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Wednesday, October 20
 

7:00pm CDT

Film & Food Fundraising Party
Austin Film Festival is pleased to announce their 18th annual Film & Food Fundraising Party, an evening dedicated to celebrating Austin's thriving film industry and famous culinary talent. Held in the glamorous and historic Driskill Hotel, the event brings Austinites and visitors together to celebrate the film arts and enjoy flowing cocktails and inventive cuisine from some of Austin’s most notable chefs. Live and silent auctions showcase the very best in luxury items, trips, and experiences. Proceeds from the event benefit AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program. YFP was founded to encourage youth to explore their creativity and improve their literacy skills through the arts of screenwriting and filmmaking.

Tickets purchased separately. All parties are 21 and up.


Wednesday October 20, 2021 7:00pm - 10:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos St., Austin, TX 78701
 
Thursday, October 21
 

11:30am CDT

Opening Remarks
After one long year, Austin Film Festival is thrilled to welcome you back to its 28th annual celebration of storytelling through film, television, theatre, and new media. Join AFF staff and special guests for Opening Remarks to kick off the Conference, prepare for the week ahead, and get information about last-minute additions, schedule changes, and special announcements.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Ryan P. Hall

Ryan P. Hall

Head, Rooster Teeth Studios; executive producer Blood Fest, Lazer Team 2, Shark Week: Immersion, gen:LOCK
Ryan P. Hall is the Head of Studio at Rooster Teeth and is responsible for spearheading their groundbreaking development slate. Since joining the company in 2016, Ryan has built an innovative slate of projects and has produced dozens of scripted & unscripted projects in both live-action... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
The Austin Club, Medallion Room 110 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm CDT

A Conversation with David Self
Join us for an in-depth conversation with David Self, the writer behind such classics as Road to Perdition and Thirteen Days. Join the native Texan screenwriter as he dissects his career from breaking into the industry, writing crime and historical dramas, and much more.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
Barbara Morgan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Austin Film Festival. Since co-founding the organization in 1993, she has shepherded the festival from a weekend of films and panels into a week-long celebration of storytelling through film, television, and other emerging... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Self

David Self

writer Thirteen Days, Road to Perdition, Desert Warrior
David Self is a native Texan who has recently returned to the Austin area.  From an itinerant family of community college and high school teachers, he broke with family tradition and went rogue after graduating from Stanford in 1992.  While living at home sponging off his too-generous... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm CDT

How To Work The Conference
The AFF Conference is a one-of-a-kind experience filled with like-minded people and a multitude of learning experiences. Although the schedule can be intimidating, this panel featuring seasoned Festival attendees is here to help. Networking? We got you! Pitching? You know we have it! Bathroom? Down the hall and to your left! So come on down and learn how to get the most bang for your buck and maximize your time  at the Festival.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment Group; Former Director of Script Competitions, Austin Film Festival
Matt Dy attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Radio/TV/Film with a focus on screenwriting. He recently joined Adam Kolbrenner’s newly formed Lit Entertainment Group as a literary manager. Previously, he worked at Austin Film Festival (AFF... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

writer Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Infidel; writer/producer/showrunner Tether, writer/showrunner Stephen King's N.; writer/director Saviors, Zombies of Mas
Hamedani (along with his co-writer, Travis Betz) became known when their script The Saviors was selected to the 2018 Black List. The screenplay is being produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films and Amasia Films with Hamedani directing. Hamedani just finished adapting Adib Khorram’s... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Partner, Enderby Entertainment; writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy; director Dawn Patrol, Toy Soldiers; executive producer An Ordinary Man, Blackway, Zero Contact; former WGAW President
Daniel Petrie, Jr. is a partner in Enderby Entertainment, an independent film finance and production company, founded in 2006 by Petrie and producer Rick Dugdale.  In 1985, Petrie received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his first produced script, the... Read More →
avatar for Susan O'Connor

Susan O'Connor

story consultant Batman (Telltale), Dishonored 2, BioShock 2; lead writer Star Wars 1313, Far Cry 2; writer Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics), BioShock; Interactive-Story Consultant, Netflix
Susan’s first job as a game writer was for “a slumber party game - for girls!” She’s gone on to work on over 25 projects, including award-winning titles in the BioShock, Far Cry and Tomb Raider franchises. Titles in her portfolio have sold over 30 million copies and generated... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
The Austin Club, Medallion Room 110 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm CDT

Indie Film Track: Making Your First Feature
Creating your first feature film can be a difficult, yet incredibly rewarding task. It takes courage, determination, creativity and a little bit of luck. This panel will focus on not only the process of producing a script for the first time, but how to cope with the stress of managing a feature film. Come and learn how to prepare yourself for when you decide to take the leap!

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Hartshorn

Sam Hartshorn

writer/director Cardboard Fort
Sam Hartshorn is a British filmmaker from North Yorkshire. At age 15, he was awarded EON's Industry Ones To Watch award. He has had a short featured on BBC's The Fear and has attracted praise from Star Wars: Rogue One director, Gareth Edwards, for his short film Where Were You?. He... Read More →
avatar for Evan McNary

Evan McNary

cowriter/director Ragged Heart
Evan grew up in a religious cult where he assisted exorcisms from a young age and had no access to secular movies or music until his mid-teens. After high school, he made up for lost time by studying art in San Francisco, logging thousands of miles and countless audio books as a cross-country... Read More →
avatar for Sophie Miller

Sophie Miller

writer/director Ranch Water


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm CDT

Tell Your Story: Scott Beck & Bryan Woods
Join Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, co-writers of A Quiet Place and Haunt, for an informal session all about craft and the writing process. Come prepared with questions!

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Scott Beck

Scott Beck

writer A Quiet Place, writer/director 65, Haunt
Filmmakers Scott Beck & Bryan Woods first met as sixth-graders in their hometown of Bettendorf, Iowa. After discovering a shared interest in cinema, the duo began collaborating on stop-motion movies with their Star Wars action figures. This collaboration continued into high school... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Woods

Bryan Woods

writer A Quiet Place, writer/director 65, Haunt


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm CDT

The Not-So-Small Screen
There's no denying television is dominating the industry; with streaming platforms gaining popularity and binge-watching a more common practice, there's a high demand for TV writers. If you're interested in breaking into the not-so-small screen, this panel is for you! Come chat with us about structuring a show's season, developing characters and conflict through multiple episodes, and so much more!

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Trey Selman

Trey Selman

Moderator
Born in Texas. Raised on Tex-Mex. Studied business at The University of Texas; now writes about Texas. Prefers stars over skyscrapers, cedar fever over traffic jams and pit masters over maitre d's. Thinks AFF, like his favorite song, is a neon sign flashin', "Welcome, come on in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Felischa Marye

Felischa Marye

creator/writer/producer/showrunner Bigger; writer 13 Reasons Why
Felischa Marye is a writer, producer, director and showrunner. A graduate of the MFA screenwriting program at UCLA, Felischa transitioned into the film industry after a successful career in public relations/integrated marketing in Chicago, where she was born and raised. While still... Read More →
avatar for Amy Louise Johnson

Amy Louise Johnson

writer/producer Servant, Messiah, Nightflyers, The Long Road Home, Tyrant
Amy’s so happy to be back at AFF for 2021!This past year, Amy’s mainly been writing and producing on Seasons 3 & 4 of SERVANT on Apple+, along with developing and pitching her own TV projects.Previously, Amy’s worked in both TV and film, with two action/adventure features in... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm CDT

Austin Pitch #1
It’s the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.
All Pitch Sessions require an advance sign-up and are held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Vestry Conference Room, located at 301 E 8th Street.
Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for VJ Boyd

VJ Boyd

writer/producer S.W.A.T., Justified
VJ Boyd is currently working on the JUSTIFIED spinoff CITY PRIMEVAL for FX/Hulu. He previously wrote for SWAT and JUSTIFIED and co-created LINCOLN RHYME: HUNT FOR THE BONE COLLECTOR. He is also the co-author of the IDW comic book series NIGHT MOVES.
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

author, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting
Jill Chamberlain is the founder of The Screenplay Workshop (www.thescreenplayworkshop.org) where she offers classes worldwide via Zoom. Her book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Screenwriting (University of Texas Press), is one of the highest rated screenwriting books on Amazon, out of over 3,000 books on the subject. It's considered the go-to manual many professionals swear by and is on the syllabus for film schools across the world including the acclaimed screenwriting... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm CDT

Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film & Television*
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for film and television. This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 20 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 21 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 22 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 23 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Gayla Nethercott

Gayla Nethercott

Literary Agent/Manager
Nethercott Agency has been representing writers and directors for 12 years.The foundation of her career was her work for 15 years as an agent in the TV and Film department at the Broder, Kurland, Webb, Uffner Agency (now ICM). She was also former Head of Literary at the Don Buchwald... Read More →
avatar for Lucas Martell

Lucas Martell

co-creator Spies In Disguise, writer/director The OceanMaker
Lucas Martell is the creator of SPIES IN DISGUISE, the Fox/Blue Sky animated feature starring Will Smith and Tom Holland. The original short film PIGEON: IMPOSSIBLE as well as THE OCEANMAKER have been seen more than 20-million times online and screened at over 350 festivals in 63... Read More →
avatar for Bill True

Bill True

writer Runaway, Hope Springs, Crazy Evil Genius; Head of Dramatic Writing, Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre
Bill True's debut feature, Runaway, was hailed by critics as “Brilliant” and “Hitchcockian” as it premiered to universal accolades at top festivals, including Tribeca and Toronto. Bill also took top prize at the Austin Film Festival for his work on Runaway, which was subsequently... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

creator/ep DOTA: Dragon’s Blood; writer X-Men: First Class, Thor; co-host The 4:30 Movie, Cartoon Barroom
Ashley Edward Miller is the creator and Executive Producer of DOTA: DRAGON’S BLOOD, Netflix’s global hit adaptation of the game DoTA2 from Valve Software. The writer of such films as THOR and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, Ashley also has twenty years experience in television. His work includes... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Windsor

Rebecca Windsor

Head, Warner Bros. Television Workshop
Rebecca Windsor is the Head of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for artists looking to start or further their careers in television. As an extension of her role developing new talent, Rebecca helped launch Warner Bros. digital brand Stage13... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm CDT

A Conversation with Jeff Nichols
Jeff Nichols wrote and directed the internationally acclaimed features Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special, and Loving. Join Nichols for a discussion on his career and how the responsibilities of a director and a writer affect and inform each other.

Moderators
avatar for Harrison Glaser

Harrison Glaser

former Film Competition Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Nichols

Jeff Nichols

writer/director Loving, Midnight Special, Mud, Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories
JEFF NICHOLS wrote and directed the internationally acclaimed features Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special, and Loving.Shotgun Stories earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination; the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle and Austin Film Festivals; and the International... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
800 Congress 800 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm CDT

Script Reading: The Gods of Great Men
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a live reading of the Finalist play The Gods of Great Men by Kuros Charney featuring local Austin actors bringing Competition scripts to life!

In 1968 Mississippi, a Black preacher must face his troubled past when his civil rights activist daughter and a mysterious white fugitive force a confrontation with the Ku Klux Klan.

Thursday October 21, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
The Austin Club, Robert Looney Suite 110 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701

1:00pm CDT

Script Library
The Script Library is located in the Citadel Club of the The Driskill Hotel and houses all Semifinalist, Finalist, and winning scripts from the 2021 Screenplay Competition. Come check it out and find that perfect written work to get those creative juices flowing again!




Thursday October 21, 2021 1:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

2:45pm CDT

Indie Film Track: Doc Storytelling
Just like fiction writing, all good documentaries start with one thing—a strong subject with a compelling narrative. Join this panel of documentary filmmakers for a conversation on what happens when the story you tell is no longer the story you originally set out to tell, and about the research and preparation necessary to create a documentary film.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Mims

Elizabeth Mims

Moderator
Elizabeth grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated with a BFA from CalArts. Her 2012 film Only The Young was theatrically released by Oscilloscope and won numerous awards including the Silverdoc’s Sterling Silver Award for best US documentary, American Film Institute Audience Award... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Danny Abel

Danny Abel

co-writer/director The King of North Sudan
Danny Abel is a director and writer living in Los Angeles. He has directed documentaries on topics ranging from international electronic music (VICE), to performance art (New Museum), to horse racing, to vaccine acceptance in Kenya. In the past few years, he has had two true crime... Read More →
avatar for Jared Callahn

Jared Callahn

director Clean State
Rev. Jared Callahan is a national Emmy-nominated filmmaker whose work has been released through PBS, The New York Times, GQ, The Atlantic, Sundance, Tribeca, and 250+ film festivals worldwide. His NYT Op-Doc Saltwater Baptism was nominated alongside Lady Gaga for a 2018 Webby Award... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

2:45pm CDT

On Writing Mare of Easttown
Join Brad Ingelsby, creator of the HBO hit Mare of Easttown, for a conversation on writing the small-town thriller filled to the brim with writing that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
Barbara Morgan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Austin Film Festival. Since co-founding the organization in 1993, she has shepherded the festival from a weekend of films and panels into a week-long celebration of storytelling through film, television, and other emerging... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ingelsby

Brad Ingelsby

writer/executive producer Mare of Easttown, The Way Back, Our Friend, American Woman; writer Run All Night, Out of the Furnace
Brad Ingelsby returned to his home state of Pennsylvania to write and produce Mare of Easttown, the 2021 limited HBO series starring Kate Winslet. Brad is a graduate of Villanova University, and received his masters in screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
800 Congress 800 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

2:45pm CDT

The HartChart
The famous "HartChart" is back! James V. Hart, known for his work on Hook, Contact, and Bram Stoker's Dracula, will explore how to develop characters and stories by getting to the "heart" of the script. Hart will be introducing the new expanded chart for streaming series and charting an entire season of episodes using Scott Frank's The Queen's Gambit as a case study, join this breakdown of establishing main character desires, charting the progress toward their goals, and creating a successful resolution while keeping the eyes of the audience glued to the screen. Using the HartChart's guidelines for implementing craft, learn how to embrace structure as a friend, rather than an enemy, and how to flesh out ideas for the screen.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for James V. Hart

James V. Hart

creator/executive producer The Hot Zone; writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones; Creator, HartChart
JAMES V. HART (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees.His writing/producing credits include; Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old son, Jake, Bram Stoker’s Dracula... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony

2:45pm CDT

The Writer/Producer Relationship
Producers are the backbone of production. They're one of the first people to join a project and the last to leave. Managing logistics, finances, crew, and keeping the production running smoothly, on time and on budget. Suffice it to say, film and TV wouldn't exist without competent producers. Hear first-hand from our producing panelists on what their typical day is like, what they look for in writers, and what a general relationship looks like with other creatives.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

moderator; AFF Screenwriting Award-Winner; producer Martin Eden; Professor Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Moving Image Arts Program, Sarah Lawrence College
Award-winning screenwriter, director and producer, whose work has been screened and honored internationally.Tenured professor: Sarah Lawrence College; Chair – Filmmaking & Moving Image Arts Program: 2007 to 2020.Founder/Co-Director – The Cinema Sarah Lawrence Feature Film Intensive... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Monique Walton

Monique Walton

producer Bull
Monique Walton is an independent producer of fiction features and documentaries.  She produced Bull, directed by Annie Silverstein, which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival – Un Certain Regard, and was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. Bull is currently being... Read More →
avatar for Tai Duncan

Tai Duncan

producer The Marksman, Cop Shop, How It Ends, Honest Thief, The Air I Breathe
Tai Duncan is the President of production at Zero Gravity Management. Zero Gravity is a production and management company based in Los Angeles that boasts a strong client list of screenwriters, directors, actors and financiers for feature films and television. Tai Duncan recently... Read More →
avatar for Paul Merryman

Paul Merryman

producer, The Outpost
Austin native Paul Merryman is a film & television producer with a focus on amazing true stories. He holds an MFA in Producing from the American Film Institute and a BS in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of Texas at Austin. He started his career as an assistant to... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

2:45pm CDT

Austin Pitch #2
It’s the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

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

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Dailyn Rodriguez

Dailyn Rodriguez

co-showrunner/executive producer Queen of the South, Ugly Betty, Lie to Me, The Glades
Dailyn Rodriguez was born in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City to Cuban parents. Her high school drama teacher introduced her to the theater and encouraged her to write plays as a means to express herself and explore her unconventional upbringing. This led to Samuel... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

creator/ep DOTA: Dragon’s Blood; writer X-Men: First Class, Thor; co-host The 4:30 Movie, Cartoon Barroom
Ashley Edward Miller is the creator and Executive Producer of DOTA: DRAGON’S BLOOD, Netflix’s global hit adaptation of the game DoTA2 from Valve Software. The writer of such films as THOR and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, Ashley also has twenty years experience in television. His work includes... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

2:45pm CDT

Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film & Television*
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for film and television. This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 20 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 21 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 22 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 23 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.



Speakers
avatar for Jaimie Woo

Jaimie Woo

Senior Development Producer, Culture House
Jaimie is a Senior Development Producer at Culture House Media, a Black, Brown, and Women-owned premium production company for film + television and a robust cultural consultancy. In a time of deep social reckoning, Culture House makes entertainment forward work at the intersection... Read More →
avatar for Lowell Blank

Lowell Blank

producer Holes, Addict Named Hal
LOWELL BLANK is a producer and executive with over twenty-five years’ experience on both Hollywood studio and independent productions. Blank was a Producer on the Walt Disney Pictures hit HOLES, directed by Andrew Davis, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, and Patricia Arquette... Read More →
avatar for Jihan Crowther

Jihan Crowther

writer/producer The Underground Railroad, The Man in the High Castle, Daisy Jones & The Six
Jihan Crowther is a TV writer whose credits include The Underground Railroad, The Man in the High Castle, Daisy Jones & The Six, and Here and Now. She is currently developing a half-hour romantic comedy-drama with Big Beach TV and a one-hour drama with Fair Harbor Productions.Jihan... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

producer Cowboys, Nothing Stays The Same, Through The Repellent Fence, Yallah! Underground, No No: A Dockumentary
Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning narrative features and feature documentaries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and N. America, playing festivals such as Sundance, IDFA, Tribeca, SXSW, Rotterdam, New York FF, Berlinale, Edinburgh, Durban, and being released on Netflix... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra E. Hartman

Alexandra E. Hartman

freelance writer Cowboy Bebop; writer Ghost Tape
Alexandra is a queer genre and dark dramedy writer, who from an early age, was primed by opera singer parents to tell fierce, female-led stories. She began as the showrunner’s assistant on Netflix’s ALTERED CARBON, then CBS’ ZOO, before being upped to Script Coordinator/Writer’s... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

2:45pm CDT

Second Rounders and Above Panel: The Writer/Manager Relationship
So, you've written a script! Now what? Every great writer has a great manager behind them. Managers are essential to actually get your work (and yourself) out there. Join AFF Script Competition winner Henry Jones and his manager Ryan Cunningham as they discuss the writer/manager relationship and how to make the most of your partnership.

This panel is for Second Rounders and Above. Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
avatar for Trey Selman

Trey Selman

Moderator
Born in Texas. Raised on Tex-Mex. Studied business at The University of Texas; now writes about Texas. Prefers stars over skyscrapers, cedar fever over traffic jams and pit masters over maitre d's. Thinks AFF, like his favorite song, is a neon sign flashin', "Welcome, come on in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Henry Jones

Henry Jones

writer Jupiter's Legacy, Black Summer, Arcane
Henry's written feature scripts for a number of companies including: MGM, Paramount, Bad Robot, Universal, and New Line Cinema. He wrote on JUPITER'S LEGACY (Netflix), Riot Games' ARCANE (Netflix), BLACK SUMMER (Netflix), and has a host of other properties in process at studios and... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

Manager/Producer, Anonymous Content
Ryan Cunningham is a literary manager and producer at Anonymous Content. Ryan began his career in physical production as a PA on several films and TV shows shooting in New Orleans while he attended Tulane University. After graduating, Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he worked in the... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
The Austin Club, Medallion Room 110 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701

4:15pm CDT

How to Work the Conference (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
The AFF Conference is a one-of-a-kind experience filled with like-minded people and a multitude of learning experiences. Although the schedule can be intimidating, this panel featuring seasoned Festival attendees is here to help. Networking? We got you! Pitching? You know we have it! Bathroom? Down the hall and to your left! So come on down and learn how to get the most bang for your buck and maximize your time at the Festival.

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

writer Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Infidel; writer/producer/showrunner Tether, writer/showrunner Stephen King's N.; writer/director Saviors, Zombies of Mas
Hamedani (along with his co-writer, Travis Betz) became known when their script The Saviors was selected to the 2018 Black List. The screenplay is being produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films and Amasia Films with Hamedani directing. Hamedani just finished adapting Adib Khorram’s... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Partner, Enderby Entertainment; writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy; director Dawn Patrol, Toy Soldiers; executive producer An Ordinary Man, Blackway, Zero Contact; former WGAW President
Daniel Petrie, Jr. is a partner in Enderby Entertainment, an independent film finance and production company, founded in 2006 by Petrie and producer Rick Dugdale.  In 1985, Petrie received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his first produced script, the... Read More →
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Susan O'Connor

story consultant Batman (Telltale), Dishonored 2, BioShock 2; lead writer Star Wars 1313, Far Cry 2; writer Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics), BioShock; Interactive-Story Consultant, Netflix
Susan’s first job as a game writer was for “a slumber party game - for girls!” She’s gone on to work on over 25 projects, including award-winning titles in the BioShock, Far Cry and Tomb Raider franchises. Titles in her portfolio have sold over 30 million copies and generated... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 4:15pm - 5:30pm CDT
EVENTIVE

5:00pm CDT

Opening Night Reception
Opening Night Reception is the perfect place to reconnect with AFF friends, compare notes on which movies you can't miss, and come together to kick off the festival!
Must have an AFF Producers Badge for entry. All parties are 21 and up.


Thursday October 21, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Fair Market 1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702

5:30pm CDT

Second Rounders and Above Live Virtual Panel: Writing and Creative Development at Pixar
Pixar Animation Studios has a story development process that is unique in the industry. In this panel, Mike Jones (co-writer of Soul and Luca) and Jason Headley (co-writer Onward) will describe the intensely collaborative way writers work with directors and story artists. Development Executives Megan Alderson and Emily Mollenkopf will walk you through how Pixar scouts writers, matches them with directors, then supports them in creating engaging characters, believable worlds, and compelling stories.

This panel is for Second Rounders and Above. Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Megan Alderson

Megan Alderson

Virtual Panelist
Since joining Pixar Animation Studios in 2013, Megan Alderson has worked on a number of films including Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Coco, Soul, Onward and Turning Red.  As Creative Development Executive, Megan supports projects in early development, scouts screenwriters... Read More →
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Jason Headley

Virtual Panelist
Jason Headley is the co-writer of Pixar's "Onward" and the writer/director of the SXSW Special Jury Prize-winning feature "A Bad Idea Gone Wrong." His short films—including the viral videos "It's Not About the Nail" and "F*ck That: An Honest Meditation"—have been featured at Banksy's... Read More →
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Mike Jones

Virtual Panelist
Mike Jones is the Senior Story and Creative Artist at Pixar Animation Studios. He is the co-writer of SOUL (2020) and LUCA (2021).Born and raised in South Texas, Jones graduated from NYU. Before Pixar, Jones was a working screenwriter for over 20 years, writing scripts for Columbia... Read More →
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Emily Mollenkopf

Virtual Panelist
Emily Mollenkopf is the Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios. Emily joined Pixar in 2011 on Pixar’s first TV special; Toy Story of TERROR! She began her career at G4TV producing video game-centric television for X-Play and Attack of the Show. As Development Executive... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 5:30pm - 6:45pm CDT
EVENTIVE

6:00pm CDT

The Writer/Manager Relationship (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
So, you've written a script! Now what? Every great writer has a great manager behind them. Managers are essential to actually get your work (and yourself) out there. Join AFF Script Competition winner Henry Jones and his manager Ryan Cunningham as they discuss the writer/manager relationship and how to make the most of your partnership.

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

Manager/Producer, Anonymous Content
Ryan Cunningham is a literary manager and producer at Anonymous Content. Ryan began his career in physical production as a PA on several films and TV shows shooting in New Orleans while he attended Tulane University. After graduating, Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he worked in the... Read More →
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Henry Jones

writer Jupiter's Legacy, Black Summer, Arcane
Henry's written feature scripts for a number of companies including: MGM, Paramount, Bad Robot, Universal, and New Line Cinema. He wrote on JUPITER'S LEGACY (Netflix), Riot Games' ARCANE (Netflix), BLACK SUMMER (Netflix), and has a host of other properties in process at studios and... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 6:00pm - 7:15pm CDT
EVENTIVE

6:15pm CDT

A Conversation with David Self (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
Join us for an in-depth conversation with David Self, the writer behind such classics as Road to Perdition and Thirteen Days. Join the native Texan screenwriter as he dissects his career from breaking into the industry, writing crime and historical dramas, and much more.

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for David Self

David Self

writer Thirteen Days, Road to Perdition, Desert Warrior
David Self is a native Texan who has recently returned to the Austin area.  From an itinerant family of community college and high school teachers, he broke with family tradition and went rogue after graduating from Stanford in 1992.  While living at home sponging off his too-generous... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 6:15pm - 7:30pm CDT
EVENTIVE

7:00pm CDT

On Writing Mare of Easttown (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
Join Brad Ingelsby, creator of the HBO hit Mare of Easttown, for a conversation on writing the small-town thriller filled to the brim with writing that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.



Speakers
avatar for Brad Ingelsby

Brad Ingelsby

writer/executive producer Mare of Easttown, The Way Back, Our Friend, American Woman; writer Run All Night, Out of the Furnace
Brad Ingelsby returned to his home state of Pennsylvania to write and produce Mare of Easttown, the 2021 limited HBO series starring Kate Winslet. Brad is a graduate of Villanova University, and received his masters in screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 7:00pm - 8:15pm CDT
EVENTIVE

7:00pm CDT

The Same Storm - OPENING NIGHT FILM
(USA, 99 MIN)

Writer/director: Peter Hedges
Cast: Sandra Oh, Mary-Louise Parker, Elaine May, Noma Dumezweni, Moses Ingram, Alison Pill, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston, Raúl Castillo, Jin Ha

THE SAME STORM is an intimate, emotional glimpse into the lives of twenty-four characters persevering over the spring and summer of 2020. The film focuses on our great ache for human connection and demonstrates our fierce determination to maintain relationships when familiar avenues we’ve long taken to touch one another are abruptly closed off.

PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
  • We have a Clear Bag Policy to minimize contact that a bag search would require.
  • Clear bags should not exceed 14″ x 12″ x 6″ in size.
  • Small, non-clear clutch bags will be allowed, and should not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” in size.


Speakers
avatar for Peter Hedges

Peter Hedges

writer/director The Same Storm
PETER HEDGES is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.Hedges’ first novel What’s Eating Gilbert Grape was the basis for the 1993 film, which he also wrote. His other novels are An Ocean in Iowa (1998) and The Heights (2010).  His novels have been published... Read More →



Thursday October 21, 2021 7:00pm - 8:59pm CDT
Paramount Theatre

7:10pm CDT

He's Dead & So Am I
(USA, 86 MIN)

Writer: Gabe Martinez
Directors: Gabe Casdorph, Gabe Martinez
Cast: Melanie Stone, Gabe Casdorph, Aubrey Reynolds, Jason Marley Rain, Alex Gunter


Stuck in Purgatory for 30 years, a pair of degenerate ghosts try to scheme their way into Heaven by “helping” a living woman find her missing sister.


Thursday October 21, 2021 7:10pm - 8:56pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

7:10pm CDT

He's Dead & So Am I (Virtual Screening)
(USA, 86 MIN)

Writer: Gabe Martinez
Directors: Gabe Casdorph, Gabe Martinez
Cast: Melanie Stone, Gabe Casdorph, Aubrey Reynolds, Jason Marley Rain, Alex Gunter


Stuck in Purgatory for 30 years, a pair of degenerate ghosts try to scheme their way into Heaven by “helping” a living woman find her missing sister.


Thursday October 21, 2021 7:10pm - 8:56pm CDT
EVENTIVE

7:10pm CDT

Shorts Program 1: The Ones Left Behind

Puppet Me


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writers/Directors: Julie Cavaliere, Annie Tippe


Reeling from the sudden death of her celebrity ventriloquist father, a woman confronts her grief by performing her dad's puppet.



BEN


(UK, 25 MIN)


Writer/Director: Tom Ruddock


Two years after climbing Ben A'an, a once love struck couple return to repeat the steep hike, this time with a challenge that wasn't on the map.



Metal


(USA, 20 MIN)


Writer/Director: Mischa Webley


A grieving grandfather takes up graffiti to overcome the loss of his grandson, a talented graffiti artist.



