Featured Panelists

avatar for Roger Corman

Roger Corman

2018 Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award Recipient
avatar for Tony Gilroy

Tony Gilroy

2018 Distinguished Screenwriter Award Recipient
avatar for Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore

2018 Outstanding Television Writer Award Recipient


avatar for Zach Adelman

Zach Adelman

Professor, Department of Entomology - Texas A&M University
avatar for Laura Adkin

Laura Adkin

writer/director The Ride Home, The Goodnight Kiss
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

moderator; Professor, UCLA; Director, Hollins University Graduate...
avatar for Matthew Aldrich

Matthew Aldrich

co-writer Coco
avatar for Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick; editor The Simpsons
avatar for Clara Altimas

Clara Altimas

writer/director Christmas Green; writer/producer Jeremy and Margot...
avatar for Tom Alvarado

Tom Alvarado

writer Rooster Teeth Animation, Nickelodeon TV, Walt Disney Studios
avatar for John August

John August

co-host Scriptnotes; writer Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate...
avatar for Paul Bae

Paul Bae

executive producer/writer The Big Loop, The Black Tapes
avatar for Chris Bannon

Chris Bannon

Chief Content Officer, Stitcher/Earwolf
avatar for Sadie Bass

Sadie Bass

Supervising Producer, Great Big Story
avatar for Scott Beck

Scott Beck

writer/producer A Quiet Place ; writer/director Haunt, Nightlight
avatar for Drew Beebe

Drew Beebe

Senior Producer, Great Big Story
avatar for Stephen Belber

Stephen Belber

writer/director Management, Match; writer Tape, O.G.; co-writer The...
avatar for Richard Stephen Bell

Richard Stephen Bell

moderator; Executive Director, Cinema Ed; writer; actor
avatar for Zack Bernbaum

Zack Bernbaum

director/producer The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova
avatar for Greg Bernstein

Greg Bernstein

writer Official Secrets, The Conspirator, Trial and Error
avatar for Asmara Bhattacharya

Asmara Bhattacharya

creator Middle of Snowhere webseries; writer Stone; script reader
avatar for Ben Blacker

Ben Blacker

writer; producer/host The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator,...
avatar for Rita Blaik

Rita Blaik

Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute
avatar for Macon Blair

Macon Blair

Film Juror-Student Short
writer/director I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore; actor...
avatar for Mike Blizzard

Mike Blizzard

writer/director Also Starring Austin; producer No No: A Dockumentary
avatar for Jenna Bond

Jenna Bond

Manager of Outreach & Member Services, WGAE
avatar for Christopher Boone

Christopher Boone

moderator; writer/director Cents; contributor No Film School
avatar for Max Borenstein

Max Borenstein

creator The Terror (Season 2), Untitled Game of Thrones Spinoff,...
avatar for Adam Bowers

Adam Bowers

writer/director/producer/editor/actor New Low, Paperback
avatar for Kelly Jo Brick

Kelly Jo Brick

writer Pause, The Jewel in the Woods; contributing writer for Final...
avatar for Alisha Brophy

Alisha Brophy

co-writer License to Drive (2017), White Girl Problems, Swiped,...
avatar for Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

producer Punk in Africa, No No: A Dockumentary,Through The Repellent...
avatar for Wes Brown

Wes Brown

writer Preacher, The Son, Fear The Walking Dead
avatar for William Broyles

William Broyles

co-creator Six; writer Cast Away, Apollo 13, The Polar Express,...
avatar for Dave Buckman

Dave Buckman

The Second City, Boom Chicago, American Crime, Machete
avatar for Cylin Busby

Cylin Busby

writer Rebecca and Quinn Get Scared; author The Year We Disappeared,...
avatar for Dan Bush

Dan Bush

writer/director/Editor The Signal, The Reconstruction of William...
avatar for Wendy Calhoun

