Featured Speakers

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Stephanie Allain

2021 Recipient of the Polly Platt Award for Producing
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Scott Frank

2021 Recipient of the Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting
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Michael Schur

2021 Recipient of the Outstanding Television Writer Award
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Channing Godfrey Peoples

2021 Recipient of the New Voice Award


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Danny Abel

co-writer/director The King of North Sudan
avatar for Megan Alderson

Megan Alderson

Virtual Panelist
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Paul Alvarado-Dykstra

avatar for Zadoc Angell

Zadoc Angell

Co-President, Echo Lake Entertainment
avatar for Nick Antosca

Nick Antosca

writer/showrunner Channel Zero, Brand New Cherry Flavor, The Act;...
avatar for Lindsey Ashley

Lindsey Ashley

Moderator; Deputy Director, Texas Film Commission
avatar for Frank Barbiere

Frank Barbiere

writer Ruined King: A League of Legends Story, Darksiders Genesis,...
avatar for Casey Baron

Casey Baron

Director of Programming and Industry Relations, Austin Film Festival;...
avatar for Anna Baumgarten

Anna Baumgarten

writer/director Disfluency
avatar for Zach Baylin

Zach Baylin

writer, King Richard, Creed III, The Crow (remake)
avatar for Torben Bech

Torben Bech

writer/director Swamp Lion
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Scott Beck

writer A Quiet Place, writer/director 65, Haunt
avatar for Danielle Beckmann

Danielle Beckmann

producer Liza Anonymous
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Christian Bersani

Creative Executive, Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Shane Black

Shane Black

writer/director The Predator, The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss...
avatar for Jen Goyne Blake

Jen Goyne Blake

Founding Director, Episodic Lab at the Sundance Institute; Executive...
avatar for Lowell Blank

Lowell Blank

producer Holes, Addict Named Hal
avatar for David Boxerbaum

David Boxerbaum

Partner, Verve Talent & Literary Agency
avatar for VJ Boyd

VJ Boyd

writer/producer S.W.A.T., Justified
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Craig Brewer

writer/director Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, Footloose (2011);...
avatar for Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

producer Cowboys, Nothing Stays The Same, Through The Repellent...
avatar for Dave Buckman

Dave Buckman

Host, 2021 Awards Luncheon; The Second City, Boom Chicago, American...
avatar for Jay Buim

Jay Buim

cowriter/director Adventures in Success
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Dave Callaham

writer Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Wonder Woman 1984,...
avatar for Jared Callahn

Jared Callahn

director Clean State
avatar for Cam Cannon

Cam Cannon

writer/producer Zero Contact; writer/executive producer USS...
avatar for Gabriel Casdorph

Gabriel Casdorph

co-director He's Dead & So Am I
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Dicky Chalmers

writer/director Angel
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

author, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful...
avatar for Linda Yvette Chávez

Linda Yvette Chávez

writer I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Flamin’ Hot;...
avatar for Stephen Christy

Stephen Christy

producer, The Empty Man; executive producer Just Beyond; President,...
avatar for Eduardo Cisneros

Eduardo Cisneros

Virtual Panelist
avatar for Tripper Clancy

Tripper Clancy

writer Stuber, I Am Not Okay With This, Die Hart
avatar for Spencer Cobb

Spencer Cobb

Coordinator, Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

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

Jihan Crowther

writer/producer The Underground Railroad, The Man in the High Castle,...
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

Manager/Producer, Anonymous Content
avatar for Alex DiBucci

Alex DiBucci

writer/co-director Flux
avatar for Aidan Dick

Aidan Dick

cowriter/codirector When Men Were Men
avatar for Phillip Domfeh

Phillip Domfeh

cowriter/codirector Cary in Retrograde
avatar for Priya Domfeh

Priya Domfeh

cowriter/codirector Cary in Retrograde
avatar for Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran

Virtual Panelist
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

President, Enderby Entertainment; producer The Intrigo Anthology,...
avatar for Tai Duncan

Tai Duncan

producer The Marksman, Cop Shop, How It Ends, Honest Thief, The Air I...
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment Group; Former Director of Script...
avatar for Kelly Edwards

Kelly Edwards

author The Executive Chair; writer Our Kind Of People
avatar for Owen Egerton

Owen Egerton

writer/director Blood Fest, Follow, Mercy Black
avatar for Ben Epstein

Ben Epstein

writer/director Buck Alamo
avatar for Gabriele Fabbro

Gabriele Fabbro

co-writer/director The Grand Bolero
avatar for Brandy Finmark

Brandy Finmark

writer Chelsea, Crossing Swords, Crank Yankers
avatar for Erin Firestine

Erin Firestine

writer Weird West, Twin Suns Unannounced Project
avatar for Kelsi Fleming

Kelsi Fleming

Creative Executive, Josephson Entertainment
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Joe Forte

writer Firewall; director The Man Who Saved Ben-Hur
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Sam French

co-director With This Breath I Fly
avatar for Fabio Frey

Fabio Frey

cowriter/director My Dead Dad
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Michael Fry

writer/co-creator Over The Hedge; writer/illustrator How To Be A...
avatar for Sera Gamble