Voce



(UK, 15 MIN)


Writers: Emily May Smith, James Fritz
Director: Emily May Smith


An inhibited young woman is tasked to deliver news to her estranged Nonna. Voce is a lyrical coming of age story set in southern Italy.



Unmothered


(USA, 15 MIN)


Writer/Director: Urvashi Pathania


When Priyanka, a rebellious American, goes back to India to immerse her mother's ashes, she discovers her funny family has kept a serious secret.



A Death in the Family


(Ireland, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: Kate Haley


A death in the family leads to an interesting meal for the mourners.









Sponsors


Thursday October 21, 2021 7:10pm - 9:07pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm CDT

A Death in the Family
A Death in the Family


(Ireland, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: Kate Haley


A death in the family leads to an interesting meal for the mourners.

Sponsors


Thursday October 21, 2021 7:10pm - 9:07pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm CDT

Ben
BEN


(UK, 25 MIN)


Writer/Director: Tom Ruddock


Two years after climbing Ben A'an, a once love struck couple return to repeat the steep hike, this time with a challenge that wasn't on the map.

Sponsors


Thursday October 21, 2021 7:10pm - 9:07pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm CDT

Metal
Metal


(USA, 20 MIN)


Writer/Director: Mischa Webley


A grieving grandfather takes up graffiti to overcome the loss of his grandson, a talented graffiti artist.

Sponsors


Thursday October 21, 2021 7:10pm - 9:07pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm CDT

Puppet Me
Puppet Me


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writers/Directors: Julie Cavaliere, Annie Tippe


Reeling from the sudden death of her celebrity ventriloquist father, a woman confronts her grief by performing her dad's puppet.

Sponsors


Thursday October 21, 2021 7:10pm - 9:07pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm CDT

Unmothered
Unmothered


(USA, 15 MIN)


Writer/Director: Urvashi Pathania


When Priyanka, a rebellious American, goes back to India to immerse her mother's ashes, she discovers her funny family has kept a serious secret.

Sponsors

Thursday October 21, 2021 7:10pm - 9:07pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm CDT

Voce
Voce


(UK, 15 MIN)


Writers: Emily May Smith, James Fritz
Director: Emily May Smith


An inhibited young woman is tasked to deliver news to her estranged Nonna. Voce is a lyrical coming of age story set in southern Italy.

Sponsors


Thursday October 21, 2021 7:10pm - 9:07pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:10pm CDT

Puppet Me (Virtual Screening)
Puppet Me


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writers/Directors: Julie Cavaliere, Annie Tippe


Reeling from the sudden death of her celebrity ventriloquist father, a woman confronts her grief by performing her dad's puppet.


Thursday October 21, 2021 7:10pm - 9:07pm CDT
EVENTIVE

7:10pm CDT

Unmothered (Virtual Screening)
Unmothered


(USA, 15 MIN)


Writer/Director: Urvashi Pathania


When Priyanka, a rebellious American, goes back to India to immerse her mother's ashes, she discovers her funny family has kept a serious secret.

Thursday October 21, 2021 7:10pm - 9:07pm CDT
EVENTIVE

7:15pm CDT

Ragged Heart
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, 86 MIN)

Writers: Evan McNary, Debrah McNary
Director: Evan McNary
Cast: Patterson Hood, Josh Mikel, Jim White, Kate McManus, Eddie Craddock


When his estranged daughter Miranda tragically dies, Wyatt sets out to complete the last song she wrote, hoping to somehow redeem himself and let her rest in peace.


Thursday October 21, 2021 7:15pm - 8:59pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

7:15pm CDT

Ghosts of the Ozarks
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, 100 MIN)

Writers: Tara Perry, Sean Anthony Davis, Jordan Wayne Long
Directors: Jordan Wayne Long, Matt Glass
Cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Angela Bettis, Thomas Hobson, Phil Morris, Tara Perry, David Arquette, Graham Gordy, David Aaron Baker


In 1866, a young doctor is summoned by his uncle to a remote town in the Ozarks only to discover upon his arrival that the utopian paradise is not all that it seems to be.

PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
  • We have a Clear Bag Policy to minimize contact that a bag search would require.
  • Clear bags should not exceed 14″ x 12″ x 6″ in size.
  • Small, non-clear clutch bags will be allowed, and should not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” in size.



Thursday October 21, 2021 7:15pm - 9:15pm CDT
State Theatre

7:15pm CDT

Ghosts of the Ozarks (Virtual Screening)
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, 100 MIN)

Writers: Tara Perry, Sean Anthony Davis, Jordan Wayne Long
Directors: Jordan Wayne Long, Matt Glass
Cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Angela Bettis, Thomas Hobson, Phil Morris, Tara Perry, David Arquette, Graham Gordy, David Aaron Baker


In 1866, a young doctor is summoned by his uncle to a remote town in the Ozarks only to discover upon his arrival that the utopian paradise is not all that it seems to be.


Thursday October 21, 2021 7:15pm - 9:15pm CDT
EVENTIVE

8:00pm CDT

New Jack
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, 61 MIN)

Directors: Danny Lee, Noah Lee


Back in the late 90s - infamous ECW wrestler, New Jack, was a headlining professional wrestling star. Now, twenty years later... ageing and much less agile - he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard fans in community centers up and down the east coast. Blind in one eye, skull cracked, and a heartbreaking loss of memory- New Jack opens up to us about a damaging & violent childhood that led him to where he is today.


Thursday October 21, 2021 8:00pm - 9:20pm CDT
Hideout Theatre 617 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

10:15pm CDT

Shorts Program 2: Altered Realities
The Atomic Spawn


(USA, 14 MIN)


Writer/Director: Arthur Veenema


In 1952 on a nuclear test site, a timid young worker discovers a small egg within the irradiated zone.



HEARTLAND


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: Jahmil Eady


A woman attempts to immortalize her dying grandfather using virtual reality technology, but her obsession with documenting drives a wedge between them.



TOB.IA


(Italy, 15 MIN)


Writer/Director: Sana Emanuele


Agata and Giorgio lost their first and only child. After some time, Giorgio contacts a Foundation that offers Tobia, a highly advanced robot that is provided as psychological support during the grieving process. The robot thus enters the couple’s life with its load of hope and illusion.



Jettison


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: JJ Pollack


A restless young woman ships off to fight an interstellar war, only to struggle with the effects of being cut off from her home by both time and space.



Fempire


(USA, 16 MIN)


Writer/Director: Honora Talbott


In a near future when women rule the world, a politician visits a "Grooming School" to snag a trophy husband, but her boring date takes a turn when her Stepford-y match stops pretending to be something he's not.



Prisoner #1616


(USA, 20 MIN)


Writer/Director: Michael Fodera


Rudy Vaspar, a dangerous and violent convict, sits comfortably behind bars in a maximum-security prison. His day is interrupted by a surprise visit from Monica Klee and her assistant, Vince, as Rudy soon discovers he has been selected for a scientific study.



One Small Step


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writer/Director: Zachary Purcell


When a team of scientist stumble upon a revolutionary technology, Dr. Collins must decide between his dreams and his family.

Sponsors


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:15pm - Friday October 22, 2021 12:14am CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:15pm CDT

Fempire
Fempire


(USA, 16 MIN)


Writer/Director: Honora Talbott


In a near future when women rule the world, a politician visits a "Grooming School" to snag a trophy husband, but her boring date takes a turn when her Stepford-y match stops pretending to be something he's not.

Sponsors


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:15pm - Friday October 22, 2021 12:14am CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:15pm CDT

HEARTLAND
HEARTLAND


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: Jahmil Eady


A woman attempts to immortalize her dying grandfather using virtual reality technology, but her obsession with documenting drives a wedge between them.

Sponsors


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:15pm - Friday October 22, 2021 12:14am CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:15pm CDT

Jettison
Jettison


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: JJ Pollack


A restless young woman ships off to fight an interstellar war, only to struggle with the effects of being cut off from her home by both time and space.

Sponsors


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:15pm - Friday October 22, 2021 12:14am CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:15pm CDT

One Small Step
One Small Step


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writer/Director: Zachary Purcell


When a team of scientist stumble upon a revolutionary technology, Dr. Collins must decide between his dreams and his family.

Sponsors


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:15pm - Friday October 22, 2021 12:14am CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:15pm CDT

Prisoner #1616
Prisoner #1616


(USA, 20 MIN)


Writer/Director: Michael Fodera


Rudy Vaspar, a dangerous and violent convict, sits comfortably behind bars in a maximum-security prison. His day is interrupted by a surprise visit from Monica Klee and her assistant, Vince, as Rudy soon discovers he has been selected for a scientific study.

Sponsors


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:15pm - Friday October 22, 2021 12:14am CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:15pm CDT

The Atomic Spawn
The Atomic Spawn


(USA, 14 MIN)


Writer/Director: Arthur Veenema


In 1952 on a nuclear test site, a timid young worker discovers a small egg within the irradiated zone.

Sponsors

Thursday October 21, 2021 10:15pm - Friday October 22, 2021 12:14am CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:15pm CDT

TOB.IA
TOB.IA


(Italy, 15 MIN)


Writer/Director: Sana Emanuele


Agata and Giorgio lost their first and only child. After some time, Giorgio contacts a Foundation that offers Tobia, a highly advanced robot that is provided as psychological support during the grieving process. The robot thus enters the couple’s life with its load of hope and illusion.

Sponsors


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:15pm - Friday October 22, 2021 12:14am CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

10:30pm CDT

It Hatched
WORLD PREMIERE

(Iceland, 97 MIN)

Writer/Director: Elvar Gunnarsson
Story by: Magnús Ómarsson, Elvar Gunnarsson
Cast: Gunnar Kristinsson, Vivian Ólafsdóttir, Þór Túliníus, Björn Jörundur, Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Halldór Gylfason, Darren Foreman, Magnús Ómarsson


It Hatched follows the couple Mira & Pétur who journey from Nashville, TN to Iceland, where they’re planning to open a guesthouse in a remote fjord. Their plans are soon altered when an ancient Icelandic demon starts harassing them with vivid night terrors. What follows is a chain of events that include Pétur facing dementia,
Mira laying an infant-sized egg and the both of them squaring up against the tall task of...parenting.


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:30pm - Friday October 22, 2021 12:27am CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

10:30pm CDT

It Hatched (Virtual Screening)
WORLD PREMIERE

(Iceland, 97 MIN)

Writer/Director: Elvar Gunnarsson
Story by: Magnús Ómarsson, Elvar Gunnarsson
Cast: Gunnar Kristinsson, Vivian Ólafsdóttir, Þór Túliníus, Björn Jörundur, Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Halldór Gylfason, Darren Foreman, Magnús Ómarsson


It Hatched follows the couple Mira & Pétur who journey from Nashville, TN to Iceland, where they’re planning to open a guesthouse in a remote fjord. Their plans are soon altered when an ancient Icelandic demon starts harassing them with vivid night terrors. What follows is a chain of events that include Pétur facing dementia,
Mira laying an infant-sized egg and the both of them squaring up against the tall task of...parenting.


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:30pm - Friday October 22, 2021 12:27am CDT
EVENTIVE

10:30pm CDT

The French Dispatch
Limited Capacity seats available

(France, 107 MIN)

writer/director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Benico del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson


THE FRENCH DISPATCH brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city.

PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
  • We have a Clear Bag Policy to minimize contact that a bag search would require.
  • Clear bags should not exceed 14″ x 12″ x 6″ in size.
  • Small, non-clear clutch bags will be allowed, and should not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” in size.


Sponsors


Thursday October 21, 2021 10:30pm - Friday October 22, 2021 12:33am CDT
Paramount Theatre

10:45pm CDT

Karmalink
(Cambodia, USA, 102 MIN)


Writer: Jake Wachtel, Christopher Larsen
Director: Jake Wachtel
Cast: Leng Heng Prak, Srey Leak Chhith, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Cindy Sirinya Bishop, Rous Mony, Sveng Socheata


In near-future Phnom Penh, a teenage boy teams up with a street-smart girl from his neighborhood to untangle the mystery of his past-life dreams. What begins as a hunt for a Buddhist treasure soon leads to greater discoveries that will either end in digital enlightenment or a total loss of identity.

PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
  • We have a Clear Bag Policy to minimize contact that a bag search would require.
  • Clear bags should not exceed 14″ x 12″ x 6″ in size.
  • Small, non-clear clutch bags will be allowed, and should not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” in size.



Thursday October 21, 2021 10:45pm - Friday October 22, 2021 12:47am CDT
State Theatre

11:00pm CDT

Late Night Welcome Party Presented by Vuele
The Late Night Welcome Party celebrates the first full day of panels and is a great end to the day's packed schedule.This party sets the tone for the rest of the week as panelists, filmmakers, screenwriters and attendees discuss what the rest of the conference and festival have in store. Grab a drink and enjoy the first late night party-but pace yourself, you've got a lot more ahead!
Must have an AFF Conference, Producers or Press Badge for entry. All parties are 21 and up.


Thursday October 21, 2021 11:00pm - Friday October 22, 2021 1:00am CDT
Fair Market 1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702
 
Friday, October 22
 

9:00am CDT

A Conversation with Derek Kolstad
Join us for a conversation with Derek Kolstad, the writer behind such hits as the John Wick franchise and Nobody. Hear how Kolstad weaves human stories into action set pieces and creates characters you can’t help but root for.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
Barbara Morgan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Austin Film Festival. Since co-founding the organization in 1993, she has shepherded the festival from a weekend of films and panels into a week-long celebration of storytelling through film, television, and other emerging... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Derek Kolstad

Derek Kolstad

writer John Wick, John Wick Chapter 2, John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Nobody, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Derek Kolstad is the writer/creator of the JOHN WICK franchise. In the past two year, Derek has adapted the Korean thriller THE MAN FROM NOWHERE for Newline, sold a pitch with Gerard McMurray to Sony in a competitive situation, and wrote on Marvel’s hit limited series FALCON AND... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
800 Congress 800 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

Fact v. Fiction
Based on a true story. Inspired by true events. So many stories we see on film or television are preceded by this message. And while bringing a true story to the screen is exciting, what happens when you need to bend the truth to serve your narrative? Do you risk changing history or even sprinkling in a little magical realism? Join our panelists as they discuss fact vs. fiction and tackling real life events on screen.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Casey Baron

Casey Baron

Director of Programming and Industry Relations, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
Born and raised in the small island of Dominica located in the West Indies, Casey Baron moved to Austin after graduating from Florida State University with a degree in English – Editing, Writing, and Media. While attending FSU, Casey worked for The Torchlight Program. During his... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jihan Crowther

Jihan Crowther

writer/producer The Underground Railroad, The Man in the High Castle, Daisy Jones & The Six
Jihan Crowther is a TV writer whose credits include The Underground Railroad, The Man in the High Castle, Daisy Jones & The Six, and Here and Now. She is currently developing a half-hour romantic comedy-drama with Big Beach TV and a one-hour drama with Fair Harbor Productions.Jihan... Read More →
avatar for Zach Baylin

Zach Baylin

writer, King Richard, Creed III, The Crow (remake)
Zach Baylin is a Los Angeles based screenwriter and co-founder of YOUNGBLOOD PICTURES. His script KING RICHARD, about the father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, was #2 on the 2018 BLACKLIST and recently completed filming for WARNER BROS. starring Will Smith, Jon Berenthal... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
The Austin Club, Medallion Room 110 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

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

This panel is co-presented by ColdTowne Theater.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.



Moderators
avatar for Dave Buckman

Dave Buckman

Host, 2021 Awards Luncheon; The Second City, Boom Chicago, American Crime, Home Free
Dave Buckman has directed, taught and performed at some of the world’s leading improvisational comedy institutions. After several years studying and teaching improv in Chicago, Dave served as Artistic Director of 'Boom Chicago' in Amsterdam, where he was fortunate to work with and... Read More →

Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

Page One
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.


Moderators
avatar for Harrison Glaser

Harrison Glaser

former Film Competition Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator

Speakers
avatar for Oren Uziel

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

9:00am CDT

Austin Pitch #3
It’s the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

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

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Brandy Finmark

Brandy Finmark

writer Chelsea, Crossing Swords, Crank Yankers
Brandy Finmark is a feature and TV comedy writer.In 2015, Brandy and her writing partner wrote a sketch for Comedy Central, The Glass Ceiling Board Game for Girls, which went viral. In 2016, she and her writing partner teamed up with Feigco and sold an original spec called Pros... Read More →
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Cam Cannon

writer/producer Zero Contact; writer/executive producer USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage; executive producer Give 'Em Hell Malone, Tokarev a/k/a Rage; development executive The Big Bang, Casino Jack
A native of Atlanta, Cam Cannon attended University of Georgia, where he majored in Drama and worked on several student films in various capacities. After college, he and his wife co-produced a micro-budget feature and decided to move to Los Angeles in 1999. He began his career in... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film & Television*
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for film and television. This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 20 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 21 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 22 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 23 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Christian Bersani

Christian Bersani

Creative Executive, Josephson Entertainment
Christian Bersani is a Creative Executive with Josephson Entertainment in both Film & TV. Having joined the company in 2018, he continues to identify, develop, and produce projects for the scripted feature and series slates; his most recent work including projects set up with Sony... Read More →
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Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Partner, Enderby Entertainment; writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy; director Dawn Patrol, Toy Soldiers; executive producer An Ordinary Man, Blackway, Zero Contact; former WGAW President
Daniel Petrie, Jr. is a partner in Enderby Entertainment, an independent film finance and production company, founded in 2006 by Petrie and producer Rick Dugdale.  In 1985, Petrie received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his first produced script, the... Read More →
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Rick Dugdale

President, Enderby Entertainment; producer The Intrigo Anthology, Recon, Zero Contact
Rick Dugdale is the President and CEO of Enderby Entertainment, a film finance and production company founded in 2006 by Dugdale and his filmmaking partner, Daniel Petrie, Jr. Dugdale oversees all aspects of Enderby Entertainment’s business, finance and production and spearheads... Read More →
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Jill Chamberlain

author, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting
Jill Chamberlain is the founder of The Screenplay Workshop (www.thescreenplayworkshop.org) where she offers classes worldwide via Zoom. Her book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Screenwriting (University of Texas Press), is one of the highest rated screenwriting books on Amazon, out of over 3,000 books on the subject. It's considered the go-to manual many professionals swear by and is on the syllabus for film schools across the world including the acclaimed screenwriting... Read More →
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Bill True

writer Runaway, Hope Springs, Crazy Evil Genius; Head of Dramatic Writing, Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre
Bill True's debut feature, Runaway, was hailed by critics as “Brilliant” and “Hitchcockian” as it premiered to universal accolades at top festivals, including Tribeca and Toronto. Bill also took top prize at the Austin Film Festival for his work on Runaway, which was subsequently... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

Second Rounders and Above Panel: The Writer's Team
As writers, we know that obtaining representation is a huge hurdle needed to turn our passion into a career. Knowing the inner workings of agents and managers and identifying how they help you as a writer is paramount in building a team. Join managers and agents as they look at representation in a larger context and explore how they work together to support writers’ careers.

This panel is for Second Rounders and Above. Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
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Cindy McCreery

writer The Honey Girls, Something in the Water, Haven, Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove; Disney Feature Fellow, Associate Professor/Screenwriting Area Head, UT Austin
Cindy McCreery is an Associate Professor of Screenwriting in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches television and feature film writing in the undergraduate, graduate and Michener Center for Writing programs. Previously she taught screenwriting... Read More →

Speakers
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Adam Levine

Founding Partner, Verve Talent & Literary Agency
Adam Levine is one of the founding partners of Verve, a premier full-service agency with offices in Los Angeles and New York. An energetic and relentless voice on behalf of his clients, Levine is constantly setting the bar and rising above it when it comes to all aspects of literary... Read More →
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David Boxerbaum

Partner, Verve Talent & Literary Agency
David Boxerbaum is a prominent literary agent and partner at Verve, representing top tier talent including showrunners, franchise-builders and huge horror helmers. While he has earned his reputation as the best in the spec game, David also champions a diverse roster of writers and... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

Semifinalists and Above Panel: Television Development with Diversity Hire Ltd.
Join us for a discussion with Diversity Hire Ltd. as the team breaks down the development process, creating a television series, and how to utilize competitions and fellowship programs to make connections and launch careers

This panel is for Semifinalists and Above. Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.




Moderators
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Matt Dy

Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment Group; Former Director of Script Competitions, Austin Film Festival
Matt Dy attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Radio/TV/Film with a focus on screenwriting. He recently joined Adam Kolbrenner’s newly formed Lit Entertainment Group as a literary manager. Previously, he worked at Austin Film Festival (AFF... Read More →

Speakers
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April Shih

writer You’re The Worst, Undone, Mrs. America; writer/supervising producer Dave; Executive Producer, Diversity Hire, Ltd.
April Shih is a WGA Award-winning television writer/producer and filmmaker. April has several series in development at FX including LOVE RULES with producers Larry Wilmore, Joanna Coles, and The District, and has series in development at WBTV and Paramount Television Studios. April... Read More →
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Jen Goyne Blake

Founding Director, Episodic Lab at the Sundance Institute; Executive Producer, Diversity Hire, Ltd.
Before partnering with April Shih at DIVERSITY HIRE, Jen Goyne Blake was the Founding Director of the Episodic Lab at the Sundance Institute. For nearly 7 years, she headed the program dedicated to nurturing television writers from underrepresented communities. Blake shepherded over... Read More →
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Ansley Martinez

Creative Executive, Diversity Hire Ltd.
Ansley Martinez is a creative executive at Diversity Hire Ltd, April Shih's production company that is currently under an overall deal at FX. Prior to this role, she was at Rise Management in talent and literary management and Creative Artists Agency in the Comedy Touring and Personal... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

Script Library
The Script Library is located in the Citadel Club of the The Driskill Hotel and houses all Semifinalist, Finalist, and winning scripts from the 2021 Screenplay Competition. Come check it out and find that perfect written work to get those creative juices flowing again!


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00am - 4:30pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

10:30am CDT

Script Reading: From the Perspective of a Canoe
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us for a live reading of the Finalist play From the Perspective of a Canoe by Amy Dellagiarino featuring local Austin actors bringing Competition scripts to life!

Logline: A family awkwardly attempts to process their new normal after they find themselves unexpectedly thrown into the center of a local tragedy.

Friday October 22, 2021 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
The Austin Club, Robert Looney Suite 110 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

A Conversation with Glen Mazzara
Join us for an in-depth conversation with writer/creator/showrunner Glen Mazzara. In this panel, we'll dive into Mazzara's journey through television, from his days working on classics like The Walking Dead and The Shield, to his work creating Damien. Hear about the ins and outs of the industry, and how having multiple roles in the television industry has developed Mazzara as a versatile writer.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Harrison Glaser

Harrison Glaser

former Film Competition Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator

Speakers
avatar for Glen Mazzara

Glen Mazzara

Creator/showrunner Damien, Showrunner The Walking Dead, Executive Producer The Shield
Glen Mazzara is a television writer/creator/showrunner whose most recent work was A&E’s series, DAMIEN, based on the classic horror film, “The Omen.” Before that, Mazzara was Executive Producer and Showrunner for AMC's record-breaking series, THE WALKING DEAD, which earned him... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
800 Congress 800 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

A Conversation with Peter Hedges
Join writer/director Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy, Ben is Back) for a conversation on writing and directing and his new film The Same Storm (our 2021 Opening Night Film). Hedges will discuss writing for an ensemble cast, pulling inspiration from your surroundings, and how creativity can flourish even under arduous circumstances.

Must have an Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
Barbara Morgan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Austin Film Festival. Since co-founding the organization in 1993, she has shepherded the festival from a weekend of films and panels into a week-long celebration of storytelling through film, television, and other emerging... Read More →

Speakers
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Peter Hedges

writer/director The Same Storm
PETER HEDGES is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.Hedges’ first novel What’s Eating Gilbert Grape was the basis for the 1993 film, which he also wrote. His other novels are An Ocean in Iowa (1998) and The Heights (2010).  His novels have been published... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

Creating Emotional Characters That Audiences Will Care About
Join Oscar-nominated screenwriter Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Captain Marvel) for an insight into her process for creating authentic, memorable, and rich characters you're bound to fall in love with.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Meg LeFauve

Meg LeFauve

writer Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Captain Marvel
Nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for the Pixar blockbuster INSIDE OUT, LeFauve won an Annie Award for that screenplay. She also wrote Pixar's Golden Globe nominated THE GOOD DINOSAUR. LeFauve is currently writing a series for the new Peacock Channel as well as the animated film... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
The Austin Club, Medallion Room 110 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

Indie Film Track: Adapting a Story
Adapting a story from one medium to another can lead to a myriad of challenges. How can I condense a 400 page novel into a 90 minute film? Is it possible to use a one minute real-life event and construct a compelling narrative? In this panel, writers will discuss the creative decisions that help them take a book, short story, or real-life event and put it on the big screen.

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

Speakers
avatar for Seanne Winslow

Seanne Winslow

co-writer/co-director The Falconer
Seanne Winslow is a writer, director, producer. Born to American parents, she grew up in Germany and spent time in England, Israel, and the Middle East. From an early age, Seanne experienced how stories can bring people together, regardless of their background. So, she became a filmmaker... Read More →
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Huda Razzak

co-writer/co-director The Ocean Duck
Huda Razzak was born in Chicago, Illinois to parents who immigrated from Iraq. In 2021, she graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Animation. Huda focuses primarily in writing, storyboarding, and production. She is also a two-time ScreenCraft... Read More →
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Courtney Ware

co-writer/director The Soldier Plant
Courtney Ware is a writer, director, and editor. Her award-winning feature directorial debut, SUNNY IN THE DARK was released in 2016 and her short film work has been seen in over 40 national and international locations. The last three feature films she edited all premiered at the... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

Internal or External: Writing Compelling Conflicts
Whether it is internal or external, conflict is the driving force of any compelling narrative. Get out your boxing gloves and passive-aggressive remarks for this one as we'll be guiding you through the importance of creating effective conflict to elevate your writing.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
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Pat Hazell

Moderator
Showtime declared Pat Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 25 years of experience as a writer, director, producer & creative consultant 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... Read More →

Speakers
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Javier "Javi" Grillo-Marxuach

writer/producer Lost, The Dark Crystal, Cowboy Bebop; creator The Middleman
Though best known as one of the Emmy winning writer/producers of Lost (Outstanding Drama Series, 2005) and The Dark Crystal (Outstanding Children's Program, 2020), and for creating The Middleman graphic novel and TV series, Javier "Javi" Grillo-Marxuach is a prolific of TV, movies... Read More →
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VJ Boyd

writer/producer S.W.A.T., Justified
VJ Boyd is currently working on the JUSTIFIED spinoff CITY PRIMEVAL for FX/Hulu. He previously wrote for SWAT and JUSTIFIED and co-created LINCOLN RHYME: HUNT FOR THE BONE COLLECTOR. He is also the co-author of the IDW comic book series NIGHT MOVES.
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Herschel Weingrod

writer Trading Places, Brewster's Millions, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Space Jam; producer Falling Down
Herschel Weingrod is a graduate with Honors at the University of Wisconsin with a B.A in History and then attained an MFA from the London Film School. While in London, he was also employed as a film critic and reviewer at Time Out as well as The Monthly Film Bulletin, a publication... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

The Future of Hollywood
Join panelists to discuss how filmmaking and storytelling have shifted since COVID and what changes we may see as we continue to learn to adapt to new restrictions and changes in the way people interact with stories.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
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William Nix

executive producer The Prophet, This Is Ragtime: The Birth of American Music, Power, Return to Afghanistan and An Accidental Cuban; Firedancer; producer Gibran
William Nix is the Chairman/CEO of Creative Projects Group® and a Producer with extensive experience in the entertainment, media, sports, and intellectual property fields. He is also a Partner in the social and environmental impact investment firm, LOHAS Advisors and Capital. He... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

President, Enderby Entertainment; producer The Intrigo Anthology, Recon, Zero Contact
Rick Dugdale is the President and CEO of Enderby Entertainment, a film finance and production company founded in 2006 by Dugdale and his filmmaking partner, Daniel Petrie, Jr. Dugdale oversees all aspects of Enderby Entertainment’s business, finance and production and spearheads... Read More →
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Linda Yvette Chávez

writer I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Flamin’ Hot; co-showrunner/co-creator, Gentefied
Linda Yvette Chávez is the co-creator, co-showrunner, and executive producer of Netflix’s hit series GENTEFIED. A TV series produced by America Ferrera and MACRO Studios, GENTEFIED's first season was nominated for three Imagen Foundation awards, including Best Comedy Series. While... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

What Makes a Manager?
Managers are the backbone of a writer’s career, which is no easy task. Join these top-notch managers as they discuss their approach to finding writers, how they manage their relationship, and how to keep things moving forward!  

