Featured Speakers

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Dede Gardner

2022 Recipient of the Polly Platt Award for Producing
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Stephen Merchant

2022 Recipient of the Outstanding Television Writer Award
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Nikyatu Jusu

2022 Recipient of the New Voice Award
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James Gray

2022 Recipient of the Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting
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Darren Aronofsky

2022 Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award Recipient


avatar for Nadia Abass-Madden

Nadia Abass-Madden

Former 911 Dispatcher; writer/executive story editor 9-1-1
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Sean Addo

writer/director Rooted
avatar for John Ainslie

John Ainslie

writer/director Do Not Disturb
avatar for Megan Alderson

Megan Alderson

Creative Development Executive, Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Ann Marie Allison

Ann Marie Allison

writer/executive producer Golden Arm
avatar for Dustin Alpern

Dustin Alpern

Manager, Meridian Artists
avatar for Paul Alvarado-Dykstra

Paul Alvarado-Dykstra

writer/producer/moderator; Co-founder Fantastic Fest
avatar for Nick Antosca

Nick Antosca

Showrunner A Friend of the Family; Executive Producer Candy
avatar for Nick Arnstein

Nick Arnstein

Manager, Echo Lake
avatar for Lindsay Ashley

Lindsay Ashley

AFF Moderator; Deputy Director, Texas Film Commission
avatar for John August

John August

Co-host Scriptnotes; Writer Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate...
avatar for Kelsey Balance

Kelsey Balance

Senior Vice President of Scripted Programming, Universal...
avatar for Philip Balli

Philip Balli

writer/narrative designer Arto, Writers' Assistant Fargo, Project...
avatar for Ricardo Bare

Ricardo Bare

Creative Director at Arkane Studios. Games: Dishonored, Prey, Redfall.
avatar for Casey Baron

Casey Baron

AFF Moderator
avatar for Pete Barry

Pete Barry

Writer Marian; co-creator/writer Mission: Rejected
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Kimmer Baughman

Creative Development, Walt Disney Feature Animation
avatar for Stephen Belyeu

Stephen Belyeu

AFF Moderator
avatar for Alec Berg

Alec Berg

writer/director/producer Barry, Silicon Valley, Curb Your Enthusiasm
avatar for Nicole Bernardi-Reis

Nicole Bernardi-Reis

Co-Director, With This Light
avatar for Marc Bernardin

Marc Bernardin

Writer/Producer Star Trek: Picard, Carnival Row, Castle Rock,...
avatar for Déjà Cresencia Bernhardt

Déjà Cresencia Bernhardt

writer/director Last Hawaiian Sugar
avatar for Christian Bersani

Christian Bersani

Vice President of Film & TV, Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Mark Bianculli

Mark Bianculli

writer/co-creator Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector; Writer...
avatar for Shane Black

Shane Black

writer/director The Predator, The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss...
avatar for Jenna Bond

Jenna Bond

Television Writer Run the World; Former WGA East Representative
avatar for Zane Borg

Zane Borg

writer/director, The Library Boys
avatar for Angela Bourassa

Angela Bourassa

Writer If You Were the Last, Turn Me On
avatar for David Boxerbaum

David Boxerbaum

Partner, Verve Talent & Literary Agency
avatar for Justin Boyd

Justin Boyd

Writer/Producer Fear the Walking Dead, Sweet Tooth, Reprisal, Channel...
avatar for VJ Boyd

VJ Boyd

writer/producer Justified: City Primeval, S.W.A.T., and Justified
avatar for Elegance Bratton

Elegance Bratton

writer/director The Inspection
avatar for Jan Broberg

Jan Broberg

Producer A Friend of the Family; Founder The Jan Broberg Foundation
avatar for Craig Brody

Craig Brody

principal/manager, Map Point Management
avatar for Alisha Brophy

Alisha Brophy

Co-writer Inside Job, License to Drive, United States of Fuckin'...
avatar for Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown

Writer S.W.A.T.
avatar for Dave Buckman

Dave Buckman

Host, 2022 Awards Luncheon; The Second City, Boom Chicago, American...
avatar for Constance Burge

