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Wednesday, October 28
 

7:00pm

Film & Food Fundraising Party
BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE! 

Austin Film Festival is pleased to announce the 13th annual Film & Food Fundraising Party, an evening dedicated to honoring Austin as both a nationally recognized thriving film industry and renowned culinary hotspot. Held in the glamorous and historic Driskill Hotel, this evening of specialty cocktails by Twin Liquors and innovative cuisine presented by some of Austin's most notable chefs, brings together Austinites and visitors alike to celebrate the arts. The silent auction presents the very best in luxury items, trips, and experiences.

Proceeds benefit Austin Film Festival's Young Filmmakers Program. The Young Filmmakers Program encourages students, ages 9-18, to explore their creativity and improve their literacy skills through the arts of screenwriting and filmmaking. Programs are offered free through AISD schools and partner organizations annually serving over 1,500 students in the Austin community and AFF grants more than 300 students and teachers scholarships to the annual Austin Film Festival & Conference. The program offers kids opportunities to share their creative work with peers, the public, and professional filmmakers and screenwriters. By introducing young people to the film industry, the program hopes to provide them new mediums to express their creativity, improve their communication skills, and benefit the entire arts community. Programs include Storytelling Through Film, Arts Education Outreach and AFF Summer Film Camp. Click Here for more information!

Panelists
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
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 directorial debut, the romantic thriller Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, re-teamed him with producer Joel Silver. Shane was the recipient of the 2006 Austin Film... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday October 28, 2015 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701
 
Thursday, October 29
 

12:00pm

Opening Remarks
Austin Film Festival welcomes you to its 22nd annual celebration of storytelling through film, television, and new media. Bringing together industry icons, independent filmmakers, aspiring storytellers, and everyone in between, this year features intimate discussions, workshops, film and television premieres, retrospectives, parties, and limitless networking opportunities. Join AFF staff and board members for Opening Remarks to learn more about the week ahead, last-minute additions and changes, and new special guests.

Panelists
avatar for Shane Black

Shane Black

writer/director Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; writer Lethal Weapon, Last Action Hero, The Nice Guys, Edge
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 directorial debut, the romantic thriller Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, re-teamed him with producer Joel Silver. Shane was the recipient of the 2006 Austin Film... Read More →
avatar for Terry Rossio

Terry Rossio

Co-Creator Wordplay; writer Shrek, Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Déjà Vu, The Mask of Zorro
Terry Rossio is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and producer whose work spans animation and live action. Credits to date include the four PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films, ALADDIN, the Oscar-winning SHREK, DEJA VU, NATIONAL TREASURE 2:  BOOK OF SECRETS, THE LONE RANGER, and THE MASK OF ZORRO, plus more than a dozen other studio releases. He is the co-founder of Wordplay (http://www.wordplayer.com), a web-based resource for... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

12:00pm

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


Thursday October 29, 2015 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm

*Producers Roundtable: Shane Black
*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 Roundtable requires advance sign-up at the Roundtable Registration.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 30 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 31 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Panelists
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
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 directorial debut, the romantic thriller Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, re-teamed him with producer Joel Silver. Shane was the recipient of the 2006 Austin Film... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

1:00pm

*Roundtable: Breaking In, and Staying In
*Get in-depth answers to your questions about ways to navigate the film and television industry, and the seemingly endless ways to break in as a writer. What are good strategies for networking and making important contacts? What are the current practices, routines, and trends to be aware of? What are the differences between various forms of representation, and what should you expect from those relationships? 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 art and the business sides of breaking into and staying in a film or television writing career.


*This Roundtable requires advance sign-up at the Roundtable Registration and takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 30 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 31 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Panelists
avatar for Jillian Apfelbaum

Jillian Apfelbaum

VP Content, Imperative Entertainment
Jillian is the Vice President of Content at Imperative Entertainment where she focuses on the development of original and branded entertainment across all media including film, television, video games, books, comics, and new media. In addition to recently announced features with Ruben Fleischer and Black List scribe Zach Dean, she optioned the New York Times-bestseller Circling the Sun by Paula McLain... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

producer
Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning films in Europe, Africa and the USA. His Czech narrative feature Mamas & Papas won Best Film and Best Script at the 2010 Hamptons IFF while Shut Up and Shoot Me, a Czech–British co-production, won Best Narrative Feature at the 2007 AFI Dallas IFF. He executive produced Academy Award-winning Czech director Jan Sverak’s Kooky, Special Jury Prize Winner at the... Read More →
avatar for Kieran Fitzgerald

Kieran Fitzgerald

writer Snowden, The Homesman, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
Kieran Fitzgerald has a BA in English from Harvard University and a MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers. He wrote and directed the feature documentary, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández, which aired on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy in investigative journalism. With Tommy Lee Jones, he wrote The Homesman, starring Jones and Hilary Swank. He’s also written the upcoming Oliver Stone film Snowden... Read More →
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)
Michael Fry has been a cartoonist and writer for over 30 years.  He has created or co-created four internationally syndicated comic strips including the current Over the Hedge (writer with T Lewis illustrating) for Universal Press Syndicate.  Over the Hedge runs in over 130 newspapers worldwide. Fry is also writes and illustrates the middle grade novel series The Odd Squad for... Read More →
avatar for Christos Gage

Christos Gage

writer Daredevil, Law & Order: SVU
Christos Gage has a decade’s worth of comic book credits, including BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, SPIDER-MAN, AVENGERS ACADEMY and many more, as well as the original graphic novels AREA 10 and SUNSET. He has made the New York Times bestseller list three times, with SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN and his first two volumes of BUFFY. He was writer and Associate Producer of the Larry Clark-directed film TEENAGE CAVEMAN for HBO. His video game writing... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Fletcher Gage

Ruth Fletcher Gage

writer Daredevil, Law & Order: SVU
Ruth Fletcher Gage has spent her life moving between the political and creative worlds. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UNC Chapel Hill as an IBM/Awalt Scholar in Directing. She attended Oxford University and worked at the Goodman Theater in Chicago with Tony, Pulitzer and Academy Award winning writers and directors like August Wilson and Steve Tesich. Her first work in film was for Michael Mann and Jon Landau on LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Ruth then... Read More →
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
Karen McCullah has written the movies LEGALLY BLONDE starring Reese Witherspoon, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, ELLA ENCHANTED starring Anne Hathaway, SHE’S THE MAN starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum, THE HOUSE BUNNY starring Anna Faris, and THE UGLY TRUTH starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler and the indie dramedy CRAZY KIND OF LOVE, starring Virginia Madsen and Amanda Crew. Upcoming projects... Read More →
avatar for Alvaro Rodriguez

Alvaro Rodriguez

writer Machete, Shorts, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
Alvaro Rodriguez is a screenwriter who has co-authored the films SHORTS and MACHETE, both directed by Robert Rodriguez, as well as THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER, a prequel to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. A frequent panelist and presenter at the Austin Film Festival, he has also curated an "Epoca de Oro" Mexican film series at the Museum of South Texas History and has presented on the smuggled subtext(s) in MACHETE at South Texas College. His border-influenced... Read More →
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
Kirsten Smith’s screenwriting credits include Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, The House Bunny, The Ugly Truth, Ella Enchanted and She’s the Man.  Before becoming a screenwriter, Kiwi published poetry in over 40 literary journals. She has written two YA novels, The Geography of Girlhood and Trinkets. She’s directed two short films, The Spleenectomy and The Multi-Hyphenate, and is developing her first feature to... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

1:00pm

A Conversation with Jason Reitman
Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Thank You For Smoking, Young Adult, Juno) has a knack for showing the bleak reality we all live in and adding a sincere level of self-reflexivity, humor, and candor. Dry wit, complex characters, and honest stories have made the Academy Award® nominated writer-director a favorite among audiences and critics. Join Reitman for a discussion on how he developed his distinctive comedic-dramatic voice and style, and his approach to the art of storytelling.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director Austin Film Festival

Panelists
avatar for Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman

writer/director Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking, Labor Day; director Juno
Jason Reitman is an Academy Award© nominated filmmaker who made his feature film debut with the 2006 Sundance hit Thank You For Smoking. He earned Academy Award© nominations for directing Juno and Up in the Air, the latter of which earned Reitman a Golden Globe Award and WGA Award for Best Screenplay. His other films include Young Adult, Labor Day, and Men, Women and Children. He also executive produced the Academy Award©-winning... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

1:00pm

Anatomy of the Writers Room
The writers room can be a mysterious place for someone trying to break into television. It’s the place where good ideas, contentious debate, and an endless supply of snacks come together to create all of your favorite TV shows. But how does it work? What’s the etiquette expected? What are some of the most common issues that occur? What’s the difference between a writer’s assistant and staff writer? Story editor and executive story editor? Different producing roles and the role of the showrunner? Perhaps more importantly, how does one work their way up the chain of command? Panelists will provide a glimpse inside these closed doors, offering secrets, anecdotes, strategies, to-do’s and not-to-do’s.

Moderators
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

Moderator
Scott M. Richter is an award winning WGA writer, producer, director, attorney and President of Richter Scale Media, his Los Angeles based production company. A double graduate cum laude of the University of Miami and a member of Law Review, Scott has practiced law in both Florida and California and has also written extensively for print and television media.Scott won the Austin Film Festival’s drama teleplay competition for his Grey’s... Read More →

Panelists
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
MATTHEW GROSS is currently President of TV EuropaCorp USA, the American television division of the French Studio.  EuropaCorp fully finances and distributes it’s content and is headed by Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert. EuropaCorp has produced the hugely successful Taken and Transporter franchises and recently released Lucy, which has grossed over 100 million dollars domestically. Before joining EuropaCorp, Gross served as president... Read More →
avatar for Chris Provenzano

Chris Provenzano

executive producer/writer Justified; writer Mad Men, Get Low, Archer
Chris Provenzano has spent five seasons as a writer on Justified.  He has written for TV shows such as Archer and Mad Men, the latter of which earned him a WGA Award nomination for Best Episodic Drama, The Hobo Code.  His film Get Low, starring Academy Award® winners Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, and Golden Globe® winner Bill Murray, was released by Sony Pictures Classics in July of... Read More →
avatar for Stu Zicherman

Stu Zicherman

writer/co-executive producer The Americans; writer/director A.C.O.D.; writer Elektra
Stuart Zicherman is a New York based filmmaker who is currently a Writer and Co-Executive producer of FX’s acclaimed series “The Americans.”  He also just completed the new pilot “Casanova” for Amazon Studios, directed by the acclaimed Jean-Pierre Juenet and starring Diego Luna.   Stu has written or re-written feature film scripts for Sony, Dreamworks, New Line, Fox, Universal and Warner Brothers. ... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by Final Draft

1:00pm

Austin Pitch Prep
It’s the 12th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

Panelists
avatar for Danny Manus

Danny Manus

CEO of No BullScript Consulting
Danny Manus is an in-demand script consultant and CEO of No BullScript Consulting (www.nobullscript.net), and was ranked in the Top 15 “Cream of the Crop” Script Consultants by Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is the author of “No BS for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective” and was also named one of Screencraft’s “25 People Screenwriters Should Follow on Twitter”. His clients... Read More →
avatar for Emily Zulauf

Emily Zulauf

Script Supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios
Emily Zulauf has been with Pixar since 2008. She worked as the Creative Development Associate, looking for writers to match with our directors, and most recently as the Script Supervisor on INSIDE OUT.


Thursday October 29, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

1:00pm

DECONSTRUCTING Animal House
After nearly 40 years on the cinematic scene, Animal House continues to reign as a pioneer of American film. With its effortless blend of witty banter and physical comedy, this classic quickly became a catalyst for the bawdy brand of humor that characterized the generation of films following in its wake. Throw on your finest toga and come relive the best seven years of your college education as screenwriters discuss the elements that made Animal House both culturally and historically significant, and how the film continues to shape the ever-changing landscape of comedy.

Moderators
Panelists
avatar for Timothy Dowling

Timothy Dowling

writer Role Models, Just Go With It, This Means War, Pixels, George Lucas in Love
Timothy Dowling was born and raised in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts and is a graduate of the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. As an actor he was in the films: The Beautician and the Beast, Dr. Benny, and Terminator 3. As a screenwriter he is one of the top comedy writers in the business. In 2009 he was named one of Variety's Ten Writers to Watch and last year listed in Fade In's Top 100 People In Hollywood. He... Read More →
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
Screenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Awardfor best original screenplay for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy.  Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The Big Easy, starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin.  Petrie then served as producer of the thriller Shoot to Kill, starring Sidney Poitier and Tom... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

1:00pm

How to Work the Conference
Join panelists who have attended the AFF Conference over the years and made the most of their time here—from networking and mingling to navigating the screenplay competition and the robust schedule. They were once in your shoes and have made countless industry contacts to further their careers. Find out how to maximize your Badge and your time here at the Conference!

Moderators
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

AFF Screenplay and Teleplay Competition Director

Panelists
avatar for Asmara Bhattacharya

Asmara Bhattacharya

writer Stone; 7-time AFF Screenwriting Competition Second Rounder; creator DickFlicks.net
A produced screenwriter and playwright, Asmara Bhattacharya’s scripts have placed seven times at AFF and twice at Nicholl as well as in many other screenwriting competitions. Networking via AFF, social media, and other venues have landed her contacts and mentors, reads by producers and agents, a freelance gig with a veteran triple hyphenate, and production of a monologue from her short script “Stone.” She wrote and directed... Read More →
avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

writer/director It's Not About the Nail, At the Bar, F*ck That: A Guided Meditation
Jason Headley’s short films have been featured on NBC’s TODAY Show, Banksy's Dismaland, SundanceTV, the front page of Funny or Die, the TED Conference, Vimeo Staff Picks, and film festivals far and wide. Jason has been selected to participate in the IFP Emerging Storytellers program and as a resident of the San Francisco Film Society FilmHouse. And he’s been commissioned by Heineken, Sony, and Chrysler to write, direct, and... Read More →
avatar for Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander

Moderator; writer The Intergalactic Nemesis
Jason Neulander is an award-winning writer, director, and producer based in Austin, Texas. He is best know for creating the transmedia sci-fi multiverse THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS, which takes the form of graphic novels, a PBS series, podcasts, audio dramas, novels, and a live theatrical tour. The Intergalactic trilogy has been booked into more than 170 venues around the world, including runs on Broadway and sold-out performances at the... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

Writer at Walt Disney Animation Studios; bestselling author; writer Romantically Challenged, Samantha Who?, Hot Properties
Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter, TV writer and bestselling author. In addition to writing upcoming features for both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sony Pictures Animation, Pamela has adapted her popular novels for both film and television, and developed original series and features for ABC, ABC Family, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney Channel and 20th Century Fox Productions. She has been a consultant for both film and television, including... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

1:00pm

On Story Lounge
Stop by the On Story Lounge, offering space for writers to meet, mingle, and learn more about Austin Film Festival's On Story Project, which umbrellas an extensive archive, television program podcast, book, and radio show. The On Story Project shares treasured in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling through film and television with the public, gleaned from 21 years of archived footage from the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. Learn more at www.onstory.tv.

Thursday October 29, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

1:00pm

Pixar Development Process
Pixar Animation Studio's development process is unique in the industry. Development Executive Emily Mollenkopf and Development Associate Erika Schmidt will discuss how support for original ideas, total immersion research, and the intense “brain trust” feedback process combine to create memorable stories.

Panelists
avatar for Emily Mollenkopf

Emily Mollenkopf

Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios
Emily Mollenkopf is the Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios. Emily joined Pixar in 2011 as a story coordinator on Pixar's first TV special; Toy Story of TERROR! She began her career at G4 Television producing videogame-centric content for X-Play and Attack of the Show. As Development Executive Emily gives directors creative feedback as they begin the process of crafting their stories, helps to match them with screenwriters, and... Read More →
avatar for Erika Schmidt

Erika Schmidt

Creative Development Associate Pixar Animation Studios
Erika Schmidt is a Creative Development Associate at Pixar Animation Studios. Prior to working at Pixar, she waited tables while practicing theater and writing in Chicago. Her short story, “Story About a Family,” won the 2013 Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction. She continues to write outside of Pixar, as a longtime contributor to film magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room and elsewhere. (You can see her work at whaterikadoes.com.) As... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

1:00pm

The Life of a Screenwriter: Structure On and Off the Page
You promise you’ll start writing in a minute. You just need to optimize your environment first! And there’s no point in writing when you’re hungry, so you better eat, too. And now Family Feud is on. Stretches of unproductive time are such a part of writer culture that they’ve become something of a trope in actual screenwriting; let’s not forget the Seinfeld episode in which Jerry and George procrastinate writing so much that they come up with “nothing.” Even good writers can have bad habits, but it helps when there’s a method to the madness. Come and find out how to structure your time, set up your space to encourage productivity, and start treating screenwriting like a career, even when the paid writing jobs are sparse to non-existent.

Moderators
avatar for Richard Pearsey

Richard Pearsey

writer/narrative designer Spec Ops: The Line; 1979 Revolution
Richard is the writer and narrative designer of Yager Development’s Spec Ops:  The Line, which was recently named one of the 100 best video games ever made for any platform by Edge Magazine.  He also wrote the forthcoming game about the Iranian Revolution, 1979 Revolution, for INKstories.  Richard has written for Konami, Ubisoft, 2k Games, Yager Development, TimeGate Studios, Vivendi Games, Sierra Games, and Warner Games... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Justin Marks

Justin Marks

writer The Jungle Book (2016); creator/executive producer Counterpart (upcoming)
Justin Marks is a screenwriter known for his work in multiple genres. He has written on major studio projects including Suicide Squad for Warner Brothers and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea for Disney. He most recently wrote The Jungle Book, a live-action film for Disney, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Bill Murray. Previous produced films include the celebrated masterpiece, Street Fighter... Read More →
avatar for Terry Rossio

Terry Rossio

Co-Creator Wordplay; writer Shrek, Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Déjà Vu, The Mask of Zorro
Terry Rossio is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and producer whose work spans animation and live action. Credits to date include the four PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films, ALADDIN, the Oscar-winning SHREK, DEJA VU, NATIONAL TREASURE 2:  BOOK OF SECRETS, THE LONE RANGER, and THE MASK OF ZORRO, plus more than a dozen other studio releases. He is the co-founder of Wordplay (http://www.wordplayer.com), a web-based resource for... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

2:45pm

*Producers Roundtable: Daniel Petrie Jr
*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 Roundtable requires advance sign-up at the Roundtable Registration.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 30 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 31 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Panelists
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
Screenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Awardfor best original screenplay for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy.  Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The Big Easy, starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin.  Petrie then served as producer of the thriller Shoot to Kill, starring Sidney Poitier and Tom... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

2:45pm

*Roundtable: The Creative Side
*Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of screenwriting in film and television. This session offers registrants exclusive access to professional screenwriters and filmmakers in an informal setting. This is your opportunity to ask for advice on how to break into the business, face a blank page on a bad day, work with a writing partner, risk a new direction after established success, and any other creative inquiries you are curious about.

*This Roundtable requires advance sign-up at the Roundtable Registration and takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 30 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 31 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Panelists
avatar for VJ Boyd

VJ Boyd

writer/producer Justified
VJ Boyd is a writer and Supervising Producer on the new NBC show THE PLAYER, starring Wesley Snipes. Previously he was a writer/producer for 5 seasons on JUSTIFIED on FX. He is also the author of the graphic novel GHOST COP.
avatar for Graham Davidson

Graham Davidson

Megalomedia
A native Texan, Graham Davidson started producing award winning independent films while attending the University of Texas. Soon after, he joined Megalomedia to help produce international documentary hits such as the Half Ton strand (Half Ton Mum, Half Ton Teen on C4™ and TLC™), Heavy on A&E™, and Smokejumpers on CMT™. Graham has continued to serve on the executive team as... Read More →
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!
Jay Wade Edwards is a Writer/Director of feature films, shorts, music videos, and most recently a digital servies for adultswim.com.  Most of his work involves Monsters.  Pants-wettingly scary monsters. Jay’s independently-produced feature, Stomp! Shout! Scream! (2005), premiered at the Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference.  The Austin Chronicle said, “Stomp! Shout! Scream! does it better than American... Read More →
avatar for Owen Egerton

Owen Egerton

Moderator
Owen Egerton is the writer/director of the psychological horror film Follow. As a screenwriter he’s written for Warner Brothers, Fox, and Disney studios. His script Bobbie Sue (co-written with Chris Mass and Russell Sharman) won a spot on the Blacklist. Egerton is also the author of several novels including The Book of Harold, The Illegitimate Son of God, which was optioned by Warner Brothers... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Greenberg

Kathy Greenberg

co-creator The L Word; writer Ratatouille, Gnomeo & Juliet
Kathy Greenberg began her film career as an executive at IndieProd/Tristar (The Quick and the Dead, Mary Reilly) then as VP at Jim Henson films (Buddy, Good Boy, Muppets in Space) and SVP Working Title (Elizabeth, Hi-Lo Country) before leaving to write. Greenberg is the Co-creator of the Showtime series The L Word and was a writer with Emily Cook on Pixar’s Ratatouile and Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet. Cook and Greenberg have written for... Read More →
avatar for Casper Kelly

Casper Kelly

creator/writer/director Too Many Cooks, Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell; writer Squidbillies
Casper Kelly is co-creator, writer, and director of the number one rated Adult Swim show Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell. He has also written for Squidbillies, Stroker & Hoop, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force and is author of the book, More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer.
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Tamar Laddy

writer Pretty Little Liars, Hart of Dixie
Tamar Laddy is a television writer living in Austin, Texas. She most recently served as Story Editor on The CW show HART OF DIXIE, and previously staffed on the ABC Family dramas PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and THE LYING GAME.  Her credits also include four episodes of GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT and the accompanying online series NIGHT SHIFT: CLAIRE & KYLE, which was nominated by TV Guide Canada as Outstanding Soap-Related Webisode Series. An... Read More →
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Chris Provenzano

executive producer/writer Justified; writer Mad Men, Get Low, Archer
Chris Provenzano has spent five seasons as a writer on Justified.  He has written for TV shows such as Archer and Mad Men, the latter of which earned him a WGA Award nomination for Best Episodic Drama, The Hobo Code.  His film Get Low, starring Academy Award® winners Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, and Golden Globe® winner Bill Murray, was released by Sony Pictures Classics in July of... Read More →
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Alvaro Rodriguez

writer Machete, Shorts, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
Alvaro Rodriguez is a screenwriter who has co-authored the films SHORTS and MACHETE, both directed by Robert Rodriguez, as well as THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER, a prequel to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. A frequent panelist and presenter at the Austin Film Festival, he has also curated an "Epoca de Oro" Mexican film series at the Museum of South Texas History and has presented on the smuggled subtext(s) in MACHETE at South Texas College. His border-influenced... Read More →
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Bill True

writer Runaway
Bill's debut feature, Runaway, premiered to universal accolades at Tribeca and Toronto. It went on to take the top prize at the Austin Film Festival and was subsequently released by eOne Films. Recently, Bill was tapped to adapt the true crime bestseller, Running with the Devil, with More/Medavoy Productions producing.  Most recently, Bill reunited with eOne's TV division to develop The Life, a forthcoming scripted drama series that explores... Read More →
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Gary Whitta

writer After Earth, The Book of Eli, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
GARY WHITTA is best known as the writer of the Denzel Washington post-apocalyptic thriller THE BOOK OF ELI, and co-writer of the science-fiction adventure AFTER EARTH, starring Will Smith. He has worked on a number of high-profile feature film projects, including the live-action adaptations of AKIRA and WARCRAFT. Most recently he served as a writer on the upcoming Star Wars movie ROGUE ONE, and the TV series STAR WARS REBELS. He is... Read More →
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Stu Zicherman

writer/co-executive producer The Americans; writer/director A.C.O.D.; writer Elektra
Stuart Zicherman is a New York based filmmaker who is currently a Writer and Co-Executive producer of FX’s acclaimed series “The Americans.”  He also just completed the new pilot “Casanova” for Amazon Studios, directed by the acclaimed Jean-Pierre Juenet and starring Diego Luna.   Stu has written or re-written feature film scripts for Sony, Dreamworks, New Line, Fox, Universal and Warner Brothers. ... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

2:45pm

A Conversation with Karen McCullah & Kirsten Smith
Join Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith, the highly successful screenwriting team behind recent classics such as 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, and The House Bunny, for a conversation on mastering the modern rom-com, writing as a team, and of course, the bend and snap!

Moderators
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Barbara Morgan

Executive Director Austin Film Festival

Panelists
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Karen McCullah

writer Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, The House Bunny, She's the Man, The Ugly Truth
Karen McCullah has written the movies LEGALLY BLONDE starring Reese Witherspoon, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, ELLA ENCHANTED starring Anne Hathaway, SHE’S THE MAN starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum, THE HOUSE BUNNY starring Anna Faris, and THE UGLY TRUTH starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler and the indie dramedy CRAZY KIND OF LOVE, starring Virginia Madsen and Amanda Crew. Upcoming projects... Read More →
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Kirsten Smith

writer Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, The House Bunny, She's the Man, The Ugly Truth
Kirsten Smith’s screenwriting credits include Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, The House Bunny, The Ugly Truth, Ella Enchanted and She’s the Man.  Before becoming a screenwriter, Kiwi published poetry in over 40 literary journals. She has written two YA novels, The Geography of Girlhood and Trinkets. She’s directed two short films, The Spleenectomy and The Multi-Hyphenate, and is developing her first feature to... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

2:45pm

Austin Pitch #1
It’s the 13th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

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

Panelists
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Jill Chamberlain

Founding Director, The Screenplay Workshop
Jill Chamberlain is a sought-after script doctor, story consultant, and screenwriting coach. She is the Founding Director of The Screenplay Workshop, Austin's only educational institution dedicated solely to the craft of screenwriting (www.thescreenplayworkshop.org). She is also on the faculty of the graduate film program at Maryland Institute College of Art. Many of her students and clients have achieved success, having their screenplays... Read More →
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Pamela Ribon

Writer at Walt Disney Animation Studios; bestselling author; writer Romantically Challenged, Samantha Who?, Hot Properties
Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter, TV writer and bestselling author. In addition to writing upcoming features for both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sony Pictures Animation, Pamela has adapted her popular novels for both film and television, and developed original series and features for ABC, ABC Family, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney Channel and 20th Century Fox Productions. She has been a consultant for both film and television, including... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

2:45pm

Crossing the (Air)Streams: A Conversation with Amy Berg and Justin Marks
Justin Marks is making his first venture into television as creator and showrunner of the highly anticipated Starz thriller, Counterpart. The show’s executive producer, Amy Berg, is a TV Vet with no film background, though the show will follow a lot of feature rules in its episode construction. Join Marks and Berg as they interview each other, explore their different perspectives and approaches, and reveal what they’ve learned by crossing mediums in order to maximize collaboration.

Panelists
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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
Amy Berg is a writer-producer for film and television.  She's also a massive geek as evidenced by the many genre shows she's worked on including DA VINCI'S DEMONS, PERSON OF INTEREST, EUREKA, and THE 4400.  But her proudest creative achievement might be the award-winning digital series CAPER that premiered on Hulu last year.  Currently she's writing and executive producing the new Starz series COUNTERPART starring J.K. Simmons... Read More →
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Justin Marks

writer The Jungle Book (2016); creator/executive producer Counterpart (upcoming)
Justin Marks is a screenwriter known for his work in multiple genres. He has written on major studio projects including Suicide Squad for Warner Brothers and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea for Disney. He most recently wrote The Jungle Book, a live-action film for Disney, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Bill Murray. Previous produced films include the celebrated masterpiece, Street Fighter... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

2:45pm

Inside the Writers Room: Daredevil
Netflix’s Daredevil adaptation explores the darker, grittier corners of the Marvel Universe, previously untouched by the popular media franchise. The brute realism of the series juxtaposed with the moral complexity of its characters presents a high level of intensity, challenging the writers to bring everything they’ve got to the table. Join Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage as they discuss the daringness needed in the writers room and how, in adaptations such as these, the devil is truly in the details.

Moderators
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Greg Garrett

Moderator; Professor of Screenwriting, Fiction, and Film at Baylor University
Greg Garrett has been a moderator and panelist at the conference for over a decade, interviewing luminaries from Lawrence Kasdan to Damon Lindelof. He is also the Festival's scholarly liaison, consulting on grant making, the Young Filmmaker's Program, and the On Story book. Himself the author of four acclaimed novels and a number of nonfiction works on film and culture, Greg is 2013 Centennial Professor at Baylor University, where his students... Read More →

Panelists
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Christos Gage

writer Daredevil, Law & Order: SVU
Christos Gage has a decade’s worth of comic book credits, including BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, SPIDER-MAN, AVENGERS ACADEMY and many more, as well as the original graphic novels AREA 10 and SUNSET. He has made the New York Times bestseller list three times, with SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN and his first two volumes of BUFFY. He was writer and Associate Producer of the Larry Clark-directed film TEENAGE CAVEMAN for HBO. His video game writing... Read More →
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Ruth Fletcher Gage

writer Daredevil, Law & Order: SVU
Ruth Fletcher Gage has spent her life moving between the political and creative worlds. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UNC Chapel Hill as an IBM/Awalt Scholar in Directing. She attended Oxford University and worked at the Goodman Theater in Chicago with Tony, Pulitzer and Academy Award winning writers and directors like August Wilson and Steve Tesich. Her first work in film was for Michael Mann and Jon Landau on LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Ruth then... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

2:45pm

On Story Lounge
Stop by the On Story Lounge, offering space for writers to meet, mingle, and learn more about Austin Film Festival's On Story Project, which umbrellas an extensive archive, television program podcast, book, and radio show. The On Story Project shares treasured in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling through film and television with the public, gleaned from 21 years of archived footage from the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. Learn more at www.onstory.tv.

Thursday October 29, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

2:45pm

The State of Indie Film
In an ever-changing industry, the independent filmmaker is required to concurrently adapt and change. Of course, with change comes opportunity, and between the rise of fundraising outlets, digital filmmaking, and innovative distribution models, indie cinema has become a creative forum in more ways than one. Join a few of the leading “opportunists” as they discuss their roles and the climate of independent film.

Moderators
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Fred Strype

Moderator
Fred Strype is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker whose work has been screened and honored internationally.  He is a tenured professor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where he heads up their Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Media Arts Program.  He served on the faculty of his alma mater, Columbia University in the Graduate Film Division where he earned his MFA in Film.  He is a partner in Raindance Pictures, an... Read More →

Panelists
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Kieran Fitzgerald

writer Snowden, The Homesman, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
Kieran Fitzgerald has a BA in English from Harvard University and a MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers. He wrote and directed the feature documentary, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández, which aired on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy in investigative journalism. With Tommy Lee Jones, he wrote The Homesman, starring Jones and Hilary Swank. He’s also written the upcoming Oliver Stone film Snowden... Read More →
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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
Nicolas Gonda began his film career at Focus Features, working on the publicity, marketing, and worldwide distribution of a number of Academy Award® winning films such as THE PIANIST and ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND. In 2005, he joined the production of Terrence Malick’s THE NEW WORLD, where he served as the Music Supervisor and oversaw elements of the film’s post-production. He went on to work with Mr. Malick as... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

2:45pm

SECOND ROUNDERS PANEL: Specs, Scripts, and Sparking the Reader's Interest
This panel is open to Second Rounders and above only.