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.



Moderators
avatar for Bill True

Bill True

writer Runaway, Hope Springs, Crazy Evil Genius; Head of Dramatic Writing, Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre
Bill True's debut feature, Runaway, was hailed by critics as “Brilliant” and “Hitchcockian” as it premiered to universal accolades at top festivals, including Tribeca and Toronto. Bill also took top prize at the Austin Film Festival for his work on Runaway, which was subsequently... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Zaozirny

John Zaozirny

Literary Manager/Head, Bellevue Productions; producer Infinite, Eli, Parallel, Always Watching
John runs Bellevue Productions, a leading literary management company with a focus on discovering and breaking new writers and writer-directors, in both the feature film and television spaces.John's clients’ writing and directing credits include INFINITE, PARALLEL, ELI, BAD MATCH... Read More →
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Dana M. Jackson

Manager, Echo Lake Entertainment
Dana Jackson has built and guided the careers of such scribes as Bert V. Royal, the award-winning playwright of Dog Sees God and screenwriter of the critically acclaimed hit film Easy A, and Karen DiConcetto who, along with Royal, created the television series Recovery Road for... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

Austin Pitch #4
It’s the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

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

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Hernandez

Dan Hernandez

writer Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Addams Family 2; Co-Showrunner Koala Man
Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit are writer-producers whose television credits include Central Park, the Peabody-nominated One Day at a Time, The Tick, Super Fun Night, and 1600 Penn. They recently created the Disney Channel original show Ultra Violet, which is in production. Dan and... Read More →
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Amy Louise Johnson

writer/producer Servant, Messiah, Nightflyers, The Long Road Home, Tyrant
Amy’s so happy to be back at AFF for 2021!This past year, Amy’s mainly been writing and producing on Seasons 3 & 4 of SERVANT on Apple+, along with developing and pitching her own TV projects.Previously, Amy’s worked in both TV and film, with two action/adventure features in... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film & Television*
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for film and television. This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 20 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 21 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 22 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 23 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.



Speakers
avatar for Taylor Streitz

Taylor Streitz

writer/producer Stargirl
Taylor Streitz is currently a Writer/Producer on CW's superhero show Stargirl. After attending the University of Texas at Austin, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of becoming a screenwriter. After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response on her pilots – Made in... Read More →
avatar for Henry Jones

Henry Jones

writer Jupiter's Legacy, Black Summer, Arcane
Henry's written feature scripts for a number of companies including: MGM, Paramount, Bad Robot, Universal, and New Line Cinema. He wrote on JUPITER'S LEGACY (Netflix), Riot Games' ARCANE (Netflix), BLACK SUMMER (Netflix), and has a host of other properties in process at studios and... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

Manager/Producer, Anonymous Content
Ryan Cunningham is a literary manager and producer at Anonymous Content. Ryan began his career in physical production as a PA on several films and TV shows shooting in New Orleans while he attended Tulane University. After graduating, Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he worked in the... Read More →
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Lindsay Graham

EP 1865, Terms; host American Scandal, American History Tellers, Business Movers
Lindsay Graham is the CEO and founder of Airship, a podcast publishing company. He is also the Webby Award-winning and Ambie-nominated host of the podcasts American Scandal, American History Tellers, American Elections: Wicked Game and Business Movers, and is the executive producer... Read More →
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

writer The Honey Girls, Something in the Water, Haven, Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove; Disney Feature Fellow, Associate Professor/Screenwriting Area Head, UT Austin
Cindy McCreery is an Associate Professor of Screenwriting in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches television and feature film writing in the undergraduate, graduate and Michener Center for Writing programs. Previously she taught screenwriting... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

Second Rounders Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film & Television*
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft and business of writing for film and television. 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.

Roundtables required advance sign-up through the Screenplay Department.

This roundtable is for Second Rounders and Above. Must have an AFF Producers or Conference badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Dylan Kussman

Dylan Kussman

writer/director The Steps; director Wrestling Jerusalem; writer The Mummy
A SAG/AFTRA member since 1971 and WGA member since 2007, Dylan got his big break into feature films playing Cameron across from Robin Williams in Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society. His screenwriting career started soon after when his scripted feature Burn won a grand jury prize at the... Read More →
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Kelsi Fleming

Creative Executive, Josephson Entertainment
Kelsi Fleming is a Creative Executive at Josephson Entertainment. She works on both the Film and Television slates, identifying and developing projects. Recent work includes the new YA Franchise "Caster" set up at Paramount Pictures with Scholastic Entertainment and Weed Road Pictures... Read More →
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Hank Jones

writer Bel-Air, Grownish, The Neighborhood
After completing his M.A. in English (Teaching of Writing & Lit.) from George Mason University, Henry “Hank” Jones quit his job at a D.C. tax publication and drove to Los Angeles to pursue a career in scriptwriting. Hank worked on any indie project he could find until he was recommended... Read More →
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James V. Hart

creator/executive producer The Hot Zone; writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones; Creator, HartChart
JAMES V. HART (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees.His writing/producing credits include; Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old son, Jake, Bram Stoker’s Dracula... Read More →
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Felischa Marye

creator/writer/producer/showrunner Bigger; writer 13 Reasons Why
Felischa Marye is a writer, producer, director and showrunner. A graduate of the MFA screenwriting program at UCLA, Felischa transitioned into the film industry after a successful career in public relations/integrated marketing in Chicago, where she was born and raised. While still... Read More →
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Benji Samit

writer Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Addams Family 2; Co-Showrunner Koala Man
Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit are writer-producers whose television credits include Central Park, the Peabody-nominated One Day at a Time, The Tick, Super Fun Night, and 1600 Penn. They recently created the Disney Channel original show Ultra Violet, which is in production. Dan and... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

12:15pm CDT

Fact v. Fiction (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
Based on a true story. Inspired by true events. So many stories we see on film or television are preceded by this message. And while bringing a true story to the screen is exciting, what happens when you need to bend the truth to serve your narrative? Do you risk changing history or even sprinkling in a little magical realism? Join our panelists as they discuss fact vs. fiction and tackling real life events on screen.

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Jihan Crowther

Jihan Crowther

writer/producer The Underground Railroad, The Man in the High Castle, Daisy Jones & The Six
Jihan Crowther is a TV writer whose credits include The Underground Railroad, The Man in the High Castle, Daisy Jones & The Six, and Here and Now. She is currently developing a half-hour romantic comedy-drama with Big Beach TV and a one-hour drama with Fair Harbor Productions.Jihan... Read More →
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Zach Baylin

writer, King Richard, Creed III, The Crow (remake)
Zach Baylin is a Los Angeles based screenwriter and co-founder of YOUNGBLOOD PICTURES. His script KING RICHARD, about the father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, was #2 on the 2018 BLACKLIST and recently completed filming for WARNER BROS. starring Will Smith, Jon Berenthal... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:00pm CDT

With This Breath I Fly
WORLD PREMIRE

(USA, 78 MIN)

Directors: Sam French, Clementine Malpas


At the height of the international occupation of Afghanistan, two women – Gulnaz, raped and impregnated by her uncle, and Farida, on the run from an abusive husband – are imprisoned on charges of “moral crimes” by an Afghan justice system that is supported by billions of dollars of aid money from the European Union. Shot over ten years, "With This Breath I Fly" follows these two courageous women as they fight for their freedom against a patriarchal Afghan society determined to keep them bound to tribal culture, while exposing the complicity of the European Union in censoring their voices.


Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:38pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:00pm CDT

With This Breath I Fly (Virtual Screening)
WORLD PREMIRE

(USA,78 MIN)

Directors: Sam French, Clementine Malpas

At the height of the international occupation of Afghanistan, two women – Gulnaz, raped and impregnated by her uncle, and Farida, on the run from an abusive husband – are imprisoned on charges of “moral crimes” by an Afghan justice system that is supported by billions of dollars of aid money from the European Union. Shot over ten years, "With This Breath I Fly" follows these two courageous women as they fight for their freedom against a patriarchal Afghan society determined to keep them bound to tribal culture, while exposing the complicity of the European Union in censoring their voices.


Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:38pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:00pm CDT

Shorts Program 3: Love Hurts
Jilted


(UK, 8 MIN)


Writer/ Director: Dan Hodgson


When Chloe leaves her fiancé at the aisle, she has to figure out what comes after "I don't".



Two Tickets to Mars


(USA, 17 MIN)


Writer/Director: Kavita Parekh


In pre-apocalyptic New York City, Earth is facing inevitable doom. This is a love story.



Dot Dot Dot


(USA, 7 MIN)


Writer/Director: Chad Werner


After sending a text with no reply, a man begins losing his mind.



The Dump


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: Neil Holland


A woman goes to unusual lengths to save her relationship.




Play It Again


(Canada, 9 MIN)


Writer: Myrthin Stagg & Liam Gareau
Director: Dan Abramovici


“It’s still the same old story/A fight for love and glory…” On their final movie night, Kitty is determined to tell her best friend that she’s in love with her – But life hardly ever plays out like in the movies



F*ck You, Seth


(USA, 6 MIN)


Writer/Director: Barry Galperin


The last five minutes before a woman goes out for a cup of coffee with an ex-boyfriend.



Five Minutes


(USA, 5 MIN)


Writer/Director: Christine Khalafian


When a woman has five minutes of freedom, every second counts.




Princess of Jerusalem


(France, 26 MIN)


Writers/Directors: Nicolas Paban, Guillaume Levil


Peter is a simple and endearing bachelor working at the office during the day and taking care of his father at night. For the past few weeks, he has been chatting online with a young woman. One day, she asks for his help.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm CDT

Dot Dot Dot
Dot Dot Dot


(USA, 7 MIN)


Writer/Director: Chad Werner


After sending a text with no reply, a man begins losing his mind.

*In attendance : Jon Michael Simpson, Jeff McQuitty, Brody Price, Kasey Givens and Chad Werner

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm CDT

F*ck You, Seth
F*ck You, Seth


(USA, 6 MIN)


Writer/Director: Barry Galperin


The last five minutes before a woman goes out for a cup of coffee with an ex-boyfriend.

*In Attendance: Barry Galperin*

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm CDT

Five Minutes
Five Minutes


(USA, 5 MIN)


Writer/Director: Christine Khalafian


When a woman has five minutes of freedom, every second counts.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm CDT

Jilted
Jilted


(UK, 8 MIN)


Writer/ Director: Dan Hodgson


When Chloe leaves her fiancé at the aisle, she has to figure out what comes after "I don't".

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm CDT

Play It Again
Play It Again


(Canada, 9 MIN)


Writer: Myrthin Stagg & Liam Gareau
Director: Dan Abramovici


“It’s still the same old story/A fight for love and glory…” On their final movie night, Kitty is determined to tell her best friend that she’s in love with her – But life hardly ever plays out like in the movies

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm CDT

Princess of Jerusalem
Princess of Jerusalem


(France, 26 MIN)


Writers/Directors: Nicolas Paban, Guillaume Levil


Peter is a simple and endearing bachelor working at the office during the day and taking care of his father at night. For the past few weeks, he has been chatting online with a young woman. One day, she asks for his help.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm CDT

The Dump

The Dump


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: Neil Holland


A woman goes to unusual lengths to save her relationship.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm CDT

Two Tickets To Mars
Two Tickets to Mars


(USA, 17 MIN)


Writer/Director: Kavita Parekh


In pre-apocalyptic New York City, Earth is facing inevitable doom. This is a love story.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:00pm CDT

Play It Again (Virtual Screening)
Play It Again


(Canada, 9 MIN)


Writer: Myrthin Stagg & Liam Gareau
Director: Dan Abramovici


“It’s still the same old story/A fight for love and glory…” On their final movie night, Kitty is determined to tell her best friend that she’s in love with her – But life hardly ever plays out like in the movies


Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:00pm CDT

Princess of Jerusalem (Virtual Screening)
Princess of Jerusalem


(France, 26 MIN)


Writers/Directors: Nicolas Paban, Guillaume Levil


Peter is a simple and endearing bachelor working at the office during the day and taking care of his father at night. For the past few weeks, he has been chatting online with a young woman. One day, she asks for his help.


Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:00pm CDT

Two Tickets To Mars (Virtual Screening)
Two Tickets to Mars


(USA, 17 MIN)


Writer/Director: Kavita Parekh


In pre-apocalyptic New York City, Earth is facing inevitable doom. This is a love story.


Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:00pm CDT

Script Reading: Shorts + Digital Series
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us for a live reading of Short and Digital Series screenplays that advanced in the Script Competition, featuring local Austin actors bringing Competition scripts to life!

Crooked Woods (Second Round Digital Series) by Katherine Cox and Matt McCarthy: A cryptid-obsessed mythology professor, his pragmatic wife, and the staff of an immersive horror experience fight for their survival after they awaken the fabled Crooked Woods Creature.

Death Roll (Second Round Short) by Alexandra Keister: A runaway foster kid hitches a ride down the bayou.

La Pianista (Finalist Short) by Aidan Terre Moretti: A young pianist must cope with the loss of her father while preparing for her first major performance.

Rare as Red Hair (Semifinalist Short) by Robbie Robertson: The aftermath of an emotional funeral causes a grieving father and mother to reexamine their early life decision to have gender normalization surgery performed on their intersex infant.

Z-Vax (Semifinalist Short) by Angie and Andrew Johnson-Schmit: In the midst of a zombie pandemic, a rookie medical receptionist faces off against a conspiracy-minded mother who refuses to admit her child is a zombie.

Friday October 22, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
The Austin Club, Robert Looney Suite 110 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701

1:15pm CDT

A Conversation with Derek Kolstad (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
Join us for a conversation with Derek Kolstad, the writer behind such hits as the John Wick franchise and Nobody. Hear how Kolstad weaves human stories into action set pieces and creates characters you can’t help but root for.

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Derek Kolstad

Derek Kolstad

writer John Wick, John Wick Chapter 2, John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Nobody, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Derek Kolstad is the writer/creator of the JOHN WICK franchise. In the past two year, Derek has adapted the Korean thriller THE MAN FROM NOWHERE for Newline, sold a pitch with Gerard McMurray to Sony in a competitive situation, and wrote on Marvel’s hit limited series FALCON AND... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:15pm CDT

A World For Julius
(Peru, 104 MIN)

Writer: Rossana Díaz Costa (written for the screen by), Alfredo Bryce Echenique (based on the novel by)
Director: Rossana Díaz Costa
Cast: Mayella Lloclla, Fiorella de Ferrari, Nacho Fresneda, Augusto Linares, Rodrigo Barba, Pamela Saco, Fernando Bacilio, Antonieta Pari

Julius is a high-class child who lives in Lima, Peru, in the 50's. He lives in a mansion with his aristocratic family and a lot of servants. He will lose the innocence little by little, when discovering and never understanding a world full of inequalities and injustices.


Friday October 22, 2021 1:15pm - 3:19pm CDT
Hideout Theatre 617 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm CDT

Adapting IP
When the coronavirus pandemic forced many physical productions to hit pause, it also invigorated other parts of the entertainment industry. Join us for a conversation about adapting an intellectual property, from researching and understanding the framework within which you are working, to creating something fresh and original within that established world. Industry creatives will discuss what writers look for in IP, what producers look for when hiring writers, and the unique challenges and benefits involved.

This panel is presented by Rooster Teeth.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Moderator; Senior Director of Programming & Development - Rooster Teeth Productions
Hannah McCarthy is the Senior Director of Programming & Development for Rooster Teeth Productions in Austin, TX. She oversees a robust slate of content that spans unscripted live action, podcasts, scripted animation, and beyond. Working in development through post-production on projects... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Christy

Stephen Christy

producer, The Empty Man; executive producer Just Beyond; President, BOOM! Studios
Stephen Christy is the President of Development of BOOM! Studios, controlling the 3rd largest library of comic book IP outside of Marvel and DC. He most recently produced the supernatural thriller The Empty Man for 20th Century Studios and Executive Produced Just Beyond for Disney... Read More →
avatar for Evan Narcisse

Evan Narcisse

staff writer gen:Lock, season 2; narrative design consultant Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Marvel's Avengers, Redfall
Evan Narcisse is a writer and consultant who works in video games, comic books, and TV, often focusing on the intersection of blackness and pop culture. He was a journalist and critic for many years, having previously written for The Atlantic, Time Magazine, Kotaku, io9, and The New... Read More →
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Ryan P. Hall

Head, Rooster Teeth Studios; executive producer Blood Fest, Lazer Team 2, Shark Week: Immersion, gen:LOCK
Ryan P. Hall is the Head of Studio at Rooster Teeth and is responsible for spearheading their groundbreaking development slate. Since joining the company in 2016, Ryan has built an innovative slate of projects and has produced dozens of scripted & unscripted projects in both live-action... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm CDT

How to Market Yourself
In an increasingly connected world, the opportunities to market your own work are endless. Whether it be taking a meeting with a mutual friend, connecting with fellow screenwriters online, or sharing your work on social media, there are many ways for you to advocate for your own work. Join us as we explore different ways to market yourself off the page and master the intimidating act of networking.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

moderator; AFF Screenwriting Award-Winner; producer Martin Eden; Professor Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Moving Image Arts Program, Sarah Lawrence College
Award-winning screenwriter, director and producer, whose work has been screened and honored internationally.Tenured professor: Sarah Lawrence College; Chair – Filmmaking & Moving Image Arts Program: 2007 to 2020.Founder/Co-Director – The Cinema Sarah Lawrence Feature Film Intensive... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Zadoc Angell

Zadoc Angell

Co-President, Echo Lake Entertainment
Zadoc Angell has worked at Echo Lake for eight years, and is the Co-President of the management division. He began his career as a TV Literary Agent at Paradigm, becoming a manager when he teamed up with Dave Brown at Artist International. The pair brought their literary team to Echo... Read More →
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Rebecca Windsor

Head, Warner Bros. Television Workshop
Rebecca Windsor is the Head of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for artists looking to start or further their careers in television. As an extension of her role developing new talent, Rebecca helped launch Warner Bros. digital brand Stage13... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm CDT

Indie Film Track: Assembling Your Team
Have you sat on a set and watched the 30 or so people in the organized chaos and thought "how did someone find all these creative and passionate people?" A film can only be as good as the people behind the scenes. This panel is all about assembling your team to start the journey of creating a film. Learn how to get others to support your idea, and to be excited to make your idea come to life. Grab your pencil and paper and head on over for a panel you don't want to miss.


Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.


Moderators
avatar for Brian Gannon

Brian Gannon

Moderator
Brian Gannon has been with the Austin Film Commission for nine years and been the Commissioner for the past six years. At the Austin Film Commission, Brian works to bring film, television and commercial production to Austin and assisting projects filming locally.

Speakers
avatar for Abie Sidell

Abie Sidell

writer/director CRAM
Abie Sidell (he/him) is a Queens, New York based filmmaker. With his company Radical Rhinoceros Pictures, Abie has directed music videos, branded content for clients like Marvel and Facebook, and original films – including the award-winning Some of Her Parts. Abie has made movies since he was 8 years old and directed Indiana Jones and the Missing Sock. Abie still believes in magic, and movies are the proof. He'd call it all powerful, but he never did find that sock... Read More →
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Anna Baumgarten

writer/director Disfluency
Anna hails from the Michigan mitten and strives to tell stories with truth that find common ground between people of polarizing backgrounds. She currently works in TV as the Manager of Development for Monami Productions in Beverly Hills, CA.As a filmmaker she has an independent TV... Read More →
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Fabio Frey

cowriter/director My Dead Dad
Born in Switzerland, raised in South Carolina now living in Los Angeles, Fabio Frey cut his teeth in college producing short films for Comedy Central, and later directing commercials. Since then he’s directed festival winning shorts that premiered at the TCL Chinese Theater in the... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm CDT

On Writing Sci-Fi: A Conversation with Lisa Joy
Join co-creator of Westworld and director/writer of Reminiscence Lisa Joy as she sits down to discuss her experience delving into the world of Science Fiction. In this panel, we'll discuss the intersection of sci-fi and technology, the discovery of humanity in non-traditional narratives. We'll also take a closer look at her work on Westworld and in her new film Reminiscence with clips from both shown throughout the panel.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Casey Baron

Casey Baron

Director of Programming and Industry Relations, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
Born and raised in the small island of Dominica located in the West Indies, Casey Baron moved to Austin after graduating from Florida State University with a degree in English – Editing, Writing, and Media. While attending FSU, Casey worked for The Torchlight Program. During his... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Joy

Lisa Joy

director/writer Reminiscence; co-creator Westworld
Lisa Joy is an Emmy Award® -nominated writer, director and producer highly regarded for her genre work across television and film.Joy recently completed her feature directorial debut, Reminiscence, starring Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson, for Warner Bros. Pictures.  Joy wrote... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
The Austin Club, Medallion Room 110 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm CDT

On Writing/Directing Pig: A Conversation with Michael Sarnoski
Join us for an intimate one-on-one discussion with director/writer Michael Sarnoski as he dissects his feature film debut, Pig. Hear the story behind the film’s creation, Sarnoski’s experience writing and directing, and how the film subverts conventional revenge themes and explores loss and overcoming grief.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
Barbara Morgan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Austin Film Festival. Since co-founding the organization in 1993, she has shepherded the festival from a weekend of films and panels into a week-long celebration of storytelling through film, television, and other emerging... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Sarnoski

Michael Sarnoski

writer/director Pig
Michael Sarnoski grew up outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and now lives in Los Angeles. He graduated from Yale with a degree in art and film, where he met producer Vanessa Block. The two collaborated on the Oscar shortlisted documentary, The Testimony, which Michael produced and edited... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm CDT

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

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Trey Selman

Trey Selman

Moderator
Born in Texas. Raised on Tex-Mex. Studied business at The University of Texas; now writes about Texas. Prefers stars over skyscrapers, cedar fever over traffic jams and pit masters over maitre d's. Thinks AFF, like his favorite song, is a neon sign flashin', "Welcome, come on in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dailyn Rodriguez

Dailyn Rodriguez

co-showrunner/executive producer Queen of the South, Ugly Betty, Lie to Me, The Glades
Dailyn Rodriguez was born in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City to Cuban parents. Her high school drama teacher introduced her to the theater and encouraged her to write plays as a means to express herself and explore her unconventional upbringing. This led to Samuel... Read More →
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Lorien McKenna

co-host The Screenwriting Life; writer/showrunner
Lorien McKenna is currently the Showrunner for a preschool show with YouTube Kids and has an adult animation show in development with Mindshow/Viacom. She's written for and developed with studios and streamers including Hulu, NBC, Disney, and Netflix.A former Story Manager at Pixar... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

writer Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Infidel; writer/producer/showrunner Tether, writer/showrunner Stephen King's N.; writer/director Saviors, Zombies of Mas
Hamedani (along with his co-writer, Travis Betz) became known when their script The Saviors was selected to the 2018 Black List. The screenplay is being produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films and Amasia Films with Hamedani directing. Hamedani just finished adapting Adib Khorram’s... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm CDT

So, You're Out of Touch - Writing Young Characters
Reconnecting with your younger self is not an easy feat, nor is writing a character that grew up in a completely different world than you. Capturing the voice of today's youth can be even more challenging as generational differences— like new technologies, lifestyles, cultures, and slang — build walls between us. Hear from distinguished screenwriters with experience writing contemporary children, teens, and young adults.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Harrison Glaser

Harrison Glaser

former Film Competition Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator

Speakers
avatar for Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi

Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi

writer/producer Hemlock Grove, The Path, All American, Shaka: King of the Zulus; author Becoming Bold
Before moving to Los Angeles, Lorna graduated Magna Cum Laude earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a pre-law minor from Texas Woman's University.Lorna has since had a successful 16-year career working in television starting with a sci-fi show called DAYBREAK that aired... Read More →
avatar for Tripper Clancy

Tripper Clancy

writer Stuber, I Am Not Okay With This, Die Hart
Tripper is a screenwriter who dabbles in tv and film, comedy and drama. He’s written projects with varying degrees of difficulty for every major studio as well as a couple of studios abroad. His credits include STUBER for 20th Century Fox, I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS for Netflix, and... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
800 Congress 800 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm CDT

Austin Pitch #5
It’s the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

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

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Alvaro Rodriguez

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 →
avatar for Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander

writer/director The Intergalactic Nemesis, Buttercup, Hit & Run, Fugitive Dreams
Jason Neulander received his BA and MA in theater from Brown University and is an award-winning theatre artist, filmmaker, and producer based in Austin, Texas. He founded and was the artistic director of Austin’s premiere producer of new plays Salvage Vanguard Theater from 1994... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm CDT

Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film & Television*
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for film and television. This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 20 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 21 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 22 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 23 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Scott Beck

Scott Beck

writer A Quiet Place, writer/director 65, Haunt
Filmmakers Scott Beck & Bryan Woods first met as sixth-graders in their hometown of Bettendorf, Iowa. After discovering a shared interest in cinema, the duo began collaborating on stop-motion movies with their Star Wars action figures. This collaboration continued into high school... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Woods

Bryan Woods

writer A Quiet Place, writer/director 65, Haunt
avatar for Julia Glausi

Julia Glausi

Media Finance Agent, CAA
Julia Glausi is an Agent in the Media Finance department at leading entertainment agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). She works in the Los Angeles office.Glausi began her career at Samuel Goldwyn Films in 2013. She then worked as an Executive Assistant at Zero Gravity Management... Read More →
avatar for Todd Ireland

Todd Ireland

writer Sunny, Continuum
Todd Ireland is an Indigenous (Métis) screenwriter.He is currently the executive vice president of Enderby Entertainment Canada where he helps oversee development and production. He is a proud member of the Writers Guild of Canada Diversity and Inclusion Committee and serves on the... Read More →
avatar for Ansley Martinez

Ansley Martinez

Creative Executive, Diversity Hire Ltd.
Ansley Martinez is a creative executive at Diversity Hire Ltd, April Shih's production company that is currently under an overall deal at FX. Prior to this role, she was at Rise Management in talent and literary management and Creative Artists Agency in the Comedy Touring and Personal... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm CDT

Young Filmmakers Program: Roundtable
The Young Filmmakers Program Roundtable offers students the opportunity to meet and learn from selected shorts filmmakers in a casual setting among a small group of peers. Students are encouraged to ask specific questions about the creative and business aspects of filmmaking.

This session is open for participants in the Young Filmmakers Program only and requires advance sign up through the Young Filmmakers Program Department.

Friday October 22, 2021 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

2:15pm CDT

Page One (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
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 Virtual Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Alvaro Rodriguez

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 →
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

writer/co-producer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena; co-writer Patriots Day
Matt Cook is a screenwriter, director, and producer of various studio and independent films and television. His work includes The Duel, Triple Nine, 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 2:15pm - 3:30pm CDT
EVENTIVE

3:00pm CDT

A Conversation with Glen Mazzara (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
Join us for an in-depth conversation with writer/creator/showrunner Glen Mazzara. In this panel, we'll dive into Mazzara's journey through television, from his days working on classics like The Walking Dead and The Shield, to his work creating Damien. Hear about the ins and outs of the industry, and how having multiple roles in the television industry has developed Mazzara as a versatile writer.

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.


