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Wednesday, October 23
 

7:00pm

17th Annual Film and Food Fundraising Party
Austin Film Festival is pleased to announce their 17th 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. 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.

Speakers
avatar for Ed Solomon

Ed Solomon

writer HBO’s Mosaic, Men in Black, Untitled Steven Soderbergh feature; co-writer Bill & Ted Face the Music, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Now You See Me 1 & 2, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Untitled David O Russell feature
When Bill & Ted Face the Music comes out in 2020, Ed Solomon will have had a major filmreleased in each of the last 5 decades, starting in 1989 with his (and co-writer Chris Matheson’s)first feature, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The 90’s saw Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Men... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday October 23, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Mezzanine 604 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas 78701
 
Thursday, October 24
 

11:30am

Opening Remarks
Austin Film Festival welcomes you to its 26th annual celebration of storytelling through film, television, theatre, and new media. Bringing together industry icons, independent filmmakers, aspiring storytellers, and everyone in between. This year’s Festival will once again feature intimate discussions, workshops, premieres, retrospectives, parties, and countless networking opportunities. Join AFF staff and special guests for Opening Remarks to discover more about the week ahead and learn last-minute additions, schedule changes, and special announcements about this year’s Festival & Conference.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Ed Solomon

Ed Solomon

writer HBO’s Mosaic, Men in Black, Untitled Steven Soderbergh feature; co-writer Bill & Ted Face the Music, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Now You See Me 1 & 2, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Untitled David O Russell feature
When Bill & Ted Face the Music comes out in 2020, Ed Solomon will have had a major filmreleased in each of the last 5 decades, starting in 1989 with his (and co-writer Chris Matheson’s)first feature, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The 90’s saw Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Men... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Ballroom 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

A Conversation with Dave Kajganich
Join writer Dave Kajganich for a look at his career in the world of horror and adaptation, from his bold reimagining of the 1977 supernatural horror film Suspiria to his role as creator and showrunner of AMC’s horror anthology series The Terror.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Moderator; Executive Director and Co-Founder, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
avatar for Dave Kajganich

Dave Kajganich

creator/showrunner The Terror; writer/producer Suspiria, writer/executive producer A Bigger Splash; writer True Story
Dave is a screenwriter and producer in both television and features, having come to filmmaking from studying fiction writing at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. He's most recently written an adaptation of Tim Winton's THE RIDERS for Ridley Scott, an adaptation of the YA novel... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

1:00pm

First Three Pages, Live!
Join AFF for an afternoon of live readings featuring the first three pages of works-in-progress, forgotten screenplays, and a few other surprises.

This panel is co-presented by ColdTowne Theater.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Dave Buckman

Dave Buckman

The Second City, Boom Chicago, American Crime, Machete
Dave Buckman has directed, taught and performed at some of the world’s leading improvisational comedy institutions. After several years studying and teaching improv in Chicago, Dave served as Artistic Director of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, where he was fortunate to work with and... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday October 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

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!

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Steven DeBose

Steven DeBose

Director of Script Competitions, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
avatar for Zac Kish

Zac Kish

Staff Writer, Luma Pictures
Zac Kish grew up as a military brat, adventurously bouncing in and out of the country like a chubbier Johnny Quest, and now sits in a single dark room making stuff up and eating cheese balls, lit only by his dirty laptop screen and a second-place smile. Zac is currently on staff writing... Read More →
avatar for Marissa Tandon

Marissa Tandon

creator Super Ordinary, The Sword & The Stoner
Marissa Tandon is a writer, actor, and director based in Los Angeles. She is the writer and creator of the narrative fiction podcasts Super Ordinary and The Sword & The Stoner. She is the co-founder of Tandon Productions, which focuses on bringing new voices to the multi-media landscape... Read More →
avatar for Alison James

Alison James

writer/director Judas Collar; winner Best Short Film, Austin Film Festival 2018; director Outback Truckers
Alison James is an award-winning director and writer living between Perth, Western Australia and Los Angeles. Her short film Judas Collar won Best Short Film at the Austin Film Festival and St Kilda Film Festival, twice qualifying it for the Oscars in 2020.It premiered at the Sydney... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Ballroom 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Indie Film Track: The Filmmakers 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.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Ashland Viscosi

Ashland Viscosi

moderator; Founder, Creatives Meet Business

Speakers
avatar for Melora Walters

Melora Walters

writer/director Drowning
Melora Walters was born to American parents in Saudi Arabia.She grew up there as well as Holland, Arkansas, and New York.In 2016 she began making her own films.She is also known as an actress, having worked with Paul Thomas Anderson,Ridley Scott, John McNaughton, Ruben Fleischer... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Cummings

Daniel Cummings

writer/producer/actor Man Camp
Born and raised in northern Wyoming, Daniel Cummings' first introduction to Hollywood was as an actor, appearing in various guest star roles on soaps and serial dramas, as well as voicing promos for CBS, FOX, TNT, NFL Network, and Disney Junior. A product of the University of Colorado... Read More →
avatar for Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

director/producer Wade in the Water
MARK WILSON (DIRECTOR, PRODUCER) graduated from SCC Film School with a major in Film Production won "Best Picture" and "The Audience Choice Award" at The SCC Film Festival two years in a row, as well as "Best Documentary" at The Phoenix Film Festival. Mark is the Director-Producer... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Assembly Room 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Mistakes Were Made: Learning From Screw-Ups Past and Present
We all make mistakes, and in a business where one wrong move can land you ten steps back, learning how to move past those screw-ups is the name of the game. Join the four friends who brought you the Failure and Inner Critic panels of years past for an for an honest, off-the record conversation about making mistakes and learning to bounce back in a cut-throat industry that can be anything but forgiving.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

writer Pixar's Onward (2020), writer/director A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, It's Not About the Nail
Jason Headley is the co-writer of Pixar’s upcoming film “Onward.” He wrote and directed the feature film "A Bad Idea Gone Wrong" which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. His short films—including the viral videos "It's Not About the Nail" and "F*ck That... Read More →
avatar for Oren Uziel

Oren Uziel

writer/director Shimmer Lake; writer 22 Jump Street, Freaks of Nature, The Cloverfield Paradox
Oren Uziel wrote and directed, SHIMMER LAKE, which previously won an award at the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. His other credits include 22 JUMP STREET, THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX and FREAKS OF NATURE. He’s currently writing the sequel to DETECTIVE PIKACHU as well... Read More →
avatar for Christina Hodson

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 →
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

writer Moana, Ralph Breaks The Internet; comic book writer Rick and Morty, My Boyfriend is a Bear


Thursday October 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

1:00pm

On Writing Beverly Hills Cop: A Conversation with Daniel Petrie, Jr.
Join Heart of Film Awardee and writer, Daniel Petrie, Jr. for a closer look at his 1984 comedy classic Beverly Hills Cop. In this panel, Petrie will share his experience writing the box office smash hit starring Eddie Murphy that earned Petrie an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Daniel Petrie, Jr.

2019 Recipient of the Heart of Film Award
Daniel Petrie, Jr. is a partner in Enderby Entertainment, an independent film finance and production company, founded in 2006 by Petrie and producer Rick Dugdale.  In 1985, Petrie received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his first produced script, the... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

1:00pm

The Writer/Manager Relationship
You hear it from everyone—finding representation is the key to opening the doors of Hollywood. So what should you be looking for in a manager, and what can you expect from that relationship once you’ve found one? Join screenwriter and former AFF winner Henry Jones alongside his literary manager Ryan Cunningham for an in-depth exploration of the writer/manager relationship and how to make the most of this working partnership.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

moderator; Producer; Director, Hollins University Graduate Screenwriting Program, Co-Founder ProPath Screenwriting

Speakers
avatar for Henry Jones

Henry Jones

writer Jupiter's Legacy; 2016 Drama, Sci-Fi, and Enderby Entertainment Screenplay Award Recipient
Henry's screenplay, STATIC, won the Drama, Sci-Fi and Enderby Entertainment Awards at the 2016 Austin Film Festival – a feat never before achieved in the prestigious festival’s 20+ year history. He's gone on to find success in features and television as a writer and producer.He's... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

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 →


Thursday October 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Austin Pitch #1
It’s the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of 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.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

The Blondes AMC/Shudder, Fifty Universal TV, Something in the Water Effenson Entertainment, Haven Sy/Fy Channel, Missy Piggle Wiggle Freckle Films Free Willy WB, Disney Feature Fellow, Associate Professor and Screenwriting Area Head UT Austin
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 screenwriting... Read More →
avatar for Tawnya Benavides-Bhattacharya

Tawnya Benavides-Bhattacharya

Founder, TV Writing School, Script Anatomy; writer/co-executive producer Ginny & Georgia, A Million Little Things, Famous In Love, Perception, The Night Shift, The Client List, Fairly Legal
Tawnya Benavides Bhattacharya is currently a Co-Executive Producer on Netflix's Ginny & Georgia with her writing partner, Ali Laventhol. They previously wrote on A Million Little Things (ABC), Famous in Love (Freeform), The Night Shift (NBC), Perception (TNT), The Client List (Lifetime... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

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. 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 23 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 24 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 25 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 26 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Bond

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 →
avatar for Kerry Ball

Kerry Ball

literary agent; Head of Development, Meridian Artists
Kerry Ball is a Literary Agent and Head of Development at Meridian Artists. Kerry joined the Meridian team in 2010 as an Associate where she worked closely with the Agents and roster to facilitate employment opportunities and project sales in both Canada and the USA. She transitioned... Read More →
avatar for Mikki Daughtry

Mikki Daughtry

co-writer Five Feet Apart, The Curse of La Llorona
MIKKI DAUGHTRY and TOBIAS IACONIS had two films in theaters in 2019. CBS Films released FIVE FEET APART, starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lue Richardson, produced by Cathy Schulman and Justin Baldoni, directed by Justin Baldoni. And Warner Bros. released THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, a... Read More →
avatar for Michael Fry

Michael Fry

writer/co-creator Over The Hedge; writer/illustrator The Odd Squad series, How To Be A Supervillain series; co-writer/illustrator The Naughty List series
Michael Fry is an author/illustrator/screenwriter. He is the co-creator/writer of the syndicated comic strip Over the Hedge that inspired the 2006 DreamWorks Animation feature animated film (the most successful film ever made from a comic strip). He is also the creator of three additional... Read More →
avatar for Carrye Glazar

Carrye Glazar

executive producer ACCTV at Austin Community College
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 worked... Read More →
avatar for Daniela Gonzalez

Daniela Gonzalez

Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion
Daniela Gonzalez 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 Asia... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

co-writer/director ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Junk, In Her Place, The Saviors
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 Lionsgate and premiered... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

writer Thor, X-MEN: First Class, Red Sonja; writer/producer Fringe, Black Sails, Lore
Ashley Edward Miller is a film and television writer best known for Thor and X-Men: First Class. Most recently in television, Ashley wrote and produced for the second season of Lore on Amazon Prime, and the critically acclaimed fourth season of Black Sails on Starz. He also worked... Read More →
avatar for Larry Postel

Larry Postel

writer Flip Turn, High Holiday, The Main Event
Born and raised in Dallas, Larry received his B.S. Degree in Advertising from the University of Texas in Austin in 1978.  He also took several film classes while at U.T., including one in TV writing that triggered Larry’s interest in scriptwriting. After college, Larry moved to... Read More →
avatar for Ric Roman Waugh

Ric Roman Waugh

writer/director/producer Felon, Snitch, Shot Caller, That Which I Love Destroys Me, Angel Has Fallen, Greenland
avatar for Gary Whitta

Gary Whitta

writer, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli, After Earth
GARY WHITTA is a screenwriter and author best known as co-writer of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. He also wrote the post-apocalyptic thriller THE BOOK OF ELI starring Denzel Washington, co-wrote the Will Smith sci-fi adventure AFTER EARTH, and served as writer and story consultant... Read More →
avatar for Emily Zulauf

Emily Zulauf

Narrative Director, Probably Monsters Games; Creative Development Associate, Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

writer/co-producer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena; co-writer Patriots Day
Matt Cook is a screenwriter, director, and producer of various studio and independent films and television. His work includes The Duel, Triple Nine, Patriot‘s Day, and the upcoming films The Informer and Angel Has Fallen to be released this fall. Both The Duel (previously known... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Logan

Andrew Logan

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick
Andrew Logan is a writer and producer based in Austin, TX. He was named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch in 2017 along with his writing partner, Taylor Allen. Together they were listed on the 2015 Black List for the screenplay they wrote called Chappaquiddick, a political... Read More →
avatar for Gillian Bohrer

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 →


Thursday October 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

WORK IN PROGRESS: Idea to Story
We believe it is not a writer’s level of talent that determines their success, but rather how they work with and manage that talent. In WORK IN PROGRESS, Ed Solomon and Max Borenstein (with special guests) will lead a question and answer workshop using the writing issues attendees are currently facing as a backdrop to discuss the real thing that separates the pros from the not-yet pros: the ability to assess, mine and cultivate one’s own unique gifts, and to keep them growing throughout a lifetime. Participants are requested to come prepared with questions on specific issues they are facing while moving from Idea to Story.

THIS IS AN EXTENDED PANEL THAT WILL END AT 3:00PM.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Max Borenstein

Max Borenstein

creator The Terror: Infamy, Untitled Showtime Lakers Project (2020, HBO), Untitled Game of Thrones Spinoff, Minority Report; writer: Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla 2, Godzilla v. Kong (2020), What is Life Worth (2020)
Max Borenstein wrote the script for 2014’s blockbuster GODZILLA, as well as KONG: SKULL ISLAND, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (story), and the forthcoming GODZILLA V. KONG.His next film as writer and producer, the drama WHAT IS LIFE WORTH, based on Kenneth Feinberg's memoir of... Read More →
avatar for Ed Solomon

Ed Solomon

writer HBO’s Mosaic, Men in Black, Untitled Steven Soderbergh feature; co-writer Bill & Ted Face the Music, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Now You See Me 1 & 2, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Untitled David O Russell feature
When Bill & Ted Face the Music comes out in 2020, Ed Solomon will have had a major filmreleased in each of the last 5 decades, starting in 1989 with his (and co-writer Chris Matheson’s)first feature, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The 90’s saw Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Men... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
800 Congress 800 Congress, Austin, TX 78701

2:30pm

Script Reading Workshop: Something Stolen
Comedy Feature Second Round
By David Zorn

Logline:When a priceless heirloom wedding ring with a storied history of getting lost in bizarre circumstances is stolen by a violent Canadian drug kingpin, a mild-mannered groom must find his inner badass and prove himself worthy of his predecessors by stealing it back before the wedding.

Thursday October 24, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, State Boardroom

2:45pm

A Conversation with Lulu Wang
Join us for an in-depth conversation with writer/director Lulu Wang. In this panel, Wang will discuss her career in film, from her first—indie rom-com Posthumous, to most recently writing and directing The Farewell, a compelling story about a Chinese family, who instead of telling their ailing grandmother about her own terminal illness, plan a wedding to say their final goodbyes.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Moderator; Executive Director and Co-Founder, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
avatar for Lulu Wang

Lulu Wang

writer/director The Farewell
With the unique ability to captivate audiences through her sincere storytelling, Chinese-American director Lulu Wang continues to establish herself as a writer and filmmaker to watch.Wang wrote and directed her second feature film THE FAREWELL, which A24 will release in July 2019... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

2:45pm

Austin Pitch Prep
Are you ready to give your best pitch? Get prepped to sell your script—and yourself!—and ensure your first pitch won’t be your last. Will you be in the select group that makes it through to the Pitch Competition Finale?


Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

writer Moana, Ralph Breaks The Internet; comic book writer Rick and Morty, My Boyfriend is a Bear


Thursday October 24, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

2:45pm

Indie Film Track: The Documentary
Just like fiction writing, all good documentaries start with one thing—a strong subject with a compelling narrative. Join this panel of documentary filmmakers for a conversation on capturing strong, subject-driven stories from the world around us, and the research, preparation, and commitment to storytelling that goes into making a documentary film.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Curtis

Greg Curtis

moderator; Former Editor of Texas Monthly

Speakers
avatar for John Langmore

John Langmore

co-director Cowboys
John Langmore’s relationship with the working cowboy traces back to his great-grandfather who was one of Colonel Teddy Roosevelt’s original Rough Riders. His father, Bank Langmore, published The Cowboy in 1975 and is considered one of the pioneers of contemporary western photography.Beginning... Read More →
avatar for Stacey Tenenbaum

Stacey Tenenbaum

director Pipe Dreams
Stacey Tenenbaum is an award-winning creative producer and director.  In 2014 she founded H2L Productions, a boutique documentary film production company specializing in crafting character driven stories which are shot internationally.  H2L Productions’ first documentary feature Shiners... Read More →
avatar for Katie Hyde

Katie Hyde

founder, Indie City Films; director Crazy Ex-Girlfriend OMG I Think It's Over, All Choked Up; producer Jennifer 42, Before/During/After, Mount Joy
Katie Hyde is a director/producer/DP and runs Indie City Films, a production company in Brooklyn. She creates video content for platforms and brands such as the NY Post, UK Sunday Times, Refinery29, Domino Magazine, Creative Mornings and others. Katie is currently in production with... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

2:45pm

Inside Submissions: What Gets Noticed (Good AND Bad) and Why 
Join this conversation on how scripts read when submitted to competitions, festivals, and writing programs. From scripts with great ideas but weak execution, to the reverse, panelists will discuss how to identify your strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and how to present your story in its best possible light.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Bond

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 →
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

Manager, Lit Entertainment Group; Former Director of Script Competitions, Austin Film Festival
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.  She also oversees the Fresh Ink Initiative, focusing on finding emerging talent to develop... Read More →
avatar for Nitza Wilon

Nitza Wilon

co-founder, The Writers Lab
Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon formed WIST (Women in the Script Trade) to work with exceptional women screenwriters, develop promising projects for production, and to build and manage script development labs. Kaiden and Wilon are co-founders and directors of The Writers Lab for... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Kaiden

Elizabeth Kaiden

co-founder, The Writers Lab
Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon formed WIST (Women in the Script Trade) to work with exceptional women screenwriters, develop promising projects for production, and to build and manage script development labs. Kaiden and Wilon are co-founders and directors of The Writers Lab for... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

2:45pm

Inside the Development Process
What do production companies look for when taking on new projects in film and television, and how are scripts selected for development? Join the Josephson Entertainment team for a behind the scenes look into the development and production process and what executives look for in the writers they choose to support.

Moderators
avatar for Ryan P. Hall

Ryan P. Hall

Head of Development, Rooster Teeth; executive producer Blood Fest, Lazer Team 2, Immerson: Shark Week

Speakers
avatar for D. Matt Geller

D. Matt Geller

Executive Vice President/Head of Features, Josephson Entertainment
In 2018, D. Matt Geller joined veteran producer Barry Josephson at Josephson Entertainment. He is the company’s Executive Vice President, overseeing the film division. Previously, Geller’s producing credits included the feature film REMEMBER.  It starred Academy Award winners... Read More →
avatar for Dan Tischler

Dan Tischler

Senior Vice President/Head of TV, Josephson Entertainment
Dan is an established entertainment executive and creative producer with nearly 20 years of experience creating dynamic content for TV and digital platforms. In 2018, he joined Josephson Entertainment as Senior Vice President where he leads the company’s TV initiatives across broadcast... Read More →
avatar for Kelsi Fleming

Kelsi Fleming

Creative Executive, Josephson Entertainment
Kelsi Fleming currently works as a Creative Executive at Josephson Entertainment. She works on both the Film and Television slates, identifying and developing projects. Before joining Josephson in 2018, Fleming was at Brillstein Entertainment Partners, primarily working with writers... Read More →
avatar for Christian Bersani

Christian Bersani

Creative Executive, Josephson Entertainment
Christian Bersani joined Josephson Entertainment in 2018 as Creative Executive of Film and Television; he currently helps to identify, develop, and produce projects for Josephson’s scripted feature and TV slates. Previously, Bersani served as Manager of Scripted Programming at Thinkfactory... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

2:45pm

Austin Pitch #2
It’s the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of 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.

Speakers
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 thousands of writers with their screenplays. Her book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Screenwriting (University of Texas Press), is one of the highest rated screenwriting books on Amazon, out of over 3,000 books on the subject. It's considered the go-to manual many professionals swear by and is on the syllabus for film schools across the U.S. including the acclaimed screenwriting... Read More →
avatar for Owen Egerton

Owen Egerton

writer/director Blood Fest, Follow, Mercy Black


Thursday October 24, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

2:45pm

Conference Q&A Session: Ashley Miller
*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 23 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 24 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 25 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 26 | 8:30AM-3:00PM

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

writer Thor, X-MEN: First Class, Red Sonja; writer/producer Fringe, Black Sails, Lore
Ashley Edward Miller is a film and television writer best known for Thor and X-Men: First Class. Most recently in television, Ashley wrote and produced for the second season of Lore on Amazon Prime, and the critically acclaimed fourth season of Black Sails on Starz. He also worked... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

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. 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 23 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 24 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 25 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 26 | 8:30AM-3:00PM

Speakers
avatar for Paul Puri

Paul Puri

writer, Chicago Med; Psychiatrist
Paul Puri is a TV writer and psychiatrist, currently working as a Story Editor on CHICAGO MED on NBC. He began writing short stories in childhood with his first screenplay at 17, bad plays in college, and spec scripts during his medical training. He won Scriptapalooza in 2014, which... Read More →
avatar for Julie Benson

Julie Benson

writer Wu Assassins, The 100, DC Comics Batgirl, Birds of Prey comic, Green Arrow comic; co-producer Untitled Star Trek Animated Series for Nickelodeon
Shawna and Julie are a sister writing team who not only share the same birthday (three years apart), but also a love of genre TV/Film and Comics. That love inspired their move from the cornfields of Illinois to sunny Los Angeles to pursue careers in screenwriting. The Benson Sisters... Read More →
avatar for Shawna Benson

Shawna Benson

writer/co-producer Wu Assassins, The 100; writer DC's Batgirl, Birds of Prey comic, Green Arrow comic; co-producer Untitled Star Trek Animated Series for Nickelodeon
Shawna and Julie are a sister writing team who not only share the same birthday (three years apart), but also a love of genre TV/Film and Comics. That love inspired their move from the cornfields of Illinois to sunny Los Angeles to pursue careers in screenwriting. The Benson Sisters... Read More →
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Whitney Davis

boutique literary manager; screenwriting instructor
Whitney Davis BIOWhitney Davis is the founder of Whitney Davis Literary, a boutique literary firm offering management for screenwriters and editorial/career consulting services for writers at large. After receiving her BA in Literature and Creative Writing, Whitney moved to Los Angeles... Read More →
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Glenn Gers

writer Fracture, Mad Money; writer/director Like.Share.Follow, Disfigured
Glenn Gers was born and raised in New York City, and graduated from Yale University. His original screenplay NIGHTBIRDS won a Fellowship Grant in Screenwriting from the New York Foundation For The Arts. He has been a professional screen-and-television writer for 25 years, working... Read More →
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Samantha Levenshus

writer Neon Future (comic book), The Grimm World (play), Holy Unexpected (tv); Development Executive, Script Pipeline
Samantha Levenshus works as a writer in sunny Santa Monica. She recently finished work on Steve Aoki’s comic book series NEON FUTURE, which she co-wrote with Eisner Award-winner Jim Krueger. Her love for characters and storytelling was born in theater and, as a playwright, she’s... Read More →
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Nora Nolan

writer Trial & Error, Paradise PD
Nora Nolan grew up in a perfect little town called Maplewood, NJ and she never shuts up about it. Nora learned to push comedy boundaries in her large Irish Catholic family where, in order to get a word in edgewise, you either had to lead with a case of Bud Heavy or an edgy punch line... Read More →
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Susan O'Connor

Story Consultant, Netflix; Lead Writer, Torn (PlayStation VR); Story Consultant, Batman (Telltale); Lead Writer, Star Wars 1313 (LucasArts); Story Consultant, Dishonored 2 (Bethesda); Writer, Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics); Lead Writer, Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft); Writer, BioShock (2K)
Susan O'Connor tells stories for a living. Award-winning titles in her portfolio (including BioShock, Far Cry 2, and Tomb Raider) have sold over 30 million copies and generated over half a billion dollars in sales. She also teaches a course in interactive storytelling at UT Austin... Read More →
avatar for Conrad Sun

Conrad Sun

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 24, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

2:45pm

Second Rounders and Above Panel: From Page to Production – A Workshop with Michael Grillo
What happens to your script once it’s been greenlit? What does production look like for the writers, and what is the collaborative process for getting your script in shape for a shoot? In this workshop, executive producer of Marvel mega-hits like Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War Michael Grillo will examine 3 preselected scripts from AFF's script competition and discuss next steps for the script as it moves into production.

This panel is for Second Rounders and Above.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Grillo

Michael Grillo

executive producer Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man, Captain America: Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man
Michael Grillo started his career in production as a DGA trainee on Young Frankenstein and The Towering Inferno. He became the 2nd assistant director on Fun with Dick and Jane, New York, New York with Martin Scorsese and The Deerhunter which won the Best Picture Oscar that year. He... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

2:45pm

The HartChart: Eighth Grade
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 Bo Burnham’s award-winning Eighth Grade as a case study, join this breakdown of establishing main character desires, charting the progress toward their goals, and creating a successful resolution all while keeping the script full of thrills. Using 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.

THIS IS AN EXTENDED PANEL THAT WILL END AT 4:15PM

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for James V.  Hart

James V. Hart

creator/executive producer The Hot Zone; writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones; Creator, HartChart
JAMES V. HART (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... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Ballroom 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

5:00pm

Opening Night Reception presented by Whataburger
Opening Night Reception 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.

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


Thursday October 24, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Colorado Lease 415 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701

7:00pm

Sleeping in Plastic
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, 109 MIN)

Writer/Director: Van Ditthavong
Cast: Alex MacNicoll, Addison Timlin, Dash Mihok, Corin Nemec, Nick Chinlund

As a high school wrestler becomes ensnared by an alluring drifter desperate to
escape her sadistic lover, he is drawn deeper into the dangerous underside of his
small Texas town.

Click here to listen to writer/director Van Ditthavong discuss Sleeping in Plastic during his On Story interview
Click here to purchase a film pass or badge today!

PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
NOT permitted:
• No large bags over 14 x 12 x 6 in size
• No food or beverage of any kind
• No weapons of any shape or size (including
firearms, explosives, pocket knives, etc.)
• No cameras or recorders of any kind
ALLOWED but subject to inspection:
• Bags smaller than 14 x 12 x 6
• Diaper bags (when child is present)
• Medically necessary items (including breast
pumps)
• Jackets and coats

Sponsors
avatar for Austin Horror Society

Austin Horror Society

Leader, Austin Horror society
Please come say hi, I am crissy, the volunteer with all the hats! We would love to interview anyone that has a thriller, suspense or horror film to share. Find us on Facebook.



Thursday October 24, 2019 7:00pm - 8:49pm
State Theatre 719 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

7:10pm

Shorts Program 1 - Who's The Boss?
(TRT: 98 min)

THIS IS A ROBBERY (RUSSIA, 11 MIN)
Writer/Director: Anna Korchagina, Ivan Stepanov
A thief breaks into an office and finds the safe. However, the only person with the
password has just hung themself.

LUGHEAD (USA, 10 MIN)
Writer/Director: Corey Shurge
Two strangers meet in a motel room where everything is not as it seems.

SECURITY (UK, 16 MIN)
Writer/Director: Daniel Outram
When a middle-aged man lets a young woman have a go at driving his car, a
moment of intimacy turns sour.

BONDED (USA, 12 MIN)
Writer: Kristina Denton, Tim Martin Gleason, Jay Blair
Director: Tim Martin Gleason
In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, Sam and Jess enlist the help of a
stranger from Craigslist to play the victim in a kidnapping role-play.

IT’S ME (SPAIN, 12 MIN)
Writer/Director: Andrea Casaseca
Maria is a larger-than-life “mean girl”. However, life often has a way of balancing
the scales.

MONEY SHOT (UK, 11 MIN)
Writer/Director: Benedict Cohen
The UK’s number one celebrity sex-tape broker is confronted by his worst
nightmare: a tape of his own wife.

DIG YOUR OWN GRAVE (USA, 14 MIN)
Writer: Kirk Larsen, Amos Vernon
Director: Kirk Larsen
Two men, one gun, and one shovel; Dig Your Own Grave hilariously tracks a horrible
afternoon in two men’s lives.

ACE (USA, 12 MIN)
Writer/Director: Timothy Zakerin
A young boy finds solace in a 1950s film noir detective show and puts his
hardboiled skills to the test when real life danger comes his way.

Click here to purchase a film pass or badge today!

Sponsors


Thursday October 24, 2019 7:10pm - 8:43pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm

Ace
(USA, 12 MIN)

Writer/Director: Timothy Zakerin

A young boy finds solace in a 1950s film noir detective show and puts his
hardboiled skills to the test when real life danger comes his way.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 1: Who' s The Boss?