Wendy Calhoun

writer/producer Warner Bros TV, Station 19, Empire, Nashville,...
avatar for Kat Candler

Kat Candler

writer/director/producer Hellion, Queen Sugar; director 13 Reasons...
avatar for Angela Cheng Caplan

Angela Cheng Caplan

Cheng Caplan Company
avatar for Bridget Carpenter

Bridget Carpenter

creator/showrunner 11.22.63; writer/co-executive producer Friday...
avatar for Sandrine Cassidy

Sandrine Cassidy

Senior Director Talent Development, Festivals & Distribution – USC...
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

author The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful...
avatar for Leon Chambers

Leon Chambers

director/producer Above the Clouds
avatar for Leon Cheo

Leon Cheo

writer/director, SIN-SFO, creator People Like Us webseries
avatar for Albert Chi

Albert Chi

director The Amaranth
avatar for Peter Chiarelli

Peter Chiarelli

writer Crazy Rich Asians
avatar for James Choi

James Choi

producer Made In China, Joint Body, Banana Season, Saint Frances;...
avatar for Andrea Ciannavei

Andrea Ciannavei

writer Mayans MC, The Path, American Odyssey, Copper, Borgia
avatar for Tripper Clancy

Tripper Clancy

writer Stuber, Four Facing the Bank
avatar for Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark

Partner, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman
avatar for Peter Clowney

Peter Clowney

Executive Editor, Midroll Media
avatar for Glenn Cockburn

Glenn Cockburn

President/Founder, Meridian Artists
avatar for Chris Coggins

Chris Coggins

manager Heroes and Villains
avatar for Mary Coleman

Mary Coleman

Film Juror-Animated Short
Head of Creative Development, Pixar
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

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

Brady Corbet

writer/director Vox Lux
avatar for Peter Craig

Peter Craig

writer The Town, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts I & II, 12 Strong,...
avatar for Jeffrey Cranor

Jeffrey Cranor

writer/creator Welcome to Night Vale, Within the Wires
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

Literary Manager, Madhouse Entertainment; producer Slender Man (2018)
avatar for Greg Curtis

Greg Curtis

avatar for Melissa Dalley

Melissa Dalley

director Goodbye Sirena; writer/director/producer Zebras
avatar for Luis Dantas

Luis Dantas

writer/director If God Comes Let Him Bring A Gun; The Performance;...
avatar for Charmaine DeGraté

Charmaine DeGraté

writer/producer The 100, Netflix’s Chambers (2019)
avatar for Francesca Delbanco

Francesca Delbanco

co-creator Friends From College
avatar for John DeLore

John DeLore

Senior Production Manager, Sticher
avatar for Nathan Deming

Nathan Deming

writer/director Speaking in Tongues
avatar for Etta Devine

Etta Devine

writer/director Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse; writer Don’t Be...
avatar for Gabriel Diani

Gabriel Diani

writer/director Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse; writer Don’t Be...
avatar for Lindsay  Doran

Lindsay Doran

producer Stranger Than Fiction, Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee,...
avatar for Jonathan Duffy

Jonathan Duffy

producer The Long Dumb Road, Sorry To Bother You, Hellion, A Bad Idea...
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

President, Enderby Entertainment; producer Intrigo Anthology, An...
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

Director of Script Competitions, Austin Film Festival
avatar for Lisa Ebersole

Lisa Ebersole

writer/director/producer/star 37 Problems (digital series);...
avatar for Owen Egerton

Owen Egerton

writer/director Blood Fest, Follow
avatar for Hope Farley

Hope Farley

Executive Producer/Co-Founder, Adolescent Content
avatar for Kate Fenske

Kate Fenske

Senior Vice President, Universal Cable Productions
avatar for AJ Feuerman

AJ Feuerman

Publicist/Social Media Strategist, @ajfeuerman Communications
avatar for Hannah Fidell

