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Friday, October 22 • 9:00am - 10:15am
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First impressions are important, there's no doubt about that. The opening scene sets the tone and establishes themes that will be explored throughout the rest of the story, so it's important to get it right. Join panelists who've perfected the intriguing and informative opening scene and learn what's sure to make a viewer stick along for the ride.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

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Harrison Glaser

former Film Competition Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator

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Oren Uziel

writer/director Shimmer Lake; writer 22 Jump Street, Freaks of Nature, The Cloverfield Paradox, Mortal Kombat, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions
Oren UzielOren Uziel’s writing credits include 22 JUMP STREET, THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, FREAKS OF NATURE, MORTAL KOMBAT, ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, and SHIMMER LAKE, which he wrote and directed. He’s currently working on a number of projects, including SPY vs. GUY for... Read More →
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Alvaro Rodriguez

writer American Rust, Florida Man; executive producer/co-creator Seis Manos; screenwriter Machete, Last Rampage
Born and raised along the Texas-Mexico border, Alvaro Rodriguez is executive producer/co-creator of Seis Manos, a Netflix original adult-animated series from Austin’s own Powerhouse Animation. A coming-of-age feature set in 1950s Italy, You, Mine, is in development for a 2021 start... Read More →
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Matt Cook

writer/co-producer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena; co-writer Patriots Day
Matt Cook is a screenwriter, director, and producer of various studio and independent films and television. His work includes The Duel, Triple Nine, Patriots Day, The Informer, Angel Has Fallen, and the upcoming film The Plane. Both The Duel (previously known as By Way of Helena... Read More →

Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701