Constance Burge

Creator/Writer/Producer Savannah (1996), Charmed (1998), Charmed...
avatar for Agustine Calderon

Agustine Calderon

Vice President of Features, 3pas Studios; Producer Tetris, Mysteries...
avatar for Sylvia Caminer

Sylvia Caminer

Director, Follow Her
avatar for Cam Cannon

Cam Cannon

writer/producer Zero Contact; writer/executive producer USS...
avatar for Vivian Cannon

Vivian Cannon

Executive Vice President of Drama Development, Universal Television
avatar for Nkechi Okoro Carroll

Nkechi Okoro Carroll

Showrunner All American, showrunner/creator All American: Homecoming,...
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

Author The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful...
avatar for Alex Chew

Alex Chew

Writer The Unborn, Little Blessing
avatar for Tripper Clancy

Tripper Clancy

Writer Stuber, I Am Not Okay With This, Die Hart
avatar for Glenn Cockburn

Glenn Cockburn

founder/president, Meridian Artists
avatar for Bill Collage

Bill Collage

Screenwriter Ransom, New York Minute, Accepted, Tower Heist, Exodus,...
avatar for Sean Collins-Smith

Sean Collins-Smith

Staff writer/story editor Chicago PD; Staff Writer Field of Dreams TV...
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

writer/co-producer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena; Co-writer Patriots...
avatar for Kara Lee Corthron

Kara Lee Corthron

Writer/Supervising producer You; writer/co-executive producer...
avatar for Saeed Crumpler

Saeed Crumpler

writer Flatbush Misdemeanors
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

manager/producer, Anonymous Content
avatar for Riley Cusick

Riley Cusick

writer/director, The Wild Man
avatar for Colby Day

Colby Day

Writer/Director Lead/Follow
avatar for J. Michael DeAngelis

J. Michael DeAngelis

co-creator/writer Mission: Rejected
avatar for Charmaine DeGraté

Charmaine DeGraté

executive producer/writer
avatar for Jonathan Dekel

Jonathan Dekel

director/co-writer, Checkout
avatar for Beau DeMayo

Beau DeMayo

Executive Producer X-Men ’97; Writer Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,...
avatar for Safia M. Dirie

Safia M. Dirie

Co-Executive Producer CSI: Vegas, Super Pumped, Power
avatar for Jim Donnelly

Jim Donnelly

Executive Vice President of Comedy Development, Universal Television
avatar for John Dowgin

John Dowgin

co-creator/writer Mission: Rejected
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

President Enderby Entertainment; Producer The Intrigo Anthology,...
avatar for Jeremiah Dunlap

Jeremiah Dunlap

co-writer/director Mt. Mystic Rangers
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

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

Kelly Edwards

Author The Executive Chair; Writer Our Kind Of People; Recovering...
avatar for Shane Elrod

Shane Elrod

EVP of Development for Film & Television, Cedar Park Studios
avatar for Hanadi Elyan

Hanadi Elyan

writer/director, Salma’s Home
avatar for Rebecca Ewing

Rebecca Ewing

Co-writer Love Hard; Feature Literary Agent, United Talent Agency,...
avatar for John Fecile

John Fecile

Producer, Snap Judgment
avatar for Chris Fedak

Chris Fedak

Writer Chuck, Prodigal Son, Ambulance
avatar for Alex Ferrari

Alex Ferrari

Host Indie Film Hustle; Bulletproof Screenwriting
avatar for Shana Feste

Shana Feste

Writer/Director Run Sweetheart Run, Dirty Diana
avatar for Liz Fields

Liz Fields

writer/producer Savages, Vampire Facial
avatar for Lang Fisher

Lang Fisher

co-creator/showrunner/writer Never Have I Ever
avatar for Micah Fitzerman-Blue

Micah Fitzerman-Blue

writer/executive producer A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,...
avatar for Kelsi Fleming

Kelsi Fleming

Director of Development, Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Mike Flynn