Speakers
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Glen Mazzara

Creator/showrunner Damien, Showrunner The Walking Dead, Executive Producer The Shield
Glen Mazzara is a television writer/creator/showrunner whose most recent work was A&E’s series, DAMIEN, based on the classic horror film, “The Omen.” Before that, Mazzara was Executive Producer and Showrunner for AMC's record-breaking series, THE WALKING DEAD, which earned him... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
EVENTIVE

3:15pm CDT

A Conversation with Scott Frank: The 2021 Recipient of the Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting
Oscar nominee and acclaimed writer of films such as Out of Sight, Logan, and Minority Report, Scott Frank is our 2021 Bill Wittliff Awardee for Screenwriting. Join us as we sit down with Frank and discuss his career including his most recent project, The Queen's Gambit, which took the world by storm when it hit Netflix in 2020.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
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David Koepp

writer Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds; writer/director Stir of Echoes, Ghost Town, You Should Have Left
David Koepp has written or co-written the screenplays for more than thirty films, including Apartment Zero (1989), Bad Influence (1990), Death Becomes Her (1992), Carlito’s Way (1993), Jurassic Park (1993), The Paper (1994), Mission: Impossible (1996), The Lost World: Jurassic Park... Read More →

Speakers
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Scott Frank

2021 Recipient of the Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting
Scott Frank’s screenplays include Little Man Tate, Dead Again, Malice, Heaven’s Prisoners, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, The Interpreter, The Lookout (also directed), Marley & Me, The Wolverine, Walk Among the Tombstones (also directed), Logan, the Netflix limited... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
The Austin Club, Medallion Room 110 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm CDT

Make It or Break It: Pilots
It's time to get started! For television, the pilot episode is a make-or-break moment. It can set the tone for a great show or send you back to the drawing board. Join this panel for tips on writing a pilot that'll set up your storyline, introduce compelling characters, and keep viewers hooked.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Paul Alvarado-Dykstra

Paul Alvarado-Dykstra

writer/producer/moderator
Writer/producer Paul Alvarado-Dykstra co-founded Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the US. He is currently developing several film and television projects such as MadScrap, an animated “junkpunk” adventure series for Qwaxza that he represented at Banff and Kidscreen... Read More →

Speakers
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Javier "Javi" Grillo-Marxuach

writer/producer Lost, The Dark Crystal, Cowboy Bebop; creator The Middleman
Though best known as one of the Emmy winning writer/producers of Lost (Outstanding Drama Series, 2005) and The Dark Crystal (Outstanding Children's Program, 2020), and for creating The Middleman graphic novel and TV series, Javier "Javi" Grillo-Marxuach is a prolific of TV, movies... Read More →
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Felischa Marye

creator/writer/producer/showrunner Bigger; writer 13 Reasons Why
Felischa Marye is a writer, producer, director and showrunner. A graduate of the MFA screenwriting program at UCLA, Felischa transitioned into the film industry after a successful career in public relations/integrated marketing in Chicago, where she was born and raised. While still... Read More →
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Leigh Dana Jackson

writer/co-executive producer Foundation, Raising Dion; writer 24: Legacy, Sleepy Hollow
Leigh Dana Jackson is the creator and Executive Producer of the upcoming FX series The Spook Who Sat by the Door, based on the novel by Sam Greenlee. He is also Co-Executive Producer of the Apple TV+ series Foundation and the Netflix series Raising Dion. In addition, he is adapting... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
800 Congress 800 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm CDT

On Writing: Comedy
Laughing at jokes is easy; writing those jokes is a lot harder. Whether you’re navigating the worlds of sketch and stand-up or developing a scripted film or television series, good comedy relies on mastering your voice and using it to forge a connection with your audience. Join our panelists for a discussion on how to get audiences into seats, then laugh right out of them.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Moderators
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Harrison Glaser

former Film Competition Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator

Speakers
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April Shih

writer You’re The Worst, Undone, Mrs. America; writer/supervising producer Dave; Executive Producer, Diversity Hire, Ltd.
April Shih is a WGA Award-winning television writer/producer and filmmaker. April has several series in development at FX including LOVE RULES with producers Larry Wilmore, Joanna Coles, and The District, and has series in development at WBTV and Paramount Television Studios. April... Read More →
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Tripper Clancy

writer Stuber, I Am Not Okay With This, Die Hart
Tripper is a screenwriter who dabbles in tv and film, comedy and drama. He’s written projects with varying degrees of difficulty for every major studio as well as a couple of studios abroad. His credits include STUBER for 20th Century Fox, I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS for Netflix, and... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm CDT

The Screenwriting Life
Feeling stuck in your story? Come workshop it “in the room" with screenwriters Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna. Tell us your story in 5 minutes and we will ask questions and churn up some ideas and inspiration. We’ll take 4-6 projects based on random draws of those who want to go up. Or come and listen and apply to your own work. The workshop will be featured as an episode of Meg and Lorien's hit podcast The Screenwriting Life.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Meg LeFauve

Meg LeFauve

writer Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Captain Marvel
Nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for the Pixar blockbuster INSIDE OUT, LeFauve won an Annie Award for that screenplay. She also wrote Pixar's Golden Globe nominated THE GOOD DINOSAUR. LeFauve is currently writing a series for the new Peacock Channel as well as the animated film... Read More →
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Lorien McKenna

co-host The Screenwriting Life; writer/showrunner
Lorien McKenna is currently the Showrunner for a preschool show with YouTube Kids and has an adult animation show in development with Mindshow/Viacom. She's written for and developed with studios and streamers including Hulu, NBC, Disney, and Netflix.A former Story Manager at Pixar... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm CDT

Austin Pitch #6
It’s the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

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

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Benji Samit

Benji Samit

writer Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Addams Family 2; Co-Showrunner Koala Man
Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit are writer-producers whose television credits include Central Park, the Peabody-nominated One Day at a Time, The Tick, Super Fun Night, and 1600 Penn. They recently created the Disney Channel original show Ultra Violet, which is in production. Dan and... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Graham

Lindsay Graham

EP 1865, Terms; host American Scandal, American History Tellers, Business Movers
Lindsay Graham is the CEO and founder of Airship, a podcast publishing company. He is also the Webby Award-winning and Ambie-nominated host of the podcasts American Scandal, American History Tellers, American Elections: Wicked Game and Business Movers, and is the executive producer... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm CDT

Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film & Television*
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for film and television. This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 20 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 21 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 22 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 23 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Gauyo

Mike Gauyo

Founder, Black Boy Writes & Black Girl Writes Mentorship Initiative; story editor Insecure; executive story editor Ginny and Georgia
Mike Gauyo was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and at 4- years-old moved with his parents to Boston, Massachusetts - - Don't ask about the legalities of their entry. They still won't tell him -- Mike then spent a good part of his adolescence hopping between schools, from all Black... Read More →
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

author, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting
Jill Chamberlain is the founder of The Screenplay Workshop (www.thescreenplayworkshop.org) where she offers classes worldwide via Zoom. Her book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Screenwriting (University of Texas Press), is one of the highest rated screenwriting books on Amazon, out of over 3,000 books on the subject. It's considered the go-to manual many professionals swear by and is on the syllabus for film schools across the world including the acclaimed screenwriting... Read More →
avatar for Michael Fry

Michael Fry

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

story consultant Batman (Telltale), Dishonored 2, BioShock 2; lead writer Star Wars 1313, Far Cry 2; writer Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics), BioShock; Interactive-Story Consultant, Netflix
Susan’s first job as a game writer was for “a slumber party game - for girls!” She’s gone on to work on over 25 projects, including award-winning titles in the BioShock, Far Cry and Tomb Raider franchises. Titles in her portfolio have sold over 30 million copies and generated... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

creator/ep DOTA: Dragon’s Blood; writer X-Men: First Class, Thor; co-host The 4:30 Movie, Cartoon Barroom
Ashley Edward Miller is the creator and Executive Producer of DOTA: DRAGON’S BLOOD, Netflix’s global hit adaptation of the game DoTA2 from Valve Software. The writer of such films as THOR and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, Ashley also has twenty years experience in television. His work includes... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm CDT

Semifinalists and AFF Filmmaker Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for film and television. 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.

Roundtables required advance sign-up through the Screenplay and Film Departments.

This roundtable is for Semifinalists and Above and Filmmakers screening at the 2021 Austin Film Festival. Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for VJ Boyd

VJ Boyd

writer/producer S.W.A.T., Justified
VJ Boyd is currently working on the JUSTIFIED spinoff CITY PRIMEVAL for FX/Hulu. He previously wrote for SWAT and JUSTIFIED and co-created LINCOLN RHYME: HUNT FOR THE BONE COLLECTOR. He is also the co-author of the IDW comic book series NIGHT MOVES.
avatar for Tai Duncan

Tai Duncan

producer The Marksman, Cop Shop, How It Ends, Honest Thief, The Air I Breathe
Tai Duncan is the President of production at Zero Gravity Management. Zero Gravity is a production and management company based in Los Angeles that boasts a strong client list of screenwriters, directors, actors and financiers for feature films and television. Tai Duncan recently... Read More →
avatar for Dan Hernandez

Dan Hernandez

writer Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Addams Family 2; Co-Showrunner Koala Man
Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit are writer-producers whose television credits include Central Park, the Peabody-nominated One Day at a Time, The Tick, Super Fun Night, and 1600 Penn. They recently created the Disney Channel original show Ultra Violet, which is in production. Dan and... Read More →
avatar for Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Founding Partner/Literary Manager, Zero Gravity Management
Eric began his career at Paradigm and then moved to Writers & Artists Agency as a Literary Agent. He transitioned to management in 2004, where he began growing the management division of Zero Gravity. What he began as a two-person shop has grown to over 35 employees, making Zero Gravity... Read More →
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Steven Walters

creator/head writer 1865: the Audio Drama; executive producer Business Movers: owner Ritual Productions
Steven Walters is an award-winning writer, director, actor and producer. He’s an emeritus company member of the Tony-award-winning Dallas Theater Center and co-founder of Second Thought Theatre in Dallas, Texas. As an actor, Steven is best known for his role on NBC's Friday Night... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm CDT

Young Filmmakers Program: Pitch
This session is for the Young Filmmakers Program only.

The student pitch sessions give high school students the opportunity to pitch their best ideas to industry professionals and receive feedback in an encouraging setting, while learning more about the art of the pitch.


Speakers
avatar for James V. Hart

James V. Hart

creator/executive producer The Hot Zone; writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones; Creator, HartChart
JAMES V. HART (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees.His writing/producing credits include; Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old son, Jake, Bram Stoker’s Dracula... Read More →
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

writer The Honey Girls, Something in the Water, Haven, Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove; Disney Feature Fellow, Associate Professor/Screenwriting Area Head, UT Austin
Cindy McCreery is an Associate Professor of Screenwriting in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches television and feature film writing in the undergraduate, graduate and Michener Center for Writing programs. Previously she taught screenwriting... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm CDT

Indie Film Track: From Script to Screen
All movie magic starts with a first draft and evolves into a screenplay fit for the silver screen. But, how do you get your written word to translate to the big screen? Each step of the filmmaking process adds a layer of interpretation. Come and learn how to navigate the complex process of visualizing abstract emotions into visuals and dialogue, and how to combine them into story beats that contribute to the larger story. Translating the written word into a visual story can seem scary, but don't worry, we've got your back!


Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Brian Gannon

Brian Gannon

Moderator
Brian Gannon has been with the Austin Film Commission for nine years and been the Commissioner for the past six years. At the Austin Film Commission, Brian works to bring film, television and commercial production to Austin and assisting projects filming locally.

Speakers
avatar for Brett Wagner

Brett Wagner

writer/director The Big Bend
Brett Wagner is a writer and director of films including CHIEF, CARE, FIVE YEARS, and the upcoming feature film THE BIG BEND. His films have screened in competition at festivals such as Sundance, Palm Springs, Woodstock, Napa, Aspen, Newport, BAM Cinemafest, Cinequest, and dozens... Read More →
avatar for Fabio Frey

Fabio Frey

cowriter/director My Dead Dad
Born in Switzerland, raised in South Carolina now living in Los Angeles, Fabio Frey cut his teeth in college producing short films for Comedy Central, and later directing commercials. Since then he’s directed festival winning shorts that premiered at the TCL Chinese Theater in the... Read More →
avatar for Lane Stanley

Lane Stanley

writer/director Addict Named Hal
Lane Michael Stanley (Writer/Director, ADDICT NAMED HAL) is a filmmaker, playwright, and producer, and the founder of Secretly Famous Productions, along with Lowell Blank. Their debut feature film ADDICT NAMED HAL has shown or will show at Austin Film Festival, Santa Barbara International... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 3:15pm - 4:45pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

3:30pm CDT

Second Rounders and Above Live Virtual Panel: The First Ten Pages with Lindsay Doran
Join Academy Award-nominated producer Lindsay Doran (Dead Again, Stranger than Fiction, Sense and Sensibility) as she points out the mistakes screenwriters often make in their first ten pages, even on the title page. How can you make sure you’re going to grab and hold the attention of those distracted, exhausted industry professionals? How can you make sure they get to page 11?

This panel is for Second Rounders and Above. Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran

Virtual Panelist
Lindsay Doran has worked in the movie business for more than 30 years as a studio executive and as a producer.  She has served as the President and COO of United Artists Pictures and as the President of Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Productions.  She currently divides her time between... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 3:30pm - 4:45pm CDT
EVENTIVE

4:00pm CDT

Shorts Program 10: Everything's Shorter in Texas 2
Moon-Calf


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: Ander Echeverria


A high school thespian must recover a forgotten item for the school play without getting caught, with little time before the show starts.



Dancers


(USA, 12 MIN)


Director: Liz Waters
Writer: Alexandra Andreoni


When Claire sees a dance recital while on a date with her boyfriend, she is instantly in awe of the lead dancer and the graceful way she moves her body. Dancers is a dramedy that explores self-doubt and the insecurities we all have, especially as women.



Millennial Tiny House USA!


(USA, 13 MIN)


Writers: Joshua Koszewski, Joe Battaglia
Director: Joshua Koszewski


At their most vulnerable moment, a couple receives a surprise visit from real estate reality show hosts. Millennial Tiny House USA! Is an extreme parody that explores the influence binge-watching culture has on our society.



Killer Abs


(USA, 13 MIN)


Writer/Director: Amy McPeak


On a first date, a woman begins to suspect that her date is actually a famous serial killer.



Murder Trip


(USA, 10 MIN)


Writer/Director: Andrew Rhyne


When Ed’s best friend, Liam, takes him on a surprise camping trip in a secluded desert, he becomes suspicious about Liam’s true intentions.



Cattledog


(USA, 10 MIN)


Writer: Marc Baker
Directors: Marc Baker, Ryan De Franco


A canine COVID Western with a heart of gold.


Ilsa


(USA, 16 MIN)


Writer/Director: Willi Patton


Ilsa blackmails her driver's ed instructor into being her getaway driver when she steals her dog back from her father's new family.


Friday October 22, 2021 4:00pm - 5:46pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

Cattledog
Cattledog


(USA, 10 MIN)


Writer: Marc Baker
Directors: Marc Baker, Ryan De Franco


A canine COVID Western with a heart of gold.

*In attendance: Marc Baker (writer, co-director, lead actor, composer), Ashley Roby (editor), and Ryan De Franco

Friday October 22, 2021 4:00pm - 5:46pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

Dancers
Dancers


(USA, 12 MIN)


Director: Liz Waters
Writer: Alexandra Andreoni


When Claire sees a dance recital while on a date with her boyfriend, she is instantly in awe of the lead dancer and the graceful way she moves her body. Dancers is a dramedy that explores self-doubt and the insecurities we all have, especially as women.


Friday October 22, 2021 4:00pm - 5:46pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

Ilsa
Ilsa


(USA, 16 MIN)


Writer/Director: Willi Patton


Ilsa blackmails her driver's ed instructor into being her getaway driver when she steals her dog back from her father's new family.


Friday October 22, 2021 4:00pm - 5:46pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

Killer Abs
Killer Abs


(USA, 13 MIN)


Writer/Director: Amy McPeak


On a first date, a woman begins to suspect that her date is actually a famous serial killer.


Friday October 22, 2021 4:00pm - 5:46pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

Millennial Tiny House USA!
Millennial Tiny House USA!


(USA, 13 MIN)


Writers: Joshua Koszewski, Joe Battaglia
Director: Joshua Koszewski


At their most vulnerable moment, a couple receives a surprise visit from real estate reality show hosts. Millennial Tiny House USA! Is an extreme parody that explores the influence binge-watching culture has on our society.


Friday October 22, 2021 4:00pm - 5:46pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

Moon-Calf
Moon-Calf


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: Ander Echeverria


A high school thespian must recover a forgotten item for the school play without getting caught, with little time before the show starts.


Friday October 22, 2021 4:00pm - 5:46pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

Murder Trip
Murder Trip


(USA, 10 MIN)


Writer/Director: Andrew Rhyne


When Ed’s best friend, Liam, takes him on a surprise camping trip in a secluded desert, he becomes suspicious about Liam’s true intentions.


Friday October 22, 2021 4:00pm - 5:46pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

Cardboard Fort
WORLD PREMIERE

(UK, 95 MIN)

Writer/Director: Sam Hartshorn
Cast: Ilirian Bushi, Jacob Garrett, Connor White, Mercedi Diabiza, Velton J Lishke, Hugh Headley Lewis, Lucy Brown, Toby Everett

When new-kid-on-the-block, Charlie, discovers his beloved cardboard fort has been burned to the ground, it shatters his developing friendship with Dom. Setting out to uncover the identity of the arsonist, he retraces the steps of his volatile summer.


Friday October 22, 2021 4:00pm - 5:55pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

4:00pm CDT

Unsilenced
WORLD PREMIERE


(Canada,108 MIN)


Writer/Director: Leon Lee
Cast: Sam Trammell, Anastasia Lin, Wu Yi-Ting, Wang Tzu-Chiang


When the Chinese Communist Party launches a brutal crackdown on its citizens, a team of innocent students risk everything to expose the deadly propaganda and fight for freedom.


Friday October 22, 2021 4:00pm - 6:08pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

4:15pm CDT

Shorts Program 9: Everything's Shorter in Texas 1
Live at The Downbeat!


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writer/Director: Jared Bordeaux


Set in a failing 1944 Harlem jazz club, the fates of a jaded house band, a tyrannical owner, and a brazen female trumpet player are forever altered when a renowned music producer sits in for a live recording.



Moondogs


(USA, 18 MIN)


Writer/Director: Katharine Broyles


Three teenage girls hit the road to self-discovery after the realization that one of them is pregnant.



But Humble Sinners


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: Stephanie Halovanic


But Humble Sinners is about two foul-mouthed nuns who scam a cowboy for a coffin.



Digestif


(USA, 8 MIN)


Writer/ Director: Eve Van Dyke


Five friends come together for their yearly ritual they call the Digestif.



A Lone Star Love


(USA, 24 MIN)


Writers: Ronan. Colfer, Ben Myers, Deedee Woche
Director: Ben Myers


David, an Irish National, makes his new home in Austin, Texas with the help of a social media android named Viva. When he meets Texas Native, Layla, he must choose between his synthetic companion and a lone star love.



Man Seeking Man


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writer: Michael Lorusso
Director: Travis White


A man seeks another for a discreet favor.




Devil Town


(USA, 20 MIN)


Writer: Anthony Tambakis
Director: Brantley Gutierrez


An analog guy in a digital world, JJ McKay and the rest of the musicians that made Austin great are under siege by gentrification and the influx of tech money from California.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 4:15pm - 6:08pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

4:15pm CDT

A Lone Star Love
A Lone Star Love


(USA, 24 MIN)


Writers: Ronan. Colfer, Ben Myers, Deedee Woche
Director: Ben Myers


David, an Irish National, makes his new home in Austin, Texas with the help of a social media android named Viva. When he meets Texas Native, Layla, he must choose between his synthetic companion and a lone star love.

*In Attendence: Deedee Woche, Ben Myers, and Ronan Colfer  

Sponsors

Friday October 22, 2021 4:15pm - 6:08pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

4:15pm CDT

But Humble Sinners
But Humble Sinners


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: Stephanie Halovanic


But Humble Sinners is about two foul-mouthed nuns who scam a cowboy for a coffin.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 4:15pm - 6:08pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

4:15pm CDT

Devil Town
Devil Town


(USA, 20 MIN)


Writer: Anthony Tambakis
Director: Brantley Gutierrez


An analog guy in a digital world, JJ McKay and the rest of the musicians that made Austin great are under siege by gentrification and the influx of tech money from California.

*In Attendance: Saori Wall and Brantley Gutierrez*

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 4:15pm - 6:08pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

4:15pm CDT

Digestif
Digestif


(USA, 8 MIN)


Writer/ Director: Eve Van Dyke


Five friends come together for their yearly ritual they call the Digestif.

*In Attendance: Eve Van Dyke*

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 4:15pm - 6:08pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

4:15pm CDT

Live at The Downbeat!
Live at The Downbeat!


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writer/Director: Jared Bordeaux


Set in a failing 1944 Harlem jazz club, the fates of a jaded house band, a tyrannical owner, and a brazen female trumpet player are forever altered when a renowned music producer sits in for a live recording.

Sponsors

Friday October 22, 2021 4:15pm - 6:08pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

4:15pm CDT

Man Seeking Man
Man Seeking Man


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writer: Michael Lorusso
Director: Travis White


A man seeks another for a discreet favor.


Friday October 22, 2021 4:15pm - 6:08pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

4:15pm CDT

Moondogs
Moondogs


(USA, 18 MIN)


Writer/Director: Katharine Broyles


Three teenage girls hit the road to self-discovery after the realization that one of them is pregnant.

Friday October 22, 2021 4:15pm - 6:08pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

4:45pm CDT

So, You're Out of Touch - Writing Young Characters (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
Reconnecting with your younger self is not an easy feat, nor is writing a character that grew up in a completely different world than you. Capturing the voice of today's youth can be even more challenging as generational differences— like new technologies, lifestyles, cultures, and slang — build walls between us. Hear from distinguished screenwriters with experience writing contemporary children, teens, and young adults.

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi

Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi

writer/producer Hemlock Grove, The Path, All American, Shaka: King of the Zulus; author Becoming Bold
Before moving to Los Angeles, Lorna graduated Magna Cum Laude earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a pre-law minor from Texas Woman's University.Lorna has since had a successful 16-year career working in television starting with a sci-fi show called DAYBREAK that aired... Read More →
avatar for Tripper Clancy

Tripper Clancy

writer Stuber, I Am Not Okay With This, Die Hart
Tripper is a screenwriter who dabbles in tv and film, comedy and drama. He’s written projects with varying degrees of difficulty for every major studio as well as a couple of studios abroad. His credits include STUBER for 20th Century Fox, I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS for Netflix, and... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 4:45pm - 6:00pm CDT
EVENTIVE

4:45pm CDT

Film Texas BBQ Supper
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 Pease Park and savor Green Mesquite BBQ, washed down with a cold beverage of choice.
Must have an AFF Producers Badge for entry. All parties are 21 and up.
Shuttle service will be provided to the BBQ. More information to be provided closer to the event.


Friday October 22, 2021 4:45pm - 6:45pm CDT
Pease Park 1100 Kingsbury St., Austin, TX 78703

5:00pm CDT

Final Draft 12 Demo on Zoom
This training will give new and advanced users an introduction to the many features in Final Draft 12, the latest version of the industry standard screenwriting software.

Discover the myriad new features Final Draft 12 has to offer including advanced Story Building Tools, PDF Import, Focus Mode and Track Changes.

If you're already using Final Draft 12 our expert will help answer your questions along the way.

To join:

https://castandcrewmeetings.zoom.us/j/93212276359?pwd=S2VsRVlybHJ4aWRkdVlLZkl5QWZKZz09



Sponsors

Friday October 22, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
TBD

5:00pm CDT

Imad's Childhood
(Sweden, 77 MIN)

Writer/Director: Zahavi Sanjavi


Imad is a five-year-old Yazidi child who is released from ISIS captivity after two and a half years. During this time, ISIS has brainwashed Imad and he considers himself one of the ISIS fighters. His eyes still emanate innocence, but he shows no other feelings than hatred for his mother and resentment towards those around him. Will Imad's family be able to help him overcome his trauma and become again the child he once was?


Friday October 22, 2021 5:00pm - 6:37pm CDT
Hideout Theatre 617 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

5:00pm CDT

Imad's Childhood (Virtual Screening)
(Sweden, 77 MIN)

Writer/Director: Zahavi Sanjavi


Imad is a five-year-old Yazidi child who is released from ISIS captivity after two and a half years. During this time, ISIS has brainwashed Imad and he considers himself one of the ISIS fighters. His eyes still emanate innocence, but he shows no other feelings than hatred for his mother and resentment towards those around him. Will Imad's family be able to help him overcome his trauma and become again the child he once was?


Friday October 22, 2021 5:00pm - 6:37pm CDT
EVENTIVE

5:30pm CDT

Second Rounders and Above Live Virtual Panel: Pitch Prep with Pamela Ribon
The only thing that sucks worse than pitching is preparing your pitch. Get out of your head and start being yourself with someone who will give you some tips, tricks, and examples to get you thinking of pitching as something you (almost) look forward to. See real world examples of adapting pitch content for different situations -- in person, virtual -- even pdf.

This panel is for Second Rounders and Above. Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.


Speakers
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

Virtual Panelist
Pamela Ribon (Moana, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Bears) is currently adapting her original comic book series SLAM! as an animated half-hour with Rooster Teeth and Minnow Mountain for HBO Max. She is also adapting her comedic memoir NOTES TO BOYS (AND OTHER THINGS I SHOULDN’T SHARE... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 5:30pm - 6:45pm CDT
EVENTIVE

6:30pm CDT

A Conversation with Scott Frank: The 2021 Recipient of the Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
Oscar nominee and acclaimed writer of films such as Out of SightLogan, and Minority Report, Scott Frank is our 2021 Bill Wittliff Awardee for Screenwriting. Join us as we sit down with Frank and discuss his career including his most recent project, The Queen's Gambit, which took the world by storm when it hit Netflix in 2020.

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Frank

Scott Frank

2021 Recipient of the Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting
Scott Frank’s screenplays include Little Man Tate, Dead Again, Malice, Heaven’s Prisoners, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, The Interpreter, The Lookout (also directed), Marley & Me, The Wolverine, Walk Among the Tombstones (also directed), Logan, the Netflix limited... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 6:30pm - 7:45pm CDT
EVENTIVE

6:30pm CDT

The Big Bend
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, 100 MIN)

Writer/Director: Brett Wagner
Cast: Jason Butler Harner, Virginia Kull, David Sullivan, Erica Ash

Two families, the Prices and the Talbotts, meet for a long overdue reunion in the remote West Texas desert — where events quickly don’t go as planned. Harboring secrets and facing private crises, they explore one of the wildest places in America, testing the boundaries of marriage, friendship, and parenthood, and doing their best to survive the experience.


Friday October 22, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 5 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

6:45pm CDT

On Writing/Directing Pig: A Conversation with Michael Sarnoski (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
Join us for an intimate one-on-one discussion with director/writer Michael Sarnoski as he dissects his feature film debut, Pig. Hear the story behind the film’s creation, Sarnoski’s experience writing and directing, and how the film subverts conventional revenge themes and explores loss and overcoming grief.

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Sarnoski

Michael Sarnoski

writer/director Pig
Michael Sarnoski grew up outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and now lives in Los Angeles. He graduated from Yale with a degree in art and film, where he met producer Vanessa Block. The two collaborated on the Oscar shortlisted documentary, The Testimony, which Michael produced and edited... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 6:45pm - 8:00pm CDT
EVENTIVE

7:00pm CDT

Hustle & Flow (2005)
(USA, 114 min)

Writer/Director: Craig Brewer
Cast: Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning, Taraji P. Henson, D.J. Qualls

Terrence Howard gives a star-making performance in this gritty and moving tale of redemption from writer-director Craig Brewer. Howard portrays a Memphis pimp and pusher who dreams of leaving the mean streets behind and becoming a rapper.

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

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Allain

Stephanie Allain

2021 Recipient of the Polly Platt Award for Producing
STEPHANIE ALLAIN is one of the most prolific African American producers working today. Her award-winning films by writer-directors of color make headlines, launch careers and shape the cultural landscape. Critical acclaim includes Oscars, Independent Spirit Awards, NAACP Image Awards... Read More →
avatar for Craig Brewer

Craig Brewer

writer/director Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, Footloose (2011); director Coming 2 America, Dolemite Is My Name
CRAIG BREWER (Director/Producer) began his career as a filmmaker in Memphis, Tennessee. While working at Barnes & Noble, he learned camera and editing techniques from books he purchased with his employee discount. In 2000, he made his first feature film, THE POOR & HUNGRY, which... Read More →



Friday October 22, 2021 7:00pm - 9:34pm CDT
State Theatre

7:15pm CDT

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

This panel is presented by the Writers Guild of America West.

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.


Moderators
avatar for Javier

Javier "Javi" Grillo-Marxuach

writer/producer Lost, The Dark Crystal, Cowboy Bebop; creator The Middleman
Though best known as one of the Emmy winning writer/producers of Lost (Outstanding Drama Series, 2005) and The Dark Crystal (Outstanding Children's Program, 2020), and for creating The Middleman graphic novel and TV series, Javier "Javi" Grillo-Marxuach is a prolific of TV, movies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gennifer Hutchison

Gennifer Hutchison

Virtual Panelist
Gennifer Hutchison grew up an Air Force brat, moving with her family every few years. A lifelong film and television fan, Hutchison moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduating from The University of San Francisco. She landed a PA job on The X-Files, later moving her way up to an... Read More →
avatar for Sera Gamble

Sera Gamble

Virtual Panelist
Sera Gamble is the creator, with Greg Berlanti, of YOU (Netflix), based on Caroline Kepnes’s acclaimed novel of the same name. The series stars Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti. Upon its worldwide debut in December 2018, YOU was seen by an estimated 40 million viewers. Season... Read More →
avatar for Kemp Powers

Kemp Powers

Virtual Panelist
Kemp Powers began at Pixar Animation Studios in August 2018. Powers was most recently the co-director and writer on the Academy Award® winning feature film “Soul” with director Pete Docter and producer Dana Murray, which is now streaming on Disney+.Powers grew up in Brooklyn... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday October 22, 2021 7:15pm - 8:30pm CDT
EVENTIVE

7:15pm CDT

My Dead Dad
(USA, 91 MIN)

Writers: Pedro Correa, Fabio Frey
Director: Fabio Frey
Cast: Raymond Cruz, Steven Bauer, Simon Rex, Chris Pontius, Courtney Dietz, Pedro Correa


A young burnout discovers his estranged father is dead and has left him an apartment complex.


