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avatar for Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper

Extraordinary Contribution to Film - Actor Awardee
avatar for John Singleton

John Singleton

Extraordinary Contribution to Film Awardee
avatar for Brian Helgeland

Brian Helgeland

2015 Distinguished Screenwriter; writer/director Legend, 42, A Knight’s Tale, Payback; writer L.A Confidential, Man on Fire, The Taking of Pelham 123, Conspiracy Theory, Green Zone, Blood Work, Mystic River
avatar for Norman Lear

Norman Lear

Outstanding Television Writer Awardee; creator All in the Family, Good Times, Maude, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Sanford and Son; writer/producer Little Rascals, Divorce American Style

Panelists

avatar for Stefano Agosto

Stefano Agosto

Manager of Scripted Television Programming AMC
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

Moderator
avatar for Daniel Alfredson

Daniel Alfredson

director Go With Me
avatar for Michelle Ang

Michelle Ang

actor Fallen Stars
avatar for Jillian Apfelbaum

Jillian Apfelbaum

VP Content, Imperative Entertainment
avatar for Michael Arndt

Michael Arndt

writer Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Oblivion
avatar for John August

John August

writer Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Go; co-host Scriptnotes
avatar for Kai Barry

Kai Barry

writer/director Newcomer
avatar for Robert Bauer

Robert Bauer

producer Baby, Baby, Baby
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

writer/executive producer Counterpart (upcoming), Da Vinci's Demons; creator/executive producer Caper; writer/co-executive producer Eureka; writer/supervising producer Person of Interest, Leverage
avatar for Emily Best

Emily Best

NARRATIVE FEATURE JUROR; Founder/CEO Seed&Spark
avatar for Geoff Betts

Geoff Betts

Business Agent WGA East
avatar for Asmara Bhattacharya

Asmara Bhattacharya

writer Stone; 7-time AFF Screenwriting Competition Second Rounder; creator DickFlicks.net
avatar for Shane Black

Shane Black

writer/director Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; writer Lethal Weapon, Last Action Hero, The Nice Guys, Edge
avatar for Christopher Boone

Christopher Boone

Moderator; Contributor nofilmschool.com
avatar for Michael Botti

Michael Botti

Manager at Industry Entertainment
avatar for Richard Botto

Richard Botto

Founder and CEO Stage 32
avatar for Adam Bowers

Adam Bowers

writer/director/editor/producer/actor Paperback
avatar for VJ Boyd

VJ Boyd

writer/producer Justified
avatar for Evan Bregman

Evan Bregman

SCRIPTED DIGITAL SERIES JUROR
Head of Original Content, Portal A
avatar for R.B. Brenner

R.B. Brenner

Moderator; Director of the School of Journalism, UT Austin
avatar for Wes Brown

Wes Brown

staff writer Goliath (Upcoming AMC Drama); winner AFF AMC One-Hour Pilot (Ascension)
avatar for Bill Broyles

Bill Broyles

writer Cast Away, Apollo 13, The Polar Express, Unfaithful, Jarhead, China Beach
avatar for Susan Brunig

Susan Brunig

Post Production Pixar; AFF Screenwriting Competition Finalist
avatar for Nancy Buirski

Nancy Buirski

director/producer By Sidney Lumet, Afternoon of a Faun, The Loving Story
avatar for Jack Burditt

Jack Burditt

creator Last Man Standing; writer/executive producer Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Mindy Project, 30 Rock; writer/co-producer Frasier
avatar for Charles Burnett

Charles Burnett

writer/director Killer of Sheep, To Sleep with Anger, The Glass Shield
avatar for Jonathan Butler

Jonathan Butler

co-creator/co-executive producer Nickelodeon’s Bella and the Bulldogs
avatar for Christina Campagnola

Christina Campagnola

Independent Film Group at Agency for the Performing Arts
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

Founding Director, The Screenplay Workshop
avatar for Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark

Partner at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman
avatar for Craig Comstock

Craig Comstock

co-creator/producer/director The Adventures of Catty Wompus
avatar for Emily Cook

Emily Cook

writer Ratatouille, Gnomeo & Juliet
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

writer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena, Three Seconds
avatar for Tom Copeland

Tom Copeland

Moderator
avatar for Jesse Cowell

Jesse Cowell

founder Jeskid Productions; writer/exec producer/director Drawn by Pain, Status Kill, Shades of Gray; Webby Award Winner
avatar for Peter Craig

Peter Craig

writer The Town, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts I and II, Blood Father
avatar for Gregory Curtis

Gregory Curtis

Moderator; Former Editor of Texas Monthly
avatar for Graham Davidson

Graham Davidson

Megalomedia
avatar for Peter Dealbert

Peter Dealbert

Pacific View Management
Owner/Manager/Producer
avatar for Brandon Dickerson

Brandon Dickerson

writer/director/producer Spiral Films
avatar for Andrea Dimity

Andrea Dimity

Manager/Producer Pannon Entertainment, Inc.
avatar for Timothy Dowling

Timothy Dowling

writer Role Models, Just Go With It, This Means War, Pixels, George Lucas in Love
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

Enderby Entertainment; producer Rosemont, Go With Me, Dawn Patrol, About Cherry
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

AFF Screenplay and Teleplay Competition Director
avatar for Jay Wade Edwards

Jay Wade Edwards

producer/editor Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Space Ghost Coast to Coast; writer/director Stomp! Shout! Scream!
avatar for Owen Egerton

Owen Egerton

Moderator
avatar for Helen Estabrook

Helen Estabrook

producer Whiplash, Young Adult; executive producer Casual
avatar for Rebecca Ewing

Rebecca Ewing

Agent ICM Partners
avatar for Negin Farsed

Negin Farsed

co-writer/co-director 3rd Street Blackout
avatar for Kieran Fitzgerald

Kieran Fitzgerald

writer Snowden, The Homesman, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
avatar for Uri Fleming

Uri Fleming

Partner at Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo LLP
avatar for Dan French

Dan French

writer The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Dennis Miller
avatar for Allison Friedman

Allison Friedman

Creative Executive Color Force
avatar for Michael Fry

Michael Fry

writer/co-creator Over The Hedge; writer/illustrator The Odd Squad (Disney-Hyperion); co-writer/illustrator The Naughty List (Harper Collins)
avatar for Kelly Fullerton

Kelly Fullerton

executive story editor The Fosters
avatar for Christos Gage

Christos Gage

writer Daredevil, Law & Order: SVU
avatar for Ruth Fletcher Gage

Ruth Fletcher Gage

writer Daredevil, Law & Order: SVU
avatar for Rodrigo Garcia

Rodrigo Garcia

writer/director Last Days in the Desert, Mother and Child, Nine Lives; director Albert Nobbs; executive producer In Treatment
avatar for Chet Garner

Chet Garner

Moderator; host/executive producer/writer The Daytripper
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

Moderator; Professor of Screenwriting, Fiction, and Film at Baylor University
avatar for Gabriel Garza

Gabriel Garza

co-creator/co-executive producer, Nickelodeon’s Bella and the Bulldogs
avatar for Carrie Gillogly

Carrie Gillogly

VP of Scripted Programming at AMC
avatar for Lindsay Goffman

Lindsay Goffman

Head of Development 3AD
avatar for Mark Goffman

Mark Goffman

executive producer/showrunner Sleepy Hollow; writer Limitless, The West Wing, and White Collar
avatar for Nicolas Gonda

Nicolas Gonda

Co-Founder/CEO of Tugg, Inc.; executive producer Last Days in the Desert, After the Fall; co-producer The Tree of Life; producer To The Wonder, Knight of Cups, The Better Angels
avatar for Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon

