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avatar for Paul Feig

Paul Feig

2016 Extraordinary Contribution to Film award recipient
avatar for Marta Kauffman

Marta Kauffman

2016 Outstanding Television Writer award recipient
avatar for Nancy Meyers

Nancy Meyers

2016 Distinguished Screenwriter award recipient

Panelists

avatar for Justin Agnew

Justin Agnew

director/producer ProGamer; Master of Architecture NDSU
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

Moderator; Professor at UCLA; Director of Hollins University Graduate...
avatar for Kent Alterman

Kent Alterman

President Comedy Central
avatar for Summer Ash

Summer Ash

Director of Outreach for Columbia University's Department of Astronomy
avatar for Michelle Ashford

Michelle Ashford

creator/executive producer Masters of Sex; writer The Pacific, John...
avatar for Minhal Baig

Minhal Baig

writer/director One Night, Hala
avatar for Steven Balvanz

Steven Balvanz

co-director The Harvest Run
avatar for Janine Barchas

Janine Barchas

professor UT Austin; creator What Jane Saw
avatar for Steve Barr

Steve Barr

producer Chronesthesia; writer Born To Dance
avatar for Kim Bass

Kim Bass

writer In Living Color, Sister, Sister, Kenan & Kel; writer/director...
avatar for Carter Bays

Carter Bays

co-creator/executive producer How I Met Your Mother; writer American...
avatar for Greg Beal

Greg Beal

Director of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
avatar for Amy Bench

Amy Bench

cinematographer/filmmaker House of Elegance, The Ville, Loves Her...
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

writer/executive producer Counterpart, Da Vinci's Demons, Eureka,...
avatar for Emily Best

Emily Best

founder/CEO Seed&Spark; co-creator F*ck Yes!
avatar for Geoff Betts

Geoff Betts

Business Agent WGA East
avatar for Asmara Bhattacharya

Asmara Bhattacharya

writer Stone; 8-time AFF Screenwriting Competition Second Rounder;...
avatar for Dennis Bishop

Dennis Bishop

Moderator; producer The Trip to Bountiful, Dexter; production...
avatar for Shane Black

Shane Black

writer/director Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; writer Lethal...
avatar for Brandon Bloch

Brandon Bloch

Director of Commercial and Branded Content
avatar for Christopher Boone

Christopher Boone

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

Max Borenstein

creator Minority Report (television show); writer Godzilla (2014),...
avatar for David Boxerbaum

David Boxerbaum

Senior Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency
avatar for VJ Boyd

VJ Boyd

writer/producer Justified, The Player, Snowfall
avatar for Melissa Breaux

Melissa Breaux

Manager at Washington Square Arts & Film
avatar for Evan Bregman

Evan Bregman

Director of Programming, Rooster Teeth
avatar for R.B. Brenner

R.B. Brenner

Moderator; Director of the School of Journalism, UT Austin
avatar for Kelly Jo Brick

Kelly Jo Brick

writer Pause, The Jewel in the Woods; contributing editor TVWriter.com
avatar for Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

Production For Use; producer Punk in Africa, No No: A Dockumentary,...
avatar for Tom E. Brown

Tom E. Brown

writer/director Pushing Dead
avatar for Susan Brunig

Susan Brunig

Post Production Pixar; AFF Screenwriting Competition Finalist
avatar for Burnie Burns

Burnie Burns

Chief Creative Officer/Co-Founder, Rooster Teeth
avatar for Jacob Burns

Jacob Burns

writer/director Electric Nostalgia; co-founder Planet Thunder...
avatar for Douglas Caballero

Douglas Caballero

Chief Business Development Officer, Colaborator
avatar for Wendy Calhoun

Wendy Calhoun

writer/producer Justified, Revenge, Nashville, Empire
avatar for Smitha R. Chadaga

Smitha R. Chadaga

co-founder Doctors on Set
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

Moderator; author The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of...
avatar for Izzy Chan

Izzy Chan

director/producer/editor The Big Flip, Sugared Peas
avatar for Deepak Chetty

Deepak Chetty

director Hard Reset 3D; visual effects artist; cinematographer
avatar for Perrin Chiles

Perrin Chiles

CEO/co-founder Adaptive Studios; executive producer Project...
avatar for Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark

Partner at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman
avatar for Jacque Edmonds Cofer

Jacque Edmonds Cofer

writer/producer Martin, Living Single, Moesha; creator/showrunner...
avatar for Ryan Colucci

Ryan Colucci

writer/director/producer Suburban Cowboy
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

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

Doreen Copeland

Supervising Producer, Rooster Teeth
avatar for Tom Copeland

Tom Copeland

Moderator; Professor at Texas State University
avatar for Aaron Covington

Aaron Covington

writer Creed; director
avatar for Ned Crowley

Ned Crowley

writer/director Middle Man
avatar for Greg Curtis

Greg Curtis

Moderator; Former Editor of Texas Monthly
avatar for Bryan J Davidson

Bryan J Davidson

Creative Executive for Walt Disney Animation Studios
avatar for Graham Davidson

Graham Davidson

executive producer Shipping Wars, Marshal Law: Texas, Skin Tight;...
avatar for Deniese Davis

Deniese Davis

producer Awkward Black Girl, Guidance, The Choir, Sequin Raze,...
avatar for Bob Dearden