It’s easy to forget that a screenwriter’s first audience is not the viewer but the reader. The act of watching film or television can be a passive encounter, whereas reading a screenplay or teleplay requires a different level of engagement. To this end, writers should be cognizant of how to craft a “reader-friendly” script. Whether it is spec script, or submitted to a competition or a studio, there are key elements writers should embrace in order to maintain the reader’s attention. In this panel, hear from the industry “gatekeepers”—all judges from the 2015 competition—on what to avoid and how to best engage, entertain, and encourage readers to keep turning the page!

This panel is open to Second Rounders and above only.

Moderators
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Matt Dy

AFF Screenplay and Teleplay Competition Director

Panelists
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Lindsay Goffman

Head of Development 3AD
A producer and executive, Lindsay Goffman works as Head of Development for 3AD, a new production company established by actor/producer Daniel Dae Kim ("Lost." "Hawaii Five-0") with a multi-year development deal at CBS Studios.  Under the 3AD banner, she develops projects for both cable and broadcast, having sold multiple pilots at CBS and the CW.  Goffman comes to 3AD from Gross Entertainment, where she served as... Read More →
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Mark Goffman

executive producer/showrunner Sleepy Hollow; writer Limitless, The West Wing, and White Collar
Mark Goffman is an acclaimed producer and writer in Los Angeles. In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter listed him as one of the 50 most influential showrunners. Most recently, he served as executive producer and showrunner for Fox's hit TV series, SLEEPY HOLLOW. Previously, Goffman was executive producer of USA's WHITE COLLAR, and a staff writer on THE WEST WING. Goffman also ran the writers' room for NBC's STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP. He has... Read More →
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Erika Weinstein

Director of Scripted Programming at AMC
Erika Weinstein is Director of Scripted Programming at AMC and she currently covers TURN: Washington’s Spies from Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson.  Previously, she was the AMC Studios executive on WEtv’s THE DIVIDE from Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn.  Prior to AMC, Erika worked at Darren Star Productions and Josephson Entertainment.  


Thursday October 29, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

2:45pm

Script-to-Screen: Se7en
Andrew Kevin Walker, writer of the psychological thriller Se7en, will roll up his sleeves to dissect his story’s chilling journey from script to screen. Referencing some of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history, Walker will guide us through his relationship with director David Fincher and how the two worked together to graph Fincher’s unique vision to the artfully disturbing nature of Walker’s script, along with their fight to preserve the ending that made Se7en so hauntingly memorable. What’s in the box you ask? Join this panel to find out.

Those who enrolled in the advance sign-up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The panel will then open to remaining Badge holders.

Moderators
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Christopher Boone

Moderator; Contributor nofilmschool.com
Christopher Boone is a screenwriter and filmmaker living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His debut feature film Cents (centsthemovie.com), based on his 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting semifinalist script, is currently touring the country via Tugg. He contributes to the blog No Film School (nofilmschool.com), where he shares lessons learned from professional screenwriters about the craft and business of screenwriting as well as his... Read More →

Panelists
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Andrew Kevin Walker

2015 Presenter of the Distinguished Screenwriter Award; writer Se7en, Sleepy Hollow, The Wolfman
Andrew Kevin Walker is known for writing SE7EN, Tim Burton's SLEEPY HOLLOW, rewrites of THE GAME and FIGHT CLUB, and scripts for HBO's TALES FROM THE CRYPT and PERVERSIONS OF SCIENCE, as well as two shorts -- THE FOLLOW and AMBUSH -- for the BMW Short Film Series, THE HIRE.  


Thursday October 29, 2015 2:45pm - 4:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by Final Draft

2:45pm

The Hart Chart
Come experience the famous “Hart Chart” 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 Graham Moore’s The Imitation Game as an example, join this breakdown of establishing main character desires, charting their progress toward their goals, and creating a successful resolution. Through the Hart Chart’s guidelines for implementing craft, learn how to embrace structure as a friend, not an enemy, and how to flesh out ideas for the screen.

Visit http://www.hartchart.com for more information on the Hart Chart!

Those who enrolled in the advance sign-up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The panel will then open to remaining Badge holders.

Panelists
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James V Hart

writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones
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, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND, directed by Brian Henson, and CONTACT, directed by Robert Zemeckis. Other writing/producing credits... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday October 29, 2015 2:45pm - 4:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

5:00pm

Austin Film Commission Opening Night Reception
This year's Opening Night Reception, hosted by Austin Film Commission, is on Thursday October 29. Featuring Stella Artois and Chloe Wine Collection, the Opening Night party is the perfect place to reconnect with AFF friends, compare notes on which movies you can't miss, and fall back into the Austin vibe. The Austin Film Commission, will host live music by a local Austin band representing Austin as the live music capital of the world.

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

Community Partners
Sponsors
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Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau

Austin is the capital of Texas, home of the University of Texas at Austin® and gateway to the beautiful Hill Country. As the Live Music Capital of the World®, the city has a soundtrack all its own. Live music venues flourish with rock, indie, pop and Tejano. World-class restaurants with legendary barbeque and farm-to-table cuisine whet your appetite. One-of-a-kind boutiques line South Congress and the 2nd Street district. Head to the... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Rattle Inn 610 Nueces Street, Austin, TX 78701

7:00pm

Legend
Opening Night Film 

(UK, 131 min)

Writer/Director: Brian Helgeland (in attendance)

Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri

From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in a powerhouse double performance. Legend is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins.


Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 


Panelists
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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
Brian Helgeland was born in 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island.  He was raised mainly in New Bedford, Massachusetts where his family made their living in that city’s fishing industry.  After somehow receiving an undergraduate degree in English, Brian took a site as a 'half-share' man on the fishing vessel Mondego II. A chance meeting with a book entitled “A Guide To Film School” changed... Read More →

Sponsors
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Hiscox Insurance

Hiscox has provided media liability coverage to US businesses, including publishers, broadcasters, production companies, and marketing and advertising agencies for several decades. Hiscox Media Liability Insurance provides policies that fit specifically with the needs of media clients creating or disseminating content. Hiscox Entertainment Insurance provides policies written specifically to fit the needs of production companies, post production... Read More →



Thursday October 29, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Paramount Theatre

7:10pm

Shorts Program 1: Rom-Antics
(TRT: 94 min)

The Romance Class (UK, 15 min)
Writer: Michael Cumes
Director: Stuart Elliott
Julia has finally found the perfect ending to her romance novel, but her writing group has some ideas of their own.

Lunch Break (USA, 9 min)
Writer/Director: Morgan Dover-Pearl
When Louis makes a quick run to the corner store, he meets a woman who follows him back to his car, but as she says, "it isn't for a ride."

Harry & Judy (USA, 14 min)
Writer/Director: Jordan Michael Blake
When their innocent romance begins to crumble after Judy strays from the faith that bound them, Harry sinks into madness and loses the line between God's will and his wrath.

Sinecdoque. Una Historia De Amour Fou (Spain, 7 min)
Writer/Director: Jose Manuel Carrasco
Boris and Marina are starring in a short film neither of them like, but as they begin discussing the script, they discover it says far more about society and themselves than they ever anticipated.

Digits (USA, 8 min)
Writer/Director: Alexander Engel
After losing the last two digits of a girl’s number, a socially awkward fish enthusiast tries every combination to seek her out.

Till Jail Do Us Part (Puerto Rico, 14 min)
Writer/Director: Joserro Emmanuelli and Mariana Emmanuelli 
Their love and deep religious belief drive Joseph and Liza, a criminal couple, to kidnap a priest to marry them before they are found and taken in by the police.

Her First Black Guy (USA, 9 min)
Writer: Christopher T. Wood
Director: Sam Auster
Paul wants to meet a woman of substance and worldly experience. His blind date, Claire, is amazed by all the different people you see on a Los Angeles bus. That's not quite what he had in mind.

We Are Happy (UK, 18 min)
Director: Matt Winn|
Writers: James Handel, Matt Winn
Sarah and Paul’s best friends tell them the great news—they’re getting divorced. Unable to understand why their happily married friends are untying the knot, Sarah and Paul start to analyze their own marriage.


Thursday October 29, 2015 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:10pm

The Night is Young
(USA, 91 min)

World Premiere

Writers/Directors: Matt Jones, Dave Hill (both in attendance)

Cast: Matt Jones, Dave Hill, Kelen Coleman, Eloise Mumford (all in attendance)

This is the story of the night Matt and Dave met Amy and Syd. All feeling a bit fed up with their jobs and L.A. in general, luck would have it that they decide to go to the same bar on the same night. Thankful to meet anyone who isn't painfully self absorbed, the drinks pile up as the four twenty-somethings find unexpected friendships, and maybe something more.

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 



Thursday October 29, 2015 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Texas Spirit Theater

7:10pm

Digits
(USA, 8 min)

Writer/Director: Alexander Engel

After losing the last two digits of a girl’s number, a socially awkward fish enthusiast tries every combination to seek her out.

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 



Thursday October 29, 2015 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:10pm

Harry & Judy
(USA, 14 min)

Writer/Director: Jordan Michael Blake

When their innocent romance begins to crumble after Judy strays from the faith that bound them, Harry sinks into madness and loses the line between God's will and his wrath.

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 



Thursday October 29, 2015 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:10pm

Her First Black Guy
(USA, 9 min)

Writer: Christopher T. Wood

Director: Sam Auster

Paul wants to meet a woman of substance and worldly experience. His blind date, Claire, is amazed by all the different people you see on a Los Angeles bus. That's not quite what he had in mind.

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 



Thursday October 29, 2015 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:10pm

Lunch Break
(USA, 9 min)

Writer/Director: Morgan Dover-Pearl

When Louis makes a quick run to the corner store, he meets a woman who follows him back to his car, but as she says, "it isn't for a ride."

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 



Thursday October 29, 2015 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:10pm

Sinécdoque. Una Historia de Amour Fou
(Spain, 7 min)

Writer/Director: Jose Manuel Carrasco

Boris and Marina are starring in a short film neither of them like, but as they begin discussing the script, they discover it says far more about society and themselves than they ever anticipated.

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 



Thursday October 29, 2015 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:10pm

The Romance Class
(UK, 15 min)

Writer: Michael Cumes

Director: Stuart Elliott

Julia has finally found the perfect ending to her romance novel, but her writing group has some ideas of their own.

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 



Thursday October 29, 2015 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:10pm

Till Jail Do Us Part
(Puerto Rico, 14 min)

Writer/Director: Joserro Emmanuelli and Mariana Emmanuelli 

Their love and deep religious belief drive Joseph and Liza, a criminal couple, to kidnap a priest to marry them before they are found and taken in by the police.

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 



Thursday October 29, 2015 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:10pm

We Are Happy
(UK, 18 min)

Director: Matt Winn
Writers: James Handel, Matt Winn

Sarah and Paul’s best friends tell them the great news – they’re getting divorced. Unable to understand why their happily married friends are untying the knot, Sarah and Paul start to analyze their own marriage.

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 



Thursday October 29, 2015 7:10pm - 9:10pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:30pm

Casual
Director: Jason Reitman (in attendance)
Creator/Executive Producer: Zander Lehmann (in attendance)
Executive Producers: Helen Estabrook, Liz Tigelaar (both in attendance)
Cast :Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins, Tara Lynn Barr (all in attendance)

A comedy series about a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister living under one roof again. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating while raising her teenage daughter.


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Thursday October 29, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
State Theatre

7:30pm

The Great Alone

(USA, 82 min)

Director: Greg Kohs

Shot in the arctic wilderness of Alaska, The Great Alone captures the inspiring comeback story of champion sled dog racer, Lance Mackey. From his sunniest days as a boy by his famous father’s side to cancer’s attempt to unseat him, The Great Alone pulls viewers along every mile of Lance’s emotional journey to become one of the greatest sled dog racers of all time.


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Thursday October 29, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village presented by Sprint

8:00pm

Autumn Fall
(Norway, 94 min)

North American Premiere

Writer/Director: Jan Vardøen (in attendance)

Cast: Ingeborg Raustøl, Helge Jordal,  Bjørn Sundquist


A young, aspiring female playwright falls serendipitously into a May/December love affair with a sometimes besotted, always charming older actor and hellraiser, who, once iconic upon the national stage, is now in less demand. The film and the stage are set in Norway, and this unlikely but undeniable bond between two people who have more in common than one might think, plays out to an unexpected conclusion.


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Thursday October 29, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Hideout Theatre

9:45pm

3rd Street Blackout
(USA, 91 min)

Writers/ Directors: Negin Farsad, Jeremy Redleaf (both in attendance)

Cast: Ed Weeks, Janeane Garofalo, John Hodgman, Negin Farsad, Jeremy Redleaf

Mina and Rudy are just as in love with technology as they are with each other, but over the past year of living together, they have grown apart; while Mina has been chasing professional success as a groundbreaking neuroscientist, Rudy has been desperately trying to avoid his own as a computer programmer. When hurricane Sandy slams their neighborhood with a power outage, they decide to throw a party with friends, but an unexpected guest arrives and they are forced to test the strength of their relationship—without the convenience of technology. 

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Thursday October 29, 2015 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Texas Spirit Theater

9:45pm

Shorts Program 2: Cradle to Grave
(TRT: 94 min)

Into Memory (USA, 12 min)
Writer/Director: Derek Franzese
Nearing a tragic end to his battle with cancer, Danny's friends take him home from the hospital to give him one last memory of the people he loves.

Seahorse (UK, 16 min)
Writer/Director: Daniel Montanarini
Seahorse is the story of a first love, an unrequited love, and a pregnant boy.

Guide (USA, 18 min)
Writer/Director: Jackson Miller
John’s world seems to crumble when he finds out that his guide dog and best friend is dying.

Runaway (UK, 9 min)
Writer/Director: Tom Ruddock
George's girlfriend is in labor, but after being involved in an incident, he faces a moral dilemma.

Esel (Carry On) (Austria, 24 min)
Writer/Director: Rafael Haider
An old and pragmatic farmer must navigate unexplored emotions after learning that his longtime donkey is nearing death.

The Immaculate Misconception (UK, 25 min)
Writer/Director: Michael Geoghegan
Sinead is underage, pregnant, and a virgin who lives with her grandparents. Her grandmother, the matriarch of their dysfunctional family and a pious Catholic, will stop at nothing to get this birth proclaimed immaculate.


Thursday October 29, 2015 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

9:45pm

Esel (Carry On)
(Austria, 24 min)

Writer/Director: Rafael Haider

An old and pragmatic farmer must navigate unexplored emotions after learning that his longtime donkey is nearing death.

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Thursday October 29, 2015 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

9:45pm

Guide
(USA, 18 min)

Writer/Director: Jackson Miller

John’s world seems to crumble when he finds out that his guide dog and best friend is dying.

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Thursday October 29, 2015 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

9:45pm

Into Memory
(USA, 12 min)

Writer/Director: Derek Franzese

Nearing a tragic end to his battle with cancer, Danny's friends take him home from the hospital to give him one last memory of the people he loves.

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Thursday October 29, 2015 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

9:45pm

Runaway
(UK, 9 min)

Writer/Director: Tom Ruddock

George's girlfriend is in labor, but after being involved in an incident, he faces a moral dilemma.

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Thursday October 29, 2015 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

9:45pm

Seahorse
(UK, 16 min)

Writer/Director: Daniel Montanarini

Seahorse is the story of a first love, an unrequited love, and a pregnant boy. 

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Thursday October 29, 2015 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

9:45pm

The Immaculate Misconception
(UK, 25 min)

Writer/Director: Michael Geoghegan

Sinead is underage, pregnant, and a virgin who lives with her grandparents. Her grandmother, the matriarch of their dysfunctional family and a pious Catholic, will stop at nothing to get this birth proclaimed immaculate.

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Thursday October 29, 2015 9:45pm - 11:45pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

10:00pm

Fallen Stars
(USA, 89 min)

World Premiere

Writer/Director: Brian Jett (in attendance)

Cast: Ryan O'Nan, Michelle Ang (both in attendance), Leslie David Baker, Jennifer Irwin

Fallen Stars chronicles the unexpected friendship between two lost souls: Cooper, a burnt out bartender, who at 36, still isn’t sure what he wants to do with his life, and Daisy: an extremely accomplished, but socially awkward girl in her early twenties. Despite a difference in age and backgrounds, these two kindred souls gradually get to know each other and in the process form a relationship that is not romantic, but in many ways, much more intimate. 

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Thursday October 29, 2015 10:00pm - Friday October 30, 2015 12:00am
State Theatre

10:30pm

Reparation
(USA, 104 min)

Writers: Kyle Ham, Steve Timm (both in attendance)
Director: Kyle Ham
Cast: Marc Menchaca, Jon Huertas, Virginia Newcomb (in attendance)

Bob Stevens is a small-town farmer with a three-year hole in his memory. When a mysterious stranger, Jerome, shows up claiming to have been his best friend in the Air Force Police, Bob's peaceful existence begins to unravel from the outside in. Bob's entire family is caught in the storm -- but none more than Bob's eight year-old daughter, Charlotte, who discovers that she might hold the key to conjuring Bob's forgotten past.

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Thursday October 29, 2015 10:30pm - Friday October 30, 2015 12:30am
Alamo Drafthouse Village presented by Sprint

11:00pm

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

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

Panelists
avatar for Peter Craig

Peter Craig

writer The Town, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts I and II, Blood Father
Peter Craig is a screenwriter whose credits include The Town (2010), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I (2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II, to be released in November 2015.   He’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and author of three novels.  He adapted and produced his third book, Blood Father, which recently finished shooting in New Mexico.  Currently, he's working on two... Read More →
avatar for Chris Provenzano

Chris Provenzano

executive producer/writer Justified; writer Mad Men, Get Low, Archer
Chris Provenzano has spent five seasons as a writer on Justified.  He has written for TV shows such as Archer and Mad Men, the latter of which earned him a WGA Award nomination for Best Episodic Drama, The Hobo Code.  His film Get Low, starring Academy Award® winners Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, and Golden Globe® winner Bill Murray, was released by Sony Pictures Classics in July of... Read More →

Community Partners
Sponsors
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WGA West

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union made up of thousands of professional writers who create the television shows, movies, new media/digital content, documentaries, animation, videogames, news and radio programming that keep audiences constantly entertained and informed.  We negotiate and administer contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of our members; conduct programs, seminars, and events on issues... Read More →


Thursday October 29, 2015 11:00pm - Friday October 30, 2015 1:00am
Searsucker 415 Colorado St
 
Friday, October 30
 

8:30am

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


Friday October 30, 2015 8:30am - 5:30pm
Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

A Conversation with David Wain
Writer, director, and performer David Wain is celebrated for his quirky genre parodies and uniquely absurdist sense of humor. The creative force behind Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, and Wanderlust, Wain has had a multi-faceted and successful career in the world of comedy. Come listen as he discusses his early days in sketch and improv, the process behind his frequent collaborations with Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black, and the journey of bringing Wet Hot American Summer from a cult classic to a bona fide pop culture phenomenon. (Early 80s camp clothing optional.)

Moderators
avatar for Joe Gross

Joe Gross

Moderator

Panelists
avatar for David Wain

David Wain

co-creator/writer/director Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, Stella, Wanderlust, Childrens Hospital
David Wain is the co-creator, executive producer, director and co-writer of the new Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. He also plays the swarthy Israeli counselor Yaron.  He directed and co-wrote five feature films: Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten, Role Models, Wanderlust and most recently They Came Together starring Paul Rudd & Amy Poehler. On television, he serves as executive producer... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

9:00am

Austin Pitch #2
It’s the 13th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

Panelists
avatar for Casper Kelly

Casper Kelly

creator/writer/director Too Many Cooks, Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell; writer Squidbillies
Casper Kelly is co-creator, writer, and director of the number one rated Adult Swim show Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell. He has also written for Squidbillies, Stroker & Hoop, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force and is author of the book, More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer.
avatar for Dan Rosen

Dan Rosen

writer/director Freeloaders, Dead Man's Curve; writer/producer The First Family; writer The Last Supper
Dan Rosen’s first screenplay was the critically acclaimed cult favorite, “The Last Supper” starring Cameron Diaz, Anabeth Gish, Ron Pearlman, and Bill Paxton. Debuting at the Toronto Film Festival, The Last Supper was a crowd favorite at The London Film Festival, South By Southwest, and Sundance before being released in the United States in 1996 by Sony Releasing. The Last Supper also won the Cognac Film Festival’s... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

9:00am

Breaking In as an Assistant
There are a lot of ways into this industry and not all are accompanied by the glitz and glam that most of us associate with Hollywood. For many, the road to the top is paved with more empty coffee cups and dry cleaning receipts than red carpets or writers rooms. Join VJ Boyd, Kate Powers, and Gordon Smith, as they share their experiences breaking in as assistants, and how they ultimately transitioned from being a writer’s assistant to writer.

Moderators
avatar for Richard Pearsey

Richard Pearsey

writer/narrative designer Spec Ops: The Line; 1979 Revolution
Richard is the writer and narrative designer of Yager Development’s Spec Ops:  The Line, which was recently named one of the 100 best video games ever made for any platform by Edge Magazine.  He also wrote the forthcoming game about the Iranian Revolution, 1979 Revolution, for INKstories.  Richard has written for Konami, Ubisoft, 2k Games, Yager Development, TimeGate Studios, Vivendi Games, Sierra Games, and Warner Games... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for VJ Boyd

VJ Boyd

writer/producer Justified
VJ Boyd is a writer and Supervising Producer on the new NBC show THE PLAYER, starring Wesley Snipes. Previously he was a writer/producer for 5 seasons on JUSTIFIED on FX. He is also the author of the graphic novel GHOST COP.
avatar for Kate Powers

Kate Powers

writer Rectify; assistant on Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, UnReal, Quarry
Kate Powers began her television career as an intern on the first season of Mad Men, researching everything from the historically accurate pronunciation of “kaiten” to 1960s salaries. In 2008, she joined Breaking Bad as writers’ P.A. and showrunner’s assistant, eventually working as writers’ assistant through Season Four. She joined Rectify in its first season as a writers’ assistant, going on to co-write the... Read More →
avatar for Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith

writer Better Call Saul; writers’ assistant Breaking Bad
Gordon Smith was born and raised in Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan where he studied writing and lurked around the theatre department, writing plays. Afterward, he walked the earth like Caine from Kung Fu for a few years, working random jobs, including helping out at a (non-­‐metaphorical) nutfarm, taking care of his infirm grandparents and writing letters for the Secretary of the Army. He finally landed in Los Angeles to... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

9:00am

Chicks Who Write Boy Flicks
It's no secret that screenwriting remains a male-dominated world—especially in genres that tend to be geared toward a male audience. But Angela Kang (The Walking Dead), and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) are three female writers who have brought their pens to the gun show. Panelists will address overcoming industry molds, stigmas, and sex-pectations while channeling their inner Annie Oakleys by creating content that breaks gender barriers and box offices alike. After all, there’s no “i” in “pens”…

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director Austin Film Festival

Panelists
avatar for Angela Kang

Angela Kang

writer/co-executive producer The Walking Dead; writer Terriers
Angela Kang is a Writer and Co-Executive Producer for THE WALKING DEAD. She joined the hit AMC series in Season 2. Prior to that, she was a writer for the FX series TERRIERS and NBC's DAY ONE.  Angela received a B.A. in Theater and English from Occidental College, and an M.F.A. in Writing for Screen and Television from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
avatar for Nicole Perlman

Nicole Perlman

writer Guardians of the Galaxy
Nicole Perlman graduated NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2003 with a double major in Dramatic Writing and Film Production. Since then she has gone on to win the Tribeca Film Festival's Sloan Grant for Science in Film for her screenplay "Challenger," which also placed on the 2006 Black List. The same year she was named one of Variety Magazine's Top Ten Writers to Watch, and was listed in The Playlist's Ten Screenwriters On the Rise in 2013... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

9:00am

Dystopian Worlds
Panelists who flirted with (fictional) disaster in the most calamitous ways will discuss the research, rules, and resonance needed to successfully create dystopian worlds that are as equally rich as they are desperate. Often, the success lies within harnessing the fear of things not yet in existence, but easily imagined. From post-apocalyptic chaos to totalitarianism, writers will discuss the importance of outlining, psychology, and tone when capturing dystopia on the page.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

Moderator
Tim Albaugh is a writer/producer, and a graduate of the UCLA M.F.A. screenwriting program. Albaugh has taught screenwriting at UCLA, UC Irvine, Hollins University, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Feature Animation. As a writer, he has sold or optioned scripts to various studios and production companies. He wrote the film Trading Favors, starring Rosanna Arquette and Cuba Gooding, Jr. His students have sold scripts to numerous studios... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Peter Craig

Peter Craig

writer The Town, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts I and II, Blood Father
Peter Craig is a screenwriter whose credits include The Town (2010), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I (2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II, to be released in November 2015.   He’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and author of three novels.  He adapted and produced his third book, Blood Father, which recently finished shooting in New Mexico.  Currently, he's working on two... Read More →
avatar for Mark Protosevich

Mark Protosevich

DARK MATTERS FEATURE JUROR; writer I Am Legend, Thor, Old Boy, Poseidon, The Cell
Mark Protosevich is a screenwriter whose credits include The Cell, Poseidon, I Am Legend, Thor and Old Boy.  The Cell (2000) starred Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, and Vincent D’Onofrio, and was the feature film debut of director Tarsem Singh (The Fall, Immortals, Mirror Mirror).  Roger Ebert listed The Cell as one of the ten best films of 2000 and Protosevich’s screenplay was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. Poseidon... Read More →
avatar for Gary Whitta

Gary Whitta

writer After Earth, The Book of Eli, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
GARY WHITTA is best known as the writer of the Denzel Washington post-apocalyptic thriller THE BOOK OF ELI, and co-writer of the science-fiction adventure AFTER EARTH, starring Will Smith. He has worked on a number of high-profile feature film projects, including the live-action adaptations of AKIRA and WARCRAFT. Most recently he served as a writer on the upcoming Star Wars movie ROGUE ONE, and the TV series STAR WARS REBELS. He is... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by Final Draft

9:00am

Hybrid Writers: Diversifying Your Portfolio
Join these writers for a discussion on diversifying your portfolio, producing or directing your own work, and the role of hybrid-writer in film and television.

Moderators
avatar for Alisa Perren

Alisa Perren

Moderator
Alisa Perren is Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She is author of Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s and co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method.  In addition, she is a co-founder and co-managing editor of the newly launched journal, Media Industries. Her research and teaching focus on production... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson

writer/executive producer/co-showrunner Bones
After a successful feature career, Michael Peterson transitioned to television by selling his first spec pilot, “Smooth Criminal,” to 20th Century Fox. In 2009, he began working on BONES, where he has since risen from staff writer to executive producer/co-showrunner. Peterson is married to the absolute love of his life (who just happens to be the best script editor in town); they have two children.  As a native of North... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Pimental

Nancy Pimental

writer/executive producer Shameless; writer South Park, The Sweetest Thing; showrunner The Most Popular Girls In School
Nancy M. Pimental got a degree in chemical engineering.  She then did what all engineers do.  Moved to LA to perform comedy. Her writing career began with a spec of South Park, a screenplay The Sweetest Thing, and a pilot starring Jenny McCarthy. Nancy was nominated for 2 Emmys.  South Park and co-hosting Win Ben Stein's Money. She won neither. Nancy's an executive producer/writer on Shameless and a consulting producer on The... Read More →
avatar for John Swetnam

John Swetnam

writer Step Up: All In, Evidence, Into the Storm, Breaking Through
John Swetnam was an "Air Force Kid" and grew up all over the world. He sold his first spec script EVIDENCE to Bold Films, which was released in 2013. His next spec, INTO THE STORM, was setup at New Line Cinema with Broken Road producing and was released August 8th, 2014. He was brought on to script the fifth installment of the half-billion dollar dance franchise, STEP UP: ALL IN, which was also released August 8th, 2014. The films have grossed... Read More →
avatar for Stu Zicherman

Stu Zicherman

writer/co-executive producer The Americans; writer/director A.C.O.D.; writer Elektra
Stuart Zicherman is a New York based filmmaker who is currently a Writer and Co-Executive producer of FX’s acclaimed series “The Americans.”  He also just completed the new pilot “Casanova” for Amazon Studios, directed by the acclaimed Jean-Pierre Juenet and starring Diego Luna.   Stu has written or re-written feature film scripts for Sony, Dreamworks, New Line, Fox, Universal and Warner Brothers. ... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

9:00am

Improv Your Morning!
It’s no secret. Writers, by nature, are… well…a bit more on the introspective side. Pitching your logline like a trained Shakespearian actor or approaching your screenwriting idol with the confidence of Kanye West during the Grammy’s may feel a tad out of your comfort zone. Never fear – AFF is here! For the first year ever, the Festival will be offering morning improv workshops during the Conference to help you warm up your inner Lone Star in order to “rise and shine” throughout the day. Hopefully, you’ll be given the opportunity to say “yes, and” to new skills, friendships, and that screenplay deal. No experience necessary!

Community Partners

Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

9:00am

Inside the Writers Room: Casual
Join creator/executive producer Zander Lehmann, executive producers Helen Estabrook and Liz Tigelaar, and executive producer/director (of episodes 1 & 2) Jason Reitman for a look inside the writers room and a conversation on bringing the Hulu original series to life. This is an exciting opportunity to hear from the key players behind a successful show as they discuss their individual roles in the creative process and the art of collaboration.

Moderators
avatar for Linnea Toney

Linnea Toney

Moderator

Panelists
avatar for Helen Estabrook

Helen Estabrook

producer Whiplash, Young Adult; executive producer Casual
Helen Estabrook is an Academy Award©-nominated film and television producer. She runs Right of Way Films, the production company of director Jason Reitman, and she serves as his producing partner. Her career started with Reitman’s Oscar-nominated film Up in the Air, starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick. She went on to produce the Duplass brothers’ Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms, as... Read More →
avatar for Zander Lehmann

Zander Lehmann

creator/executive producer Casual
Zander Lehmann was born in Santa Monica, California. After pushing a mail cart at a talent agency and working as a development assistant, he sold Game Show, an original pilot, to HBO with david Fincher and Josh Donen producing. In 2014, his feature spec script, The Beautiful Game, attached Alexander Payne to produce and made The Black List.
avatar for Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman

writer/director Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking, Labor Day; director Juno
Jason Reitman is an Academy Award© nominated filmmaker who made his feature film debut with the 2006 Sundance hit Thank You For Smoking. He earned Academy Award© nominations for directing Juno and Up in the Air, the latter of which earned Reitman a Golden Globe Award and WGA Award for Best Screenplay. His other films include Young Adult, Labor Day, and Men, Women and Children. He also executive produced the Academy Award©-winning... Read More →
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
Liz Tigelaar currently serves as executive producer on Hulu’s upcoming new comedy “Casual” from Jason Reitman, and is best known for creating the critically acclaimed series “Life Unexpected,” which aired on the CW for two seasons.  She got her writing start on NBC’s groundbreaking drama “American Dreams,” and went on to write and produce such series as ABC’s “What About... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

9:00am

No Business Like Show Business
A panel for anyone interested in learning the current practices within the business of screenwriting. Hear from agents, managers, producers, and executives on how to make the most of your relationships and propel your writing career forward. Covering everything from how to be a great client, to mistakes to avoid, to having realistic expectations within the business, this discussion will reveal essential emerging trends and tricks of the trade.