Mike Flynn

co-creator/executive producer East New York; writer/producer Big Sky,...
avatar for Zack Ford

Zack Ford

Writer Watcher, Scar 3D
avatar for Joe Forte

Joe Forte

Writer Firewall; Director The Man Who Saved Ben-Hur
avatar for Gabriel Foster

Gabriel Foster

director/co-writer, The Bystanders
avatar for Michael Fry

Michael Fry

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

Greg Garrett

Moderator; Author; Professor, Baylor University
avatar for Lovinder Gill

Lovinder Gill

AFF Moderator
avatar for Harrison Glaser

Harrison Glaser

Moderator; Former Film Competitions Director, Austin Film Festival
avatar for Carrye Glazar

Carrye Glazar

Executive Producer ACCTV, Kings of Atlantis; Co-producer Game Change
avatar for Julia van de Graaff

Julia van de Graaff

writer/actor Under Water
avatar for Mike Greaney

Mike Greaney

writer/director The Future of Everything
avatar for Ryan P. Hall

Ryan P. Hall

Moderator; President of YMH Studios
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

Writer Darious the Great Is Not Okay; writer/showrunner Tether,...
avatar for Liz Hannah

Liz Hannah

showrunner/writer/director The Girl From Plainville; writer/executive...
avatar for Tate Hanyok

Tate Hanyok

writer/executive producer Sex APPeal; co-writer/executive producer...
avatar for Noah Harpster

Noah Harpster

writer/executive producer A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,...
avatar for James V. Hart

James V. Hart

Creator TheHartChart Story Mapping Tools, Hook, Bram Stoker's...
avatar for Phil Hay

Phil Hay

creator/executive producer The Mysterious Benedict Society;...
avatar for Chuck Hayward

Chuck Hayward

Writer Ted Lasso, Flatbush Misdemeanors, Wandavision
avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

Writer Lightyear, Onward; writer/director A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
avatar for Piper Hendricks

Piper Hendricks

Founder/Executive Director p.h. balanced films; co-creator Reel Women...
avatar for Dan Hernandez

Dan Hernandez

Co-writer Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Addams Family 2; Co-Showrunner...
avatar for Holly Hester

Holly Hester

Writer The Royal Treatment, Love. Sit. Stay., For Better or Wurst,...
avatar for Christina Hodson

Christina Hodson

Writer Bumblebee, Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, The Flash, Batgirl
avatar for Abby Horton

Abby Horton

co-writer/co-director Blow Up My Life
avatar for Brenda Hsueh

Brenda Hsueh

Writer Elemental, Untitled Animated Ghostbusters Project (2025), The...
avatar for Emily Hughes

Emily Hughes

Manager of Development, Rooster Teeth Studios
avatar for Samuel D. Hunter

Samuel D. Hunter

Writer The Whale
avatar for Todd Ireland

Todd Ireland

Writer Circuit Breakers, Sunny, Continuum, Reboot: The Guardian Code
avatar for Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson

co-founder/managing partner, Get Lifted Film Co.
avatar for Phil Augusta Jackson

Phil Augusta Jackson

creator/showrunner/writer Grand Crew
avatar for Jordana Lewis Jaffe

Jordana Lewis Jaffe

Co-Executive Producer CSI: Vegas, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Defenders,...
avatar for Elgin James

Elgin James

co-creator/showrunner Mayans M.C.; co-creator The Outlaws
avatar for Henry Jones

Henry Jones

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

Mike Jones

Writer Soul, Luca; Senior Story and Creative Artist, Pixar Animation...
avatar for Michael Jones-Morales

Michael Jones-Morales

writer/producer Punisher, S.W.A.T., Promised Land
avatar for David K. Kessler

David K. Kessler

writer/producer Minamata; Writer Adidas V Puma
avatar for Paige Klaniecki

Paige Klaniecki

Co-writer Mission: Rejected
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Terri Kopp

Executive Producer Power Book IV: Force, BMF; Co-Executive Producer...
avatar for Jacob Krueger