Thursday October 24, 2019 7:10pm - 8:43pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm

Bonded
(USA, 12 MIN)

Writer: Kristina Denton, Tim Martin Gleason, Jay Blair
Director: Tim Martin Gleason

In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, Sam and Jess enlist the help of a
stranger from Craigslist to play the victim in a kidnapping role-play.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 1: Who's The Boss?


Thursday October 24, 2019 7:10pm - 8:43pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm

Dig Your Own Grave
(USA, 14 MIN)

Writer: Kirk Larsen, Amos Vernon
Director: Kirk Larsen

Two men, one gun, and one shovel; Dig Your Own Grave hilariously tracks a horrible
afternoon in two men’s lives.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 1: Who's The Boss?


Thursday October 24, 2019 7:10pm - 8:43pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm

It's me
(SPAIN, 12 MIN)

Writer/Director: Andrea Casaseca

Maria is a larger-than-life “mean girl”. However, life often has a way of balancing
the scales.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 1: Who's The Boss?


Thursday October 24, 2019 7:10pm - 8:43pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm

Lughead
(Canada, 10 MIN)

Writer/Director: Corey Shurge

Two strangers meet in a motel room where everything is not as it seems.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 1: Who's The Boss?


Thursday October 24, 2019 7:10pm - 8:43pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm

Money Shot
(UK, 11 MIN)

Writer/Director: Benedict Cohen

The UK’s number one celebrity sex-tape broker is confronted by his worst
nightmare: a tape of his own wife.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 1: Who's The Boss?


Thursday October 24, 2019 7:10pm - 8:43pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm

Security
(UK, 16 MIN)

Writer/Director: Daniel Outram

When a middle-aged man lets a young woman have a go at driving his car, a
moment of intimacy turns sour.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 1: Who's The Boss?


Thursday October 24, 2019 7:10pm - 8:43pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm

This is a Robbery
(RUSSIA, 11 MIN)

Writer/Director: Anna Korchagina, Ivan Stepanov

A thief breaks into an office and finds the safe. However, the only person with the
password has just hung themself.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 1: Who's The Boss?


Thursday October 24, 2019 7:10pm - 8:43pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm

Man Camp
(USA, 94 MIN)

Writers: Daniel Cummings, Scott Kruse, Josh Long
Director: Nate Bakke
Cast: Daniel Cummings, Erik Stocklin, Pete Gardner, Scott Kruse, Raleigh Cain,
Tammy Kaitz, Anna Rubley

Years after losing their father as kids, three man-children defend the family legacy
by putting their mom’s new fiancé through an epic gauntlet of manhood at their
dad’s old cabin.

Click here to listen to writer and actor Daniel Cummings discuss Man Camp during his On Story interview
Click here to purchase a film pass or badge today!



Thursday October 24, 2019 7:10pm - 8:44pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

7:15pm

Pipe Dreams
(USA, 78 MIN)

Director: Stacey Tenenbaum

The stakes are high for five young organists competing through the grueling
elimination rounds of the Canada International Organ Competition to prove their
musical worth.

Click here to purchase a film pass or badge today!

Sponsors


Thursday October 24, 2019 7:15pm - 8:33pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

7:30pm

The Obituary of Tunde Johnson - OPENING NIGHT FILM
US PREMIERE
(USA, 104 min)

Writer: Stanley Kalu
Director: Ali LeRoi

Cast: Steven Silver, Spencer Neville, Nicola Peltz

Tunde Johnson should be happy, but there is emptiness, a sorrow inside of him he just can’t shake. He is
adored by his wealthy, artist/intellectual Nigerian parents, his childhood best friend Marley and is also
deeply in love with Soren, his closeted boyfriend who is the captain of the Lacrosse team.

Tunde lives day in, day out, as Soren’s dark secret, as he is forced to deceive Marley and live in the shadows of her relationship with Soren. Prescription pills are his only way to cope and get through the day.

After coming out to his own parents, Tunde makes his way to Soren’s birthday party, with the goal of
convincing Soren to finally come out his conservative pundit father. However, before he arrives, Tunde is pulled over by the police and shot to death. He immediately awakens and is forced to live in a brutal time loop.


Thursday October 24, 2019 7:30pm - 9:14pm
Paramount Theatre 713 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

8:00pm

The Witness
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

(Switzerland, 111 MIN)

Writer: Mitko Panov, Wladyslaw Pasikowski, David Riker
Director: Mitko Panov
Cast: Bruno Ganz, Natasha Petrovic, Pádraic Delaney, Mirsad Ibisevic

At the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Vince Harrington, an ambition driven
officer of the court, searches for the only witness capable of testifying
against a war criminal.

Click here to purchase a film pass or badge today!



Thursday October 24, 2019 8:00pm - 9:51pm
Hideout Theatre 617 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

9:40pm

Sawah
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

(Luxembourg, 87 MIN)

Writer: Adolf El Assal, Dennis Foon, Sirvan Marogy
Director: Adolf El Assal
Cast: Karim Kassem, Eric Kabongo, Jean-Luc Couchard, Mourade Zeguendi,
Stéphane Bissot

Samir’s dream of competing in a prestigious DJing championship is jeopardized
when he is mistaken as a refugee and detained in Luxembourg, forcing him into a
colorful adventure to recover his identity.

Click here to purchase a film pass or badge today!



Thursday October 24, 2019 9:40pm - 11:07pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

10:00pm

Shorts Program 2 - Escapades
(TRT: 109 min)

WANTED: STRONG WOMAN (CANADA, 15 MIN)
Writer/Director: Marilyn Cooke
Nadege lacks the confidence to get what she wants from life... until the day she
discovers a new passion that awakens the beast inside her.

AUTOMATIC (GREECE, 10 MIN)
Writer/Director: Emma Doxiadi
Two girls think they are under threat after they accidentally photograph something
they’re not supposed to.

THE MERMAID OF MEVAGISSEY (UK, 18 MIN)
Writer/Director: Luc Mollinger
A village misfit and his brother find an extraordinary beast in their fishing net, but
their dreams of fame capsize as it stirs up their own personal monsters.

ROUNDHEADS AND CAVALIERS (UK, 13 MIN)
Writer: Kevin Mears
Director: Chloe Thomas
Keith has invited Alice along to try historical reenactment. But romance is ruined
by Lord Rupert de Vernier, who decides it’s only fair they fight for her.

CALL CONNECT. (AUSTRALIA, 17 MIN)
Writer: Indianna Bell
Director: Indianna Bell, Josiah Allen
A young helpline operator takes her first call.

MILK (NEW ZEALAND, 17 MIN)
Writer/Director: Pennie Hunt
A young widow confronts two crewmen from a German submarine who have come
ashore on a secret mission to steal fresh milk.

ROBU (USA, 19 MIN)
Writer: Kai Hasson, Josh Hallman
Director: Kai Hasson
The story of an American teenager in Tokyo on a quest to find a lost manga and a
connection with his father.

Click here to purchase a film pass or badge today!

Sponsors


Thursday October 24, 2019 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:00pm

Automatic
(Greece, 10 MIN)

Writer/Director: Emma Doxiadi

Two girls think they are under threat after they accidentally photograph something
they’re not supposed to.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 2: Escapades


Thursday October 24, 2019 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:00pm

Call Connect.
(Australia, 17 MIN)

Writer: Indianna Bell
Director: Indianna Bell, Josiah Allen

A young helpline operator takes her first call.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 2: Escapades


Thursday October 24, 2019 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:00pm

Milk
(New Zealand, 17 MIN)

Writer/Director: Pennie Hunt

A young widow confronts two crewmen from a German submarine who have come
ashore on a secret mission to steal fresh milk.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 2: Escapades


Thursday October 24, 2019 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:00pm

Robu
(USA, 19 MIN)

Writer: Kai Hasson, Josh Hallman
Director: Kai Hasson

The story of an American teenager in Tokyo on a quest to find a lost manga and a
connection with his father.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 2: Escapades


Thursday October 24, 2019 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:00pm

Roundheads and Cavaliers
(UK, 13 MIN)

Writer: Kevin Mears
Director: Chloe Thomas

Keith has invited Alice along to try historical reenactment. But romance is ruined
by Lord Rupert de Vernier, who decides it’s only fair they fight for her.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 2: Escapades


Thursday October 24, 2019 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:00pm

The Mermaid of Mevagissey
(UK, 18 MIN)

Writer/Director: Luc Mollinger

A village misfit and his brother find an extraordinary beast in their fishing net, but
their dreams of fame capsize as it stirs up their own personal monsters.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 2: Escapades


Thursday October 24, 2019 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:00pm

Wanted: Strong Woman
(Canada, 15 MIN)

Writer/Director: Marilyn Cooke

Nadege lacks the confidence to get what she wants from life... until the day she
discovers a new passion that awakens the beast inside her.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 2: Escapades


Thursday October 24, 2019 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:10pm

Rattlesnake
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, 85 min)

Writer/Director: Zak Hilditch (in attendance)
Cast: Carmen Ejogo, Theo Rossi, Emma Greenwell

Katrina (Carmen Ejogo) is a single mother driving cross country to start a new life
with her young daughter Clara (Apollina Pratt) when their car breaks down in the
middle of nowhere. As Katrina changes the tire, Clara wanders off the desert road
and is bitten by a venomous rattlesnake. Desperate to save her daughter’s life,
Katrina accepts the help of a mysterious woman, but after she miraculously heals
Clara, Katrina is asked to repay the good deed by killing a stranger in exchange
for the life saved. Without time to lose, she must wrestle with the morality of who
deserves to live and who should die, before her daughter’s life is once again put
in peril at sundown. Rattlesnake is a pulse-pounding, psychological horror film
directed by Zak Hilditch (1922, These Final Hours), also starring Theo Rossi (Sons of
Anarchy, Marvel’s Luke Cage) and Emma Greenwell (Shameless, Love & Friendship,
The Rock), and produced by Ross Dinerstein (1922, The Package, 6 Balloons).

Click here to purchase a film pass or badge today!

PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
NOT permitted:
• No large bags over 14 x 12 x 6 in size
• No food or beverage of any kind
• No weapons of any shape or size (including
firearms, explosives, pocket knives, etc.)
• No cameras or recorders of any kind
ALLOWED but subject to inspection:
• Bags smaller than 14 x 12 x 6
• Diaper bags (when child is present)
• Medically necessary items (including breast
pumps)
• Jackets and coats

Speakers
avatar for Zak Hilditch

Zak Hilditch

writer/director Rattlesnake, 1922, These Final Hours
Zak Hilditch is a native of Perth and studied film at Curtin University. In 2013 his first funded feature These Final Hours premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, picking up The Age critics prize for best film. The film later had its international premiere in the... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Austin Horror Society

Austin Horror Society

Leader, Austin Horror society
Please come say hi, I am crissy, the volunteer with all the hats! We would love to interview anyone that has a thriller, suspense or horror film to share. Find us on Facebook.



Thursday October 24, 2019 10:10pm - 11:35pm
State Theatre 719 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

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 schedule. Hosts include Gary Whitta, Erika Green Swafford, Stephany Folsom, Alec Berg, and April Shih. This party sets the tone for the rest of the week as panelists, filmmakers, screenwriters and attendees discuss what the rest of the conference and festival have in store. Grab a drink and enjoy the first late night party-but pace yourself, you've got a lot more ahead!

All WGA members gain access to the party 30-minutes early. Bring your membership card, come early, and stay late!

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

Speakers
avatar for Phil Hay

Phil Hay

writer/producer The Invitation, Destroyer; writer Crazy/Beautiful, Ride Along, Ride Along 2, Clash of the Titans
Phil Hay is a screenwriter and producer. Hay, partner Matt Manfredi, and director Karyn Kusama (who is also Hay’s wife) made the upcoming Los Angeles crime drama Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman, and the thriller The Invitation, which debuted at SXSW in 2015 and went on to play... Read More →
avatar for Gary Whitta

Gary Whitta

writer, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli, After Earth
GARY WHITTA is a screenwriter and author best known as co-writer of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. He also wrote the post-apocalyptic thriller THE BOOK OF ELI starring Denzel Washington, co-wrote the Will Smith sci-fi adventure AFTER EARTH, and served as writer and story consultant... Read More →
avatar for Stephany Folsom

Stephany Folsom

writer Star Wars Resistance, Toy Story 4; writer/consulting producer Lord of the Rings (2019); writer/executive producer Paper Girls
Stephany Folsom traveled the world producing short-form docs before her script 1969 A SPACE ODYSSEY: OR HOW KUBRICK LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LAND ON THE MOON made the 2013 Black List and Hit List. Since then, she's worked on Marvel's THOR: RAGNAROK, wrote on Lucasfilm's STAR WARS... Read More →
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Erika Green Swafford

consulting producer New Amsterdam; writer/producer How to get Away With Murder, The Mentalist
Erika Green Swafford is a writer, performer, and producer currently in development with Universal Television. Erika’s writing credits include NBC’s drama “New Amsterdam,” "Reverie," “How to Get Away With Murder,” and "The Mentalist." Erika began her career not in entertainment... Read More →
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April Shih

writer Evel, You're The Worst, Undone, Mrs. America
April Shih is a Los Angeles-based television writer and filmmaker. Growing up in a sleepy beach suburb, Aprilentertained herself by catfishing people in AOL chatrooms. This penchant for making shit up eventually turnedinto a passion for storytelling, and after high school April attended... Read More →

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Thursday October 24, 2019 11:00pm - Friday October 25, 2019 1:00am
SPiN Austin 213 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
 
Friday, October 25
 

9:00am

We Are Austin Live Show
Creators, filmmakers, panels, films, parties and more! We are excited to welcome We Are Austin on Friday, October 25 for a live show at Stephen F's Bar! Be a member of the LIVE audience as Trevor Scott & Taylor Ellison interview special guests: Hannah Leder (writer/director The Planters), Zak Hilditch (writer/director Rattlesnake), and Jon Cozart (filmmaker/musician/content creator PAINT) from the Festival & Conference!

Open to all badge levels!
There will be a bag check since the show is live!

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Friday October 25, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Stephen F's Bar 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Dynamic Duos: Collaboration & Conflict
Writing is often considered a solo sport, but these writing partners prove that sometimes your best work is done as a team. Panelist duos will talk about their process for collaborative writing, including sharing writing duties, reconciling creative differences, and working as a team to develop a shared voice and vision for your story.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister

moderator; host PRI's Live Wire 2003-2013; co-writer The Benefits of Gusbandry; author Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things

Speakers
avatar for Julie Benson

Julie Benson

writer Wu Assassins, The 100, DC Comics Batgirl, Birds of Prey comic, Green Arrow comic; co-producer Untitled Star Trek Animated Series for Nickelodeon
Shawna and Julie are a sister writing team who not only share the same birthday (three years apart), but also a love of genre TV/Film and Comics. That love inspired their move from the cornfields of Illinois to sunny Los Angeles to pursue careers in screenwriting. The Benson Sisters... Read More →
avatar for Shawna Benson

Shawna Benson

writer/co-producer Wu Assassins, The 100; writer DC's Batgirl, Birds of Prey comic, Green Arrow comic; co-producer Untitled Star Trek Animated Series for Nickelodeon
Shawna and Julie are a sister writing team who not only share the same birthday (three years apart), but also a love of genre TV/Film and Comics. That love inspired their move from the cornfields of Illinois to sunny Los Angeles to pursue careers in screenwriting. The Benson Sisters... Read More →
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Andrew Logan

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick
Andrew Logan is a writer and producer based in Austin, TX. He was named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch in 2017 along with his writing partner, Taylor Allen. Together they were listed on the 2015 Black List for the screenplay they wrote called Chappaquiddick, a political... Read More →
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Taylor Allen

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick; editor The Simpsons
Taylor Allen is a writer and an editor living in lovely Los Angeles, California. His credits include the 2018 film Chappaquiddick, which he co-wrote and executive produced alongside his writing and producing partner Andrew Logan. The script earned them a spot on The Black List (and... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

9:00am

Indie Film Track: Short Film Storytelling
Composing an engaging story with clear characterization, dialogue, and structure is challenging enough when creating a feature film—imagine successfully placing these nuanced elements into a half-hour or less! To learn tips, tricks, and strategies for brewing the right storytelling potion, come hear from our panel of experienced short-film filmmakers.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Miguel Alvarez

Miguel Alvarez

moderator

Speakers
avatar for Jason Mirch

Jason Mirch

Producer, Director of Script Services, Stage 32
Jason Mirch is a feature film, television, branded entertainment, and digital content producer and executive with over 15 years of experience. Most recently, he produced a 3D animated feature film starring Jacob Tremblay, Christopher Lloyd, Mel Brooks, Kenan Thompson, and Carol Kane.Mirch... Read More →
avatar for Kai Hasson

Kai Hasson

co-writer/director Robu
Kai Hasson is a director and writer living in Los Angeles, California. His short film ROBU stars Emmy-winner Jharrel Jerome and was named Best Film in the Tokyo Cinematic Category at the ShortsShorts Film Festival in Japan. Kai is the Co-Founder of Portal A, an award-winning studio... Read More →
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Dan Kinnane

writer/editor/cinematographer Rigor Mortis
Dan Kinnane is a writer, editor, and cinematographer. His work includes NBC’s The Next Olympic Hopeful. He and his seven brothers run an independent film company together. Their latest short film, Rigor Mortis is premiering at the 26th Annual Austin Film Festival.
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Charlotte Benbeniste

writer/director Bye Bye Body
Charlotte Benbeniste is a writer and director from Los Angeles. As a first generation American, she grew up watching Westerns and Iranian cinema with her family, and fell in love with storytelling. She received her BA in Written Arts from Bard College in 2011, and worked in the AD... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

9:00am

Making a TV Show
What does it take to get your get your TV show off the ground and into production? Join the co-creators of the upcoming NBC series Lincoln, Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd, for a conversation on producing their first television series and the day-to-day duties of creators, ranging from writing and producing a successful pilot - to staffing a writers room.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Spiro Skentzos

Spiro Skentzos

moderator; Co-Chair, WGA's LGBTQ+ Writers Committee; Creator, "Intro To TV Writing" Panel, San Diego Comic Con; co-creator/co-writer Chadam; writer Grimm, Arrow
Growing up speaking Spanish, Greek and English at home, Spiro developed an early interest in language, which inspired him to write. His first foray into screenwriting was as a young boy, when he wrote a script for his Star Wars figures where they battled his sister’s giant, menacing... Read More →

Speakers
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Mark Bianculli

writer/executive producer Lincoln; consulting producer The Hunt
Mark Bianculli is a writer and producer whose credits include the feature film, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, starring James Caan, four produced pilots and two Blacklist sceenplays, SALEM VILLAGE (2015) and INFIDELS (2018). Mark has also sold feature scripts to various studios including Paramount... 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.


Friday October 25, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Central Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary 200 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Morning Improv
Back by popular demand, we're offering morning improv workshops during the Conference to help you loosen up before embarking on each day’s journey. Learn new techniques for pitching your story ideas and say “yes, and” to new skills that will help you market yourself and your script during the Festival.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Buckman

Dave Buckman

The Second City, Boom Chicago, American Crime, Machete
Dave Buckman has directed, taught and performed at some of the world’s leading improvisational comedy institutions. After several years studying and teaching improv in Chicago, Dave served as Artistic Director of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, where he was fortunate to work with and... Read More →

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Friday October 25, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

9:00am

Writing in a Winter Wonderland
From Christmas classics to modern holiday hits, the magic of storytelling seems to be even jollier during the holiday season. Hear from the writers behind some of your favorite Christmas capers for their advice on setting your story during the most wonderful time of the year.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for David Berenbaum

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 →
avatar for Karen Schaler

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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Matt Lieberman

writer The Christmas Chronicles, Free Guy, Playing with Fire, The Addams Family, Meet the Machines, Scooby Doo, Monster on the Hill
MATT LIEBERMAN recently sold spec script MEET THE MACHINES to Lionsgate with LitEntertainment and Temple Hill producing.His black list script FREE GUY is currently in pre-production at 20th Century Fox with BerlantiProductions and Lit Entertainment attached to produce. Shawn Levy... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

9:00am

Austin Pitch #3
It’s the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of 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.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Jo Brick

Kelly Jo Brick

writer Pause, The Jewel in the Woods; contributing writer for Final Draft
Kelly Jo Brick is a television and documentary writer. She wrote the Telly Award-winning film PAUSE and the Frank Lloyd Wright documentary The Jewel In The Woods. Her short thriller script, Wreckage, is currently in post-production. Kelly Jo is a contributing writer for Final Draft... Read More →
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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 →


Friday October 25, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Conference Q&A Session: Amy Berg
*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 23 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 24 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 25 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 26 | 8:30AM-3:00PM

Speakers
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

writer/executive producer Neverwhere, Broad Band, Counterpart, Eureka; writer Person of Interest, Leverage, The 4400
Amy Berg is a screenwriter and television showrunner. She's written for more than a dozen series including PERSON OF INTEREST, EUREKA, LEVERAGE, and THE 4400. She also created the award-winning series CAPER for Hulu and YouTube. After showrunning the final season of DA VINCI’S DEMONS... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

9:00am

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. 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 23 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 24 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 25 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 26 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Horton

Wayne Horton

Creative Executive
After graduating law school at Syracuse University, Wayne Horton started his career in Business & Legal Affairs at New Line Cinema. It was at New Line where he developed a passion for genre films and working with diverse filmmakers. Horton then went on to Fairview Entertainment, where... Read More →
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Patricia K. Meyer

producer The Women of Brewster Place; Executive Producer This is My Life; writer/director/producer The List
With her passion for true crime stories and the tragicomic foibles of humanity, screenwriter/producer Patricia K. Meyer has written eight feature adaptations for the major studios, including Touchstone, for Martin Scorsese, and New Line for Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions. She... Read More →
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Carrie Isgett

Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment Group
Carrie Isgett is a literary manager and producer at Lit Entertainment, where she focuses on making sure everyone feels like they can see themselves represented onscreen, whether it be gender, sexual orientation, race, or unique backgrounds. She majored in theatre at the College of... Read More →
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Daniel Petrie, Jr.

2019 Recipient of the Heart of Film Award
Daniel Petrie, Jr. is a partner in Enderby Entertainment, an independent film finance and production company, founded in 2006 by Petrie and producer Rick Dugdale.  In 1985, Petrie received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his first produced script, the... Read More →
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Jeffrey Brown

producer Cowboys, Nothing Stays The Same, Punk in Africa, No No: A Dockumentary, Through The Repellent Fence, Every Night’s A Saturday Night, Vinyl Generation, Yallah! Underground, Pirating Pirates, Mamas & Papas, Kooky
Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning narrative features and feature documentaries in Europe, Africa and N. America, playing festivals such as Sundance, IDFA, Tribeca, SXSW, Rotterdam, New York FF, Berlinale, Edinburgh, Durban, and being released on Netflix, HBO, Showtime... Read More →
avatar for Steve Conrad

Steve Conrad

writer/creator/executive producer Perpetual Grace, LTD, Patriot; writer The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man
Steven Conrad is the writer of The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. He also writes and directs the Amazon series Patriot and the forthcoming Epix series Perpetual Grace, LTD.
avatar for Brandon Dickerson

Brandon Dickerson

writer/director Sironia, Victor, Amanda & Jack Go Glamping; writer Benji the Dove; director A Single Frame
BRANDON DICKERSON is an award-winning writer/director/producer honored for his work in film, documentaries, commercials, and music videos—including the coveted Cannes Gold Lion. After building a career directing hundreds of commercials and music videos, Dickerson shifted his focus... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

co-writer/director ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Junk, In Her Place, The Saviors
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 Lionsgate and premiered... Read More →
avatar for Henry Jones

Henry Jones

writer Jupiter's Legacy; 2016 Drama, Sci-Fi, and Enderby Entertainment Screenplay Award Recipient
Henry's screenplay, STATIC, won the Drama, Sci-Fi and Enderby Entertainment Awards at the 2016 Austin Film Festival – a feat never before achieved in the prestigious festival’s 20+ year history. He's gone on to find success in features and television as a writer and producer.He's... Read More →
avatar for Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Senior Story and Creative Artist, Pixar Animation Studios; writer Soul (2020)
Mike Jones is the Senior Story and Creative Artist at Pixar Animation Studios. He is currently writing Soul for director Pete Docter.Born and raised in South Texas, Jones graduated from NYU. Before Pixar, Jones was a working screenwriter for over 20 years. He now works with Pixar’s... Read More →
avatar for Dave Kajganich

Dave Kajganich

creator/showrunner The Terror; writer/producer Suspiria, writer/executive producer A Bigger Splash; writer True Story
Dave is a screenwriter and producer in both television and features, having come to filmmaking from studying fiction writing at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. He's most recently written an adaptation of Tim Winton's THE RIDERS for Ridley Scott, an adaptation of the YA novel... Read More →
avatar for Lucas Martell

Lucas Martell

writer/director Pigeon: Impossible, The OceanMaker
Lucas’ award-winning short films PIGEON: IMPOSSIBLE and THE OCEANMAKER have been seen more than 20-million times online and screened at over 350 festivals in 63 different countries. PIGEON: IMPOSSIBLE was bought by Fox Animation / Blue Sky with Chernin Entertainment producing the... Read More →
avatar for Adam Pava

Adam Pava

writer The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie franchise, My Little Pony Movie, The Stuff of Legend, Clone High, Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law, 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 contributed to multiple projects in the Lego Movie franchise at Warner Brothers, and has written screenplays for Disney, Dreamworks Animation, Fox, Paramount/Hasbro... Read More →
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Victoria Strouse

writer Finding Dory
Just out of film school, Victoria Strouse sold her first screenplay to MGM. It waslater made into the feature film NEW BEST FRIEND. Her second screenplay,JUST LIKE A WOMAN, was sold, after a bidding war, to Newline Cinema. Inbetween script sales, she has been hired to write for every... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Second Rounders and Above Panel: Marketing Yourself
Join us for a conversation on how to best market your script and yourself as a writer while successfully navigating your way through the ups and downs of the business.

This panel is for Second Rounders and Above.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

moderator; President, Richter Scale Media
avatar for Lee Stobby

Lee Stobby

producer; Literary Manager
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Lee Stobby focuses on championing strong independent voices and quality cinema and television. He is a literary manager, producer and principal of Lee Stobby Entertainment. Before starting his own shingle in 2014, Stobby worked at Misher Films... Read More →
avatar for Daniela Gonzalez

Daniela Gonzalez

Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion
Daniela Gonzalez 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 Asia... Read More →
avatar for Bob Dearden

Bob Dearden

writer Play It Again, Dick; iZOMBiE, Cobra Kai
Bob Dearden is a writer and producer whose credits include: Play It Again, Dick (CW Seed), iZOMBiE (The CW), and Cobra Kai (YouTube). He is a graduate of UT-Austin’s MFA Screenwriting program (2013); prior to that, he wasted the bulk of his youth working in the forest industry in... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Semifinalists and Above Panel: Ask Them (almost) Anything
Join this panel of seasoned literary managers and agents for an “Ask Me Anything” style discussion on the nuts and bolts of finding, maintaining, and making the most of your representation as a working writer. Come prepared with questions for managers and agents who make a living helping writers find success and learn the business basics for taking the next steps in your career.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Moderators
avatar for Steven DeBose

Steven DeBose

Director of Script Competitions, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
avatar for Kendrick Tan

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.
avatar for Kerry Ball

Kerry Ball

literary agent; Head of Development, Meridian Artists
Kerry Ball is a Literary Agent and Head of Development at Meridian Artists. Kerry joined the Meridian team in 2010 as an Associate where she worked closely with the Agents and roster to facilitate employment opportunities and project sales in both Canada and the USA. She transitioned... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

9:00am

WORK IN PROGRESS: Story to Structure
We believe it is not a writer’s level of talent that determines their success, but rather how they work with and manage that talent. In WORK IN PROGRESS, Ed Solomon and Max Borenstein (with special guests) will lead a question and answer workshop using the writing issues attendees are currently facing as a backdrop to discuss the real thing that separates the pros from the not-yet pros: the ability to assess, mine and cultivate one’s own unique gifts, and to keep them growing throughout a lifetime. Participants are requested to come prepared with questions on specific issues they are facing while moving from Story to Structure.

THIS IS AN EXTENDED PANEL THAT WILL END AT 12:00PM.


Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Meg LeFauve

Meg LeFauve

writer Inside Out, Captain Marvel, Good Dinosaur
Nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for the Pixar blockbuster INSIDE OUT, LeFauve won an Annie Award for that screenplay. She also wrote Pixar’s Golden Globe nominated THE GOOD DINOSAUR. LeFauve is currently writing a series for Hulu and the animated film MY FATHER’S DRAGON... Read More →
avatar for Ed Solomon

Ed Solomon

writer HBO’s Mosaic, Men in Black, Untitled Steven Soderbergh feature; co-writer Bill & Ted Face the Music, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Now You See Me 1 & 2, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Untitled David O Russell feature
When Bill & Ted Face the Music comes out in 2020, Ed Solomon will have had a major filmreleased in each of the last 5 decades, starting in 1989 with his (and co-writer Chris Matheson’s)first feature, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The 90’s saw Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Men... Read More →
avatar for Max Borenstein

Max Borenstein

creator The Terror: Infamy, Untitled Showtime Lakers Project (2020, HBO), Untitled Game of Thrones Spinoff, Minority Report; writer: Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla 2, Godzilla v. Kong (2020), What is Life Worth (2020)
Max Borenstein wrote the script for 2014’s blockbuster GODZILLA, as well as KONG: SKULL ISLAND, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (story), and the forthcoming GODZILLA V. KONG.His next film as writer and producer, the drama WHAT IS LIFE WORTH, based on Kenneth Feinberg's memoir of... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
800 Congress 800 Congress, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

Crash Course: Selling TV
What does it take to successfully package, develop, and sell a TV pilot? With over 60 TV pilots sold, six series run as Executive Producer, and over 275 hours of TV series under his belt, writer/producer/director Matthew Gross is a hot commodity in the biz today. Join Gross for a discussion on getting your series off the ground and onto the screen and the steps for creating and selling a successful pilot.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Gross

Matthew Gross

producer Across the Universe, Fired Up!, Joe Somebody; executive producer The InBetween, Taken, Sons of Liberty, DayBreak; showrunner/director Body of Proof; producer/director Dirty Sexy Money; producer Live Stage Musical The Sting
MATTHEW GROSS currently has an overall POD deal with Universal Television, recently wrapped production on The InBetween for NBC, is developing a series for Universal entitled Queens and recently sold a feature film Country musical to Paramount Players. Gross is the former President... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

10:45am

Executives and Development
The business of getting a movie made is changing, and fast. Our experts will help you navigate an ever-evolving Hollywood and learn the ropes for working with entertainment executives to get your idea off the ground and into development.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

moderator; Producer; Director, Hollins University Graduate Screenwriting Program, Co-Founder ProPath Screenwriting

Speakers
avatar for Ryan P. Hall

Ryan P. Hall

Head of Development, Rooster Teeth; executive producer Blood Fest, Lazer Team 2, Immerson: Shark Week
avatar for Elsa Boccuzzi

Elsa Boccuzzi

Senior Creative Executive, Walt Disney Animation Studios; co-producer David Makes Man, What/If
Elsa is the Senior Creative Executive on the Development Team at Walt Disney Animation Studios. This is Elsa’s first venture into the animation world after a decade-long career in live action, primarily concentrated in scripted series development. Most recently, she was a Co-Producer... Read More →
avatar for Meta Valentic

Meta Valentic

Development Executive, Entertainment Media Management; executive producer The Donors; producer Urbania; assistant director Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Castle, Bones, Lost
Meta Valentic began her career as the youngest member of the DGA Assistant Director'sTraining Program. Her assistant director credits include CASTLE, LOST, and BONES, andall 4 seasons of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning musical comedy CRAZY EXGIRLFRIEND. Meta wasnominated for 2 Directors... Read More →
avatar for Wayne Horton

Wayne Horton

Creative Executive
After graduating law school at Syracuse University, Wayne Horton started his career in Business & Legal Affairs at New Line Cinema. It was at New Line where he developed a passion for genre films and working with diverse filmmakers. Horton then went on to Fairview Entertainment, where... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Assembly Room 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

How Does Inclusion Make Stories Better? presented by The HUMANITAS Prize
Inclusion makes better stories.
Inclusion is good for business.

Diverse voices that bring experience and talent to a project give access to a wider audience and, ultimately, more shots at success.

In all creative work, there are risks. These distinguished panelists will discuss how embracing diversity has paid off. With more representation than ever before, the quality of television and film is at an all-time high. No one can argue about the success that inclusion brings.

Join HUMANITAS Board President Ali LeRoi as he talks to showrunners at the top of their game about how inclusion not only increases audiences, but actually makes the stories that are told, better.

This panel is presented by The HUMANITAS Prize.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Ali LeRoi

Ali LeRoi

writer/director/producer Everybody Hates Chris, Survivor's Remorse, Are We There Yet? (television series)
Ali LeRoi is an Award- winning writer/director/producer best known for his work on the critically acclaimed series, , CW's “Everybody Hates Chris”, TBS "Are We There Yet?" and the breakout Hit for STARZ, “Survivor’s Remorse”. Ali has five Emmy nominations as well as one... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ayanna Floyd Davis

Ayanna Floyd Davis

showrunner/writer The Chi; writer Private Practice, Hannibal, Falling Skies
Ayanna Floyd Davis has been making her mark as a writer and producer in the television industry for almost two decades. She has written and produced some of TV’s hottest series and has worked for some of the most renowned showrunners in the business. Most recently, Ayanna flexed... Read More →
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Erika Green Swafford

consulting producer New Amsterdam; writer/producer How to get Away With Murder, The Mentalist
Erika Green Swafford is a writer, performer, and producer currently in development with Universal Television. Erika’s writing credits include NBC’s drama “New Amsterdam,” "Reverie," “How to Get Away With Murder,” and "The Mentalist." Erika began her career not in entertainment... Read More →

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Friday October 25, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

10:45am

Indie Film Track: Finding the Time
How do you find the time to pursue your creative goals “on the side” while still focusing on work and family? In this panel, filmmakers will discuss strategies for balancing your creative endeavors with real world responsibilities, complete with advice for maintaining both your creative impulses.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Ashland Viscosi

Ashland Viscosi

moderator; Founder, Creatives Meet Business

Speakers
avatar for Richard Botto

Richard Botto

Screenwriter, Producer, Founder & CEO, Stage 32
Richard “RB” Botto is a producer whose films have played at dozens of festivals including the Sundance award-winning feature, Another Happy Day, starring Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore and Kate Bosworth and written & directed by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, What Lies Ahead, starring... Read More →
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Bennett Krishock

co-Producer/editor Swing Low
Bennett Krishock is an Award-Winning Producer, Director, and Editor based in Austin, Texas.With a focus on independent narrative work, Krishock has produced and directed dozens of short films and music videos. His most recent feature, SWING LOW, a survival thriller starring Bruce... Read More →
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Hanadi Elyan

writer /director Salma's Home, The Camp Beauty, Nadia's Visa, Mariam's Chance
Writer / Director Hanadi Elyan is an Arab filmmaker whose work focuses on the social issues facing marginalized communities from a female perspective. Hanadi's short films have competed in film festivals around the world. Her film career started in Jordan, then she moved to Dubai... Read More →
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David Midell

writer/director The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain
David Midell began his career drawing inspiration from his work as a teacher and therapist in disadvantaged areas of Chicago. His debut feature, NightLights, followed a sister and her brother with autism through triumphs and heartbreaks as they find their place in the world. The film... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

10:45am

On Writing Chernobyl: A Conversation with Craig Mazin
Join Craig Mazin, creator of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl for a conversation on the process behind his faithful reimagining of the 1986 nuclear accident that lead to one of the worst human disasters in recent history. In this panel, Mazin will discuss the making of the historical drama, and how research, transparency, and responsible storytelling are crucial for preserving the truth at the core of your story.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Moderator; Executive Director and Co-Founder, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

co-host Scriptnotes; writer Chernobyl, Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II & III, The Huntsman: Winter’s War
CRAIG MAZIN is the writer and executive producer of the five-part series CHERNOBYL, which tells the true story of the world’s worst nuclear disaster and the remarkable acts of bravery and sacrifice that followed. The series premieres on HBO in May and stars Jared Harris, Stellan... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Ballroom 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

On Writing To All the Boys I've Loved Before: A Conversation with Sofia Alvarez
Join writer Sofia Alvarez for an in-depth look at her Netflix original film To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. In this panel, Alvarez will discuss the process of adapting the YA novel for the screen and her advice for writing a teen romance film that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Speakers
avatar for Sofia Alvarez

Sofia Alvarez

playwright; screenwriter To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Sofia Alvarez is a playwright and screenwriter. She recently adapted Jenny Han’s bestselling novel To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before which premiered on Netflix in August 2018. She is currently working on the sequel, PS I Still Love You also for Netflix. She is writing a film adaptation... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Central Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary 200 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

Roadmap Writers Presents Life's a Pitch!
Life's a pitch! Well, at least that's the case for these screenwriters. Join pitch competition sponsor Roadmap Writers for a conversation with panelists as they share their stories about the projects they've pitched and offer insight on how to maximize your success in front of decision-makers.

This panel is presented by Roadmap Writers.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Jorge Gonzalez

Jorge Gonzalez

moderator

Speakers
avatar for Tess Morris

Tess Morris

writer Man Up, Casual
Born and bred Londoner, Tess has been writing since she could walk (not 100% true) and her first words were ‘Elvis is the King!’ (100% true). Her first screenplay, the romantic comedy Man Up, made the 2011 Brit List, was picked up by Big Talk Pictures, co-produced by Studio Canal... Read More →
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Gary Whitta

writer, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli, After Earth
GARY WHITTA is a screenwriter and author best known as co-writer of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. He also wrote the post-apocalyptic thriller THE BOOK OF ELI starring Denzel Washington, co-wrote the Will Smith sci-fi adventure AFTER EARTH, and served as writer and story consultant... Read More →
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Ashley Miller

writer Thor, X-MEN: First Class, Red Sonja; writer/producer Fringe, Black Sails, Lore
Ashley Edward Miller is a film and television writer best known for Thor and X-Men: First Class. Most recently in television, Ashley wrote and produced for the second season of Lore on Amazon Prime, and the critically acclaimed fourth season of Black Sails on Starz. He also worked... Read More →

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Friday October 25, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

10:45am

Selling Your Script
You may have written a masterful screenplay, but if you can't successfully pitch it in the room, your script doesn’t stand a chance. Join this discussion on condensing your story into a concise, marketable pitch and how to best communicate your ideas to the executives, producers, and managers that can help make it happen!

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Alisa Perren

Alisa Perren

Moderator

Speakers
avatar for David Klawans

David Klawans

producer Argo, Nacho Libre
David Klawans is a producer known for discovering obscure true stories, with an eye towards those that translate well to film. He was an executive producer on ARGO which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Klawans also produced NACHO LIBRE starring Jack Black which was inspired... Read More →
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James Wager

President, Capital Creations Management Company
Jamie Wager is the principal at Capital Creations, where he focuses on staffing TV writers. Current clients include Maria Ferrari, who just started an overall at WBTV, having spent 10 years at “The Big Bang Theory,” where she rose from executive story editor to executive producer... Read More →
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Nathalie Lichtenthaeler

producer Don’t Go, As if I’m not There, The Front Line, Cowboys & Angels
After graduating university in Germany with a Masters Degree in Economics, Nathalie ditched a promising career in international marketing in the fashion industry and signed on as a production assistant on a film set. Nathalie's rise through the production ranks was swift. Having worked... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

10:45am

The Screenwriters Toolbox: Character
Characters are the emotional anchor for all great stories. No matter how intricate your plot design, well-developed characters are integral for engaging your audience and encouraging them to invest in your story’s journey. This panel will explore the tools for writing effective characters and why character building is so vital to the success of a screenplay.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University

Speakers
avatar for Carly Wray

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 →
avatar for Ben Cory Jones

Ben Cory Jones

writer/creator Boomerang; writer Insecure, Underground; producer Step Sisters
Ben Cory Jones currently serves as the showrunner/executive producer of the BET comedyseries, BOOMERANG, loosely based on the iconic 90’s-era film, starring Eddie Murphy andHalle Berry. Lena Waithe and Halle Berry also serve as executive producers.Most recently and prior to Boomerang... Read More →
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James V. Hart

creator/executive producer The Hot Zone; writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones; Creator, HartChart
JAMES V. HART (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... Read More →
avatar for Erika L. Johnson

Erika L. Johnson

writer/ producer The Good Lord Bird, The Village, Queen Sugar, Shades of Blue; writer Being Mary Jane, Ugly Betty
Erika L. Johnson is Co-Executive Producer of the upcoming Showtime limited series, THE GOOD LORD BIRD, starring Ethan Hawke, based on the National Book Award winning novel by James McBride. She was also a Co-Executive Producer on NBC’s THE VILLAGE. Prior to that, Erika was a Supervising... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

Austin Pitch #4
It’s the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of 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.

Speakers
avatar for Pierce Cravens

Pierce Cravens

producer Oh, Hello (Broadway), Saint Frances
Pierce Cravens was recently appointed President of Newsweek Studios, Newsweek Magazine’s newly formed film distribution and production arm. His most recent narrative feature, SAINT FRANCES, won the Audience Award at this year’s SXSW. On Broadway, Pierce produced Nick Kroll and... Read More →
avatar for Whitney Davis

Whitney Davis

boutique literary manager; screenwriting instructor
Whitney Davis BIOWhitney Davis is the founder of Whitney Davis Literary, a boutique literary firm offering management for screenwriters and editorial/career consulting services for writers at large. After receiving her BA in Literature and Creative Writing, Whitney moved to Los Angeles... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

Second Rounders and Above Panel: Mock Writers Room
Tawnya Benavides-Bhattacharya (writer/co-executive producer Ginny & Georgia) will discuss the inner-workings of what to expect in a writers room: the etiquette, expectations, format, and anatomy. Join her and pre-selected Second Rounders for an interactive workshop on how to break a story.

This panel is open to Second Rounders and Above. 

Speakers
avatar for Tawnya Benavides-Bhattacharya

Tawnya Benavides-Bhattacharya

Founder, TV Writing School, Script Anatomy; writer/co-executive producer Ginny & Georgia, A Million Little Things, Famous In Love, Perception, The Night Shift, The Client List, Fairly Legal
Tawnya Benavides Bhattacharya is currently a Co-Executive Producer on Netflix's Ginny & Georgia with her writing partner, Ali Laventhol. They previously wrote on A Million Little Things (ABC), Famous in Love (Freeform), The Night Shift (NBC), Perception (TNT), The Client List (Lifetime... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

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 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.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Vanderhei

Mike Vanderhei

Literary Manager, Seven Summits Pictures & Management
Mike Vanderhei is an LA based Literary Manager and Producer at Seven Summits Pictures & Management where he has been building a roster of young, diverse voices primarily for television working on staffing and developing their original materials. Mike’s clients have written on series... Read More →
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 thousands of writers with their screenplays. Her book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Screenwriting (University of Texas Press), is one of the highest rated screenwriting books on Amazon, out of over 3,000 books on the subject. It's considered the go-to manual many professionals swear by and is on the syllabus for film schools across the U.S. including the acclaimed screenwriting... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

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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Rick Dugdale

President, Enderby Entertainment; producer Intrigo Anthology, An Ordinary Man, Blackway
Rick Dugdale is the President and CEO of Enderby Entertainment, a 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 production and spearheads... Read More →
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Amy Louise Johnson

writer Tyrant, The Long Road Home, Messiah, Nightflyers
Amy’s thrilled to be back in the AFF fold for 2019! This past year, Amy’s mainly been working in features, with two scripts in development with the wonderful folks at Amblin Entertainment. The first, BLOW THE MAN DOWN , an original screenplay, is a seafaring gender horror about... Read More →
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Adam Kolbrenner

producer Prisoners, Deadfall; Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment
Adam Kolbrenner is the founder of Lit Entertainment Group, a newly launched literary management andproduction company based in Century City, CA. Previously Kolbrenner co-founded MadhouseEntertainment.Kolbrenner produced Oscar-nominated film, Prisoners, for Warner Bros/Alcon Entertainment... Read More →
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Britta Lundin

writer Riverdale, Betty; author Ship It
Britta Lundin is a TV writer and novelist. She has written for Riverdale and BETTY, a forthcoming HBO show about female skateboarders. Her young adult novel about fandom, SHIP IT, is out now. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she graduated from the UT Austin MFA program in Film... Read More →
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David Mandel

executive producer Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm; writer Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live; writer/director Eurotrip
David Mandel is the two-time Emmy Award-winning show runner and Executive Producer of Veep.  Besides Veep where he has been nominated for two writing Emmys, he also wrote for such shows as Saturday Night Live (92-95), Seinfeld where he wrote the “The Bizarro Jerry” (aka “Man-Hands... Read More →
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Larry Postel

writer Flip Turn, High Holiday, The Main Event
Born and raised in Dallas, Larry received his B.S. Degree in Advertising from the University of Texas in Austin in 1978.  He also took several film classes while at U.T., including one in TV writing that triggered Larry’s interest in scriptwriting. After college, Larry moved to... Read More →
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Dan Rosen

writer/director The Last Supper, The Curve
Dan Rosen is a screenwriter, director, playwright, producer and a Professor of Dramatic Writing at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta, Georgia. Dan Rosen’s first screenplay was the critically acclaimed cult favorite, The Last Supper starring Cameron Diaz, Anabeth Gish... Read More →
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Chris Sparling

writer Buried, The Sea of Trees, Down a Dark Hall; writer/director Mercy, The Atticus Institute
Chris 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. THE SEA OF TREES, which he wrote and produced -- starring Matthew McConaughey, Namoi Watts, and directed by Gus Van... Read More →
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Oren Uziel

writer/director Shimmer Lake; writer 22 Jump Street, Freaks of Nature, The Cloverfield Paradox
Oren Uziel wrote and directed, SHIMMER LAKE, which previously won an award at the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. His other credits include 22 JUMP STREET, THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX and FREAKS OF NATURE. He’s currently writing the sequel to DETECTIVE PIKACHU as well... Read More →
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Michael Werwie

writer/executive producer Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile; writer Lost Girls
Michael Werwie is the writer and executive producer of EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE, starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, and John Malkovich, winner of the Academy Nicholl Fellowship and featured on the 2012 Black List. His upcoming movie LOST GIRLS, based on the New York... 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 →


Friday October 25, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

11:15am

Script Reading Workshop: Black Box
When four unwitting teens discover the wreckage of a crashed time machine, they find themselves thrust into the middle of a conspiracy that threatens to unhinge time itself.
Writer: Brian Siegele

Friday October 25, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, State Boardroom

1:00pm

Paradise Without People
(USA, 80 MIN)

Director: Francesca Trianni

During the height of Europe’s refugee crisis, two Syrian women give birth and
navigate motherhood and marriage while struggling to seek asylum.

Click here to purchase a film pass or badge today!

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Friday October 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:20pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

1:00pm

Shorts Program 10 - Everything's Shorter in Texas 1
(TRT: 84 min)
Presented By The Texas Film Commission

AS SEEN ON TV (USA, 12 MIN)
Writer: Mitchell Allison
Director: Jordan Maranto
Artie, an asocial twenty something, finds solace in Chet Baker, a studly infomercial
salesman. Their love was priceless (plus shipping and handling).

BIBI (USA, 18 MIN)
Writer: J. M. Longoria, Victor M. Dueñas
Director: Victor M. Dueñas
After receiving the unexpected news of his father Ernesto’s death, Ben Solis is
forced to return to the Texas countryside he used to call home.

HEAVENLY (USA, 12 MIN)
Writer/Director: Ya’Ke
Crystal, a former ballet dancer, returns home after being sex-trafficked and
struggles to shake the physical and psychological trauma she endured while “in
the life”.

HOT TUB (USA, 9 MIN)
Writer: Lenny Barszap
Director: Aaron Brown
Every hot tub story begins with the pursuit of the ultimate relaxation and ends in
our most vulnerable state, bringing us somewhere we never expected.

FEMENINA (USA, 13 MIN)
Writer/Director: Ilana Garcia-Mittleman
A dedicated boxer is forced to confront his sexuality after he begins training with
and falling for a transgender woman.

YARNE (NEPAL, 20 MIN)
Writer/Director: Andrew Krakower
Best friend child monks living in a Buddhist monastery begin receiving small
donations for performing prayers, only to find their friendship tested over how to
spend it.

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Friday October 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:22pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm

As Seen On TV
(USA, 12 MIN)

Writer: Mitchell Allison
Director: Jordan Maranto

Artie, an asocial twenty something, finds solace in Chet Baker, a studly infomercial
salesman. Their love was priceless (plus shipping and handling).

Playing as Shorts Program 10: Everything's Shorter in Texas 1
Presented By The Texas Film Commission


Friday October 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:22pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm

Bibi
(USA, 18 MIN)

Writer: J. M. Longoria, Victor M. Dueñas
Director: Victor M. Dueñas

After receiving the unexpected news of his father Ernesto’s death, Ben Solis is
forced to return to the Texas countryside he used to call home.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 10: Everything's Shorter in Texas 1
Presented By The Texas Film Commission


Friday October 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:22pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm

Femenina
(USA, 13 MIN)

Writer/Director: Ilana Garcia-Mittleman

A dedicated boxer is forced to confront his sexuality after he begins training with
and falling for a transgender woman.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 10: Everything's Shorts in Texas 1
Presented By The Texas Film Commission


Friday October 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:22pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm

Heavenly
(USA, 12 MIN)

Writer/Director: Ya’Ke

Crystal, a former ballet dancer, returns home after being sex-trafficked and
struggles to shake the physical and psychological trauma she endured while “in
the life”.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 10: Everything's Shorter in Texas 1
Presented By The Texas Film Commission


Friday October 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:22pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm

Hot Tub
(USA, 9 MIN)

Writer: Lenny Barszap
Director: Aaron Brown

Every hot tub story begins with the pursuit of the ultimate relaxation and ends in
our most vulnerable state, bringing us somewhere we never expected.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 10: Everything's Shorter in Texas 1
Presented By The Texas Film Commission


Friday October 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:22pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm

Yarne
(Nepal, 20 MIN)

Writer/Director: Andrew Krakower

Best friend child monks living in a Buddhist monastery begin receiving small
donations for performing prayers, only to find their friendship tested over how to
spend it.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 10: Everything's Shorter in Texas 1
Presented By The Texas Film Commission


Friday October 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:22pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm

Script Reading Workshop: After the Fall
Finalist Play
By Miki Kim

Logline:Abby, a pregnant lawyer caring for her father must defend a Hmong man accused of murdering four white hunters. The case and an enigmatic nurse caring for her dad, forces her to face the world of war she was born in but has ignored most of her life.

Friday October 25, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, State Boardroom

1:30pm

A Conversation with Phil Hay
With credits like the 2018 crime drama Destroyer, thriller The Invitation, and a number of action films and comedies under his belt, screenwriter Phil Hay has built his career writing across genres. In this panel, Hay will discuss his writing process and the storytelling tools he uses to craft compelling films for a wide variety of audiences.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Hay

Phil Hay

writer/producer The Invitation, Destroyer; writer Crazy/Beautiful, Ride Along, Ride Along 2, Clash of the Titans
Phil Hay is a screenwriter and producer. Hay, partner Matt Manfredi, and director Karyn Kusama (who is also Hay’s wife) made the upcoming Los Angeles crime drama Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman, and the thriller The Invitation, which debuted at SXSW in 2015 and went on to play... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Central Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary 200 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm

A Conversation with Sarah Green: The 2019 Recipient of the Polly Platt Award for Producing
Sarah Green is an Oscar-and Emmy-nominated producer, known for producing Jeff Nichols’ Loving, Midnight Special, and Mud, as well as Terrence Malick’s The New World, Knight of Cups, Song to Song, and the Academy Award Best Picture nominated The Tree of Life. In this panel, Green will discuss her prolific career in the world of independent film, and how the role of producer has helped her to champion unique voices and storytellers in the industry.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Moderator; Executive Director and Co-Founder, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Green

Sarah Green

2019 Recipient of the Polly Platt Award for Producing
Oscar- and Emmy-nominated producer Sarah Green is known for powerful auteur-driven independent films and television.Her most recent production, HBO's "Fahrenheit 451" was written and directed by Ramin Bahrani and starred Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon. The film was nominated... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

1:30pm

Art Imitates Life: Biopics and other True Stories
Writing a successful biopic is no easy feat. Sure, your subject comes with a built-in story, but how do you live up to the legend and craft characters that are as compelling as their larger-than-life counterparts? Panelists will discuss their strategies for writing an effective biopic and the art of balancing fact and fiction while staying true to the heart of your subject’s story.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University

Speakers
avatar for Alex Tse

Alex Tse

co-creator/co-showrunner Wu-Tang: An American Saga; writer Watchmen, Superfly, Sucker Free City
Alex Tse’s credits include Watchmen, Superfly and the Spike Lee directed Sucker Free City, an original movie for Showtime for which he won a PEN Award.  Over his career, Tse has written projects for directors Michael Mann, Zack Snyder, Justin Lin, Guy Ritchie and James Mangold... Read More →
avatar for David Gleeson

David Gleeson

writer Tolkien, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Grimm Legacy, Down to a Sunless Sea; writer/director Don't Go, The Front Line, Cowboys & Angels
David Gleeson hails from a family of cinema-owners in rural Ireland and attributes his career path to a deep childhood immersion in movies. Following a 5 year stint in the UK North Sea oil industry, followed by another 2 in the Arctic Circle, David made his feature film debut as... Read More →
avatar for Micah Fitzerman-Blue

Micah Fitzerman-Blue

co-writer Transparent, The Motel Life, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster are Peabody Award winning and Emmy-nominated writers and producers. Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster spent four seasons working on TRANSPARENT for Amazon Studios.They are co-writers and executive producers of the upcoming movie A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN... Read More →
avatar for Noah Harpster

Noah Harpster

co-writer Transparent, The Motel Life, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster are Peabody Award winning and Emmy-nominated writers and producers. Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster spent four seasons working on TRANSPARENT for Amazon Studios.They are co-writers and executive producers of the upcoming movie A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Ballroom 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm

Indie Film Track: The Editing Process
The editor plays a pivotal part in the storytelling process, and good editing can make or break your film. Join this panel of filmmakers for a conversation on the key role the editor plays in post-production and the skill set required for shaping weeks of footage into a compelling and cohesive story.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Johnny McAllister

Johnny McAllister

moderator
Johnny McAllister is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter from Donegal, Ireland. He recently cowrote and executive produced the feature film BULL which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019 and more recently won the top three awards at the Deauville American Film Festival... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Ward

Kevin Ward

writer/director/producer A Patient Man
Kevin Ward is a filmmaker and television editor originally from Jacksonville, FL. He is the writer and director of A PATIENT MAN, a feature film screening at this year’s Austin Film Festival.After finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre at the University of Central Florida... Read More →
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Corey Sherman

editor Last Week at Ed's
Corey Sherman is a filmmaker living in Los Angeles, California and a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. In addition to his work as a documentary editor, he has written and directed several award-winning comedic short films and had work featured on Vulture and NoBudge. He... Read More →
avatar for Dan Erikson

Dan Erikson

writer, director, editor Treasure Trouble
Dan Erickson is a filmmaker based in New York City. His first feature film A SIBLING MYSTERY, which he wrote, directed, and produced with Rachel Wortell, premiered at the Vail Film Festival, and played at many other festivals, including the Mill Valley Film Festival. His second feature... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

1:30pm

Law of the Land: Legal Dos & Don'ts in Hollywood
As a writer, the last thing on your mind is the legal language of Hollywood. That said, being a writer with an understanding of entertainment law can give you a huge leg up in the industry. Join this panel of entertainment lawyers for a discussion on defamation, life rights, copyright/fair use, and the legal red tape that can make or break your story.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

moderator; President, Richter Scale Media
avatar for Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark

Partner, Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler Feldman & Clark, Inc.
Stephen Clark is a partner in the West Hollywood, CA entertainment law firm, Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler Feldman & Clark.  For over 18 years, he has represented a diverse group of writers, directors, actors and producers in film and television.  His extensive experience includes... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Georges

Melissa Georges

Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Melissa Georges is counsel to the Entertainment Group and Chair of the Content Review &Clearance Group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. For more than 20 years, she has helped award-winning film and televisionproducers, directors, actors, writers, animators, and comedians resolve... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Assembly Room 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm

On Writing Rattlesnake: A Conversation with Zak Hilditch
Join filmmaker Zak Hilditch for a conversation on writing and directing the Netflix original thriller Rattlesnake, set to screen its World Premiere on the Festival's opening night. In this panel, Zak will discuss creating the pulse-pounding, psychological thriller and the film's journey from script to stream.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Owen Egerton

Owen Egerton

writer/director Blood Fest, Follow, Mercy Black

Speakers
avatar for Zak Hilditch

Zak Hilditch

writer/director Rattlesnake, 1922, These Final Hours
Zak Hilditch is a native of Perth and studied film at Curtin University. In 2013 his first funded feature These Final Hours premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, picking up The Age critics prize for best film. The film later had its international premiere in the... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

1:30pm

Student Empowerment through Filmmaking and Storytelling presented by Macmillan Learning and Cinema Ed
Can making a film also make you a better student? Experiential data and practical experience support the notion that filmmaking and storytelling help connect students to their studies and to future success in the workplace. Come listen as we discuss how the process of writing and shooting a student film helps lift up educational pursuits and prepares our next generation of innovative and creative thinkers. A panelist from Macmillan Learning, who facilitate teaching and learning opportunities, will join film and education experts and a student filmmaker to get to the heart of how storytelling can empower students in all their studies.

This panel is presented by Macmillan Learning and Cinema Ed.