Moderators
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

Moderator
Scott M. Richter is an award winning WGA writer, producer, director, attorney and President of Richter Scale Media, his Los Angeles based production company. A double graduate cum laude of the University of Miami and a member of Law Review, Scott has practiced law in both Florida and California and has also written extensively for print and television media.Scott won the Austin Film Festival’s drama teleplay competition for his Grey’s... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Geoff Betts

Geoff Betts

Business Agent WGA East
Geoff Betts has been a Business Agent with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) for the past eight years. He administers the Guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) on behalf of all WGA film, television and digital media writers on the east coast. Prior to the WGAE , he worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for over six years as a Union Organizer and Representative. Geoff has a Master of Arts from the University... Read More →
avatar for Michael Botti

Michael Botti

Manager at Industry Entertainment
avatar for Rebecca Ewing

Rebecca Ewing

Agent ICM Partners
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
MATTHEW GROSS is currently President of TV EuropaCorp USA, the American television division of the French Studio.  EuropaCorp fully finances and distributes it’s content and is headed by Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert. EuropaCorp has produced the hugely successful Taken and Transporter franchises and recently released Lucy, which has grossed over 100 million dollars domestically. Before joining EuropaCorp, Gross served as president... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

9:00am

On Story Lounge
Stop by the On Story Lounge, offering space for writers to meet, mingle, and learn more about Austin Film Festival's On Story Project, which umbrellas an extensive archive, television program podcast, book, and radio show. The On Story Project shares treasured in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling through film and television with the public, gleaned from 21 years of archived footage from the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. Learn more at www.onstory.tv.

Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

9:00am

Pitching: The Art of the Game
Many screenwriters dream about the mythical circumstance of being trapped in an elevator with a studio executive just waiting to hear a pitch for their next film. (Not to mention, next to that music, anything will sound good!) But in case life doesn’t serendipitously drop you onto the pitching mound, how do you even get a pitch meeting? And once you’re in the game, what are some tips to represent your story accurately in an artful, brief, and appetizing way? Finally, how can you brace yourself for the notes to come, especially if you disagree with them? Armed with plenty of pitching experience, panelists will answer your questions on what producers are listening for and how to avoid errors that could kill a script on the spot.

Moderators
avatar for Danny Manus

Danny Manus

CEO of No BullScript Consulting
Danny Manus is an in-demand script consultant and CEO of No BullScript Consulting (www.nobullscript.net), and was ranked in the Top 15 “Cream of the Crop” Script Consultants by Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is the author of “No BS for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective” and was also named one of Screencraft’s “25 People Screenwriters Should Follow on Twitter”. His clients... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Carey Hayes

Carey Hayes

writer The Conjuring, Whiteout, The Reaping, House of Wax
Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes have been professional film and television writers since their early 20’s, and have managed to keep busy.   Since writing 2013’s worldwide hit, THE CONJURING, they’ve penned the sequel, reuniting them with James Wan (Conjuring, Saw, Insidious, Fast and Furious7), which begins filming in September 2015, The Crucifixion, an Independent thriller that goes into production October 2015, which... Read More →
avatar for Chad Hayes

Chad Hayes

writer The Conjuring, Whiteout, The Reaping, House of Wax
Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes have been professional film and television writers since their early 20’s, and have managed to keep busy.   Since writing 2013’s worldwide hit, THE CONJURING, they’ve penned the sequel, reuniting them with James Wan (Conjuring, Saw, Insidious, Fast and Furious7), which begins filming in September 2015, The Crucifixion, an Independent thriller that goes into production October 2015, which... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

9:00am

Writers Sanctuary
Away from the bustle of the parties and events, there will be a NEW Screenwriters Sanctuary offered to anyone looking for a dedicated space to set meetings, talk shop, or get some of those freshly inspired ideas down on the page. Caffeine and hydration included.

Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall

9:00am

SEMIFINALISTS AND ABOVE ROUNDTABLE: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television
*This roundtable is open to Semifinalists and above only and required advance sign-up through the Screenplay Department.

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

Panelists
avatar for Stefano Agosto

Stefano Agosto

Manager of Scripted Television Programming AMC
Stefano Agosto is a manager of scripted television programming for AMC. He joined the company in 2012 and is one of the creative executives on Hell on Wheels and the upcoming Into The Badlands. He grew up in Italy and moved to Los Angeles in 2006. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University and, prior to AMC, worked in development for the Syfy Channel. As a manager of scripted programming for AMC, he is also involved on other projects that... Read More →
avatar for Jillian Apfelbaum

Jillian Apfelbaum

VP Content, Imperative Entertainment
Jillian is the Vice President of Content at Imperative Entertainment where she focuses on the development of original and branded entertainment across all media including film, television, video games, books, comics, and new media. In addition to recently announced features with Ruben Fleischer and Black List scribe Zach Dean, she optioned the New York Times-bestseller Circling the Sun by Paula McLain... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Gillogly

Carrie Gillogly

VP of Scripted Programming at AMC
Carrie Gillogly is the VP of Scripted Programming at AMC, currently overseeing the upcoming martial arts series Badlands.  Before AMC, Carrie was a feature development executive for Gerber Pictures at Warner Brothers where she worked on films like Gran Torino and Grudge Match.
avatar for Lindsay Goffman

Lindsay Goffman

Head of Development 3AD
A producer and executive, Lindsay Goffman works as Head of Development for 3AD, a new production company established by actor/producer Daniel Dae Kim ("Lost." "Hawaii Five-0") with a multi-year development deal at CBS Studios.  Under the 3AD banner, she develops projects for both cable and broadcast, having sold multiple pilots at CBS and the CW.  Goffman comes to 3AD from Gross Entertainment, where she served as... Read More →
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James V Hart

writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones
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, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND, directed by Brian Henson, and CONTACT, directed by Robert Zemeckis. Other writing/producing credits... Read More →
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Aaron Kaplan

Manager at Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment
Aaron Kaplan, founding partner of Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment spent the first 22 years of his life in Chicago. After graduating from Northwestern University he came up through the UTA Trainee Program, where he and fellow UTA trainee Sean Perrone recognized the need for forward-thinking, creatively involved literary representatives. In 2000, the two decided to strike out on their own, forming management company Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment... Read More →
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Troy Anthony Miller

writer/director Severance; writer The Hitch (2013 AFF Darkwoods Productions Horror Award Winner)
Troy Anthony Miller is a writer, filmmaker and improv comedian. His feature film Severance made its World Premiere at AFF in 2005, and his screenplay The Hitch (2013 AFF Horror Award Winner) is under option with filmmaker Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Walking Dead). He also holds the distinction of being a finalist in AFF’s Pitch Competition a record six times. In 2014, he... Read More →
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Edward Ricourt

writer Now You See Me; writer/producer Jessica Jones (upcoming Netflix show)
Edward Ricourt’s films include: Now You See Me, produced by Summit Entertainment. Paramount Pictures brought his 2009 Black List script, Year 12. Joe Roth is Producing. Ricourt also wrote the graphic novel Anomaly for Relativity Entertainment. In TV, Ricourt worked as a Consulting Producer for the Marvel/Netflix TV series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones.   Edward’s plays have been produced at New York Stage and Film and the Manhattan... Read More →
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Erika Weinstein

Director of Scripted Programming at AMC
Erika Weinstein is Director of Scripted Programming at AMC and she currently covers TURN: Washington’s Spies from Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson.  Previously, she was the AMC Studios executive on WEtv’s THE DIVIDE from Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn.  Prior to AMC, Erika worked at Darren Star Productions and Josephson Entertainment.  
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Diana Williams

Lucasfilm, Story Group
In 2013 Diana Williams joined Lucasfilm as a member of the Story Group, the team charged with developing narrative cohesion and connectivity within the Star Wars universe. She is also the creative liaison to ILMxLab, the newly announced division that will combine compelling storytelling, technological innovation and world-class production to create immersive entertainment experiences.   Prior to Lucasfilm, Diana was a... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

10:45am

*Producers Roundtable: Nancy Pimental
*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 Roundtable requires advance sign-up at the Roundtable Registration.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 30 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 31 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Panelists
avatar for Nancy Pimental

Nancy Pimental

writer/executive producer Shameless; writer South Park, The Sweetest Thing; showrunner The Most Popular Girls In School
Nancy M. Pimental got a degree in chemical engineering.  She then did what all engineers do.  Moved to LA to perform comedy. Her writing career began with a spec of South Park, a screenplay The Sweetest Thing, and a pilot starring Jenny McCarthy. Nancy was nominated for 2 Emmys.  South Park and co-hosting Win Ben Stein's Money. She won neither. Nancy's an executive producer/writer on Shameless and a consulting producer on The... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

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. How do you break in? What is the dynamic in a writers’ room and the difference between various jobs involved? How is the changing landscape of television affecting the role of a writer? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to TV writers, producers, showrunners, and executives in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for television.

*This Roundtable requires advance sign-up at the Roundtable Registration and takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 30 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 31 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Panelists
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
Amy Berg is a writer-producer for film and television.  She's also a massive geek as evidenced by the many genre shows she's worked on including DA VINCI'S DEMONS, PERSON OF INTEREST, EUREKA, and THE 4400.  But her proudest creative achievement might be the award-winning digital series CAPER that premiered on Hulu last year.  Currently she's writing and executive producing the new Starz series COUNTERPART starring J.K. Simmons... Read More →
avatar for Evan Bregman

Evan Bregman

Head of Original Content, Portal A, SCRIPTED DIGITAL SERIES JUROR
Evan Bregman is Head of Original Content at Portal A, an independent creative studio based in San Francisco and Los Angeles that develops, produces and distributes video entertainment built for conversation. Bregman is an award-winning producer who most recently served as Executive Director of Digital Media at Electus, where he oversaw creative, production and audience development for all of the Electus... Read More →
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
Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, and later in Burbank, CA, graduated from Burbank High School. Worked too many odd jobs to list, but did longer stints at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Lockheed, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, before becoming a script reader (Disney, Tri-Star) and later a TV writer.  Credits include “Mad About You,” “Frasier,” “Just Shoot Me,” “The New... Read More →
avatar for Dan French

Dan French

writer The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Dennis Miller
Dan French is a writer/producer bouncing back and forth from Austin and LA on many projects, all comedy. He's currently running a small production company in Austin, creating mini-documentaries for startup businesses. His past credits include staff talk show jobs on Dennis Miller, The Late, Late Show, many others.    
avatar for Kelly Fullerton

Kelly Fullerton

executive story editor The Fosters
Kelly Fullerton was most recently executive story editor for ABC Family’s critically-acclaimed show, The Fosters. Previous credits include: the NBC show Next Caller  and  MTV’s hit comedy Awkward.  Kelly received her M.F.A. in screenwriting from UCLA as part of the television showrunner track.  At UCLA, Kelly was the recipient of the Sidney Sheldon award for her feature... Read More →
avatar for Mark Goffman

Mark Goffman

executive producer/showrunner Sleepy Hollow; writer Limitless, The West Wing, and White Collar
Mark Goffman is an acclaimed producer and writer in Los Angeles. In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter listed him as one of the 50 most influential showrunners. Most recently, he served as executive producer and showrunner for Fox's hit TV series, SLEEPY HOLLOW. Previously, Goffman was executive producer of USA's WHITE COLLAR, and a staff writer on THE WEST WING. Goffman also ran the writers' room for NBC's STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP. He has... Read More →
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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
MATTHEW GROSS is currently President of TV EuropaCorp USA, the American television division of the French Studio.  EuropaCorp fully finances and distributes it’s content and is headed by Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert. EuropaCorp has produced the hugely successful Taken and Transporter franchises and recently released Lucy, which has grossed over 100 million dollars domestically. Before joining EuropaCorp, Gross served as president... Read More →
avatar for Angela Kang

Angela Kang

writer/co-executive producer The Walking Dead; writer Terriers
Angela Kang is a Writer and Co-Executive Producer for THE WALKING DEAD. She joined the hit AMC series in Season 2. Prior to that, she was a writer for the FX series TERRIERS and NBC's DAY ONE.  Angela received a B.A. in Theater and English from Occidental College, and an M.F.A. in Writing for Screen and Television from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
avatar for Casper Kelly

Casper Kelly

creator/writer/director Too Many Cooks, Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell; writer Squidbillies
Casper Kelly is co-creator, writer, and director of the number one rated Adult Swim show Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell. He has also written for Squidbillies, Stroker & Hoop, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force and is author of the book, More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer.
avatar for Tamar Laddy

Tamar Laddy

writer Pretty Little Liars, Hart of Dixie
Tamar Laddy is a television writer living in Austin, Texas. She most recently served as Story Editor on The CW show HART OF DIXIE, and previously staffed on the ABC Family dramas PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and THE LYING GAME.  Her credits also include four episodes of GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT and the accompanying online series NIGHT SHIFT: CLAIRE & KYLE, which was nominated by TV Guide Canada as Outstanding Soap-Related Webisode Series. An... Read More →
avatar for Kate Powers

Kate Powers

writer Rectify; assistant on Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, UnReal, Quarry
Kate Powers began her television career as an intern on the first season of Mad Men, researching everything from the historically accurate pronunciation of “kaiten” to 1960s salaries. In 2008, she joined Breaking Bad as writers’ P.A. and showrunner’s assistant, eventually working as writers’ assistant through Season Four. She joined Rectify in its first season as a writers’ assistant, going on to co-write the... Read More →
avatar for Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith

writer Better Call Saul; writers’ assistant Breaking Bad
Gordon Smith was born and raised in Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan where he studied writing and lurked around the theatre department, writing plays. Afterward, he walked the earth like Caine from Kung Fu for a few years, working random jobs, including helping out at a (non-­‐metaphorical) nutfarm, taking care of his infirm grandparents and writing letters for the Secretary of the Army. He finally landed in Los Angeles to... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

10:45am

Austin Pitch #3
It’s the 13th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

Panelists
avatar for VJ Boyd

VJ Boyd

writer/producer Justified
VJ Boyd is a writer and Supervising Producer on the new NBC show THE PLAYER, starring Wesley Snipes. Previously he was a writer/producer for 5 seasons on JUSTIFIED on FX. He is also the author of the graphic novel GHOST COP.
avatar for Andrea Dimity

Andrea Dimity

Manager/Producer Pannon Entertainment, Inc.
Andrea Dimity is a film producer and literary manager based in Los Angeles. She started working in the entertainment industry while attending the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. Since then she has worked for such prolific producers and directors as Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Todd Phillips and Chris Meladandri in feature film development. Before starting Pannon Entertainment Inc., a Los Angeles based production/management... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

10:45am

Monsters, Screenplays, and Scares, Oh My!
Monsters, myths, and mysterious goings-on have been rooted in our most visceral fears since childhood. The fear of the Boogey Man now reigns just as strong as that of vampires, headless horsemen, and Freddy Krueger. Join this equally horrifying and helpful monster mash-up for a discussion on how the dead and dark can scare the living daylights out of your audience, and how to avoid making your next screenplay a monstrosity.

Moderators
avatar for Alvaro Rodriguez

Alvaro Rodriguez

writer Machete, Shorts, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
Alvaro Rodriguez is a screenwriter who has co-authored the films SHORTS and MACHETE, both directed by Robert Rodriguez, as well as THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER, a prequel to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. A frequent panelist and presenter at the Austin Film Festival, he has also curated an "Epoca de Oro" Mexican film series at the Museum of South Texas History and has presented on the smuggled subtext(s) in MACHETE at South Texas College. His border-influenced... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Mark Swift

Mark Swift

writer Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Friday the 13th (2009), Baywatch (2017), Genie (2018)
With almost 20 years experience as a working screenwriter, Mark Swift has written in nearly every genre for every studio. Along with his writing partner Damian Shannon, he wrote the box office hits "Friday the 13th" (2009) and "Freddy vs. Jason" (2003) and was the first writer on the animated hit "Shark Tale" (2004). They are currently working on a live-action prequel to the Disney animated classic Aladdin entitled “Genie” (2018), the... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Kevin Walker

Andrew Kevin Walker

2015 Presenter of the Distinguished Screenwriter Award; writer Se7en, Sleepy Hollow, The Wolfman
Andrew Kevin Walker is known for writing SE7EN, Tim Burton's SLEEPY HOLLOW, rewrites of THE GAME and FIGHT CLUB, and scripts for HBO's TALES FROM THE CRYPT and PERVERSIONS OF SCIENCE, as well as two shorts -- THE FOLLOW and AMBUSH -- for the BMW Short Film Series, THE HIRE.  


Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

10:45am

On Story Lounge
Stop by the On Story Lounge, offering space for writers to meet, mingle, and learn more about Austin Film Festival's On Story Project, which umbrellas an extensive archive, television program podcast, book, and radio show. The On Story Project shares treasured in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling through film and television with the public, gleaned from 21 years of archived footage from the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. Learn more at www.onstory.tv.

Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

10:45am

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

Moderators
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

Moderator
Fred Strype is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker whose work has been screened and honored internationally.  He is a tenured professor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where he heads up their Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Media Arts Program.  He served on the faculty of his alma mater, Columbia University in the Graduate Film Division where he earned his MFA in Film.  He is a partner in Raindance Pictures, an... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark

Partner at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman
Stephen Clark is a partner in the West Hollywood, CA entertainment law firm, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc.  For over 13 years, he has represented writers, directors, actors and producers in film and television.  His extensive experience includes a wide variety of individual rights and employment transactions as well as structuring independent film finance and distribution deals. Before joining his current... Read More →
avatar for Uri Fleming

Uri Fleming

Partner at Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo LLP
Uri Fleming is a partner at the boutique entertainment firm Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo LLP. Uri represents authors, actors, writers, directors, producers, production companies, studios and other entities in a wide variety of matters related to all facets in the development, production and distribution of motion pictures, television programs, new-media productions and other creative content. Mr. Fleming has worked on and closed some of the... Read More →
avatar for Adam Kolbrenner

Adam Kolbrenner

Co-Founder Madhouse Entertainment
Adam Kolbrenner is co-founder of Madhouse Entertainment, a literary management and production company based in Century City, CA. Since its inception, Madhouse Entertainment has built its reputation on developing and producing the highest quality of writers and projects for both feature film and television. Most recently, Madhouse produced the feature film PRISONERS for Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment starring Hugh Jackman and Jake... Read More →
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Kay S. Wolf

WGAw Independent Film Executive
Kay S. Wolf is the Writers Guild of America, West’s Independent Film Executive.  She conducts outreach to narrative and documentary screenwriters and filmmakers, encouraging them to use WGA contracts both domestically and overseas. Kay started at the WGAW in 1995 and oversaw many of the Guild’s burgeoning new media, animation and nonfiction activities before her assignment to independent film in 2000. In addition to helping draft... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

10:45am

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Writing with a Partner
Whether they meet-cute or get paired up on the same case, writing partners have the same goal: get it done—preferably twice as fast as everyone else. Panelists will team up to talk about finding a writing partner, developing a collective voice, staying organized, and how to effectively apply the creative powers of two minds… without knocking heads.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Mass

Chris Mass

Moderator
Chris Mass co-wrote, produced, and starred in his first feature Chalk, which garnered numerous festival awards including AFF's Jury and Audience Awards before going on to be nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The feature brought Chris his first studio gig at Universal as well as a television deal with 20th Century Fox. Since then, Chris has written a variety of projects for the studios, including Bobbie Sue... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Emily Cook

Emily Cook

writer Ratatouille, Gnomeo & Juliet
Emily Cook began her film career as a runner for Working Title Films in London (Four Weddings and a Funeral). After 9 years and a move to LA, she became VP (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, High Fidelity), before leaving to write. Cook and Kathy Greenberg wrote on Pixar’s Rataouille and Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet. Together they have written for every major studio and are currently writing a musical for Sony.  
avatar for Christos Gage

Christos Gage

writer Daredevil, Law & Order: SVU
Christos Gage has a decade’s worth of comic book credits, including BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, SPIDER-MAN, AVENGERS ACADEMY and many more, as well as the original graphic novels AREA 10 and SUNSET. He has made the New York Times bestseller list three times, with SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN and his first two volumes of BUFFY. He was writer and Associate Producer of the Larry Clark-directed film TEENAGE CAVEMAN for HBO. His video game writing... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Fletcher Gage

Ruth Fletcher Gage

writer Daredevil, Law & Order: SVU
Ruth Fletcher Gage has spent her life moving between the political and creative worlds. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UNC Chapel Hill as an IBM/Awalt Scholar in Directing. She attended Oxford University and worked at the Goodman Theater in Chicago with Tony, Pulitzer and Academy Award winning writers and directors like August Wilson and Steve Tesich. Her first work in film was for Michael Mann and Jon Landau on LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Ruth then... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Greenberg

Kathy Greenberg

co-creator The L Word; writer Ratatouille, Gnomeo & Juliet
Kathy Greenberg began her film career as an executive at IndieProd/Tristar (The Quick and the Dead, Mary Reilly) then as VP at Jim Henson films (Buddy, Good Boy, Muppets in Space) and SVP Working Title (Elizabeth, Hi-Lo Country) before leaving to write. Greenberg is the Co-creator of the Showtime series The L Word and was a writer with Emily Cook on Pixar’s Ratatouile and Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet. Cook and Greenberg have written for... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

10:45am

Writers Sanctuary
Away from the bustle of the parties and events, there will be a NEW Screenwriters Sanctuary offered to anyone looking for a dedicated space to set meetings, talk shop, or get some of those freshly inspired ideas down on the page. Caffeine and hydration included.

Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall

10:45am

Writing Ethnicity, Race, and Culture
Join panelists for a discussion on writing ethnicity, race, and culture, and the importance of increasing diversity in the landscape of media. Screenwriters in both film and television will converse about research, breaking stereotypes, using setting as a character, and the responsibility a writer has to their work.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Ramírez Berg

Charles Ramírez Berg

Moderator
Author of Latino Images in Film: Stereotypes, Subversion, and Resistance (Austin: U. of Texas Press, 2002) and Cinema of Solitude: A Critical Study of Mexican Film, 1967-1983 (Austin: U. of Texas Press, 1992) as well as Posters from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema (Mexico City: The Mexican Film Institute and the U. of Guadalajara Press), reprinted as Cine Mexicano: Posters from the Golden Age... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Charles Burnett

Charles Burnett

writer/director Killer of Sheep, To Sleep with Anger, The Glass Shield
Charles Burnett, a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, received a B.A. and a M.F.A. from UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television. Killer of Sheep, his UCLA thesis film won the Critics' Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, and won the first-place honor at the Sundance Film Festival, and was declared a "national treasure" by the Library of Congress. After winning a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1980, Burnett began work on his sophomore feature... Read More →
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Negin Farsed

co-writer/co-director 3rd Street Blackout
Negin Farsad was named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post, named one of the 10 Best Feminist Comedians by Paper Magazine, and was selected as a TEDFellow for her work in social justice comedy. She has written for/appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, PBS, IFC, Nickelodeon and others. She is director/producer of the feature films Nerdcore Rising starring Weird Al Yankovic and The Muslims Are Coming! starring Jon Stewart, David Cross... Read More →
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John Lee Hancock

writer/director The Blind Side; writer Snow White and the Hunstman, The Magnificent Seven (upcoming); director Saving Mr. Banks
John Lee Hancock is a film writer, director and producer. His writing credits include A Perfect World, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Alamo, Snow White and the Huntsman and The Blind Side. His directing credits include The Rookie, The Alamo, The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks and The Founder, set to be released in 2016. Producing credits include My Dog Skip as well as the television shows, L.A. Doctors and Falcone.


Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

10:45am

Writing in a Matrix: Storytelling through Video Games
While film and television will never disappear, new storytelling media have created a vibrant new world full of opportunities for storytellers who are willing to think outside the frame. Video games of various styles on platforms from console to mobile, interactive fiction, virtual reality, augmented reality, digital graphic novels, and other exciting, emerging media allow storytellers to not only find new audiences but also experiment with new forms and techniques. Times haven't been this new and exciting for storytellers since the invention of television, and the experienced multiple media creators on this panel will discuss the creative opportunities and challenges of this new media.  

Moderators
avatar for Jillian Apfelbaum

Jillian Apfelbaum

VP Content, Imperative Entertainment
Jillian is the Vice President of Content at Imperative Entertainment where she focuses on the development of original and branded entertainment across all media including film, television, video games, books, comics, and new media. In addition to recently announced features with Ruben Fleischer and Black List scribe Zach Dean, she optioned the New York Times-bestseller Circling the Sun by Paula McLain... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Shanon Ingles

Shanon Ingles

Writer, Telltale Games, Writer, Electronic Arts; Narrative Designer, Galxyz (Video Game)
Shanon is a video game writer, designer and copywriter living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Last year, she wrote and designed a narrative-driven educational game for kids called Galxyz. Her 15 year career has encompassed every kind of writing -- from journalism, advertising, screenwriting, to game writing at companies like Electronic Arts, 505 Games, Sony, and NBC Universal. She earned a B.A. in cognitive psychology from... Read More →
avatar for Elias Madias

Elias Madias

writer Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Elias Madias is a writer who has worked with the company Sleep Deprivation Lab as a script doctor on a number of AAA console games, the most recent being award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.   Previously, he worked in features in the family genre for multiple studios including Disney Feature Animation, Universal, and 20th Century Fox.  He has signed so many NDAs he’s unsure if he can even reveal his middle name in... Read More →
avatar for Justin Sloan

Justin Sloan

Writer, Telltale Games; Author, Creative Writing Career
Justin Sloan is a video game writer, novelist, and screenwriter. He has written on how to take your writing from hobby to career in such books as Creative Writing Career and its sequel, and on how veterans can pursue their creative passions in his book Military Veterans in Creative Careers. Justin studied writing at the Johns Hopkins University MA in writing program and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Professional Program... Read More →
avatar for Gary Whitta

Gary Whitta

writer After Earth, The Book of Eli, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
GARY WHITTA is best known as the writer of the Denzel Washington post-apocalyptic thriller THE BOOK OF ELI, and co-writer of the science-fiction adventure AFTER EARTH, starring Will Smith. He has worked on a number of high-profile feature film projects, including the live-action adaptations of AKIRA and WARCRAFT. Most recently he served as a writer on the upcoming Star Wars movie ROGUE ONE, and the TV series STAR WARS REBELS. He is... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

10:45am

SECOND ROUNDERS AND ABOVE PANEL: Anatomy of the Business
This panel is open to Second Rounders and above only.

A panel for anyone interested in learning the current practices within the business of screenwriting. Hear from agents, managers, producers, and executives on how to make the most of your relationship and propel your writing career forward. Covering everything from how to be a great client to having realistic expectations within the business, this discussion will reveal essential emerging trends and tricks of the trade.

This panel is open to Second Rounders and above.

Moderators
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

Moderator
Scott M. Richter is an award winning WGA writer, producer, director, attorney and President of Richter Scale Media, his Los Angeles based production company. A double graduate cum laude of the University of Miami and a member of Law Review, Scott has practiced law in both Florida and California and has also written extensively for print and television media.Scott won the Austin Film Festival’s drama teleplay competition for his Grey’s... Read More →

Panelists
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Geoff Betts

Business Agent WGA East
Geoff Betts has been a Business Agent with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) for the past eight years. He administers the Guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) on behalf of all WGA film, television and digital media writers on the east coast. Prior to the WGAE , he worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for over six years as a Union Organizer and Representative. Geoff has a Master of Arts from the University... Read More →
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Roy Lee

executive producer Bates Motel, The Departed, The Ring, The Grudge; producer The Lego Movie
ROY LEE (Producer) earned his first motion picture producing credit asExecutive Producer on Gore Verbinski’s 2002 blockbuster The Ring. He went on toproduce the 2004 haunted house horror The Grudge, which, upon its October 2004release, broke the record for the biggest opening weekend of all time for a horror film.October 2006 saw the release of The Departed, a crime thriller at Warner Bros., directedby Martin Scorsese and starring Jack... Read More →
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Jarrod Murray

co-founder Epicenter
Jarrod grew up in small-town Alabama, and attended the University of Southern Mississippi. After saving up money working in construction, he spent a few months interning in New York, then made the cross-country trek to LA for grad school at the American Film Institute's producing program.    Post-AFI, he worked his way up from intern to creative executive for agent-turned-producer Marty Adelstein, where he worked on Prison... Read More →
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Diana Williams

Lucasfilm, Story Group
In 2013 Diana Williams joined Lucasfilm as a member of the Story Group, the team charged with developing narrative cohesion and connectivity within the Star Wars universe. She is also the creative liaison to ILMxLab, the newly announced division that will combine compelling storytelling, technological innovation and world-class production to create immersive entertainment experiences.   Prior to Lucasfilm, Diana was a... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

10:45am

SEMIFINALISTS AND ABOVE PANEL: Finding Representation
This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Agents and managers will share their advice on how to start the process of finding representation, what agencies are looking for in a new writer, some of the most common problems they’ve encountered, and what a writer should expect from the relationship.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Moderators
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Matt Dy

AFF Screenplay and Teleplay Competition Director

Panelists
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Michael Botti

Manager at Industry Entertainment
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Rebecca Ewing

Agent ICM Partners
avatar for Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon

Head of TV Literary Talent Agent, ICM Partners
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Aaron Kaplan

Manager at Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment
Aaron Kaplan, founding partner of Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment spent the first 22 years of his life in Chicago. After graduating from Northwestern University he came up through the UTA Trainee Program, where he and fellow UTA trainee Sean Perrone recognized the need for forward-thinking, creatively involved literary representatives. In 2000, the two decided to strike out on their own, forming management company Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

10:45am

Script-to-Screen: The Fugitive
Join us as Jeb Stuart dissects the screenplay for his classic thriller The Fugitive, and fills us in on the story's journey from script to screen. During this talk, Stuart will reference specific scenes from the film—with clips projected during the panel—and discuss the writer/director relationship: what from the original screenplay worked, what didn't, what needed to be changed for production, and why. A great case study for writers interested in learning more about creating strong protagonists and powerful setups and payoffs, as well as how to keep an audience on the edge of their seat.

Those who enrolled in the advance sign-up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The panel will then open to remaining Badge holders.

Moderators
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Christopher Boone

Moderator; Contributor nofilmschool.com
Christopher Boone is a screenwriter and filmmaker living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His debut feature film Cents (centsthemovie.com), based on his 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting semifinalist script, is currently touring the country via Tugg. He contributes to the blog No Film School (nofilmschool.com), where he shares lessons learned from professional screenwriters about the craft and business of screenwriting as well as his... Read More →

Panelists
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Jeb Stuart

writer Die Hard, The Fugitive, Fire Down Below, Another 48 Hours, Switchback
Jeb Stuart has been a motion picture and television screenwriter, director and producer for over 30 years and is considered one of the great action screenwriters in film history. His first film, DIE HARD was nominated for 4 Academy Awards and voted the Best Action Film of All Time by Entertainment Weekly(2007). In a 2012 New York Times Magazine article, Adam Sternbergh wrote: “as a genre, the American action film…produced one... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by Final Draft

10:45am

The Rewrite with Terry Rossio
In this invaluable workshop, Terry Rossio will focus on the challenges one faces when they sit down to do a rewrite—whether of their own work, or of someone else’s. Previously selected registrants will bring a scene from their script and Terry will randomly pick examples to demonstrate, live, how he would rewrite it. He will go through as many as possible in the course of the workshop. 

Those who enrolled in the advance sign-up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The panel will then open to remaining Badge holders.