Jacob Krueger

Writer The Matthew Shepard Story; WGA Paul Selvin Award Winner
avatar for Meg LeFauve

Meg LeFauve

Writer My Father's Dragon, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur; Co-writer...
avatar for Alex Lerner

Alex Lerner

Literary Manager, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment
avatar for Adam Levine

Adam Levine

Founding Partner, Verve Talent & Literary Agency
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Samantha Levine

AFF Moderator
avatar for Niceole Levy

Niceole Levy

writer/producer; Author The Writers' Room Survival Guide
avatar for Jeffrey Lieber

Jeffrey Lieber

writer/showrunner Lost, Miami Medical, AIsha, NCIS New Orleans
avatar for Janene Lin

Janene Lin

Writer How We Roll "Season One"; 2021 Paramount Writers Mentorship...
avatar for Weiko Lin

Weiko Lin

Author Crazy Screenwriting Secrets: How to Capture a Global Audience;...
avatar for Dominic Lopez

Dominic Lopez

co-writer/director Little Jar
avatar for Emil Lozada

Emil Lozada

Director, Grey Horse
avatar for Jason Lubin

Jason Lubin

Literary Manager, First Story Entertainment
avatar for Liz Manashil

Liz Manashil

AFF Moderator
avatar for Hannah Mason

Hannah Mason

Young Filmmakers Program Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
avatar for Isabella Mastrodicasa

Isabella Mastrodicasa

manager/producer/founder, Never Settle Media
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

Co-host Scriptnotes; Writer The Last of Us, Chernobyl, The Hangover:...
avatar for Johnny McAllister

Johnny McAllister

AFF Moderator
avatar for Adesuwa McCalla

Adesuwa McCalla

Founder MetaMorphic Entertainment
avatar for Deirdre McCarrick

Deirdre McCarrick

Owner/Publisher, MovieMaker Magazine
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

The Honey Girls /Sony/Foundation Media (released Oct 2021), The...
avatar for Faith McQuinn

Faith McQuinn

founder/writer/director, Observer Pictures
avatar for John Merriman

John Merriman

AFF Moderator; Actor Mustang Island, I've Got Issues
avatar for Paul Merryman

Paul Merryman

Producer The Outpost
avatar for Scott Miles

Scott Miles

Co-writer Inside Job, License to Drive, United States of Fuckin'...
avatar for Ashley Edward Miller

Ashley Edward Miller

creator/executive producer DOTA: Dragon’s Blood; Writer X-Men:...
avatar for Jenna Milly

Jenna Milly

writer/executive producer Golden Arm; Editor-in-Chief Screenwriting...
avatar for Tim Molloy

Tim Molloy

Editor-in-Chief/Owner, MovieMaker Magazine
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
avatar for Jackson Musker

Jackson Musker

Writer The Sea in the Sky; Producer The Dinner Party Download, Not...
avatar for Scott Myers

Scott Myers

Host GoIntoTheStory.com; Screenwriter K-9; Author The Protagonist's...
avatar for Evan Narcisse

Evan Narcisse

Writer Rise of the Black Panther, Marvel's Black Panther: Wakanda...
avatar for Jamie Nash

Jamie Nash

Writer Exists, V/H/S/2, The Night Watchmen, Altered, Lovely Molly,...
avatar for Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander

writer/director The Intergalactic Nemesis, Buttercup, Hit & Run,...
avatar for Edward Neumeier

Edward Neumeier

Writer RoboCop, Starship Troopers
avatar for William Nix

William Nix

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

Susan O'Connor

Lead Writer Star Wars 1313, Far Cry 2; Writer Crystal Dynamics' Tomb...
avatar for Hans Obma

Hans Obma

creator/actor/writer, A Question of Service
avatar for Chinwe Okorie

Chinwe Okorie

writer/director, Elephant!
avatar for Jenn Page

Jenn Page

director/producer Heat On Fire Productions; Career Mentor, The...
avatar for CK Pahlow