Friday October 22, 2021 7:15pm - 9:08pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

7:15pm CDT

My Dead Dad (Virtual Screening)
(USA, 91 MIN)

Writers: Pedro Correa, Fabio Frey
Director: Fabio Frey
Cast: Raymond Cruz, Steven Bauer, Simon Rex, Chris Pontius, Courtney Dietz, Pedro Correa


A young burnout discovers his estranged father is dead and has left him an apartment complex.


Friday October 22, 2021 7:15pm - 9:08pm CDT
EVENTIVE

7:15pm CDT

Down With The King - SPOTLIGHT FILM
(USA, 100 min)

writer: Xabi Molia, Diego Ongaro
director: Diego Ongaro

Cast: Freddie Gibbs, Bob Tarasuk, Jamie Neumann, David Krumholtz, Sharon Washington
Money Merc, a famous rapper disillusioned with the music industry and the pressures of being a celebrity, leaves the city and his career behind to find himself in a small-town farming community.

PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
  • We have a Clear Bag Policy to minimize contact that a bag search would require.
  • Clear bags should not exceed 14″ x 12″ x 6″ in size.
  • Small, non-clear clutch bags will be allowed, and should not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” in size.



Friday October 22, 2021 7:15pm - 9:15pm CDT
Paramount Theatre

7:15pm CDT

Holidays at all Costs
(France, 105 MIN)

Writer/ Director: Stevan Lee Mraovitch


It has been seven years since Frederic has taken his family away from Paris for a summer vacation. But this year, he is determined to offer them an unforgettable vacation at all costs.


Friday October 22, 2021 7:15pm - 9:17pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

7:15pm CDT

Holidays at all Costs (Virtual Screening)
(France, 105 MIN)

Writer/ Director: Stevan Lee Mraovitch


It has been seven years since Frederic has taken his family away from Paris for a summer vacation. But this year, he is determined to offer them an unforgettable vacation at all costs.


Friday October 22, 2021 7:15pm - 9:17pm CDT
EVENTIVE

7:30pm CDT

Shorts Program 4: Remain Calm
Stick Up


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writers: Garrett Davis, Tori Hartley
Director: Chris Oz McIntosh


A young woman gets more than she bargained for when she stops at a gas station on her way out of town to score some quick change.



click, click, BOOM!


(USA, 6 MIN)


Writer/Director: Tomson Tee


A bougie woman learns her head will explode in 3 days.



Away From It All


(USA, 6 MIN)


Writer/ Director: Mason Thorne


Held hostage by her insurance company’s automated call tree, Shannon heads to the beach in a futile attempt to get away from it all.



Paco


(USA, 6 MIN)


Writer/Director: Zac Cooper


A man copes with his loneliness by befriending a piñata.



Numb


(UK, 11 MIN)


Writer: Ali Hughes
Director: Natasha Jatania


A father and son take the time to spread the ashes of the mother, and after the unemotional execution they begin to talk about spontaneity and the father's missed opportunities.



The Surrealists


(USA, 15 MIN)


Writer/Director: Trevor Williams


The story of Salvador Dalí and the surrealist movement if it happened today on social media.



The Acolyte


(USA,14 MIN)


Writer/Director: Sammy James, Jr.


A doomsday cult clashes with an idealistic new recruit.



Samu


(USA, 8 MIN)


Writer/Director: Brett Cramer


Jen really needs to make a sale.



Liza Anonymous


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writer: Leah McKendrick
Director: Aubrey Smyth


A lonely millennial addicted to support groups disguises herself in different personas while trying to fit in, leading her on a theatrical journey which proves that pretending to be someone you’re not doesn’t get you any closer to feeling seen.



Friday October 22, 2021 7:30pm - 9:20pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:30pm CDT

Away From It All
Away From It All


(USA, 6 MIN)


Writer/ Director: Mason Thorne


Held hostage by her insurance company’s automated call tree, Shannon heads to the beach in a futile attempt to get away from it all.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 7:30pm - 9:20pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:30pm CDT

Click, Click, BOOM!
click, click, BOOM!


(USA, 6 MIN)


Writer/Director: Tomson Tee


A bougie woman learns her head will explode in 3 days.

*In Attendance: Tomson Tee and Oliver Finley*

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 7:30pm - 9:20pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:30pm CDT

Liza Anonymous
Liza Anonymous


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writer: Leah McKendrick
Director: Aubrey Smyth


A lonely millennial addicted to support groups disguises herself in different personas while trying to fit in, leading her on a theatrical journey which proves that pretending to be someone you’re not doesn’t get you any closer to feeling seen.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 7:30pm - 9:20pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:30pm CDT

Numb
Numb


(UK, 11 MIN)


Writer: Ali Hughes
Director: Natasha Jatania


A father and son take the time to spread the ashes of the mother, and after the unemotional execution they begin to talk about spontaneity and the father's missed opportunities.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 7:30pm - 9:20pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:30pm CDT

Paco
Paco


(USA, 6 MIN)


Writer/Director: Zac Cooper


A man copes with his loneliness by befriending a piñata.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 7:30pm - 9:20pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:30pm CDT

Samu
Samu


(USA, 8 MIN)


Writer/Director: Brett Cramer


Jen really needs to make a sale.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 7:30pm - 9:20pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:30pm CDT

Stick Up
Stick Up


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writers: Garrett Davis, Tori Hartley
Director: Chris Oz McIntosh


A young woman gets more than she bargained for when she stops at a gas station on her way out of town to score some quick change.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 7:30pm - 9:20pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:30pm CDT

The Acolyte
The Acolyte


(USA,14 MIN)


Writer/Director: Sammy James, Jr.


A doomsday cult clashes with an idealistic new recruit.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 7:30pm - 9:20pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:30pm CDT

The Surrealists
The Surrealists


(USA, 15 MIN)


Writer/Director: Trevor Williams


The story of Salvador Dalí and the surrealist movement if it happened today on social media.

Sponsors


Friday October 22, 2021 7:30pm - 9:20pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

7:30pm CDT

When Men Were Men
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, Ireland, 96 MIN)


Writers: Aidan Dick, Izzi Rojas
Directosr: Izzi Rojas, Aidan Dick
Cast: Izzi Rojas, Paula Mclinchey, Tim Casey, Aidan Dick, Maragrita Murphy, Chloe Steele, Mark Byrne, Aidan Joseph, Fiana Toibin


In a heavily religious Irish society a young actor struggling with gender identity has to let go of his idea of masculinity before he loses sight of who he is and those he loves.


Friday October 22, 2021 7:30pm - 9:26pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

8:30pm CDT

On Writing: Comedy (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
Laughing at jokes is easy; writing those jokes is a lot harder. Whether you’re navigating the worlds of sketch and stand-up or developing a scripted film or television series, good comedy relies on mastering your voice and using it to forge a connection with your audience. Join our panelists for a discussion on how to get audiences into seats, then laugh right out of them.

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for April Shih

April Shih

writer You’re The Worst, Undone, Mrs. America; writer/supervising producer Dave; Executive Producer, Diversity Hire, Ltd.
April Shih is a WGA Award-winning television writer/producer and filmmaker. April has several series in development at FX including LOVE RULES with producers Larry Wilmore, Joanna Coles, and The District, and has series in development at WBTV and Paramount Television Studios. April... Read More →
avatar for Tripper Clancy

Tripper Clancy

writer Stuber, I Am Not Okay With This, Die Hart
Tripper is a screenwriter who dabbles in tv and film, comedy and drama. He’s written projects with varying degrees of difficulty for every major studio as well as a couple of studios abroad. His credits include STUBER for 20th Century Fox, I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS for Netflix, and... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 8:30pm - 9:45pm CDT
EVENTIVE

9:00pm CDT

A Night of Ghost Stories presented by Phantom Wines
Join Us if you dare for a night of ghost stories at the historically haunted Driskill Hotel. Submit your chilling tales early for the chance to share your paranormal story live. If ghostly spirits have yet to inspire you, attend to hear other’s spooky stories while enjoying Phantom Wines. At the end of the evening, one winner will be selected to receive a $500 Hotels.com gift card! So dust off those cobwebs and start prepping a paranormal pitch that’s certain to kill!


Friday October 22, 2021 9:00pm - 10:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:45pm CDT

Don't Go to School Tomorrow
WORLD PREMIERE

(Mexico, 84 MIN)

Writer/director: Diego Barragan
Cast: Paco García, Krystian Huerta, Luz Garcia , Said Sandoval, Jony Perdomo


A friendship story of two teenagers that takes place the afternoon before a school shooting.


Friday October 22, 2021 9:45pm - 11:29pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 5 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

10:15pm CDT

Briefly
WORLD PREMIERE

(South Africa, 96 MIN)

Writer: Ernst van Wyk
Director: Marinus Gubitz
Cast: Arno Greeff, Jane de Wet, Ernst van Wyk


Things take a turn for the unexpected when up-and-coming actor, Simon Berg, receives an invitation to be part of the cast of world renowned theatre director Andreas Vog’s latest Red Riding Hood reinvention.


Friday October 22, 2021 10:15pm - Saturday October 23, 2021 12:12am CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

10:15pm CDT

Briefly (Virtual Screening)
WORLD PREMIERE

(South Africa, 96 MIN)

Writer: Ernst van Wyk
Director: Marinus Gubitz
Cast: Arno Greeff, Jane de Wet, Ernst van Wyk


Things take a turn for the unexpected when up-and-coming actor, Simon Berg, receives an invitation to be part of the cast of world renowned theatre director Andreas Vog’s latest Red Riding Hood reinvention.


Friday October 22, 2021 10:15pm - Saturday October 23, 2021 12:12am CDT
EVENTIVE

10:30pm CDT

Lucas
(Spain, 92 MIN)

Writers: Álex Montoya, Sergio Barrejón
Director: Álex Montoya
Cast: Jordie Aguilar, Irene Anula, Jorge Cabrera, Jorge Motos

Lucas just lost his father and everything around him is starting to crumble. One day he meets Alvaro, who offers him money in exchange for some innocent pictures. Álvaro will use them to create fake accounts in social media to "just talk", he assures, with underage girls. Desperate for money, Lucas takes the deal.


Friday October 22, 2021 10:30pm - Saturday October 23, 2021 12:22am CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

10:30pm CDT

Lucas (Virtual Screening)
(Spain, 92 MIN)

Writers: Álex Montoya, Sergio Barrejón
Director: Álex Montoya
Cast: Jordie Aguilar, Irene Anula, Jorge Cabrera, Jorge Motos

Lucas just lost his father and everything around him is starting to crumble. One day he meets Alvaro, who offers him money in exchange for some innocent pictures. Álvaro will use them to create fake accounts in social media to "just talk", he assures, with underage girls. Desperate for money, Lucas takes the deal.


Friday October 22, 2021 10:30pm - Saturday October 23, 2021 12:22am CDT
EVENTIVE

10:45pm CDT

CRAM
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, 44 MIN)

Writer/Director: Abie Sidell
Cast: John DiMino, Carolina Đỗ, Conrado Falco III, Jane Bradley, Tobías Arizio, Marc Winski, Joel Brody, Sasha, Matthew Elijah Webb, Patrick Ball, Madeline Seidman, Rolando Chusan, Himself, Brandon E. Burton


We all do what we gotta do to pass – except Marc. Desperate to somehow finish his final final paper, he struggles to cram all night in the library. But the library has other plans for him....

*In Attendance: Abie Sidell and(Writer & Director), Felix Handte (Cinematographer, EP), Trevor Wallace (Editor, Producer), John DiMino (Lead Actor, Marc), Brandon Burton (Lead Actor, The Master of the Books), Daniel Rudin (Score), and more!*


Friday October 22, 2021 10:45pm - 11:49pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

10:45pm CDT

CRAM (Virtual Screening)
WORLD PREMIERE

(USA, 44 MIN)

Writer/Director: Abie Sidell
Cast: John DiMino, Carolina Đỗ, Conrado Falco III, Jane Bradley, Tobías Arizio, Marc Winski, Joel Brody, Sasha, Matthew Elijah Webb, Patrick Ball, Madeline Seidman, Rolando Chusan, Himself, Brandon E. Burton


We all do what we gotta do to pass – except Marc. Desperate to somehow finish his final final paper, he struggles to cram all night in the library. But the library has other plans for him....


Friday October 22, 2021 10:45pm - 11:49pm CDT
EVENTIVE

10:45pm CDT

The One You're With
(USA, 88 MIN)


Writer/director: C. Bailey Werner
Cast: C. Bailey Werner, Koko Marshall, Lee Eddy, Colton Dunn, Byron Brown


A down-and-out young woman who's moved to Austin to start her life over ends up on a "swipe right" date with a neurotic guy looking for long-term love. After a one night stand the woman attempts to leave only to find that the world has shifted into a state of emergency forcing them to stay indoors for three weeks. The forced coupling turns into a battle of the sexes as they're forced to face their own relationship troubles and avoid killing one another in the process. "The One You're With" is a look at modern love in the time of insanity and the levity that's possible despite the world crumbling around us.

*In Attendance : Jon Michael Simpson, Jeff McQuitty, Kasey Givens and Chad Werner

PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
  • We have a Clear Bag Policy to minimize contact that a bag search would require.
  • Clear bags should not exceed 14″ x 12″ x 6″ in size.
  • Small, non-clear clutch bags will be allowed, and should not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” in size.



Friday October 22, 2021 10:45pm - Saturday October 23, 2021 12:33am CDT
Paramount Theatre

11:00pm CDT

Filmmakers Happy Hour presented by Final Draft
The Filmmakers Happy Hour is another one of the Festival's great late-night parties and provides filmmakers and registrants alike the opportunity to discuss another full day of panels and the Friday evening films. Swap your Saturday schedule while enjoying a bevy of beverages!
Must have an AFF Producers Badge for entry. All parties are 21 and up.


Friday October 22, 2021 11:00pm - Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00am CDT
SKYBOX on 6th 501 W 6th St 4th Floor, Austin, TX 78701
 
Saturday, October 23
 

9:00am CDT

A Conversation with Chase Palmer
Join us for a conversation with writer, director, producer, and AFF Film and Screenplay award-winner Chase Palmer. Known for IT: Chapter 1, and his directorial debut Naked Singularity, hear from Palmer about his experience at AFF, writing in the feature space, and what it's like working in multiple roles on projects.

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


Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
Barbara Morgan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Austin Film Festival. Since co-founding the organization in 1993, she has shepherded the festival from a weekend of films and panels into a week-long celebration of storytelling through film, television, and other emerging... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chase Palmer

Chase Palmer

co-writer IT: Chapter 1; writer/director Naked Singularity
Chase Palmer is a New York-based writer/director. His first feature as writer-director, NAKED SINGULARITY, hits theaters in 2021. Adapted from the Pen Prize Winning novel A Naked Singularity By Sergio De La Pava, it stars John Boyega, Olivia Cooke, Bill Skarsgard, and Ed Skrein. As... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
800 Congress 800 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

A Conversation with David Koepp
Join us  for a conversation with David Koepp, the writer behind such crowd-pleasers as Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, and Ghost Town, to name a few! Hear how he’s crafted some of cinema’s most classic films and moments while jumping between genres and working on adaptations.

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


Moderators
avatar for Harrison Glaser

Harrison Glaser

former Film Competition Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator

Speakers
avatar for David Koepp

David Koepp

writer Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds; writer/director Stir of Echoes, Ghost Town, You Should Have Left
David Koepp has written or co-written the screenplays for more than thirty films, including Apartment Zero (1989), Bad Influence (1990), Death Becomes Her (1992), Carlito’s Way (1993), Jurassic Park (1993), The Paper (1994), Mission: Impossible (1996), The Lost World: Jurassic Park... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

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

This panel is co-presented by ColdTowne Theater.

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


Saturday October 23, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

Indie Film Track: From Short to Feature
Remember that scene in The Iron Giant when Hogarth discovered the Giant in the forest? Since attaining his degree in Radio-Television-Film from The University of Texas, he has mainly worked as an editor on feature films such as On The Line, Monstrum, and Apollo 10 ½. He has also worked on productions such as Heist: The Musical which was part of the Frank Denius Showcase partnered with SXSW.

Since interning at Austin Film Festival, he has held the position of Shorts Programmer, and now Film Competition Director where he has been able to grow his passion of finding passionate stories and new voices in film. His first cycle as Film Competition Director has been full of excitement as he programmed a slate of over 40 feature films and 100 short films. Tim spends his spare time on a bike, swimming in Barton Springs, or sleeping in the hammock on his patio with his cat.

Moderators
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Tim Gray

Film Competitions Director, Austin Film Festival

Speakers
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Anna Baumgarten

writer/director Disfluency
Anna hails from the Michigan mitten and strives to tell stories with truth that find common ground between people of polarizing backgrounds. She currently works in TV as the Manager of Development for Monami Productions in Beverly Hills, CA.As a filmmaker she has an independent TV... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Waldo

Jenny Waldo

writer/director Acid Test


Saturday October 23, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

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

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

Moderators
avatar for Bill True

Bill True

writer Runaway, Hope Springs, Crazy Evil Genius; Head of Dramatic Writing, Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre
Bill True's debut feature, Runaway, was hailed by critics as “Brilliant” and “Hitchcockian” as it premiered to universal accolades at top festivals, including Tribeca and Toronto. Bill also took top prize at the Austin Film Festival for his work on Runaway, which was subsequently... Read More →

Speakers
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Kelsi Fleming

Creative Executive, Josephson Entertainment
Kelsi Fleming is a Creative Executive at Josephson Entertainment. She works on both the Film and Television slates, identifying and developing projects. Recent work includes the new YA Franchise "Caster" set up at Paramount Pictures with Scholastic Entertainment and Weed Road Pictures... Read More →
avatar for Christian Bersani

Christian Bersani

Creative Executive, Josephson Entertainment
Christian Bersani is a Creative Executive with Josephson Entertainment in both Film & TV. Having joined the company in 2018, he continues to identify, develop, and produce projects for the scripted feature and series slates; his most recent work including projects set up with Sony... Read More →
avatar for Spencer Cobb

Spencer Cobb

Coordinator, Josephson Entertainment


Saturday October 23, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

Playwriting Track: Stage vs. Screen
Working as a playwright can enhance your abilities as a screenwriter and even the other way around! Learning the necessities of the stage brings big advantages to the screen; like how to write compelling dialogue, the need for strong pacing, and how to utilize blocking more effectively. Come hear from panelists who have experience writing for both the stage and the screen and learn what one can teach you about the other.

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


Moderators
avatar for Kirk Lynn

Kirk Lynn

Moderator
Kirk Lynn is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter living in Austin, Texas with his wife, the poet Carrie Fountain, and their children. Lynn is one of five artistic directors of the Rude Mechs theatre collective and head of the playwriting area in the Department of Theatre and Dance... Read More →

Speakers
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Jihan Crowther

writer/producer The Underground Railroad, The Man in the High Castle, Daisy Jones & The Six
Jihan Crowther is a TV writer whose credits include The Underground Railroad, The Man in the High Castle, Daisy Jones & The Six, and Here and Now. She is currently developing a half-hour romantic comedy-drama with Big Beach TV and a one-hour drama with Fair Harbor Productions.Jihan... Read More →
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Lorien McKenna

co-host The Screenwriting Life; writer/showrunner
Lorien McKenna is currently the Showrunner for a preschool show with YouTube Kids and has an adult animation show in development with Mindshow/Viacom. She's written for and developed with studios and streamers including Hulu, NBC, Disney, and Netflix.A former Story Manager at Pixar... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
The Omni Hotel, Longhorn Room (3rd floor) 700 San Jacinto, E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

Podcast Track: Audio Fiction 101
How do you tell a story when the visual component is completely erased? Writing audio fiction isn't without its challenges, but our seasoned panelists are here to help. Join them as they discuss how to best utilize the audio format and what writing for audio fiction can teach screenwriters and vice versa!

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


Speakers
avatar for James Kim

James Kim

creator MOONFACE; co-creator Vermont Ave.; producer Gimlet, Radiotopia, APM, Deadly Manners
James Kim is a Los Angeles based podcast creator. This year he co-created the audio fiction piece, Vermont Ave., which won Tribeca Festival's inaugural "Best Fiction Podcast" award. Previously, he worked on Radiotopia's Strangers, Marketplace, Deadly Manners, and Gimlet Media. He... Read More →
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Alexandra E. Hartman

freelance writer Cowboy Bebop; writer Ghost Tape
Alexandra is a queer genre and dark dramedy writer, who from an early age, was primed by opera singer parents to tell fierce, female-led stories. She began as the showrunner’s assistant on Netflix’s ALTERED CARBON, then CBS’ ZOO, before being upped to Script Coordinator/Writer’s... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
The Omni Hotel, Ste. 700 (7th floor) 700 San Jacinto, E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

Austin Pitch #7
It’s the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

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

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



Speakers
avatar for Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

creator/ep DOTA: Dragon’s Blood; writer X-Men: First Class, Thor; co-host The 4:30 Movie, Cartoon Barroom
Ashley Edward Miller is the creator and Executive Producer of DOTA: DRAGON’S BLOOD, Netflix’s global hit adaptation of the game DoTA2 from Valve Software. The writer of such films as THOR and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, Ashley also has twenty years experience in television. His work includes... Read More →
avatar for Henry Jones

Henry Jones

writer Jupiter's Legacy, Black Summer, Arcane
Henry's written feature scripts for a number of companies including: MGM, Paramount, Bad Robot, Universal, and New Line Cinema. He wrote on JUPITER'S LEGACY (Netflix), Riot Games' ARCANE (Netflix), BLACK SUMMER (Netflix), and has a host of other properties in process at studios and... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film & Television*
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for film and television. This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 20 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 21 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 22 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 23 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

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


Speakers
avatar for Jason Lubin

Jason Lubin

Lit Manager/Producer, First Story Entertainment
Jason Lubin is a manager-producer and the principal at First Story Entertainment, which he founded in 2018. The lit management company represents a diverse roster of talented writers and directors with fresh voices in all genres for Film and TV. Jason also develops both feature film... Read More →
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Lowell Blank

producer Holes, Addict Named Hal
LOWELL BLANK is a producer and executive with over twenty-five years’ experience on both Hollywood studio and independent productions. Blank was a Producer on the Walt Disney Pictures hit HOLES, directed by Andrew Davis, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, and Patricia Arquette... Read More →
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Kevin Hamedani

writer Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Infidel; writer/producer/showrunner Tether, writer/showrunner Stephen King's N.; writer/director Saviors, Zombies of Mas
Hamedani (along with his co-writer, Travis Betz) became known when their script The Saviors was selected to the 2018 Black List. The screenplay is being produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films and Amasia Films with Hamedani directing. Hamedani just finished adapting Adib Khorram’s... Read More →
avatar for Michael Fry

Michael Fry

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

writer/producer Zero Contact; writer/executive producer USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage; executive producer Give 'Em Hell Malone, Tokarev a/k/a Rage; development executive The Big Bang, Casino Jack
A native of Atlanta, Cam Cannon attended University of Georgia, where he majored in Drama and worked on several student films in various capacities. After college, he and his wife co-produced a micro-budget feature and decided to move to Los Angeles in 1999. He began his career in... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

Script Library
The Script Library is located in the Citadel Club of the The Driskill Hotel and houses all Semifinalist, Finalist, and winning scripts from the 2021 Screenplay Competition. Come check it out and find that perfect written work to get those creative juices flowing again!


Saturday October 23, 2021 9:00am - 5:45pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

10:00am CDT

Script Reading: Uncertain, TX
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us for a live reading of the Semifinalist comedy pilot teleplay Uncertain, TX by Hayley Grgurich featuring local Austin actors bringing Competition scripts to life!

Logline: To prove herself as a reporter, an underestimated radio producer for NPR travels to an 11-person town in Texas to investigate a missing person's case. She arrives to find it's likely a murder—and she's not the only podcaster after the story.

Saturday October 23, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am CDT
The Austin Club, Robert Looney Suite 110 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

A Conversation with the 2021 Awardees
Join this highly anticipated conversation with the 2021 awardees as they discuss their approaches to the art, craft, and business of storytelling throughout their film and television careers.

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

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
Barbara Morgan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Austin Film Festival. Since co-founding the organization in 1993, she has shepherded the festival from a weekend of films and panels into a week-long celebration of storytelling through film, television, and other emerging... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Channing Godfrey Peoples

Channing Godfrey Peoples

2021 Recipient of the New Voice Award
Channing Godfrey Peoples is an emergent writer and director with a distinctive vision and an impactful voice. She made her feature directorial debut last year with the critically acclaimed drama MISS JUNETEENTH and has quickly become one of today’s most exciting rising filmmakers... Read More →
avatar for Scott Frank

Scott Frank

2021 Recipient of the Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting
Scott Frank’s screenplays include Little Man Tate, Dead Again, Malice, Heaven’s Prisoners, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, The Interpreter, The Lookout (also directed), Marley & Me, The Wolverine, Walk Among the Tombstones (also directed), Logan, the Netflix limited... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Allain

Stephanie Allain

2021 Recipient of the Polly Platt Award for Producing
STEPHANIE ALLAIN is one of the most prolific African American producers working today. Her award-winning films by writer-directors of color make headlines, launch careers and shape the cultural landscape. Critical acclaim includes Oscars, Independent Spirit Awards, NAACP Image Awards... Read More →
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Michael Schur

2021 Recipient of the Outstanding Television Writer Award
Michael Schur created the critically acclaimed NBC comedy “The Good Place,” and co-created "Parks and Recreation," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and the Peacock series “Rutherford Falls." He is also an Executive Producer on HBOMax’s “Hacks” and Netflix’s "Master of None." Prior... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
800 Congress 800 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

Deconstructing Script Construction
Join TV & feature writers for a breakdown of story elements, dramatic structure, and utilizing outlines to solidify your plot and invigorate your story.

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

Moderators
avatar for Trey Selman

Trey Selman

Moderator
Born in Texas. Raised on Tex-Mex. Studied business at The University of Texas; now writes about Texas. Prefers stars over skyscrapers, cedar fever over traffic jams and pit masters over maitre d's. Thinks AFF, like his favorite song, is a neon sign flashin', "Welcome, come on in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dailyn Rodriguez

Dailyn Rodriguez

co-showrunner/executive producer Queen of the South, Ugly Betty, Lie to Me, The Glades
Dailyn Rodriguez was born in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City to Cuban parents. Her high school drama teacher introduced her to the theater and encouraged her to write plays as a means to express herself and explore her unconventional upbringing. This led to Samuel... Read More →
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

writer/co-producer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena; co-writer Patriots Day
Matt Cook is a screenwriter, director, and producer of various studio and independent films and television. His work includes The Duel, Triple Nine, 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 →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

I'll Do It Myself: Producing a Podcast
Podcasting is a great space to experiment and learn new things, all while getting projects out to an audience. Join our panelists who've been through the wringer and produced their own podcasts. They'll discuss the big picture of creating your own content, what they learned along the way, and pass on some great tips for those who want to get it done themselves!

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


Speakers
avatar for Tonia Ransom

Tonia Ransom

creator/executive producer NIGHTLIGHT: The Black Horror Podcast
Tonia Ransom is the creator and executive producer of NIGHTLIGHT, a horror podcast featuring creepy tales written by Black writers. Tonia has been scaring people since the second grade, when she wrote her first story based on Michael Myers. She’s pretty sure her teacher was concerned... Read More →
avatar for James Kim

James Kim

creator MOONFACE; co-creator Vermont Ave.; producer Gimlet, Radiotopia, APM, Deadly Manners
James Kim is a Los Angeles based podcast creator. This year he co-created the audio fiction piece, Vermont Ave., which won Tribeca Festival's inaugural "Best Fiction Podcast" award. Previously, he worked on Radiotopia's Strangers, Marketplace, Deadly Manners, and Gimlet Media. He... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
The Omni Hotel, Ste. 700 (7th floor) 700 San Jacinto, E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

Indie Film Track: Episodic Storytelling
Everyone loves a good show, one that has us on the edge of our seats for every episode or has an unexpected twist we never saw coming. Join us for a panel on episodic storytelling with filmmakers screening Digital Series at this year's Festival. We'll discuss writing while keeping a unified story arc, expanding the characters' narratives over time, and developing unique stories every time.