Panelists
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Terry Rossio

Co-Creator Wordplay; writer Shrek, Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Déjà Vu, The Mask of Zorro
Terry Rossio is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and producer whose work spans animation and live action. Credits to date include the four PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films, ALADDIN, the Oscar-winning SHREK, DEJA VU, NATIONAL TREASURE 2:  BOOK OF SECRETS, THE LONE RANGER, and THE MASK OF ZORRO, plus more than a dozen other studio releases. He is the co-founder of Wordplay (http://www.wordplayer.com), a web-based resource for... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

12:00pm

I'll Have What Phil's Having
(USA, 45 min)

Season 1 –Episode 6 (The Finale)
Creator/Host: Phil Rosenthal (in attendance)

Expect the unexpected as host Phil Rosenthal, Emmy Award® winning producer and creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, brings his unique brand of humor to his search for the world's best food. I'll Have What Phil's Having is an unforgettable 6-part food and travel series that dishes up sublime fare bursting onto the international culinary scene, hidden delicacies, and a healthy dose of laughs. Austin Film Festival is pleased to present the season finale which not only takes place in Phil’s favorite food town, but also just so happens to be the place he calls home: Los Angeles. Don’t miss Phil exploring the culinary gems of his own backyard, inviting friends, including Norman Lear, Larry Wilmore, Martin Short, Allison Janney, and Ray Romano to dine with him at his favorite food spots around town.

Don’t miss the special I’ll Have What Phil’s Having menu offered during the screening, featuring dishes based on some of the celebrity guests featured in this season finale!


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Panelists
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Phil Rosenthal

creator Everybody Loves Raymond; creator/host I'll Have What Phil's Having
Phil Rosenthal was born in Queens, New York and moved with his parents and brother to New City, New York in Rockland County, where he was raised. After graduating from Hofstra University on Long Island, where he majored in theater, he embarked on a career as an actor, writer and director in New York City. In 1989, he relocated to Los Angeles. Rosenthal’s early writing credits include the series “Down the Shore” and... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village presented by Sprint

12:15pm

The Southerner presented by Charles Burnett
(USA, 92 min)
Presented by Charles Burnett

Written by: Jean Renoir and Hugo Butler
Directed by: Jean Renoir
Based on the novel by: George Sessions Perry

Sam Tucker, a cotton picker, in search of a better future for his family, decides to grow his own cotton crop. In the first year, the Tuckers battle disease, a flood, and a jealous neighbor. Can they make it as farmers?



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Panelists
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Charles Burnett

writer/director Killer of Sheep, To Sleep with Anger, The Glass Shield
Charles Burnett, a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, received a B.A. and a M.F.A. from UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television. Killer of Sheep, his UCLA thesis film won the Critics' Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, and won the first-place honor at the Sundance Film Festival, and was declared a "national treasure" by the Library of Congress. After winning a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1980, Burnett began work on his sophomore feature... Read More →

Sponsors


Friday October 30, 2015 12:15pm - 3:00pm
State Theatre

12:30pm

Keep in Touch
(USA, 110 min)

Writers: Sam Kretchmar, Michael Covino (both in attendance)

Director: Sam Kretchmar

Cast: Ryan Patrick Bachard, Gabbi McPhee, Michael Angelo Covino

Recently out of prison, a disillusioned man looks to reconnect with his past and create a new future. After discovering that his “first love” died in a tragic accident many years ago, he stumbles upon her younger sister online. He soon develops an obsession with her that quickly turns into a relationship, but secrets about who he really is may threaten his hope for a better life.

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Sponsors


Friday October 30, 2015 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Hideout Theatre

12:45pm

Toy Story 3: Mistakes Made, Lessons Learned
Screenwriter Michael Arndt traces the evolution of the script for the Academy Award® winning feature Toy Story 3, from the first treatment in 2006 to the final film of 2010. Using clips from the film’s early reels, he details all the blunders, missteps, blind alleys, and mistakes he and his fellow writers made in the course of the script’s development and presents clips from the finished film to show how those missteps were eventually overcome and corrected.

Panelists
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Michael Arndt

writer Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Oblivion
Michael Arndt wrote the screenplays for Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Toy Story 3 (2010).  He also received shared screenplay credit for Oblivion (2013) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013). He lives in New York.


Friday October 30, 2015 12:45pm - 2:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

1:00pm

Script-to-Screen: 10 Things I Hate About You
Writing duo Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith will discuss the process of bringing their first film, 10 Things I Hate About You, from script to the big screen. Using specific scenes as examples, McCullah and Smith will deconstruct their modern retelling of the Shakespearian classic, Taming of the Shrew, and discuss how they were able to revamp and revitalize the timeless tale for a contemporary audience. We’re betting you’ll love more than 10 things about this panel.

Those who enrolled in the advance sign-up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The panel will then open to remaining Badge holders.

Moderators
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Linnea Toney

Moderator

Panelists
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Karen McCullah

writer Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, The House Bunny, She's the Man, The Ugly Truth
Karen McCullah has written the movies LEGALLY BLONDE starring Reese Witherspoon, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, ELLA ENCHANTED starring Anne Hathaway, SHE’S THE MAN starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum, THE HOUSE BUNNY starring Anna Faris, and THE UGLY TRUTH starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler and the indie dramedy CRAZY KIND OF LOVE, starring Virginia Madsen and Amanda Crew. Upcoming projects... Read More →
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Kirsten Smith

writer Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, The House Bunny, She's the Man, The Ugly Truth
Kirsten Smith’s screenwriting credits include Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, The House Bunny, The Ugly Truth, Ella Enchanted and She’s the Man.  Before becoming a screenwriter, Kiwi published poetry in over 40 literary journals. She has written two YA novels, The Geography of Girlhood and Trinkets. She’s directed two short films, The Spleenectomy and The Multi-Hyphenate, and is developing her first feature to... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by Final Draft

1:30pm

'Net'working
Networking isn’t just shaking hands anymore, baby. It’s liking, following, sharing, tweeting, posting, adding, connecting, instagramming, linking in—and trying to remember to find time to write in between. From Facebook to Twitter, any and all social media is fair networking game. Join panelists as they discuss ways to fully take advantage of today’s social media landscape, how to stand out in the virtual crowd, and what mistakes to avoid.

Moderators
Panelists
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Michael Botti

Manager at Industry Entertainment
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Justin Marks

writer The Jungle Book (2016); creator/executive producer Counterpart (upcoming)
Justin Marks is a screenwriter known for his work in multiple genres. He has written on major studio projects including Suicide Squad for Warner Brothers and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea for Disney. He most recently wrote The Jungle Book, a live-action film for Disney, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Bill Murray. Previous produced films include the celebrated masterpiece, Street Fighter... Read More →
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Mark Swift

writer Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Friday the 13th (2009), Baywatch (2017), Genie (2018)
With almost 20 years experience as a working screenwriter, Mark Swift has written in nearly every genre for every studio. Along with his writing partner Damian Shannon, he wrote the box office hits "Friday the 13th" (2009) and "Freddy vs. Jason" (2003) and was the first writer on the animated hit "Shark Tale" (2004). They are currently working on a live-action prequel to the Disney animated classic Aladdin entitled “Genie” (2018), the... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

1:30pm

*Producers Roundtable: Dave Reynolds
*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 Roundtable requires advance sign-up at the Roundtable Registration.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 30 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 31 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Panelists
avatar for Dave Reynolds

Dave Reynolds

writer The Emperor's New Groove, Finding Nemo
Dave was one of the original writers on NBC's LATE NIGHT WITHCONAN O'BRIEN. In 1995, after over 400 shows he moved to LosAngeles and took a job at Walt Disney Feature Animation onthe movie TARZAN. There he met with a little-known animationstudio Disney was working with called PIXAR who hired him tohelp develop their second feature, A BUG'S LIFE (TOYSTORY would blow away the world later that year). For thenext six years he wrote on almost every... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

1:30pm

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

*This Roundtable requires advance sign-up at the Roundtable Registration and takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 30 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 31 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Panelists
avatar for Geoff Betts

Geoff Betts

Business Agent WGA East
Geoff Betts has been a Business Agent with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) for the past eight years. He administers the Guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) on behalf of all WGA film, television and digital media writers on the east coast. Prior to the WGAE , he worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for over six years as a Union Organizer and Representative. Geoff has a Master of Arts from the University... Read More →
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Stephen Clark

Partner at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman
Stephen Clark is a partner in the West Hollywood, CA entertainment law firm, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc.  For over 13 years, he has represented writers, directors, actors and producers in film and television.  His extensive experience includes a wide variety of individual rights and employment transactions as well as structuring independent film finance and distribution deals. Before joining his current... Read More →
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Rick Dugdale

Enderby Entertainment; producer Rosemont, Go With Me, Dawn Patrol, About Cherry
Enderby Entertainment’s co-founder, producer Rick Dugdale, serves as company’s president and CEO.  Dugdale oversees all aspects of finance and production for Enderby and spearheads Enderby Entertainment’s worldwide relationships with its community of investors.  Dugdale is also the CEO of Tony-Seven Films, Enderby Entertainment’s genre division.   In addition, Dugdale supervises each Enderby... Read More →
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Rebecca Ewing

Agent ICM Partners
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Chet Garner

Moderator; host/executive producer/writer The Daytripper
Chet Garner is the creator, host, executive producer and writer of The Daytripper, a 3-time Emmy-award-winning program airing on PBS.  Born in Comanche, Texas and raised in Port Neches, Chet’s love for visual storytelling started at a young age as he toted around his grandfather’s VHS video camera and staged elaborate productions in his backyard often involving pints of fake blood and poor acting skills.  Chet earned a... Read More →
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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
Nicolas Gonda began his film career at Focus Features, working on the publicity, marketing, and worldwide distribution of a number of Academy Award® winning films such as THE PIANIST and ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND. In 2005, he joined the production of Terrence Malick’s THE NEW WORLD, where he served as the Music Supervisor and oversaw elements of the film’s post-production. He went on to work with Mr. Malick as... Read More →
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Jessica Julius

Senior Creative Executive of Development at Walt Disney Studios
Jessica Julius is Senior Creative Executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She has over 10 years experience in film development and production, working on the Academy Award®-winning features Frozen and Big Hero 6, as well as the Academy Award®-nominated films Wreck-It Ralph, Winnie the Pooh,Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, and Bolt. She was the Story Production Supervisor on Frozen, the #1 animated feature film of all time, and is... Read More →
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Roy Lee

executive producer Bates Motel, The Departed, The Ring, The Grudge; producer The Lego Movie
ROY LEE (Producer) earned his first motion picture producing credit asExecutive Producer on Gore Verbinski’s 2002 blockbuster The Ring. He went on toproduce the 2004 haunted house horror The Grudge, which, upon its October 2004release, broke the record for the biggest opening weekend of all time for a horror film.October 2006 saw the release of The Departed, a crime thriller at Warner Bros., directedby Martin Scorsese and starring Jack... Read More →
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Tess Morris

writer Man Up
Tess has been writing since she could walk (not 100% true) and her first words were ‘Elvis is the King!’ (100% true). Her latest screenplay, the romantic comedy MAN UP, made the 2011 Brit List, was picked up by Big Talk Pictures, co-produced by Studio Canal and BBC Films and released in 2015 directed by Ben Palmer and starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell. Tess is currently writing original screenplay TEXTBOOK BEHAVIOUR for Big Talk/BBC... Read More →
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John Swetnam

writer Step Up: All In, Evidence, Into the Storm, Breaking Through
John Swetnam was an "Air Force Kid" and grew up all over the world. He sold his first spec script EVIDENCE to Bold Films, which was released in 2013. His next spec, INTO THE STORM, was setup at New Line Cinema with Broken Road producing and was released August 8th, 2014. He was brought on to script the fifth installment of the half-billion dollar dance franchise, STEP UP: ALL IN, which was also released August 8th, 2014. The films have grossed... Read More →
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Bill True

writer Runaway
Bill's debut feature, Runaway, premiered to universal accolades at Tribeca and Toronto. It went on to take the top prize at the Austin Film Festival and was subsequently released by eOne Films. Recently, Bill was tapped to adapt the true crime bestseller, Running with the Devil, with More/Medavoy Productions producing.  Most recently, Bill reunited with eOne's TV division to develop The Life, a forthcoming scripted drama series that explores... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

1:30pm

Austin Pitch #4
It’s the 13th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

Panelists
avatar for Owen Egerton

Owen Egerton

Moderator
Owen Egerton is the writer/director of the psychological horror film Follow. As a screenwriter he’s written for Warner Brothers, Fox, and Disney studios. His script Bobbie Sue (co-written with Chris Mass and Russell Sharman) won a spot on the Blacklist. Egerton is also the author of several novels including The Book of Harold, The Illegitimate Son of God, which was optioned by Warner Brothers... Read More →
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Chris Mass

Moderator
Chris Mass co-wrote, produced, and starred in his first feature Chalk, which garnered numerous festival awards including AFF's Jury and Audience Awards before going on to be nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The feature brought Chris his first studio gig at Universal as well as a television deal with 20th Century Fox. Since then, Chris has written a variety of projects for the studios, including Bobbie Sue... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

1:30pm

Contemporary Comedy
Comedy is capricious; what’s funny and relevant changes from month to month, year to year, and writing to keep up with it can be quite the challenge. Writing something as raunchy as Role Models or as quotable as Dodgeball or with an ever-growing cult following like Wet Hot American Summer requires having a finger on the pulse of contemporary comedy. If a joke is about to be stale, it’s already too late to tell it. Come and find out how the contemporary comedic voice is changing and how you can stay ahead of the game. These panelists already made your sides ache with laughter; now get ready for them to make your brains ache… with knowledge.

Moderators
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Pat Hazell

Moderator; writer Seinfeld, Tonight Show
Showtime declared Pat Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 25 years of experience as a writer, director and producer have made him a go-to guy for new American theater. Pat Hazell is one of the original writers for NBC’s Seinfeld, a Tonight Show veteran, a critically acclaimed playwright and a contributing commentator to National Public Radio. He is recognized for his genuinely funny Americana humor and his salute to... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Timothy Dowling

Timothy Dowling

writer Role Models, Just Go With It, This Means War, Pixels, George Lucas in Love
Timothy Dowling was born and raised in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts and is a graduate of the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. As an actor he was in the films: The Beautician and the Beast, Dr. Benny, and Terminator 3. As a screenwriter he is one of the top comedy writers in the business. In 2009 he was named one of Variety's Ten Writers to Watch and last year listed in Fade In's Top 100 People In Hollywood. He... Read More →
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David Wain

co-creator/writer/director Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, Stella, Wanderlust, Childrens Hospital
David Wain is the co-creator, executive producer, director and co-writer of the new Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. He also plays the swarthy Israeli counselor Yaron.  He directed and co-wrote five feature films: Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten, Role Models, Wanderlust and most recently They Came Together starring Paul Rudd & Amy Poehler. On television, he serves as executive producer... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

1:30pm

Finding Representation: The Writer/Rep Relationship
 A lot of writers will tell you how important it is to have an agent or manager, but what is that relationship really like? As a writer, how do you facilitate this? How do you know what kind of representation is right for you and what you should realistically expect? Join screenwriters and their representations for an in-depth exploration of how to find, keep, and utilize these relationships.

Moderators
avatar for Alisa Perren

Alisa Perren

Moderator
Alisa Perren is Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She is author of Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s and co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method.  In addition, she is a co-founder and co-managing editor of the newly launched journal, Media Industries. Her research and teaching focus on production... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Emily Cook

Emily Cook

writer Ratatouille, Gnomeo & Juliet
Emily Cook began her film career as a runner for Working Title Films in London (Four Weddings and a Funeral). After 9 years and a move to LA, she became VP (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, High Fidelity), before leaving to write. Cook and Kathy Greenberg wrote on Pixar’s Rataouille and Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet. Together they have written for every major studio and are currently writing a musical for Sony.  
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Aaron Kaplan

Manager at Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment
Aaron Kaplan, founding partner of Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment spent the first 22 years of his life in Chicago. After graduating from Northwestern University he came up through the UTA Trainee Program, where he and fellow UTA trainee Sean Perrone recognized the need for forward-thinking, creatively involved literary representatives. In 2000, the two decided to strike out on their own, forming management company Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment... Read More →
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Adam Kolbrenner

Co-Founder Madhouse Entertainment
Adam Kolbrenner is co-founder of Madhouse Entertainment, a literary management and production company based in Century City, CA. Since its inception, Madhouse Entertainment has built its reputation on developing and producing the highest quality of writers and projects for both feature film and television. Most recently, Madhouse produced the feature film PRISONERS for Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment starring Hugh Jackman and Jake... Read More →
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Edward Ricourt

writer Now You See Me; writer/producer Jessica Jones (upcoming Netflix show)
Edward Ricourt’s films include: Now You See Me, produced by Summit Entertainment. Paramount Pictures brought his 2009 Black List script, Year 12. Joe Roth is Producing. Ricourt also wrote the graphic novel Anomaly for Relativity Entertainment. In TV, Ricourt worked as a Consulting Producer for the Marvel/Netflix TV series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones.   Edward’s plays have been produced at New York Stage and Film and the Manhattan... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

1:30pm

Independent Filmmaking: Directing Your Own Script
The prospect of directing your own script is an exciting one. Though this endeavor hands you the creative reins of the project as a whole, it also presents a new set of obstacles and responsibilities to navigate. After all, writing a script is free, but shooting a film can cost an exorbitant amount. So how should your roles as writer and director effect and inform one another? Writer-directors will share their own experiences and constructive advice crucial for aspiring multi-taskers.

Moderators
avatar for Tom Copeland

Tom Copeland

Moderator

Panelists
avatar for Sasha Gordon

Sasha Gordon

writer/director It Had To Be You
Sasha Gordon is an award-winning filmmaker and composer. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sasha immigrated to the US in 1989. Sasha has scored over 50 features and shorts (among them the Oscar-winning “God Of Love”); directed several award-winning shorts (including “Manhattan Melody”, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and went on to play all over the world); and is thrilled to have just completed her debut... Read More →
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Dave Hill

writer/director The Night Is Young
Dave Hill is an actor, improviser and writer from Chicago where he trained at the iO and Second City.  Now living in LA he improvises with Hill Jones, King Ten and The Armando Show. His work can be seen in the Hulu original series QUICK DRAW and the Comedy Central classic RENO 911.  His voice has been heard on such animated series as AMERICAN DAD and BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD as well as numerous video games.   He... Read More →
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Matt Jones

Director/Executive Producer, The Night is Young
Matt Jones has performed improv and sketch comedy since the age of 17 all over LA as well as with the famous BOOM! Chicago theatre in Amsterdam.  Since his return to LA he has been seen in the recurring role of ‘Badger’ on AMC’s BREAKING BAD and is now a series regular on the CBS sitcom MOM.  He can be seen in the films COOTIES, RED STATE and HIGH ROAD as well as the upcoming THE NIGHT IS YOUNG; which he co-wrote... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

1:30pm

On Story Lounge
Stop by the On Story Lounge, offering space for writers to meet, mingle, and learn more about Austin Film Festival's On Story Project, which umbrellas an extensive archive, television program podcast, book, and radio show. The On Story Project shares treasured in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling through film and television with the public, gleaned from 21 years of archived footage from the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. Learn more at www.onstory.tv.

Friday October 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

1:30pm

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

Moderators
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Nancy Pimental

writer/executive producer Shameless; writer South Park, The Sweetest Thing; showrunner The Most Popular Girls In School
Nancy M. Pimental got a degree in chemical engineering.  She then did what all engineers do.  Moved to LA to perform comedy. Her writing career began with a spec of South Park, a screenplay The Sweetest Thing, and a pilot starring Jenny McCarthy. Nancy was nominated for 2 Emmys.  South Park and co-hosting Win Ben Stein's Money. She won neither. Nancy's an executive producer/writer on Shameless and a consulting producer on The... Read More →

Panelists
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Shane Black

writer/director Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; writer Lethal Weapon, Last Action Hero, The Nice Guys, Edge
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 directorial debut, the romantic thriller Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, re-teamed him with producer Joel Silver. Shane was the recipient of the 2006 Austin Film... Read More →
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Peter Craig

writer The Town, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts I and II, Blood Father
Peter Craig is a screenwriter whose credits include The Town (2010), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I (2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II, to be released in November 2015.   He’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and author of three novels.  He adapted and produced his third book, Blood Father, which recently finished shooting in New Mexico.  Currently, he's working on two... Read More →
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Chris Provenzano

executive producer/writer Justified; writer Mad Men, Get Low, Archer
Chris Provenzano has spent five seasons as a writer on Justified.  He has written for TV shows such as Archer and Mad Men, the latter of which earned him a WGA Award nomination for Best Episodic Drama, The Hobo Code.  His film Get Low, starring Academy Award® winners Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, and Golden Globe® winner Bill Murray, was released by Sony Pictures Classics in July of... Read More →
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Issa Rae

creator The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered over 25 million views and close to 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. In addition to making the Forbes 30 Under 30 list twice and winning the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams, Tracey Edmonds and numerous others. She... Read More →

Sponsors
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WGA West

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union made up of thousands of professional writers who create the television shows, movies, new media/digital content, documentaries, animation, videogames, news and radio programming that keep audiences constantly entertained and informed.  We negotiate and administer contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of our members; conduct programs, seminars, and events on issues... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

1:30pm

Writers Sanctuary
Away from the bustle of the parties and events, there will be a NEW Screenwriters Sanctuary offered to anyone looking for a dedicated space to set meetings, talk shop, or get some of those freshly inspired ideas down on the page. Caffeine and hydration included.

Friday October 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall

1:30pm

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.

This session is for the Young Filmmakers Program only.

Panelists
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)
Michael Fry has been a cartoonist and writer for over 30 years.  He has created or co-created four internationally syndicated comic strips including the current Over the Hedge (writer with T Lewis illustrating) for Universal Press Syndicate.  Over the Hedge runs in over 130 newspapers worldwide. Fry is also writes and illustrates the middle grade novel series The Odd Squad for... Read More →
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Adam Pava

writer Boxtrolls
Adam Pava wrote the stop-motion hit The Boxtrolls, which earned a 2015 Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. He currently has projects in development at Laika, Warner Brothers, Fox, and Dreamworks Animation, and is writing a sequel for The Lego Movie franchise. The first script he wrote was named one of the “Six Best Unproduced Animated Screenplays” by Written By, the magazine of the Writers’ Guild of... Read More →
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Dan Rosen

writer/director Freeloaders, Dead Man's Curve; writer/producer The First Family; writer The Last Supper
Dan Rosen’s first screenplay was the critically acclaimed cult favorite, “The Last Supper” starring Cameron Diaz, Anabeth Gish, Ron Pearlman, and Bill Paxton. Debuting at the Toronto Film Festival, The Last Supper was a crowd favorite at The London Film Festival, South By Southwest, and Sundance before being released in the United States in 1996 by Sony Releasing. The Last Supper also won the Cognac Film Festival’s... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

1:30pm

Zombies and the Undead
What is it about zombies that still feels fresh (despite the smell of rotting flesh), even after a cinematic history that goes back almost as long as film itself? The living dead are alive and well not only in film, but in television as well, thrilling audiences with compelling narratives, gratuitous gore, and a brazen willingness to kill or zombify any character, no matter the stakes. Come join the humans behind the zombies and bring any questions that have been eating away at you.

Moderators
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Greg Garrett

Moderator; Professor of Screenwriting, Fiction, and Film at Baylor University
Greg Garrett has been a moderator and panelist at the conference for over a decade, interviewing luminaries from Lawrence Kasdan to Damon Lindelof. He is also the Festival's scholarly liaison, consulting on grant making, the Young Filmmaker's Program, and the On Story book. Himself the author of four acclaimed novels and a number of nonfiction works on film and culture, Greg is 2013 Centennial Professor at Baylor University, where his students... Read More →

Panelists
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Angela Kang

writer/co-executive producer The Walking Dead; writer Terriers
Angela Kang is a Writer and Co-Executive Producer for THE WALKING DEAD. She joined the hit AMC series in Season 2. Prior to that, she was a writer for the FX series TERRIERS and NBC's DAY ONE.  Angela received a B.A. in Theater and English from Occidental College, and an M.F.A. in Writing for Screen and Television from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
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Mark Protosevich

DARK MATTERS FEATURE JUROR; writer I Am Legend, Thor, Old Boy, Poseidon, The Cell
Mark Protosevich is a screenwriter whose credits include The Cell, Poseidon, I Am Legend, Thor and Old Boy.  The Cell (2000) starred Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, and Vincent D’Onofrio, and was the feature film debut of director Tarsem Singh (The Fall, Immortals, Mirror Mirror).  Roger Ebert listed The Cell as one of the ten best films of 2000 and Protosevich’s screenplay was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. Poseidon... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

2:00pm

By Sidney Lumet
(USA, 103 min)

Director: Nancy Buirski (in attendance)

In a never-before-seen interview made a few years before his death, Sidney Lumet guides us through his life and his work – the powerfully dramatic and wildly entertaining movies that make up the canon of one of the most socially conscious directors in the history of cinema. With candor, humor, and grace, he reveals what matters to him as an artist and human being.

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Friday October 30, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Paramount Theatre

2:30pm

Shorts Program 8: I Don't Want to Talk About It
(TRT: 95 min)

Kimi Kabuki (USA, 19 min)
Writer/Director: Yoko Okumura
Madeline, a devoted housewife, discovers her husband is attending an Adult Industry Expo behind her back. Resolving to confront him about his deceit, she follows him to the convention.

Vainilla (Vanilla) (Spain, 10 min)
Writer/Director: Juan Beiro
Irene is the only one in her mourners support group who hasn't shared her loved one's last words, but it's a question she isn't quite ready to answer.

Three Fingers (USA, 12 min)
Writer/Director: Paul D. Hart
A young female Marine war veteran navigates her disintegrating life until there is nothing left but to make a choice.

Sara & Dennis (USA, 12 min)
Writer/Director: Shahin Izadi
A young, interracial couple confronts their differences through a seemingly innocent game of “would you rather.”

Everybody Does It (USA, 12 min)
Writer/Director: Megan Botherton
Under orders of her therapist, a quirky young woman must overcome public anxiety, overbearing roommates, and her own sexual repression to masturbate for the very first time.
Happy Hour (USA, 16 min)
Writers: Jim Thompson, Martin Rodahl
Director: Martin Rodahl
After having to fire 15 people, Ed recalls an almost forgotten incident from his childhood, and in telling it reveals larger ideas of pain and loss that have shaped his entire life.

The Tender Dark (Australia, 14 min)
Writer: Akos Armont
Director: Lily Rolfe
A young girl's first crush leads her into an uncharted world of hidden desires.


Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

2:30pm

Everybody Does It

(USA, 12 min)

Writer/Director: Megan Botherton

Under orders of her therapist, a quirky young woman must overcome public anxiety, overbearing roommates, and her own sexual repression to masturbate for the very first time.

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Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

2:30pm

Happy Hour

(USA, 16 min)

Writers: Jim Thompson, Martin Rodahl
Director: Martin Rodahl

After having to fire 15 people, Ed recalls an almost forgotten incident from his childhood, and in telling it reveals larger ideas of pain and loss that have shaped his entire life. 

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Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

2:30pm

Kimi Kabuki

(USA, 19 min)

Writer/Director: Yoko Okumura

Madeline, a devoted housewife, discovers her husband is attending an Adult Industry Expo behind her back. Resolving to confront him about his deceit, she follows him to the convention. 

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Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

2:30pm

Sara & Dennis

(USA, 12 min)

Writer/Director: Shahin Izadi

A young, interracial couple confronts their differences through a seemingly innocent game of “would you rather.”


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Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

2:30pm

The Tender Dark

(Australia, 14 min)

Writer: Akos Armont
Director: Lily Rolfe

A young girl's first crush leads her into an uncharted world of hidden desires.

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Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

2:30pm

Three Fingers
(USA, 12 min)

Writer/Director: Paul D. Hart

A young female Marine war veteran navigates her disintegrating life until there is nothing left but to make a choice.

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Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

2:30pm

Vainilla

(Spain, 10 min)

Writer/Director: Juan Beiro

Irene is the only one in her mourners support group who hasn't shared her loved one's last words, but it's a question she isn't quite ready to answer.  


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Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

3:00pm

El Jeremías

(Mexico, 99 min)
Writer: Ana Sofía Clerici (in attendance)
Director: Anwar Safa (in attendance)
Cast: Martin Castro, Karem Momo Ruiz, Isela Vega 

El Jeremias tells the story of a precociously bright 8-year-old boy, ostracized by his peers and labeled a misfit for his intellectual and often pedantic tendencies. As he struggles with his newly bestowed status as local genius and the fight to be understood by his complacent and average family, Jeremy is suddenly faced with the most difficult decision a child savant could make: What does he want to be when he grows up?



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Friday October 30, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village presented by Sprint

3:00pm

Script Reading Workshop: Sleep No More
Five scripts have been chosen from this year's group of Semifinalists and Finalists in the Screenplay and Teleplay Competition to be read aloud in our new Script Reading Workshops. Selected scripts will be performed by a group of actors in an intimate setting.

Formerly 'Shanghaied' Chinese boxer Charlie Bai is forced to question personal and political loyalties as he struggles to train a fighter from similar circumstances to become the first Chinese contender to win the All-Asia Western Boxing title in corruption-rife, racially volatile 1930s Shanghai.

Written by: Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott and Dominic Jephcott (2015 Drama Semifinalist)

Friday October 30, 2015 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, State Boardroom A

3:15pm

*Producers Roundtable: Herschel Weingrod
*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 Roundtable requires advance sign-up at the Roundtable Registration.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 30 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 31 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Panelists
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Herschel Weingrod

writer Trading Places, Brewster's Millions, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Space Jam; producer Falling Down
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 and the London Film School, and a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Mr. Weingrod resides in Los Angeles... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club

3:15pm

*Roundtable: Independent Filmmaking
*Get in-depth answers to your questions about how to make it in the world of independent film. How do you find funds for your project? How does the process of making a short differ from that of a feature? What do the stages of production actually entail? How do you navigate the dense festival circuit and position your film for its best shot at success? And after all that, how do you market your film and find distribution? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to independent filmmakers, producers, and distributors in an informal setting.