Moderators
avatar for Richard Stephen Bell

Richard Stephen Bell

moderator; Executive Director, Cinema Ed; writer; actor, Cinema Ed
Richard is the Founder and Executive Director of CINEMA ED, a 501(c)3 non-profit film and media organization that focuses on using independent film as a teaching tool. Although their programs place special emphasis on at-risk populations, they work with all students to harness the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Erika Gutierrez

Erika Gutierrez

Senior Program Director for Communication and College Success, Macmillan Learning
As a Senior Director with Macmillan Learning, Erika oversees a team of editors, media professionals, and prestigious authors in crafting best-selling educational products for film, media studies, and communication. She has signed and published more than 30 titles, produced hundreds... Read More →
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

The Blondes AMC/Shudder, Fifty Universal TV, Something in the Water Effenson Entertainment, Haven Sy/Fy Channel, Missy Piggle Wiggle Freckle Films Free Willy WB, Disney Feature Fellow, Associate Professor and Screenwriting Area Head UT Austin
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 screenwriting... Read More →
avatar for Max Goldstein

Max Goldstein

Filmmakers
Max is an award-winning student filmmaker from New Jersey, whose films have screened at numerous festivals, including the Jersey Shore Film Festival, the Garden State Film Festival, the Austin Micro Short Film Festival, the Thin Line Fest, the Newark International Film Festival and... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

1:30pm

The Screenwriters Toolbox: Dialogue
Great dialogue is the key to a successful script. While a strong narrative is the backbone of any film, it’s compelling dialogue that gives your screenplay rhythm and keeps the audience engaged with your characters. Join these panelists who have mastered the art of dialogue for a conversation on when to “show” and when to “tell” and how character speech is vital for shaping the tone of your story.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for John Spong

John Spong

Moderator; Former Senior Editor at Texas Monthly

Speakers
avatar for Bill Broyles

Bill Broyles

co-creator Six; writer Cast Away, Apollo 13, The Polar Express, Unfaithful, Jarhead, China Beach
Bill Broyles grew up in Baytown, Texas, attended Rice University and Oxford University, worked in the civil rights movement, and finished out the Sixties as a Marine infantry lieutenant in Vietnam. As a journalist he was the founding editor of Texas Monthly and editor-in-chief of Newsweek.He... Read More →
avatar for Tess Morris

Tess Morris

writer Man Up, Casual
Born and bred Londoner, Tess has been writing since she could walk (not 100% true) and her first words were ‘Elvis is the King!’ (100% true). Her first screenplay, the romantic comedy Man Up, made the 2011 Brit List, was picked up by Big Talk Pictures, co-produced by Studio Canal... Read More →
avatar for Steve Conrad

Steve Conrad

writer/creator/executive producer Perpetual Grace, LTD, Patriot; writer The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man
Steven Conrad is the writer of The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. He also writes and directs the Amazon series Patriot and the forthcoming Epix series Perpetual Grace, LTD.
avatar for Laura Eason

Laura Eason

writer/producer The Loudest Voice, Here and Now; playwright Sex with Strangers
Laura Eason is a Brooklyn-based playwright, screenwriter and producer.Her writing/producing credits for TV include The Loudest Voice for Showtime and four seasons on Netflix’s House of Cards (Emmy Nomination for Drama Series, WGA Nomination for Writing in a Drama Series.) Laura's... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm

Writing and Creative Development at Pixar
Pixar Animation Studios has a story development process that is unique in the industry. In this panel, Toy Story 4 writer Stephany Folsom and Story Supervisor Valerie LaPointe will join Mike Jones, who has written for several Pixar movies, in describing the intensely collaborative way writers work with directors and story artists. Development Executives Mary Coleman and Megan Alderson will walk you through how Pixar scouts writers, matches them with directors, then supports them in creating engaging characters, believable worlds, and compelling stories.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Coleman

Mary Coleman

Head of Creative Development, Pixar Animation Studios
Mary Coleman is the Senior Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios. She joined Pixar in 1999 to create the Development department. Coleman was recruited from San Francisco’s Magic Theater because Pixar recognized that her work developing world premiers of new plays would... Read More →
avatar for Stephany Folsom

Stephany Folsom

writer Star Wars Resistance, Toy Story 4; writer/consulting producer Lord of the Rings (2019); writer/executive producer Paper Girls
Stephany Folsom traveled the world producing short-form docs before her script 1969 A SPACE ODYSSEY: OR HOW KUBRICK LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LAND ON THE MOON made the 2013 Black List and Hit List. Since then, she's worked on Marvel's THOR: RAGNAROK, wrote on Lucasfilm's STAR WARS... Read More →
avatar for Megan Alderson

Megan Alderson

Pixar Creative Development Associate
Since joining Pixar Animation Studios in 2013, Megan Alderson has worked on a number of films including Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, and Coco. She got her start in animation production at DreamWorks, and previously worked as a documentary and commercial editor in New... Read More →
avatar for Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Senior Story and Creative Artist, Pixar Animation Studios; writer Soul (2020)
Mike Jones is the Senior Story and Creative Artist at Pixar Animation Studios. He is currently writing Soul for director Pete Docter.Born and raised in South Texas, Jones graduated from NYU. Before Pixar, Jones was a working screenwriter for over 20 years. He now works with Pixar’s... Read More →
avatar for Valerie LaPointe

Valerie LaPointe

Story supervisor Toy Story 4; director Lamp Life
Valerie LaPointe began at Pixar Animation Studios as a story intern the summer of 2006. She was a story artist on shorts including “Presto” and “Partysaurous Rex,” on several “Mater’s Tall Tales,” on the Toy Story Toon, “Small Fry,” and the TV special “Toy Story... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

1:30pm

Austin Pitch #5
It’s the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of 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.

Speakers
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... Read More →
avatar for Lee Stobby

Lee Stobby

producer; Literary Manager
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Lee Stobby focuses on championing strong independent voices and quality cinema and television. He is a literary manager, producer and principal of Lee Stobby Entertainment. Before starting his own shingle in 2014, Stobby worked at Misher Films... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm

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. 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 23 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 24 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 25 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 26 | 8:30AM-3:00PM

Speakers
avatar for Mark Bianculli

Mark Bianculli

writer/executive producer Lincoln; consulting producer The Hunt
Mark Bianculli is a writer and producer whose credits include the feature film, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, starring James Caan, four produced pilots and two Blacklist sceenplays, SALEM VILLAGE (2015) and INFIDELS (2018). Mark has also sold feature scripts to various studios including Paramount... Read More →
avatar for Justin Boyd

Justin Boyd

writer Channel Zero, Reprisal, Lincoln
Justin Boyd is a television and comic book writer whose credits include CHANNEL ZERO (SyFy), REPRISAL (Hulu), and LINCOLN (NBC), as well as the comic book series NIGHT MOVES (IDW). In a previous life, Justin studied and taught philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago.
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 thousands of writers with their screenplays. Her book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Screenwriting (University of Texas Press), is one of the highest rated screenwriting books on Amazon, out of over 3,000 books on the subject. It's considered the go-to manual many professionals swear by and is on the syllabus for film schools across the U.S. including the acclaimed screenwriting... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

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 →
avatar for Bob Dearden

Bob Dearden

writer Play It Again, Dick; iZOMBiE, Cobra Kai
Bob Dearden is a writer and producer whose credits include: Play It Again, Dick (CW Seed), iZOMBiE (The CW), and Cobra Kai (YouTube). He is a graduate of UT-Austin’s MFA Screenwriting program (2013); prior to that, he wasted the bulk of his youth working in the forest industry in... Read More →
avatar for Dana M. Jackson

Dana M. Jackson

Literary Manager, Fineman Entertainment; producer Park, Typewriter Days
Dana Jackson graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Playwrights Horizons Theater School with a B.F.A. in Film/Theatre and a minor in Business. Relocating to Los Angeles, she worked at the William Morris Agency before a 5-year stint at Castle Rock Entertainment, where... Read More →
avatar for Rochée Jeffrey

Rochée Jeffrey

co-producer Beverly Hills 90210, SMILF; producer Woke
Rochée Jeffrey is a writer/director/performer who hails originally from Jamaica. She’s written on several television series, including Showtime's Golden Globe-nominated comedy series SMILF and she’s a producer on the upcoming Hulu series Woke starring Larmorne Morris. On the... Read More →
avatar for Dave Kajganich

Dave Kajganich

creator/showrunner The Terror; writer/producer Suspiria, writer/executive producer A Bigger Splash; writer True Story
Dave is a screenwriter and producer in both television and features, having come to filmmaking from studying fiction writing at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. He's most recently written an adaptation of Tim Winton's THE RIDERS for Ridley Scott, an adaptation of the YA novel... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Lieber

Jeffrey Lieber

writer/showrunner Lost, Miami Medical, AIsha, NCIS New Orleans
Jeffrey Lieber is a former actor and playwright, who became a showrunner and a dad and a mad-ass progressive and big over-user of ellipses. And... oh... you get the gist. Lost, Miami Medical, AIsha (upcoming), NCIS New Orleans and other random adventures.
avatar for Lucas Martell

Lucas Martell

writer/director Pigeon: Impossible, The OceanMaker
Lucas’ award-winning short films PIGEON: IMPOSSIBLE and THE OCEANMAKER have been seen more than 20-million times online and screened at over 350 festivals in 63 different countries. PIGEON: IMPOSSIBLE was bought by Fox Animation / Blue Sky with Chernin Entertainment producing the... Read More →
avatar for Susan O'Connor

Susan O'Connor

Story Consultant, Netflix; Lead Writer, Torn (PlayStation VR); Story Consultant, Batman (Telltale); Lead Writer, Star Wars 1313 (LucasArts); Story Consultant, Dishonored 2 (Bethesda); Writer, Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics); Lead Writer, Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft); Writer, BioShock (2K)
Susan O'Connor tells stories for a living. Award-winning titles in her portfolio (including BioShock, Far Cry 2, and Tomb Raider) have sold over 30 million copies and generated over half a billion dollars in sales. She also teaches a course in interactive storytelling at UT Austin... Read More →
avatar for Kristina Thomas

Kristina Thomas

script coordinator The New Edition Story, Being Mary Jane, Rebel, Lovecraft Country, The Haunting of Bly Manor
Winner of the Writers Assistant Network Pilot Workshop and former staff writer on the webseries The Rise of Theo and the Romeos for Issa Rae's production company, Writer-Director Kristina Thomas first showed her potential in the documentary side of filmmaking by winning awards that... Read More →
avatar for Ray Utarnachitt

Ray Utarnachitt

writer/producer DC's Legends of Tomorrow
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... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Veeder

Andrew Veeder

Creative Executive, Scripted, Stage 13
Andrew is a Creative Executive at Stage 13, developing and producing scripted content with an emphasis on trying to tell fresh and different stories from emerging talent, including the Emmy-nominated “Special” on Netflix. The product of a naval father and artist mother, he moved... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

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.

This panel is open to Second Rounders and Above.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran

producer Stranger Than Fiction, Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee, Dead Again; executive producer The Firm, Sabrina; former President/COO, 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... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
800 Congress 800 Congress, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm

Script Reading: The Cinco
The Cinco (the five families of barbecue) is a satirical look at the bizarre struggles of a non-violent mafia tethered to meat, as five houses vie for bell cow status. Though the heartbeat of the series will be the barbecue fronts of each eccentric family, every episode will be contrasted against something bigger than mouthwatering short ribs, perfectly balanced pinto beans and butcher paper plates. The Cinco is a sprawling look at Texas, highlighting the dichotomy between its big business boomtowns and the explosion of money seeping into its wide-open spaces.

Written by Trey Selman

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, Lone Star Badge, or Film Pass to attend.

Friday October 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Hideout Theatre 617 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm

Breaking the Rules
There is no rule in screenwriting you can't break, as long as you break it well. There are plenty of hard and fast rules to follow while writing, but even more important is knowing when to break those rules for the good of your story. Join writers for a conversation on tossing out the rulebook and learning to yield to your best creative impulses.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Miguel Alvarez

Miguel Alvarez

moderator

Speakers
avatar for Aline Brosh McKenna

Aline Brosh McKenna

co-creator/showrunner Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, writer The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, Morning Glory, We Bought a Zoo
Aline Brosh McKenna is an award-winning writer/producer/director, and one of the highest-grossing female screenwriters of all time. In 2006, McKenna adaptedthe popular novel, "The Devil Wears Prada." For that screenplay, McKennagarnered Writers Guild, BAFTA and Scripter award nominations.In... Read More →
avatar for C. Robert Cargill

C. Robert Cargill

writer Sinister, Marvel's Doctor Strange; novelist Sea of Rust
C. Robert Cargill is a novelist, former film critic, and a screenwriter on Marvel’s Doctor Strange and both of the Sinister films. His recent novel Sea of Rust was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He lives and works here in Austin, Tx.
avatar for Ayanna Floyd Davis

Ayanna Floyd Davis

showrunner/writer The Chi; writer Private Practice, Hannibal, Falling Skies
Ayanna Floyd Davis has been making her mark as a writer and producer in the television industry for almost two decades. She has written and produced some of TV’s hottest series and has worked for some of the most renowned showrunners in the business. Most recently, Ayanna flexed... Read More →
avatar for Scott Rosenberg

Scott Rosenberg

writer Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Venom, Con Air, Beautiful Girls
Scott Rosenberg has written the screenplays “THINGS TO 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... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm

From Pitch to Pick Up
Join producer Matthew Gross and writers Kat Likkel and John Hoberg for an inside look at their new country musical that was recently sold to Paramount. In this panel, the trio will discuss how they developed and sold the feature on a pitch and their advice for getting your story sold.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Harrison Glaser

Harrison Glaser

moderator; Former Film Competition Director, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Gross

Matthew Gross

producer Across the Universe, Fired Up!, Joe Somebody; executive producer The InBetween, Taken, Sons of Liberty, DayBreak; showrunner/director Body of Proof; producer/director Dirty Sexy Money; producer Live Stage Musical The Sting
MATTHEW GROSS currently has an overall POD deal with Universal Television, recently wrapped production on The InBetween for NBC, is developing a series for Universal entitled Queens and recently sold a feature film Country musical to Paramount Players. Gross is the former President... Read More →
avatar for Kat Likkel

Kat Likkel

co-showrunner Downward Dog, Galavant; co-writer Country Musical, Black-ish, The Neighbors, Better Off Ted, My Name is Earl
Kat Likkel and John Hoberg have been screenwriters and television producers for over 20 years, recently serving as showrunners on ABC’s “Downward Dog” – the first network half hour to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Before that they served as showrunners for the medieval... Read More →
avatar for John Hoberg

John Hoberg

co-showrunner Downward Dog, Galavant; co-writer Country Musical, Black-ish, The Neighbors, Better Off Ted, My Name is Earl
Kat Likkel and John Hoberg have been screenwriters and television producers for over 20 years, recently serving as showrunners on ABC’s “Downward Dog” – the first network half hour to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Before that they served as showrunners for the medieval... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
800 Congress 800 Congress, Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm

Navigating the Room
For those starting out, the writers room can be both a dream and a nightmare. An unbridled breeding ground for new ideas and inspired debates, it can also be fraught with clashing personalities and an internal hierarchy that can be tricky to navigate. So how does the writers room work, and how do you take your ideas from pitch to draft to episode while working your way up the chain of command? Writers room veterans will sit down for a conversation on process, etiquette, and their best-kept strategies for working the room.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister

moderator; host PRI's Live Wire 2003-2013; co-writer The Benefits of Gusbandry; author Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things

Speakers
avatar for Michael Brandt

Michael Brandt

creator Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med; writer 3:10 to Yuma, Wanted, 2Fast 2Furious, Catch That Kid, The Double
Michael Brandt is the co-creator of “Chicago Fire” along with its subsequent spinoffs  “Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and Chicago Justice.” Brandt directed multiple episodes as well.  Brandt wrote the features “3:10 to Yuma,” “Wanted,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Catch... Read More →
avatar for Ray Utarnachitt

Ray Utarnachitt

writer/producer DC's Legends of Tomorrow
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... Read More →
avatar for Erika L. Johnson

Erika L. Johnson

writer/ producer The Good Lord Bird, The Village, Queen Sugar, Shades of Blue; writer Being Mary Jane, Ugly Betty
Erika L. Johnson is Co-Executive Producer of the upcoming Showtime limited series, THE GOOD LORD BIRD, starring Ethan Hawke, based on the National Book Award winning novel by James McBride. She was also a Co-Executive Producer on NBC’s THE VILLAGE. Prior to that, Erika was a Supervising... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Sharzer

Jessica Sharzer

writer A Simple Favor, Nerve, American Horror Story
Jessica Sharzer made her feature writing and directing debut with SPEAK, starring Kristen Stewart and Steve Zahn. It premiered at Sundance in 2004 and was nominated for a Writers Guild Award and a Director Guild Award. She has since developed feature films for Universal, HBO, MTV... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

3:15pm

Podcast Track: Writing Audio Fiction
How do you tell a story for an audio-only medium? Join this panel of fiction podcast writers for a conversation on the opportunities and obstacles that come with writing for the acoustic medium.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Mitchell

Jonathan Mitchell

producer The Truth podcast
Jonathan Mitchell is the creator and host of The Truth podcast, an anthology fiction show launched in 2012 that’s part of the Radiotopia network. He has contributed a wide range of work— documentaries, fictional stories, non-narrated sound collages, and original music— to all... Read More →
avatar for Scott Conroy

Scott Conroy

writer/creator Blackout, Embeds; author Vote First Or Die, Sarah From Alaska
Scott Conroy is the creator and executive producer of “Blackout,” an 8-episode scripted podcast starring Rami Malek. Scott’s screenplay, “Analytica,” was optioned by Imagine Entertainment and was featured on the 2018 Black List. His limited series, “Trump: It Happened... Read More →
avatar for Marissa Tandon

Marissa Tandon

creator Super Ordinary, The Sword & The Stoner
Marissa Tandon is a writer, actor, and director based in Los Angeles. She is the writer and creator of the narrative fiction podcasts Super Ordinary and The Sword & The Stoner. She is the co-founder of Tandon Productions, which focuses on bringing new voices to the multi-media landscape... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

3:15pm

Telling True Crime Stories
Crafting entertainment based on true crime can be a tricky path to navigate. How do creators tell interesting, compelling stories that stay true to real events, while respecting the victims and the human stories that are at the heart of the horror? Panelists will discuss their adaptations of true crime events to film and television, and how research plays a key role in sharing these stories responsibly.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Moderator; Executive Director and Co-Founder, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
avatar for Michael Werwie

Michael Werwie

writer/executive producer Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile; writer Lost Girls
Michael Werwie is the writer and executive producer of EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE, starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, and John Malkovich, winner of the Academy Nicholl Fellowship and featured on the 2012 Black List. His upcoming movie LOST GIRLS, based on the New York... Read More →
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Guinevere Turner

writer American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page, Go Fish, Charlie Says
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, The Notorious Bettie Page and the 2019 film... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Ballroom 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm

The Creative Career: Practical Tips for Starting Out presented by the Writers Guild of America West
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.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Gary Whitta

Gary Whitta

writer, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli, After Earth
GARY WHITTA is a screenwriter and author best known as co-writer of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. He also wrote the post-apocalyptic thriller THE BOOK OF ELI starring Denzel Washington, co-wrote the Will Smith sci-fi adventure AFTER EARTH, and served as writer and story consultant... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Phil Hay

Phil Hay

writer/producer The Invitation, Destroyer; writer Crazy/Beautiful, Ride Along, Ride Along 2, Clash of the Titans
Phil Hay is a screenwriter and producer. Hay, partner Matt Manfredi, and director Karyn Kusama (who is also Hay’s wife) made the upcoming Los Angeles crime drama Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman, and the thriller The Invitation, which debuted at SXSW in 2015 and went on to play... Read More →
avatar for April Shih

April Shih

writer Evel, You're The Worst, Undone, Mrs. America
April Shih is a Los Angeles-based television writer and filmmaker. Growing up in a sleepy beach suburb, Aprilentertained herself by catfishing people in AOL chatrooms. This penchant for making shit up eventually turnedinto a passion for storytelling, and after high school April attended... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Perlman

Nicole Perlman

writer Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, Detective Pikachu
Nicole Perlman is best known for her work on “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain Marvel,” and “Detective Pikachu." Nicole received her BFA in filmmaking from NYU in 2003, and has gone on to win the Tribeca Film Festival's Sloan Foundation Grant for Science in Film, the Hugo... Read More →
avatar for Stephany Folsom

Stephany Folsom

writer Star Wars Resistance, Toy Story 4; writer/consulting producer Lord of the Rings (2019); writer/executive producer Paper Girls
Stephany Folsom traveled the world producing short-form docs before her script 1969 A SPACE ODYSSEY: OR HOW KUBRICK LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LAND ON THE MOON made the 2013 Black List and Hit List. Since then, she's worked on Marvel's THOR: RAGNAROK, wrote on Lucasfilm's STAR WARS... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday October 25, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Central Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary 200 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm

The Writer/Manager Relationship
You hear it from everyone: finding representation is the key to opening the doors of Hollywood. So what should you be looking for in a manager, and what can you expect from that relationship once you’ve found one? Join screenwriter Matt Lieberman alongside his literary manager Adam Kolbrenner for an in-depth exploration of the writer/manager relationship and how to make the most of this working partnership.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

moderator; Producer; Director, Hollins University Graduate Screenwriting Program, Co-Founder ProPath Screenwriting

Speakers
avatar for Matt Lieberman

Matt Lieberman

writer The Christmas Chronicles, Free Guy, Playing with Fire, The Addams Family, Meet the Machines, Scooby Doo, Monster on the Hill
MATT LIEBERMAN recently sold spec script MEET THE MACHINES to Lionsgate with LitEntertainment and Temple Hill producing.His black list script FREE GUY is currently in pre-production at 20th Century Fox with BerlantiProductions and Lit Entertainment attached to produce. Shawn Levy... Read More →
avatar for Adam Kolbrenner

Adam Kolbrenner

producer Prisoners, Deadfall; Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment
Adam Kolbrenner is the founder of Lit Entertainment Group, a newly launched literary management andproduction company based in Century City, CA. Previously Kolbrenner co-founded MadhouseEntertainment.Kolbrenner produced Oscar-nominated film, Prisoners, for Warner Bros/Alcon Entertainment... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

3:15pm

Austin Pitch #6
It’s the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of 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.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Manus

Marc Manus

Manager/Producer, Zero Gravity Management
Marc Manus is a former award-winning photojournalist who attended USC film school before entering the field of artist representation. His first job was with manager Cathryn Jaymes, who represented the Academy Award-winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino, among others. After a brief... Read More →
avatar for Amy Louise Johnson

Amy Louise Johnson

writer Tyrant, The Long Road Home, Messiah, Nightflyers
Amy’s thrilled to be back in the AFF fold for 2019! This past year, Amy’s mainly been working in features, with two scripts in development with the wonderful folks at Amblin Entertainment. The first, BLOW THE MAN DOWN , an original screenplay, is a seafaring gender horror about... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

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. 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 23 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 24 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 25 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 26 | 8:30AM-3:00PM

Speakers
avatar for Deena Kalai

Deena Kalai

attorney
Deena Kalai is an intellectual property attorney and startup advisor with offices in both Austin and Manhattan. She represents individuals and businesses engaged in entertainment, intellectual property and technology, including film, television, fashion, literary publishing, and mobile/interactive... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Dartnell

Matthew Dartnell

manager Writ Large
Matt Dartnell is a California-bred literary manager with a deep love for film, television, podcasts, and the unique voices and strange perspectives that generate these stories. His specialty is helping creatives navigate the ups and downs of Hollywood while developing great material... Read More →
avatar for Charles Kim

Charles Kim

writer Heroes, Ben 10; comic book writer
Chuck Kim got his revenge on his Korean immigrant parents for burning his comic book collection and not allowing him to watch TV—by becoming a writer in both television and comic books.At the age of seven, Chuck was allowed to pick his “Western” name, picking Charlie after “Snoopy... Read More →
avatar for Dayo Adesokan

Dayo Adesokan

writer Superstore, Downward Dog, Young & Hungry
Dayo Adesokan was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent his childhood watching Fresh Prince of Bel-Air re-runs. When he was seven, his family won the Visa Lottery at next to nothing odds and moved to Chicago, Illinois. Growing up an outsider, he developed an early affinity for comedy... Read More →
avatar for Justin Boyd

Justin Boyd

writer Channel Zero, Reprisal, Lincoln
Justin Boyd is a television and comic book writer whose credits include CHANNEL ZERO (SyFy), REPRISAL (Hulu), and LINCOLN (NBC), as well as the comic book series NIGHT MOVES (IDW). In a previous life, Justin studied and taught philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago.
avatar for Micah Cyrus

Micah Cyrus

writers' assistant All American; consulting producer Dead Girls Detective Agency; former writers' assistant Step Up High Water, The Resident
Micah currently serves as the Writers’ Assistant on All American (CW). Previously, he was a Consulting Producer on Dead Girls Detective Agency (Snapchat). Micah has also served as the Writers’ Assistant on Season 2 of the Lionsgate/YouTube Premium series, Step Up High Water and... Read More →
avatar for Bob Dearden

Bob Dearden

writer Play It Again, Dick; iZOMBiE, Cobra Kai
Bob Dearden is a writer and producer whose credits include: Play It Again, Dick (CW Seed), iZOMBiE (The CW), and Cobra Kai (YouTube). He is a graduate of UT-Austin’s MFA Screenwriting program (2013); prior to that, he wasted the bulk of his youth working in the forest industry in... Read More →
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

President, Enderby Entertainment; producer Intrigo Anthology, An Ordinary Man, Blackway
Rick Dugdale is the President and CEO of Enderby Entertainment, a 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 production and spearheads... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Ginsburg

Aaron Ginsburg

co-executive Producer/writer New Amsterdam, The 100
Aaron Ginsburg is a writer/producer who has worked in television and film in Los Angeles for over a decade. He is currently a Co-Executive Producer on NBC’s hit medical drama, New Amsterdam. Before that, he was a Co-Executive Producer on CW’s critically acclaimed Sci-Fi drama... Read More →
avatar for Philip Levens

Philip Levens

creator/showrunner Ascension; executive producer South Beach; writer/producer Smallville, Night Vision, Knight Rider
PHILIP LEVENS grew up in Lubbock, Texas, and attended The University of Texas in Austin before moving to Los Angeles. He created and was showrunner of “Ascension” for Universal and Lionsgate, now on Netflix. He recently wrote a serialized trial series for A&E called “The Accused... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Stotesbery-Levens

Carolyn Stotesbery-Levens

actor Agent X, Castle, Love & Mercy; writer/producer Menace of Venice, Carry The World, The Vintage
Multi-hyphenate talent, CAROLYN STOTESBERY-LEVENS, is a writer, actor and producer. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she began modeling as a teenager and moved to Los Angeles for work when she was cast in MTV’s “Undressed.” As an actor, Carolyn has appeared in major studio movies... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Levenshus

Samantha Levenshus

writer Neon Future (comic book), The Grimm World (play), Holy Unexpected (tv); Development Executive, Script Pipeline
Samantha Levenshus works as a writer in sunny Santa Monica. She recently finished work on Steve Aoki’s comic book series NEON FUTURE, which she co-wrote with Eisner Award-winner Jim Krueger. Her love for characters and storytelling was born in theater and, as a playwright, she’s... Read More →
avatar for Samantha McIntyre

Samantha McIntyre

writer Unicorn Store; writer/producer People of Earth; executive story editor Married; writer/supervising producer Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
Samantha wrote the feature film UNICORN STORE (now streaming on Netflix) with Brie Larson starring and directing. In television, Samantha has developed pilots for ABC and The CW, and most recently wrote for two seasons on the TBS series PEOPLE OF EARTH. Samantha has staffed on several... Read More →
avatar for Nora Nolan

Nora Nolan

writer Trial & Error, Paradise PD
Nora Nolan grew up in a perfect little town called Maplewood, NJ and she never shuts up about it. Nora learned to push comedy boundaries in her large Irish Catholic family where, in order to get a word in edgewise, you either had to lead with a case of Bud Heavy or an edgy punch line... Read More →
avatar for Meta Valentic

Meta Valentic

Development Executive, Entertainment Media Management; executive producer The Donors; producer Urbania; assistant director Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Castle, Bones, Lost
Meta Valentic began her career as the youngest member of the DGA Assistant Director'sTraining Program. Her assistant director credits include CASTLE, LOST, and BONES, andall 4 seasons of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning musical comedy CRAZY EXGIRLFRIEND. Meta wasnominated for 2 Directors... Read More →


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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Port

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 →
avatar for Jenna Bond

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 →
avatar for David Berenbaum

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 →
avatar for VJ Boyd

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.
avatar for Cam Cannon

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 →
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

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 →
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

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

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 →
avatar for Karen Schaler

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 →
avatar for Kendrick Tan

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.
avatar for Carly Wray

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 →
avatar for Jono Matt

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 →
avatar for Gillian Bohrer

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
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

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.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Zulauf

Emily Zulauf

Narrative Director, Probably Monsters Games; Creative Development Associate, Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

The Blondes AMC/Shudder, Fifty Universal TV, Something in the Water Effenson Entertainment, Haven Sy/Fy Channel, Missy Piggle Wiggle Freckle Films Free Willy WB, Disney Feature Fellow, Associate Professor and Screenwriting Area Head UT Austin
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 screenwriting... Read More →
avatar for Charmaine DeGraté

Charmaine DeGraté

writer/ co-executive producer Hello Sunshine/Amazon’s Daisy Jones and The Six, The 100, Netflix’s Chambers
Charmaine DeGraté is a screenwriter and television producer. Her works include the critically acclaimed sci-fi drama, The 100, in addition to a number of shows for Warner Bros, Netflix, and Amazon.Currently, Charmaine is writing and co-executive producing Daisy Jones and The Six... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

3:15pm

Creating Emotional Characters that Audiences Will Care About
Join Oscar-nominated screenwriter Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Captain Marvel) for an insight into her process for creating authentic, rich characters.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

THIS IS AN EXTENDED PANEL THAT WILL END AT 5:00PM. 