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

Moderators
avatar for Barton Weiss

Barton Weiss

Moderator
Bart Weiss is an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor, and educator who has lived in Dallas since 1981. Mr. Weiss has taught film and video production at Texas A&M’s Visualization Lab, Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alex DiBucci

Alex DiBucci

writer/co-director Flux
Alex is a former boxer with a background in advertising. Now, she puts her few remaining brain cells towards a MFA in film at Vermont College of Fine Arts while working for an ad agency in New York City. Born in Pittsburgh, she completed her undergrad in Chicago and made Austin, Texas... Read More →
avatar for Phillip Domfeh

Phillip Domfeh

cowriter/codirector Cary in Retrograde
Philipp Yaw Domfeh is a Ghanaian/Jamaican-American Writer/Director/Producer/Actor & Songwriter from Los Angeles, CA.    His debut comedy short film, Rudeboy's Restaurant,  premiered August 2020 as part of the American Black Film Festival 2020 Emerging Director’s Showcase and... Read More →
avatar for Priya Domfeh

Priya Domfeh

cowriter/codirector Cary in Retrograde
Priya Jane Domfeh is a Writer/Director/Producer & Designer from Los Angeles, CA.  She has worked on many television shows including How To Get Away With Murder, Good Trouble and Dead to Me in the design department as well as the upcoming ABC comedy Maggie. She was also Art... Read More →
avatar for Katie Sicking

Katie Sicking

cowriter Early to Rise
Katie Sicking is a writer and producer in NYC. Last year Katie and her co-creators, GEIL Comedy, wrote and produced Staydium which premiered on Adult Swim and was featured by Vulture. Her newest series, Early To Rise, won the Audience Award at SeriesFest and has been selected for... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
The Omni Hotel, Longhorn Room (3rd floor) 700 San Jacinto, E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

Small Screen Scares
Telling horror stories on television gives us plenty of time to live in a world filled with jumps, screams, and goosebumps. Join TV writers for a discussion on how to create a show that'll have your audience watching through their fingers.

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


Moderators
avatar for Paul Alvarado-Dykstra

Paul Alvarado-Dykstra

writer/producer/moderator
Writer/producer Paul Alvarado-Dykstra co-founded Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the US. He is currently developing several film and television projects such as MadScrap, an animated “junkpunk” adventure series for Qwaxza that he represented at Banff and Kidscreen... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nick Antosca

Nick Antosca

writer/showrunner Channel Zero, Brand New Cherry Flavor, The Act; writer/EP Antlers
Nick Antosca is the creator/showrunner, writer and executive producer of SYFY’s horror anthology series CHANNEL ZERO and co-creator/showrunner, writer and executive producer of Hulu’s Emmy-winning true crime limited series THE ACT and of Netflix’s horror/thriller series, BRAND... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

The Actor/Director Relationship
How does a director develop an understanding of their vision with actors? And how do actors work with directors to interpret a story’s emotion and journey? Join actor/writer/director Fran Kranz for a discussion on the ins-and-outs of how to keep a healthy and productive creative relationship.

Moderators
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

moderator; AFF Screenwriting Award-Winner; producer Martin Eden; Professor Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Moving Image Arts Program, Sarah Lawrence College
Award-winning screenwriter, director and producer, whose work has been screened and honored internationally.Tenured professor: Sarah Lawrence College; Chair – Filmmaking & Moving Image Arts Program: 2007 to 2020.Founder/Co-Director – The Cinema Sarah Lawrence Feature Film Intensive... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Fran Kranz

Fran Kranz

writer/director Mass
FRAN KRANZ As a scene-stealing actor in film, television and theater for over two decades, Fran Kranz is now proving himself as a brilliant filmmaker on the rise.Kranz makes his directorial feature debut with the critically acclaimed film MASS starring Martha Plimpton, Jason Isaacs... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

Working the Rewrite
Revisions are crucial for any successful script to undergo so it's better to embrace the process than fight it. Whether you're working on your fourth draft or your fortieth, this panel will teach you how to kill your darlings, differentiate between editing and revising, and actually take constructive criticism well. Bring your draft and a red pen and get ready to refresh your story!

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


Moderators
avatar for Pat Hazell

Pat Hazell

Moderator
Showtime declared Pat Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 25 years of experience as a writer, director, producer & creative consultant 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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Beck

Scott Beck

writer A Quiet Place, writer/director 65, Haunt
Filmmakers Scott Beck & Bryan Woods first met as sixth-graders in their hometown of Bettendorf, Iowa. After discovering a shared interest in cinema, the duo began collaborating on stop-motion movies with their Star Wars action figures. This collaboration continued into high school... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Woods

Bryan Woods

writer A Quiet Place, writer/director 65, Haunt
avatar for Brandy Finmark

Brandy Finmark

writer Chelsea, Crossing Swords, Crank Yankers
Brandy Finmark is a feature and TV comedy writer.In 2015, Brandy and her writing partner wrote a sketch for Comedy Central, The Glass Ceiling Board Game for Girls, which went viral. In 2016, she and her writing partner teamed up with Feigco and sold an original spec called Pros... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
First Baptist Church of Austin 901 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

Writing for Video Games: The New Frontier
Storytelling in video games has captured the imagination of audiences around the world time and time again. From exploring the origins of the depths of Rapture to the temples of Greece and beyond, writers have forged dynamic narratives that have transformed the industry forever. Join Susan O'Connor, writer on Bioshock, Tomb Raider (2009), and Far Cry 2, as she explains the true realities of writing for video games, and why the medium is the brave new frontier ripe for discovery and innovation.

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


Speakers
avatar for Susan O'Connor

Susan O'Connor

story consultant Batman (Telltale), Dishonored 2, BioShock 2; lead writer Star Wars 1313, Far Cry 2; writer Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics), BioShock; Interactive-Story Consultant, Netflix
Susan’s first job as a game writer was for “a slumber party game - for girls!” She’s gone on to work on over 25 projects, including award-winning titles in the BioShock, Far Cry and Tomb Raider franchises. Titles in her portfolio have sold over 30 million copies and generated... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

Austin Pitch #8
It’s the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi

Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi

writer/producer Hemlock Grove, The Path, All American, Shaka: King of the Zulus; author Becoming Bold
Before moving to Los Angeles, Lorna graduated Magna Cum Laude earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a pre-law minor from Texas Woman's University.Lorna has since had a successful 16-year career working in television starting with a sci-fi show called DAYBREAK that aired... Read More →
avatar for Michael Sarnoski

Michael Sarnoski

writer/director Pig
Michael Sarnoski grew up outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and now lives in Los Angeles. He graduated from Yale with a degree in art and film, where he met producer Vanessa Block. The two collaborated on the Oscar shortlisted documentary, The Testimony, which Michael produced and edited... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film & Television*
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for film and television. This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 20 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 21 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 22 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 23 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

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




Speakers
avatar for Gayla Nethercott

Gayla Nethercott

Literary Agent/Manager
Nethercott Agency has been representing writers and directors for 12 years.The foundation of her career was her work for 15 years as an agent in the TV and Film department at the Broder, Kurland, Webb, Uffner Agency (now ICM). She was also former Head of Literary at the Don Buchwald... Read More →
avatar for Taylor Streitz

Taylor Streitz

writer/producer Stargirl
Taylor Streitz is currently a Writer/Producer on CW's superhero show Stargirl. After attending the University of Texas at Austin, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of becoming a screenwriter. After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response on her pilots – Made in... Read More →
avatar for Meg LeFauve

Meg LeFauve

writer Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Captain Marvel
Nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for the Pixar blockbuster INSIDE OUT, LeFauve won an Annie Award for that screenplay. She also wrote Pixar's Golden Globe nominated THE GOOD DINOSAUR. LeFauve is currently writing a series for the new Peacock Channel as well as the animated film... Read More →
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Joe Forte

writer Firewall; director The Man Who Saved Ben-Hur
Joe Forte is the creator and writer of Firewall (2006) which stars Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany and Virginia Madsen and the director of the documentary The Man Who Saved Ben-Hur (2015) which premiered at the Hot Springs Film Festival and streams on Amazon. He is adapting the comic... Read More →
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Dana M. Jackson

Manager, Echo Lake Entertainment
Dana Jackson has built and guided the careers of such scribes as Bert V. Royal, the award-winning playwright of Dog Sees God and screenwriter of the critically acclaimed hit film Easy A, and Karen DiConcetto who, along with Royal, created the television series Recovery Road for... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

10:45am CDT

Second Rounders Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film & Television*
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft and business of writing for film and television. 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.

Roundtables required advance sign-up through the Screenplay Department.

This roundtable is for Second Rounders and Above. Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.



Speakers
avatar for Lorien McKenna

Lorien McKenna

co-host The Screenwriting Life; writer/showrunner
Lorien McKenna is currently the Showrunner for a preschool show with YouTube Kids and has an adult animation show in development with Mindshow/Viacom. She's written for and developed with studios and streamers including Hulu, NBC, Disney, and Netflix.A former Story Manager at Pixar... Read More →
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Matt Dy

Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment Group; Former Director of Script Competitions, Austin Film Festival
Matt Dy attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Radio/TV/Film with a focus on screenwriting. He recently joined Adam Kolbrenner’s newly formed Lit Entertainment Group as a literary manager. Previously, he worked at Austin Film Festival (AFF... Read More →
avatar for Glen Mazzara

Glen Mazzara

Creator/showrunner Damien, Showrunner The Walking Dead, Executive Producer The Shield
Glen Mazzara is a television writer/creator/showrunner whose most recent work was A&E’s series, DAMIEN, based on the classic horror film, “The Omen.” Before that, Mazzara was Executive Producer and Showrunner for AMC's record-breaking series, THE WALKING DEAD, which earned him... Read More →
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Stephen Christy

producer, The Empty Man; executive producer Just Beyond; President, BOOM! Studios
Stephen Christy is the President of Development of BOOM! Studios, controlling the 3rd largest library of comic book IP outside of Marvel and DC. He most recently produced the supernatural thriller The Empty Man for 20th Century Studios and Executive Produced Just Beyond for Disney... Read More →
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Owen Egerton

writer/director Blood Fest, Follow, Mercy Black
Owen Egerton is award-winning writer/director of the films Follow, Blood Fest and Blumhouse's Mercy Black. He's a Black List honored screenwriter and the author of several books including How Best to Avoid Dying, The Book of Harold The Illegitimate Son of God, and Hollow, which... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

11:00am CDT

Creating a Creative Career - Austin Film Festival in Six Square
11 AM – 11:45 PMA discussion with pioneer creatives of color Chuck Hayward (writer, Dear White People) and Jameel Saleem (writer/co-executive producer, Bob’s Burgers), about their creative processes and navigating the industry.

Chuck Hayward
writer WandavisionDon’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s DeadDear White PeopleFlatbush MisdemeanorsSanta Inc.

Chuck Hayward is a renaissance man – in that he’s a man who’s stayed multiple times at Renaissance Hotels. But mostly he writes things. A lot. And sometimes he actually writes them well. And sometimes they’re even funny! Just ask his fellow writers on Netflix’s Dear White People, Disney+’s WandaVision, ABC’s Mixed-Ish, or Showtime’s Flatbush Misdemeanors. Or you can ask the directors and producers of the movies he’s written, Netflix’s Step Sisters, the indie film Fat Camp; and the upcoming remake of the 90’s cult classic, Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead. Chuck promises they’ll confirm it. You calling him a liar?!?!

Jameel Saleem
writer/co-executive producer Bob’s Burgers; writer/producer Disenchantment; writer South Park Digital

Jameel began his professional writing career with the 2012 nation-wide release of his indie film, EXIT STRATEGY.  After producing three indie feature films and a web series, Jameel set his sights on television. He wrote and produced a pilot for NBC Playground and soon after staffed on his first network show, ABC’S MANHATTAN LOVE STORY in 2014. Since then he’s worked on multiple TV projects. He’s currently a Co-Executive Producer and Writer on BOB’S BURGERS, Writer and Producer for Netflix’s DISENCHANTMENT and Writer for SOUTH PARK DIGITAL, and has several TV and film projects in development, including an animated film with his mentors South Park’s Matt Stone and Trey Parker.







Speakers
avatar for Chuck Hayward

Chuck Hayward

writer Wandavision, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead, Dear White People, Flatbush Misdemeanors, Santa Inc.
Chuck Hayward is a renaissance man – in that he’s a man who’s stayed multiple times at Renaissance Hotels. But mostly he writes things. A lot. And sometimes he actually writes them well. And sometimes they’re even funny! Just ask his fellow writers on Netflix’s Dear White... Read More →
avatar for Jameel Saleem

Jameel Saleem

writer/co-executive producer Bob's Burgers; writer/producer Disenchantment; writer South Park Digital
Jameel began his professional writing career with the 2012 nation-wide release of his indie film, EXIT STRATEGY.  After producing three indie feature films and a web series, Jameel set his sights on television. He wrote and produced a pilot for NBC Playground and soon after staffed... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am CDT
Vesper 3106 E 14th 1/2 St, Austin, TX 78702

11:00am CDT

Young Filmmakers Showcase
(TRT: 90 MIN)
Showcasing the best youth animated, documentary, and narrative films from around the world.

THE PUPPET (NARRATIVE, 2 MIN)
Writer/Director: Will Nordstrom
A strange puppet encounters an old laptop that influences him to make a decision.

LUCID (NARRATIVE, 5 MIN)
Writer/Director: Alyssa Young
A persistent teen utilizes her newfound ability to foresee the future through her dreams in an attempt to manipulate fate.

LITTLE BIG SHOT (DOCUMENTARY, 3 MINS)
Director: Henry Segal
A profile of a 5-year-old table tennis prodigy, Allen Mao, with expert commentary.

PANNING FOR GOLD (NARRATIVE, 7 MIN)
Writer: Rand Boivie
Tensions rise when four hungry prospectors finally uncover a gold nugget.

k. (NARRATIVE, 5 MIN)
Writer/Director: Sam Morgan
When teenager Brad seeks to end his long-distance relationship, he finds the split to be harder than anticipated.

THE SHOOTING AT RATTLER'S RIDGE (NARRATIVE, 10 MIN)
Writer/Director: Reed H. Sharp
A young filmmaker, Flicker, in the end of the cowboy age embarks on a job for the local sheriff. Flicker has to prove a case for him by shooting physical evidence of the perpetrator on his camera. The criminal, Moon Man, kills his partner and he tries survive his treacherous escape. Many dangerous obstacles lie ahead of him while he is stranded in the Wild West.

BEAR (NARRATIVE, 12 MIN)
Writer/Director: Matthew Connor Wheatley
A boy struggles to find his bear.

RODENT REDEMPTION (NARRATIVE, 2 MIN)
Writer/Director: Lucy Holden
This is an interview of a hamster who narrates the tale of how he tried to escape his cage. He has been planning his escape and dreams of a day when he will be free from his imprisonment.

ART, A POLLUTION SOLUTION (DOCUMENTARY, 5 MIN)
Writer/Director: Gabriella Goss
A glimpse into the inside world of artist Angela Pozzi, who works to raise awareness about the growing problem of ocean plastic through her nonprofit Washed Ashore.

LIFE WITHOUT YOU (NARRATIVE, 3 MIN)
Writer/Director: Chase Bolnick
A loving husband is forced to make a difficult decision at the start of the apocalypse.

PROJECT DECIUS (NARRATIVE, 7 MIN)
Writer/Director: Aidan Guerrero
Survivors of a deadly virus work to defy nature with a machine that will turn back the clock on humanity’s end.

JAQUES (NARRATIVE, 9 MIN)
Writer/Director: Gabriel Zakaib
Mockumentary focusing on the creative process of fictional photographer, Jaques Celian, and how his process affects those around him.

THE WALTZ OF TIME (NARRATIVE, 9 MIN)
Writer/Director: Mario Martínez Sáenz
An old man escapes from the nursing home and appears lost in the middle of the pasture. Near a tree, he begins to waltz to the rhythm of his memories.


Saturday October 23, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 5 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

11:00am CDT

Austin Film Festival in Six Square
AFF IN SIX SQUAREAFF’s FREE Community Festival Programming within the Six Square Cultural DistrictSaturday, October 23rd, 11 AM – 5 PM
Vesper Austin (3106 E 14th 1/2 St., Austin, TX 78702)

Both in partnership with the Historic Six Square Cultural District and as part of Austin Film Festival’s recently launched Uplifting Storytellers Initiative, AFF presents a full day of FREE Festival programming aimed at helping emerging creatives get a foot in the Entertainment Industry door. Open to all storytellers wanting to learn more about the process of translating their creative talents into careers, these events include a panel and two short film showcases (one family friendly!) completely open to both our Festival audience and the public with NO badge needed to attend!
Please note, our COVID-19 protocols for this event will match those of the 28th Annual Austin Film Festival. To be admitted into the venue, attendees must present either proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 test dated no more than 48 hours prior to the event. These credentials must match and be presented in tandem with a government-issued ID. For more information on AFF’s COVID-19 Policies please see here.
11 AM – 11:45 PMA discussion with pioneer creatives of color Chuck Hayward (writer, Dear White People) and Jameel Saleem (writer/co-executive producer, Bob’s Burgers), about their creative processes and navigating the industry.


12:30 PM – 1:55 PMJoin us for a shorts block that is for the whole family! We will present seven short films that will be full of laughs, tears, nail-biting moments, and everything in between.


3 PM – 4:21 PMSee premiere short films from BIPOC creators!






Speakers
avatar for Chuck Hayward

Chuck Hayward

writer Wandavision, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead, Dear White People, Flatbush Misdemeanors, Santa Inc.
Chuck Hayward is a renaissance man – in that he’s a man who’s stayed multiple times at Renaissance Hotels. But mostly he writes things. A lot. And sometimes he actually writes them well. And sometimes they’re even funny! Just ask his fellow writers on Netflix’s Dear White... Read More →
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Jameel Saleem

writer/co-executive producer Bob's Burgers; writer/producer Disenchantment; writer South Park Digital
Jameel began his professional writing career with the 2012 nation-wide release of his indie film, EXIT STRATEGY.  After producing three indie feature films and a web series, Jameel set his sights on television. He wrote and produced a pilot for NBC Playground and soon after staffed... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 11:00am - 5:00pm CDT
Vesper 3106 E 14th 1/2 St, Austin, TX 78702

12:00pm CDT

Clean Slate
(USA, 95 MIN)

Director: Jared Callahan


Executive produced by Alex Lehmann (Paddleton, Blue Jay), CLEAN SLATE follows two friends in a drug recovery program in the American South struggling to come to terms with their addiction and mental illness by making a short film about the pain they’ve caused their families.

* In Attendance: Jared Callahan (Producer/Editor)


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:00pm - 1:55pm CDT
Hideout Theatre 617 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

12:15pm CDT

A Conversation with Chase Palmer (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
Join us for a conversation with writer, director, producer, and AFF Film and Screenplay award-winner Chase Palmer. Known for IT: Chapter 1, and his directorial debut Naked Singularity, hear from Palmer about his experience at AFF, writing in the feature space, and what it's like working in multiple roles on projects.

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Chase Palmer

Chase Palmer

co-writer IT: Chapter 1; writer/director Naked Singularity
Chase Palmer is a New York-based writer/director. His first feature as writer-director, NAKED SINGULARITY, hits theaters in 2021. Adapted from the Pen Prize Winning novel A Naked Singularity By Sergio De La Pava, it stars John Boyega, Olivia Cooke, Bill Skarsgard, and Ed Skrein. As... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
EVENTIVE

12:15pm CDT

Awards Luncheon
Tickets purchased separately at Registration Center. Must have a Conference or Producers Badge to Purchase

Don't miss this year's Awards Luncheon! While attending the Festival, don't miss the opportunity to attend AFF's Awards Luncheon, where you can dine with panelists, awardees, and hear inspiring speeches from this year's honorees and winners. A must attend event to make the most of your AFF experience.

ADDITIONAL TICKET PURCHASE REQUIRED! For Awards Luncheon ticketing information, please contact our Registration Director at 512-478-4795

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY. AFF reserves the right not to seat late parties. This ticket in non-transferable

Moderators
avatar for Dave Buckman

Dave Buckman

Host, 2021 Awards Luncheon; The Second City, Boom Chicago, American Crime, Home Free
Dave Buckman has directed, taught and performed at some of the world’s leading improvisational comedy institutions. After several years studying and teaching improv in Chicago, Dave served as Artistic Director of 'Boom Chicago' in Amsterdam, where he was fortunate to work with and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Channing Godfrey Peoples

Channing Godfrey Peoples

2021 Recipient of the New Voice Award
Channing Godfrey Peoples is an emergent writer and director with a distinctive vision and an impactful voice. She made her feature directorial debut last year with the critically acclaimed drama MISS JUNETEENTH and has quickly become one of today’s most exciting rising filmmakers... Read More →
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Scott Frank

2021 Recipient of the Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting
Scott Frank’s screenplays include Little Man Tate, Dead Again, Malice, Heaven’s Prisoners, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, The Interpreter, The Lookout (also directed), Marley & Me, The Wolverine, Walk Among the Tombstones (also directed), Logan, the Netflix limited... Read More →
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Stephanie Allain

2021 Recipient of the Polly Platt Award for Producing
STEPHANIE ALLAIN is one of the most prolific African American producers working today. Her award-winning films by writer-directors of color make headlines, launch careers and shape the cultural landscape. Critical acclaim includes Oscars, Independent Spirit Awards, NAACP Image Awards... Read More →
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Michael Schur

2021 Recipient of the Outstanding Television Writer Award
Michael Schur created the critically acclaimed NBC comedy “The Good Place,” and co-created "Parks and Recreation," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and the Peacock series “Rutherford Falls." He is also an Executive Producer on HBOMax’s “Hacks” and Netflix’s "Master of None." Prior... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:15pm - 2:15pm CDT
The Austin Club, Medallion Room 110 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm CDT

A Conversation with Dave Callaham
From classic action flicks to video game adaptations to superhero films, Dave Callaham knows how to keep an audience begging for more. Join us for a one-on-one discussion with the writer as he discusses his career, navigating big budget blockbusters, and so much more!

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


Moderators
avatar for Casey Baron

Casey Baron

Director of Programming and Industry Relations, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
Born and raised in the small island of Dominica located in the West Indies, Casey Baron moved to Austin after graduating from Florida State University with a degree in English – Editing, Writing, and Media. While attending FSU, Casey worked for The Torchlight Program. During his... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dave Callaham

Dave Callaham

writer Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Wonder Woman 1984, Zombieland 2, The Expendables; creator/showrunner Jean-Claude Van Johnson
Dave Callaham (co-writer) is a Chinese-American screenwriter who grew up in Northern California and moved to Los Angeles in 1999, where he worked as an assistant before selling his first script — a thriller — in 2002. Since then he has written across multiple genres, including... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
800 Congress 800 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm CDT

Audio Fiction Case Study: 1865
Join us for a case study on the hit audio drama, 1865, which follows the events after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Hear from creator/writer Steven Walters and executive producer Lindsay Graham as they break down the project from pre- to post-production and everything in between.

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


Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Graham

Lindsay Graham

EP 1865, Terms; host American Scandal, American History Tellers, Business Movers
Lindsay Graham is the CEO and founder of Airship, a podcast publishing company. He is also the Webby Award-winning and Ambie-nominated host of the podcasts American Scandal, American History Tellers, American Elections: Wicked Game and Business Movers, and is the executive producer... Read More →
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Steven Walters

creator/head writer 1865: the Audio Drama; executive producer Business Movers: owner Ritual Productions
Steven Walters is an award-winning writer, director, actor and producer. He’s an emeritus company member of the Tony-award-winning Dallas Theater Center and co-founder of Second Thought Theatre in Dallas, Texas. As an actor, Steven is best known for his role on NBC's Friday Night... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
The Omni Hotel, Ste. 700 (7th floor) 700 San Jacinto, E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm CDT

Finding the Voice
Dialogue is more than just clever and memorable lines. It’s the art of making characters sound believable and entertaining while moving your story's plot forward. Sometimes it requires your characters to scream or ramble or just plain shut up. Join a discussion on how character speech is vital for shaping the tone of your story.

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

Moderators
avatar for Harrison Glaser

Harrison Glaser

former Film Competition Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator

Speakers
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Shane Black

writer/director The Predator, The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; writer Lethal Weapon, Last Action Hero, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight
SHANE BLACK has been responsible for creating a number of box office blockbusters, including the first two installments of the Lethal Weapon series and 1991’s The Last Boy Scout. In 1990, Shane sold his espionage script The Long Kiss Goodnight for a record sum of money. His... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm CDT

Indie Film Track: The Art of the Short Film
Creating an engaging story with clear characterization, dialogue, and structure is challenging enough when creating a feature film— now imagine successfully weaving these nuanced elements into a short film. But don't worry! This panel will help you learn tips and trick for creating a successful, captivating short film that will leave audiences begging for more. We will see you there!

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

Moderators
avatar for Barton Weiss

Barton Weiss

Moderator
Bart Weiss is an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor, and educator who has lived in Dallas since 1981. Mr. Weiss has taught film and video production at Texas A&M’s Visualization Lab, Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Beckmann

Danielle Beckmann

producer Liza Anonymous
Danielle Beckmann is a bicoastal actress, producer, writer, and all around funny gal. Time Out New York named her a Critics’ Pick and Backstage calls her an actress who “attacks with impressive commitment.” Tribeca Film Festival recently premiered her dark comedy Liza Anonymous—she... Read More →
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Honora Talbott

writer/director Fempire
Honora Talbott is an award-winning writer and director who loves using dark humor and genre to tell socially relevant stories with a bite. Her comedy thriller short We Know Where You Live (NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Finalist) played at 5 Oscar Qualifying Film festivals and is... Read More →
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Dicky Chalmers

writer/director Angel
Dicky grew up in Dubai, was educated at Oxford, studied film in Tokyo, and for the past 20 yearshas been directing films and commercials across Asia.Dicky’s work has a polished and dynamic style, designed to move the heart and stir the senses,whilst also innovating with technique... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm CDT

Running the Show
Overseeing a show entails a lot of responsibility, but the time and energy that goes into creating one is extremely rewarding. As the show travels from an idea into production to become a polished product, showrunners assume many different roles throughout this process. Showrunners will discuss their role in the show and on set, how they participate in the writers’ room, and their day-to-day duties during production.

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


Moderators
avatar for Ya'Ke Smith

Ya'Ke Smith

Associate Professor of Film/Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Moody College of Communication; Independent Filmmaker
Ya’Ke Smith, known for his unflinching and veracious style of storytelling, is a rising voice in independent cinema.His films have received world-wide acclaim, screening, and winning awards at over 100 film festivals. The Director’s Guild of America, the Student Academy Awards... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Glen Mazzara

Glen Mazzara

Creator/showrunner Damien, Showrunner The Walking Dead, Executive Producer The Shield
Glen Mazzara is a television writer/creator/showrunner whose most recent work was A&E’s series, DAMIEN, based on the classic horror film, “The Omen.” Before that, Mazzara was Executive Producer and Showrunner for AMC's record-breaking series, THE WALKING DEAD, which earned him... Read More →
avatar for Devon Greggory

Devon Greggory

showrunner/executive producer The Game; co-creator/showrunner American Soul; writer, Underground, CBS: Cyber, Being Mary Jane
Born the youngest of nine, in the heart of Dixie, Devon Greggory grew up escaping the harsh reality of the projects through film and television. Years later, this Alabama native would pack his bags and run away to pursue his dream of filmmaking. Homeless, hungry and living on the... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
First Baptist Church of Austin 901 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm CDT

The Agent as Advocate
Join David Boxerbaum, partner at Verve Talent & Literary Agency, for a deep dive into how agents work with writers, their goals, and how they guide clients towards success.

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

Speakers
avatar for David Boxerbaum

David Boxerbaum

Partner, Verve Talent & Literary Agency
David Boxerbaum is a prominent literary agent and partner at Verve, representing top tier talent including showrunners, franchise-builders and huge horror helmers. While he has earned his reputation as the best in the spec game, David also champions a diverse roster of writers and... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm CDT

Writing for Video Games: Opportunity Awaits Around Every Corner
Video Games may be the exciting new frontier. But braving a new medium and creative space also means wrangling with the opportunities inherent within. That's what this talk is all about. What skills are needed to make this path a reality? Conversely, what skills aren't needed, or may just be myths blocking you from taking a new exciting step forward? It's all on the table here. We'll also touch on how writing for games may fit into a larger career plan.