*This Roundtable requires advance sign-up at the Roundtable Registration and takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 30 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 31 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Panelists
avatar for Emily Best

Emily Best

NARRATIVE FEATURE JUROR; Founder/CEO Seed&Spark
Emily Best founded SEED & SPARK, the world’s first crowd-funding and digital distribution platform made just for independent film, to make a contribution to the truly independent community in which she would like to make moving pictures. In 2011, she had the great fortune of producing her first feature with a remarkable group of women. The spirit, the community and the challenges of that project, Like The... Read More →
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Adam Bowers

writer/director/editor/producer/actor Paperback
When he was 23, Adam Bowers wrote, directed, produced, edited, and starred in his first feature, NEW LOW, a no-budget romantic comedy that premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and is now being distributed internationally by Cinedigm. That same year, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces Of Independent Film.” In 2011, he won IFP’s Emerging Visions competition. PAPERBACK is his second feature film.
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Jeffrey Brown

producer
Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning films in Europe, Africa and the USA. His Czech narrative feature Mamas & Papas won Best Film and Best Script at the 2010 Hamptons IFF while Shut Up and Shoot Me, a Czech–British co-production, won Best Narrative Feature at the 2007 AFI Dallas IFF. He executive produced Academy Award-winning Czech director Jan Sverak’s Kooky, Special Jury Prize Winner at the... Read More →
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Graham Davidson

Megalomedia
A native Texan, Graham Davidson started producing award winning independent films while attending the University of Texas. Soon after, he joined Megalomedia to help produce international documentary hits such as the Half Ton strand (Half Ton Mum, Half Ton Teen on C4™ and TLC™), Heavy on A&E™, and Smokejumpers on CMT™. Graham has continued to serve on the executive team as... Read More →
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Brandon Dickerson

writer/director/producer Spiral Films
Brandon Dickerson is an award winning writer+director honored for his work in features, commercials, and music videos—including the coveted Cannes Gold Lion.  His debut feature SIRONIA, starring Tony Hale, Amy Acker, and Jeremy Sisto, won the audience award at the Austin Film Festival before he dove into his next two films, VICTOR and A SINGLE FRAME set for release in 2016.  (ASF Premiering @ AFF: http://bit.ly/ASF_AFF... Read More →
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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
Nicolas Gonda began his film career at Focus Features, working on the publicity, marketing, and worldwide distribution of a number of Academy Award® winning films such as THE PIANIST and ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND. In 2005, he joined the production of Terrence Malick’s THE NEW WORLD, where he served as the Music Supervisor and oversaw elements of the film’s post-production. He went on to work with Mr. Malick as... Read More →
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Dan Guando

NARRATIVE FEATURE JUROR; Executive Vice President of Production and Acquisitions, The Weinstein Company
Dan Guando is Executive Vice President of Acquisitions, Production, and Development at The Weinstein Company, where he has worked for the last eleven years. During his time at TWC, Dan has overseen the acquisition of dozens of films, including The Imitation Game, The Artist, Fruitvale Station, Philomena,  The Grandmaster, Snowpiercer, Blue Valentine, Bully, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and Begin Again, and the... Read More →
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Mark Lyons

Senior Manager of Sales and Business Management, Gravitas Ventures, NARRATIVE FEATURE JUROR
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Duncan Montgomery

High Frequency Entertainment, LLC
Mr. Montgomery is an independent film producer based in Austin, TX.  In 2009, he produced The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, starring Lizzy Kaplan, Kris Kristofferson, and Peter Dinklage.  In 2011, he was an executive producer on Richard Linklater’s Bernie, starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley MacLaine.  The film debuted as the best independent theatrical release of 2012.  In 2013, Mr. Montgomery produced... Read More →
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Eric Murphy

Steel Valley Films - director/editor Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown
Eric Murphy is a filmmaker, writer, and producer with more than 25 credits to his name. Notable works include the award winning short film “Steel Valley” starring Modern Family’s Ed O’Neill and writing/producing credits on the History Channel series’ “Ancient Aliens” and “America’s Book of Secrets”, as well as writing History's mini-series “The Civil War in Color.” Previous... Read More →
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Heather Page

Director, Texas Film Commission
    Page has been the Director of the Texas Film Commission since September 2012.  Prior to joining the commission she was an accomplished motion picture camerawoman, having worked for 25 years on feature films and television shows such as The Green Mile, Armageddon, Revenge, and Friday Night Lights. She is also the former workforce training administrator for the Texas Film Commission, where she designed and implemented the... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

3:15pm

A Conversation with Brian Helgeland
The versatility of AFF’s 2015 Distinguished Screenwriter Brian Helgeland is pretty incredible. It’s hard to believe that the same writer is responsible for  films as diverse as Mystic River, L.A. Confidential, A Knight’s Tale, 42, Man on Fire, Robin Hood, and the upcoming Legend. And while Helgeland’s scripts inhabit different countries, different eras, different styles, and different sensibilities, they all carry with them his signature broiling intensity and subtle intelligence.  Take part in a conversation with AFF’s awardee himself to find out more about his writing style and how he finds his voice in the unlikeliest of stories.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director Austin Film Festival

Panelists
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
Brian Helgeland was born in 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island.  He was raised mainly in New Bedford, Massachusetts where his family made their living in that city’s fishing industry.  After somehow receiving an undergraduate degree in English, Brian took a site as a 'half-share' man on the fishing vessel Mondego II. A chance meeting with a book entitled “A Guide To Film School” changed... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

3:15pm

Austin Pitch #5
It’s the 13th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

Panelists
avatar for Jillian Apfelbaum

Jillian Apfelbaum

VP Content, Imperative Entertainment
Jillian is the Vice President of Content at Imperative Entertainment where she focuses on the development of original and branded entertainment across all media including film, television, video games, books, comics, and new media. In addition to recently announced features with Ruben Fleischer and Black List scribe Zach Dean, she optioned the New York Times-bestseller Circling the Sun by Paula McLain... Read More →
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Troy Anthony Miller

writer/director Severance; writer The Hitch (2013 AFF Darkwoods Productions Horror Award Winner)
Troy Anthony Miller is a writer, filmmaker and improv comedian. His feature film Severance made its World Premiere at AFF in 2005, and his screenplay The Hitch (2013 AFF Horror Award Winner) is under option with filmmaker Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Walking Dead). He also holds the distinction of being a finalist in AFF’s Pitch Competition a record six times. In 2014, he... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

3:15pm

Breaking In by Breaking Bad: Better Call Saul
Spin-offs get a bad rap for being shoddy schemes to continue profiting from a former success, and too often the thing that suffers the most is the writing. Better Call Saul proves outright that a spin-off can actually be a well-written masterpiece that honors the world of the origin show while being good--really good--in its own right. In its first season, Saul has garnered a substantial following from new viewers as well as from the Walter White fan-base, who approve of the graceful shift from the inimitable Breaking Bad into a show that maintains its commitment to character-driven narrative. Join Gordon Smith for a conversation on making the transition from writers assistant on Breaking Bad to an Emmy© nominated writer for Better Call Saul episode "Five-O," and the ways his role has changed from show to show.

Moderators
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Alvaro Rodriguez

writer Machete, Shorts, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
Alvaro Rodriguez is a screenwriter who has co-authored the films SHORTS and MACHETE, both directed by Robert Rodriguez, as well as THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER, a prequel to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. A frequent panelist and presenter at the Austin Film Festival, he has also curated an "Epoca de Oro" Mexican film series at the Museum of South Texas History and has presented on the smuggled subtext(s) in MACHETE at South Texas College. His border-influenced... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith

writer Better Call Saul; writers’ assistant Breaking Bad
Gordon Smith was born and raised in Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan where he studied writing and lurked around the theatre department, writing plays. Afterward, he walked the earth like Caine from Kung Fu for a few years, working random jobs, including helping out at a (non-­‐metaphorical) nutfarm, taking care of his infirm grandparents and writing letters for the Secretary of the Army. He finally landed in Los Angeles to... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

3:15pm

Drawn for the Silver Screen: Writing Animated Films
Sure, animated film and television is a little more…drawn than live action fare, but how different is the actual process of bringing it to the screen? This panel features guests that each play a different role in the animation process. They’ll discuss how a good animation script differs from its live action counterpart, the development process involved, and the transformation you should expect with post-production.

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Julius

Jessica Julius

Senior Creative Executive of Development at Walt Disney Studios
Jessica Julius is Senior Creative Executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She has over 10 years experience in film development and production, working on the Academy Award®-winning features Frozen and Big Hero 6, as well as the Academy Award®-nominated films Wreck-It Ralph, Winnie the Pooh,Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, and Bolt. She was the Story Production Supervisor on Frozen, the #1 animated feature film of all time, and is... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Emily Cook

Emily Cook

writer Ratatouille, Gnomeo & Juliet
Emily Cook began her film career as a runner for Working Title Films in London (Four Weddings and a Funeral). After 9 years and a move to LA, she became VP (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, High Fidelity), before leaving to write. Cook and Kathy Greenberg wrote on Pixar’s Rataouille and Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet. Together they have written for every major studio and are currently writing a musical for Sony.  
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Kathy Greenberg

co-creator The L Word; writer Ratatouille, Gnomeo & Juliet
Kathy Greenberg began her film career as an executive at IndieProd/Tristar (The Quick and the Dead, Mary Reilly) then as VP at Jim Henson films (Buddy, Good Boy, Muppets in Space) and SVP Working Title (Elizabeth, Hi-Lo Country) before leaving to write. Greenberg is the Co-creator of the Showtime series The L Word and was a writer with Emily Cook on Pixar’s Ratatouile and Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet. Cook and Greenberg have written for... Read More →
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Adam Pava

writer Boxtrolls
Adam Pava wrote the stop-motion hit The Boxtrolls, which earned a 2015 Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. He currently has projects in development at Laika, Warner Brothers, Fox, and Dreamworks Animation, and is writing a sequel for The Lego Movie franchise. The first script he wrote was named one of the “Six Best Unproduced Animated Screenplays” by Written By, the magazine of the Writers’ Guild of... Read More →
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Dave Reynolds

writer The Emperor's New Groove, Finding Nemo
Dave was one of the original writers on NBC's LATE NIGHT WITHCONAN O'BRIEN. In 1995, after over 400 shows he moved to LosAngeles and took a job at Walt Disney Feature Animation onthe movie TARZAN. There he met with a little-known animationstudio Disney was working with called PIXAR who hired him tohelp develop their second feature, A BUG'S LIFE (TOYSTORY would blow away the world later that year). For thenext six years he wrote on almost every... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

3:15pm

In the (Writing) Hand of the Creators
In the world of television, the creator’s job comes with a lot of other jobs—sometimes showrunner, sometimes executive producer, and often, writer. This panel gives you an inside look into one of the most nuanced, exciting roles in television production. How does the creator’s role in screenwriting change after the pilot and in subsequent seasons? What are the day-to-day duties of creators, and how common is it for creators to become showrunners? Come and hear answers to your questions from the people with the whole world (of TV) in their hands.

Moderators
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Tim Albaugh

Moderator
Tim Albaugh is a writer/producer, and a graduate of the UCLA M.F.A. screenwriting program. Albaugh has taught screenwriting at UCLA, UC Irvine, Hollins University, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Feature Animation. As a writer, he has sold or optioned scripts to various studios and production companies. He wrote the film Trading Favors, starring Rosanna Arquette and Cuba Gooding, Jr. His students have sold scripts to numerous studios... Read More →

Panelists
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Jack Burditt

creator Last Man Standing; writer/executive producer Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Mindy Project, 30 Rock; writer/co-producer Frasier
Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, and later in Burbank, CA, graduated from Burbank High School. Worked too many odd jobs to list, but did longer stints at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Lockheed, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, before becoming a script reader (Disney, Tri-Star) and later a TV writer.  Credits include “Mad About You,” “Frasier,” “Just Shoot Me,” “The New... Read More →
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Phil Rosenthal

creator Everybody Loves Raymond; creator/host I'll Have What Phil's Having
Phil Rosenthal was born in Queens, New York and moved with his parents and brother to New City, New York in Rockland County, where he was raised. After graduating from Hofstra University on Long Island, where he majored in theater, he embarked on a career as an actor, writer and director in New York City. In 1989, he relocated to Los Angeles. Rosenthal’s early writing credits include the series “Down the Shore” and... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

3:15pm

On Story Lounge
Stop by the On Story Lounge, offering space for writers to meet, mingle, and learn more about Austin Film Festival's On Story Project, which umbrellas an extensive archive, television program podcast, book, and radio show. The On Story Project shares treasured in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling through film and television with the public, gleaned from 21 years of archived footage from the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. Learn more at www.onstory.tv.

Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

3:15pm

Return of the Screenwriter: Prequels, Sequels, and Trilogies
Your writing assignment: take a story with a pre-established foundation and craft the next part. Easy, right? After all, you already have a developed world and ensemble of characters—how hard can it be?! Take another guess. Writing a prequel, sequel, or “threequel” requires ample research and preparation in order to breathe new life into old ideas while continuing the momentum moving forward. Screenwriters will converse about the challenges of life-after-the-originals, as well as the difference between trying your hand at multiple installments within a series or picking up where someone else left off.

Moderators
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Timothy Dowling

writer Role Models, Just Go With It, This Means War, Pixels, George Lucas in Love
Timothy Dowling was born and raised in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts and is a graduate of the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. As an actor he was in the films: The Beautician and the Beast, Dr. Benny, and Terminator 3. As a screenwriter he is one of the top comedy writers in the business. In 2009 he was named one of Variety's Ten Writers to Watch and last year listed in Fade In's Top 100 People In Hollywood. He... Read More →

Panelists
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Peter Craig

writer The Town, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts I and II, Blood Father
Peter Craig is a screenwriter whose credits include The Town (2010), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I (2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II, to be released in November 2015.   He’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and author of three novels.  He adapted and produced his third book, Blood Father, which recently finished shooting in New Mexico.  Currently, he's working on two... Read More →
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Carey Hayes

writer The Conjuring, Whiteout, The Reaping, House of Wax
Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes have been professional film and television writers since their early 20’s, and have managed to keep busy.   Since writing 2013’s worldwide hit, THE CONJURING, they’ve penned the sequel, reuniting them with James Wan (Conjuring, Saw, Insidious, Fast and Furious7), which begins filming in September 2015, The Crucifixion, an Independent thriller that goes into production October 2015, which... Read More →
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Chad Hayes

writer The Conjuring, Whiteout, The Reaping, House of Wax
Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes have been professional film and television writers since their early 20’s, and have managed to keep busy.   Since writing 2013’s worldwide hit, THE CONJURING, they’ve penned the sequel, reuniting them with James Wan (Conjuring, Saw, Insidious, Fast and Furious7), which begins filming in September 2015, The Crucifixion, an Independent thriller that goes into production October 2015, which... Read More →
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David Wain

co-creator/writer/director Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, Stella, Wanderlust, Childrens Hospital
David Wain is the co-creator, executive producer, director and co-writer of the new Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. He also plays the swarthy Israeli counselor Yaron.  He directed and co-wrote five feature films: Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten, Role Models, Wanderlust and most recently They Came Together starring Paul Rudd & Amy Poehler. On television, he serves as executive producer... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

3:15pm

Scriptnotes, Live!
For the fourth year running, veteran filmmakers John August and Craig Mazin will record a live presentation of their incredibly informative screenwriting podcast, Scriptnotes, in which they will discuss craft and career, complete with special guests, audience questions, and other surprises.

Panelists
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John August

writer Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Go; co-host Scriptnotes
John August’s screenwriting credits include Go, Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and both Charlie’s Angels movies. His feature directing debut, The Nines, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. For television, he has created series for The WB, Fox and ABC. He wrote the book for the Broadway musical version of Big Fish. His company, Quote-Unquote Apps, makes several apps of interest to... Read More →
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Craig Mazin

co-host ScriptNotes; writer Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II & III, Scary Movie 3 & 4, Rocketman
Craig Mazin is the writer of the hit feature film Identity Thief and co-writer of the blockbuster comedies The Hangover Part II and Part III. His upcoming projects include Universal Film's The Huntsman, starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt; an adaption of the best-selling novel Three Bags Full for producer Lindsay Doran and director Scott Frank for... Read More →
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Scott Neustadter

writer (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now, The Fault in Our Stars
Screen-writing team Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber have proven themselves as some of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought-after writers with their witty, fresh and intelligent storytelling. | | The pair wrote the hit Fox Searchlight comedy/romance, (500) Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, which was nominated for "Best Feature - Comedy" at the Golden Globe Awards and earned them an Independent... Read More →
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Nicole Perlman

writer Guardians of the Galaxy
Nicole Perlman graduated NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2003 with a double major in Dramatic Writing and Film Production. Since then she has gone on to win the Tribeca Film Festival's Sloan Grant for Science in Film for her screenplay "Challenger," which also placed on the 2006 Black List. The same year she was named one of Variety Magazine's Top Ten Writers to Watch, and was listed in The Playlist's Ten Screenwriters On the Rise in 2013... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

3:15pm

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

Moderators
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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
Screenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Awardfor best original screenplay for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy.  Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The Big Easy, starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin.  Petrie then served as producer of the thriller Shoot to Kill, starring Sidney Poitier and Tom... Read More →

Panelists
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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
MATTHEW GROSS is currently President of TV EuropaCorp USA, the American television division of the French Studio.  EuropaCorp fully finances and distributes it’s content and is headed by Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert. EuropaCorp has produced the hugely successful Taken and Transporter franchises and recently released Lucy, which has grossed over 100 million dollars domestically. Before joining EuropaCorp, Gross served as president... Read More →
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Roy Lee

executive producer Bates Motel, The Departed, The Ring, The Grudge; producer The Lego Movie
ROY LEE (Producer) earned his first motion picture producing credit asExecutive Producer on Gore Verbinski’s 2002 blockbuster The Ring. He went on toproduce the 2004 haunted house horror The Grudge, which, upon its October 2004release, broke the record for the biggest opening weekend of all time for a horror film.October 2006 saw the release of The Departed, a crime thriller at Warner Bros., directedby Martin Scorsese and starring Jack... Read More →
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Eric Williams

producer and production manager
Eric is a producer and production manager for films living in Austin, Texas. He recently served as the unit production manager for the USA filmed portion of the Lance Armstrong biopic, THE PROGRAM directed by Stephen Frears.  Other films he has line-produced or executive produced include FRONTERA, starring Ed Harris and Eva Longoria, A NIGHT IN OLD MEXICO, starring Robert Duvall and THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA, directed by and... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

3:15pm

Webisodes: A Conversation with Issa Rae
The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl is as poignantly funny as it is a useful template for how to successfully create a web series. Creator/director/producer/star Issa Rae will discuss the unique challenges that surround creating independent webisodes, the freedoms that come with doing it your own way, and how to navigate the growing sensation of developing original online content. This is sure to be an enlightening talk for anyone interested in how a web series can be used as a calling card to break into the industry.

Moderators
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Pamela Ribon

Writer at Walt Disney Animation Studios; bestselling author; writer Romantically Challenged, Samantha Who?, Hot Properties
Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter, TV writer and bestselling author. In addition to writing upcoming features for both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sony Pictures Animation, Pamela has adapted her popular novels for both film and television, and developed original series and features for ABC, ABC Family, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney Channel and 20th Century Fox Productions. She has been a consultant for both film and television, including... Read More →

Panelists
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Issa Rae

creator The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered over 25 million views and close to 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. In addition to making the Forbes 30 Under 30 list twice and winning the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams, Tracey Edmonds and numerous others. She... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

3:15pm

Writers Sanctuary
Away from the bustle of the parties and events, there will be a NEW Screenwriters Sanctuary offered to anyone looking for a dedicated space to set meetings, talk shop, or get some of those freshly inspired ideas down on the page. Caffeine and hydration included.

Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall

3:15pm

Script-to-Screen: Chocolat
Robert Nelson Jacobs, writer of the Academy Award® nominated screenplay Chocolat, will dissect the story’s journey from novel to script to screen. Jacobs will reference specific scenes from the film—with clips projected during the panel—and discuss the writer/director relationship with Lasse Hallstrom, the liberties he took with the adaptation, what from the original script worked, what didn’t, what needed to be changed for production, and why. A great case-study for writers interested in the art of crafting an intelligent, witty and enduring romantic film.

Those who enrolled in the advance sign-up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The panel will then open to remaining Badge holders.

Moderators
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Christopher Boone

Moderator; Contributor nofilmschool.com
Christopher Boone is a screenwriter and filmmaker living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His debut feature film Cents (centsthemovie.com), based on his 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting semifinalist script, is currently touring the country via Tugg. He contributes to the blog No Film School (nofilmschool.com), where he shares lessons learned from professional screenwriters about the craft and business of screenwriting as well as his... Read More →

Panelists
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Robert Nelson Jacobs

writer Chocolat, Dinosaur, The Shipping News, The Water Horse
ROBERT NELSON JACOBS grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Yale University, where he received the Curtis Literary Prize for his short fiction, and he later earned a master’s degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He began his career as a writer of short stories that were published in little, prestigious magazines and generated little, prestigious income.     His love of movies... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by Final Draft

3:30pm

In Transit
(USA, 76 min)

Directors: Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu (in attendance)

In Transit takes you on a journey into the hearts and minds of passengers aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder, the busiest long-distance train route in America. The film unfolds as a series of interconnected vignettes, ranging from overheard conversations to moments of deep intimacy, in which passengers share their fears, hopes and dreams. As the Empire Builder crisscrosses the country, passing through urban centers, oil fields, vast plains and towering mountains, a loving portrait of America emerges, in its full human and natural beauty.

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Friday October 30, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Hideout Theatre

3:30pm

Miss You Already
(USA, 112 min)

Writer: Morwenna Banks

Director: Catherine Hardwicke (in attendance)

Cast: Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, Patty Considine

Inseparable since they were young girls, Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore) can't remember a time they didn't share everything—secrets, clothes, even boyfriends—but nothing had prepared them for the day Milly is hit with life-altering news. A story for every modern woman, Miss you Already celebrates the bond of true friendship that, even in life's toughest moments, remains unbreakable.

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Friday October 30, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm
State Theatre

4:45pm

Film Texas BBQ Supper
FILM TEXAS BBQ SUPPER VENUE CHANGE
New Location: Fiesta Gardens 2101 Jesse E Segovia Street

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 Stella Artois or glass of Chloe Wine. Representatives from regional film commissions across Texas will be on hand to tell you all about the media production industries in Texas.

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

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

Community Partners
Sponsors
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Texas Association of Film Commissions

It should come as no surprise that a state the size of Texas has an equally large history in the visual media industry. Texas has been home to groundbreaking films since the first Academy Award® Winner for Best Picture, WINGS, and that was just the beginning. Each of the film commissions of Texas have a long-standing reputation for supporting the visual media industries, and we take our mission one step further through the Texas Association... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Fiesta Gardens 2101 Jesse E Segovia Street

5:00pm

Shorts Program 3: Face Off
(TRT: 95 min)

Hasta La Vista (USA, 21 min)
Writer: Josh Rabinowitz
Director: Matt Kazman and Matt Porter
After mistakenly offending someone at a party, a hopelessly awkward young man goes to desperate lengths to prove it was a simple misunderstanding.

The Fundamentals (UK, 10 min)
Writer/Director: Robert Ford
As part of an initiative known as Restorative Justice, Kate prepares to meet the man who raped her, in the hope that she can start to move on with her life.

Traction (USA, 5 min)
Writer/Director: Rory Uphold
Jake and Andy are having a lovely date so far, but perhaps Jake is getting a bit too comfortable with his edgy jokes.

Blitz (USA, 9 min)
Writer/Director: Faraday Okoro
A father and son agree to a “winner take all” blitz chess game in order to settle a bet.

Foos Your Daddy (USA, 8 min)
Writer/Director: Luke Patton
On the day he's leaving for college, Billy's relationship with his overbearing father is put to the test when they play a heated game of foosball.
Coffee Break (USA, 6 min)
Writer/Director: Celine Tricart
In a post-apocalyptic deserted city, a lonely woman faces difficult challenges in her desperate quest to prepare a perfect cup of coffee.

Dinner Prayer (USA, 6 min)
Writers: Tanner Kalina, Marshall Kistner
Director: Marshall Kistner
Jennifer is meeting her boyfriend's parents for the first time and is about to have dinner at their house; they just need to bless the food first.

Standing8 (USA, 15 min)
Writer/Director: Michael Molina Minard
After killing his opponent in the ring, boxer Abdul must face the fallout.

The Final Scene (USA, 13 min)
Writer/Director: Sonny Valicenti
The Final Scene experiences the breakup of legendary 50s comedy duo Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.


Friday October 30, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

5:00pm

Blitz

(USA, 9 min)

Writer/Director: Faraday Okoro

A father and son agree to a “winner take all” blitz chess game in order to settle a bet.

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Friday October 30, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

5:00pm

Coffee Break
(USA, 6 min)

Writer/Director: Celine Tricart

In a post-apocalyptic deserted city, a lonely woman faces difficult challenges in her desperate quest to prepare a perfect cup of coffee.

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Friday October 30, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

5:00pm

Dinner Prayer
(USA, 6 min)

Writers: Tanner Kalina, Marshall Kistner

Director: Marshall Kistner

Jennifer is meeting her boyfriend's parents for the first time and is about to have dinner at their house; they just need to bless the food first.

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Friday October 30, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

5:00pm

Foos Your Daddy
(USA, 8 min)

Writer/Director: Luke Patton

On the day he's leaving for college, Billy's relationship with his overbearing father is put to the test when they play a heated game of foosball.

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Friday October 30, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

5:00pm

Hasta La Vista
(USA, 21 min)

Writer: Josh Rabinowitz

Director: Matt Kazman and Matt Porter

After mistakenly offending someone at a party, a hopelessly awkward young man goes to desperate lengths to prove it was a simple misunderstanding.

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Friday October 30, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

5:00pm

Standing8

(USA, 15 min)

Writer/Director: Michael Molina Minard

After killing his opponent in the ring, boxer Abdul must face the fallout.

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Friday October 30, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

5:00pm

The Final Scene
(USA, 13 min)

Writer/Director: Sonny Valicenti

The Final Scene experiences the breakup of legendary 50's comedy duo Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

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Friday October 30, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

5:00pm

The Fundamentals
(UK, 10 min)

Writer/Director: Robert Ford

As part of an initiative known as Restorative Justice, Kate prepares to meet the man who raped her, in the hope that she can start to move on with her life.

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Friday October 30, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

5:00pm

Traction
(USA, 5 min)

Writer/Director: Rory Uphold

Jake and Andy are having a lovely date so far, but perhaps Jake is getting a bit too comfortable with his edgy jokes.

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Friday October 30, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

5:30pm

Until 20
(USA, 83 min)

Writers: James Ragan, Geraldine Moriba (in attendance)

Director: Jamila Paksima (in attendance)

How would you live if you knew life would end at 20? Texan James Ragan has known he's dying since the age of 13 of osteosarcoma, a rare incurable pediatric bone cancer. Instead of giving up, James thrives as a relentless optimist, teaching everyone around him the meaning of life, family, and giving back to save the next kid.

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Sponsors


Friday October 30, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Paramount Theatre

5:45pm

Sympathy For The Devil: The True Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgment
(UK, 99 min)

Director: Neil Edwards

There exists a long list of conspiracy theories surrounding The Process Church of the Final Judgment, a group accused of being the inspiration for Charles Manson, influencing the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, and being the root of the infamous Son of Sam serial killings - Only now, former members reveal the truth about the misunderstood group once dubbed 'One of the most dangerous Satanic cults in America.'

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Friday October 30, 2015 5:45pm - 7:45pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village presented by Sprint

6:00pm

Her Composition
(USA, 95 min)

Writer/Director: Stephan Littger (in attendance)

Cast: Joslyn Jensen, Christian Campbell, Heather Matarazzo, Margot Bingham

The very talented but artistically stuck composition student Malorie starts frequenting high-end escort clients throughout the city after failing to obtain her PhD scholarship. Absurdly out of place at first, Malorie is suddenly struck with musical experiences during her sexual encounters and soon feels the urge to write them down for her new composition, effectively turning her clients into her collective muse.


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Friday October 30, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Hideout Theatre

6:00pm

Pleasantville presented by Gary Ross
(USA, 124 min)

Written and directed by: Gary Ross

Two 1990s teenagers find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change the complacent world around them.

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Panelists
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Gary Ross

writer/director Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games, The Free State of Jones (2016); writer Big, Dave, The Tale of Despereaux
Four-time Academy Award® nominee Gary Ross is currently directing THE FREE STATE OF JONES, an epic action drama set during the Civil War, that tells the story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. STX is producing the film, which is scheduled for a March 2016 release.   Previously, Ross developed, co-wrote and directed the record-setting box office hit THE HUNGER... Read More →



Friday October 30, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Texas Spirit Theater

6:30pm

Script Reading Workshop: Minor
Five scripts have been chosen from this year's group of Semifinalists and Finalists in the Screenplay and Teleplay Competition to be read aloud in our new Script Reading Workshops. Selected scripts will be performed by a group of actors in an intimate setting.

An hour-long drama series that takes place in an around an 'elite' British boarding school. The series follows three characters with intertwined stories: a new boy with a dark past, a girl that reigns over the school as a sociopathic 'queen bee', and an English teacher that's sleeping in his classroom because his wife threw him out.

Written by: Callum Smith (2015 AMC One-Hour Pilot Finalist)

Friday October 30, 2015 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, State Boardroom A

7:00pm

Baby, Baby, Baby
(USA, 86 min)

World Premiere

Writer/Director: Brian Klugman (in attendance)

Cast: Brian Klugman (in attendance), Adrianne Palicki (in attendance), Michaela Conlin (in attendance), James Roday, Kelsey Grammer

Though mismatched, actor/writer Sydney and bartender/painter Sunny hit it off. They date, fall in love, and move in together. The relationship is perfect…until it’s not. As Sunny begins finding success upon meeting a worldly and charming art curator, Sidney has to battle his jealousy and insecurities. Accompanied by reenactments of Sydney’s short stories, Baby, Baby, Baby follows two imperfect people’s imperfect relationship from its rise to its eventual fall.

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Sponsors
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Baby Baby Baby

Baby Baby Baby co host partners are: executive producers Cecil Bond Kyte, Alon Barzilay, Richard Powers, Hamilton Chang and the cast and crew of BBB. https://instagram.com/babybabybaby_thefilm/ | https://www.facebook.com/babybabybabymovie    



Friday October 30, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
State Theatre

7:00pm

Mojave

(USA, 93 min)

Writer/Director: William Monohan

Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Oscar Isaac, Mark Wahlberg, Walton Goggins 

Thomas (Garrett Hedlund), a near-suicidal but brilliant artist, attempts to escape his privileged existence in the solitude of the desert, only to find himself in a nonstop, violent duel of physical and intellectual equals after meeting a chameleon-like, homicidal drifter named Jack (Oscar Isaac).

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Friday October 30, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Galaxy Highland, screen 9

7:15pm

Oyler

(USA, 57 min)

Director: Amy Scott (in attendance)

A Cincinnati public school fights to break the cycle of poverty in its Urban Appalachian neighborhood, where senior Raven Gribbins aims to become the first in her troubled family to graduate and go to college. When Principal Craig Hockenberry's job is threatened, it becomes clear it's a make-or-break year for both of them.



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Friday October 30, 2015 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Galaxy Highland, screen 8

7:30pm

Shorts Program 4: Tough Choices
(TRT: 95 min)

Best Wishes from Millwood (USA, 13 min)
Writer/Director: Max Baker
An unhappy housewife is visited by a bicycle-riding stranger with wish-making cookies.


P.S. 432 (USA, 10 min)
Writer/Director: Elizabeth Nichols
A teacher of a New York City public school must decide whether or not to cheat on behalf of his students on a high-stakes standardized test.

Skin the Cat (USA, 12 min)
Writer/Director: Jesse Johnston
A feline-phobic man hires a pet hitman to take out his girlfriend’s cat.

Marta Rosa (USA, 10 min)
Writer: Tania Zarak
Director: Barbara Cigarroa
Immediately following the death of her young child, Marta Rosa, a rural Mexican woman, must struggle to persevere through both her own grief and the harsh realities of the world around her.

Safe Space (Germany, 13 min)
Writers: Zora Rux, Christian Brecht
Director: Zora Rux
After a sexual assault, a group of refugees in Berlin fighting for their rights must turn a private matter into a public debate to decide between personal safety and group solidarity.

The Favor (USA, 11 min)
Writer: Leslie Ayvazian
Director: Eileen Myers
Ellen asks Ralph, her husband of many years, to give her dying mother a last kiss.

Black Card (USA, 15 min)
Writer: Tony Patrick
Director: Pete Chatmon
In a culture requiring an ID card and commitment to the code, an African-American couple is about to find out just how far the boundaries can be pushed.

Dakota (USA, 11 min)
Writers: Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar
Director: Greg Kwedar
A seemingly routine investigation of an abandoned truck forces a border patrol agent to question the very nature of his job.


Friday October 30, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:30pm

Best Wishes From Millwood

(USA, 13 min)

Writer/Director: Max Baker

An unhappy housewife is visited by a bicycle-riding stranger with wish-making cookies.


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Friday October 30, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:30pm

Black Card
(USA, 15 min)

Writer: Tony Patrick

Director: Pete Chatmon

In a culture requiring an ID card and commitment to the code, an African-American couple is about to find out just how far the boundaries can be pushed.

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Friday October 30, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:30pm

Dakota
(USA, 11 min)

Writers: Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar

Director: Greg Kwedar

A seemingly routine investigation of an abandoned truck forces a border patrol agent to question the very nature of his job.

