Friday, October 25 • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Semifinalists and Above Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television

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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.

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Robert Port

writer/director Peace
Robert Port is a writer, director and an Academy Award winner for his film “Twin Towers,” a documentary about Detective Joe Vigiano, an elite New York City policeman who was killed during the tragic events of 9/11. “Twin Towers” was also screened at the prestigious Sundance... Read More →
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Jenna Bond

Manager of Outreach & Member Services, WGAE
Jenna Bond leads the Indie, Documentary and New Media Caucuses for the WGA East, and also manages the Made in NY Writers Room, an initiative to increase diversity in television funded by the New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Jenna works with independent screenwriters... Read More →
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David Berenbaum

writer Elf, The Haunted Mansion, The Spiderwick Chronicles
DAVID BERENBAUM is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has written the screenplays for New Line Cinema’s, “ELF”, starring Will Ferrell and Disney’s, “THE HAUNTED MANSION.” He has also co-written the screenplays... Read More →
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VJ Boyd

writer/producer S.W.A.T., Justified
VJ Boyd has written for Justified and SWAT and is the author of the comic book series NIGHT MOVES for IDW. He is currently producing a pilot for NBC based on THE BONE COLLECTOR books and feature film.
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Cam Cannon

writer/executive producer USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage; executive producer Give 'Em Hell Malone, Speed Kills, Tokarev a/k/a Rage; development executive The Big Bang, Casino Jack
A native of Atlanta, Cam Cannon attended University of Georgia, where he majored in Drama and worked on several student films in various capacities. After college, he and his wife co-produced a micro-budget feature and decided to move to Los Angeles... Read More →
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Tripper Clancy

writer Stuber, Four Facing the Bank
After working in the Fox Writers Studio in 2011, Tripper has gone on to write comedies and dramas of all shapes and sizes for Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Amazon, Netflix, MGM, eOne, Fox Animation, Paramount Animation, Hasbro and even studios abroad. His credits include action-comedy... Read More →
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Ryan Cunningham

Literary Manager, Anonymous Content; producer Slender Man
Ryan Cunningham is a literary manager and producer at Anonymous Content. 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 worked in the... Read More →
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Matt Dy

Manager, Lit Entertainment Group; Former Director of Script Competitions, Austin Film Festival
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Christina Hodson

writer Transformers: Bumblebee, Birds of Prey (2020)
Hodson first transitioned from development executive to screenwriter in 2012. Her first three spec scripts were featured on the Black List three years in a row, the most recent of which, The Eden Project, was a sci-fi action script that sold in a bidding war to Sony. This led to her... Read More →
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Karen Schaler

writer A Christmas Prince, Christmas Camp, Every Day is Christmas, Rediscovering Christmas
Karen Schaler is a three-time Emmy Award–winning storyteller, author, screenwriter, journalist, and national TV host. In the last two years, she has written original screenplays for Netflix, Hallmark, and Lifetime Christmas movies. In 2017, Schaler wrote Netflix’s first original... Read More →
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Kendrick Tan

Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment Group
KENDRICK TAN is a literary manager at Lit Entertainment Group. Prior to that he was a manager at Madhouse Entertainment. He attended school at University of California, Irvine.
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Carly Wray

writer/producer Westworld, The Leftovers, Mindhunter, Mad Men
Carly Wray is an award-winning television writer, producer, and screenwriter. A graduate of Reed College and USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Wray got her start on MAD MEN, where she began as the writers’ assistant and ultimately won a Writers Guild Award for the show's final season... Read More →
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Jono Matt

co-writer Captain Planet
Jono Matt was featured on our 2017 AFF 25 Screenwriters To Watch list with his writing partner and Austin native, Glen Powell. Jono is currently co-writing the live-action Captain Planet movie with Leonardo DiCaprio producing. He's also working on an action-comedy with Imagine Entertainment... Read More →
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Gillian Bohrer

Partner, Megamix
Gillian Bohrer is a partner in Megamix Productions alongside writer/director Jonathan Levine. Megamix is a film and television production company with a first look deal at Lionsgate.Prior to the launch of Megamix, Gillian spent 13 years as a studio executive at Summit Entertainment... Read More →

Friday October 25, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701