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

Moderators
avatar for David (D.S.) Cohen

David (D.S.) Cohen

Moderator
A games industry veteran, David (D.S.) Cohen has contributed to a multitude of console, mobile, online and MMO games and digital interactive experiences, with companies such as WB Games, Disney, Oddworld Interactive, Schell Games, and National Geographic Society. He also consulted... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Evan Narcisse

Evan Narcisse

staff writer gen:Lock, season 2; narrative design consultant Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Marvel's Avengers, Redfall
Evan Narcisse is a writer and consultant who works in video games, comic books, and TV, often focusing on the intersection of blackness and pop culture. He was a journalist and critic for many years, having previously written for The Atlantic, Time Magazine, Kotaku, io9, and The New... Read More →
avatar for Erin Firestine

Erin Firestine

writer Weird West, Twin Suns Unannounced Project
Erin has been writing in one form or another since she learned to properly hold a pencil, and now has several years of experience in the game writing sphere for everything from character bios to combat barks. She currently works with independent game companies WolfEye Studios and... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
The Omni Hotel, Longhorn Room (3rd floor) 700 San Jacinto, E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm CDT

Austin Pitch #9
It’s the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

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

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



Speakers
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

writer Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Infidel; writer/producer/showrunner Tether, writer/showrunner Stephen King's N.; writer/director Saviors, Zombies of Mas
Hamedani (along with his co-writer, Travis Betz) became known when their script The Saviors was selected to the 2018 Black List. The screenplay is being produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films and Amasia Films with Hamedani directing. Hamedani just finished adapting Adib Khorram’s... Read More →
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Paul Merryman

producer, The Outpost
Austin native Paul Merryman is a film & television producer with a focus on amazing true stories. He holds an MFA in Producing from the American Film Institute and a BS in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of Texas at Austin. He started his career as an assistant to... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm CDT

Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film & Television*
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for film and television. This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 20 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 21 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 22 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 23 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

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




Speakers
avatar for Dylan Kussman

Dylan Kussman

writer/director The Steps; director Wrestling Jerusalem; writer The Mummy
A SAG/AFTRA member since 1971 and WGA member since 2007, Dylan got his big break into feature films playing Cameron across from Robin Williams in Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society. His screenwriting career started soon after when his scripted feature Burn won a grand jury prize at the... Read More →
avatar for Javier

Javier "Javi" Grillo-Marxuach

writer/producer Lost, The Dark Crystal, Cowboy Bebop; creator The Middleman
Though best known as one of the Emmy winning writer/producers of Lost (Outstanding Drama Series, 2005) and The Dark Crystal (Outstanding Children's Program, 2020), and for creating The Middleman graphic novel and TV series, Javier "Javi" Grillo-Marxuach is a prolific of TV, movies... Read More →
avatar for Chase Palmer

Chase Palmer

co-writer IT: Chapter 1; writer/director Naked Singularity
Chase Palmer is a New York-based writer/director. His first feature as writer-director, NAKED SINGULARITY, hits theaters in 2021. Adapted from the Pen Prize Winning novel A Naked Singularity By Sergio De La Pava, it stars John Boyega, Olivia Cooke, Bill Skarsgard, and Ed Skrein. As... Read More →
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Jason Neulander

writer/director The Intergalactic Nemesis, Buttercup, Hit & Run, Fugitive Dreams
Jason Neulander received his BA and MA in theater from Brown University and is an award-winning theatre artist, filmmaker, and producer based in Austin, Texas. He founded and was the artistic director of Austin’s premiere producer of new plays Salvage Vanguard Theater from 1994... Read More →
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Jenna Milly

writer/executive producer Golden Arm; editor Screenwriting Magazine
Jenna cut her comedy teeth writing for the TBS micro-series ‘Gillian in Georgia’ which she also co-created and co-executive produced in 2010. Soon after, Austin Film Festival premiered her written-and-directed by short “A Peacock Feathered Blue.” ‘Golden Arm,’ her first... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm CDT

Second Rounder Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film & Television*
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft and business of writing for film and television. 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.

Roundtables required advance sign-up through the Screenplay Department.

This roundtable is for Second Rounders and Above. Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry. 


Speakers
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Hank Jones

writer Bel-Air, Grownish, The Neighborhood
After completing his M.A. in English (Teaching of Writing & Lit.) from George Mason University, Henry “Hank” Jones quit his job at a D.C. tax publication and drove to Los Angeles to pursue a career in scriptwriting. Hank worked on any indie project he could find until he was recommended... Read More →
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Zach Baylin

writer, King Richard, Creed III, The Crow (remake)
Zach Baylin is a Los Angeles based screenwriter and co-founder of YOUNGBLOOD PICTURES. His script KING RICHARD, about the father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, was #2 on the 2018 BLACKLIST and recently completed filming for WARNER BROS. starring Will Smith, Jon Berenthal... Read More →
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Ty Roberts

co-writer/producer/director 12 Mighty Orphans, The Iron Orchard
Ty Roberts completed his most recent film, 12 Mighty Orphans, released by Sony Pictures Classics in the summer of 2021. Previously, he co-wrote and directed the award winning feature, The Iron Orchard (Austin Film Festival Audience Award 2018), which was theatrically released in... Read More →
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Cindy McCreery

writer The Honey Girls, Something in the Water, Haven, Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove; Disney Feature Fellow, Associate Professor/Screenwriting Area Head, UT Austin
Cindy McCreery is an Associate Professor of Screenwriting in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches television and feature film writing in the undergraduate, graduate and Michener Center for Writing programs. Previously she taught screenwriting... Read More →
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Alexandra E. Hartman

freelance writer Cowboy Bebop; writer Ghost Tape
Alexandra is a queer genre and dark dramedy writer, who from an early age, was primed by opera singer parents to tell fierce, female-led stories. She began as the showrunner’s assistant on Netflix’s ALTERED CARBON, then CBS’ ZOO, before being upped to Script Coordinator/Writer’s... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm CDT

Semifinalists and Above Panel: Echo Lake Entertainment
Join managers from Echo Lake Entertainment as they discuss the manager/client relationship we know you're all curious about. Listen in on how they support their clients, manage professional relationships, and find the perfect opportunities for every individual they represent. Come prepared with questions for this insightful conversation.

This panel is for Semifinalists and Above. Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

Moderators
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Bill True

writer Runaway, Hope Springs, Crazy Evil Genius; Head of Dramatic Writing, Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre
Bill True's debut feature, Runaway, was hailed by critics as “Brilliant” and “Hitchcockian” as it premiered to universal accolades at top festivals, including Tribeca and Toronto. Bill also took top prize at the Austin Film Festival for his work on Runaway, which was subsequently... Read More →

Speakers
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Dana M. Jackson

Manager, Echo Lake Entertainment
Dana Jackson has built and guided the careers of such scribes as Bert V. Royal, the award-winning playwright of Dog Sees God and screenwriter of the critically acclaimed hit film Easy A, and Karen DiConcetto who, along with Royal, created the television series Recovery Road for... Read More →
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Zadoc Angell

Co-President, Echo Lake Entertainment
Zadoc Angell has worked at Echo Lake for eight years, and is the Co-President of the management division. He began his career as a TV Literary Agent at Paradigm, becoming a manager when he teamed up with Dave Brown at Artist International. The pair brought their literary team to Echo... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

12:30pm CDT

Family Programming - Austin Film Festival in Six Square
12:30 PM – 1:55 PMJoin us for a shorts block that is for the whole family! We will present seven short films that will be full of laughs, tears, nail-biting moments, and everything in between.

Dear Destiny
(USA, 5)
writer/director: Brian Chase Mack
Dear Destiny follows a young girl named Destiny as she writes a letter to her future self after the recent loss of her father.

Perfect
(USA, 3)
writer/director: Daniel Epega
A stick figure realizes that "perfection" is more than what it seems.

Red Horizon
(USA, 30)
writer/director: T.C. Johnstone
A group of young pilots attempt to carry on the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen while struggling to overcome racism and prejudice in today's world.

Sprout
(USA, 6)
writer/director: Nayt Cochran
Sprout follows a botanical child and a kind-hearted gardener who nurtures the child’s individuality when a prize-winning plant causes self-doubt.

The Ocean Duck
(USA, 7)
Directors: Huda Razzak, My Anh Ngo
Writers: Huda Razzak, Toby Osborne
A woman visits her ailing grandmother in a hospital during a flood, bringing back fond memories of the past – spilling over into fantastical visions in the present – as an ancient tale comes to life.

The Weather is Lovely
(China, 14)
writer: Pohan Lee/Chun-Chien Lien
director: Chun-Chien Lien
A cloud maker and a researcher in a weather observatory accidentally cross paths and end up joining forces to stop a water-thirst cloud monster.

Wonderfully Made
(USA, 15)
director: Benita Ozoude
Kash was born without arms, but she does not allow her disability to limit her pursuit of happiness and self-love.

Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 2:15pm CDT

12:30pm CDT

Shorts Program 7: The Kids Are Alright

A Mistake with the Chairs


(UK, 15 MIN)


Writers/Directors: Dave Kajganich, Alistair Petrie


Six new teachers at a venerated English boarding school in the 1960s are drawn into a moral crisis regarding upsetting charges against their Headmaster’s son.



See Through


(USA, 9 MIN)


Writer: Jacob Marx Rice
Director: Eyal Resh


Jessie and Brian, a young deaf couple, recently discovered they are about to become parents. Their neighborhood coffee shop thrums with everything left unsaid, while they unearth new ways to communicate



Lucia


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writer/Director: Victoria Rivera


In a foster home run by kids with no adult supervision, Lucia, a seven-year-old misfit, awaits a pick-up that never comes, discovering the true meaning of home.



Lemon Shark


(USA, 21 MIN)


Writer/Director: Kate Nowlin


Set among the highly diverse and adaptive student body of a midwestern public elementary school, LEMON SHARK reflects the realities of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in an ever-changing world. Kindergarten and music teacher Freddie and her thirteen-year-old daughter Sam, seek refuge in science and music while they discover what it means to love that which is endangered.


The Boy's Gone


(Denmark, 17 MIN)


Writer/ Director: Sarah Polhaus


A husband and wife deal very differently with the fact that their little boy is gone.



The Elephant in the Mall


(Israel, 21 Min)


Writer/Director: Ziv Mamon


Tamara dreams of becoming a singer, but in the meantime she's babysitting. When Tamara picks up a kid from kindergarten, she finds out that one of his friends' dad is a famous singer. She invites them on a playdate at the shopping center's elephant slide, planning on having the famous dad listen to some of her song sketches.


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 2:25pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

12:30pm CDT

A Mistake with the Chairs
A Mistake with the Chairs


(UK, 15 MIN)


Writers/Directors: Dave Kajganich, Alistair Petrie


Six new teachers at a venerated English boarding school in the 1960s are drawn into a moral crisis regarding upsetting charges against their Headmaster’s son.


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 2:25pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

12:30pm CDT

Lemon Shark
Lemon Shark


(USA, 21 MIN)


Writer/Director: Kate Nowlin


Set among the highly diverse and adaptive student body of a midwestern public elementary school, LEMON SHARK reflects the realities of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in an ever-changing world. Kindergarten and music teacher Freddie and her thirteen-year-old daughter Sam, seek refuge in science and music while they discover what it means to love that which is endangered.

Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 2:25pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

12:30pm CDT

Lucia
Lucia


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writer/Director: Victoria Rivera


In a foster home run by kids with no adult supervision, Lucia, a seven-year-old misfit, awaits a pick-up that never comes, discovering the true meaning of home.

Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 2:25pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

12:30pm CDT

See Through
See Through


(USA, 9 MIN)


Writer: Jacob Marx Rice
Director: Eyal Resh


Jessie and Brian, a young deaf couple, recently discovered they are about to become parents. Their neighborhood coffee shop thrums with everything left unsaid, while they unearth new ways to communicate


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 2:25pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

12:30pm CDT

The Boy's Gone
The Boy’s Gone


(Denmark, 17 MIN)


Writer/ Director: Sarah Polhaus


A husband and wife deal very differently with the fact that their little boy is gone.


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 2:25pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

12:30pm CDT

The Elephant in the Mall
The Elephant in the Mall


(Israel, 21 MIN)


Writer/Director: Ziv Mamon


Tamara dreams of becoming a singer, but in the meantime she's babysitting. When Tamara picks up a kid from kindergarten, she finds out that one of his friends' dad is a famous singer. She invites them on a playdate at the shopping center's elephant slide, planning on having the famous dad listen to some of her song sketches.


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 2:25pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

12:30pm CDT

A Mistake with the Chairs (Virtual Screening)
A Mistake with the Chairs


(UK, 15 MIN)


Writers/Directors: Dave Kajganich, Alistair Petrie


Six new teachers at a venerated English boarding school in the 1960s are drawn into a moral crisis regarding upsetting charges against their Headmaster’s son.


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 2:25pm CDT
EVENTIVE

12:30pm CDT

Lucia (Virtual Screening)
Lucia


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writer/Director: Victoria Rivera


In a foster home run by kids with no adult supervision, Lucia, a seven-year-old misfit, awaits a pick-up that never comes, discovering the true meaning of home.

Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 2:25pm CDT
EVENTIVE

12:30pm CDT

The Elephant in the Mall (Virtual Screening)
The Elephant in the Mall


(Israel, 21 MIN)


Writer/Director: Ziv Mamon


Tamara dreams of becoming a singer, but in the meantime she's babysitting. When Tamara picks up a kid from kindergarten, she finds out that one of his friends' dad is a famous singer. She invites them on a playdate at the shopping center's elephant slide, planning on having the famous dad listen to some of her song sketches.


Saturday October 23, 2021 12:30pm - 2:25pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:00pm CDT

Shorts Program 16: Original Series 1

Alleyway Chefs


(UK, 9 MIN)


Writer/Director: Craig Ainsley


Two chefs smoke at the back of a restaurant. One has given up on his dreams, the other is an aspiring actor.



Witchsters


(USA, 5 MIN)


Writer/Director: Charla Lauriston


A mockumentary that follows sister witches Michelle and Maya as they search for love in LA.


Blackout City


(Canada, 22 MIN)


Writer: Joey Belfiore
Director: Will Bowes, Karen Knox


Blackout City is a pilot following Matt and Lynn, strangers who meet each other as new roommates, not realizing they were each other’s blackout drunken one night stand just a few nights previous.



Last Bodega in Brooklyn


(USA, 10 MIN)


Writer: Mosiah Moonsammy
Directors: Mosiah Moonsammy, Jared Glenn


An Afro-latino family in Brooklyn runs a local bodega in their neighborhood. A new organic store owner moves across the street with plans of expanding his empire and taking over the bodega. This Brooklynite Tribe must band together to save their business and community from being gentrified.



Almost Starring


(Netherlands, 20 MIN)


Writer/Director: Joosje Duk


A comedy web series about and experienced film extra who, after being discovered by a manager, gets the opportunity to take her career to the next level by becoming a featured extra.



Early to Rise


(USA, 24 MIN)


Writers: Alec Cohen, Mike Cabellon, Adrien Pellerin, Katie Sicking
Director: Alec Cohen


Early to Rise opens with three low-ranking astronauts aboard the DreamBlaster space ship, accidentally woken up from hibernation - with 90 years left on their journey.


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:00pm CDT

Alleyway Chefs
Alleyway Chefs


(UK, 9 MIN)


Writer/Director: Craig Ainsley


Two chefs smoke at the back of a restaurant. One has given up on his dreams, the other is an aspiring actor.

*In Attendance : Arnab Chanda and Craig Ainsley


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:00pm CDT

Almost Starring
Almost Starring


(Netherlands, 20 MIN)


Writer/Director: Joosje Duk


A comedy web series about and experienced film extra who, after being discovered by a manager, gets the opportunity to take her career to the next level by becoming a featured extra.

Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:00pm CDT

Blackout City
Blackout City


(Canada, 22 MIN)


Writer: Joey Belfiore
Director: Will Bowes, Karen Knox


Blackout City is a pilot following Matt and Lynn, strangers who meet each other as new roommates, not realizing they were each other’s blackout drunken one night stand just a few nights previous.

Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:00pm CDT

Early to Rise
Early to Rise


(USA, 24 MIN)


Writers: Alec Cohen, Mike Cabellon, Adrien Pellerin, Katie Sicking
Director: Alec Cohen


Early to Rise opens with three low-ranking astronauts aboard the DreamBlaster space ship, accidentally woken up from hibernation - with 90 years left on their journey.

*In Attendance: Katie Sicking*


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:00pm CDT

Last Bodega in Brooklyn
Last Bodega in Brooklyn


(USA, 10 MIN)


Writer: Mosiah Moonsammy
Directors: Mosiah Moonsammy, Jared Glenn


An Afro-latino family in Brooklyn runs a local bodega in their neighborhood. A new organic store owner moves across the street with plans of expanding his empire and taking over the bodega. This Brooklynite Tribe must band together to save their business and community from being gentrified.

Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:00pm CDT

Witchsters
Witchsters


(USA, 5 MIN)


Writer/Director: Charla Lauriston


A mockumentary that follows sister witches Michelle and Maya as they search for love in LA.

Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

1:00pm CDT

Alleyway Chefs (Virtual Screening)
Alleyway Chefs


(UK, 9 MIN)


Writer/Director: Craig Ainsley


Two chefs smoke at the back of a restaurant. One has given up on his dreams, the other is an aspiring actor.


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:00pm CDT

Almost Starring (Virtual Screening)
Almost Starring


(Netherlands, 20 MIN)


Writer/Director: Joosje Duk


A comedy web series about and experienced film extra who, after being discovered by a manager, gets the opportunity to take her career to the next level by becoming a featured extra.

Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:00pm CDT

Blackout City (Virtual Screening)
Blackout City


(Canada, 22 MIN)


Writer: Joey Belfiore
Director: Will Bowes, Karen Knox


Blackout City is a pilot following Matt and Lynn, strangers who meet each other as new roommates, not realizing they were each other’s blackout drunken one night stand just a few nights previous.

Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:00pm CDT

Early to Rise (Virtual Screening)
Early to Rise


(USA, 24 MIN)


Writers: Alec Cohen, Mike Cabellon, Adrien Pellerin, Katie Sicking
Director: Alec Cohen


Early to Rise opens with three low-ranking astronauts aboard the DreamBlaster space ship, accidentally woken up from hibernation - with 90 years left on their journey.

Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:00pm CDT

Last Bodega in Brooklyn (Virtual Screening)
Last Bodega in Brooklyn


(USA, 10 MIN)


Writer: Mosiah Moonsammy
Directors: Mosiah Moonsammy, Jared Glenn


An Afro-latino family in Brooklyn runs a local bodega in their neighborhood. A new organic store owner moves across the street with plans of expanding his empire and taking over the bodega. This Brooklynite Tribe must band together to save their business and community from being gentrified.

Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:00pm CDT

Witchsters (Virtual Screening)
Witchsters


(USA, 5 MIN)


Writer/Director: Charla Lauriston


A mockumentary that follows sister witches Michelle and Maya as they search for love in LA.

Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:00pm CDT

Swamp Lion
WORLD PREMIERE

Writer/Director: Torben Bech
Cast: Michael Ray Escamilla, Bre Blair, Luis Bordonada, Karen Sours Albisua, David Barrera, Dominic Hoffman, Jack Elliot Ybarra

After their son is diagnosed with advanced cancer, a trucker driver and supermarket cashier – Jim and Bee – struggle to climb the mountain of medical bills. In their greatest hour of need they are forced to come up with $ 250,000 in order to afford treatment. In this emotional and financial crisis, Jim ultimately decides to traffic drugs across the US/Mexican border.

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


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 3:11pm CDT
State Theatre

1:00pm CDT

Memoria
(Colombia, 136 MIN)

Writer/director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Elkin Díaz, Jeanne Balibar, Juan Pablo Urrego, Daniel Giménez Cacho

A woman from Scotland, while traveling in Colombia, begins to notice strange sounds. Soon she begins to think about their appearance.

PARAMOUNT AND STATE THEATRE BAG POLICY*
  • We have a Clear Bag Policy to minimize contact that a bag search would require.
  • Clear bags should not exceed 14″ x 12″ x 6″ in size.
  • Small, non-clear clutch bags will be allowed, and should not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” in size.



Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 3:16pm CDT
Paramount Theatre

1:15pm CDT

Shorts Program 5: Safety Not Guaranteed
A Shot in the Fog


(Brazil,6 MIN)


Writer/Director: João Thomaz Londres


An old man and a boy exchange shots in the fog.



Woman in Blue


(New Zealand, 13 MIN)


Writers: Ashleigh Flynn , Jack O'Donnell
Director: Jack O'Donnell


An ex-policewoman relives her memories from a dementia ward.



Rubber Gun Club


(USA, 10 MIN)


Writer/Director: Alex Bendo


After a fellow officer takes his life, a New York City policeman is forced to reckon with his own suicidal ideation.



Coche Bomba


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: Kantú Lentz


Eleven-year-old Rosa loves aliens and hates everything else, including her annoying little sister Lu. When a car bomb detonates while she’s babysitting, Rosa must bring her sister to safety by convincing her that aliens have arrived to greet them.



Wrong Number Ransom


(USA, 9 MIN)


Writer: Brendan Gallogly, Liam Gallogly
Directors: Brendan Gallogly, Liam Gallogly


A kidnapper dials the wrong number while making a ransom call only to discover that a life of crime isn’t for everyone.


Dijameh


(Iran, 5 MIN)


Writer/Director: Amirali Mirderikvand


A young man remembers his grandfather through an old photograph.



On The Line


(USA, 20 MIN)


Writers: Duane Cooper, Dominick Santa Cattarina
Director: Camden Elizabeth


A death row chef questions mercy and justice as he cooks the meal of his life.



A Beautiful and Violent Place


(USA, 10 MIN)


Writer/ Director: Sam T McFarland


In this Neo-American western, Joel returns home to avenge the death of his first love. Searching for retribution in the decaying landscape of his childhood, he soon learns that closure cannot be found through acts of violence.




KUSH: A Bubblegum Western


(USA, 15 MIN)


Writers: Anthony Sneed, Kali Davis
Director: Anthony Sneed


A relationship gets put to the test when a couple is pulled over while smuggling 25 lbs of marijuana cross country in their trunk.

Sponsors


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:15pm - 3:14pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:15pm CDT

A Beautiful and Violent Place
A Beautiful and Violent Place


(USA, 10 MIN)


Writer/ Director: Sam T McFarland


In this Neo-American western, Joel returns home to avenge the death of his first love. Searching for retribution in the decaying landscape of his childhood, he soon learns that closure cannot be found through acts of violence.

Sponsors


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:15pm - 3:14pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:15pm CDT

A Shot in the Fog
A Shot in the Fog


(Brazil,6 MIN)


Writer/Director: João Thomaz Londres


An old man and a boy exchange shots in the fog.

*In Attendance :Director, João Thomaz Londres

Sponsors


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:15pm - 3:14pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:15pm CDT

Coche Bomba

Coche Bomba


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: Kantú Lentz



Eleven-year-old Rosa loves aliens and hates everything else, including her annoying little sister Lu. When a car bomb detonates while she’s babysitting, Rosa must bring her sister to safety by convincing her that aliens have arrived to greet them.

Sponsors


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:15pm - 3:14pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:15pm CDT

Dijameh
Dijameh


(Iran, 5 MIN)


Writer/Director: Amirali Mirderikvand


A young man remembers his grandfather through an old photograph.

Sponsors

Saturday October 23, 2021 1:15pm - 3:14pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:15pm CDT

KUSH: A Bubblegum Western
KUSH: A Bubblegum Western


(USA, 15 MIN)


Writers: Anthony Sneed, Kali Davis
Director: Anthony Sneed


A relationship gets put to the test when a couple is pulled over while smuggling 25 lbs of marijuana cross country in their trunk.

Sponsors

Saturday October 23, 2021 1:15pm - 3:14pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:15pm CDT

On The Line

On The Line


(USA, 20 MIN)


Writers: Duane Cooper, Dominick Santa Cattarina
Director: Camden Elizabeth


A death row chef questions mercy and justice as he cooks the meal of his life.

Sponsors


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:15pm - 3:14pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:15pm CDT

Rubber Gun Club
Rubber Gun Club


(USA, 10 MIN)


Writer/Director: Alex Bendo


After a fellow officer takes his life, a New York City policeman is forced to reckon with his own suicidal ideation.

Sponsors


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:15pm - 3:14pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:15pm CDT

Woman in Blue
Woman in Blue


(New Zealand, 13 MIN)


Writers: Ashleigh Flynn , Jack O'Donnell
Director: Jack O'Donnell


An ex-policewoman relives her memories from a dementia ward.

Sponsors


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:15pm - 3:14pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:15pm CDT

Wrong Number Ransom
Wrong Number Ransom


(USA, 9 MIN)


Writer: Brendan Gallogly, Liam Gallogly
Directors: Brendan Gallogly, Liam Gallogly


A kidnapper dials the wrong number while making a ransom call only to discover that a life of crime isn’t for everyone.

Sponsors


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:15pm - 3:14pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

1:15pm CDT

A Shot in the Fog (Virtual Screening)
A Shot in the Fog


(Brazil,6 MIN)


Writer/Director: João Thomaz Londres


An old man and a boy exchange shots in the fog.


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:15pm - 3:14pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:15pm CDT

KUSH: A Bubblegum Western (Virtual Screening)
KUSH: A Bubblegum Western


(USA, 15 MIN)


Writers: Anthony Sneed, Kali Davis
Director: Anthony Sneed


A relationship gets put to the test when a couple is pulled over while smuggling 25 lbs of marijuana cross country in their trunk.

Saturday October 23, 2021 1:15pm - 3:14pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:15pm CDT

On The Line (Virtual Screening)

On The Line


(USA, 20 MIN)


Writers: Duane Cooper, Dominick Santa Cattarina
Director: Camden Elizabeth


A death row chef questions mercy and justice as he cooks the meal of his life.


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:15pm - 3:14pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:15pm CDT

Rubber Gun Club (Virtual Screening)
Rubber Gun Club


(USA, 10 MIN)


Writer/Director: Alex Bendo


After a fellow officer takes his life, a New York City policeman is forced to reckon with his own suicidal ideation.


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:15pm - 3:14pm CDT
EVENTIVE

1:30pm CDT

After Antarctica
(USA, 104 MIN)

Writers: Don Bernier, Tasha Van Zandt, Sebastian Zeck
Directors: Tasha Van Zandt


After Antarctica follows polar explorer Will Steger’s life journey as an eyewitness to the greatest changes in the polar regions of our planet. After a lifetime of landmark expeditions across both poles, no one alive has seen more of the polar world.


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:30pm - 3:34pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 6 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

3:00pm CDT

A Conversation with Stephanie Allain: The 2021 Recipient of the Polly Platt Award for Producing
Join the 2021 recipient of the Polly Platt for Producing Award, Stephine Allain, as she discusses her prolific career and how she uses her position as a producer to heighten diverse stories with diverse voices at the helm.

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


Moderators
avatar for Casey Baron

Casey Baron

Director of Programming and Industry Relations, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
Born and raised in the small island of Dominica located in the West Indies, Casey Baron moved to Austin after graduating from Florida State University with a degree in English – Editing, Writing, and Media. While attending FSU, Casey worked for The Torchlight Program. During his... Read More →

Speakers
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Stephanie Allain

2021 Recipient of the Polly Platt Award for Producing
STEPHANIE ALLAIN is one of the most prolific African American producers working today. Her award-winning films by writer-directors of color make headlines, launch careers and shape the cultural landscape. Critical acclaim includes Oscars, Independent Spirit Awards, NAACP Image Awards... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
800 Congress 800 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm CDT

Battle Scars
Prepare your script for war as it enters production because it will most certainly change. Whether it be cut scenes, difficult studio notes, or an actor bringing on a new perspective, our panelists have experienced it all. Join them as they share stories of seeing their projects come together and what they lost and gained along the way.

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

Moderators
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

moderator; AFF Screenwriting Award-Winner; producer Martin Eden; Professor Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Moving Image Arts Program, Sarah Lawrence College
Award-winning screenwriter, director and producer, whose work has been screened and honored internationally.Tenured professor: Sarah Lawrence College; Chair – Filmmaking & Moving Image Arts Program: 2007 to 2020.Founder/Co-Director – The Cinema Sarah Lawrence Feature Film Intensive... Read More →

Speakers
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Chase Palmer

co-writer IT: Chapter 1; writer/director Naked Singularity
Chase Palmer is a New York-based writer/director. His first feature as writer-director, NAKED SINGULARITY, hits theaters in 2021. Adapted from the Pen Prize Winning novel A Naked Singularity By Sergio De La Pava, it stars John Boyega, Olivia Cooke, Bill Skarsgard, and Ed Skrein. As... Read More →
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Amy Louise Johnson

writer/producer Servant, Messiah, Nightflyers, The Long Road Home, Tyrant
Amy’s so happy to be back at AFF for 2021!This past year, Amy’s mainly been writing and producing on Seasons 3 & 4 of SERVANT on Apple+, along with developing and pitching her own TV projects.Previously, Amy’s worked in both TV and film, with two action/adventure features in... Read More →
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Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Partner, Enderby Entertainment; writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy; director Dawn Patrol, Toy Soldiers; executive producer An Ordinary Man, Blackway, Zero Contact; former WGAW President
Daniel Petrie, Jr. is a partner in Enderby Entertainment, an independent film finance and production company, founded in 2006 by Petrie and producer Rick Dugdale.  In 1985, Petrie received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his first produced script, the... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
First Baptist Church of Austin 901 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm CDT

Fostering Positive Change Through Story
Social Impact Entertainment (SIE) is a developing field for writers, producers, and studios/networks, particularly in the independent production community and with streaming services. Join our discussion with filmmakers and creative leaders in this dynamic area, who are writing and producing stories that inspire and move audiences. We’ll also discuss industry resources and networks that provide support for SIE work, such as the SIE Society, a newly formed organization, which is serving as an all-media platform to connect and empower professionals in entertainment in order to harness the power of story for the greater social good, and to achieve measurable-impact as a result.