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Friday October 30, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:30pm

Marta Rosa

(Mexico, 10 min)

Writer: Tania Zarak

Director: Barbara Cigarroa

Immediately following the death of her young child, Marta Rosa, a rural Mexican woman, must struggle to persevere through both her own grief and the harsh realities of the world around her.



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Friday October 30, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:30pm

P.S. 432
(USA, 10 min)

Writer/Director: Elizabeth Nichols

A teacher of a New York City public school must decide whether or not to cheat on behalf of his students on a high-stakes standardized test.

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Friday October 30, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:30pm

Safe Space
(Germany, 13 min)

Writers: Zora Rux, Christian Brecht

Director: Zora Rux

After a sexual assault, a group of refugees in Berlin fighting for their rights must turn a private matter into a public debate to decide between personal safety and group solidarity.

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Friday October 30, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:30pm

Skin the Cat
(USA, 12 min)

Writer/Director: Jesse Johnston

A feline phobic guy meets with a pet hit man about killing his girlfriend's cat.

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Friday October 30, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

7:30pm

The Favor
(USA, 11 min)

Writer: Leslie Ayvazian

Director: Eileen Myers

Ellen asks Ralph, her husband of many years, to give her dying mother a last kiss.

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Friday October 30, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

8:30pm

Paperback
(USA, 79 min)

World Premiere

Writer/Director: Adam Bowers (in attendance)

Cast: Adam Bowers, Dreama Walker, Colin Contreary (in attendance), Genevieve Jones

Rob's stagnating life seems like it might be about to get better: he just met Emily, the girl of his dreams, and his best friend just moved back into town. But, when he finds out there’s a huge roadblock to him and Emily being together, he ends up in a difficult situation and must choose between increasingly troubling choices where there is no such thing as a good decision.

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Friday October 30, 2015 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village presented by Sprint

8:30pm

Lone Star presented by Chris Cooper

(USA, 135 min)

Writer/Director: John Sayles

Cast: Chris Cooper (in attendance), Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey

In the Texas border town of Frontera, Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper) digs up the past when he finds an old skull in the desert. As he traces the murder of Sheriff Charlie Wade (Kris Kristofferson) 40 years earlier, Deeds' investigation points toward his late father, the much-loved Deputy Buddy Deeds. Ignoring warnings not to delve any deeper, Sam rekindles a romance with his high school sweetheart while bringing up old tensions in the town and exposing secrets long put to rest.

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Panelists
avatar for Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper

Extraordinary Contribution to Film - Actor Awardee
One of the most respected character actors of our time, Chris Cooper was recognized in 2003 with an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of ‘John Laroche’ in Columbia Pictures’ “Adaptation,” written by Charlie Kauffman (“Being John Malkovich”) and directed by Spike Jonze.   Cooper was also recognized for his performance in the film by numerous... Read More →



Friday October 30, 2015 8:30pm - 11:30pm
Paramount Theatre

8:45pm

Headfirst
(Finland, 89 min)

North American Premiere

Writer/Director: Antti Heikki Pesonen (in attendance)

Cast: Armi Toivanen, Eero Ritala, Mimosa Willamo

When Takku, a troubled teenage girl, won't stop getting into fights at school, the school threatens her with state custody. Her equally troubled mother must team up with a pot-smoking teacher and an alcoholic stranger to help save Takku from a downward spiral of hate and aggression. Headfirst is a story about missing teeth, strange friends, hidden dreams, and long-gone love. And about a rabbit.

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Friday October 30, 2015 8:45pm - 10:45pm
Hideout Theatre

9:30pm

Booger Red
(USA, 99 min)

North American Premiere

Writers: Berndt Mader, Johnny McAllister (both in attendance)

Director: Berndt Mader

Cast: Onur Tukel, Marija Karan, Alex Karpovsky (all in attendance)

After the largest alleged child sex-ring in Texas history is exposed, a veteran reporter sets out to the town of Mineola, Texas to search for truth. On his journey through the bowels of East Texas, he’s forced to confront his own history with abuse while discovering that the allegations at the root of his investigation may have never happened.

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Sponsors


Friday October 30, 2015 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Texas Spirit Theater

9:30pm

Jack's Apocalypse

(USA, 80 min)

World Premiere

Writer: Will Moore, Jonathan Ray Case, Brad Montesi (all in attendance)

Director: Will Moore

Cast: Dave Maldonado, Jamie Tisdale, TiShuan Scott, Nicholas Stevenson (all in attendance)

After losing his family, Jack Coleman settles into addiction and his life quickly spirals out of control. When Jack's brother, a major in the Army, appears unexpectedly, tasking Jack with keeping his wife and daughter alive during the impending apocalypse, Jack is forced to reckon with his addiction. Jack's Apocalypse is a journey into the mind and soul of a man who has lost everything as he struggles to stay alive.


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Friday October 30, 2015 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Galaxy Highland, screen 9

9:30pm

Jeff Lowe's Metanoia
(USA, 78 min)

Writer: Jeff Lowe

Director: James Aikman

Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia is the story of a legendary athlete’s rise to the top of his sport before a devastating fall from grace that precipitates perhaps the boldest solo mountain climb in history: Metanoia, on the North Face of the Eiger. Twenty years later, Jeff faces a terminal disease with the same courage and grace that characterized his climbing career.

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Friday October 30, 2015 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Galaxy Highland, screen 8

9:45pm

Newcomer
(USA, 99 min)

North American Premiere

Writer/Director: Kai Barry (in attendance)

Cast: James Floyd, Noémie Merlant, Anthony LaPaglia (in attendance)

After a private defense operation goes horribly awry, a new recruit with unparalleled determination is blamed for it and finds himself on the run. Halfway across the world and with no safety net, he happens upon a reluctant ally and his abilities are put to a life-and-death test. He must piece together the truth by re-creating the events of the ill-fated mission with only the audio recording to guide him. As the puzzle proves more complicated and sinister than he imagined, the lines between right and wrong become increasingly blurred, and he must make decisions with consequences he may not be prepared to handle.

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Friday October 30, 2015 9:45pm - 11:45pm
State Theatre

10:00pm

Shorts Program 5: Parental Advisory
(TRT: 95 min)

Po (USA, 21 min)
Writer/Director: Timothy Edwards
Ten year-old Basil sets out to find his mother when she disappears while on vacation in Hawai’i.

In Her Place (USA, 12 min)
Writers: Max Borenstein, Kevin Hamedani
Director: Kevin Hamedani
An Iranian-American man suffering from a mid-life crisis visits his homeland to meet and wed a young Iranian woman.

Father’s Day (USA, 12 min)
Writer/Director: Emily Towers
Rosie has been dreading Father's Day, and now it's here. Time to deal with Dad.

Motherland (USA, 14 min)
Writer/Director: Komtouch Napattaloong
Jen spends one last night with his mother, Marlee, before she leaves for Bangkok, Thailand. With limited time and an indefinite separation ahead of them, the two are prompted to find solace within a torn family.

Feliz Cumpleanos (Mexico, 14 min)
Writer/Director: Carlos Mendoza
At a party, Victor’s 18th birthday suddenly becomes a nightmare, and, out of panic, he has no choice but to face his mother with his careless actions.

The Last Words (USA, 19 min)
Writer/Director: Keegan Mullin
After years of silence, a deaf man struggles to say goodbye to his dying mother.


Friday October 30, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday October 31, 2015 12:00am
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

10:00pm

Father's Day

(USA, 15 min)

Writer/Director: Emily Towers

Rosie has been dreading Father's Day, and now it's here. Time to deal with Dad.


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Friday October 30, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday October 31, 2015 12:00am
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

10:00pm

Feliz Cumpleaños
(Mexico, 14 min)

Writer/Director: Carlos Mendoza

At a party, Victor’s 18th birthday suddenly becomes a nightmare, and, out of panic, he has no choice but to face his mother with his careless actions. 


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Friday October 30, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday October 31, 2015 12:00am
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

10:00pm

In Her Place

(USA, 12 min)

Writers: Max Borenstein, Kevin Hamedani

Director: Kevin Hamedani

An Iranian-American man suffering from a mid-life crisis visits his homeland to meet and wed a young Iranian woman.

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Friday October 30, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday October 31, 2015 12:00am
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

10:00pm

Motherland
(USA, 14 min)

Writer/Director: Komtouch Napattaloong

Jen spends one last night with his mother, Marlee, before she leaves for Bangkok, Thailand. With limited time and an indefinite separation ahead of them, the two are prompted to find solace within a torn family.

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Friday October 30, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday October 31, 2015 12:00am
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

10:00pm

Po
(USA, 21 min)

Writer/director: Timothy Edwards

Ten year-old Basil sets out to find his mother when she disappears while on vacation in Hawai’i.

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Friday October 30, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday October 31, 2015 12:00am
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

10:00pm

The Last Words

(USA, 19 min)

Writer/Director: Keegan Mullin

After years of silence, a deaf man struggles to say goodbye to his dying mother.


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Friday October 30, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday October 31, 2015 12:00am
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

11:00pm

Filmmakers Happy Hour presented by Spiderwood Studios and Baby Baby Baby
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 Stella Artois on us or martini!

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

Panelists
avatar for Emily Best

Emily Best

NARRATIVE FEATURE JUROR; Founder/CEO Seed&Spark
Emily Best founded SEED & SPARK, the world’s first crowd-funding and digital distribution platform made just for independent film, to make a contribution to the truly independent community in which she would like to make moving pictures. In 2011, she had the great fortune of producing her first feature with a remarkable group of women. The spirit, the community and the challenges of that project, Like The... Read More →

Community Partners
Sponsors
avatar for Baby Baby Baby

Baby Baby Baby

Baby Baby Baby co host partners are: executive producers Cecil Bond Kyte, Alon Barzilay, Richard Powers, Hamilton Chang and the cast and crew of BBB. https://instagram.com/babybabybaby_thefilm/ | https://www.facebook.com/babybabybabymovie    


Friday October 30, 2015 11:00pm - Saturday October 31, 2015 1:00am
Vulcan Gas Company 418 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701

11:15pm

The Lion's Path
(Canada, 78 min)

U.S. Premiere
Writer: Sophie-Anne Beaudry
Director: Stéphan Beaudoin (in attendance)
Cast: Sébastien Delorme, Frédéric Lemay, Catherine-Audrey Lachapelle, Étienne Pilon

Alex and his new girlfriend, Jade, travel to the countryside to join a small community led by an enlightened professor turned therapist. Longing for acceptance, Alex seeks to become a member. He'll soon discover that everything is not quite as it seems, and that the path to "truth" is a road he might not want to take.

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Friday October 30, 2015 11:15pm - Saturday October 31, 2015 1:15am
Alamo Drafthouse Village presented by Sprint
 
Saturday, October 31
 

8:30am

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


Saturday October 31, 2015 8:30am - 5:30pm
Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am

*Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Television and New Media
*Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft and business of writing for television. How do you break in? What is the dynamic in a writers’ room and the difference between various jobs involved? How is the changing landscape of television affecting the role of a writer? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to TV writers, producers, showrunners, and executives in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for television.

*This Roundtable requires advance sign-up at the Roundtable Registration and takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 30 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 31 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Panelists
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
Amy Berg is a writer-producer for film and television.  She's also a massive geek as evidenced by the many genre shows she's worked on including DA VINCI'S DEMONS, PERSON OF INTEREST, EUREKA, and THE 4400.  But her proudest creative achievement might be the award-winning digital series CAPER that premiered on Hulu last year.  Currently she's writing and executive producing the new Starz series COUNTERPART starring J.K. Simmons... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Cowell

Jesse Cowell

founder Jeskid Productions; writer/exec producer/director Drawn by Pain, Status Kill, Shades of Gray; Webby Award Winner
Jesse has written/directed/produced an average of 3 films for every year of his life. He first made his mark working in online video by creating the hit series, Drawn by Pain, Shades of Gray (not the S&M film) and Status Kill.   Called a “legend” by the massively popular Rooster Teeth Productions, Jesse was one of a handful of Vloggers creating content before YouTube opened its doors. He launched his first... Read More →
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!
Jay Wade Edwards is a Writer/Director of feature films, shorts, music videos, and most recently a digital servies for adultswim.com.  Most of his work involves Monsters.  Pants-wettingly scary monsters. Jay’s independently-produced feature, Stomp! Shout! Scream! (2005), premiered at the Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference.  The Austin Chronicle said, “Stomp! Shout! Scream! does it better than American... Read More →
avatar for Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon

Head of TV Literary Talent Agent, ICM Partners
avatar for Aaron Kaplan

Aaron Kaplan

Manager at Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment
Aaron Kaplan, founding partner of Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment spent the first 22 years of his life in Chicago. After graduating from Northwestern University he came up through the UTA Trainee Program, where he and fellow UTA trainee Sean Perrone recognized the need for forward-thinking, creatively involved literary representatives. In 2000, the two decided to strike out on their own, forming management company Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment... Read More →
avatar for Adam Kolbrenner

Adam Kolbrenner

Co-Founder Madhouse Entertainment
Adam Kolbrenner is co-founder of Madhouse Entertainment, a literary management and production company based in Century City, CA. Since its inception, Madhouse Entertainment has built its reputation on developing and producing the highest quality of writers and projects for both feature film and television. Most recently, Madhouse produced the feature film PRISONERS for Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment starring Hugh Jackman and Jake... Read More →
avatar for Elias Madias

Elias Madias

writer Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Elias Madias is a writer who has worked with the company Sleep Deprivation Lab as a script doctor on a number of AAA console games, the most recent being award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.   Previously, he worked in features in the family genre for multiple studios including Disney Feature Animation, Universal, and 20th Century Fox.  He has signed so many NDAs he’s unsure if he can even reveal his middle name in... Read More →
avatar for Richard Pearsey

Richard Pearsey

writer/narrative designer Spec Ops: The Line; 1979 Revolution
Richard is the writer and narrative designer of Yager Development’s Spec Ops:  The Line, which was recently named one of the 100 best video games ever made for any platform by Edge Magazine.  He also wrote the forthcoming game about the Iranian Revolution, 1979 Revolution, for INKstories.  Richard has written for Konami, Ubisoft, 2k Games, Yager Development, TimeGate Studios, Vivendi Games, Sierra Games, and Warner Games... Read More →
avatar for Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson

writer/executive producer/co-showrunner Bones
After a successful feature career, Michael Peterson transitioned to television by selling his first spec pilot, “Smooth Criminal,” to 20th Century Fox. In 2009, he began working on BONES, where he has since risen from staff writer to executive producer/co-showrunner. Peterson is married to the absolute love of his life (who just happens to be the best script editor in town); they have two children.  As a native of North... Read More →
avatar for Justin Sloan

Justin Sloan

Writer, Telltale Games; Author, Creative Writing Career
Justin Sloan is a video game writer, novelist, and screenwriter. He has written on how to take your writing from hobby to career in such books as Creative Writing Career and its sequel, and on how veterans can pursue their creative passions in his book Military Veterans in Creative Careers. Justin studied writing at the Johns Hopkins University MA in writing program and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Professional Program... Read More →
avatar for Alex Timbers

Alex Timbers

co-creator/writer Mozart in the Jungle; director Rosaline (upcoming)
Alex Timbers (Theater Director) Broadway: Peter and The Starcatcher (OBIE Award- Best Director, Tony nomination- Best Director), Rocky (Drama Desk and OCC nominations- Best Director), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (also book writer, Tony nomination- Best Book, Drama Desk Award- Best Book, Lortel and OCC Awards- Best Musical), and The Pee-wee Herman Show. His Off-Broadway credits Here Lies Love (Lortel Award- Best Director... Read More →
avatar for Stu Zicherman

Stu Zicherman

writer/co-executive producer The Americans; writer/director A.C.O.D.; writer Elektra
Stuart Zicherman is a New York based filmmaker who is currently a Writer and Co-Executive producer of FX’s acclaimed series “The Americans.”  He also just completed the new pilot “Casanova” for Amazon Studios, directed by the acclaimed Jean-Pierre Juenet and starring Diego Luna.   Stu has written or re-written feature film scripts for Sony, Dreamworks, New Line, Fox, Universal and Warner Brothers. ... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

9:00am

A Conversation with Gary Ross
He’s taught us to reel in our Big wishes, showed us how colorful life can be when finding joys greater than Pleasantville, and prepared us to cross the finish line with finesse like Seabiscuit. There’s no doubt that Gary Ross always has a great story to tell and this panel will surely be no different.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director Austin Film Festival

Panelists
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
Four-time Academy Award® nominee Gary Ross is currently directing THE FREE STATE OF JONES, an epic action drama set during the Civil War, that tells the story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. STX is producing the film, which is scheduled for a March 2016 release.   Previously, Ross developed, co-wrote and directed the record-setting box office hit THE HUNGER... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by Final Draft

9:00am

Austin Pitch #6
It’s the 13th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

Panelists
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)
Michael Fry has been a cartoonist and writer for over 30 years.  He has created or co-created four internationally syndicated comic strips including the current Over the Hedge (writer with T Lewis illustrating) for Universal Press Syndicate.  Over the Hedge runs in over 130 newspapers worldwide. Fry is also writes and illustrates the middle grade novel series The Odd Squad for... Read More →
avatar for Danny Manus

Danny Manus

CEO of No BullScript Consulting
Danny Manus is an in-demand script consultant and CEO of No BullScript Consulting (www.nobullscript.net), and was ranked in the Top 15 “Cream of the Crop” Script Consultants by Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is the author of “No BS for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective” and was also named one of Screencraft’s “25 People Screenwriters Should Follow on Twitter”. His clients... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

9:00am

Bio-Pics: Truth, Fact, and Fiction
Creating a compelling protagonist from scratch is always a challenge. Which is why writing a bio-pic—with built-in, fully realized, three-dimensional characters—can appeal to screenwriters. But this can yield its own unique set of challenges: How do you condense a person's life into a two-hour narrative, complete with structure and nuance? How do you form a visually interesting and cinematic story when real life can often be anything but? And how do you decide whether to portray a slice of life versus an entire lifetime? Panelists will discuss their strategies on balancing truth, fact, and fiction while capturing the essence of real-life subject matter that, as a result, continues to live on in our memories.

Moderators
avatar for Michael MacCambridge

Michael MacCambridge

Moderator
From 1988-95, Michael MacCambridge was a columnist and critic at the Austin American-Statesman, writing about movies, music and popular culture. Since then, he has written and edited several books, including America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured A Nation, which The Washington Post named as one of the most distinguished works of non-fiction in 2004. MacCambridge's freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Kieran Fitzgerald

Kieran Fitzgerald

writer Snowden, The Homesman, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
Kieran Fitzgerald has a BA in English from Harvard University and a MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers. He wrote and directed the feature documentary, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández, which aired on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy in investigative journalism. With Tommy Lee Jones, he wrote The Homesman, starring Jones and Hilary Swank. He’s also written the upcoming Oliver Stone film Snowden... Read More →
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
Brian Helgeland was born in 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island.  He was raised mainly in New Bedford, Massachusetts where his family made their living in that city’s fishing industry.  After somehow receiving an undergraduate degree in English, Brian took a site as a 'half-share' man on the fishing vessel Mondego II. A chance meeting with a book entitled “A Guide To Film School” changed... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Marcel

Kelly Marcel

writer Saving Mr. Banks, Fifty Shades of Grey; writer/executive producer Terra Nova
Kelly Marcel is known for writing Saving Mr. Banks, Fifty Shades of Grey, and writing/executive producing Terra Nova.


Saturday October 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Omni Hotel, Capital Ballroom

9:00am

Breaking the Mold: Diversity in the Industry
A glaring trend in the industry is the lack of representation of females and minorities: onscreen, as writers, behind the camera, on the business end, you name it. This trend has been acknowledged and lamented over and over again, and yet are things really changing all that much? On the business side for instance, according to the WGA yearly report, women’s and minority’s share of executive producer positions in television has actually declined in the past year. So, we all agree it’s a problem, nothing to discuss there. What can be discussed, however, are the possible solutions. Our panelists, representing all corners of the industry, talk about their personal experience with these trends, and what they believe can be done to increase the presence of women and minorities in the industry.

Moderators
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

AFF Screenplay and Teleplay Competition Director

Panelists
avatar for Emily Best

Emily Best

NARRATIVE FEATURE JUROR; Founder/CEO Seed&Spark
Emily Best founded SEED & SPARK, the world’s first crowd-funding and digital distribution platform made just for independent film, to make a contribution to the truly independent community in which she would like to make moving pictures. In 2011, she had the great fortune of producing her first feature with a remarkable group of women. The spirit, the community and the challenges of that project, Like The... Read More →
avatar for Allison Friedman

Allison Friedman

Creative Executive Color Force
Allison grew up in Las Vegas and attended The University of Pennsylvania before getting her MFA through the Stark producing program at USC. While at USC, she produced an award winning short film and found her passion for story. She started her film career at MGM in the features department, then worked at Simon Kinberg’s production company, Genre Films, helping develop projects like THE... Read More →
avatar for Sara Rastogi

Sara Rastogi

Creative Executive at Ridley Scott Films
A Texas native, Sara Diya Rastogi graduated from the University of Texas in Austin where she began her filmmaking career. Since moving to Los Angeles, Sara has pursued her passion as a film producer. Sara has formed extensive relationships in the industry through her work across a large cross-section of production companies and studios alike. Her concentration in development began in the Story Department of DreamWorks Studios. Currently, Sara... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

9:00am

French TV Dramas : New International Players 
Over the last few years, French television dramas have reached new levels of creativity and sophistication in the areas of writing, acting, and directing. They have explored new genres and formats through audacious storylines and complex characters, bringing a breath of fresh air to contemporary entertainment. Acclaimed by critics and relished by audiences, the success of these series has transcended French borders. French producers are making TV dramas with international appeal, such as Spiral, The Returned, Versailles, and The Bureau. Discover the players of this new era and why France is now on the international television map.


Saturday October 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

9:00am

Improv Your Morning!
It’s no secret. Writers, by nature, are… well…a bit more on the introspective side. Pitching your logline like a trained Shakespearian actor or approaching your screenwriting idol with the confidence of Kanye West during the Grammy’s may feel a tad out of your comfort zone. Never fear – AFF is here! For the first year ever, the Festival will be offering morning improv workshops during the Conference to help you warm up your inner Lone Star in order to “rise and shine” throughout the day. Hopefully, you’ll be given the opportunity to say “yes, and” to new skills, friendships, and that screenplay deal. No experience necessary!

Community Partners

Saturday October 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

9:00am

Independent Filmmaking: Keeping the Vision Big with a Limited Budget
The biggest obstacle to getting your film made can be the budget, and a lot of extraneous cost can be eliminated in the script itself.  After all, what makes every film special is the message and heart inside the story. Many indie film writers are challenged with packing their pages with depth that won’t frighten a producer but yet will translate to a fully-realized world inside the frame. Join this panel on how to keep the vision big with a budget that is transcended by the power of imagination.

Moderators
avatar for Allen Odom

Allen Odom

Moderator

Panelists
avatar for Kai Barry

Kai Barry

writer/director Newcomer
Trained in mechanical engineering (BS) and mechatronics (MSE) at Stanford University, Kai worked as a product designer and interface designer (TiVo) in Silicon Valley before pursuing an MFA at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Since completing his film studies, Kai has written for top Hollywood producers including Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black I, II, III),  Philippe Rousselet (Lord of War, Source Code), and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones... Read More →
avatar for Negin Farsed

Negin Farsed

co-writer/co-director 3rd Street Blackout
Negin Farsad was named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post, named one of the 10 Best Feminist Comedians by Paper Magazine, and was selected as a TEDFellow for her work in social justice comedy. She has written for/appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, PBS, IFC, Nickelodeon and others. She is director/producer of the feature films Nerdcore Rising starring Weird Al Yankovic and The Muslims Are Coming! starring Jon Stewart, David Cross... Read More →
avatar for Alex Lightman

Alex Lightman

director Tear Me Apart
Coming off the back of a short period as an artist, Alex has gained a number of broadcast credits across film and TV and has directed a number of short films, music videos and adverts including the VFX heavy short The Boy with a Heart of Steel, Flyte - Please Eloise - Official Music Video, and adverts for Microsoft Windows Phone and eBay. Tear Me Apart marks Alex’s feature film directing debut.
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Will Moore

writer/director Jack's Apocalypse
Will Moore’s award-winning feature Satellite of Love premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival in 2012. It screened at over 20 film festivals nationwide and was released by FilmBuff in March 2013. IndieWire called the film “Absolutely gorgeous," stating "Rohmer would be proud he inspired Moore’s film.” At 24 Moore made his first feature, Wesley Cash, a film that was distributed by Vanguard Cinema. Next was a... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

9:00am

On Story Lounge
Stop by the On Story Lounge, offering space for writers to meet, mingle, and learn more about Austin Film Festival's On Story Project, which umbrellas an extensive archive, television program podcast, book, and radio show. The On Story Project shares treasured in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling through film and television with the public, gleaned from 21 years of archived footage from the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. Learn more at www.onstory.tv.

Saturday October 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

9:00am

Point of (Inter)View: Storytelling Through Documentaries
Though documentaries are generally pieces of non-fiction, they still very much employ conventions of storytelling. In fact, there's even a multi-layered writing process involved. From conception to post-production, documentary filmmakers are required to constantly adapt to unforeseeable elements and craft a narrative based off the stories and accounts they are able to capture. Join these filmmakers for a conversation on the importance and techniques of planning, interviews, editing, and storytelling through documentaries.

Moderators
avatar for Gregory Curtis

Gregory Curtis

Moderator; Former Editor of Texas Monthly
Gregory Curtis was the Editor of Texas Monthly from 1981-2000. During his editorship, the magazine won many prizes including five National Magazine Awards. In 2000, it was selected by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the ten best magazine editors in the country. Curtis has been published in Texas Monthly, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Fortune, and Time. He is the author of two... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Nancy Buirski

Nancy Buirski

director/producer By Sidney Lumet, Afternoon of a Faun, The Loving Story
Nancy Buirski is the Director and Producer of By Sidney Lumet (2015), which recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Her documentary Afternoon of a Faun (2013) had its World Premiere at the 51st New York Film Festival and International Premiere at the 64th Berlinale. It was broadcast in June 2014 by American Masters/PBS and released theatrically by Kino Lorber in the U.S.  She is the Director, Producer and Writer of the Peabody and... Read More →
avatar for Scott Haze

Scott Haze

director Mully
Scott Haze is an actor, director and writer, born in Dallas Texas.  An alumnus of the Stella Adler Conservatory and Playhouse West, which was founded by Robert Carnegie and Sanford Meisner. In 2006 Haze envisioned, built and founded The Sherry Theater in the North Hollywood Arts District in California, naming the theater after his mother. Plays penned by Haze have included 2006’s critically acclaimed, Devil’s... Read More →
avatar for James Moll

James Moll

director/producer Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, Running the Sahara, Inheritance, The Last Days
James Moll’s career as a documentary filmmaker has earned him an Oscar, two Emmys and a Grammy.  Moll has directed and produced such films as FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH about the 16-year career of the rock band Foo Fighters; the sports adventure RUNNING THE SAHARA, executive produced by Matt Damon; INHERITANCE, about the daughter of a Nazi concentration camp commander; and THE LAST DAYS, executive produced by Steven... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

9:00am

Pros and (Comic) Cons
You’ve likely noticed the abundance of comic book-inspired films cropping up at the local Cineplex. The rich back catalogue of nearly a century’s worth of content provides a seemingly never-ending source of inspiration for big budget spectacles, offbeat comedies, and even quirky romances. And while many of these characters are transformed before our eyes into heroes and villains, how do the writers transform their source material to something that can kick butt on screen? Learn from our superhero panelists on what they did to stay true to such mystical worlds while still infusing originality into these beloved and intricate stories. We promise this panel will be simply Marvel-ous.

Moderators
avatar for Alisa Perren

Alisa Perren

Moderator
Alisa Perren is Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She is author of Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s and co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method.  In addition, she is a co-founder and co-managing editor of the newly launched journal, Media Industries. Her research and teaching focus on production... Read More →

Panelists
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
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 directorial debut, the romantic thriller Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, re-teamed him with producer Joel Silver. Shane was the recipient of the 2006 Austin Film... Read More →
avatar for Christos Gage

Christos Gage

writer Daredevil, Law & Order: SVU
Christos Gage has a decade’s worth of comic book credits, including BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, SPIDER-MAN, AVENGERS ACADEMY and many more, as well as the original graphic novels AREA 10 and SUNSET. He has made the New York Times bestseller list three times, with SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN and his first two volumes of BUFFY. He was writer and Associate Producer of the Larry Clark-directed film TEENAGE CAVEMAN for HBO. His video game writing... Read More →
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Nicole Perlman

writer Guardians of the Galaxy
Nicole Perlman graduated NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2003 with a double major in Dramatic Writing and Film Production. Since then she has gone on to win the Tribeca Film Festival's Sloan Grant for Science in Film for her screenplay "Challenger," which also placed on the 2006 Black List. The same year she was named one of Variety Magazine's Top Ten Writers to Watch, and was listed in The Playlist's Ten Screenwriters On the Rise in 2013... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

9:00am

Writers Sanctuary
Away from the bustle of the parties and events, there will be a NEW Screenwriters Sanctuary offered to anyone looking for a dedicated space to set meetings, talk shop, or get some of those freshly inspired ideas down on the page. Caffeine and hydration included.

Saturday October 31, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall

10:30am

Script-to-Screen: Dracula
James V. Hart, writer of Contact, Hook, and  Epic, will “take a bite” into his internationally successful Bram Stoker’s Dracula for a very special and spooky Script-to-Screen. Using specific excerpts from his screenplay and clips from the final film, Hart will discuss the adaptation process, the script’s evolution, the writer/director relationship with Francis Ford Coppola, and how he sees the film now, 23 years after its release.