Sera Gamble

Virtual Panelist
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Brian Gannon

avatar for Mike Gauyo

Mike Gauyo

Founder, Black Boy Writes & Black Girl Writes Mentorship Initiative;...
avatar for Harrison Glaser

Harrison Glaser

former Film Competition Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
avatar for Matt Glass

Matt Glass

co-director Ghosts of the Ozarks
avatar for Julia Glausi

Julia Glausi

Media Finance Agent, CAA
avatar for Lindsay Graham

Lindsay Graham

EP 1865, Terms; host American Scandal, American History Tellers,...
avatar for Tash Gray

Tash Gray

writer/producer/director Raising Kanan, P Valley, Snowfall
avatar for Tim Gray

Tim Gray

Film Competitions Director, Austin Film Festival
avatar for Devon Greggory

Devon Greggory

showrunner/executive producer The Game; co-creator/showrunner...
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Javier "Javi" Grillo-Marxuach

writer/producer Lost, The Dark Crystal, Cowboy Bebop; creator The...
avatar for Ryan P. Hall

Ryan P. Hall

Head, Rooster Teeth Studios; executive producer Blood Fest, Lazer...
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

writer Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Infidel; ...
avatar for Donald  Harris

Donald Harris

Founder ATX Gamer Makers; Executive Producer FarBridge
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James V. Hart

creator/executive producer The Hot Zone; writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s...
avatar for Alexandra E. Hartman

Alexandra E. Hartman

freelance writer Cowboy Bebop; writer Ghost Tape
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Sam Hartshorn

writer/director Cardboard Fort
avatar for Chuck Hayward

Chuck Hayward

writer Wandavision, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead, Dear White...
avatar for Pat Hazell

Pat Hazell

avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

Virtual Panelist
avatar for Peter Hedges

Peter Hedges

writer/director The Same Storm
avatar for Dan Hernandez

Dan Hernandez

writer Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Addams Family 2; Co-Showrunner...
avatar for Gennifer Hutchison

Gennifer Hutchison

Virtual Panelist
avatar for Brad Ingelsby

Brad Ingelsby

writer/executive producer Mare of Easttown, The Way Back, Our Friend,...
avatar for Todd Ireland

Todd Ireland

writer Sunny, Continuum
avatar for Dana M. Jackson

Dana M. Jackson

Manager, Echo Lake Entertainment
avatar for Leigh Dana Jackson

Leigh Dana Jackson

writer/co-executive producer Foundation, Raising Dion; writer 24:...
avatar for Amy Louise Johnson

Amy Louise Johnson

writer/producer Servant, Messiah, Nightflyers, The Long Road Home,...
avatar for Hank Jones

Hank Jones

writer Bel-Air, Grownish, The Neighborhood
avatar for Henry Jones

Henry Jones

writer Jupiter's Legacy, Black Summer, Arcane
avatar for Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Virtual Panelist
avatar for Lisa Joy

Lisa Joy

director/writer Reminiscence; co-creator Westworld
avatar for Susan Juvet

Susan Juvet

cowriter Adventures in Success
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Stephen Karam

writer/director The Humans
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James Kim

creator MOONFACE; co-creator Vermont Ave.; producer Gimlet,...
avatar for David Koepp

David Koepp

writer Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds; writer/director...
avatar for Adam Kolbrenner

Adam Kolbrenner

Virtual Panelist
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Derek Kolstad

writer John Wick, John Wick Chapter 2, John Wick Chapter 3 -...
avatar for Fran Kranz

Fran Kranz

writer/director Mass
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Dylan Kussman

writer/director The Steps; director Wrestling Jerusalem; writer The...
avatar for Danny Lee

Danny Lee

co-director New Jack
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Noah Lee

co-director New Jack
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Meg LeFauve

writer Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Captain Marvel
avatar for Adam Levine

Adam Levine

Founding Partner, Verve Talent & Literary Agency
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Matt Lieberman

Virtual Panelist
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Jordan Wayne Long

co-writer/co-director Ghosts of the Ozarks
avatar for Lucas Loredo

Lucas Loredo

narrative designer/writer Weird West
avatar for Jason Lubin

Jason Lubin

Lit Manager/Producer, First Story Entertainment
avatar for Miles Luna

Miles Luna

avatar for Kirk Lynn

Kirk Lynn

avatar for Lucas Martell

Lucas Martell

co-creator Spies In Disguise, writer/director The OceanMaker
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Ansley Martinez

Creative Executive, Diversity Hire Ltd.
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Gabe Martinez

writer/co-director He's Dead & So Am I
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Felischa Marye

creator/writer/producer/showrunner Bigger; writer 13 Reasons Why
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Glen Mazzara

Creator/showrunner Damien, Showrunner The Walking Dead, Executive...
avatar for Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Moderator; Senior Director of Programming & Development - Rooster...
avatar for Kirby McClure

Kirby McClure

writer/director Spaghetti Junction
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

writer The Honey Girls, Something in the Water, Haven, Free Willy:...
avatar for Lorien McKenna

