Literary Manager, Anonymous Content; producer Slender Man
avatar for Greg Curtis

Greg Curtis

moderator; Former Editor of Texas Monthly
avatar for Micah Cyrus

Micah Cyrus

writers' assistant All American; consulting producer Dead Girls...
avatar for Matthew Dartnell

Matthew Dartnell

manager Writ Large
avatar for Mikki Daughtry

Mikki Daughtry

co-writer Five Feet Apart, The Curse of La Llorona
avatar for Ayanna Floyd Davis

Ayanna Floyd Davis

showrunner/writer The Chi; writer Private Practice, Hannibal, Falling...
avatar for Whitney Davis

Whitney Davis

boutique literary manager; screenwriting instructor
avatar for Bob Dearden

Bob Dearden

writer Play It Again, Dick; iZOMBiE, Cobra Kai
avatar for Steven DeBose

Steven DeBose

Director of Script Competitions, Austin Film Festival
avatar for Charmaine DeGraté

Charmaine DeGraté

writer/ co-executive producer Hello Sunshine/Amazon’s Daisy Jones...
avatar for Chris Demarais

Chris Demarais

Head Writer of Live Action, Rooster Teeth; co-creator/director...
avatar for Matthew Derby

Matthew Derby

writer Phreaks, Sandra, The Silent History, Super Flat Times
avatar for Brandon Dickerson

Brandon Dickerson

writer/director Sironia, Victor, Amanda & Jack Go Glamping; writer...
avatar for Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran

producer Stranger Than Fiction, Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee,...
avatar for Jonathan Duffy

Jonathan Duffy

producer Sorry To Bother You, Light From Light, Before You Know It,...
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

President, Enderby Entertainment; producer Intrigo Anthology, An...
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

Manager, Lit Entertainment Group; Former Director of Script...
avatar for Laura Eason

Laura Eason

writer/producer The Loudest Voice, Here and Now; playwright Sex with...
avatar for Owen Egerton

Owen Egerton

writer/director Blood Fest, Follow, Mercy Black
avatar for Harry Elfont

Harry Elfont

co-writer Can’t Hardly Wait, Josie and the Pussycats, A Very Brady...
avatar for Barney Elliott

Barney Elliott

co-writer/co-producer/director AUTOS FANTASTICOS
avatar for Beth Eloshway

Beth Eloshway

VP, Publisher Relations, Authentic
avatar for Hanadi Elyan

Hanadi Elyan

writer /director Salma's Home, The Camp Beauty, Nadia's Visa,...
avatar for Dan Erikson

Dan Erikson

writer, director, editor Treasure Trouble
avatar for Micah Fitzerman-Blue

Micah Fitzerman-Blue

co-writer Transparent, The Motel Life, A Beautiful Day in the...
avatar for Liz Flahive

Liz Flahive

co-creator GLOW
avatar for Kelsi Fleming

Kelsi Fleming

Creative Executive, Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Stephany Folsom

Stephany Folsom

writer Star Wars Resistance, Toy Story 4; writer/consulting producer...
avatar for Alex Freedman

Alex Freedman

writer/creator TV Calling; co-host Paper Team
avatar for Michael Fry

Michael Fry

writer/co-creator Over The Hedge; writer/illustrator The Odd Squad...
avatar for Brandon Garegnani

Brandon Garegnani

creator/writer SCRiBBLES
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University
avatar for D. Matt Geller

D. Matt Geller

Executive Vice President/Head of Features, Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Melissa Georges

Melissa Georges

Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
avatar for Glenn Gers

Glenn Gers

writer Fracture, Mad Money; writer/director Like.Share.Follow,...
avatar for Rupinder Gill

Rupinder Gill

writer/producer Schitt's Creek, I Feel Bad, Indebted
avatar for Aaron Ginsburg

Aaron Ginsburg

co-executive Producer/writer New Amsterdam, The 100
avatar for Darrien Gipson

Darrien Gipson

Executive Director, SAGindie
avatar for Harrison Glaser

Harrison Glaser

moderator; Former Film Competition Director, Austin Film Festival
avatar for Carrye Glazar

Carrye Glazar

executive producer ACCTV at Austin Community College
avatar for David Gleeson

David Gleeson

writer Tolkien, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Grimm Legacy,...
avatar for Max Goldstein

