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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 forms of narrative media. Known as the prominent festival that champions screenwriters and media creators, the Festival also boasts over a dozen internationally acclaimed film and screenplay competitions, diverse youth education programs, and a sprawling calendar of year-round events.

Leveraging the vast amount of footage recorded at these events since its inception, Morgan created the festivals On Story Project in 2009, and serves as the project’s Executive Producer. A conglomerate of mainly digital resources, On Story includes a television show (available on PBS affiliated stations nationwide), radio show (distributed by PRI and NPR affiliated stations), podcast series, a three-part book series (published in partnership with UT press), and extensive public archive, making the Festival experience free and open to the public at large. She has received 2 Lone Star Emmy’s for On Story episodes, Breaking Bad: A Conversation with Vince Gilligan and for the Season 8 episode Script to Screen: Arrival in 2018.

Morgan is an independent film producer, whose films have included Natural Selection, Antone’s: Home of the Blues, Portrait of Wally, and Spring Eddy. She serves on a number of boards, including Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center, and The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. Morgan lives in Austin, Texas with her daughter, Hannah, and two dogs.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, October 21
 

1:00pm CDT

2:45pm CDT

 
Friday, October 22
 

9:00am CDT

10:45am CDT

1:30pm CDT

 
Saturday, October 23
 

9:00am CDT

10:45am CDT

4:45pm CDT

5:30pm CDT

9:30pm CDT

 

My Moderators Sessions

Thursday, October 21
 

1:00pm CDT

2:45pm CDT

 
Friday, October 22
 

9:00am CDT

10:45am CDT

1:30pm CDT

 
Saturday, October 23
 

9:00am CDT

10:45am CDT

4:45pm CDT

5:30pm CDT

9:30pm CDT