Those who enrolled in the advance sign-up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The panel will then open to remaining Badge holders.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

Moderator; Professor of Screenwriting, Fiction, and Film at Baylor University
Greg Garrett has been a moderator and panelist at the conference for over a decade, interviewing luminaries from Lawrence Kasdan to Damon Lindelof. He is also the Festival's scholarly liaison, consulting on grant making, the Young Filmmaker's Program, and the On Story book. Himself the author of four acclaimed novels and a number of nonfiction works on film and culture, Greg is 2013 Centennial Professor at Baylor University, where his students... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for James V Hart

James V Hart

writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones
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, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND, directed by Brian Henson, and CONTACT, directed by Robert Zemeckis. Other writing/producing credits... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by Final Draft

10:45am

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

*This Roundtable requires advance sign-up at the Roundtable Registration and takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 30 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 31 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Panelists
avatar for Emily Cook

Emily Cook

writer Ratatouille, Gnomeo & Juliet
Emily Cook began her film career as a runner for Working Title Films in London (Four Weddings and a Funeral). After 9 years and a move to LA, she became VP (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, High Fidelity), before leaving to write. Cook and Kathy Greenberg wrote on Pixar’s Rataouille and Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet. Together they have written for every major studio and are currently writing a musical for Sony.  
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

writer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena, Three Seconds
Matt is a screenwriter, director, and producer of various studio and independent films. He adapted Three Seconds based on the international best selling novel by Börge Hellström and Anders Roslund, starring Luke Evans and David Oyelowo. He also wrote/produced By Way of Helena, starring Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth, and Triple Nine starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Normal Reedus, Anthony Mackie, Casey... Read More →
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

Enderby Entertainment; producer Rosemont, Go With Me, Dawn Patrol, About Cherry
Enderby Entertainment’s co-founder, producer Rick Dugdale, serves as company’s president and CEO.  Dugdale oversees all aspects of finance and production for Enderby and spearheads Enderby Entertainment’s worldwide relationships with its community of investors.  Dugdale is also the CEO of Tony-Seven Films, Enderby Entertainment’s genre division.   In addition, Dugdale supervises each Enderby... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Ewing

Rebecca Ewing

Agent ICM Partners
avatar for Allison Friedman

Allison Friedman

Creative Executive Color Force
Allison grew up in Las Vegas and attended The University of Pennsylvania before getting her MFA through the Stark producing program at USC. While at USC, she produced an award winning short film and found her passion for story. She started her film career at MGM in the features department, then worked at Simon Kinberg’s production company, Genre Films, helping develop projects like THE... Read More →
avatar for Robert Nelson Jacobs

Robert Nelson Jacobs

writer Chocolat, Dinosaur, The Shipping News, The Water Horse
ROBERT NELSON JACOBS grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Yale University, where he received the Curtis Literary Prize for his short fiction, and he later earned a master’s degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He began his career as a writer of short stories that were published in little, prestigious magazines and generated little, prestigious income.     His love of movies... Read More →
avatar for Michael Lazo

Michael Lazo

Manager at Untitled Entertainment
Michael Lazo began his career developing special artistic projects for the Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson and Mark Taper Forum theatres) in Los Angeles. He then transitioned to the representation business starting in the Talent Department of I.C.M. followed by positions of running the talent departments of Writers and Artists Agency (6 years) and Paradigm (15 years). He moved into talent management 6 years ago at Untitled Entertainment, one of... Read More →
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Roy Lee

executive producer Bates Motel, The Departed, The Ring, The Grudge; producer The Lego Movie
ROY LEE (Producer) earned his first motion picture producing credit asExecutive Producer on Gore Verbinski’s 2002 blockbuster The Ring. He went on toproduce the 2004 haunted house horror The Grudge, which, upon its October 2004release, broke the record for the biggest opening weekend of all time for a horror film.October 2006 saw the release of The Departed, a crime thriller at Warner Bros., directedby Martin Scorsese and starring Jack... Read More →
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Jarrod Murray

co-founder Epicenter
Jarrod grew up in small-town Alabama, and attended the University of Southern Mississippi. After saving up money working in construction, he spent a few months interning in New York, then made the cross-country trek to LA for grad school at the American Film Institute's producing program.    Post-AFI, he worked his way up from intern to creative executive for agent-turned-producer Marty Adelstein, where he worked on Prison... Read More →
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Adam Pava

writer Boxtrolls
Adam Pava wrote the stop-motion hit The Boxtrolls, which earned a 2015 Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. He currently has projects in development at Laika, Warner Brothers, Fox, and Dreamworks Animation, and is writing a sequel for The Lego Movie franchise. The first script he wrote was named one of the “Six Best Unproduced Animated Screenplays” by Written By, the magazine of the Writers’ Guild of... Read More →
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Mark Protosevich

DARK MATTERS FEATURE JUROR; writer I Am Legend, Thor, Old Boy, Poseidon, The Cell
Mark Protosevich is a screenwriter whose credits include The Cell, Poseidon, I Am Legend, Thor and Old Boy.  The Cell (2000) starred Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, and Vincent D’Onofrio, and was the feature film debut of director Tarsem Singh (The Fall, Immortals, Mirror Mirror).  Roger Ebert listed The Cell as one of the ten best films of 2000 and Protosevich’s screenplay was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. Poseidon... Read More →
avatar for Terry Rossio

Terry Rossio

Co-Creator Wordplay; writer Shrek, Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Déjà Vu, The Mask of Zorro
Terry Rossio is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and producer whose work spans animation and live action. Credits to date include the four PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films, ALADDIN, the Oscar-winning SHREK, DEJA VU, NATIONAL TREASURE 2:  BOOK OF SECRETS, THE LONE RANGER, and THE MASK OF ZORRO, plus more than a dozen other studio releases. He is the co-founder of Wordplay (http://www.wordplayer.com), a web-based resource for... Read More →
avatar for John Swetnam

John Swetnam

writer Step Up: All In, Evidence, Into the Storm, Breaking Through
John Swetnam was an "Air Force Kid" and grew up all over the world. He sold his first spec script EVIDENCE to Bold Films, which was released in 2013. His next spec, INTO THE STORM, was setup at New Line Cinema with Broken Road producing and was released August 8th, 2014. He was brought on to script the fifth installment of the half-billion dollar dance franchise, STEP UP: ALL IN, which was also released August 8th, 2014. The films have grossed... Read More →
avatar for Mark Swift

Mark Swift

writer Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Friday the 13th (2009), Baywatch (2017), Genie (2018)
With almost 20 years experience as a working screenwriter, Mark Swift has written in nearly every genre for every studio. Along with his writing partner Damian Shannon, he wrote the box office hits "Friday the 13th" (2009) and "Freddy vs. Jason" (2003) and was the first writer on the animated hit "Shark Tale" (2004). They are currently working on a live-action prequel to the Disney animated classic Aladdin entitled “Genie” (2018), the... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

10:45am

A Conversation with Charles Burnett
Sit down for a conversation with writer, director, and producer Charles Burnett, of whom’s work New York Times film critic A.O. Scott once said “is an indelible reminder of what real independence looks like.” Listen as Burnett discusses his storied career in independent film, from his neo-realist classic Killer of Sheep (1978) to My Brother’s Wedding (1983) and To Sleep With Anger (1990), as well as his various projects in television and documentary films. Hailed as a visionary director and an important voice for African-American cinema, Burnett’s works often tackle the complex themes of race, family, and identity without resorting to stereotypes or clichés. This is a conversation you don’t want to miss.

Moderators
avatar for Michael MacCambridge

Michael MacCambridge

Moderator
From 1988-95, Michael MacCambridge was a columnist and critic at the Austin American-Statesman, writing about movies, music and popular culture. Since then, he has written and edited several books, including America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured A Nation, which The Washington Post named as one of the most distinguished works of non-fiction in 2004. MacCambridge's freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Charles Burnett

Charles Burnett

writer/director Killer of Sheep, To Sleep with Anger, The Glass Shield
Charles Burnett, a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, received a B.A. and a M.F.A. from UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television. Killer of Sheep, his UCLA thesis film won the Critics' Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, and won the first-place honor at the Sundance Film Festival, and was declared a "national treasure" by the Library of Congress. After winning a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1980, Burnett began work on his sophomore feature... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

10:45am

A Conversation with the 2015 Awardees
Join this highly anticipated conversation with the 2015 Awardees, Chris Cooper, Brian Helgeland, Norman Lear, and John Singleton, as they discuss their careers and approaches to the art, craft, and business of storytelling through film and television.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director Austin Film Festival

Panelists
avatar for Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper

Extraordinary Contribution to Film - Actor Awardee
One of the most respected character actors of our time, Chris Cooper was recognized in 2003 with an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of ‘John Laroche’ in Columbia Pictures’ “Adaptation,” written by Charlie Kauffman (“Being John Malkovich”) and directed by Spike Jonze.   Cooper was also recognized for his performance in the film by numerous... Read More →
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
Brian Helgeland was born in 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island.  He was raised mainly in New Bedford, Massachusetts where his family made their living in that city’s fishing industry.  After somehow receiving an undergraduate degree in English, Brian took a site as a 'half-share' man on the fishing vessel Mondego II. A chance meeting with a book entitled “A Guide To Film School” changed... Read More →
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
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film, and as a political and social activist and philanthropist. Mr. Lear began his television writing career in 1950 when he and his partner, Ed Simmons, were signed to write for The Ford Star Revue, starring Jack Haley. After only four shows, they were hired away by Jerry Lewis to write for him and Dean Martin on The Colgate Comedy Hour, where they worked until the end of... Read More →
avatar for John Singleton

John Singleton

Extraordinary Contribution to Film Awardee
John Singleton grew up in South Central Los Angeles and his work as a film director, producer, and screenwriter frequently depicts these turbulent, often violent roots. He studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, winning three writing awards from the university, which lead to a contract with Creative Artists Agency during his sophomore year. In 1991, Columbia Pictures bought his script... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

10:45am

Austin Pitch #7
It’s the 13th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

Panelists
avatar for Dan French

Dan French

writer The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Dennis Miller
Dan French is a writer/producer bouncing back and forth from Austin and LA on many projects, all comedy. He's currently running a small production company in Austin, creating mini-documentaries for startup businesses. His past credits include staff talk show jobs on Dennis Miller, The Late, Late Show, many others.    
avatar for Herschel Weingrod

Herschel Weingrod

writer Trading Places, Brewster's Millions, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Space Jam; producer Falling Down
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 and the London Film School, and a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Mr. Weingrod resides in Los Angeles... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

10:45am

Based on a Short Story: Sleepy Hollow
The short story adaptation is sort of the exception in the world of adaptations. Generally, reformatting a previously conceived work involves cutting—picking and choosing the scenes or aspects that can make it into your script and discarding the rest. For short stories, though, it’s the opposite—taking a smaller story and expanding and developing it. This presents a unique set of challenges. How do you add new characters and new scenes and still retain the spirit of the source material? Join both film and television writers as they discuss adapting perhaps one of the most well known short stories—Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Moderators
avatar for Steph Opitz

Steph Opitz

Moderator

Panelists
avatar for Mark Goffman

Mark Goffman

executive producer/showrunner Sleepy Hollow; writer Limitless, The West Wing, and White Collar
Mark Goffman is an acclaimed producer and writer in Los Angeles. In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter listed him as one of the 50 most influential showrunners. Most recently, he served as executive producer and showrunner for Fox's hit TV series, SLEEPY HOLLOW. Previously, Goffman was executive producer of USA's WHITE COLLAR, and a staff writer on THE WEST WING. Goffman also ran the writers' room for NBC's STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP. He has... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Kevin Walker

Andrew Kevin Walker

2015 Presenter of the Distinguished Screenwriter Award; writer Se7en, Sleepy Hollow, The Wolfman
Andrew Kevin Walker is known for writing SE7EN, Tim Burton's SLEEPY HOLLOW, rewrites of THE GAME and FIGHT CLUB, and scripts for HBO's TALES FROM THE CRYPT and PERVERSIONS OF SCIENCE, as well as two shorts -- THE FOLLOW and AMBUSH -- for the BMW Short Film Series, THE HIRE.  


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

10:45am

Independent Filmmaking: The Filmmakers Check-List
The script is done, the money is raised (or as much as it will be), and it is time for the real fun to begin: shooting schedules, casting, permits, putting together a production team, and resetting the entire film in an apartment. Learn how to put together a comprehensive check-list and how to make the tough decisions that reside within the scope of pre-production so you can leave room for creative choices once you are on set.

Moderators
avatar for Ashland Viscosi

Ashland Viscosi

Moderator; Consultant at Production for Use
Ashland Viscosi is a consulting partner at Production for Use, a boutique firm that offers producer services for hire for television and film projects. In addition to providing consultation services in any area of production, she specializes in crafting investor packets and business plans. She has produced several short films to date; including the festival hits Rat Pack Rat (Sundance 2014 - Special Jury Prize for Unique Vision, SXSW... Read More →

Panelists
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Robert Bauer

producer Baby, Baby, Baby
Bauer made a mess of things as a young truant growing up in europe. His carefully crafted disheveled behavior led to a handful of years in front of the camera – warf's warring protégé in star trek's next gen, johnny horne in david lynch's twin peaks, and of course everyone's favorite roadie, moke, from this is spinal tap are but a few of his more forgettable performances. Heading the advice of his closests advisors, namely his... Read More →
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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
Nicolas Gonda began his film career at Focus Features, working on the publicity, marketing, and worldwide distribution of a number of Academy Award® winning films such as THE PIANIST and ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND. In 2005, he joined the production of Terrence Malick’s THE NEW WORLD, where he served as the Music Supervisor and oversaw elements of the film’s post-production. He went on to work with Mr. Malick as... Read More →
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Jan Vardoen

writer/director Autumn Fall
Jan Vardøen is a Norwegian auteur director/producer who has recently moved into the world of film. In 2013 he made the short "Working Stiff", in 2014 the feature "Heart of Lightness" and in 2015 the feature "Autumn Fall". He will be making one feature a year for the forseeable future. In 2016 "The Norwegian House" and in 2017 "Malecón". Both are in preproduction and shooting has started. | | His background is somewhat... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

10:45am

On Story Lounge
Stop by the On Story Lounge, offering space for writers to meet, mingle, and learn more about Austin Film Festival's On Story Project, which umbrellas an extensive archive, television program podcast, book, and radio show. The On Story Project shares treasured in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling through film and television with the public, gleaned from 21 years of archived footage from the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. Learn more at www.onstory.tv.

Saturday October 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

10:45am

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

Panelists
avatar for John August

John August

writer Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Go; co-host Scriptnotes
John August’s screenwriting credits include Go, Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and both Charlie’s Angels movies. His feature directing debut, The Nines, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. For television, he has created series for The WB, Fox and ABC. He wrote the book for the Broadway musical version of Big Fish. His company, Quote-Unquote Apps, makes several apps of interest to... Read More →
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Kelly Marcel

writer Saving Mr. Banks, Fifty Shades of Grey; writer/executive producer Terra Nova
Kelly Marcel is known for writing Saving Mr. Banks, Fifty Shades of Grey, and writing/executive producing Terra Nova.
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

co-host ScriptNotes; writer Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II & III, Scary Movie 3 & 4, Rocketman
Craig Mazin is the writer of the hit feature film Identity Thief and co-writer of the blockbuster comedies The Hangover Part II and Part III. His upcoming projects include Universal Film's The Huntsman, starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt; an adaption of the best-selling novel Three Bags Full for producer Lindsay Doran and director Scott Frank for... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

10:45am

Writers Sanctuary
Away from the bustle of the parties and events, there will be a NEW Screenwriters Sanctuary offered to anyone looking for a dedicated space to set meetings, talk shop, or get some of those freshly inspired ideas down on the page. Caffeine and hydration included.

Saturday October 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall

10:45am

X, Y, and Why: Writing Gender and Sexuality
Writing gender and sexuality can both easily fall prey to stereotypes and clichés – two things the industry has seriously struggled with overcoming. In this panel, Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, Mother and Child), Jack Burditt (30 Rock, Mindy Project, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and Kathy Greenberg (The L-Word) will discuss writing complex characters that break stereotypical molds and why this is important to the landscape of film and television.

Moderators
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Bethany Johnson

Moderator
Bethany Johnson is an aspiring screenwriter who currently divides her time between Texas and California. She has written 3 original feature films and a novel, and worked as a script consultant, story developer and ghostwriter on several projects. She is currently writing a horror/mystery television series.

Panelists
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
Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, and later in Burbank, CA, graduated from Burbank High School. Worked too many odd jobs to list, but did longer stints at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Lockheed, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, before becoming a script reader (Disney, Tri-Star) and later a TV writer.  Credits include “Mad About You,” “Frasier,” “Just Shoot Me,” “The New... Read More →
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Rodrigo Garcia

writer/director Last Days in the Desert, Mother and Child, Nine Lives; director Albert Nobbs; executive producer In Treatment
Mexican director Rodrigo Garcia has directed a variety of independent films, including the award-winning “Nine Lives”; the three-time Academy Award-nominated feature “Albert Nobbs,” starring Glenn Close; and “Mother and Child,” starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson. In 2000,Rodrigo’s first film as a writer and director, “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at... Read More →
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Kathy Greenberg

co-creator The L Word; writer Ratatouille, Gnomeo & Juliet
Kathy Greenberg began her film career as an executive at IndieProd/Tristar (The Quick and the Dead, Mary Reilly) then as VP at Jim Henson films (Buddy, Good Boy, Muppets in Space) and SVP Working Title (Elizabeth, Hi-Lo Country) before leaving to write. Greenberg is the Co-creator of the Showtime series The L Word and was a writer with Emily Cook on Pixar’s Ratatouile and Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet. Cook and Greenberg have written for... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Omni Hotel, Capital Ballroom

10:45am

Young Filmmakers Panel: Imagination Never Gets 'Old'
How often do you get the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And if the answer is “screenwriter”, do you really know the ins and outs of what that means? Sit down with writers, producers, and executives for a discussion on what a screenwriting career in Hollywood looks like, how creativity can be honed, and how imagination isn’t just for kids. Michael H. Weber (writer Paper Towns) will talk indie film, Nicole Perlman (writer Guardians of the Galaxy), will share secrets on comic book adaptations and big Hollywood blockbusters, Liz Tigelaar (Bates Motel) will chat all things TV, and Emily Mollenkopf will reveal behind-the-scenes intel on her work as a Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios.

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Julius

Jessica Julius

Senior Creative Executive of Development at Walt Disney Studios
Jessica Julius is Senior Creative Executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She has over 10 years experience in film development and production, working on the Academy Award®-winning features Frozen and Big Hero 6, as well as the Academy Award®-nominated films Wreck-It Ralph, Winnie the Pooh,Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, and Bolt. She was the Story Production Supervisor on Frozen, the #1 animated feature film of all time, and is... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Emily Mollenkopf

Emily Mollenkopf

Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios
Emily Mollenkopf is the Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios. Emily joined Pixar in 2011 as a story coordinator on Pixar's first TV special; Toy Story of TERROR! She began her career at G4 Television producing videogame-centric content for X-Play and Attack of the Show. As Development Executive Emily gives directors creative feedback as they begin the process of crafting their stories, helps to match them with screenwriters, and... Read More →
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Nicole Perlman

writer Guardians of the Galaxy
Nicole Perlman graduated NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2003 with a double major in Dramatic Writing and Film Production. Since then she has gone on to win the Tribeca Film Festival's Sloan Grant for Science in Film for her screenplay "Challenger," which also placed on the 2006 Black List. The same year she was named one of Variety Magazine's Top Ten Writers to Watch, and was listed in The Playlist's Ten Screenwriters On the Rise in 2013... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

12:00pm

All Mistakes Buried

(USA, 84 min)

Writers: Tim McCann, Shaun Sanghani (both in attendance)

Director: Tim McCann

Cast: Sam Trammell (in attendance), Vanessa Ferlito, Missy Yager

Struggling with drug addiction and heartbreak after his recent separation, Sonny looks to make amends by giving his wife a precious necklace on their anniversary. But when the necklace is stolen, he must delve into the dark corners of a Louisiana town to find it. Sonny faces dangerous drug dealers and truths he may not want to confront, all in a last ditch attempt to save his marriage.



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Saturday October 31, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Hideout Theatre

12:00pm

Shorts Program 15: Young Filmmakers Showcase
(TRT: 101 min)

Help Wanted (USA, 7 min)
Writer/Director: Alyssa Valdez
A young kid discovers just how tough finding a job can be.

Mischief & Mayhem (USA, 7 min)
Writer/Director: Isabelle Hodge
A mischievous fairy tests the strength of a young girl’s crush through a series of tests. Will it survive or fade away?

Once Bitten, Twice Shy (USA, 10 min)
Writer/Director: Caitlin O’Brien
An awkward vampire gets an email from a desperate couple. Will this be the end of her loneliness?

The Archer Hadley Story (USA, 3 min)
Writer/Director: Benjamin Root
An inspiring story about the change you can bring about in your school and the impact you can have on those around you no matter who you are.

Invisible People (USA, 3 min)
Writer/Directors: Jacqueline Demar Gunter, Gage Gunter
A documentary about the non-profit Chow Train and the work they do in San Antonio, Texas.



STOP. (USA, 6 min)
Writer/Director: Julia Retzlaff
Put yourself in the shoes of high-school girls in America and see what they experience on a daily basis.

Dream (USA, 4 min)
Writer/Directors: Julia Retzlaff, Marielle Boland
An introspective music video about facing the darker side of humanity.

Russian Roulette (USA, 2 min)
Writer: Caris Allen
Director: Chloe Calk
A hard-hitting spoken-word piece with a powerful message about women.

Breakfast (USA, 2 min)
Writer/Directors: Harrison Chen, Cole Gerthoffer
Breakfast foods unite and take their revenge!

Catch! (USA, 1 min)
Writer/Director: Thomas Schlenker
A father and son enjoy a game of catch at the park!

Good Morning (USA, 2 min)
Writer/Directors: Tina Nguyen, Melissa Cabrera, Isabel Nario
Every day starts with a nutritious breakfast; even for monsters!

Timid Waters (USA, 1 min)
Writer/Director: Haley Celusniak
Nothing can stop one dog from having fun at the beach—except maybe the water!

The Ripple Effect (Pakistan, 6 min)
Writer/Director: Sarah Khan
A documentary about the effects of water conservation on a small village.

Mimi & Bobby (USA, 7 min)
Writer/Director: Margaret Gill
A Skype conversation recounting how one girl’s grandparents met turns into a quirky re-enactment of their lives.

Blood Badge (USA, 9 min)
Writer/Director: Cal Etcheverry
A wannabe cowboy unwittingly stumbles into a feud between a local sheriff and Native American chief.

Counselor of the Lonely (USA, 6 min)
Writers: Pierson Hawkins, Carlos Lozano
Director: Pierson Hawkins
A married couple sees things in a new light as they look back on their relationship through a different lens.

It’s Really Odd (USA, 9 min)
Writer/Directors: Elisabetta Diorio, Joshua Leftwich
A young girl wants to know what the big deal is with kissing. Will her upcoming date let her in on the secret?

Starlight (USA, 9 min)
Writer/Director: Lorraine Shaller
A young girl on her way home receives some much needed guidance from a familiar stranger.

Roadblock (USA, 7 min)
Writers/Directors: McKenna Martin, Christian Whittemore
Sometimes the hardest part of passing your driving test is all in your head.

Saturday October 31, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Galaxy Highland, screen 9

12:00pm

Zen & the Art of Dying

(USA, 75 min)

Director: Broderick Fox (in attendance)

Zenith Virago is an activist and educator who for over 20 years has been leading Australia towards a more communal, celebratory, and creative engagement with death and dying. From her origins as a young mother in the UK, to her present day identity as a lesbian, feminist, and self-described “deathwalker" in the idyllic seaside town of Byron Bay, Zenith’s personal and professional experiences quietly challenge our core assumptions about life and dissolve our taboos around death.

Also in attendance: subject Zenith Virago


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Saturday October 31, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

12:15pm

Awards Luncheon presented by AKR Foundation
Don't miss this year's Awards Luncheon honoring:
NORMAN LEAR- OUTSTANDING TELEVISION WRITER
BRIAN HELGELAND- DISTINGUISHED SCREENWRITER AWARDEE

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, Gabbi Lindgren at 512-478-4795

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY. AFF reserves the right not to seat late parties. This ticket in non-transferable.

Panelists
avatar for Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper

Extraordinary Contribution to Film - Actor Awardee
One of the most respected character actors of our time, Chris Cooper was recognized in 2003 with an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of ‘John Laroche’ in Columbia Pictures’ “Adaptation,” written by Charlie Kauffman (“Being John Malkovich”) and directed by Spike Jonze.   Cooper was also recognized for his performance in the film by numerous... Read More →
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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
Brian Helgeland was born in 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island.  He was raised mainly in New Bedford, Massachusetts where his family made their living in that city’s fishing industry.  After somehow receiving an undergraduate degree in English, Brian took a site as a 'half-share' man on the fishing vessel Mondego II. A chance meeting with a book entitled “A Guide To Film School” changed... Read More →
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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
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film, and as a political and social activist and philanthropist. Mr. Lear began his television writing career in 1950 when he and his partner, Ed Simmons, were signed to write for The Ford Star Revue, starring Jack Haley. After only four shows, they were hired away by Jerry Lewis to write for him and Dean Martin on The Colgate Comedy Hour, where they worked until the end of... Read More →
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John Singleton

Extraordinary Contribution to Film Awardee
John Singleton grew up in South Central Los Angeles and his work as a film director, producer, and screenwriter frequently depicts these turbulent, often violent roots. He studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, winning three writing awards from the university, which lead to a contract with Creative Artists Agency during his sophomore year. In 1991, Columbia Pictures bought his script... Read More →

Community Partners
Sponsors

Saturday October 31, 2015 12:15pm - 2:15pm
The Austin Club 110 E. 9th Street, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm

Wanja
(Germany, 87 min)
U.S. Premiere
Writer/Director: Carolina Hellsgård
Cast: Anne Ratte-Polle, Nele Trebs, Robert Victor Minich

The former bank robber Wanja is released from a long prison sentence. As her feelings of loneliness escalate, Wanja sets out to find work and a new identity. Against all odds, she lands an internship at a horse race track. In the stable she gets to know the troubled teenager Emma, and a tentative friendship develops between the two women. When Emma slips deeper into her own drug abuse, Wanja decides to rescue her.

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Saturday October 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village presented by Sprint

12:30pm

Austin Pitch #8
It’s the 13th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

Panelists
avatar for Rebecca Ewing

Rebecca Ewing

Agent ICM Partners
avatar for Nancy Pimental

Nancy Pimental

writer/executive producer Shameless; writer South Park, The Sweetest Thing; showrunner The Most Popular Girls In School
Nancy M. Pimental got a degree in chemical engineering.  She then did what all engineers do.  Moved to LA to perform comedy. Her writing career began with a spec of South Park, a screenplay The Sweetest Thing, and a pilot starring Jenny McCarthy. Nancy was nominated for 2 Emmys.  South Park and co-hosting Win Ben Stein's Money. She won neither. Nancy's an executive producer/writer on Shameless and a consulting producer on The... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

12:30pm

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

Moderators
avatar for Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander

Moderator; writer The Intergalactic Nemesis
Jason Neulander is an award-winning writer, director, and producer based in Austin, Texas. He is best know for creating the transmedia sci-fi multiverse THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS, which takes the form of graphic novels, a PBS series, podcasts, audio dramas, novels, and a live theatrical tour. The Intergalactic trilogy has been booked into more than 170 venues around the world, including runs on Broadway and sold-out performances at the... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

12:30pm

On Story Lounge
Stop by the On Story Lounge, offering space for writers to meet, mingle, and learn more about Austin Film Festival's On Story Project, which umbrellas an extensive archive, television program podcast, book, and radio show. The On Story Project shares treasured in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling through film and television with the public, gleaned from 21 years of archived footage from the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. Learn more at www.onstory.tv.

Saturday October 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

12:30pm

Short Form Storytelling
No need to wait on the networks and studios… it’s the digital age! These days, it’s widely feasible to independently produce projects and find an audience by distributing online. With the rise of content readily available and decline of attention spans, many writers have turned to web series and digital shorts to give their voice an immediate home. Hear from panelists who have done just that on how to keep narratives as concise as they are compelling, and ways to use short form storytelling as a calling card.

Moderators
avatar for Linnea Toney

Linnea Toney

Moderator

Panelists
avatar for Evan Bregman

Evan Bregman

Head of Original Content, Portal A, SCRIPTED DIGITAL SERIES JUROR
Evan Bregman is Head of Original Content at Portal A, an independent creative studio based in San Francisco and Los Angeles that develops, produces and distributes video entertainment built for conversation. Bregman is an award-winning producer who most recently served as Executive Director of Digital Media at Electus, where he oversaw creative, production and audience development for all of the Electus... Read More →
avatar for Craig Comstock

Craig Comstock

co-creator/producer/director The Adventures of Catty Wompus
Born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA, Craig is a seasoned industry veteran and DGA member whose career spans over two decades.  His film credits include Chasing Mavericks, 42, Something’s Gotta Give, Cirque du Freak and Here Comes The Boom among others. He has worked with some of best minds in the business such as Brian Helgeland, Nancy Myers and Frank Darabont.  Craig is co-creator, producer and director of The... Read More →
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
Mexican director Rodrigo Garcia has directed a variety of independent films, including the award-winning “Nine Lives”; the three-time Academy Award-nominated feature “Albert Nobbs,” starring Glenn Close; and “Mother and Child,” starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson. In 2000,Rodrigo’s first film as a writer and director, “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at... Read More →
avatar for Julie Howe

Julie Howe

executive producer/writer/co-creator of The Adventures of Catty Wompus; AFF Comedy Screenplay Winner
After her comedy screenplay, Jasper Milliken, won at AFF in 2010 many doors opened and she got a development deal. Then, some of those doors closed so she crawled through an open window and created her own collaborative production company called Crooked Sidewalk.  | | Crooked Sidewalk’s first production, The Adventures of Catty Wompus, wrapped on July 31st, 2015 thanks to some incredibly hard-working co-creators and a... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

12:30pm

Story Driven Action
Action sells! It delights! But without a good story to support it, it totally bombs. Even the most intricately choreographed chase sequence that hops across rooftops and through unwieldy construction sites is only really meaningful and effective if it furthers the story or helps develop the world of the film. In this action-packed panel, writers will address your questions on how to incorporate action to thrill audiences and pitch to producers, while prioritizing the integrity of your story and driving it forward.

Moderators
avatar for R.B. Brenner

R.B. Brenner

Moderator; Director of the School of Journalism, UT Austin
R.B. Brenner is the new director of the School of Journalism and the G.B. Dealey Regents Professor in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He arrived at UT this summer from Stanford University, where he joined the faculty in 2010 after leaving The Washington Post. At The Post, his jobs included Metro Editor, Sunday Editor and Deputy Universal News Editor. He was one of the primary editors of the newspaper’s... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Peter Craig

Peter Craig

writer The Town, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts I and II, Blood Father
Peter Craig is a screenwriter whose credits include The Town (2010), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I (2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II, to be released in November 2015.   He’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and author of three novels.  He adapted and produced his third book, Blood Father, which recently finished shooting in New Mexico.  Currently, he's working on two... Read More →
avatar for Angela Kang

Angela Kang

writer/co-executive producer The Walking Dead; writer Terriers
Angela Kang is a Writer and Co-Executive Producer for THE WALKING DEAD. She joined the hit AMC series in Season 2. Prior to that, she was a writer for the FX series TERRIERS and NBC's DAY ONE.  Angela received a B.A. in Theater and English from Occidental College, and an M.F.A. in Writing for Screen and Television from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
avatar for Jeb Stuart

Jeb Stuart

writer Die Hard, The Fugitive, Fire Down Below, Another 48 Hours, Switchback
Jeb Stuart has been a motion picture and television screenwriter, director and producer for over 30 years and is considered one of the great action screenwriters in film history. His first film, DIE HARD was nominated for 4 Academy Awards and voted the Best Action Film of All Time by Entertainment Weekly(2007). In a 2012 New York Times Magazine article, Adam Sternbergh wrote: “as a genre, the American action film…produced one... Read More →

Community Partners
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LotuSIGN

LotuSIGN is a full service access management agency for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing founded in 2006.  Frequently cited as a world-class provider of American Sign Language (ASL) services, LotuSIGN organized and led interpreting at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC.   LotuSIGN supports the full range of interpreting needs, including health care, education, court, rehabilitative services, workplace communication... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

12:30pm

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

Panelists
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

co-host ScriptNotes; writer Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II & III, Scary Movie 3 & 4, Rocketman
Craig Mazin is the writer of the hit feature film Identity Thief and co-writer of the blockbuster comedies The Hangover Part II and Part III. His upcoming projects include Universal Film's The Huntsman, starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt; an adaption of the best-selling novel Three Bags Full for producer Lindsay Doran and director Scott Frank for... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Omni Hotel, Capital Ballroom

12:30pm

The Manager/Screenwriter Relationship, and Why You Need to Embrace Social Media
Rich "RB" Botto is the Founder & CEO of Stage 32 (stage32.com), the world's only online platform dedicated to connecting and educating film creatives, with over a half million members worldwide. RB is also a screenwriter repped by David Greenblatt, who had repped some of the biggest names in the industry, including AFF favorite, Shane Black, for the last 30 years. In this session, RB and his special guests will discuss how to attract a manager and why social media is so vitally important to gain traction in your screenwriting career. RB and his guests will use real life examples to prove that networking is just as important as honing your craft.