Max Goldstein

avatar for Daniela Gonzalez

Daniela Gonzalez

Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion
avatar for Brad Graeber

Brad Graeber

co-founder/CEO, Powerhouse Animation Studios; executive...
avatar for Lindsay Graham

Lindsay Graham

executive producer Terms, 1865; host of American History Tellers and...
avatar for Michael Grillo

Michael Grillo

executive producer Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War,...
avatar for Matthew Gross

Matthew Gross

producer Across the Universe, Fired Up!, Joe Somebody; executive...
avatar for Erika Gutierrez

Erika Gutierrez

Macmillan Learning
Senior Program Director for Communication and College Success
avatar for Toby Halbrooks

Toby Halbrooks

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

Ryan P. Hall

Head of Development, Rooster Teeth; executive producer Blood Fest,...
avatar for Erin Hallagan

Erin Hallagan

Moderator; Founder/Artistic Director, Story Bar; former Creative...
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

co-writer/director ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Junk, In Her...
avatar for Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister

moderator; host PRI's Live Wire 2003-2013; co-writer The Benefits of...
avatar for Liz Hannah

Liz Hannah

writer/producer The Post, Long Shot, All the Bright Places, Mindhunter
avatar for Noah Harpster

Noah Harpster

co-writer Transparent, The Motel Life, A Beautiful Day in the...
avatar for James V.  Hart

James V. Hart

creator/executive producer The Hot Zone; writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s...
avatar for Kai Hasson

Kai Hasson

co-writer/director Robu
avatar for Ken Hawes

Ken Hawes

Director of US Army's Public Affairs Office, Western Region
avatar for Phil Hay

Phil Hay

writer/producer The Invitation, Destroyer; writer Crazy/Beautiful,...
avatar for Eric Haywood

Eric Haywood

co-executive Producer For Life, Power, Empire
avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

writer Pixar's Onward (2020), writer/director A Bad Idea Gone Wrong,...
avatar for Ann Heppermann

Ann Heppermann

Founder, The Sarah Awards
avatar for Laura Herb

Laura Herb

Program Manager, The Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment
avatar for Zak Hilditch

Zak Hilditch

writer/director Rattlesnake, 1922, These Final Hours
avatar for John Hoberg

John Hoberg

co-showrunner Downward Dog, Galavant; co-writer Country Musical,...
avatar for Christina Hodson

Christina Hodson

writer Transformers: Bumblebee, Birds of Prey (2020)
avatar for Andrew Holzchuh

Andrew Holzchuh

director He's Still Fast
avatar for Wayne Horton

Wayne Horton

Creative Executive
avatar for Anna Maria Hozian

Anna Maria Hozian

writer/director Other People’s Children; writer Anchor Baby,...
avatar for Katie Hyde

Katie Hyde

founder, Indie City Films; director Crazy Ex-Girlfriend OMG I Think...
avatar for Tobias Iaconis

Tobias Iaconis

co-writer Five Feet Apart, The Curse of La Llorona
avatar for Carrie Isgett

Carrie Isgett

Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment Group
avatar for Dana M. Jackson

Dana M. Jackson

Literary Manager, Fineman Entertainment; producer Park, Typewriter...
avatar for Alison James

Alison James

writer/director Judas Collar; winner Best Short Film, Austin Film...
avatar for Rochée Jeffrey

Rochée Jeffrey

co-producer Beverly Hills 90210, SMILF; producer Woke
avatar for Amy Louise Johnson

Amy Louise Johnson

writer Tyrant, The Long Road Home, Messiah, Nightflyers
avatar for Erika L. Johnson

Erika L. Johnson

writer/ producer The Good Lord Bird, The Village, Queen Sugar, Shades...
avatar for Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Gran Via Productions; executive producer Better Call Saul, Breaking...
avatar for Ben Cory Jones

Ben Cory Jones

writer/creator Boomerang; writer Insecure, Underground; producer Step...
avatar for Henry Jones

Henry Jones

writer Jupiter's Legacy; 2016 Drama, Sci-Fi, and Enderby...
avatar for Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Senior Story and Creative Artist, Pixar Animation Studios; writer...
avatar for Barry Josephson

Barry Josephson

Josephson Entertainment; Film - producer Enchanted, Dirty Grandpa,...
avatar for Elizabeth Kaiden