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

Moderators
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William Nix

executive producer The Prophet, This Is Ragtime: The Birth of American Music, Power, Return to Afghanistan and An Accidental Cuban; Firedancer; producer Gibran
William Nix is the Chairman/CEO of Creative Projects Group® and a Producer with extensive experience in the entertainment, media, sports, and intellectual property fields. He is also a Partner in the social and environmental impact investment firm, LOHAS Advisors and Capital. He... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aidan Dick

Aidan Dick

cowriter/codirector When Men Were Men
Aidan Dick is a non-binary independent filmmaker and writer. They wrote, co-directed, edited, shot, and starred in their feature debut, When Men Were Men, premiering at Austin Film Festival, which tackles issues of toxic masculinity in the trans community, Irish Catholic community... Read More →
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Izzi Rojas

cowriter/codirector When Men Were Men
Izzi Rojas is a non-binary director, actor, writer and activist. They believe in creating art that inspires change and serves marginalized communities that are underrepresented in film. They are uncompromisingly commited to breaking down barriers in-front and behind the camera for... Read More →
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Sam French

co-director With This Breath I Fly
An Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Sam spent five years living and working in Afghanistan, where he produced and directed documentaries for the UN, NGOs, aid organizations, and the media, including HBO, BBC, CNN, Channel 4 News and Al Jazeera. He wrote and directed the Academy Award nominated... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm CDT

From Web to TV: A Conversation with Linda Yvette Chávez
Once a DIY webseries, Gentefied is now a Netflix original with a second season on the way. Join the show's co-creator, Linda Yvette Chávez, in a conversation about the unique way Gentefied found distribution as a digital series and how the show tackles complex social issues while never sacrificing humor. 

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


Moderators
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Ya'Ke Smith

Associate Professor of Film/Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Moody College of Communication; Independent Filmmaker
Ya’Ke Smith, known for his unflinching and veracious style of storytelling, is a rising voice in independent cinema.His films have received world-wide acclaim, screening, and winning awards at over 100 film festivals. The Director’s Guild of America, the Student Academy Awards... Read More →

Speakers
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Linda Yvette Chávez

writer I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Flamin’ Hot; co-showrunner/co-creator, Gentefied
Linda Yvette Chávez is the co-creator, co-showrunner, and executive producer of Netflix’s hit series GENTEFIED. A TV series produced by America Ferrera and MACRO Studios, GENTEFIED's first season was nominated for three Imagen Foundation awards, including Best Comedy Series. While... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by International Screenwriters’ Association 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm CDT

Indie Film Track: The Writer/Director Relationship
The relationship between a writer and director is an important one because it is their teamwork and mutual goals that brings to life to the film's narrative. Come and learn about the roles of each member of the relationship and how to create an understanding of the script placement in the filmmaking process. See you there!

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

Moderators
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

author, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting
Jill Chamberlain is the founder of The Screenplay Workshop (www.thescreenplayworkshop.org) where she offers classes worldwide via Zoom. Her book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Screenwriting (University of Texas Press), is one of the highest rated screenwriting books on Amazon, out of over 3,000 books on the subject. It's considered the go-to manual many professionals swear by and is on the syllabus for film schools across the world including the acclaimed screenwriting... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gabe Martinez

Gabe Martinez

writer/co-director He's Dead & So Am I
Gabe Martinez is a Mexican American writer-director and creator of the strange web series, Blader High. An OC native, Martinez has developed and written on projects for Uber Content, Hello & Co., and more. He’s directed commercials, music videos, web series, and is the co-creator... Read More →
avatar for Gabriel Casdorph

Gabriel Casdorph

co-director He's Dead & So Am I
Gabriel Casdorph is an American actor known for Wind River, Mosaic, and Yellowstone. Originally from Cross Lanes, West Virginia, Casdorph has been a Utah transplant, working in front and behind the camera for over 15 years. He’s directed a number of shorts, commercials, and several... Read More →
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Jay Buim

cowriter/director Adventures in Success
Jay Buim is a filmmaker, writer, and photographer currently based in Toronto, Canada.Jay Buim has long been drawn to the underdog and the seemingly mundane, seeking the beauty in the everyday. As a filmmaker, he puts aesthetics at the service of authenticity, balancing craft and style... Read More →
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Susan Juvet

cowriter Adventures in Success
Susan Juvet is a Strategy Director, writer, and creative currently based in Toronto, Canada.Susan is a natural born leader with a love for creative forms and a drive for bringing visions to life. A writer, actor, and producer, Susan facilitates an atmosphere of collaboration, inspiration... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm CDT

Keeping Your Reader's Attention
Join this conversation on how scripts read when submitted to competitions, writing programs, representation, and studios. From scripts with great ideas but weak execution, to the reverse, panelists will discuss how to identify your strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and how to present your story in its best possible light.

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


Moderators
avatar for Bill True

Bill True

writer Runaway, Hope Springs, Crazy Evil Genius; Head of Dramatic Writing, Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre
Bill True's debut feature, Runaway, was hailed by critics as “Brilliant” and “Hitchcockian” as it premiered to universal accolades at top festivals, including Tribeca and Toronto. Bill also took top prize at the Austin Film Festival for his work on Runaway, which was subsequently... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jen Goyne Blake

Jen Goyne Blake

Founding Director, Episodic Lab at the Sundance Institute; Executive Producer, Diversity Hire, Ltd.
Before partnering with April Shih at DIVERSITY HIRE, Jen Goyne Blake was the Founding Director of the Episodic Lab at the Sundance Institute. For nearly 7 years, she headed the program dedicated to nurturing television writers from underrepresented communities. Blake shepherded over... Read More →
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Eric Williams

Founding Partner/Literary Manager, Zero Gravity Management
Eric began his career at Paradigm and then moved to Writers & Artists Agency as a Literary Agent. He transitioned to management in 2004, where he began growing the management division of Zero Gravity. What he began as a two-person shop has grown to over 35 employees, making Zero Gravity... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Edwards

Kelly Edwards

author The Executive Chair; writer Our Kind Of People
Kelly Edwards recently left her role as HBO's SVP, Talent Development, for a two-year, first-look writing deal with the premium network. Earlier this summer, she staffed on the new Fox drama Our Kind Of People and will be releasing a new book called The Executive Chair: A Writer’s... Read More →
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Rebecca Windsor

Head, Warner Bros. Television Workshop
Rebecca Windsor is the Head of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for artists looking to start or further their careers in television. As an extension of her role developing new talent, Rebecca helped launch Warner Bros. digital brand Stage13... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm CDT

Writing for Video Games: Breaking In & Staking Claim
The toughest part sometimes is simply breaking in. At the point of launching into a career of writing for games, how do you go about doing it? Consider the many types of narrative games players dive into and enjoy. Let's demystify that and provide a starting point for your new journey. How does a writer from industry X transition into the games industry? What advice can be offered by our panelists? The industry has a lot of avenues for entry, and we're excited to put some of them on display.

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

Moderators
avatar for Miles Luna

Miles Luna

Moderator
Miles Luna is a Mexican-American writer, director and voice actor from Austin, Texas. Best known for his work on the critically acclaimed animated series, RWBY, Red vs. Blue, and Camp Camp, Miles is also a student of game design and narrative with a passion for interactive story... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Donald  Harris

Donald Harris

Founder ATX Gamer Makers; Executive Producer FarBridge
Donald has been in the game industry for over a decade, working on some of his favorite game franchises like Titanfall and Battlefield. He loves creating games that take people out of their everyday lives and send them into a world of fantasy. When he’s not making games at FarBridge... Read More →
avatar for Frank Barbiere

Frank Barbiere

writer Ruined King: A League of Legends Story, Darksiders Genesis, Destiny 2: Warmind
A former English teacher, Frank is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Graduate School for Education.After breaking into the comics industry with the creator-owned hit Five Ghosts (Image Comics), Frank has since worked for every major publisher in the U.S., as well as having... Read More →
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Lucas Loredo

narrative designer/writer Weird West
Lucas Loredo is a writer and narrative designer for Weird West at WolfEye Studios. His prose has been featured in Best American Short Stories and Best American Travel Writing, and he holds a BFA and an MFA from Stanford University and the University of Texas respectively.


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
The Omni Hotel, Longhorn Room (3rd floor) 700 San Jacinto, E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm CDT

Austin Pitch #10
It’s the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition! This unique event allows contestants 90 seconds to pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges made up of producers, managers, and screenwriters in a constructive and friendly environment. Give your best pitch in 90 seconds and secure your spot in the finals at the Pitch Finale Party on Saturday night.

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Javier

Javier "Javi" Grillo-Marxuach

writer/producer Lost, The Dark Crystal, Cowboy Bebop; creator The Middleman
Though best known as one of the Emmy winning writer/producers of Lost (Outstanding Drama Series, 2005) and The Dark Crystal (Outstanding Children's Program, 2020), and for creating The Middleman graphic novel and TV series, Javier "Javi" Grillo-Marxuach is a prolific of TV, movies... Read More →
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Christian Bersani

Creative Executive, Josephson Entertainment
Christian Bersani is a Creative Executive with Josephson Entertainment in both Film & TV. Having joined the company in 2018, he continues to identify, develop, and produce projects for the scripted feature and series slates; his most recent work including projects set up with Sony... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry Conference Room 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm CDT

Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film & Television*
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for film and television. This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to screenwriters, directors, producers, executives, and studio reps in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.


ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 20 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 21 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 22 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 23 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

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


Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

Manager/Producer, Anonymous Content
Ryan Cunningham is a literary manager and producer at Anonymous Content. Ryan began his career in physical production as a PA on several films and TV shows shooting in New Orleans while he attended Tulane University. After graduating, Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he worked in the... Read More →
avatar for Zadoc Angell

Zadoc Angell

Co-President, Echo Lake Entertainment
Zadoc Angell has worked at Echo Lake for eight years, and is the Co-President of the management division. He began his career as a TV Literary Agent at Paradigm, becoming a manager when he teamed up with Dave Brown at Artist International. The pair brought their literary team to Echo... Read More →
avatar for Devon Greggory

Devon Greggory

showrunner/executive producer The Game; co-creator/showrunner American Soul; writer, Underground, CBS: Cyber, Being Mary Jane
Born the youngest of nine, in the heart of Dixie, Devon Greggory grew up escaping the harsh reality of the projects through film and television. Years later, this Alabama native would pack his bags and run away to pursue his dream of filmmaking. Homeless, hungry and living on the... Read More →
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Brandy Finmark

writer Chelsea, Crossing Swords, Crank Yankers
Brandy Finmark is a feature and TV comedy writer.In 2015, Brandy and her writing partner wrote a sketch for Comedy Central, The Glass Ceiling Board Game for Girls, which went viral. In 2016, she and her writing partner teamed up with Feigco and sold an original spec called Pros... Read More →
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Jeffrey Brown

producer Cowboys, Nothing Stays The Same, Through The Repellent Fence, Yallah! Underground, No No: A Dockumentary
Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning narrative features and feature documentaries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and N. America, playing festivals such as Sundance, IDFA, Tribeca, SXSW, Rotterdam, New York FF, Berlinale, Edinburgh, Durban, and being released on Netflix... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm CDT

Semifinalists and AFF Filmmaker Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film & Television*
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for film and television. 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.

Roundtables required advance sign-up through the Screenplay and Film Departments.

This roundtable is for Semifinalists and Above and Filmmakers screening at the 2021 Austin Film Festival. Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.



Speakers
avatar for Fran Kranz

Fran Kranz

writer/director Mass
FRAN KRANZ As a scene-stealing actor in film, television and theater for over two decades, Fran Kranz is now proving himself as a brilliant filmmaker on the rise.Kranz makes his directorial feature debut with the critically acclaimed film MASS starring Martha Plimpton, Jason Isaacs... Read More →
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Dailyn Rodriguez

co-showrunner/executive producer Queen of the South, Ugly Betty, Lie to Me, The Glades
Dailyn Rodriguez was born in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City to Cuban parents. Her high school drama teacher introduced her to the theater and encouraged her to write plays as a means to express herself and explore her unconventional upbringing. This led to Samuel... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Hayward

Chuck Hayward

writer Wandavision, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead, Dear White People, Flatbush Misdemeanors, Santa Inc.
Chuck Hayward is a renaissance man – in that he’s a man who’s stayed multiple times at Renaissance Hotels. But mostly he writes things. A lot. And sometimes he actually writes them well. And sometimes they’re even funny! Just ask his fellow writers on Netflix’s Dear White... Read More →
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Lucas Martell

co-creator Spies In Disguise, writer/director The OceanMaker
Lucas Martell is the creator of SPIES IN DISGUISE, the Fox/Blue Sky animated feature starring Will Smith and Tom Holland. The original short film PIGEON: IMPOSSIBLE as well as THE OCEANMAKER have been seen more than 20-million times online and screened at over 350 festivals in 63... Read More →
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Herschel Weingrod

writer Trading Places, Brewster's Millions, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, Space Jam; producer Falling Down
Herschel Weingrod is a graduate with Honors at the University of Wisconsin with a B.A in History and then attained an MFA from the London Film School. While in London, he was also employed as a film critic and reviewer at Time Out as well as The Monthly Film Bulletin, a publication... Read More →
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Todd Ireland

writer Sunny, Continuum
Todd Ireland is an Indigenous (Métis) screenwriter.He is currently the executive vice president of Enderby Entertainment Canada where he helps oversee development and production. He is a proud member of the Writers Guild of Canada Diversity and Inclusion Committee and serves on the... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall 301 E. 8th Street Street, Austin, TX 78701

3:00pm CDT

New Voices in Short Content - Austin Film Festival in Six Square
New Voices in Short Content
3 PM – 4:21 PM
See premiere short films from BIPOC creators!
4:21 PM – 4:41 PM
Filmmaker Q&A session

Cary in Retrograde
(USA, 28)
writers/wirectors: Priya Domfeh, Philipp Yaw
A tale about ALMOST never giving up, "Cary in Retrograde" follows a failed musician as he traverses a surrealist Los Angeles in hopes of a second chance.

HEARTLAND
(USA, 11)
writer/director: Jahmil Eady
A woman attempts to immortalize her dying grandfather using virtual reality technology, but her obsession with
documenting drives a wedge between them.

In the Darkness
(USA, 7)
writer/director: Meko Winbush
A man's life is disrupted when he begins to suffer from sleep paralysis.

Last Bodega in Brooklyn
(USA, 10)
writer: Mosiah Moonsammy
directors: Mosiah Moonsammy, Jared Glenn
An Afro-latino family in Brooklyn runs a local bodega in their neighborhood. A new organic store owner moves across the street with plans of expanding his empire and taking over the bodega. This Brooklynite Tribe must band together to save their business and community from being gentrified.

Metal
(USA, 20)
writer/director: Mischa Webley
A grieving grandfather takes up graffiti to overcome the loss of his grandson, a talented graffiti artist.

When the Sun Sets
(South Africa, 14)
writer/director: Phumi Morare
A young, black nurse living in 1985 apartheid South Africa must face her worst fears when she learns that her activist, younger brother may be in danger when he doesn't return after school.

Witchsters
(USA, 5)
writer/director: Charla Lauriston
A mockumentary that follows sister witches Michelle and Maya as they search for love in LA.

Saturday October 23, 2021 3:00pm - 4:41pm CDT
Vesper 3106 E 14th 1/2 St, Austin, TX 78702

3:15pm CDT

Buried: 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche
(USA, 100 MIN)

Writers/Directors: Jared Drake, Steven Siig

The story of an unprecedented avalanche that devastated a small mountain community and the forecaster responsible for predicting it.


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Hideout Theatre 617 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm CDT

Buried: 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche (Virtual Screening)
(USA, 100 MIN)

Writers/Directors: Jared Drake, Steven Siig

The story of an unprecedented avalanche that devastated a small mountain community and the forecaster responsible for predicting it.


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
EVENTIVE

3:30pm CDT

Disfluency
(USA, 95 MIN)

Writer/Director: Anna Baumgarten
Cast: Libe Barer, Ariela Barer, Chelsea Alden, Dylan Arnold, Travis Tope, Ricky Wayne

After failing her final college class, Jane returns home to her family's lake house, and comes to terms with the confusing trauma that derailed her senior year.

*In Attendance: Anna Elizabeth Baumgarten, Libe Barer (Lead Actor, Consulting Producer), Ariela Barer (Lead Actor), Chelsea Alden (Lead Actor), Molly Hagan (Supporting Actor), Ricky Wayne (Supporting Actor), Diana DeLaCruz (Supporting Actor), Kimiko Singer (Supporting Actor), Alex Rudolph (Executive Producer), Danny Mooney (Producers), Elaine Hastings Edell (Producer), Katie C'etta (Co-producer), Laura Holliday (Consulting Producer, Song Contributor), Bret Miller (Assistant Director), Kevin Birou (Editor), Nathan Alexander (Composer), Monica Geraffo (Costume Designer), Logan Dillon (HMU), Clarissa Baumgarten (Life Guard, Emergency Response), Ben Baumgarten (Vehicle Operator), and Dana Baumgarten (Body Double)*


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 5 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

3:30pm CDT

Disfluency (Virtual Screening)
(USA, 95 MIN)

Writer/director: Anna Baumgarten
Cast: Libe Barer, Ariela Barer, Chelsea Alden, Dylan Arnold, Travis Tope, Ricky Wayne

After failing her final college class, Jane returns home to her family's lake house, and comes to terms with the confusing trauma that derailed her senior year.


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
EVENTIVE

3:45pm CDT

A Conversation with Dave Callaham (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
From classic action flicks to video game adaptations to superhero films, Dave Callaham knows how to keep an audience begging for more. Join us for a one-on-one discussion with the writer as he discusses his career, navigating big budget blockbusters, and so much more!

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Callaham

Dave Callaham

writer Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Wonder Woman 1984, Zombieland 2, The Expendables; creator/showrunner Jean-Claude Van Johnson
Dave Callaham (co-writer) is a Chinese-American screenwriter who grew up in Northern California and moved to Los Angeles in 1999, where he worked as an assistant before selling his first script — a thriller — in 2002. Since then he has written across multiple genres, including... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:45pm - 5:00pm CDT
EVENTIVE

3:45pm CDT

Small Screen Scares (Prerecorded Virtual Panel)
Telling horror stories on television gives us plenty of time to live in a world filled with jumps, screams, and goosebumps. Join TV writers for a discussion on how to create a show that'll have your audience watching through their fingers.

Must have an AFF Producers or Virtual Badge for entry. 

Speakers
avatar for Nick Antosca

Nick Antosca

writer/showrunner Channel Zero, Brand New Cherry Flavor, The Act; writer/EP Antlers
Nick Antosca is the creator/showrunner, writer and executive producer of SYFY’s horror anthology series CHANNEL ZERO and co-creator/showrunner, writer and executive producer of Hulu’s Emmy-winning true crime limited series THE ACT and of Netflix’s horror/thriller series, BRAND... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:45pm - 5:00pm CDT
EVENTIVE

4:00pm CDT

Shorts Program 8: Against The Tide
Thank You, Come Again


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: Nirav Bhakta


After the trigger of a hate crime, an undocumented Indian American convenience store clerk comes crashing into his subconscious as he grieves the passing of his father during an attempted border crossing.



When The Sun Sets



(South Africa, 14 MIN)


Writer/Director: Phumi Morare


A young, black nurse living in 1985 apartheid South Africa must face her worst fears when she learns that her activist, younger brother may be in danger when he doesn't return after school.



Soldier Plant


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writers: Justin Locklear, Courtney Ware
Director: Courtney Ware


A WWI Soldier, stuck in the mud from the waist down, pleads with a Gardener to help dig him out of the ground. However, The Gardener believes him to be a Soldier Plant, who needs tending and care.



The Jungle


(USA, 10 MIN)


Writer/Director: Josh Jacobs


2003: while the U.S. bombs Iraq, a young man visits the Vietnam vet owner of a Los Angeles plant nursery, seeking answers.



Last Strike


(USA, 19 MIN)


Writer/Director: Zan Gillies



After being struck by lightning twelve times, a lost man tries to find out what the universe is trying to tell him.



The Chaperone


(USA, 16 MIN)


Director - Victoria DeMartin
Writer - Jon Comulada


An unexpected visitor causes a man to re-examine his life while slowly growing to accept his death.



The Electric Sign


(Italy, 15 MIN)


Writers: Daniele Nicolini, Simone Coacci
Director: Daniele Nicolini


In an effort to help his longtime best friend, a man will have to embark on a journey inside the mysteries of the mind, where reality merges with paranoia and hallucination.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:00pm - 5:56pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

Last Strike

Last Strike


(USA, 19 MIN)


Writer/Director: Zan Gillies



After being struck by lightning twelve times, a lost man tries to find out what the universe is trying to tell him.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:00pm - 5:56pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

Soldier Plant
Soldier Plant


(USA, 12 MIN)


Writers: Justin Locklear, Courtney Ware
Director: Courtney Ware


A WWI Soldier, stuck in the mud from the waist down, pleads with a Gardener to help dig him out of the ground. However, The Gardener believes him to be a Soldier Plant, who needs tending and care.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:00pm - 5:56pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

Thank You, Come Again
Thank You, Come Again


(USA, 11 MIN)


Writer/Director: Nirav Bhakta


After the trigger of a hate crime, an undocumented Indian American convenience store clerk comes crashing into his subconscious as he grieves the passing of his father during an attempted border crossing.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:00pm - 5:56pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

The Chaperone
The Chaperone


(USA, 16 MIN)

Director - Victoria DeMartin
Writer - Jon Comulada

An unexpected visitor causes a man to re-examine his life while slowly growing to accept his death.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:00pm - 5:56pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

The Electric Sign
The Electric Sign


(Italy, 15 MIN)


Writers: Daniele Nicolini, Simone Coacci
Director: Daniele Nicolini


In an effort to help his longtime best friend, a man will have to embark on a journey inside the mysteries of the mind, where reality merges with paranoia and hallucination.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:00pm - 5:56pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

The Jungle
The Jungle


(USA, 10 MIN)


Writer/Director: Josh Jacobs


2003: while the U.S. bombs Iraq, a young man visits the Vietnam vet owner of a Los Angeles plant nursery, seeking answers.

*In attendance : Jon Michael Simpson, Jeff McQuitty, Kasey Givens, and Chad Werner


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:00pm - 5:56pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

When the Sun Sets

When The Sun Sets


(South Africa, 14 MIN)


Writer/Director: Phumi Morare


A young, black nurse living in 1985 apartheid South Africa must face her worst fears when she learns that her activist, younger brother may be in danger when he doesn't return after school.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:00pm - 5:56pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church

4:00pm CDT

Last Strike (Virtual Screening)

Last Strike


(USA, 19 MIN)


Writer/Director: Zan Gillies



After being struck by lightning twelve times, a lost man tries to find out what the universe is trying to tell him.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:00pm - 5:56pm CDT
EVENTIVE

4:00pm CDT

When the Sun Sets (Virtual Screening)

When The Sun Sets


(South Africa, 14 MIN)


Writer/Director: Phumi Morare


A young, black nurse living in 1985 apartheid South Africa must face her worst fears when she learns that her activist, younger brother may be in danger when he doesn't return after school.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:00pm - 5:56pm CDT
EVENTIVE

4:15pm CDT

Addict Named Hal
(USA, 83MIN)

Writer/Director: Lane Michael Stanley
Cast: Natalie L'Amoreaux, Ray A. Roberts, II, Donato de Luca, Daniela Vidaurre

When Amy is sent unwillingly to a halfway house by her mom, she thinks she is different from everyone else - until Hal, a heroin addict returning to the house from jail, convinces her to give recovery a try. But Amy soon learns that her drinking won’t just disappear, and she may have a bigger problem than she thought. This film explores the everyday struggles, joys, and horrors of getting clean.

Sponsors


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:15pm - 5:58pm CDT
Rollins Theatre presented by Whataburger 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

4:15pm CDT

Shorts Program 17: Original Series 2

Cary in Retrograde



(USA, 28 MIN)


Writers/Directors: Priya Domfeh, Philipp Yaw


A tale about ALMOST never giving up, "Cary in Retrograde" follows a failed musician as he traverses a surrealist Los Angeles in hopes of a second chance.



BUDS


(USA, 24 MIN)


Writer/ Director: Annie C. Wright


A half-hour workplace comedy about a group of unlikely advocates who spend their days fielding the complaints of senior citizens in long-term care facilities.


Trapped


(Canada, 5 MIN)


Writer: David Bourgeois
Director: Mélanie Pilon


Thirsty for vengeance, Thomas sets a trap in the guise of an escape room for three former friends. Thinking they won a contest, the three friends enter the game and are forced to relive a traumatizing childhood experience.



Love, Guns & Level Ups


(Australia, 11 MIN)


Writers: Andrew Shanks, Nicholas Cleary, Daniel Vink
Directors: Andrew Shanks, Nicholas Cleary


When an international cosplayer and an introverted game developer connect online, they discover the challenges of a real-world relationship.



Flux


(USA, 30 MIN)


Writer: Alex DiBucci
Directors: Jacob Stern, Alex DiBucci


When a global pandemic causes Sara and Sam to move in together after only a few dates, they’re forced to get to know each other better and more intimately than they ever wanted to.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:15pm - 6:13pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

4:15pm CDT

BUDS
Buds


(USA, 24 MIN)


Writer/ Director: Annie C. Wright


A half-hour workplace comedy about a group of unlikely advocates who spend their days fielding the complaints of senior citizens in long-term care facilities.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:15pm - 6:13pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

4:15pm CDT

Cary in Retrograde
Cary in Retrograde


(USA, 28 MIN)


WriterS/Directors: Priya Domfeh, Philipp Yaw


A tale about ALMOST never giving up, "Cary in Retrograde" follows a failed musician as he traverses a surrealist Los Angeles in hopes of a second chance.

Saturday October 23, 2021 4:15pm - 6:13pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

4:15pm CDT

Flux
Flux


(USA, 30 MIN)


Writer: Alex DiBucci
Directors: Jacob Stern, Alex DiBucci



When a global pandemic causes Sara and Sam to move in together after only a few dates, they’re forced to get to know each other better and more intimately than they ever wanted to.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:15pm - 6:13pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

4:15pm CDT

Love, Guns & Level Ups
Love, Guns & Level Ups


(Australia, 11 MIN)


Writers: Andrew Shanks, Nicholas Cleary, Daniel Vink
Directors: Andrew Shanks, Nicholas Cleary


When an international cosplayer and an introverted game developer connect online, they discover the challenges of a real-world relationship.

Saturday October 23, 2021 4:15pm - 6:13pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

4:15pm CDT

Trapped
Trapped


(Canada, 5 MIN)


Writer: David Bourgeois
Director: Mélanie Pilon


Thirsty for vengeance, Thomas sets a trap in the guise of an escape room for three former friends. Thinking they won a contest, the three friends enter the game and are forced to relive a traumatizing childhood experience.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:15pm - 6:13pm CDT
Galaxy Highland - Screen 4 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

4:15pm CDT

BUDS (Virtual Screening)
Buds


(USA, 24 MIN)


Writer/ Director: Annie C. Wright


A half-hour workplace comedy about a group of unlikely advocates who spend their days fielding the complaints of senior citizens in long-term care facilities.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:15pm - 6:13pm CDT
EVENTIVE

4:15pm CDT

Cary in Retrograde (Virtual Screening)
Cary in Retrograde


(USA, 28 MIN)


WriterS/Directors: Priya Domfeh, Philipp Yaw


A tale about ALMOST never giving up, "Cary in Retrograde" follows a failed musician as he traverses a surrealist Los Angeles in hopes of a second chance.

Saturday October 23, 2021 4:15pm - 6:13pm CDT
EVENTIVE

4:15pm CDT

Flux (Virtual Screening)
Flux


(USA, 30 MIN)


Writer: Alex DiBucci
Directors: Jacob Stern, Alex DiBucci



When a global pandemic causes Sara and Sam to move in together after only a few dates, they’re forced to get to know each other better and more intimately than they ever wanted to.


Saturday October 23, 2021 4:15pm - 6:13pm CDT
EVENTIVE

4:15pm CDT