Speakers
avatar for Meg LeFauve

Meg LeFauve

writer Inside Out, Captain Marvel, Good Dinosaur
Nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for the Pixar blockbuster INSIDE OUT, LeFauve won an Annie Award for that screenplay. She also wrote Pixar’s Golden Globe nominated THE GOOD DINOSAUR. LeFauve is currently writing a series for Hulu and the animated film MY FATHER’S DRAGON... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 3:15pm - 5:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

3:45pm

Cows with no name
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

(France, 51 MIN)

Director: Hubert Charuel

A filmmaker documents his parents’ retirement from their dairy farm, as his mother
comes to terms with letting go of her beloved cows.

Staff Pick: Cows with no name
2019 Filmmaker Q&A: Hubert Charuel of Cows with no name
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Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 4:36pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

3:45pm

Shorts Program 3 - To Freedom!
(TRT: 116 min)

NOWHERE TO NUN (USA, 14 MIN)
Writer: Leticia Akel, Austin Hsieh
Director: Austin Hsieh
Two nuns go on the run when they discover they are about to be sent to a
retirement home.

BEAUTIFUL YOUTH (IRELAND, 17 MIN)
Writer: Conor McCormick, Nicholas Naessens
Director: Conor McCormick
Lili tries to reconnect with a past love after being institutionalized, but will he help
her regain her strength or will she be on her own to heal?

KALLIMA (IRAN, 15 MIN)
Writer/Director: Ashkan Ahmadi
A little girl goes with her father to catch a butterfly on the borders of hostile
territory.

BLACK DISPATCH (USA, 19 MIN)
Writer/Director: Shea Sizemore
Sable, a Confederate engineer’s house slave, risks everything by aiding the Union
Army in hopes of earning her and her family’s freedom.

SKYWATCH (USA, 11 MIN)
Writer/Director: Colin Levy
When two outcast teens hack into a drone to pull a prank on their neighbor, they
accidentally find themselves on the run from the delivery corporation.

PIONEERS (USA, 11 MIN)
Writer: Diana Irvine, Bianca Rusu
Director: Charlotte Fassler, Dani Girdwood
Two pioneer women escape together across the unforgiving desert in a gripping
tale of survival, thrill, and twisted perception.

BYE BYE BODY (USA, 10 MIN)
Writer/Director: Charlotte Benbeniste
When Nina fails to meet her goal at weight loss camp, she makes a deal with the
devil, only to discover a new understanding of her body.

THE PRESIDENT AND THE CROSSING KEEPER (FRANCE, 19 MIN)
Writer: Marc Syrigas, Jean-Marc Peyrefitte
Director: Jean-Marc Peyrefitte
A crossing guard has known too many misfortunes in his life to believe he is facing
the on-the-run President of the Republic.

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Sponsors


Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 5:38pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

3:45pm

Beautiful Youth
(Ireland, 17 MIN)

Writer: Conor McCormick, Nicholas Naessens
Director: Conor McCormick

Lili tries to reconnect with a past love after being institutionalized, but will he help
her regain her strength or will she be on her own to heal?

Playing as part of Shorts Program 3: To Freedom!


Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 5:38pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

3:45pm

Black Dispatch
(USA, 19 MIN)

Writer/Director: Shea Sizemore

Sable, a Confederate engineer’s house slave, risks everything by aiding the Union
Army in hopes of earning her and her family’s freedom.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 3: To Freedom!


Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 5:38pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

3:45pm

Bye Bye Body
(USA, 10 MIN)

Writer/Director: Charlotte Benbeniste

When Nina fails to meet her goal at weight loss camp, she makes a deal with the
devil, only to discover a new understanding of her body.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 3: To Freedom!


Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 5:38pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

3:45pm

Kallima
(Iran, 15 MIN)

Writer/Director: Ashkan Ahmadi

A little girl goes with her father to catch a butterfly on the borders of hostile
territory.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 3: To Freedom!


Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 5:38pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

3:45pm

Nowhere to Nun
(USA, 14 MIN)

Writer: Leticia Akel, Austin Hsieh
Director: Austin Hsieh

Two nuns go on the run when they discover they are about to be sent to a
retirement home.

Part of Shorts Program 3: To Freedom!


Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 5:38pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

3:45pm

Pioneers
(USA, 11 MIN)

Writer: Diana Irvine, Bianca Rusu
Director: Charlotte Fassler, Dani Girdwood

Two pioneer women escape together across the unforgiving desert in a gripping
tale of survival, thrill, and twisted perception.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 3: To Freedom!


Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 5:38pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

3:45pm

Skywatch
(USA, 11 MIN)

Writer/Director: Colin Levy

When two outcast teens hack into a drone to pull a prank on their neighbor, they
accidentally find themselves on the run from the delivery corporation.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 3: To Freedom!


Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 5:38pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

3:45pm

The President and the Crossing Keeper
(France, 19 MIN)

Writer: Marc Syrigas, Jean-Marc Peyrefitte
Director: Jean-Marc Peyrefitte

A crossing guard has known too many misfortunes in his life to believe he is facing
the on-the-run President of the Republic.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 3: To Freedom!


Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 5:38pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

4:00pm

Against the Tides
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

(UK, 87 MIN)

Director: Stefan Stuckert

One woman’s ambition to swim all seven of the world’s most harrowing seachannels
in a single year tests her athletic limits and her personal relationships.

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Friday October 25, 2019 4:00pm - 5:27pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

4:00pm

Undertow
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

(Australia, 95 min)

Writer/Director: Miranda Nation
Cast: Laura Gordon, Olivia deJonge, Josh Helman, Rob Collins

Grieving the loss of her stillborn child, a woman develops a dangerous obsession
with a pregnant teenager.

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Friday October 25, 2019 4:00pm - 5:35pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

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 Fiesta Gardens and savor world-famous BBQ, washed down with a cold beer. Representatives from regional film commissions across Texas will be on hand to tell you all about the media production industries in Texas.

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.

Shuttle service to the BBQ has moved to the Central Presbyterian Church on Brazos Street, the same street as the Driskill Valet. The shuttle service will start at 4:30PM and end at 7:00PM.


Friday October 25, 2019 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Fiesta Gardens 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St, Austin, TX 78702

5:00pm

This Might Hurt
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, 80 MIN)

Director: Marion Cunningham, Kent Bassett

Three chronic pain patients enter a four-week ‘mind-body medicine’ program, run
by a man named Dr. Howard Schubiner, that claims that their pain isn’t caused
by anything physically wrong with their bodies, but from neural pathways in their
brain.

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Friday October 25, 2019 5:00pm - 6:20pm
Hideout Theatre 617 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

6:15pm

Limbo
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

(Germany, 89 min)

Writer: Anil Kizilbuga
Director: Tim Dunschede
Cast: Mathias Herrman, Elisa Schlott, Martin Semmerlrogge, Christian Strasser,
Tilman Strauss, Steffen Wink

When a young compliance manager encounters a money laundering network, her
path crosses with those of an aging small-time crook, an undercover agent, and a
Viennese gangster boss during an illegal bare knuckle fight.

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Friday October 25, 2019 6:15pm - 7:44pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

6:30pm

Harriet
(USA, 125 min)

Writer: Gregory Allen Howard and Kasi Lemmons
Director: Kasi Lemmons
Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles,
Clarke Peters

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter,
Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and
transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and
tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

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Friday October 25, 2019 6:30pm - 8:35pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 5 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

6:45pm

Noise
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

(France, 105 MIN)

Writer/Director: Jeremy Laval
Cast: Guillaume Duhesme, Berangere McNeese, Christophe Perez, Jeff Turmeau,
Teddy Candela

A man deafened by an accident begins to hear the thoughts of other people and
uses the ability to investigate the disappearance of a missing girl.

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Sponsors
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Austin Horror Society

Leader, Austin Horror society
Please come say hi, I am crissy, the volunteer with all the hats! We would love to interview anyone that has a thriller, suspense or horror film to share. Find us on Facebook.



Friday October 25, 2019 6:45pm - 8:30pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

7:00pm

Seinfeld Retrospective
(USA, 46 min)

Creators: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David
Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

The Label Maker (1995)
Tim Whatley gives Jerry a label maker as a thank you for his Super Bowl tickets.
George is uncomfortable with his girlfriend’s male roommate. Kramer and Newman
play a game of Risk.

The Bizarro Jerry (1996)
George uses Susan’s death to pick up women. Elaine’s new friend is Jerry’s exact
opposite. Jerry’s new girlfriend has manly hands. Kramer pretends to work for an
upscale firm.

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PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
NOT permitted:
• No large bags over 14 x 12 x 6 in size
• No food or beverage of any kind
• No weapons of any shape or size (including
firearms, explosives, pocket knives, etc.)
• No cameras or recorders of any kind
ALLOWED but subject to inspection:
• Bags smaller than 14 x 12 x 6
• Diaper bags (when child is present)
• Medically necessary items (including breast
pumps)
• Jackets and coats

Speakers
avatar for David Mandel

David Mandel

executive producer Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm; writer Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live; writer/director Eurotrip
David Mandel is the two-time Emmy Award-winning show runner and Executive Producer of Veep.  Besides Veep where he has been nominated for two writing Emmys, he also wrote for such shows as Saturday Night Live (92-95), Seinfeld where he wrote the “The Bizarro Jerry” (aka “Man-Hands... Read More →



Friday October 25, 2019 7:00pm - 7:46pm
State Theatre 719 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

7:00pm

Shorts Program 4 - Basic Needs
(TRT: 90 min)

THE WATER (SPAIN, 13 MIN)
Writer: Elia Gonella
Director: Andrea Dargenio
A man wakes up in a world where water has disappeared. Everyone else, however,
acts like nothing happened.

TWELFTH ROUND (AUSTRALIA, 16 MIN)
Writer/Director: Nir Shelter
After his pregnant wife’s lymphoma medicine is canceled, an African-Australian
boxer must illegally procure enough medication to carry the baby to term.

VALU (SAND) (INDIA, 12 MIN)
Writer: Ravi Muppa
Director: Vikram Aggarwal
A farmer discovers that his bore-well has dried up and takes matters in his own
hands to stop the sand-mining mafia.

NIGHTY NIGHT (USA, 14 MIN)
Writer/Director: Matt Porter
A nervous man struggles to fall asleep during an in-office sleep study and enlists
the overnight technician to help.

POOL (ISRAEL, 13 MIN)
Writer/Director: Ido Weisman
Aryeh does not know how to swim. He decides to learn from the instructor who, in
his opinion, was the most worthy: his 13-year-old son, Yoav.

I’M NOT HURTING YOU (AUSTRALIA, 15 MIN)
Writer/Director: David Vincent Smith
A desperate woman kidnaps and enforces rehab on her younger, dangerous, methaddicted
brother in a last ditch effort to save his life.

SLEEPLESS IN SANTA MONICA (UK, 7 MIN)
Writer/Director: Ben Bouvier-Farrell
Two weary travellers are kept awake for hours on end by an old man’s thunderous
snoring.

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Friday October 25, 2019 7:00pm - 8:27pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:00pm

I'm Not Hurting You
(Australia, 15 MIN)

Writer/Director: David Vincent Smith

A desperate woman kidnaps and enforces rehab on her younger, dangerous, methaddicted
brother in a last ditch effort to save his life.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 4: Basic Needs


Friday October 25, 2019 7:00pm - 8:27pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:00pm

Nighty Night
(USA, 14 MIN)

Writer/Director: Matt Porter

A nervous man struggles to fall asleep during an in-office sleep study and enlists
the overnight technician to help.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 4: Basic Needs


Friday October 25, 2019 7:00pm - 8:27pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:00pm

Pool
(Israel, 13 MIN)

Writer/Director: Ido Weisman

Aryeh does not know how to swim. He decides to learn from the instructor who, in
his opinion, was the most worthy: his 13-year-old son, Yoav.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 4: Basic Needs


Friday October 25, 2019 7:00pm - 8:27pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:00pm

Sleepless in Santa Monica
(UK, 7 MIN)

Writer/Director: Ben Bouvier-Farrell

Two weary travellers are kept awake for hours on end by an old man’s thunderous
snoring.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 4: Basic Needs


Friday October 25, 2019 7:00pm - 8:27pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:00pm

The Water
(Spain, 13 MIN)

Writer: Elia Gonella
Director: Andrea Dargenio

A man wakes up in a world where water has disappeared. Everyone else, however,
acts like nothing happened.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 4: Basic Needs


Friday October 25, 2019 7:00pm - 8:27pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:00pm

Twelfth Round
(Australia, 16 MIN)

Writer/Director: Nir Shelter

After his pregnant wife’s lymphoma medicine is canceled, an African-Australian
boxer must illegally procure enough medication to carry the baby to term.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 4: Basic Needs


Friday October 25, 2019 7:00pm - 8:27pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:00pm

VĀḶŪ (Sand)
(India, 12 MIN)

Writer: Ravi Muppa
Director: Vikram Aggarwal

A farmer discovers that his bore-well has dried up and takes matters in his own
hands to stop the sand-mining mafia.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 4: Basic Needs


Friday October 25, 2019 7:00pm - 8:27pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:00pm

UCLA Story Break Live
Panelists from the Festival will break a feature story in front of an audience. They won't know the story idea beforehand. It will be a high pressure (but fun) situation in which the writers must have the entire story ready to pitch to the studio by the panel's end. One random Second Rounder in attendance will be chosen to participate. Come have a drink on us and watch the creativity unfold.

This panel is presented by UCLA Professional Programs.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend. 

Speakers
avatar for Steven Canals

Steven Canals

creator/executive producer POSE
Hailing from The Bronx, Steven Canals is the Creator and Executive Producer of the Golden Globe nominated and Peabody Award winning FX drama series POSE. A 2015 graduate of UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program, he began his journey as a storyteller in high school, producing the documentary... Read More →
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

The Blondes AMC/Shudder, Fifty Universal TV, Something in the Water Effenson Entertainment, Haven Sy/Fy Channel, Missy Piggle Wiggle Freckle Films Free Willy WB, Disney Feature Fellow, Associate Professor and Screenwriting Area Head UT Austin
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 screenwriting... Read More →
avatar for Susan O'Connor

Susan O'Connor

Story Consultant, Netflix; Lead Writer, Torn (PlayStation VR); Story Consultant, Batman (Telltale); Lead Writer, Star Wars 1313 (LucasArts); Story Consultant, Dishonored 2 (Bethesda); Writer, Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics); Lead Writer, Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft); Writer, BioShock (2K)
Susan O'Connor tells stories for a living. Award-winning titles in her portfolio (including BioShock, Far Cry 2, and Tomb Raider) have sold over 30 million copies and generated over half a billion dollars in sales. She also teaches a course in interactive storytelling at UT Austin... Read More →
avatar for Charles Kim

Charles Kim

writer Heroes, Ben 10; comic book writer
Chuck Kim got his revenge on his Korean immigrant parents for burning his comic book collection and not allowing him to watch TV—by becoming a writer in both television and comic books.At the age of seven, Chuck was allowed to pick his “Western” name, picking Charlie after “Snoopy... Read More →
avatar for Neil Landau

Neil Landau

Assistant Dean, UCLA Department of Film, Television & Digital Media
Neil Landau is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, author, and screenwriting professor. His screen credits include the cult comedy Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead starring Christina Applegate; Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Secret World... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

7:00pm

Script Reading: Last Looks
Last Looks finds two of Austin's finest actors, Guy Swanson and Derrick Araby, dazed and confused and living as roommates as they close in on their 5th decade on the planet. At its core the show dives into what it means to have never given up on your dreams, while having very, very little to show for it. These guys are in the third act of their lives without having the chance or good fortune to have been appreciated in the first two acts. And in this last chapter of their careers, they stare down the question: what happens if you're not even a late bloomer?

Speakers
avatar for Bill Wise

Bill Wise

Bill Wise is based in Austin TX. He is the proud father of a senior at Oberlin and one at Booker T HS for the Performing and Visual arts: Hartley and Liam. He is a twenty-five year veteran of stage and screen (large and very tiny). He can be seen somewhere/sometimes in the final season... Read More →
avatar for Chris Doubek

Chris Doubek

Chris studied acting in NYC with Kevin O'Connor & Bill Esper; in Austin with Mona Lee, Barry Pineo, Paula Russell, Carol Hickey and Laurel Vouvray; and in the Harry Ransom Center's video room (thanks HRC!) with Stella Adler.  Chris made a Z-Line for Austin after watching Slacker... Read More →
avatar for Berndt Mader

Berndt Mader

Berndt Mader is an Emmy Award winning writer/director from Austin, Texas. He has directed two feature films, Booger Red (Austin Film Festival 2016) and 5 Time Champion (SXSW 2011). His branded film for Yeti, Soul of a City, was a finalist for the Tribeca X Award at the 2017 Tribeca... Read More →



Friday October 25, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

7:30pm

Cowboys
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, 80 MIN)

Director: John Langmore, Bud Force
Presented By The Texas Film Commission

Told in the cinematic tradition of classic westerns, this feature documentary offers
the opportunity to ride alongside modern working cowboys on some of America’s
largest and most remote cattle ranches.

Click here to purchase a ticket in advance through The Paramount Theatre Box Office
Click here to listen to co-writers and directors John Langmore and Bud Force discuss Cowboys during their On Story interview
Click here to read Bud Force's filmmaker Q&A
Click here to read the Cowboys staff pick
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PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
NOT permitted:
• No large bags over 14 x 12 x 6 in size
• No food or beverage of any kind
• No weapons of any shape or size (including
firearms, explosives, pocket knives, etc.)
• No cameras or recorders of any kind
ALLOWED but subject to inspection:
• Bags smaller than 14 x 12 x 6
• Diaper bags (when child is present)
• Medically necessary items (including breast
pumps)
• Jackets and coats



Friday October 25, 2019 7:30pm - 8:50pm
Paramount Theatre 713 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

7:30pm

Wade In The Water
(USA, 88 min)

Writer: Chris Retts
Director: Mark Wilson
Cast: Tom E. Nicholson, Danika Golomebek

When a misdelivered package arrives bearing a horrifying secret, a misanthropic
shut-in is set on a collision course with a predator, the man’s disillusioned
daughter, and his own dark past.

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Friday October 25, 2019 7:30pm - 8:58pm
Hideout Theatre 617 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

8:45pm

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
(France, 121 min)

Writer/Director: Céline Sciamma
Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel

France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse,
a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-tobe,
Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day
and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another,
intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom.
Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.
Winner of a coveted Cannes prize and one of the best reviewed films of the year,
Portrait of a Lady on Fire solidifies Céline Sciamma as one of the most exciting
filmmakers working in the world today. Noémie and Adèle Haenel turn the subtle
act of looking into a dangerous, engrossing thrill, crafting the most breathtaking
and elegant performances of the year. To watch Marianne and Héloïse fall in love
is to see love itself invented onscreen. With contemporary themes in period dress,
Portrait of a Lady on Fire is one of the greatest love stories ever told.

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Friday October 25, 2019 8:45pm - 10:44pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

9:00pm

The VICE Guide to Bigfoot
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, 80 MIN)

Writer: Zach Lamplugh, Brian Emond
Director: Zach Lamplugh
Cast: Brian Emond, Jeffrey Stephenson, Tevin Williams, Will Copeland, Zach
Lamplugh

When a jaded VICE clickbait reporter is sent to the Appalachian foothills to follow
a cryptozoologist on the trail of Bigfoot, he’s forced to answer the question: “Is a
good story worth dying for?”

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Friday October 25, 2019 9:00pm - 10:20pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

9:30pm

The Planters
(USA, 78 MIN)

Writer/Director: Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder
Cast: Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder, Phil Parolisi, Pepe Serna

Martha lives a solitary existence planting buried treasure and attempting to sell air
conditioners until she takes in Sadie and her multiple personalities.

Click here to listen to co-writers and directors Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder discuss The Planters during their On Story interview
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PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
NOT permitted:
• No large bags over 14 x 12 x 6 in size
• No food or beverage of any kind
• No weapons of any shape or size (including
firearms, explosives, pocket knives, etc.)
• No cameras or recorders of any kind
ALLOWED but subject to inspection:
• Bags smaller than 14 x 12 x 6
• Diaper bags (when child is present)
• Medically necessary items (including breast
pumps)
• Jackets and coats



Friday October 25, 2019 9:30pm - 10:48pm
State Theatre 719 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

9:30pm

Macabre
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

(Brazil, 100 MIN)

Writer: Lucas Paraizo, Rita Gloria Curvo
Director: Marcos Prado
Cast: Renato Góes, Amanda Grimaldi, Guilherme Ferraz, Osvaldo Mil, Laila Garin,
Eduardo Tomaz, Diego Francisco, Flavio Bauraqui, Paulo Reis

Inspired by a true story of brutal murders in the 90s, a police sergeant is caught
between a broken justice system and his own past as he hunts down a pair of
homicidal brothers through the forests of Brazil.

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Sponsors
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Austin Horror Society

Leader, Austin Horror society
Please come say hi, I am crissy, the volunteer with all the hats! We would love to interview anyone that has a thriller, suspense or horror film to share. Find us on Facebook.



Friday October 25, 2019 9:30pm - 11:10pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 5 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

9:45pm

Apartment 413
(USA, 80 MIN)

Writer: Ronald Maede
Director: Matt Patterson
Presented By The Texas Film Commission
Cast: Nicholas Saenz, Brea Grant, Dave Buckman, Jon Michael Simpson, Richard C. Jones

Reality blurs with paranoia and delusion as deadbeat Marco receives signs that
his pregnant girlfriend could be hiding something from him.

Click here to listen to director Matt Patterson discuss Apartment 413 during his On Story interview
Click here to read writer Ron Meade and director Matt Patterson's filmmaker Q&A
Click here to read the Apartment 413 staff pick
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Friday October 25, 2019 9:45pm - 11:05pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

10:00pm

SCRIPTNOTES, Live!
Grab a drink from the bar and join Craig Mazin for a special late-night recording of the incredibly informative screenwriting podcast Scriptnotes. Mazin and (really good) special guests will discuss craft and career, complete with audience questions, and other surprises.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

co-host Scriptnotes; writer Chernobyl, Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II & III, The Huntsman: Winter’s War
CRAIG MAZIN is the writer and executive producer of the five-part series CHERNOBYL, which tells the true story of the world’s worst nuclear disaster and the remarkable acts of bravery and sacrifice that followed. The series premieres on HBO in May and stars Jared Harris, Stellan... Read More →

Friday October 25, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

10:00pm

I've Got Issues
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, 93 MIN)

Writer/Director: Steve Collins
Presented By The Texas Film Commission
Cast: Macon Blair, Claire Titelman, Maria Thayer, Jim Gaffigan, Randy E. Aguebor, Byron Brown, Courtney Davis, Sam Eidson, Paul Gordon, and John Merriman
Human lives grappling with all the flavors of exstential despair intersect in a
deadpan collage of comic suffering.

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Friday October 25, 2019 10:00pm - 11:33pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:15pm

Into The Dark: Pilgrim
(USA, 80 min)

Creator: Noah Feinberg and Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton
Cast: Reign Edwards, Peter Giles, Courtney Henggeler, Kerr Smith, Taj Speights, Antonio Raul Corbo

Inspired by true events: In an attempt to remind her family of their privilege and
help them bond, Ms. Anna Barker invites Pilgrim reenactors to stay with them
over Thanksgiving. When the “actors” refuse to break character, the Barker family
learns that there is such a thing as too much gratitude.

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PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
NOT permitted:
• No large bags over 14 x 12 x 6 in size
• No food or beverage of any kind
• No weapons of any shape or size (including
firearms, explosives, pocket knives, etc.)
• No cameras or recorders of any kind
ALLOWED but subject to inspection:
• Bags smaller than 14 x 12 x 6
• Diaper bags (when child is present)
• Medically necessary items (including breast
pumps)
• Jackets and coats

Sponsors
avatar for Austin Horror Society

Austin Horror Society

Leader, Austin Horror society
Please come say hi, I am crissy, the volunteer with all the hats! We would love to interview anyone that has a thriller, suspense or horror film to share. Find us on Facebook.



Friday October 25, 2019 10:15pm - 11:35pm
Paramount Theatre 713 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

11:00pm

Filmmakers Happy Hour presented by Final Draft
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.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Hannah

Liz Hannah

writer/producer The Post, Long Shot, All the Bright Places, Mindhunter
Hannah is a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award nominee, and WGA Award winner, for her screenplay “The Post,” directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Picture and Best Actress (Streep). The screenplay... Read More →

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Friday October 25, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday October 26, 2019 1:00am
Colorado Lease 415 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
 
Saturday, October 26
 

9:00am

A Conversation with Virgil Williams
Join us for a conversation with Academy Award-nominated writer Virgil Williams. In this panel, we’ll explore Williams’ career in film and television, from his time as a writer/producer on TV series like 24, ER, and Criminal Minds, to his Netflix original film Mudbound, co-written with director Dee Rees, which screened at the 2017 Austin Film Festival and earned him an Oscar nomination for best Adapted Screenplay.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University

Speakers
avatar for Virgil Williams

Virgil Williams

co-writer Mudbound
A veteran television writer and producer, Williams’ extensive credits include the ground-breaking dramas “ER” and “24”, as well as Fox’s “The Chicago Code” and six seasons of CBS’s long-running procedural drama, “Criminal Minds”. In November of 2017 Williams... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

9:00am

Diversity and Inclusion in the Writers Room
With more diverse voices come more opportunities to tell authentic stories that have yet to be seen on the screen. Join panelists for a conversation on the importance of inclusivity and the value in diverse representations of race, ethnicity, and identity in film and television in front of and behind the camera.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Spiro Skentzos

Spiro Skentzos

moderator; Co-Chair, WGA's LGBTQ+ Writers Committee; Creator, "Intro To TV Writing" Panel, San Diego Comic Con; co-creator/co-writer Chadam; writer Grimm, Arrow
Growing up speaking Spanish, Greek and English at home, Spiro developed an early interest in language, which inspired him to write. His first foray into screenwriting was as a young boy, when he wrote a script for his Star Wars figures where they battled his sister’s giant, menacing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Grace Moss

Grace Moss

Director of 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 staffed... Read More →
avatar for Rochée Jeffrey

Rochée Jeffrey

co-producer Beverly Hills 90210, SMILF; producer Woke
Rochée Jeffrey is a writer/director/performer who hails originally from Jamaica. She’s written on several television series, including Showtime's Golden Globe-nominated comedy series SMILF and she’s a producer on the upcoming Hulu series Woke starring Larmorne Morris. On the... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
The Omni Hotel, Austin Room 700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

From First to Final Draft presented by the International Screenwriters' Association
Meditative Writing creator Jess Hinds will break down the process of getting a first draft down on paper, the many drafts that follow, and how things can and will change during a shoot. In this discussion, we will take a look at three original scripts and the many changes that followed before reaching the final draft. If you're an emerging writer looking to demystify the creative process and learn a handful of craft tools, this is the panel for you.