Elizabeth Kaiden

co-founder, The Writers Lab
avatar for Dave Kajganich

Dave Kajganich

creator/showrunner The Terror; writer/producer Suspiria,...
avatar for Deena Kalai

Deena Kalai

avatar for Deborah Kaplan

Deborah Kaplan

co-writer Can’t Hardly Wait, Josie and the Pussycats, A Very Brady...
avatar for Lawrence Kasdan

Lawrence Kasdan

writer/director Body Heat, The Big Chill, Silverado, Grand Canyon;...
avatar for Charles Kim

Charles Kim

writer Heroes, Ben 10; comic book writer
avatar for Dan Kinnane

Dan Kinnane

writer/editor/cinematographer Rigor Mortis
avatar for Zac Kish

Zac Kish

Staff Writer, Luma Pictures
avatar for David Klawans

David Klawans

producer Argo, Nacho Libre
avatar for Adam Kolbrenner

Adam Kolbrenner

producer Prisoners, Deadfall; Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment
avatar for Bennett Krishock

Bennett Krishock

co-Producer/editor Swing Low
avatar for Neil Landau

Neil Landau

Assistant Dean, UCLA Department of Film, Television & Digital Media
avatar for John Langmore

John Langmore

co-director Cowboys
avatar for Valerie LaPointe

Valerie LaPointe

Story supervisor Toy Story 4; director Lamp Life
avatar for Jérémy Laval

Jérémy Laval

writer/director Noise
avatar for Kane Lee

Kane Lee

Head of Content, Baobab Studios
avatar for Meg LeFauve

Meg LeFauve

writer Inside Out, Captain Marvel, Good Dinosaur
avatar for Ali LeRoi

Ali LeRoi

writer/director/producer Everybody Hates Chris, Survivor's Remorse,...
avatar for Philip Levens

Philip Levens

creator/showrunner Ascension; executive producer South Beach;...
avatar for Samantha Levenshus

Samantha Levenshus

writer Neon Future (comic book), The Grimm World (play), Holy...
avatar for Nathalie Lichtenthaeler

Nathalie Lichtenthaeler

producer Don’t Go, As if I’m not There, The Front Line, Cowboys &...
avatar for Jeffrey Lieber

Jeffrey Lieber

writer/showrunner Lost, Miami Medical, AIsha, NCIS New Orleans
avatar for Matt Lieberman

Matt Lieberman

writer The Christmas Chronicles, Free Guy, Playing with Fire, The...
avatar for Kat Likkel

Kat Likkel

co-showrunner Downward Dog, Galavant; co-writer Country Musical,...
avatar for Gabbi Lindgren

Gabbi Lindgren

moderator; AFF Script Competitions Manager
avatar for Attica Locke

Attica Locke

author of five books; writer/producer When They See Us, Little Fires...
avatar for Andrew Logan

Andrew Logan

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick
avatar for Miles Luna

Miles Luna

Head Writer of Animation, Rooster Teeth; director
avatar for Britta Lundin

Britta Lundin

writer Riverdale, Betty; author Ship It
avatar for Kirk Lynn

Kirk Lynn

The Method Gun; head of the Department of Theatre and Dance at UT;...
avatar for Keith Maitland

Keith Maitland

director/producer Tower, A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story
avatar for David Mandel

David Mandel

executive producer Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm; writer Seinfeld,...
avatar for Marc Manus

Marc Manus

Manager/Producer, Zero Gravity Management
avatar for Lucas Martell

Lucas Martell

writer/director Pigeon: Impossible, The OceanMaker
avatar for Chris Mass

Chris Mass

writer/producer Chalk, Bobbie Sue, Free Birds
avatar for Jono Matt

Jono Matt

co-writer Captain Planet
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

co-host Scriptnotes; writer Chernobyl, Identity Thief, The Hangover...
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

The Blondes AMC/Shudder, Fifty Universal TV, Something in the Water...
avatar for Carolyn McCulley

Carolyn McCulley

director The Rage of Evil: Thoughts from a Former School Shooter
avatar for Samantha McIntyre

Samantha McIntyre

writer Unicorn Store; writer/producer People of Earth; executive...
avatar for Aline Brosh McKenna

Aline Brosh McKenna

co-creator/showrunner Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, writer The Devil Wears...

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