Panelists
avatar for Richard Botto

Richard Botto

Founder and CEO Stage 32
Richard "RB" Botto is the Founder and CEO of Stage 32 (www.stage32.com), the online platform dedicated to connecting and educating film, TV and theater creatives. Stage 32 has been featured in various entertainment and business publications including Variety, Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, Indiewire, and Huffington Post. Botto is a screenwriter (represented by David Greenblatt of Greenlit Creative), producer, actor and author. ... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

12:30pm

Writers Sanctuary
Away from the bustle of the parties and events, there will be a NEW Screenwriters Sanctuary offered to anyone looking for a dedicated space to set meetings, talk shop, or get some of those freshly inspired ideas down on the page. Caffeine and hydration included.

Saturday October 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall

12:30pm

SECOND ROUNDERS AND ABOVE PANEL: Demystifying the Development Process
This panel is open to Second Rounders and above only.

The term "in development" can be a scary one for a writer, mostly because once a script goes into development, it's not a sure thing it'll ever come out. What exactly goes into developing a script, who's involved, and how can a writer best prepare for the process? This panel will shed a light on the sometimes black hole that development can be and how to navigate the best methods for advocating for your story and sustaining creative momentum.

This panel is open to Second Rounders and above.

Moderators
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

Founding Director, The Screenplay Workshop
Jill Chamberlain is a sought-after script doctor, story consultant, and screenwriting coach. She is the Founding Director of The Screenplay Workshop, Austin's only educational institution dedicated solely to the craft of screenwriting (www.thescreenplayworkshop.org). She is also on the faculty of the graduate film program at Maryland Institute College of Art. Many of her students and clients have achieved success, having their screenplays... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Jillian Apfelbaum

Jillian Apfelbaum

VP Content, Imperative Entertainment
Jillian is the Vice President of Content at Imperative Entertainment where she focuses on the development of original and branded entertainment across all media including film, television, video games, books, comics, and new media. In addition to recently announced features with Ruben Fleischer and Black List scribe Zach Dean, she optioned the New York Times-bestseller Circling the Sun by Paula McLain... Read More →
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Allison Friedman

Creative Executive Color Force
Allison grew up in Las Vegas and attended The University of Pennsylvania before getting her MFA through the Stark producing program at USC. While at USC, she produced an award winning short film and found her passion for story. She started her film career at MGM in the features department, then worked at Simon Kinberg’s production company, Genre Films, helping develop projects like THE... Read More →
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Emily Mollenkopf

Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios
Emily Mollenkopf is the Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios. Emily joined Pixar in 2011 as a story coordinator on Pixar's first TV special; Toy Story of TERROR! She began her career at G4 Television producing videogame-centric content for X-Play and Attack of the Show. As Development Executive Emily gives directors creative feedback as they begin the process of crafting their stories, helps to match them with screenwriters, and... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

12:30pm

SECOND ROUNDERS ROUNDTABLE: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television
*This roundtable is open to Second Rounders only and requires advance sign-up through the Screenplay Department.

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

*This roundtable is open to Second Rounders only and requires advance sign-up through the Screenplay Department.

Panelists
avatar for Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

producer
Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning films in Europe, Africa and the USA. His Czech narrative feature Mamas & Papas won Best Film and Best Script at the 2010 Hamptons IFF while Shut Up and Shoot Me, a Czech–British co-production, won Best Narrative Feature at the 2007 AFI Dallas IFF. He executive produced Academy Award-winning Czech director Jan Sverak’s Kooky, Special Jury Prize Winner at the... Read More →
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

writer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena, Three Seconds
Matt is a screenwriter, director, and producer of various studio and independent films. He adapted Three Seconds based on the international best selling novel by Börge Hellström and Anders Roslund, starring Luke Evans and David Oyelowo. He also wrote/produced By Way of Helena, starring Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth, and Triple Nine starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Normal Reedus, Anthony Mackie, Casey... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Cowell

Jesse Cowell

founder Jeskid Productions; writer/exec producer/director Drawn by Pain, Status Kill, Shades of Gray; Webby Award Winner
Jesse has written/directed/produced an average of 3 films for every year of his life. He first made his mark working in online video by creating the hit series, Drawn by Pain, Shades of Gray (not the S&M film) and Status Kill.   Called a “legend” by the massively popular Rooster Teeth Productions, Jesse was one of a handful of Vloggers creating content before YouTube opened its doors. He launched his first... Read More →
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Peter Dealbert

Owner/Manager/Producer, Pacific View Management
Peter Dealbert is the founder of Pacific View Management, a boutique literary management & production company based on the oceanfront in Santa Monica, CA. Peter grew up in New York, then lived in Northern California before moving to Los Angeles and starting his career as an agent trainee at the former Endeavor agency, now William Morris Endeavor.  He then moved to Principato Young Entertainment where he was promoted to manager in... Read More →
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Kelly Fullerton

executive story editor The Fosters
Kelly Fullerton was most recently executive story editor for ABC Family’s critically-acclaimed show, The Fosters. Previous credits include: the NBC show Next Caller  and  MTV’s hit comedy Awkward.  Kelly received her M.F.A. in screenwriting from UCLA as part of the television showrunner track.  At UCLA, Kelly was the recipient of the Sidney Sheldon award for her feature... Read More →
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Chris Mass

Moderator
Chris Mass co-wrote, produced, and starred in his first feature Chalk, which garnered numerous festival awards including AFF's Jury and Audience Awards before going on to be nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The feature brought Chris his first studio gig at Universal as well as a television deal with 20th Century Fox. Since then, Chris has written a variety of projects for the studios, including Bobbie Sue... Read More →
avatar for Tess Morris

Tess Morris

writer Man Up
Tess has been writing since she could walk (not 100% true) and her first words were ‘Elvis is the King!’ (100% true). Her latest screenplay, the romantic comedy MAN UP, made the 2011 Brit List, was picked up by Big Talk Pictures, co-produced by Studio Canal and BBC Films and released in 2015 directed by Ben Palmer and starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell. Tess is currently writing original screenplay TEXTBOOK BEHAVIOUR for Big Talk/BBC... Read More →
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Jarrod Murray

co-founder Epicenter
Jarrod grew up in small-town Alabama, and attended the University of Southern Mississippi. After saving up money working in construction, he spent a few months interning in New York, then made the cross-country trek to LA for grad school at the American Film Institute's producing program.    Post-AFI, he worked his way up from intern to creative executive for agent-turned-producer Marty Adelstein, where he worked on Prison... Read More →
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Michael Peterson

writer/executive producer/co-showrunner Bones
After a successful feature career, Michael Peterson transitioned to television by selling his first spec pilot, “Smooth Criminal,” to 20th Century Fox. In 2009, he began working on BONES, where he has since risen from staff writer to executive producer/co-showrunner. Peterson is married to the absolute love of his life (who just happens to be the best script editor in town); they have two children.  As a native of North... Read More →
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Kate Powers

writer Rectify; assistant on Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, UnReal, Quarry
Kate Powers began her television career as an intern on the first season of Mad Men, researching everything from the historically accurate pronunciation of “kaiten” to 1960s salaries. In 2008, she joined Breaking Bad as writers’ P.A. and showrunner’s assistant, eventually working as writers’ assistant through Season Four. She joined Rectify in its first season as a writers’ assistant, going on to co-write the... Read More →
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Anne Cofell Saunders

producer Chuck, Smallville; co-executive producer Revolution
Anne Cofell Saunders first broke into television as an assistant and lead researcher on the ground-breaking series "24," where she earned her first writing credit. From there she staffed on the critically acclaimed reimagining of "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA," where she shared a Peabody Award and was nominated for a Hugo award for the fan-favorite episode "Pegasus." She earned her first producer credit on two seasons of "CHUCK," followed by the final... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

12:30pm

Script-to-Screen: Saving Mr. Banks
Join writer Kelly Marcel and director John Lee Hancock for a script-to-screen of their beloved bio-pic, Saving Mr. Banks. Using specific scenes as examples, Marcel and Hancock will discuss their writer/director relationship, how this and the story evolved from pre-production through post, and the challenges of depicting such a poignant true story for the silver screen.

Those who enrolled in the advance sign-up for this session are required to show up 15 minutes early and will be admitted first. The panel will then open to remaining Badge holders.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Noll

Michael Noll

Moderator

Panelists
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John Lee Hancock

writer/director The Blind Side; writer Snow White and the Hunstman, The Magnificent Seven (upcoming); director Saving Mr. Banks
John Lee Hancock is a film writer, director and producer. His writing credits include A Perfect World, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Alamo, Snow White and the Huntsman and The Blind Side. His directing credits include The Rookie, The Alamo, The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks and The Founder, set to be released in 2016. Producing credits include My Dog Skip as well as the television shows, L.A. Doctors and Falcone.
avatar for Kelly Marcel

Kelly Marcel

writer Saving Mr. Banks, Fifty Shades of Grey; writer/executive producer Terra Nova
Kelly Marcel is known for writing Saving Mr. Banks, Fifty Shades of Grey, and writing/executive producing Terra Nova.


Saturday October 31, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by Final Draft

2:30pm

The Sex Temple
(Sweden, 82 min)

US Premiere

Director: Johan Palmgren

Christian runs a pool installation business by day, but by night, he is the proprietor of the Adam and Eva swinger club in Norrkoping, Sweden. Robin is the owner of the Arbis, a failing 19th century theater desperately in need of cash. When Adam and Eva burns down, Christian rents Arbis's basement to form a new sex club, but not without significant backlash from the community.

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 



Saturday October 31, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Hideout Theatre

2:30pm

Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown
(USA, 86 min)

Writers: Eric Murphy (in attendance), Sal Cardoni

Director: Eric Murphy

Before Trump, before Bernie Sanders, before anyone, Jim Traficant was the original bombastic populist, but with mobbed up street cred. Known for his polyester thrift store suits, shock top wigs, vulgar humor and profanity laced rhetoric against the FBI, IRS, and every president since Reagan, Traficant became a local hero in hometown of Youngstown, Ohio and political pariah everywhere else. This documentary follows the notorious politician through his successes and scandals, and showcases the city of Youngstown, which backed him up every step of the way.

Get all 8 days of film for only $65 with a Film Pass! Click here to get yours today! 



Saturday October 31, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Rollins Studio Theatre presented by HTC

2:45pm

*Roundtable: Adaptations and Writing Across Mediums
*Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art of translating or writing across multiple mediums. This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to panelists who have found success writing novels, short stories, plays, and adaptations for both film and television, and how this diverse skill set can inform and improve upon the writing process and approach. Come prepared with questions on how to transition from one medium to another, how to tackle adapting your own or others’ work, and the differences between writing styles and industries.

*This Roundtable requires advance sign-up at the Roundtable Registration and takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street.

ROUNDTABLE REGISTRATION HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 30 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 31 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Panelists
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)
Michael Fry has been a cartoonist and writer for over 30 years.  He has created or co-created four internationally syndicated comic strips including the current Over the Hedge (writer with T Lewis illustrating) for Universal Press Syndicate.  Over the Hedge runs in over 130 newspapers worldwide. Fry is also writes and illustrates the middle grade novel series The Odd Squad for... Read More →
avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

writer/director It's Not About the Nail, At the Bar, F*ck That: A Guided Meditation
Jason Headley’s short films have been featured on NBC’s TODAY Show, Banksy's Dismaland, SundanceTV, the front page of Funny or Die, the TED Conference, Vimeo Staff Picks, and film festivals far and wide. Jason has been selected to participate in the IFP Emerging Storytellers program and as a resident of the San Francisco Film Society FilmHouse. And he’s been commissioned by Heineken, Sony, and Chrysler to write, direct, and... Read More →
avatar for Shanon Ingles

Shanon Ingles

Writer, Telltale Games, Writer, Electronic Arts; Narrative Designer, Galxyz (Video Game)
Shanon is a video game writer, designer and copywriter living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Last year, she wrote and designed a narrative-driven educational game for kids called Galxyz. Her 15 year career has encompassed every kind of writing -- from journalism, advertising, screenwriting, to game writing at companies like Electronic Arts, 505 Games, Sony, and NBC Universal. She earned a B.A. in cognitive psychology from... Read More →
avatar for Robert Nelson Jacobs

Robert Nelson Jacobs

writer Chocolat, Dinosaur, The Shipping News, The Water Horse
ROBERT NELSON JACOBS grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Yale University, where he received the Curtis Literary Prize for his short fiction, and he later earned a master’s degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He began his career as a writer of short stories that were published in little, prestigious magazines and generated little, prestigious income.     His love of movies... Read More →
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Elias Madias

writer Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Elias Madias is a writer who has worked with the company Sleep Deprivation Lab as a script doctor on a number of AAA console games, the most recent being award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.   Previously, he worked in features in the family genre for multiple studios including Disney Feature Animation, Universal, and 20th Century Fox.  He has signed so many NDAs he’s unsure if he can even reveal his middle name in... Read More →
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Jason Neulander

Moderator; writer The Intergalactic Nemesis
Jason Neulander is an award-winning writer, director, and producer based in Austin, Texas. He is best know for creating the transmedia sci-fi multiverse THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS, which takes the form of graphic novels, a PBS series, podcasts, audio dramas, novels, and a live theatrical tour. The Intergalactic trilogy has been booked into more than 170 venues around the world, including runs on Broadway and sold-out performances at the... Read More →
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Pamela Ribon

Writer at Walt Disney Animation Studios; bestselling author; writer Romantically Challenged, Samantha Who?, Hot Properties
Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter, TV writer and bestselling author. In addition to writing upcoming features for both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sony Pictures Animation, Pamela has adapted her popular novels for both film and television, and developed original series and features for ABC, ABC Family, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney Channel and 20th Century Fox Productions. She has been a consultant for both film and television, including... Read More →
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Edward Ricourt

writer Now You See Me; writer/producer Jessica Jones (upcoming Netflix show)
Edward Ricourt’s films include: Now You See Me, produced by Summit Entertainment. Paramount Pictures brought his 2009 Black List script, Year 12. Joe Roth is Producing. Ricourt also wrote the graphic novel Anomaly for Relativity Entertainment. In TV, Ricourt worked as a Consulting Producer for the Marvel/Netflix TV series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones.   Edward’s plays have been produced at New York Stage and Film and the Manhattan... Read More →
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Caroline Thompson

writer/director Black Beauty; writer Edward Scissorhands, The Addams Family, The Secret Garden, The Nightmare Before Christmas
Caroline Thompson was born April 23, 1956 in Washington, D.C.  She graduated from Amherst College in 1978 and moved to California in 1979.  In 1983, she published a novel, FIRST BORN (Coward, McCann).  She adapted the book with and for the director, Penelope Spheeris.  Though the movie was never made, Caroline found she loved writing screenplays and focused her energy in that direction.  Her first movie, EDWARD... Read More →
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Alex Timbers

co-creator/writer Mozart in the Jungle; director Rosaline (upcoming)
Alex Timbers (Theater Director) Broadway: Peter and The Starcatcher (OBIE Award- Best Director, Tony nomination- Best Director), Rocky (Drama Desk and OCC nominations- Best Director), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (also book writer, Tony nomination- Best Book, Drama Desk Award- Best Book, Lortel and OCC Awards- Best Musical), and The Pee-wee Herman Show. His Off-Broadway credits Here Lies Love (Lortel Award- Best Director... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

2:45pm

A (Skype) Conversation with Carl Reiner
In the entertainment industry, there are comedy icons, and then there’s Carl Reiner. Creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show, director of films like The Jerk and Oh God!, and contributor to shows like Caesar’s Hour and Your Show of Shows, Reiner is in a class of his own. A nine-time (nine!!!) Emmy® winner, Reiner’s work with the likes of Mel Brooks, Dick Van Dyke, Larry Gelbart, George Burns, Steve Martin, and many others not only stands the test of time, but dictates to this day what’s funny. Join us for an exclusive Skype conversation with this television titan, and hear his take on comedy, writing, and the landscape of television and film today.

Moderators
avatar for Barry Josephson

Barry Josephson

Josephson Entertainment; producer Enchanted, Hide and Seek, The Last Boy Scout, Someone Marry Barry; executive producer Turn, Bones
Barry Josephson, President of Josephson Entertainment, is a film and television producer whose recent film projects include, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, released by Warner Brothers, and the international Walt Disney hit film, ENCHANTED. He has just completed principle photography of the film SOMEONE MARRY BARRY, production on TURN for AMC network and is nearing production of DIRTY GRANDPA at Universal.  Josephson is also at the helm of the popular... Read More →

Panelists
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
Depending on who you talk to, CARL REINER is best known as a co-star on the legendary television program, “Your Show of Shows”...or as the creator and co-star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show”...or as The Interviewer of “The 2000 Year Old Man”...or a director of feature films, including “The Jerk,” “All of Me,” “Oh, God!,” and “Where’s Poppa”...or as father of... Read More →

Community Partners
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LotuSIGN

LotuSIGN is a full service access management agency for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing founded in 2006.  Frequently cited as a world-class provider of American Sign Language (ASL) services, LotuSIGN organized and led interpreting at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC.   LotuSIGN supports the full range of interpreting needs, including health care, education, court, rehabilitative services, workplace communication... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

2:45pm

A Conversation with Daniel Alfredson
Join Daniel Alfredson, the director of two parts of the Millennium Trilogy: The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, for a conversation on not only adapting these powerful and gritty Stieg Larsson novels, but also adapting his directing approach in response to their world-wide acclaim and success.

Moderators
avatar for Steph Opitz

Steph Opitz

Moderator

Panelists
avatar for Daniel Alfredson

Daniel Alfredson

director Go With Me


Saturday October 31, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

2:45pm

A Conversation with John Singleton
Join us for a conversation with this year’s Extraordinary Contribution to Film award recipient: the Academy Award® nominated writer and director John Singleton. Since exploding onto the Hollywood scene in 1991 with Boyz n the Hood, Singleton has gone on to direct films like Poetic Justice, Shaft, and Four Brothers. Most recently he’s entered the world of television with his directing work on Empire. Don’t miss this discussion with Singleton as he details his approach to storytelling, his thoughts on the current state of Hollywood, and what he’s excited for next.

Moderators
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

Moderator
Fred Strype is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker whose work has been screened and honored internationally.  He is a tenured professor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where he heads up their Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Media Arts Program.  He served on the faculty of his alma mater, Columbia University in the Graduate Film Division where he earned his MFA in Film.  He is a partner in Raindance Pictures, an... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for John Singleton

John Singleton

Extraordinary Contribution to Film Awardee
John Singleton grew up in South Central Los Angeles and his work as a film director, producer, and screenwriter frequently depicts these turbulent, often violent roots. He studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, winning three writing awards from the university, which lead to a contract with Creative Artists Agency during his sophomore year. In 1991, Columbia Pictures bought his script... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Omni Hotel, Capital Ballroom

2:45pm

Austin Pitch #9
It’s the 13th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made of up agents, producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

Panelists
avatar for Anne Cofell Saunders

Anne Cofell Saunders

producer Chuck, Smallville; co-executive producer Revolution
Anne Cofell Saunders first broke into television as an assistant and lead researcher on the ground-breaking series "24," where she earned her first writing credit. From there she staffed on the critically acclaimed reimagining of "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA," where she shared a Peabody Award and was nominated for a Hugo award for the fan-favorite episode "Pegasus." She earned her first producer credit on two seasons of "CHUCK," followed by the final... Read More →
avatar for Bill True

Bill True

writer Runaway
Bill's debut feature, Runaway, premiered to universal accolades at Tribeca and Toronto. It went on to take the top prize at the Austin Film Festival and was subsequently released by eOne Films. Recently, Bill was tapped to adapt the true crime bestseller, Running with the Devil, with More/Medavoy Productions producing.  Most recently, Bill reunited with eOne's TV division to develop The Life, a forthcoming scripted drama series that explores... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room

2:45pm

Breaking In? Check! Now What?
In the movies, the story ends once the goal is reached, but what happens when the objective is actually making movies? Most hopefuls devote all of their focus to getting one foot in the door. The problem with that mindset is that no one tells you what to do when opportunity actually knocks. Join Michael Botti, Andrea Dimity, and Justin Marks as they suggest what steps to take next, and how to stay in once you’ve broken in.

Moderators
avatar for Linnea Toney

Linnea Toney

Moderator

Panelists
avatar for Michael Botti

Michael Botti

Manager at Industry Entertainment
avatar for Andrea Dimity

Andrea Dimity

Manager/Producer Pannon Entertainment, Inc.
Andrea Dimity is a film producer and literary manager based in Los Angeles. She started working in the entertainment industry while attending the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. Since then she has worked for such prolific producers and directors as Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Todd Phillips and Chris Meladandri in feature film development. Before starting Pannon Entertainment Inc., a Los Angeles based production/management... Read More →
avatar for Justin Marks

Justin Marks

writer The Jungle Book (2016); creator/executive producer Counterpart (upcoming)
Justin Marks is a screenwriter known for his work in multiple genres. He has written on major studio projects including Suicide Squad for Warner Brothers and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea for Disney. He most recently wrote The Jungle Book, a live-action film for Disney, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Bill Murray. Previous produced films include the celebrated masterpiece, Street Fighter... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

2:45pm

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

Moderators
avatar for Troy Anthony Miller

Troy Anthony Miller

writer/director Severance; writer The Hitch (2013 AFF Darkwoods Productions Horror Award Winner)
Troy Anthony Miller is a writer, filmmaker and improv comedian. His feature film Severance made its World Premiere at AFF in 2005, and his screenplay The Hitch (2013 AFF Horror Award Winner) is under option with filmmaker Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Walking Dead). He also holds the distinction of being a finalist in AFF’s Pitch Competition a record six times. In 2014, he... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 31, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

2:45pm

Have Pen, Will Travel
Writers in front of the camera? Phil Rosenthal and Chet Garner have each journeyed out of the writers’ chair and onto the set as the creators and hosts of their own specialty travel shows. Join this panel to learn about scripting the unscripted on both sides of the camera, trusting your instincts, the fine balance between spontaneity and advance preparation, and how to channel your inner storyteller when producing quality reality-based television.

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Odam

Matthew Odam

Austin American-Statesman Restaurant Critic and Travel Writer

Panelists
avatar for Chet Garner

Chet Garner

Moderator; host/executive producer/writer The Daytripper
Chet Garner is the creator, host, executive producer and writer of The Daytripper, a 3-time Emmy-award-winning program airing on PBS.  Born in Comanche, Texas and raised in Port Neches, Chet’s love for visual storytelling started at a young age as he toted around his grandfather’s VHS video camera and staged elaborate productions in his backyard often involving pints of fake blood and poor acting skills.  Chet earned a... Read More →
avatar for Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal

creator Everybody Loves Raymond; creator/host I'll Have What Phil's Having
Phil Rosenthal was born in Queens, New York and moved with his parents and brother to New City, New York in Rockland County, where he was raised. After graduating from Hofstra University on Long Island, where he majored in theater, he embarked on a career as an actor, writer and director in New York City. In 1989, he relocated to Los Angeles. Rosenthal’s early writing credits include the series “Down the Shore” and... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room

2:45pm

Independent Filmmaking: Film Sales & Festival Circuits
 Even after post-production, the independent filmmaking journey is not finished yet. The end goal, after all, is for people to see your film. Along with navigating the festival circuit, often a filmmaker’s ideal scenario is actually sell their film. This can be challenging and arduous work. This panel will feature distributors, producers, and filmmakers who can provide first-hand insight on the ever-changing indie film industry, marketing strategies and practices, and the positive role film festivals can play along the journey.

Moderators
avatar for Ashland Viscosi

Ashland Viscosi

Moderator; Consultant at Production for Use
Ashland Viscosi is a consulting partner at Production for Use, a boutique firm that offers producer services for hire for television and film projects. In addition to providing consultation services in any area of production, she specializes in crafting investor packets and business plans. She has produced several short films to date; including the festival hits Rat Pack Rat (Sundance 2014 - Special Jury Prize for Unique Vision, SXSW... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Christina Campagnola

Christina Campagnola

Independent Film Group at Agency for the Performing Arts
Christina Campagnola works in the Independent Film Group at the Agency for the Performing where she helps to package and sell independent films in the festival circuit. Prior to working at APA, Christina briefly worked in distribution where she managed online platforms and was at the forefront of social media marketing. She has also spent time working in production on independent films and television shows and is a graduate of the Florida State... Read More →
avatar for Dan Guando

Dan Guando

NARRATIVE FEATURE JUROR; Executive Vice President of Production and Acquisitions, The Weinstein Company
Dan Guando is Executive Vice President of Acquisitions, Production, and Development at The Weinstein Company, where he has worked for the last eleven years. During his time at TWC, Dan has overseen the acquisition of dozens of films, including The Imitation Game, The Artist, Fruitvale Station, Philomena,  The Grandmaster, Snowpiercer, Blue Valentine, Bully, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and Begin Again, and the... Read More →
avatar for Mark Lyons

Mark Lyons

Senior Manager of Sales and Business Management, Gravitas Ventures, NARRATIVE FEATURE JUROR
avatar for Duncan Montgomery

Duncan Montgomery

High Frequency Entertainment, LLC
Mr. Montgomery is an independent film producer based in Austin, TX.  In 2009, he produced The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, starring Lizzy Kaplan, Kris Kristofferson, and Peter Dinklage.  In 2011, he was an executive producer on Richard Linklater’s Bernie, starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley MacLaine.  The film debuted as the best independent theatrical release of 2012.  In 2013, Mr. Montgomery produced... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

2:45pm

On Story Lounge
Stop by the On Story Lounge, offering space for writers to meet, mingle, and learn more about Austin Film Festival's On Story Project, which umbrellas an extensive archive, television program podcast, book, and radio show. The On Story Project shares treasured in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling through film and television with the public, gleaned from 21 years of archived footage from the annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. Learn more at www.onstory.tv.

Saturday October 31, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Jim Hogg Parlor

2:45pm

Writers Sanctuary
Away from the bustle of the parties and events, there will be a NEW Screenwriters Sanctuary offered to anyone looking for a dedicated space to set meetings, talk shop, or get some of those freshly inspired ideas down on the page. Caffeine and hydration included.

Saturday October 31, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall

2:45pm

Young Filmmakers Program: Pitch 2
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.

This session is for the Young Filmmakers Program only.

Panelists
avatar for James V Hart

James V Hart

writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones
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, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND, directed by Brian Henson, and CONTACT, directed by Robert Zemeckis. Other writing/producing credits... Read More →
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Jessica Julius

Senior Creative Executive of Development at Walt Disney Studios
Jessica Julius is Senior Creative Executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She has over 10 years experience in film development and production, working on the Academy Award®-winning features Frozen and Big Hero 6, as well as the Academy Award®-nominated films Wreck-It Ralph, Winnie the Pooh,Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, and Bolt. She was the Story Production Supervisor on Frozen, the #1 animated feature film of all time, and is... Read More →
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Dave Reynolds

writer The Emperor's New Groove, Finding Nemo
Dave was one of the original writers on NBC's LATE NIGHT WITHCONAN O'BRIEN. In 1995, after over 400 shows he moved to LosAngeles and took a job at Walt Disney Feature Animation onthe movie TARZAN. There he met with a little-known animationstudio Disney was working with called PIXAR who hired him tohelp develop their second feature, A BUG'S LIFE (TOYSTORY would blow away the world later that year). For thenext six years he wrote on almost every... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

3:00pm

Guess Who Died?
A series about the life-loving and fastest growing segment of our population who ask this question daily: Guess Who Died?

Teleplay by: Norman Lear
Directed by: Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Moderators
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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
Screenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Awardfor best original screenplay for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy.  Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The Big Easy, starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin.  Petrie then served as producer of the thriller Shoot to Kill, starring Sidney Poitier and Tom... Read More →

Panelists
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
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film, and as a political and social activist and philanthropist. Mr. Lear began his television writing career in 1950 when he and his partner, Ed Simmons, were signed to write for The Ford Star Revue, starring Jack Haley. After only four shows, they were hired away by Jerry Lewis to write for him and Dean Martin on The Colgate Comedy Hour, where they worked until the end of... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
State Theatre

3:00pm

Clarence

(USA, 76 min)

Director: Kristin Catalano (in attendance)

No one exemplifies the motto, “Get busy living, or get busy dying” better than 85-year-old army veteran Clarence Garrett. Clarence goes back to college to finish his degree after dropping out of school 50 years earlier to take care of his family. Nothing will stop one of the happiest men you’ll ever meet from fulfilling his life’s passion of learning.



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Saturday October 31, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Galaxy Highland, screen 8

3:00pm

Man Up

(UK, 88 min)  

Writer: Tess Morris (in attendance)

Director: Ben Palmer

Cast: Lake Bell, Simon Pegg 

Meet Nancy (Lake Bell): 34, single, hungover, and exhausted by her well-meaning but clueless friends’ continual matchmaking. Ten times bitten, 100 times shy, after an especially disastrous set-up at her friends’ engagement party, Nancy is basically done with dating. That is until Jack (Simon Pegg) mistakes Nancy for his blind date under the clock at Waterloo Station, and she does the unthinkable and just … goes with it. Because what if pretending to be someone else finally makes her man up, and become her painful honest, awesomely unconventional, and slightly unstable true self?

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Saturday October 31, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Paramount Theatre

3:00pm

Script Reading Workshop: Maxwell 2.0
Five scripts have been chosen from this year's group of Semifinalists and Finalists in the Screenplay and Teleplay Competition to be read aloud in our new Script Reading Workshops. Selected scripts will be performed by a group of actors in an intimate setting.

Diagnosed with two weeks to live, a man must bug-proof the android replica he will upload his mind into by teaching it how to be "him". Trouble brews when the android rivals him for the girl of his dreams.

Written by: Paul Sanford (2015 Comedy Finalist)

Saturday October 31, 2015 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, State Boardroom A

3:15pm

Isolation
(USA, 93 min)

World Premiere
Writers: Shane Dax Taylor, Chad Law (both in attendance)
Director: Shane Dax Taylor
Cast: Dominic Purcell, Luke Mably, Marie Avgeropoulos, Tricia Helfer


Creighton Masterson, in a last ditch effort to save his marriage, whisks his wife Lydia away for a tropical vacation. Staying on an isolated beach in the Bahamas, the Mastersons meet William and Mary, who live on a nearby island and invite them for dinner. Though friendly at first, the mysterious couple seems to be hiding darker motives. With no one to trust but each other, Lydia and Creighton are forced to work together and fight for their future.

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Saturday October 31, 2015 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village presented by Sprint

3:30pm

Shorts Program 11: Animated Shorts
(TRT: 85 min)

Borrowed Time (USA, 7 min)

Writers: Andrew Coats, Lou Hamou-Lhadj & Mark C. Harris
Directors: Andrew Coats & Lou Hamou-Lhadj
A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget.


Traces of My Brother (Germany, 14 min)
Writer/Director: Moritz Mayerhofer
After the death of his older brother, a boy desperately tries to take his place in the family.

The Meek (Australia, 8 min)
Writer/Director: Joe Brumm
The Meek follows the story of a very small person trying to quit a very big, bad habit.

Last Door South (Belgium/France, 15 min)
Writer/Director: Sacha Feiner
Toto, a two-headed child whose