Head of TV Literary Talent Agent, ICM Partners
avatar for Sasha Gordon

Sasha Gordon

writer/director It Had To Be You
avatar for Kathy Greenberg

Kathy Greenberg

co-creator The L Word; writer Ratatouille, Gnomeo & Juliet
avatar for Joe Gross

Joe Gross

Moderator
avatar for Matthew Gross

Matthew Gross

President EuropaCorp TV Studios; producer Sons of Liberty, Body of Proof, Dirty Sexy Money, Across the Universe, Fired Up!, Joe Somebody, Day Break
avatar for Dan Guando

Dan Guando

NARRATIVE FEATURE JUROR; Executive Vice President of Production and Acquisitions, The Weinstein Company
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

Moderator; co-writer/director ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Junk
avatar for John Lee Hancock

John Lee Hancock

writer/director The Blind Side; writer Snow White and the Hunstman, The Magnificent Seven (upcoming); director Saving Mr. Banks
avatar for James V Hart

James V Hart

writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones
avatar for Carey Hayes

Carey Hayes

writer The Conjuring, Whiteout, The Reaping, House of Wax
avatar for Chad Hayes

Chad Hayes

writer The Conjuring, Whiteout, The Reaping, House of Wax
avatar for Scott Haze

Scott Haze

director Mully
avatar for Pat Hazell

Pat Hazell

Moderator; writer Seinfeld, Tonight Show
avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

writer/director It's Not About the Nail, At the Bar, F*ck That: A Guided Meditation
avatar for Dave Hill

Dave Hill

writer/director The Night Is Young
avatar for Julie Howe

Julie Howe

executive producer/writer/co-creator of The Adventures of Catty Wompus; AFF Comedy Screenplay Winner
avatar for Shanon Ingles

Shanon Ingles

Writer, Telltale Games, Writer, Electronic Arts; Narrative Designer, Galxyz (Video Game)
avatar for Robert Nelson Jacobs

Robert Nelson Jacobs

writer Chocolat, Dinosaur, The Shipping News, The Water Horse
avatar for Brian Jett

Brian Jett

writer/director Fallen Stars
avatar for Matt Jones

Matt Jones

The Night is Young
Director/Executive Producer
avatar for Barry Josephson

Barry Josephson

Josephson Entertainment; producer Enchanted, Hide and Seek, The Last Boy Scout, Someone Marry Barry; executive producer Turn, Bones
avatar for Jessica Julius

Jessica Julius

Senior Creative Executive of Development at Walt Disney Studios
avatar for Angela Kang

Angela Kang

writer/co-executive producer The Walking Dead; writer Terriers
avatar for Aaron Kaplan

Aaron Kaplan

Manager at Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment
avatar for Casper Kelly

Casper Kelly

creator/writer/director Too Many Cooks, Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell; writer Squidbillies
avatar for Karen Kirkland

Karen Kirkland

Vice-President, Talent Development & Outreach
avatar for Adam Kolbrenner

Adam Kolbrenner

Co-Founder Madhouse Entertainment
avatar for Greg Kwedar

Greg Kwedar

Yarn Creative - co-writer/director Dakota
avatar for Tamar Laddy

Tamar Laddy

writer Pretty Little Liars, Hart of Dixie
avatar for Michael Lazo

Michael Lazo

Manager at Untitled Entertainment
avatar for Roy Lee

Roy Lee

executive producer Bates Motel, The Departed, The Ring, The Grudge; producer The Lego Movie
avatar for Zander Lehmann

Zander Lehmann

creator/executive producer Casual
avatar for Alex Lightman

Alex Lightman

director Tear Me Apart
avatar for Stephan Littger

Stephan Littger

writer/director/editor Her Composition
avatar for Jenny Lumet

Jenny Lumet

writer Rachel Getting Married
avatar for Jake Lushington

Jake Lushington

writer/director Nipplejesus
avatar for Mark Lyons

Mark Lyons

NARRATIVE FEATURE JUROR
Senior Manager of Sales and Business Management, Gravitas Ventures
avatar for Elias Madias