CK Pahlow

Co-writer Time Management
avatar for Nicole Perlman

Nicole Perlman

Co-writer Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, Detective Pikachu
avatar for Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Partner, Enderby Entertainment; Writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big...
avatar for Hussain Pirani

Hussain Pirani

Writer FBI: International, "Season 1, Season 2"; 2021 NBC Writer on...
avatar for Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley

writer/director Women Talking
avatar for Ashley Poprik

Ashley Poprik

Marvel's Spider-Man 2, Lead Writer of Marvel Mayhem, Clue: Disney...
avatar for Larry Postel

Larry Postel

Writer The Main Event, 5000 Blankets, Flip Turn, The High Holiday
avatar for Kemp Powers

Kemp Powers

co-writer/co-director Soul; Writer One Night in Miami; Writer Star...
avatar for Kathryn Prescott

Kathryn Prescott

Director Gina
avatar for Chris Provenzano

Chris Provenzano

Executive Producer Justified: City Primeval; co-executive...
avatar for Vanessa Ramos

Vanessa Ramos

creator/showrunner/writer Blockbuster
avatar for Tonia Ransom

Tonia Ransom

creator/executive producer Nightlight: The Black Horror Podcast,...
avatar for Robia Rashid

Robia Rashid

creator/showrunner/executive producer Atypical; writer/co-executive...
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

Writer My Year of Dicks, Moana, Ralph Breaks the Internet
avatar for Robert Rippberger

Robert Rippberger

CEO/SIE Films; Founder/Co-Executive Director SIE Society
avatar for Monica Rodman

Monica Rodman

Executive Vice President of Development, Universal Television...
avatar for Alvaro Rodriguez

Alvaro Rodriguez

Writer Florida Man, American Rust, Machete, The Last Rampage; co-creator/executive producer Seis Manos
avatar for Carly Roland

Carly Roland

writer/host Marginalized Murder: The Case of the 51 Podcast; Actress...
avatar for Graham Roland

Graham Roland

Creator Dark Winds; Co-creator Jack Ryan
avatar for Dan Rosen

Dan Rosen

writer/director Dead Man's Curve; Writer The Last Supper; Professor,...
avatar for Scott Rosenberg

Scott Rosenberg

Writer Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Venom, Con Air, Beautiful Girls
avatar for Jameel Saleem

Jameel Saleem

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

Benji Samit

Co-writer Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Addams Family 2; Co-Showrunner...
avatar for Stephen Scaia

Stephen Scaia

co-creator/writer/director/showrunner Blood & Treasure;...
avatar for Kegan Schell

Kegan Schell

Literary Manger, Echo Lake Entertainment
avatar for Nathan Scoggins

Nathan Scoggins

writer/director, What Remains
avatar for Nick Fituri Scown

Nick Fituri Scown

Director Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11; writer/director Pretty Bad...
avatar for David Self

David Self

Writer Arabia, Thirteen Days, Road to Perdition, Desert Warrior
avatar for Trey Selman

Trey Selman

avatar for Dan Shorr

Dan Shorr

Co-Head of Studio/Head of Scripted, Rooster Teeth Studios
avatar for Andy Siara

Andy Siara

creator/showrunner The Resort; Writer Palm Springs
avatar for Brian Siegele

Brian Siegele

writer/director Black Box
avatar for David Singer

David Singer

Co-writer Time Management
avatar for Justin Sloan

Justin Sloan

narrative lead/game writer PlanetQuest, Game of Thrones, Rival Peak
avatar for Michael Starrbury

Michael Starrbury

Writer Colin In Black and White, When They See Us, Legends of...
avatar for Noelle Stehman

Noelle Stehman

co-creator/executive producer/writer/showrunner Astrid & Lilly Save...
avatar for Betsy Van Stone

Betsy Van Stone

co-creator/executive producer/writer/showrunner Astrid & Lilly Save...
avatar for John J. Strauss

John J. Strauss

writer/executive producer Mozart in the Jungle, David Makes Man,...
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

AFF Moderator; 2002 AFF Student Short Film Awardee; Producer Martin...
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