Lorien McKenna

co-host The Screenwriting Life; writer/showrunner
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Evan McNary

cowriter/director Ragged Heart
avatar for John Merriman

John Merriman

moderator; actor Mustang Island, Sister Aimee
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Paul Merryman

producer, The Outpost
avatar for Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

creator/ep DOTA: Dragon’s Blood; writer X-Men: First Class, Thor;...
avatar for Sophie Miller

Sophie Miller

writer/director Ranch Water
avatar for Jenna Milly

Jenna Milly

writer/executive producer Golden Arm; editor Screenwriting Magazine
avatar for Emily Mollenkopf

Emily Mollenkopf

Virtual Panelist
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
avatar for Evan Narcisse

Evan Narcisse

staff writer gen:Lock, season 2; narrative design consultant Marvel's...
avatar for Gayla Nethercott

Gayla Nethercott

Literary Agent/Manager
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Jason Neulander

writer/director The Intergalactic Nemesis, Buttercup, Hit & Run,...
avatar for Jeff Nichols

Jeff Nichols

writer/director Loving, Midnight Special, Mud, Take Shelter, Shotgun...
avatar for William Nix

William Nix

executive producer The Prophet, This Is Ragtime: The Birth of...
avatar for Susan O'Connor

Susan O'Connor

story consultant Batman (Telltale), Dishonored 2, BioShock 2; lead...
avatar for Tracy Oliver

Tracy Oliver

Virtual Panelist
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Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi

writer/producer Hemlock Grove, The Path, All American, Shaka: King of...
avatar for Chase Palmer

Chase Palmer

co-writer IT: Chapter 1; writer/director Naked Singularity
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Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Partner, Enderby Entertainment; writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big...
avatar for Kemp Powers

Kemp Powers

Virtual Panelist
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Tonia Ransom

creator/executive producer NIGHTLIGHT: The Black Horror Podcast
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Huda Razzak

co-writer/co-director The Ocean Duck
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Pamela Ribon

Virtual Panelist
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Ty Roberts

co-writer/producer/director 12 Mighty Orphans, The Iron Orchard
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Alvaro Rodriguez

writer American Rust, Florida Man; executive producer/co-creator Seis...
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Dailyn Rodriguez

co-showrunner/executive producer Queen of the South, Ugly Betty, Lie...
avatar for Izzi Rojas

Izzi Rojas

cowriter/codirector When Men Were Men
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Eric Roth

Virtual Panelist
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Jameel Saleem

writer/co-executive producer Bob's Burgers; writer/producer...
avatar for Benji Samit

Benji Samit

writer Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Addams Family 2; Co-Showrunner...
avatar for Michael Sarnoski

Michael Sarnoski

writer/director Pig
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David Self

writer Thirteen Days, Road to Perdition, Desert Warrior
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Trey Selman

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April Shih

writer You’re The Worst, Undone, Mrs. America; writer/supervising...
avatar for Jason Shuman

Jason Shuman

Virtual Panelist
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Katie Sicking

cowriter Early to Rise
avatar for Abie Sidell

Abie Sidell

writer/director CRAM
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Ya'Ke Smith

Associate Professor of Film/Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and...
avatar for Lane Stanley

Lane Stanley

writer/director Addict Named Hal
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Taylor Streitz

writer/producer Stargirl
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Fred Strype

moderator; AFF Screenwriting Award-Winner; producer Martin Eden;...
avatar for Honora Talbott

Honora Talbott

writer/director Fempire
avatar for Linnea Toney

Linnea Toney

Virtual Moderator
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Bill True

writer Runaway, Hope Springs, Crazy Evil Genius; Head of Dramatic...
avatar for Oren Uziel

Oren Uziel

writer/director Shimmer Lake; writer 22 Jump Street, Freaks of...
avatar for Brett Wagner

Brett Wagner

writer/director The Big Bend
avatar for Jenny Waldo

Jenny Waldo

writer/director Acid Test
avatar for Steven Walters

Steven Walters

creator/head writer 1865: the Audio Drama; executive producer...
avatar for Monique Walton

Monique Walton

producer Bull
avatar for Courtney Ware

Courtney Ware

co-writer/director The Soldier Plant
avatar for Herschel Weingrod

Herschel Weingrod

writer Trading Places, Brewster's Millions, Twins, Kindergarten Cop,...
avatar for Barton Weiss

Barton Weiss

avatar for Chad Werner

Chad Werner

writer/director The One You're With, Dot Dot Dot
avatar for Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Founding Partner/Literary Manager, Zero Gravity Management
avatar for Rebecca Windsor

Rebecca Windsor

Head, Warner Bros. Television Workshop
avatar for Seanne Winslow

Seanne Winslow

co-writer/co-director The Falconer
avatar for Jaimie Woo

Jaimie Woo

Senior Development Producer, Culture House
avatar for Bryan Woods

Bryan Woods

writer A Quiet Place, writer/director 65, Haunt
avatar for Bryan Wynbrandt

Bryan Wynbrandt

executive producer/co-showrunner La Brea; creator/EP/showrunner God...
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John Zaozirny

Literary Manager/Head, Bellevue Productions; producer Infinite, Eli,...