This panel is presented by The International Screenwriters' Association.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Jess Hinds

Jess Hinds

Jessica S Hinds is an award-winning writer, teacher, and creator of Meditative Writing © .As an educator and creative coach Jessica has mentored thousands of writers including Sundance Award-winning filmmakers, Emmy Award-winning writers & producers, Tony Award winners, best-selling authors, professional musicians, TV showrunners, reality TV stars, published poets, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tobias Iaconis

Tobias Iaconis

co-writer Five Feet Apart, The Curse of La Llorona
MIKKI DAUGHTRY and TOBIAS IACONIS had two films in theaters in 2019. CBS Films released FIVE FEET APART, starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lue Richardson, produced by Cathy Schulman and Justin Baldoni, directed by Justin Baldoni. And Warner Bros. released THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, a... Read More →
avatar for Mikki Daughtry

Mikki Daughtry

co-writer Five Feet Apart, The Curse of La Llorona
MIKKI DAUGHTRY and TOBIAS IACONIS had two films in theaters in 2019. CBS Films released FIVE FEET APART, starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lue Richardson, produced by Cathy Schulman and Justin Baldoni, directed by Justin Baldoni. And Warner Bros. released THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, a... Read More →
avatar for Julie Benson

Julie Benson

writer Wu Assassins, The 100, DC Comics Batgirl, Birds of Prey comic, Green Arrow comic; co-producer Untitled Star Trek Animated Series for Nickelodeon
Shawna and Julie are a sister writing team who not only share the same birthday (three years apart), but also a love of genre TV/Film and Comics. That love inspired their move from the cornfields of Illinois to sunny Los Angeles to pursue careers in screenwriting. The Benson Sisters... Read More →
avatar for Shawna Benson

Shawna Benson

writer/co-producer Wu Assassins, The 100; writer DC's Batgirl, Birds of Prey comic, Green Arrow comic; co-producer Untitled Star Trek Animated Series for Nickelodeon
Shawna and Julie are a sister writing team who not only share the same birthday (three years apart), but also a love of genre TV/Film and Comics. That love inspired their move from the cornfields of Illinois to sunny Los Angeles to pursue careers in screenwriting. The Benson Sisters... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Strouse

Victoria Strouse

writer Finding Dory
Just out of film school, Victoria Strouse sold her first screenplay to MGM. It waslater made into the feature film NEW BEST FRIEND. Her second screenplay,JUST LIKE A WOMAN, was sold, after a bidding war, to Newline Cinema. Inbetween script sales, she has been hired to write for every... Read More →

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Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

9:00am

Getting Started
What kind or preparation do you need to do before you start a project? Where's the line between "researching" and procrastinating? Join a group of writers as they discuss various processes before tackling the blank page.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

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

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

writer Thor, X-MEN: First Class, Red Sonja; writer/producer Fringe, Black Sails, Lore
Ashley Edward Miller is a film and television writer best known for Thor and X-Men: First Class. Most recently in television, Ashley wrote and produced for the second season of Lore on Amazon Prime, and the critically acclaimed fourth season of Black Sails on Starz. He also worked... Read More →
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Amy Louise Johnson

writer Tyrant, The Long Road Home, Messiah, Nightflyers
Amy’s thrilled to be back in the AFF fold for 2019! This past year, Amy’s mainly been working in features, with two scripts in development with the wonderful folks at Amblin Entertainment. The first, BLOW THE MAN DOWN , an original screenplay, is a seafaring gender horror about... 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 →


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Indie Film Track: Working with a Composer
A good musical score is key for setting the tone of your film—and finding the right composer can be tricky. In this panel, we’ll hear from indie filmmakers and film composers on how they work together to set the scene and what it takes to compose a killer film score.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Brian Ramos

Brian Ramos

moderator

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Sachetta

Miranda Sachetta

composer Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy, The Eagle Huntress
Miranda Sachetta is a composer based out of Los Angeles, specializing in television, film, and other media. She holds a Film Scoring degree from Berklee College of Music in her hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. Miranda's music can be heard on shows including the Transformers: Prime... Read More →
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Ian McLeod

founder, Cleod9 Music; composer Cowboys, The Push, Massacre River
Ian McLeod is the Founder and Lead Composer of Cleod9 Music. Based in Washington, D.C., his company features a small collective of musicians that create music for an array of media. In five short years, Ian has scored award-winning documentaries, films and commercials. His team also... Read More →
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Talia Osteen

writer/director The Shabbos Goy
TALIA OSTEEN started in the industry as an actress, starring in 5 national TV series, before moving behind the camera. She graduated from USC's Cinema-Television Production program and went on to direct the feature documentary, BLINDSIDED (HBO). She then honed her narrative skills... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Assembly Room 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Morning Improv
Back by popular demand, we're offering morning improv workshops during the Conference to help you loosen up before embarking on each day’s journey. Learn new techniques for pitching your story ideas and say “yes, and” to new skills that will help you market yourself and your script during the Festival.

This panel is co-presented by ColdTowne Theater.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Dave Buckman

Dave Buckman

The Second City, Boom Chicago, American Crime, Machete
Dave Buckman has directed, taught and performed at some of the world’s leading improvisational comedy institutions. After several years studying and teaching improv in Chicago, Dave served as Artistic Director of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, where he was fortunate to work with and... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

9:00am

On Writing GLOW: A Conversation with Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch presented by Final Draft
Colorful characters, costume changes, and an ensemble cast of female wrestlers? Talk about a breeding ground for story. Join us for a conversation with Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, the co-creators and showrunners behind the Netflix original series GLOW on adapting the real-life ‘80s phenomenon Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling as a fictional series and the liberties they took in the storytelling process.

This panel is presented by Final Draft.

Must have an AFF Producers,Conference, Weekend or Lone Star Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Moderator; Executive Director and Co-Founder, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
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Liz Flahive

co-creator GLOW
LIZ FLAHIVE is currently running the Emmy Nominated Netflix series GLOW, which she co-created with Carly Mensch. She was also an Executive Producer on Nurse Jackie and a consulting producer on Homeland. Liz and her husband Jeff Cox co-wrote the feature Adult Beginners, which premiered... Read More →
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Carly Mensch

co-creator GLOW
Carly Mensch co-created the critically acclaimed wrestling comedy GLOW for Netflix. Her past credits include Orange is the New Black, Nurse Jackie, and Weeds. Also an established playwright, Carly's plays have been developed and produced at Ars Nova theater in NYC among other places... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

9:00am

On Writing Sci-Fi
With the resurgence of mega hits and big-budget adventure films continuing to dominate at the box office, Sci-Fi has taken the lead as one of the industry’s most popular and lucrative genres. So how do these incredibly visual projects read on the page before they make it to the big screen, and what steps does it take to get there? Panelists will share their experiences writing for science fiction, and give their advice for crafting stories that are truly out of this world.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
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Paul Alvarado-Dykstra

moderator
Paul Alvarado-Dykstra is VP of Operations and Marketing for New Sky Pictures, overseeing development and production for their New Sky Kids channel, which has over 2 million subscribers and 1.5 billion views worldwide on YouTube, and will soon launch an ad-free premium subscription... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gary Whitta

Gary Whitta

writer, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli, After Earth
GARY WHITTA is a screenwriter and author best known as co-writer of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. He also wrote the post-apocalyptic thriller THE BOOK OF ELI starring Denzel Washington, co-wrote the Will Smith sci-fi adventure AFTER EARTH, and served as writer and story consultant... Read More →
avatar for Emily Carmichael

Emily Carmichael

writer Jurassic World 3, Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Black Hole
Emily Carmichael. Emily is a writer and director of science fiction, fantasy, and action movies. Her short films have screened at Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca, and numerous other top festivals all around the world. The success of these shorts had Nerdist calling her a “talented... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
800 Congress 800 Congress, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Podcast Track: Building and Engaging a Fan Community
You’ve created your podcast and now it’s time to find your audience. But building your fanbase is only the beginning—you’ve got to keep them coming back for more. In this panel, successful podcast creators will discuss their strategies for building an engaging fan community and how to maintain a following as you continue to generate new content.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Gabbi Lindgren

Gabbi Lindgren

moderator; AFF Script Competitions Manager

Speakers
avatar for Kaitlin Statz

Kaitlin Statz

writer/creator The White Vault, VAST Horizon, Liberty: Tales from the Tower; writer/co-creator Liberty: Critical Research
Kaitlin Statz is a podcast writer and creator, currently working on The White Vault, Liberty, and VAST Horizon. Her works have been nominated for Audio Verse Awards for three years running, and run as finalists in the Parsec Awards and the HEAR NOW Audio Fiction and Arts Festival... Read More →
avatar for Gabriel Urbina

Gabriel Urbina

writer/director Wolf 359, Time Bombs; guest writer Bright Sessions, Wooden Overcoats, Outliers, Our Fair City
Gabriel Urbina is a writer, director, and content creator, best known for Wolf 359, a Webby-Award nominated serial audio drama that’s been downloaded nine million times in over a hundred different countries. As head writer and executive producer for the series, Gabriel wrote forty-one... Read More →
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Sarah Rhea Werner

creator/executive producer Girl In Space
Sarah Rhea Werner is a professional writer and podcaster who loves to help other creators find confidence and success. She is a contributor to Forbes and creator of the Girl In Space and Write Now podcasts. She currently lives in the Midwest with one husband, two rescue cats, and... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

9:00am

The Art of Storytelling with Ron Bass and Daniel Petrie Jr.
In this panel, 2019 Awardees Ron Bass and Daniel Petrie, Jr. will sit down to discuss their expansive bodies of work and how passion, hard-work, and dedication to the craft has helped each of them build lasting and impactful careers.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Moderator; Executive Director and Co-Founder, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Daniel Petrie, Jr.

2019 Recipient of the Heart of Film Award
Daniel Petrie, Jr. is a partner in Enderby Entertainment, an independent film finance and production company, founded in 2006 by Petrie and producer Rick Dugdale.  In 1985, Petrie received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his first produced script, the... Read More →
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Ron Bass

2019 Recipient of the Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting
Ron was born in Los Angeles and began writing short stories at the age of six. During his teens, he wrote a novel VOLEUR, which he eagerly submitted to his Freshman English Professor. When she told him it could never be published, he burned the only copy in a metal bowl and didn’t... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Ballroom 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

The Business of New Media
The world of new media is drastically changing the landscape of the entertainment industry, offering new and unique opportunities to break in and share your stories. Join these digital media executives, producers, managers, and creators for a discussion on the future of online storytelling and get hard-earned advice for using new media platforms to help launch your career in film and television.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Alisa Perren

Alisa Perren

Moderator

Speakers
avatar for Linnea Toney

Linnea Toney

Moderator; manager/producer
avatar for Andrew Veeder

Andrew Veeder

Creative Executive, Scripted, Stage 13
Andrew is a Creative Executive at Stage 13, developing and producing scripted content with an emphasis on trying to tell fresh and different stories from emerging talent, including the Emmy-nominated “Special” on Netflix. The product of a naval father and artist mother, he moved... Read More →
avatar for Fatimah Asghar

Fatimah Asghar

author If They Come for Us; writer/co-creator Brown Girls Web Series
Fatimah Asghar is a poet, screenwriter, educator and performer. Her work has appeared in many journals, including POETRY Magazine, Gulf Coast, BuzzFeed Reader, The Margins, The Offing, and the Academy of American Poets. Her work has been featured on news outlets like PBS, NPR, Time... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
The Omni Hotel, Lonestar Room 700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

AFF Filmmaker Roundtable*
*THIS SESSION IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO 2019 SELECTED AFF FILMMAKERS.

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

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Dartnell

Matthew Dartnell

manager Writ Large
Matt Dartnell is a California-bred literary manager with a deep love for film, television, podcasts, and the unique voices and strange perspectives that generate these stories. His specialty is helping creatives navigate the ups and downs of Hollywood while developing great material... Read More →
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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 Bryce Norbitz

Bryce Norbitz

Director, Scripted Programs at Tribeca Film Institute
Bryce Norbitz is the Director of Scripted Programs at Tribeca Film Institute where she empowers filmmakers through grant programs, workshops, screenings and events. Bryce curates scripted projects for TFI Network, the filmmaker/industry market at Tribeca Film Festival, and provides... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Sharzer

Jessica Sharzer

writer A Simple Favor, Nerve, American Horror Story
Jessica Sharzer made her feature writing and directing debut with SPEAK, starring Kristen Stewart and Steve Zahn. It premiered at Sundance in 2004 and was nominated for a Writers Guild Award and a Director Guild Award. She has since developed feature films for Universal, HBO, MTV... Read More →
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Chris Sparling

writer Buried, The Sea of Trees, Down a Dark Hall; writer/director Mercy, The Atticus Institute
Chris 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. THE SEA OF TREES, which he wrote and produced -- starring Matthew McConaughey, Namoi Watts, and directed by Gus Van... Read More →
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Pierce Cravens

producer Oh, Hello (Broadway), Saint Frances
Pierce Cravens was recently appointed President of Newsweek Studios, Newsweek Magazine’s newly formed film distribution and production arm. His most recent narrative feature, SAINT FRANCES, won the Audience Award at this year’s SXSW. On Broadway, Pierce produced Nick Kroll and... Read More →
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Rick Dugdale

President, Enderby Entertainment; producer Intrigo Anthology, An Ordinary Man, Blackway
Rick Dugdale is the President and CEO of Enderby Entertainment, a 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 production and spearheads... Read More →
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Jeffrey Brown

producer Cowboys, Nothing Stays The Same, Punk in Africa, No No: A Dockumentary, Through The Repellent Fence, Every Night’s A Saturday Night, Vinyl Generation, Yallah! Underground, Pirating Pirates, Mamas & Papas, Kooky
Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning narrative features and feature documentaries in Europe, Africa and N. America, playing festivals such as Sundance, IDFA, Tribeca, SXSW, Rotterdam, New York FF, Berlinale, Edinburgh, Durban, and being released on Netflix, HBO, Showtime... Read More →
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Darrien Gipson

Executive Director, SAGindie
Darrien Michele Gipson is the Executive Director of SAGindie. An M.F.A. recipient from the Peter Stark Producers Program at the University of Southern California, Darrien was formerly the Vice President of Production for DEF Pictures. As Executive Director of SAGindie, Darrien leads... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Austin Pitch #7
It’s the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of 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.

Speakers
avatar for Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah Brunstetter

writer/producer This is Us; playwright The Cake
Bekah’s plays include The Cake (The Echo Theater; MTC Spring 2019), Going to a Place where you already Are (South Coast Repertory), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage, O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Flying V) Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova), and Oohrah! (The Atlantic... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Tracy

Aaron Tracy

writer/producer Sequestered, Law & Order SVU, The Tap; host To Live & Dialogue In LA; Faculty, Yale University


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

Conference Q&A Session: Erika L. Johnson
*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 23 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 24 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 25 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 26 | 8:30AM-3:00PM

Speakers
avatar for Erika L. Johnson

Erika L. Johnson

writer/ producer The Good Lord Bird, The Village, Queen Sugar, Shades of Blue; writer Being Mary Jane, Ugly Betty
Erika L. Johnson is Co-Executive Producer of the upcoming Showtime limited series, THE GOOD LORD BIRD, starring Ethan Hawke, based on the National Book Award winning novel by James McBride. She was also a Co-Executive Producer on NBC’s THE VILLAGE. Prior to that, Erika was a Supervising... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

9:00am

Semifinalists and Above Panel: The Writer/Producer Relationship
So you’ve written your screenplay. Now what? Finding a producer is key for taking your story from the page to the screen. In this panel, we’ll cover everything you need to know about approaching producers and getting them invested in your script's journey.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above.

Moderators
avatar for Trey Selman

Trey Selman

moderator

Speakers
avatar for Gillian Bohrer

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 →
avatar for Barry Josephson

Barry Josephson

Josephson Entertainment; Film - producer Enchanted, Dirty Grandpa, The Last Boy Scout; TV - executive producer The Tick, TURN: Washington Spies, Bones
avatar for Maresa Pullman

Maresa Pullman

executive producer The Polar Bears, Welcome to the Rileys, Cyrus; executive 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. On the series side, she’s Executive Producer on Invisible City (2020), a live-action... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

10:30am

The Psychology of Storytelling
Back by popular demand, producer Lindsay Doran will explore what the field of Positive Psychology has to teach us about the secrets of creating a satisfying script.

THIS IS AN EXTENDED PANEL WITH AN EARLY START TIME OF 10:30AM.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran

producer Stranger Than Fiction, Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee, Dead Again; executive producer The Firm, Sabrina; former President/COO, 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... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Central Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary 200 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

Breaking into TV
The writers room is full of opportunities for new and aspiring writers. So how do you get staffed, and what kind of writing samples do you need to break into the room? This panel of new TV hires will discuss how they broke in along with their advice for getting your foot in the door—and working your way up the ladder.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Nick Watson

Nick Watson

writer Final Space, Littlest Pet Shop: World of Our Own; co-host Paper Team

Speakers
avatar for Jimmy Mosqueda

Jimmy Mosqueda

writer Legacies, Schooled
Jimmy Mosqueda is a writer, California native, and a lover of maple donuts. He was previously a finalist in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition with his comedy WINNER KILLS ALL (fka VALEDICTORIAN), and has participated in the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Intensive... Read More →
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Paul Puri

writer, Chicago Med; Psychiatrist
Paul Puri is a TV writer and psychiatrist, currently working as a Story Editor on CHICAGO MED on NBC. He began writing short stories in childhood with his first screenplay at 17, bad plays in college, and spec scripts during his medical training. He won Scriptapalooza in 2014, which... Read More →
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April Shih

writer Evel, You're The Worst, Undone, Mrs. America
April Shih is a Los Angeles-based television writer and filmmaker. Growing up in a sleepy beach suburb, Aprilentertained herself by catfishing people in AOL chatrooms. This penchant for making shit up eventually turnedinto a passion for storytelling, and after high school April attended... Read More →
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Nora Nolan

writer Trial & Error, Paradise PD
Nora Nolan grew up in a perfect little town called Maplewood, NJ and she never shuts up about it. Nora learned to push comedy boundaries in her large Irish Catholic family where, in order to get a word in edgewise, you either had to lead with a case of Bud Heavy or an edgy punch line... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

10:45am

Inside the Writers Room: Empire
Join us as we go inside the writers room of Empire with a few of the series’ original writers – Joshua Allen, Eric Haywood, Attica Locke, and Malcolm Spellman. In this conversation, they’ll discuss their experience in the writers room of the popular Fox drama series when the show first burst onto the scene, and what it was like to suddenly find themselves writing for a hit series.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Alvaro Rodriguez

Alvaro Rodriguez

writer From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, RUST (Showtime); co-creator/executive producer Seis Manos

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Allen

Joshua Allen

co-executive producer Almost Family; writer/producer Empire
Joshua Allen, a native of Chicago, is a writer and co-executive producer on Fox’s Almost Family. He was previously a writer and producer on Fox’s Empire and CBS’s Hostages. As a playwright, he was the recipient of a New Voices/New York Fellowship from the Lark Play Development... Read More →
avatar for Eric Haywood

Eric Haywood

co-executive Producer For Life, Power, Empire
Eric Haywood was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.He began his career as a music video director while still enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Filmmaking. After relocating to Atlanta, Eric went on to direct and produce... Read More →
avatar for Attica Locke

Attica Locke

author of five books; writer/producer When They See Us, Little Fires Everywhere
Attica Locke’s latest novel Heaven, My Home, sequel to the Edgar Award winning Bluebird, Bluebird was published in September of this year. Her novel Pleasantville was the winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was also long-listed for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s... Read More →
avatar for Malcolm Spellman

Malcolm Spellman

writer/executive producer Falcon & Winter Soldier, Truth Be Told; co-executive producer Empire


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

10:45am

On Writing Veep: A Conversation with David Mandel
The HBO comedy series Veep has been long hailed for its biting wit, unflinching political satire, and a cast of characters as beloved as they are deplorable. Join showrunner David Mandel as he reflects on his role at the helm of the critically acclaimed series and his journey in bringing the story to its hilariously bitter close.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Moderator; Executive Director and Co-Founder, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
avatar for David Mandel

David Mandel

executive producer Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm; writer Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live; writer/director Eurotrip
David Mandel is the two-time Emmy Award-winning show runner and Executive Producer of Veep.  Besides Veep where he has been nominated for two writing Emmys, he also wrote for such shows as Saturday Night Live (92-95), Seinfeld where he wrote the “The Bizarro Jerry” (aka “Man-Hands... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

10:45am

Playwriting Track: From Stage to Page – Screenwriting as a Playwright
Sit down for a conversation that ventures off the screen, onto the stage, and then back again. Featuring a panel of writers who have worked in both theatre, film, and television, this discussion will pull back the curtain on ways their experiences as playwrights have positively affected their craft as screenwriters.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Sofia Alvarez

Sofia Alvarez

playwright; screenwriter To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Sofia Alvarez is a playwright and screenwriter. She recently adapted Jenny Han’s bestselling novel To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before which premiered on Netflix in August 2018. She is currently working on the sequel, PS I Still Love You also for Netflix. She is writing a film adaptation... Read More →
avatar for Laura Eason

Laura Eason

writer/producer The Loudest Voice, Here and Now; playwright Sex with Strangers
Laura Eason is a Brooklyn-based playwright, screenwriter and producer.Her writing/producing credits for TV include The Loudest Voice for Showtime and four seasons on Netflix’s House of Cards (Emmy Nomination for Drama Series, WGA Nomination for Writing in a Drama Series.) Laura's... Read More →
avatar for Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah Brunstetter

writer/producer This is Us; playwright The Cake
Bekah’s plays include The Cake (The Echo Theater; MTC Spring 2019), Going to a Place where you already Are (South Coast Repertory), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage, O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Flying V) Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova), and Oohrah! (The Atlantic... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Assembly Room 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

Podcast Track: Script to Sound
Want to know what it takes to bring a fiction podcast to life? Join audio fiction creator Lauren Shippen and sound designer Mischa Stanton as they take us through the process of developing an episode and the podcast's journey from script to sound.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Shippen

Lauren Shippen

creator The Bright Sessions, The AM Archives; CEO, Atypical Artists
Lauren Shippen is a writer most known for her work in fiction podcasts. She was the creator and sole writer of the popular audio drama The Bright Sessions, which ran from 2015 to 2018. She went on to executive produce The AM Archives and co-produce Passenger List before founding Atypical... Read More →
avatar for Mischa Stanton

Mischa Stanton

sound designer LeVar Burton Reads, The Bright Sessions, The AM Archives; executive producer The Whisperforge
Mischa Stanton is an audio sorcerer, plying their trade producing lush, immersive soundscapes for over a dozen fiction & storytelling podcasts. Since turning pro in 2016 they have personally created over 350 podcast episodes, hours upon hours of content for shows such as LeVar Burton... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

10:45am

The Art of Storytelling with David Benioff, Sarah Green, Catherine Reitman, and D.B. Weiss
In this panel, Awardees David Benioff, Sarah Green, Catherine Reitman, and D.B. Weiss will come together for a conversation on their different approaches to finding, developing, and maintaining your voice in the industry and how establishing that voice can improve and inform your craft as a storyteller.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Barry Josephson

Barry Josephson

Josephson Entertainment; Film - producer Enchanted, Dirty Grandpa, The Last Boy Scout; TV - executive producer The Tick, TURN: Washington Spies, Bones

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Reitman

Catherine Reitman

2019 Recipient of the New Voice Award
Catherine Reitman is an actress, comedian, producer, writer and director best known as the creator and star of the acclaimed two time International Emmy® Award nominated series Workin Moms', which originally aired on CBC in Canada and can now be seen internationally as a Netflix... Read More →
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Sarah Green

2019 Recipient of the Polly Platt Award for Producing
Oscar- and Emmy-nominated producer Sarah Green is known for powerful auteur-driven independent films and television.Her most recent production, HBO's "Fahrenheit 451" was written and directed by Ramin Bahrani and starred Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon. The film was nominated... Read More →
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David Benioff

2019 Recipient of the Outstanding Television Writer Award
David Benioff adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into a feature film directed by Spike Lee. His second novel, City of Thieves, has been translated into thirty-five languages. His screenplays include The Kite Runner, Brothers, Troy, and Stay. Stories from his collection When the... Read More →
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D.B. Weiss

2019 Recipient of the Outstanding Television Writer Award
D.B. Weiss is the author of Lucky Wander Boy. He co-created and executive produces the Emmy Award-winning Game of Thrones for HBO. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Ballroom 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

The Hardest Scene: Overcoming Common Challenges
Difficult subject matter, impossible studio asks, and the infamous wrath of writers block…Panelists will discuss the scenes that were the hardest for them to tackle, and their best advice for overcoming obstacles and finding the inspiration you need to power through.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
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Aaron Tracy

writer/producer Sequestered, Law & Order SVU, The Tap; host To Live & Dialogue In LA; Faculty, Yale University

Speakers
avatar for Meg LeFauve

Meg LeFauve

writer Inside Out, Captain Marvel, Good Dinosaur
Nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for the Pixar blockbuster INSIDE OUT, LeFauve won an Annie Award for that screenplay. She also wrote Pixar’s Golden Globe nominated THE GOOD DINOSAUR. LeFauve is currently writing a series for Hulu and the animated film MY FATHER’S DRAGON... Read More →
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Dave Kajganich

creator/showrunner The Terror; writer/producer Suspiria, writer/executive producer A Bigger Splash; writer True Story
Dave is a screenwriter and producer in both television and features, having come to filmmaking from studying fiction writing at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. He's most recently written an adaptation of Tim Winton's THE RIDERS for Ridley Scott, an adaptation of the YA novel... Read More →
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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 →


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

10:45am

The Screenwriters Toolbox: Action & Description
Character development and dialogue can only take you so far. It’s action that drives your story forward, and as the most visual component of any screenplay, it can be a daunting task to put it into words. Panelists will discuss writing action and description for a script and give their advice for writing scenes that translate seamlessly from script to screen.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University

Speakers
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Oren Uziel

writer/director Shimmer Lake; writer 22 Jump Street, Freaks of Nature, The Cloverfield Paradox
Oren Uziel wrote and directed, SHIMMER LAKE, which previously won an award at the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. His other credits include 22 JUMP STREET, THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX and FREAKS OF NATURE. He’s currently writing the sequel to DETECTIVE PIKACHU as well... Read More →
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Alex Tse

co-creator/co-showrunner Wu-Tang: An American Saga; writer Watchmen, Superfly, Sucker Free City
Alex Tse’s credits include Watchmen, Superfly and the Spike Lee directed Sucker Free City, an original movie for Showtime for which he won a PEN Award.  Over his career, Tse has written projects for directors Michael Mann, Zack Snyder, Justin Lin, Guy Ritchie and James Mangold... Read More →
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Emily Carmichael

writer Jurassic World 3, Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Black Hole
Emily Carmichael. Emily is a writer and director of science fiction, fantasy, and action movies. Her short films have screened at Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca, and numerous other top festivals all around the world. The success of these shorts had Nerdist calling her a “talented... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

The Writer's Team
What does the writer/manager/agent relationship look like, and how these different representatives work together to help get your career off the ground? Lit Entertainment manager Adam Kolbrenner and Verve partner David Boxerbaum will sit down for discussion on building your writers team, what to expect from an agent versus a manger, and how these reps can help take your writing career to the next level.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

moderator; Producer; Director, Hollins University Graduate Screenwriting Program, Co-Founder ProPath Screenwriting
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Adam Kolbrenner

producer Prisoners, Deadfall; Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment
Adam Kolbrenner is the founder of Lit Entertainment Group, a newly launched literary management andproduction company based in Century City, CA. Previously Kolbrenner co-founded MadhouseEntertainment.Kolbrenner produced Oscar-nominated film, Prisoners, for Warner Bros/Alcon Entertainment... Read More →
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David Boxerbaum

Partner, Verve Talent & Literary Agency


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Omni Hotel, Lonestar Room 700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

Writing to Direct: Big Budget Blockbusters
Directing your own script gives you more creative freedom and more responsibilities, especially in the world of big blockbuster films, which seem to go hand in hand with even bigger budget expectations. Hear from experienced writer/directors of Hollywood hits on how the two roles inform and affect one another and how responsibilities shift once you’re in the director’s chair.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
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Harrison Glaser

moderator; Former Film Competition Director, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
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Shane Black

writer/director The Predator, The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; writer Lethal Weapon, Last Action Hero, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight
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... Read More →
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Ric Roman Waugh

writer/director/producer Felon, Snitch, Shot Caller, That Which I Love Destroys Me, Angel Has Fallen, Greenland


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
800 Congress 800 Congress, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

Austin Pitch #8
It’s the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of 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.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Rosen

Dan Rosen

writer/director The Last Supper, The Curve
Dan Rosen is a screenwriter, director, playwright, producer and a Professor of Dramatic Writing at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta, Georgia. Dan Rosen’s first screenplay was the critically acclaimed cult favorite, The Last Supper starring Cameron Diaz, Anabeth Gish... Read More →
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Erika L. Johnson

writer/ producer The Good Lord Bird, The Village, Queen Sugar, Shades of Blue; writer Being Mary Jane, Ugly Betty
Erika L. Johnson is Co-Executive Producer of the upcoming Showtime limited series, THE GOOD LORD BIRD, starring Ethan Hawke, based on the National Book Award winning novel by James McBride. She was also a Co-Executive Producer on NBC’s THE VILLAGE. Prior to that, Erika was a Supervising... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

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. 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 23 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 24 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 25 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 26 | 8:30AM-3:00PM

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Ginsburg

Aaron Ginsburg

co-executive Producer/writer New Amsterdam, The 100
Aaron Ginsburg is a writer/producer who has worked in television and film in Los Angeles for over a decade. He is currently a Co-Executive Producer on NBC’s hit medical drama, New Amsterdam. Before that, he was a Co-Executive Producer on CW’s critically acclaimed Sci-Fi drama... Read More →
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Charles Kim

writer Heroes, Ben 10; comic book writer
Chuck Kim got his revenge on his Korean immigrant parents for burning his comic book collection and not allowing him to watch TV—by becoming a writer in both television and comic books.At the age of seven, Chuck was allowed to pick his “Western” name, picking Charlie after “Snoopy... Read More →
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Dayo Adesokan

writer Superstore, Downward Dog, Young & Hungry
Dayo Adesokan was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent his childhood watching Fresh Prince of Bel-Air re-runs. When he was seven, his family won the Visa Lottery at next to nothing odds and moved to Chicago, Illinois. Growing up an outsider, he developed an early affinity for comedy... Read More →
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Julie Benson

writer Wu Assassins, The 100, DC Comics Batgirl, Birds of Prey comic, Green Arrow comic; co-producer Untitled Star Trek Animated Series for Nickelodeon
Shawna and Julie are a sister writing team who not only share the same birthday (three years apart), but also a love of genre TV/Film and Comics. That love inspired their move from the cornfields of Illinois to sunny Los Angeles to pursue careers in screenwriting. The Benson Sisters... Read More →
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Shawna Benson

writer/co-producer Wu Assassins, The 100; writer DC's Batgirl, Birds of Prey comic, Green Arrow comic; co-producer Untitled Star Trek Animated Series for Nickelodeon
Shawna and Julie are a sister writing team who not only share the same birthday (three years apart), but also a love of genre TV/Film and Comics. That love inspired their move from the cornfields of Illinois to sunny Los Angeles to pursue careers in screenwriting. The Benson Sisters... Read More →
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Micah Fitzerman-Blue

co-writer Transparent, The Motel Life, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster are Peabody Award winning and Emmy-nominated writers and producers. Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster spent four seasons working on TRANSPARENT for Amazon Studios.They are co-writers and executive producers of the upcoming movie A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN... Read More →
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Ryan P. Hall

Head of Development, Rooster Teeth; executive producer Blood Fest, Lazer Team 2, Immerson: Shark Week
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Noah Harpster

co-writer Transparent, The Motel Life, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster are Peabody Award winning and Emmy-nominated writers and producers. Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster spent four seasons working on TRANSPARENT for Amazon Studios.They are co-writers and executive producers of the upcoming movie A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN... Read More →
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Spiro Skentzos

moderator; Co-Chair, WGA's LGBTQ+ Writers Committee; Creator, "Intro To TV Writing" Panel, San Diego Comic Con; co-creator/co-writer Chadam; writer Grimm, Arrow
Growing up speaking Spanish, Greek and English at home, Spiro developed an early interest in language, which inspired him to write. His first foray into screenwriting was as a young boy, when he wrote a script for his Star Wars figures where they battled his sister’s giant, menacing... Read More →
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Conrad Sun

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 →
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Ray Utarnachitt

writer/producer DC's Legends of Tomorrow
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... Read More →
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Meta Valentic

Development Executive, Entertainment Media Management; executive producer The Donors; producer Urbania; assistant director Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Castle, Bones, Lost
Meta Valentic began her career as the youngest member of the DGA Assistant Director'sTraining Program. Her assistant director credits include CASTLE, LOST, and BONES, andall 4 seasons of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning musical comedy CRAZY EXGIRLFRIEND. Meta wasnominated for 2 Directors... Read More →
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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.  She also oversees the Fresh Ink Initiative, focusing on finding emerging talent to develop... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

Second Rounders and Above Panel: Mock Writers Room
Tawnya Benavides-Bhattacharya (writer/co-executive producer Ginny & Georgia) ) will discuss the inner-workings of what to expect in a writers room: 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 and Above.