Elias Madias

writer Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
avatar for Danny Manus

Danny Manus

CEO of No BullScript Consulting
avatar for Kelly Marcel

Kelly Marcel

writer Saving Mr. Banks, Fifty Shades of Grey; writer/executive producer Terra Nova
avatar for Justin Marks

Justin Marks

writer The Jungle Book (2016); creator/executive producer Counterpart (upcoming)
avatar for Chris Mass

Chris Mass

Moderator
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

co-host ScriptNotes; writer Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II & III, Scary Movie 3 & 4, Rocketman
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

Moderator; writer Free Willy: Escape From Pirate's Cove, Unplugged (2015), Soccer Mom, Something in the Water, Haven
avatar for Karen McCullah

Karen McCullah

writer Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, The House Bunny, She's the Man, The Ugly Truth
avatar for Troy Anthony Miller

Troy Anthony Miller

writer/director Severance; writer The Hitch (2013 AFF Darkwoods Productions Horror Award Winner)
avatar for James Moll

James Moll

director/producer Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, Running the Sahara, Inheritance, The Last Days
avatar for Emily Mollenkopf

Emily Mollenkopf

Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Duncan Montgomery

Duncan Montgomery

High Frequency Entertainment, LLC
avatar for Will Moore

Will Moore

writer/director Jack's Apocalypse
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director Austin Film Festival
avatar for Tess Morris

Tess Morris

writer Man Up
avatar for Eric Murphy

Eric Murphy

Steel Valley Films - director/editor Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown
avatar for Jarrod Murray

Jarrod Murray

co-founder Epicenter
avatar for Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander

Moderator; writer The Intergalactic Nemesis
avatar for Scott Neustadter

Scott Neustadter

writer (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now, The Fault in Our Stars
avatar for Steve Nicolaides

Steve Nicolaides

2015 Presenter of the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award; producer Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Shaft, The School of Rock
avatar for Michael Noll

Michael Noll

Moderator
avatar for Matthew Odam

Matthew Odam

Austin American-Statesman Restaurant Critic and Travel Writer
avatar for Allen Odom

Allen Odom

Moderator
avatar for Steph Opitz

Steph Opitz

Moderator
avatar for Stefania Owen

Stefania Owen

actor Coming Through the Rye
avatar for Heather Page

Heather Page

Director, Texas Film Commission
avatar for Adam Pava

Adam Pava

writer Boxtrolls
avatar for Richard Pearsey

Richard Pearsey

writer/narrative designer Spec Ops: The Line; 1979 Revolution
avatar for Linda Perez

Linda Perez

Moderator
avatar for Maya Perez

Maya Perez

Maya Perez
avatar for Nicole Perlman

Nicole Perlman

writer Guardians of the Galaxy
avatar for Alisa Perren

Alisa Perren

Moderator
avatar for Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson

writer/executive producer/co-showrunner Bones
avatar for Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Enderby Entertainment; writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy; director/producer Dawn Patrol; executive producer/showrunner Combat Hospital; co-writer/director Toy Soldiers; executive producer Go With Me; former WGAw President
avatar for Nancy Pimental

Nancy Pimental

writer/executive producer Shameless; writer South Park, The Sweetest Thing; showrunner The Most Popular Girls In School
avatar for Angelo Pizzo

Angelo Pizzo

writer/producer Rudy, Hoosiers; writer/director My All American (2015)
avatar for Mary Kay Place

Mary Kay Place

2015 Presenter of the Outstanding Television Writer Award; Emmy Award winning actress
avatar for Kate Powers

Kate Powers

writer Rectify; assistant on Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, UnReal, Quarry
avatar for Mark Protosevich

Mark Protosevich

DARK MATTERS FEATURE JUROR; writer I Am Legend, Thor, Old Boy, Poseidon, The Cell
avatar for Chris Provenzano