Hannah Fidell

co-writer/director The Long Dumb Road
avatar for Sean Flanagan

Sean Flanagan

Head of Distribution and Aggregation, Visual Data Media Services;...
avatar for Alison Flierl

Alison Flierl

writer BoJack Horseman, School of Rock (television series);...
avatar for Stephany Folsom

Stephany Folsom

Film Juror-Animated Short
writer Toy Story 4 (2019)
avatar for Michael Fry

Michael Fry

writer/co-creator Over The Hedge; writer/illustrator The Odd Squad...
avatar for Jason Fuchs

Jason Fuchs

co-writer Wonder Woman, Ice Age: Continental Drift; writer I Still...
avatar for Colby Gaines

Colby Gaines

co-creator Pawn Stars
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University
avatar for Julie Getz

Julie Getz

director/producer Care to Laugh; Director of Development TV/ Film/...
avatar for Darrien Michele Gipson

Darrien Michele Gipson

Executive Director, SAGindie
avatar for Harrison Glaser

Harrison Glaser

moderator; AFF Film Competition Director
avatar for Julia Glausi

Julia Glausi

Film Juror-Student Short
Junior Development & Production Executive, Endgame Entertainment;...
avatar for Carrye Glazar

Carrye Glazar

Head of Original Content/Producer/Partner, Mighty Coconut
avatar for Matt Goldich

Matt Goldich

writer Late Night with Seth Meyers; co-host Sorry I’ve Been So Busy...
avatar for Lindy Goldstein

Lindy Goldstein

producer The Nutcracker and The Four Realms
avatar for Daniela Gonzalez

Daniela Gonzalez

Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion
avatar for Christy Gressman

Christy Gressman

Partner/Executive Producer, Night Vale Presents; producer The...
avatar for Michael Grillo

Michael Grillo

executive producer of Avengers 4, Avengers: Infinity War, Antman,...
avatar for Jen Gunnels

Jen Gunnels

Editor, Tor Books; co-founder Tor Labs
avatar for Ryan P. Hall

Ryan P. Hall

Head of Development, Rooster Teeth; Executive Producer Blood Fest,...
avatar for Erin Hallagan

Erin Hallagan

Founder/Artistic Director, Story Bar; former AFF Creative Director
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

Film Juror-Student Short
co-writer/director ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Junk, In Her...
avatar for Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister

moderator; host/head writer PRI's Live Wire Radio 2003-2015;...
avatar for Paavo Hanninen

Paavo Hanninen

writer/director, Tourist
avatar for Brian Hanson

Brian Hanson

co-writer/director, The Black String
avatar for George Hardy

George Hardy

actor Texas Cotton, Troll 2
avatar for Stuart Harmon

Stuart Harmon

director/producer OZY, VICE, NYT, A&E
avatar for James V. Hart

James V. Hart

writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting,...
avatar for Alana Hauser

Alana Hauser

Manager, Catalyst & Women at Sundance
avatar for Phil Hay

Phil Hay

writer/producer The Invitation, Destroyer; writer Crazy/Beautiful,...
avatar for Pat Hazell

Pat Hazell

Chief Creative Officer, Sweetwood Creative; former writer Seinfeld;...
avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

writer/director A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, It's Not About the Nail, At...
avatar for Peter Hedges

Peter Hedges

writer/director Ben Is Back
avatar for Elise Henderson

Elise Henderson

Senior Vice President of Development, Universal Cable Productions
avatar for Felicia D. Henderson

Felicia D. Henderson

writer/executive producer Empire, Marvel's The Punisher, The Quad,...
avatar for Aaron Hilliard

Aaron Hilliard

writer HBO's Life and Times of Tim, Amazon's BETAS, Producer of...
avatar for Jason Hoch

Jason Hoch

Executive Producer/Creator, HowStuffWorks Podcasts
avatar for Christina Hodson

Christina Hodson

writer Transformers: Bumblebee (2018); Birds of Prey (2020)
avatar for Nicole Holofcener