Speakers
avatar for Tawnya Benavides-Bhattacharya

Tawnya Benavides-Bhattacharya

Founder, TV Writing School, Script Anatomy; writer/co-executive producer Ginny & Georgia, A Million Little Things, Famous In Love, Perception, The Night Shift, The Client List, Fairly Legal
Tawnya Benavides Bhattacharya is currently a Co-Executive Producer on Netflix's Ginny & Georgia with her writing partner, Ali Laventhol. They previously wrote on A Million Little Things (ABC), Famous in Love (Freeform), The Night Shift (NBC), Perception (TNT), The Client List (Lifetime... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

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 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.

Speakers
avatar for VJ Boyd

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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Kerry Ball

literary agent; Head of Development, Meridian Artists
Kerry Ball is a Literary Agent and Head of Development at Meridian Artists. Kerry joined the Meridian team in 2010 as an Associate where she worked closely with the Agents and roster to facilitate employment opportunities and project sales in both Canada and the USA. She transitioned... Read More →
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Bob Dearden

writer Play It Again, Dick; iZOMBiE, Cobra Kai
Bob Dearden is a writer and producer whose credits include: Play It Again, Dick (CW Seed), iZOMBiE (The CW), and Cobra Kai (YouTube). He is a graduate of UT-Austin’s MFA Screenwriting program (2013); prior to that, he wasted the bulk of his youth working in the forest industry in... Read More →
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Charmaine DeGraté

writer/ co-executive producer Hello Sunshine/Amazon’s Daisy Jones and The Six, The 100, Netflix’s Chambers
Charmaine DeGraté is a screenwriter and television producer. Her works include the critically acclaimed sci-fi drama, The 100, in addition to a number of shows for Warner Bros, Netflix, and Amazon.Currently, Charmaine is writing and co-executive producing Daisy Jones and The Six... Read More →
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Rick Dugdale

President, Enderby Entertainment; producer Intrigo Anthology, An Ordinary Man, Blackway
Rick Dugdale is the President and CEO of Enderby Entertainment, a 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 production and spearheads... Read More →
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Nathalie Lichtenthaeler

producer Don’t Go, As if I’m not There, The Front Line, Cowboys & Angels
After graduating university in Germany with a Masters Degree in Economics, Nathalie ditched a promising career in international marketing in the fashion industry and signed on as a production assistant on a film set. Nathalie's rise through the production ranks was swift. Having worked... Read More →
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Britta Lundin

writer Riverdale, Betty; author Ship It
Britta Lundin is a TV writer and novelist. She has written for Riverdale and BETTY, a forthcoming HBO show about female skateboarders. Her young adult novel about fandom, SHIP IT, is out now. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she graduated from the UT Austin MFA program in Film... Read More →
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Kirk A. Moore

supervising producer Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan; producer Looking for Alaska, Runaways
From the moment Kirk A. Moore sat too close to the television set to watch NYPD Blue, he was hooked. The compelling, conflicted characters and intricate storytelling were addicting. Growing up in Houston, TX, the son of a police officer, Kirk was always attracted to crime and police... Read More →
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Tess Morris

writer Man Up, Casual
Born and bred Londoner, Tess has been writing since she could walk (not 100% true) and her first words were ‘Elvis is the King!’ (100% true). Her first screenplay, the romantic comedy Man Up, made the 2011 Brit List, was picked up by Big Talk Pictures, co-produced by Studio Canal... Read More →
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Adam Pava

writer The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie franchise, My Little Pony Movie, The Stuff of Legend, Clone High, Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law, 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 contributed to multiple projects in the Lego Movie franchise at Warner Brothers, and has written screenplays for Disney, Dreamworks Animation, Fox, Paramount/Hasbro... Read More →
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Lee Stobby

producer; Literary Manager
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Lee Stobby focuses on championing strong independent voices and quality cinema and television. He is a literary manager, producer and principal of Lee Stobby Entertainment. Before starting his own shingle in 2014, Stobby worked at Misher Films... Read More →
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Michael Werwie

writer/executive producer Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile; writer Lost Girls
Michael Werwie is the writer and executive producer of EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE, starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, and John Malkovich, winner of the Academy Nicholl Fellowship and featured on the 2012 Black List. His upcoming movie LOST GIRLS, based on the New York... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am

WORK IN PROGRESS: Structure to Scenes
We believe it is not a writer’s level of talent that determines their success, but rather how they work with and manage that talent. In WORK IN PROGRESS, Ed Solomon and Max Borenstein (with special guests) will lead a question and answer workshop using the writing issues attendees are currently facing as a backdrop to discuss the real thing that separates the pros from the not-yet pros: the ability to assess, mine and cultivate one’s own unique gifts, and to keep them growing throughout a lifetime. Participants are requested to come prepared with questions on specific issues they are facing while moving from Structure to Scenes.

THIS IS AN EXTENDED PANEL THAT WILL END AT 12:45PM.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Ed Solomon

Ed Solomon

writer HBO’s Mosaic, Men in Black, Untitled Steven Soderbergh feature; co-writer Bill & Ted Face the Music, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Now You See Me 1 & 2, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Untitled David O Russell feature
When Bill & Ted Face the Music comes out in 2020, Ed Solomon will have had a major filmreleased in each of the last 5 decades, starting in 1989 with his (and co-writer Chris Matheson’s)first feature, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The 90’s saw Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Men... Read More →
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Max Borenstein

creator The Terror: Infamy, Untitled Showtime Lakers Project (2020, HBO), Untitled Game of Thrones Spinoff, Minority Report; writer: Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla 2, Godzilla v. Kong (2020), What is Life Worth (2020)
Max Borenstein wrote the script for 2014’s blockbuster GODZILLA, as well as KONG: SKULL ISLAND, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (story), and the forthcoming GODZILLA V. KONG.His next film as writer and producer, the drama WHAT IS LIFE WORTH, based on Kenneth Feinberg's memoir of... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 10:45am - 12:45pm
The Omni Hotel, Austin Room 700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

11:00am

Young Filmmakers Showcase
(TRT: 95 min)
Showcasing the best youth animated, documentary, and narrative films from around the world.

BETH FROM BINGO (NARRATIVE, 5 MIN)
Writer/Director: Samantha Holton, Eliza Yeakel, Tatum Ostos
Stanley, awkward and introverted, learns that his best friend is moving
away—will he be able to make a new one?

MILLION DOLLAR HEIST (NARRATIVE, 6 MIN)
Writer/Director: Wade Spencer, Toni Chang, Victoria Marriott, Lucy Tarman
Veteran detective Schrute is called upon by The Commissioner to solve the
murder of a well-known criminal.

PARTIES ARE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE FRIENDS, RIGHT?
(NARRATIVE, 8 MIN)
Writer/Director: Rose Gittinger
A meek young man overhears his coworkers discussing an upcoming party
and decides to attend in order to possibly make a connection. Parties are
opportunities to make friends, right?

FALLEN DUO (NARRATIVE, 6 MIN)
Writer/Director: Natassja Canales
When Jupiter gets caught up in another one of Devlin’s hijinks, their friendship
is tested.

HOW TO MAKE A MOVIE (NARRATIVE, 5 MIN)
Writer/Director: Gabe Schmidt
How hard can making a movie be?

GROW (NARRATIVE, 10 MIN)
Writer/Director: Claire Dooley, Zoe Geeroms
After a bear eats his cat, Cody gathers his friends for an adventure to find the
bear.

HEARTH (ANIMATED, 1 MIN)
Writer/Director: Max Shoham
Hearth is a sixty-second animation that explores the connection between
citizens in a village; it attempts to show the power of giving, and how each
and every citizen can make a contribution to the greater good. When we all
give a bit of ourselves, the entire village benefits.
An homage to the fables of the filmmaker’s childhood, most notably Stone
Soup.

TONGUE TIED (NARRATIVE, 6 min)
Writer: Noelle White
Director: David Mansour, Noelle White
Gabriel, a 17-year-old creator, faces his biggest enemy on his path to writing a
film: self-doubt.

THE INCIDENT AT THE PIER (DOCUMENTARY, 9 MIN)
Director: Abby Bright, Grace Joo
What happens when the tea gets spilled? This mockumentary explores the
fallout of the drama that unfolded on a recent class trip.

PARKING LOT (NARRATIVE, 5 MIN)
Writer/Director: Jack Nordstrom
After a boring day at school, an awkward student searches for his limited
edition Star Trek pen so that he can finish his drawings.

RUN MIA RUN! (NARRATIVE, 5 MIN)
Writer/Director: Ella McKeon
Mia realizes that she’s forgotten her homework and will go through quite the
ordeal in order to get it in on time.

THE TOWER (NARRATIVE, 12 MIN)
Writer: Sadie Edney, Hazel Park
Director: Sadie Edney
Lilah’s having the worst day ever: her boyfriend broke up with her, she’s fighting
with her best friend, and she has to sing love songs with her uncle. This is
a story about the turmoils of female friendship and figuring out where you
belong.

THIS HOUSE HAS EYES (NARRATIVE, 7 MIN)
Writer/Director: Theo Taplitz
A house and an invalid boy collude to keep the boy’s fragile relationship with
his depressed caretaker afloat.

BLOOD CARGO (NARRATIVE, 11 MIN)
Writer: Brendan Hickey
Director: Brendan Hickey, Talin Phillips
A chance encounter on a foggy morning between three travelers out of gas
on the side of the road and a kindly old man who stops to help them out. Not
all is as it seems, especially when it comes to the mysterious cargo these
passengers carry.


Saturday October 26, 2019 11:00am - 12:35pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 5 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

12:00pm

Akeelah and the Bee presented by Doug Atchison
(USA, 112MIN)

Writer/Director: Doug Atchison (in attendance)
Cast: Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Curtis Armstrong, J.R.
Villarreal

Uplifting tale of an inner-city girl (Keke Palmer) striving to become a spelling
champ.

Click here to purchase a film pass or badge today!

Speakers
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Doug Atchison

writer Brian Banks; writer/director Akeelah and the Bee
Doug Atchison wrote and directed the award-winning feature film, Akeelah and the Bee, released by Lionsgate and starring Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, and Keke Palmer.  Akeelah was a commercial and critical success for which Doug was awarded the NAACP Image Award for Best Screenplay... Read More →

Sponsors


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:00pm - 1:52pm
Hideout Theatre 617 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

12:15pm

Awards Luncheon
Tickets purchased separately at Registration Center. Must have a Conference or Producers Badge to Purchase

 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

Speakers
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David Benioff

2019 Recipient of the Outstanding Television Writer Award
David Benioff adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into a feature film directed by Spike Lee. His second novel, City of Thieves, has been translated into thirty-five languages. His screenplays include The Kite Runner, Brothers, Troy, and Stay. Stories from his collection When the... Read More →
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D.B. Weiss

2019 Recipient of the Outstanding Television Writer Award
D.B. Weiss is the author of Lucky Wander Boy. He co-created and executive produces the Emmy Award-winning Game of Thrones for HBO. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.
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Ron Bass

2019 Recipient of the Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting
Ron was born in Los Angeles and began writing short stories at the age of six. During his teens, he wrote a novel VOLEUR, which he eagerly submitted to his Freshman English Professor. When she told him it could never be published, he burned the only copy in a metal bowl and didn’t... Read More →
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Sarah Green

2019 Recipient of the Polly Platt Award for Producing
Oscar- and Emmy-nominated producer Sarah Green is known for powerful auteur-driven independent films and television.Her most recent production, HBO's "Fahrenheit 451" was written and directed by Ramin Bahrani and starred Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon. The film was nominated... Read More →

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Saturday October 26, 2019 12:15pm - 2:15pm
The LINE Austin 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

A Conversation with Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan
Join Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, the creative team behind cult classics like Can’t Hardly Wait, Josie and the Pussycats, and A Very Brady Sequel and creators of the popular YouTube comedy series Liza On Demand starring Liza Koshy for an in-depth look into their career as writing partners. In this panel, the pair will discuss their writing process and the benefits and challenges of developing a project for an online platform after a longstanding career in the world of traditional features.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
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Erin Hallagan

Moderator; Founder/Artistic Director, Story Bar; former Creative Director, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
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Harry Elfont

co-writer Can’t Hardly Wait, Josie and the Pussycats, A Very Brady Sequel, Leap Year; co-creator Mary + Jane, Liza on Demand
Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont both grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and met attending NYU film school. They have written and directed the films Can’t Hardly Wait and Josie and the Pussycats. Their screenwriting credits include A Very Brady Sequel, Made of Honor and Leap... Read More →
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Deborah Kaplan

co-writer Can’t Hardly Wait, Josie and the Pussycats, A Very Brady Sequel, Leap Year; co-creator Mary + Jane, Liza on Demand
Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont both grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and met attending NYU film school. They have written and directed the films Can’t Hardly Wait and Josie and the Pussycats. Their screenwriting credits include A Very Brady Sequel, Made of Honor and Leap... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Central Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary 200 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

A Conversation with Liz Hannah
Writer Liz Hannah burst onto the scene with her first screenplay The Post, a political thriller that was sold on spec and went on to be produced/directed by Steven Spielberg. In this panel, Hannah will reflect on her burgeoning career, from her sudden rise in the industry to the recent release of her modern rom com Long Shot starring Seth Rogan and Charlize Theron and her role as writer/producer on the Netflix true crime series Mindhunter.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
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Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University

Speakers
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Liz Hannah

writer/producer The Post, Long Shot, All the Bright Places, Mindhunter
Hannah is a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award nominee, and WGA Award winner, for her screenplay “The Post,” directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Picture and Best Actress (Streep). The screenplay... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Ballroom 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

A Conversation with Megan Amram
Writer Megan Amram has made a name for herself in the world of television comedy, writing for beloved series like The Good Place, Parks & Recreation, and Silicon Valley. Most recently, Amram has expanded her comedy writing to the world of digital media with her Emmy-nominated web series, An Emmy for Megan, that explores the minimum requirements to win an Emmy. Join Amram for a conversation on her successful career writing TV comedies and her recent transition into scripted digital series.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Speakers
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John Merriman

moderator; actor I've Got Issues, Mustang Island, Sister Aimee
John Merriman is an award winning actor and filmmaker. 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 MUSTANG ISLAND, PICTURES OF SUPERHEROES, and CINEMA SIX. He also acted in the acclaimed Sundance... Read More →
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Megan Amram

writer/producer The Good Place, The Simpsons, Transparent, Silicon Valley, Parks & Recreation; actor/director/star An Emmy For Megan; author Science...For Her!
Megan Amram is a comedy writer and performer currently working on 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 Recreation. Her other past... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
800 Congress 800 Congress, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

How Do You Know When You're Finished?
Writing is rewriting… and rewriting and rewriting and rewriting. Revisions are a crucial part of the writing process, but sometimes it can be hard to know when to put down the pen. In this panel we’ll talk finishing scripts, trusting your gut, and finding your ‘Fade to Black’.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
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Jorge Gonzalez

moderator

Speakers
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Scott Rosenberg

writer Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Venom, Con Air, Beautiful Girls
Scott Rosenberg has written the screenplays “THINGS TO 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... Read More →
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Victoria Strouse

writer Finding Dory
Just out of film school, Victoria Strouse sold her first screenplay to MGM. It waslater made into the feature film NEW BEST FRIEND. Her second screenplay,JUST LIKE A WOMAN, was sold, after a bidding war, to Newline Cinema. Inbetween script sales, she has been hired to write for every... Read More →
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Jeffrey Lieber

writer/showrunner Lost, Miami Medical, AIsha, NCIS New Orleans
Jeffrey Lieber is a former actor and playwright, who became a showrunner and a dad and a mad-ass progressive and big over-user of ellipses. And... oh... you get the gist. Lost, Miami Medical, AIsha (upcoming), NCIS New Orleans and other random adventures.


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

On Writing Horror
From suspenseful scares to urban legends and classic movie monsters, horror stories rely on the psychology of fear to thrill and chill us with the things that we fear most. In this panel, the genre’s leading writers from both film and television will sit down to discuss the scripts behind the scares and their advice for writing a horror film that kills.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
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Paul Alvarado-Dykstra

moderator
Paul Alvarado-Dykstra is VP of Operations and Marketing for New Sky Pictures, overseeing development and production for their New Sky Kids channel, which has over 2 million subscribers and 1.5 billion views worldwide on YouTube, and will soon launch an ad-free premium subscription... Read More →

Speakers
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Akela Cooper

writer Nun 2, Jupiter's Legacy, Hell Fest; writer/producer Luke Cage, American Horror Story: Roanoake, producer Witches of East End, The 100, Grimm
Akela Cooper is currently set to write the next installment in James Wan’s CONJURING universe, NUN 2, produced by New Line. Additionally, she is set to write the upcoming Netflix series, JUPITER’S LEGACY, based on Mark Millar’s comic book by the same name. Akela recently finished... Read More →
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Owen Egerton

writer/director Blood Fest, Follow, Mercy Black


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

12:30pm

Podcast Track: The Production Side
What does production look like for a scripted podcast, and what are the steps for getting your project made? In this panel, fiction podcast producers will discuss taking an audio-only script through the production process and the nitty gritty of producing audio fiction.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Speakers
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Lindsay Graham

executive producer Terms, 1865; host of American History Tellers and American Scandal
Lindsay Graham is the Webby Award-winning host of the podcasts American History Tellers and American Scandal, and the executive producer of the audio dramas 1865 and Terms. He is a sound designer, composer and podcast producer who has worked on Dirty John, Dr. Death, Business Wars... Read More →
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Travis Vengroff

producer/sound designer The White Vault, VAST Horizon, Liberty, Dark Dice
Travis Vengroff is the producer of The White Vault, VAST Horizon, Liberty, and Dark Dice. With a strong tendency toward creativity, Travis attended the New York Film Academy, the Allegro Music Academy, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with bachelor’s degrees from the Universities... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

12:30pm

TV Support Staff
Get inside a TV writers room from the people at the ground level who help make everything possible: a Writers’ Assistant, Script Coordinator, and Showrunners’ Assistant. Have you ever wondered how to break into a room, or what the roles of the support staff looked like? Panelists will share stories of how they landed their jobs, explain their day to day roles and responsibilities, and give advice about ways to navigate the job with success.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Speakers
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Daniel F. Pérez

writer's assistant, Euphoria; Founding member, The Clubhouse (a collection of gay LatinX screenwriters)
Born to a pair of very sensible Miami Cubans, Daniel F. Pérez spent a nomadic childhood in Texas, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, New Jersey, and Florida before moving to New York for college. After NYU, he went to Spain to teach English in the public school system, living first with... Read More →
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Micah Cyrus

writers' assistant All American; consulting producer Dead Girls Detective Agency; former writers' assistant Step Up High Water, The Resident
Micah currently serves as the Writers’ Assistant on All American (CW). Previously, he was a Consulting Producer on Dead Girls Detective Agency (Snapchat). Micah has also served as the Writers’ Assistant on Season 2 of the Lionsgate/YouTube Premium series, Step Up High Water and... Read More →
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Kristina Thomas

script coordinator The New Edition Story, Being Mary Jane, Rebel, Lovecraft Country, The Haunting of Bly Manor
Winner of the Writers Assistant Network Pilot Workshop and former staff writer on the webseries The Rise of Theo and the Romeos for Issa Rae's production company, Writer-Director Kristina Thomas first showed her potential in the documentary side of filmmaking by winning awards that... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

12:30pm

Writing Across Mediums
With the continued rise of new and emerging mediums, there are more opportunities than ever for writers to share their stories. Join these panelists who have built a career writing across mediums for their advice on using new forms of storytelling as a calling card for breaking in and getting your story out there.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
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Samantha Levenshus

writer Neon Future (comic book), The Grimm World (play), Holy Unexpected (tv); Development Executive, Script Pipeline
Samantha Levenshus works as a writer in sunny Santa Monica. She recently finished work on Steve Aoki’s comic book series NEON FUTURE, which she co-wrote with Eisner Award-winner Jim Krueger. Her love for characters and storytelling was born in theater and, as a playwright, she’s... Read More →

Speakers
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Matthew Derby

writer Phreaks, Sandra, The Silent History, Super Flat Times
Matthew Derby is the author of Phreaks, an Audible Original scripted audio narrative launching in January 2020. He also co-wrote the Gimlet scripted podcast Sandra and The Silent History, the first digital novel written and designed specifically for the iPhone, later released as a... Read More →
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Lauren Shippen

creator The Bright Sessions, The AM Archives; CEO, Atypical Artists
Lauren Shippen is a writer most known for her work in fiction podcasts. She was the creator and sole writer of the popular audio drama The Bright Sessions, which ran from 2015 to 2018. She went on to executive produce The AM Archives and co-produce Passenger List before founding Atypical... Read More →
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Steven Walters

head writer/co-creator/co-executive producer 1865: the Audio Drama; writer American Scandal, American History Tellers
Steven Walters is a Los Angeles based writer, director, actor and producer. Steven is a former member of the resident company at Dallas Theater Center in addition to being a co-founder of Second Thought Theatre in Dallas, Texas. As an actor, Steven is best known for his role on NBC's... Read More →
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Kirk Lynn

The Method Gun; head of the Department of Theatre and Dance at UT; the Artistic Director of The Rude Mechanicals
Kirk Lynn is a novelist and playwright living in Austin, TX with his wife, the poet Carrie Fountain, and their children, Olive and Judah. Kirk is one of five artistic directors of the Rude Mechs theatre collective. With the Rudes Kirk has written and adapted many plays, including... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Assembly Room 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

Writing for Video Games
Video games have developed from small, linear play-through adventures to massive multiplayer games with open worlds and alternate endings. So how has this growing commitment to story changed the experience of writing for the medium? Join these panelists for a conversation on writing the modern video game and the challenges and opportunities that come with interactive storytelling.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Speakers
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Susan O'Connor

Story Consultant, Netflix; Lead Writer, Torn (PlayStation VR); Story Consultant, Batman (Telltale); Lead Writer, Star Wars 1313 (LucasArts); Story Consultant, Dishonored 2 (Bethesda); Writer, Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics); Lead Writer, Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft); Writer, BioShock (2K)
Susan O'Connor tells stories for a living. Award-winning titles in her portfolio (including BioShock, Far Cry 2, and Tomb Raider) have sold over 30 million copies and generated over half a billion dollars in sales. She also teaches a course in interactive storytelling at UT Austin... Read More →
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Emily Zulauf

Narrative Director, Probably Monsters Games; Creative Development Associate, Pixar Animation Studios
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Angela Petrella

writer Dear Angelica, Stone Quackers, Recipe
Angela Petrella is a writer and director. She has worked with Pixar, Fox, Cartoon Network and Oculus for television, features, new media and virtual reality. Her career began at McSweeney’s publishing where she published her first children’s picture book, Recipe. Currently, she’s... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Omni Hotel, Lonestar Room 700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

Writing to Direct: Indies
What does it take to write and direct your own film? Join this panel of writer/directors for a conversation on how the writing process differs when you’re also directing and the obstacles and advantages that come with wearing multiple hats.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
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Courtenay Hameister

moderator; host PRI's Live Wire 2003-2013; co-writer The Benefits of Gusbandry; author Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things

Speakers
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Nicole Perlman

writer Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, Detective Pikachu
Nicole Perlman is best known for her work on “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain Marvel,” and “Detective Pikachu." Nicole received her BFA in filmmaking from NYU in 2003, and has gone on to win the Tribeca Film Festival's Sloan Foundation Grant for Science in Film, the Hugo... Read More →
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Brandon Dickerson

writer/director Sironia, Victor, Amanda & Jack Go Glamping; writer Benji the Dove; director A Single Frame
BRANDON DICKERSON is an award-winning writer/director/producer honored for his work in film, documentaries, commercials, and music videos—including the coveted Cannes Gold Lion. After building a career directing hundreds of commercials and music videos, Dickerson shifted his focus... Read More →
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Jason Headley

writer Pixar's Onward (2020), writer/director A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, It's Not About the Nail
Jason Headley is the co-writer of Pixar’s upcoming film “Onward.” He wrote and directed the feature film "A Bad Idea Gone Wrong" which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. His short films—including the viral videos "It's Not About the Nail" and "F*ck That... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

12:30pm

Austin Pitch #9
It’s the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of 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.