Chris Provenzano

executive producer/writer Justified; writer Mad Men, Get Low, Archer
avatar for Issa Rae

Issa Rae

creator The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
avatar for Sara Rastogi

Sara Rastogi

Creative Executive at Ridley Scott Films
avatar for Carl Reiner

Carl Reiner

creator/co-star The Dick Van Dyke Show; director The Jerk, All of Me, Oh God!, Where's Poppa; co-star Your Show of Shows
avatar for Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman

writer/director Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking, Labor Day; director Juno
avatar for Dave Reynolds

Dave Reynolds

writer The Emperor's New Groove, Finding Nemo
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

Writer at Walt Disney Animation Studios; bestselling author; writer Romantically Challenged, Samantha Who?, Hot Properties
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

Moderator
avatar for Edward Ricourt

Edward Ricourt

writer Now You See Me; writer/producer Jessica Jones (upcoming Netflix show)
avatar for Alvaro Rodriguez

Alvaro Rodriguez

writer Machete, Shorts, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
avatar for Dan Rosen

Dan Rosen

writer/director Freeloaders, Dead Man's Curve; writer/producer The First Family; writer The Last Supper
avatar for Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal

creator Everybody Loves Raymond; creator/host I'll Have What Phil's Having
avatar for Gary Ross

Gary Ross

writer/director Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games, The Free State of Jones (2016); writer Big, Dave, The Tale of Despereaux
avatar for Terry Rossio

Terry Rossio

Co-Creator Wordplay; writer Shrek, Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Déjà Vu, The Mask of Zorro
avatar for Jim Sadwith

Jim Sadwith

Coming Through the Rye
Writer/Director/Producer
avatar for Anne Cofell Saunders

Anne Cofell Saunders

producer Chuck, Smallville; co-executive producer Revolution
avatar for Erika Schmidt

Erika Schmidt

Creative Development Associate Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Justin Sloan

Justin Sloan

Writer, Telltale Games; Author, Creative Writing Career
avatar for Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith

writer Better Call Saul; writers’ assistant Breaking Bad
avatar for Kirsten Smith

Kirsten Smith

writer Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, The House Bunny, She's the Man, The Ugly Truth
avatar for Leigh Stein

Leigh Stein

Moderator
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

Moderator
avatar for Jeb Stuart

Jeb Stuart

writer Die Hard, The Fugitive, Fire Down Below, Another 48 Hours, Switchback
avatar for Mike Sundy

Mike Sundy

Systems Administrator Pixar; AFF Screenwriting Competition Finalist
avatar for John Swetnam

John Swetnam

writer Step Up: All In, Evidence, Into the Storm, Breaking Through
avatar for Mark Swift

Mark Swift

writer Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Friday the 13th (2009), Baywatch (2017), Genie (2018)
avatar for Caroline Thompson

Caroline Thompson

writer/director Black Beauty; writer Edward Scissorhands, The Addams Family, The Secret Garden, The Nightmare Before Christmas
avatar for Liz Tigelaar

Liz Tigelaar

creator/executive producer Life Unexpected; writer/producer Bates Motel, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Brothers & Sisters, American Dreams; executive producer Casual
avatar for Alex Timbers

Alex Timbers

co-creator/writer Mozart in the Jungle; director Rosaline (upcoming)
avatar for Linnea Toney

Linnea Toney

Moderator
avatar for Emily Towers

Emily Towers

writer/director Father's Day
avatar for Bill True

Bill True

writer Runaway
avatar for Jan Vardoen

Jan Vardoen

writer/director Autumn Fall
avatar for Ashland Viscosi

Ashland Viscosi

Moderator; Consultant at Production for Use
avatar for Leon Vitali

Leon Vitali

actor Eyes Wide Shut
avatar for Nina Vizcarrondo

Nina Vizcarrondo

editor A Single Frame


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