Nicole Holofcener

writer/director Land of Steady Habits, Enough Said, Please Give,...
avatar for Julie Howe

Julie Howe

writer/executive producer Cupid's Proxy, The Adventures of Catty...
avatar for Anna Maria Hozian

Anna Maria Hozian

writer/director Other People’s Children; writer Anchor Baby and...
avatar for David Iserson

David Iserson

writer/producer The Spy Who Dumped Me, Mad Men, New Girl, Mr. Robot
avatar for Rick Jaffa

Rick Jaffa

writer/producer The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Rise of the Planet of...
avatar for Rochée Jeffrey

Rochée Jeffrey

writer/director Mr. Talented; writer SMILF, Step Up
avatar for Brett-Patrick Jenkins

Brett-Patrick Jenkins

Head of Development/Executive Producer, Propagate Content; Lore,...
avatar for Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

writer Tyrant, The Long Road Home, Messiah & Nightflyers
avatar for Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Senior Story and Creative Artist, Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Janine Jones-Clark

Janine Jones-Clark

Senior Vice President Global Talent Development & Inclusion Universal...
avatar for Barry Josephson

Barry Josephson

Josephson Entertainment; Film - producer Enchanted, Dirty Grandpa,...
avatar for Nanci Katz

Nanci Katz

writer Rebecca and Quinn Get Scared
avatar for Matthew Kellard

Matthew Kellard

writer Night School, Real Husbands of Hollywood, The Inspectors, The...
avatar for Charles Kim

Charles Kim

writer Heroes, Ben 10; comic book writer
avatar for Stephen Kinigopoulos

Stephen Kinigopoulos

director/writer/editor Fishbowl
avatar for Sarah Kolb

Sarah Kolb

producer Major Arcana; co-producer Little Woods
avatar for Adam Kolbrenner

Adam Kolbrenner

producer Prisoners, Deadfall; Literary Manager, Madhouse Entertainment
avatar for Greg Kwedar

Greg Kwedar

co-Writer/director Transpecos
avatar for Jarrett Lambo

Jarrett Lambo

showrunner/executive producer National Geographic, Discovery, 60 Days...
avatar for Jacquelyn Landgraf

Jacquelyn Landgraf

creator/writer/co-director/star It Makes A Sound on Night Vale...
avatar for Angela C. Lee

Angela C. Lee

Artist Development Manager, Film Independent
avatar for Jean Lee

Jean Lee

writer/director Original Sin; creator Strong (2019); director Killer...
avatar for Jayme Lemons

Jayme Lemons

executive producer The Tale; producer Enlightened, Antiquities, Shine...
avatar for Ali LeRoi

Ali LeRoi

writer/director/producer Everybody Hates Chris, Survivor's Remorse,...
avatar for Samantha Levine

Samantha Levine

Austin Film Festival
Marketing Director, Austin Film Festival
avatar for Erin Levy

Erin Levy

Co-Executive Producer of Counterpart Seasons One and Two, and writer...
avatar for Gabbi Lindgren

Gabbi Lindgren

moderator, Director of AFF Fiction Podcast Script Competition
avatar for Aaron Lipsett

Aaron Lipsett

Manager Heroes and Villains
avatar for Christopher Littler

Christopher Littler

writer/composer/director 36 Questions (podcast musical),...
avatar for Andrew Logan

Andrew Logan

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick
avatar for Jeff Lowell

Jeff Lowell

writer/producer John Tucker Must Die, Sports Night, Two & A Half Men,...
avatar for Ann Lupo

Ann Lupo

writer/director/producer/editor In Reality
avatar for Patrick Macmanus

Patrick Macmanus

showrunner/executive producer SYFY’s HAPPY!
avatar for Rachel Madorsky

Rachel Madorsky

Second City Theatricals, Ultimate Guide To Flight, The Bank Manager,...
avatar for Keith Maitland