Speakers
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Kelly Jo Brick

writer Pause, The Jewel in the Woods; contributing writer for Final Draft
Kelly Jo Brick is a television and documentary writer. She wrote the Telly Award-winning film PAUSE and the Frank Lloyd Wright documentary The Jewel In The Woods. Her short thriller script, Wreckage, is currently in post-production. Kelly Jo is a contributing writer for Final Draft... Read More →
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Whitney Davis

boutique literary manager; screenwriting instructor
Whitney Davis BIOWhitney Davis is the founder of Whitney Davis Literary, a boutique literary firm offering management for screenwriters and editorial/career consulting services for writers at large. After receiving her BA in Literature and Creative Writing, Whitney moved to Los Angeles... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

Conference Q&A Session: Kat Likkel & John Hoberg
*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 23 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 24 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 25 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 26 | 8:30AM-3:00PM

Speakers
avatar for Kat Likkel

Kat Likkel

co-showrunner Downward Dog, Galavant; co-writer Country Musical, Black-ish, The Neighbors, Better Off Ted, My Name is Earl
Kat Likkel and John Hoberg have been screenwriters and television producers for over 20 years, recently serving as showrunners on ABC’s “Downward Dog” – the first network half hour to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Before that they served as showrunners for the medieval... Read More →
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John Hoberg

co-showrunner Downward Dog, Galavant; co-writer Country Musical, Black-ish, The Neighbors, Better Off Ted, My Name is Earl
Kat Likkel and John Hoberg have been screenwriters and television producers for over 20 years, recently serving as showrunners on ABC’s “Downward Dog” – the first network half hour to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Before that they served as showrunners for the medieval... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

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. 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 23 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 24 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 25 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 26 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Speakers
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Patricia K. Meyer

producer The Women of Brewster Place; Executive Producer This is My Life; writer/director/producer The List
With her passion for true crime stories and the tragicomic foibles of humanity, screenwriter/producer Patricia K. Meyer has written eight feature adaptations for the major studios, including Touchstone, for Martin Scorsese, and New Line for Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions. She... 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... Read More →
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Taylor Allen

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick; editor The Simpsons
Taylor Allen is a writer and an editor living in lovely Los Angeles, California. His credits include the 2018 film Chappaquiddick, which he co-wrote and executive produced alongside his writing and producing partner Andrew Logan. The script earned them a spot on The Black List (and... Read More →
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Jeffrey Brown

producer Cowboys, Nothing Stays The Same, Punk in Africa, No No: A Dockumentary, Through The Repellent Fence, Every Night’s A Saturday Night, Vinyl Generation, Yallah! Underground, Pirating Pirates, Mamas & Papas, Kooky
Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning narrative features and feature documentaries in Europe, Africa and N. America, playing festivals such as Sundance, IDFA, Tribeca, SXSW, Rotterdam, New York FF, Berlinale, Edinburgh, Durban, and being released on Netflix, HBO, Showtime... Read More →
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Pierce Cravens

producer Oh, Hello (Broadway), Saint Frances
Pierce Cravens was recently appointed President of Newsweek Studios, Newsweek Magazine’s newly formed film distribution and production arm. His most recent narrative feature, SAINT FRANCES, won the Audience Award at this year’s SXSW. On Broadway, Pierce produced Nick Kroll and... Read More →
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Stephany Folsom

writer Star Wars Resistance, Toy Story 4; writer/consulting producer Lord of the Rings (2019); writer/executive producer Paper Girls
Stephany Folsom traveled the world producing short-form docs before her script 1969 A SPACE ODYSSEY: OR HOW KUBRICK LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LAND ON THE MOON made the 2013 Black List and Hit List. Since then, she's worked on Marvel's THOR: RAGNAROK, wrote on Lucasfilm's STAR WARS... Read More →
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Michael Fry

writer/co-creator Over The Hedge; writer/illustrator The Odd Squad series, How To Be A Supervillain series; co-writer/illustrator The Naughty List series
Michael Fry is an author/illustrator/screenwriter. He is the co-creator/writer of the syndicated comic strip Over the Hedge that inspired the 2006 DreamWorks Animation feature animated film (the most successful film ever made from a comic strip). He is also the creator of three additional... Read More →
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Glenn Gers

writer Fracture, Mad Money; writer/director Like.Share.Follow, Disfigured
Glenn Gers was born and raised in New York City, and graduated from Yale University. His original screenplay NIGHTBIRDS won a Fellowship Grant in Screenwriting from the New York Foundation For The Arts. He has been a professional screen-and-television writer for 25 years, working... Read More →
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David Gleeson

writer Tolkien, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Grimm Legacy, Down to a Sunless Sea; writer/director Don't Go, The Front Line, Cowboys & Angels
David Gleeson hails from a family of cinema-owners in rural Ireland and attributes his career path to a deep childhood immersion in movies. Following a 5 year stint in the UK North Sea oil industry, followed by another 2 in the Arctic Circle, David made his feature film debut as... Read More →
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Henry Jones

writer Jupiter's Legacy; 2016 Drama, Sci-Fi, and Enderby Entertainment Screenplay Award Recipient
Henry's screenplay, STATIC, won the Drama, Sci-Fi and Enderby Entertainment Awards at the 2016 Austin Film Festival – a feat never before achieved in the prestigious festival’s 20+ year history. He's gone on to find success in features and television as a writer and producer.He's... Read More →
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Matt Lieberman

writer The Christmas Chronicles, Free Guy, Playing with Fire, The Addams Family, Meet the Machines, Scooby Doo, Monster on the Hill
MATT LIEBERMAN recently sold spec script MEET THE MACHINES to Lionsgate with LitEntertainment and Temple Hill producing.His black list script FREE GUY is currently in pre-production at 20th Century Fox with BerlantiProductions and Lit Entertainment attached to produce. Shawn Levy... Read More →
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Lucas Martell

writer/director Pigeon: Impossible, The OceanMaker
Lucas’ award-winning short films PIGEON: IMPOSSIBLE and THE OCEANMAKER have been seen more than 20-million times online and screened at over 350 festivals in 63 different countries. PIGEON: IMPOSSIBLE was bought by Fox Animation / Blue Sky with Chernin Entertainment producing the... Read More →
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Chris Sparling

writer Buried, The Sea of Trees, Down a Dark Hall; writer/director Mercy, The Atticus Institute
Chris 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. THE SEA OF TREES, which he wrote and produced -- starring Matthew McConaughey, Namoi Watts, and directed by Gus Van... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

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 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.

Speakers
avatar for Philip Levens

Philip Levens

creator/showrunner Ascension; executive producer South Beach; writer/producer Smallville, Night Vision, Knight Rider
PHILIP LEVENS grew up in Lubbock, Texas, and attended The University of Texas in Austin before moving to Los Angeles. He created and was showrunner of “Ascension” for Universal and Lionsgate, now on Netflix. He recently wrote a serialized trial series for A&E called “The Accused... Read More →
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C. Robert Cargill

writer Sinister, Marvel's Doctor Strange; novelist Sea of Rust
C. Robert Cargill is a novelist, former film critic, and a screenwriter on Marvel’s Doctor Strange and both of the Sinister films. His recent novel Sea of Rust was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He lives and works here in Austin, Tx.
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Krista Carpenter

Manager/Co-Founder, Fictional Entity
Krista Carpenter has more than fifteen years experience in the entertainment industry having worked proficiently in both Los Angeles and Australia. In late 2016, she co-founded, with partner Chris Deckard, the management/production company Fictional Entity. Together, they have developed... Read More →
avatar for Mikki Daughtry

Mikki Daughtry

co-writer Five Feet Apart, The Curse of La Llorona
MIKKI DAUGHTRY and TOBIAS IACONIS had two films in theaters in 2019. CBS Films released FIVE FEET APART, starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lue Richardson, produced by Cathy Schulman and Justin Baldoni, directed by Justin Baldoni. And Warner Bros. released THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, a... Read More →
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Daniela Gonzalez

Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion
Daniela Gonzalez 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 Asia... Read More →
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Tobias Iaconis

co-writer Five Feet Apart, The Curse of La Llorona
MIKKI DAUGHTRY and TOBIAS IACONIS had two films in theaters in 2019. CBS Films released FIVE FEET APART, starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lue Richardson, produced by Cathy Schulman and Justin Baldoni, directed by Justin Baldoni. And Warner Bros. released THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, a... Read More →
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Rochée Jeffrey

co-producer Beverly Hills 90210, SMILF; producer Woke
Rochée Jeffrey is a writer/director/performer who hails originally from Jamaica. She’s written on several television series, including Showtime's Golden Globe-nominated comedy series SMILF and she’s a producer on the upcoming Hulu series Woke starring Larmorne Morris. On the... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

writer Thor, X-MEN: First Class, Red Sonja; writer/producer Fringe, Black Sails, Lore
Ashley Edward Miller is a film and television writer best known for Thor and X-Men: First Class. Most recently in television, Ashley wrote and produced for the second season of Lore on Amazon Prime, and the critically acclaimed fourth season of Black Sails on Starz. He also worked... Read More →
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Larry Postel

writer Flip Turn, High Holiday, The Main Event
Born and raised in Dallas, Larry received his B.S. Degree in Advertising from the University of Texas in Austin in 1978.  He also took several film classes while at U.T., including one in TV writing that triggered Larry’s interest in scriptwriting. After college, Larry moved to... Read More →
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Maresa Pullman

executive producer The Polar Bears, Welcome to the Rileys, Cyrus; executive 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. On the series side, she’s Executive Producer on Invisible City (2020), a live-action... Read More →
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Pamela Ribon

writer Moana, Ralph Breaks The Internet; comic book writer Rick and Morty, My Boyfriend is a Bear
avatar for Alvaro Rodriguez

Alvaro Rodriguez

writer From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, RUST (Showtime); co-creator/executive producer Seis Manos
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Carolyn Stotesbery-Levens

actor Agent X, Castle, Love & Mercy; writer/producer Menace of Venice, Carry The World, The Vintage
Multi-hyphenate talent, CAROLYN STOTESBERY-LEVENS, is a writer, actor and producer. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she began modeling as a teenager and moved to Los Angeles for work when she was cast in MTV’s “Undressed.” As an actor, Carolyn has appeared in major studio movies... Read More →
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Andrew Veeder

Creative Executive, Scripted, Stage 13
Andrew is a Creative Executive at Stage 13, developing and producing scripted content with an emphasis on trying to tell fresh and different stories from emerging talent, including the Emmy-nominated “Special” on Netflix. The product of a naval father and artist mother, he moved... Read More →
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James Wager

President, Capital Creations Management Company
Jamie Wager is the principal at Capital Creations, where he focuses on staffing TV writers. Current clients include Maria Ferrari, who just started an overall at WBTV, having spent 10 years at “The Big Bang Theory,” where she rose from executive story editor to executive producer... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

DC NOIR
(USA, 93 min)

Writer: George Pelecanos
Director: George Pelecanos, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Nick Pelecanos, Stephen
Kinigopoulos
Cast: Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jaime Alva, Henry Ayres-Brown

An anthology of noir short stories based on the works of acclaimed novelist George
Pelecanos.

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Saturday October 26, 2019 12:30pm - 2:03pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

1:00pm

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Oh My God I Think It's Over
(USA, 42 min)

Director: Katie Hyde

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Oh My God I Think It’s Over” is a peek behind the curtain as
the team behind the award-winning comedy series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” wraps up
its final season. We watch as co-creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna
and their many talented collaborators steer the show through its final episode.
The film highlights their unique process as they juggle writing, songwriting,
choreography on a spinning turntable, last minute big ideas and emergencies, and
the “impossible task” of creating a smart, feminist, musical comedy show that’s a
process unlike any other show ever to air on network TV.

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PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
NOT permitted:
• No large bags over 14 x 12 x 6 in size
• No food or beverage of any kind
• No weapons of any shape or size (including
firearms, explosives, pocket knives, etc.)
• No cameras or recorders of any kind
ALLOWED but subject to inspection:
• Bags smaller than 14 x 12 x 6
• Diaper bags (when child is present)
• Medically necessary items (including breast
pumps)
• Jackets and coats

Moderators
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

writer Moana, Ralph Breaks The Internet; comic book writer Rick and Morty, My Boyfriend is a Bear

Speakers
avatar for Katie Hyde

Katie Hyde

founder, Indie City Films; director Crazy Ex-Girlfriend OMG I Think It's Over, All Choked Up; producer Jennifer 42, Before/During/After, Mount Joy
Katie Hyde is a director/producer/DP and runs Indie City Films, a production company in Brooklyn. She creates video content for platforms and brands such as the NY Post, UK Sunday Times, Refinery29, Domino Magazine, Creative Mornings and others. Katie is currently in production with... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom

co-creator/star Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Rachel Bloom is best known as the star of the CW musical dramedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which she co-created and executive produced alongside Aline Brosh McKenna. For her performance as Rebecca Bunch, Rachel won the 2016 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series – Musical... Read More →
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Aline Brosh McKenna

co-creator/showrunner Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, writer The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, Morning Glory, We Bought a Zoo
Aline Brosh McKenna is an award-winning writer/producer/director, and one of the highest-grossing female screenwriters of all time. In 2006, McKenna adaptedthe popular novel, "The Devil Wears Prada." For that screenplay, McKennagarnered Writers Guild, BAFTA and Scripter award nominations.In... Read More →



Saturday October 26, 2019 1:00pm - 1:42pm
Paramount Theatre 713 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

Guest House
(USA, 75 MIN)

Director: Hannah Dweck, Yael Luttwak

Three women in a re-entry house experience the reality of reintegration and attempt
to acclimate to life after being released from incarceration and battling addiction.

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Saturday October 26, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

1:00pm

Otter Network Demo!
Otter Network makes Otter Director, the simplest, most cost-effective streaming video platform available. Shoot professional 3 camera shoots with the mobile devices you have on your desk or in your pocket. It's a production truck in a backpack.

Free and open to the public!

Saturday October 26, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Austin Film Festival Tent at the Paramount 713 Congress Ave.

1:15pm

The Illegal
(USA, 85)

Writer/Director: Danish Renzu

A student filmmaker moves to Los Angeles in pursuit of his dream, but his ambitions are disrupted when he must drop out to support the family he left in India.

Click here to listen to writer/director Danish Renzu discussThe Illegal during his On Story interview
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Saturday October 26, 2019 1:15pm - 2:40pm
Rollins Theatre 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:30pm

Podcast Mixer
Mix and mingle with podcast writers, podcast network execs, and fans of all things podcasting!

*This party has a cash bar.


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Stephen F's Bar 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm

Shorts Program 14 - Animated Shorts
(TRT: 92 min)

RACING THE SUNSET (USA, 5 MIN)
Writer/Director: Nikolas Smith
A young man makes a desperate parkour rush through the city to make it to his date on time.

THE FOX AND THE BIRD (SWITZERLAND, 12 MIN)
Writer: Christophe Pagnon, Vincent Gessler
Director: Sam Guillaume, Fred Guillaume
A hungry fox prowling the woods for his next meal stumbles upon a bird’s nest and a lone
egg.

EVERYTHING MUST GO! (USA, 3 MIN)
Writer/Director: Lee Gallagher
A conspiracy theorist ends a day of fruitless searching with the discovery of a lifetime—a
garage sale at the mysterious Area 51.

BOUNTY (USA, 6 MIN)
Writer/Director: Shirley Zhou
An ex-bounty hunter makes breakfast with his young daughter, who becomes increasingly
curious about his past profession.

SAGUARO (USA, 6 MIN)
Writer/Director: Damon Stea
The loneliest Saguaro cactus in the world makes friends with a tumbleweed, falls in love,
and experiences profound loss.

DON’T FEED THESE ANIMALS (PORTUGAL, 11 MIN)
Writer: Guilherme Afonso, Miguel Madaíl de Freitas, José Alves da Silva
Director: Guilherme Afonso, Miguel Madaíl de Freitas
A lobotomized bunny and an anthropomorphic carrot join forces to defeat the evil plaguing
their laboratory.

THE 49TH DAY (USA, 5 MIN)
Writer: Susie Jean Kim
Director: Nathan Hong Fisher
On the 49th day after his wife’s passing, a magpie steals Jay’s wife’s wedding ring and leads
him on a journey.

MICE, A SMALL STORY (FRANCE, 5 MIN)
Director: Jade Baillargeault, Nazli Doale, Dimitri James, Quang Daniel La, Morgane Lau,
Mélanie Pango, Manon Pringault
In a dark subway tunnel, a group of mice find a gold ring-pull that seems to have a
mysterious effect on one of them.

BEST FRIEND (FRANCE, 6 MIN)
Director: Nicholas Olivieri, Shen Yi, Juliana De Lucca, Varun Nair, David Feliu
In a near future, a lonely man is addicted to a product called “Best Friend” which offers him
perfect virtual friends.

GRANDMA’S PIE (USA, 3 MIN)
Writer/Directors: Camilo Castro, Ricardo San Emeterio
A hungry dragon chases after an oblivious grandma who is too focused on making her
favorite apple pie to notice the death and destruction going on around her.

KING OF THE HOUSE (USA, 11 MIN)
Writer/Director: Zige Zhang
A delusional man rules alone in a small dark house until his sovereignty is threatened by the
arrival of a stranger.

THE KITE (CZECH REPUBLIC, 14 MIN)
Writer/Director: Martin Smatana
A young boy bonds with his grandfather over their shared love of kite flying.

ARCHIE (UK, 5 MIN)
Writer: Domenica More Gordon
Director: Ainslie Henderson
Devastated by the loss of his beloved aunt Betty, Archie and his dog make the long journey to
the home she’s left him.

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Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:03pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:30pm

Archie
(UK, 5 MIN)

Writer: Domenica More Gordon
Director: Ainslie Henderson

Devastated by the loss of his beloved aunt Betty, Archie and his dog make the long journey to
the home she’s left him.

Playing as Shorts Program 14: Animated Shorts


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:03pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:30pm

Best Friend
(France, 6 MIN)

Director: Nicholas Olivieri, Shen Yi, Juliana De Lucca, Varun Nair, David Feliu

In a near future, a lonely man is addicted to a product called “Best Friend” which offers him
perfect virtual friends.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 14: Aniamted Shorts


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:03pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:30pm

Bounty
(USA, 6 MIN)

Writer/Director: Shirley Zhou

An ex-bounty hunter makes breakfast with his young daughter, who becomes increasingly
curious about his past profession.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 14: Animated Shorts


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:03pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:30pm

Don't Feed These Animals
(Portugal, 11 MIN)

Writer: Guilherme Afonso, Miguel Madaíl de Freitas, José Alves da Silva
Director: Guilherme Afonso, Miguel Madaíl de Freitas

A lobotomized bunny and an anthropomorphic carrot join forces to defeat the evil plaguing
their laboratory.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 14: Animated Shorts


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:03pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:30pm

Everything Must Go!
(USA, 3 MIN)

Writer/Director: Lee Gallagher

A conspiracy theorist ends a day of fruitless searching with the discovery of a lifetime—a
garage sale at the mysterious Area 51.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 14: Animated Shorts


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:03pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:30pm

Grandma's Pie
(USA, 3 MIN)

Writer/Directors: Camilo Castro, Ricardo San Emeterio

A hungry dragon chases after an oblivious grandma who is too focused on making her
favorite apple pie to notice the death and destruction going on around her.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 14: Animated Shorts


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:03pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:30pm

King of the House
(USA, 11 MIN)

Writer/Director: Zige Zhang

A delusional man rules alone in a small dark house until his sovereignty is threatened by the
arrival of a stranger.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 14: Animated Shorts


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:03pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:30pm

Mice, a small story
(France, 5 MIN)

Director: Jade Baillargeault, Nazli Doale, Dimitri James, Quang Daniel La, Morgane Lau,
Mélanie Pango, Manon Pringault

In a dark subway tunnel, a group of mice find a gold ring-pull that seems to have a
mysterious effect on one of them.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 14: Animated Shorts


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:03pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:30pm

Racing the Sunset
(USA, 5 MIN)

Writer/Director: Nikolas Smith

A young man makes a desperate parkour rush through the city to make it to his date on time.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 14: Animated Shorts


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:03pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:30pm

Saguaro
(USA, 6 MIN)

Writer/Director: Damon Stea

The loneliest Saguaro cactus in the world makes friends with a tumbleweed, falls in love,
and experiences profound loss.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 14: Animated Shorts


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:03pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:30pm

The 49th Day
(USA, 5 MIN)

Writer: Susie Jean Kim
Director: Nathan Hong Fisher

On the 49th day after his wife’s passing, a magpie steals Jay’s wife’s wedding ring and leads
him on a journey.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 14: Animated Shorts


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:03pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:30pm

The Fox and the Bird
(Switzerland, 12 MIN)

Writer: Christophe Pagnon, Vincent Gessler
Director: Sam Guillaume, Fred Guillaume

A hungry fox prowling the woods for his next meal stumbles upon a bird’s nest and a lone
egg.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 14: Animated Shorts


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:03pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:30pm

The Kite
(Czech Republic, 14 MIN)

Writer/Director: Martin Smatana

A young boy bonds with his grandfather over their shared love of kite flying.

Playing as part of Shorts Program 14: Animated Shorts


Saturday October 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:03pm
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

2:00pm

Last Week at Ed's
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, 40 min)

Director: Meg Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan

For years, filmmakers Lawrence and Meg Kasdan ate at a 60 year-old diner in West
Hollywood called Ed’s Coffee Shop. When Ada, the diner’s manager and daughter
of its original owners, announced that she was closing the place, her large circle
of regulars was crushed. LAST WEEK AT ED’S is a film the Kasdans made about the
final days of the diner, its eccentric characters, and the depth of feeling a beloved
business can generate in a close-knit community.

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PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
NOT permitted:
• No large bags over 14 x 12 x 6 in size
• No food or beverage of any kind
• No weapons of any shape or size (including
firearms, explosives, pocket knives, etc.)
• No cameras or recorders of any kind
ALLOWED but subject to inspection:
• Bags smaller than 14 x 12 x 6
• Diaper bags (when child is present)
• Medically necessary items (including breast
pumps)
• Jackets and coats


Saturday October 26, 2019 2:00pm - 2:40pm
State Theatre 719 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

A Conversation with David Benioff & D.B. Weiss: The 2019 Outstanding Television Award Recipients
Our watch may have ended, but for the writers behind the groundbreaking series Game of Thrones, our questions have only just begun. Join the series’ showrunners and our 2019 Outstanding Television Writer Awardees David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for an in-depth look into the process of adapting George R. R. Martin’s bestselling books into the epic HBO series that changed the landscape of modern television.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Moderator; Executive Director and Co-Founder, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
avatar for David Benioff

David Benioff

2019 Recipient of the Outstanding Television Writer Award
David Benioff adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into a feature film directed by Spike Lee. His second novel, City of Thieves, has been translated into thirty-five languages. His screenplays include The Kite Runner, Brothers, Troy, and Stay. Stories from his collection When the... Read More →
avatar for D.B. Weiss

D.B. Weiss

2019 Recipient of the Outstanding Television Writer Award
D.B. Weiss is the author of Lucky Wander Boy. He co-created and executive produces the Emmy Award-winning Game of Thrones for HBO. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.


Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Ballroom 701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

First Man, Midway, 12 Strong, Greenland: Partnering with the Department of Defense to Enhance Military Depiction
Learn how independent and studio filmmakers secure a F-22 fighter jets, naval aircraft carriers, Apache helicopters and rugged Marines into their films. Find out how to research heroic characters, distinctive locations and compelling events to shape your story. Each of the military services are actively seeking opportunities to educate and inform the American public on the honor, courage and culture of active duty men and women serving around the world — placing these historic locations, dynamic individuals, engaging narratives and amazing visuals into your production may seem like an impossible mission — but we’ll show you how to affordably and effectively enhance your film’s creative with the help our nation’s uniformed services. Hear how the Directors of the divisions charged with protecting and projecting the image of the United States military can enhance your production to work alongside America’s Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Barry Josephson

Barry Josephson

Josephson Entertainment; Film - producer Enchanted, Dirty Grandpa, The Last Boy Scout; TV - executive producer The Tick, TURN: Washington Spies, Bones

Speakers
avatar for CDR Steven Youde

CDR Steven Youde

Director, Coast Guard Motion Picture and Television Office
CDR Steven Youde is the Director of the Coast Guard Motion Picture and Television Office in Los Angeles, California. He serves as the Coast Guard’s primary liaison to the entertainment industry ensuring accurate and impactful portrayal of service missions and values across entertainment... Read More →
avatar for Ric Roman Waugh

Ric Roman Waugh

writer/director/producer Felon, Snitch, Shot Caller, That Which I Love Destroys Me, Angel Has Fallen, Greenland
avatar for Lt. Col Nathan Broshear

Lt. Col Nathan Broshear

Director, Secretary of the Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office
Lt Col Nathan Broshear is the Director of the Secretary of the Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office in Los Angeles, California. In this role, Lt Col Broshear shapes Air Force support to film, television, streaming and game productions to shape Department of the Air Force support... Read More →
avatar for Adam M. Clampitt

Adam M. Clampitt

Officer-in-Charge, NR Navy Office of Information, West
Commander Adam Clampitt, a Reserve Navy Public Affairs Officer, is the Officer-in-Charge Navy Office of Information - West (NR NAVINFO – West) where he oversees the Reserve unit providing assistance to entertainment industry productions.   Clampitt came to NR NAVINFO – West after... Read More →
avatar for Ken Hawes

Ken Hawes

Director of US Army's Public Affairs Office, Western Region
Ken Hawes is the Director of the US Army's Public Affairs Office, Western Region, located in Los Angeles, CA.His office is the entertainment industry's direct liaison to the Army, leveraging its direct interface with members of the entertainment industry to ensure Army-supported projects... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Central Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary 200 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

New Media Track: A Conversation with Rooster Teeth
Digital entertainment company Rooster Teeth has created a media empire, staking their claim as one of the primary sources for new content in the world of original series, podcasts, online features, and everything in between. With what seems like an unlimited supply of fresh content across various media platforms, Rooster Teeth has become a major player in the digital storytelling industry. In this panel, we’ll sit down with a few of the company’s creatives and content creators to discuss their process for curating content and what’s next for the world of new media.

ABOUT ROOSTER TEETH
Rooster Teeth is a pioneering media and entertainment company responsible for some of the biggest online series in history, such as the award-winning and longest-running web series, Red vs. Blue. They also produce the globally acclaimed animated series RWBY, the first western anime series to be distributed in Japan; the award-winning Rooster Teeth Podcast; and Immersion, a reality format that brings video game theory to the real world. Rooster Teeth has a massive global footprint of more than 45 million subscribers to its YouTube Network, 5 million unique monthly visitors to its RoosterTeeth.com hub and 3 million registered community members. The company was founded in 2003, and is now a subsidiary of Otter Media, a WarnerMedia company. Discover more at RoosterTeeth.com.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Miles Luna

Miles Luna

Head Writer of Animation, Rooster Teeth; director
Miles Luna is a director and head writer for Animation at Rooster Teeth, as well as a seasoned voice actor. Some of his most notable works include Camp Camp, Red vs. Blue, and the worldwide phenomenon RWBY. In addition to his work in animation, he is a frequent on-camera personality... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Rosas

Andrew Rosas

Head Writer of RT Shorts, Rooster Teeth; writer/performer, Master Pancake Theater
Andrew Rosas has been writing and performing comedy since 2008. He started writing sketch with Stag Comedy and then became a core member of the popular Austin movie-mocking institution, Master Pancake Theater in 2011. In 2016 he began writing and directing for Rooster Teeth and in... Read More →
avatar for Chris Demarais

Chris Demarais

Head Writer of Live Action, Rooster Teeth; co-creator/director Arizona Circle, Social Disorder, Day 5
Chris Demarais is one of the lead creatives at Rooster Teeth and the co-creator of the hit shows Arizona Circle, Social Disorder, and Day 5. He's also a writer and director on some of the company's most high profile projects including Immersion, RT Shorts, this bio, and Lazer Team... Read More →
avatar for Burnie Burns

Burnie Burns

Co-founder/Chief Creative Officer, Rooster Teeth; creator Red vs. Blue; writer/actor Lazer Team
Burnie Burns is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Rooster Teeth, creator of the visionary web series Red vs. Blue and writer and actor in the Lazer Team film series. Over the last decade, Burnie helped build Rooster Teeth from a small web company into a mega entertainment... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
The Omni Hotel, Lonestar Room 700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm

Podcast Track: Monetizing Your Podcast --Networks vs DIY presented by Authentic
You're thinking of launching a podcast but you're not sure if you should sign with a network or do things on your own. Join industry professionals as they discuss the different ways of monetizing a podcast. Walk away knowing the options you have to see a return on your creative investment.

This panel is presented by Authentic.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Conroy

Scott Conroy

writer/creator Blackout, Embeds; author Vote First Or Die, Sarah From Alaska
Scott Conroy is the creator and executive producer of “Blackout,” an 8-episode scripted podcast starring Rami Malek. Scott’s screenplay, “Analytica,” was optioned by Imagine Entertainment and was featured on the 2018 Black List. His limited series, “Trump: It Happened... Read More →
avatar for Bernie Su

Bernie Su

creator/executive producer/showrunner Artificial, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Emma Approved
Bernie Su is a three-time Primetime Emmy and Peabody Award-winning interactive storyteller, creator, and showrunner.Su recently won his third Primetime Emmy for "Artificial," the first-ever live and interactive science fiction series to debut on Twitch. The series is a fully scripted... Read More →
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 Apple Podcasts. He also serves as Vice President of Influence and Production at Authentic.Tim began his career producing such Nickelodeon shows like All That and What Would You Do? and has created... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

3:00pm

Structuring a Series
Whether you're dealing with an individual episode, a season, or an entire series, a show's structure is key in developing the tone and pacing of your project. Learn what developing a show's structure looks like in the writers room and how to find the best format for your story.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Alex Freedman

Alex Freedman

writer/creator TV Calling; co-host Paper Team
Alex Freedman is a French-American drama writer from Paris, who most recently worked on the second season of Netflix's ALTERED CARBON.After studying film and production at the Sorbonne University, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television writing. He has also worked... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Ginsburg

Aaron Ginsburg

co-executive Producer/writer New Amsterdam, The 100
Aaron Ginsburg is a writer/producer who has worked in television and film in Los Angeles for over a decade. He is currently a Co-Executive Producer on NBC’s hit medical drama, New Amsterdam. Before that, he was a Co-Executive Producer on CW’s critically acclaimed Sci-Fi drama... Read More →
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Nichelle Tramble Spellman

showrunner/creator Truth Be Told; writer/producer The Good Wife; writer Justified; novelist The Dying Ground, The Last King
Nichelle Tramble Spellman is Creator/Showrunner of the forthcoming Apple drama series, TRUTH BE TOLD, starring Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul and Lizzy Caplan, based on the novel by Kathleen Barber. Tramble Spellman was also an Executive Producer on Amazon's A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN... Read More →
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Steve Conrad

writer/creator/executive producer Perpetual Grace, LTD, Patriot; writer The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man
Steven Conrad is the writer of The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. He also writes and directs the Amazon series Patriot and the forthcoming Epix series Perpetual Grace, LTD.


Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701

3:00pm

The Managers
With managers serving more and more as the primary source of representation for working writers, finding a literary manager has become an important step in jumpstarting your career. In this panel, managers will share their advice on finding representation, what they look for in new writers, and what to expect from the writer/manager relationship.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.

Moderators
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Trey Selman

moderator

Speakers
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Conrad Sun

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 →