Keith Maitland

director/producer TOWER, A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story
avatar for Marc Manus

Marc Manus

Manager/Producer, Zero Gravity Management
avatar for Jenny Marchick

Jenny Marchick

Senior Vice President of Creative, Sony Pictures Animation
avatar for Justin Marks

Justin Marks

writer The Jungle Book (2016), creator/executive producer Counterpart
avatar for Christopher Markus

Christopher Markus

writer Avengers 4, Avengers: Infinity War, the Captain America...
avatar for Lucas Martell

Lucas Martell

writer/director Pigeon: Impossible, The OceanMaker
avatar for Guillermo Martinez

Guillermo Martinez

head of story The Mitchells vs. The Machines; storyboard artist The...
avatar for Chris Mass

Chris Mass

writer/producer Chalk, Bobbie Sue, Free Birds
avatar for Jono Matt

Jono Matt

co-writer Captain Planet
avatar for Peter Mattei

Peter Mattei

creator/showrunner Outsiders; novelist, playwright, director
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

co-host Scriptnotes; writer Chernobyl, Identity Thief, The Hangover...
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

The Blondes AMC/Shudder, Fifty Universal TV, Something in the Water...
avatar for Stephen McFeely

Stephen McFeely

writer Avengers 4, Avengers: Infinity War, the Captain America...
avatar for John Merriman

John Merriman

avatar for Scott Miles

Scott Miles

co-writer License to Drive (2017), White Girl Problems, Swiped,...
avatar for Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

creator/executive producer CW’s The Secret Circle; co-executive...
avatar for Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

Film Juror-Narrative Feature
writer Thor, X-MEN: First Class, Big Trouble in Little China;...
avatar for Troy Anthony Miller

Troy Anthony Miller

Two-time AFF Screenplay award winner (The Hitch, The Olympian);...
avatar for Richard Miron

Richard Miron

director/producer/editor For the Birds
avatar for Raamla Mohamed

Raamla Mohamed

writer/supervising producer Scandal
avatar for Emily Mollenkopf

Emily Mollenkopf

Development Executive, Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Scott Moore

Scott Moore

writer/director Bad Moms, writer The Hangover
avatar for Buzz Moran

Buzz Moran

sound designer The Intergalactic Nemesis; music editor Before Midnight
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival
avatar for Tess Morris

Tess Morris

writer Man Up, Casual
avatar for Grace Moss

Grace Moss

Director of Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment
avatar for Scott Myers

Scott Myers

writer K-9, Alaska, Trojan War; Assistant Professor, DePaul...
avatar for Garineh Nazarian

Garineh Nazarian

Festival/Non-Theatrical Coordinator, FilmRise
avatar for Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander

writer/director/producer The Intergalactic Nemesis; writer/director...
avatar for Lauren Neustadter

Lauren Neustadter

Head of Film & Television, Hello Sunshine
avatar for Scott Neustadter

Scott Neustadter

writer The Disaster Artist, (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular...
avatar for Elizabeth V. Newman

Elizabeth V. Newman

director (stage) A Delicate Ship, Any Night, Mocha, Body of Work;...
avatar for Bryce Norbitz

Bryce Norbitz

Manager, Artist Programs at Tribeca Film Institute
avatar for Jason Noto

Jason Noto

writer Beyond the Night
avatar for Gary Novak

Gary Novak

writer Scott’s Dead; writer/director Sweet 16; director Angels with...
avatar for Susan O'Connor

Susan O'Connor

Story Consultant, Netflix; Lead Writer, Torn (PlayStation VR); Story...
avatar for Kayla Olson

Kayla Olson

author The Sandcastle Empire, This Splintered Silence
avatar for Emre Ozprincci

Emre Ozprincci

writer The Protector
avatar for George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos

novelist; writer/producer The Wire, The Deuce, Treme, The Pacific
avatar for Nicole Perlman

Nicole Perlman

writer Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel (2019), Detective...

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