Bob Dearden

writer iZombie, Play It Again, Dick
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Emily Dell

Nashville Writers Conference
Executive Director
avatar for Chris Demarais

Chris Demarais

Head Writer Live Action
avatar for Greg DePaul

Greg DePaul

writer Bride Wars, Saving Silverman
avatar for Etta Devine

Etta Devine

Diani & Devine Prod
avatar for Gabriel Diani

Gabriel Diani

Diani & Devine Productions
Writer/Director/Producer "Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse" "The...
avatar for Brandon Dickerson

Brandon Dickerson

writer/director Sironia, Victor, When Jack Went Glamping; director A...
avatar for Andrea Dimity

Andrea Dimity

Literary Manager/ Producer at Pannon Entertainment, Inc.
avatar for Katie Dippold

Katie Dippold

Presenter of the 2016 Extraordinary Contribution to Film award recipient
writer The Heat, Ghostbusters (2016), Parks and Recreation
avatar for Andrew Disney

Andrew Disney

writer/director Crunch Time
avatar for Zoe Donaldson

Zoe Donaldson

Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder
avatar for Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran

producer Stranger Than Fiction, Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee,...
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

president Enderby Entertainment; producer An Ordinary Man, Blackway,...
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

Moderator; Screenplay/Teleplay Director Austin Film Festival
avatar for Charles Ealy

Charles Ealy

Moderator
avatar for Owen Egerton

Owen Egerton

writer/director Follow; Moderator
avatar for Carl Ellsworth

Carl Ellsworth

writer Red Eye; co-writer Disturbia, The Last House on the Left...
avatar for Stephen Falk

Stephen Falk

creator/executive producer/showrunner You're The Worst; co-executive...
avatar for Bobby Farrelly

Bobby Farrelly

co-writer Dumb & Dumber; co-writer/director There’s Something About...
avatar for Kristi Felton

Kristi Felton

VP of Scripted Programming at AMC/Sundance TV
avatar for Kieran Fitzgerald

Kieran Fitzgerald

writer Snowden, The Homesman, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
avatar for Josh Flanagan

Josh Flanagan

director/writer/editor
avatar for Maria Frank

Maria Frank

co-founder Doctors on Set
avatar for Michael Fry

Michael Fry

writer/co-creator Over The Hedge; writer/illustrator The Odd Squad...
avatar for Kelly Fullerton

Kelly Fullerton

writer The Fosters (S1-2), Next Caller, Awkward (S1-2)
avatar for Brian Gannon

Brian Gannon

Director AFC
avatar for Chet Garner

Chet Garner

Moderator; host/executive producer/writer The Daytripper
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

Moderator; author; professor at Baylor University
avatar for Melissa Georges

Melissa Georges

Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
avatar for Shawn Gerrard

Shawn Gerrard

writer/director My Viola; producer Head on Pictures Inc.
avatar for David Gil

David Gil

marketing director/programmer Violet Crown Cinemas
avatar for Will Gluck

Will Gluck

writer/director Friends with Benefits, Easy A, Annie; co-creator The...
avatar for Jake Goldberger

Jake Goldberger

writer/director Don McKay, Life Of A King, Holding Patterns
avatar for Tony Hale

Tony Hale

actor Veep, Arrested Development, Stranger Than Fiction, The Heat,...
avatar for John Hamburg

John Hamburg

writer/director Along Came Polly, I Love You, Man, Why Him? (2016);...
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

Moderator; co-writer/director ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Junk
avatar for John Lee Hancock

John Lee Hancock

writer/director The Alamo, The Blind Side; director The Rookie,...
avatar for James V Hart

James V Hart

writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting,...
avatar for Phil Hay

Phil Hay

writer/producer The Invitation; writer Crazy/Beautiful, Ride Along,...
avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

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

Tim Herlihy

writer Saturday Night Live, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer,...
avatar for David Hickey

David Hickey

director/writer Homestate, Baghdad Texas, Brownwood, Brothers. Dogs....
avatar for Christina Hodson

Christina Hodson

writer Shut In (2016), Untitled Transformers Stand-Alone (2018),...
avatar for Jennifer Howell

Jennifer Howell

Head of Feature Development at Dreamworks Animation
avatar for Carlyn  Hudson

Carlyn Hudson

writer/director The Big Spoon; director Distance; commercial director
avatar for Matt Hullum

Matt Hullum

CEO/Co-Founder Rooster Teeth
avatar for Bradley Jackson

Bradley Jackson

writer/co-producer Balls Out; co-creator/co-writer Crunch Time;...
avatar for Jacob Jaffke

Jacob Jaffke

producer In a Valley of Violence, Sleepwalk with Me, Don't Think...
avatar for Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson - Gran Via Productions; executive producer Better Call...
avatar for Julie Kalceff

Julie Kalceff

creator/writer/director/producer Starting From Now; writer/director...
avatar for Angela Kang

Angela Kang

writer/co-executive producer The Walking Dead; writer Terriers
avatar for Aaron Kaplan

Aaron Kaplan

Manager Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment
avatar for Cullen Kelly

Cullen Kelly

founder/creative director Republic Ventures Group
avatar for Lena Khan

Lena Khan

writer/director The Tiger Hunter
avatar for Adam Kolbrenner

Adam Kolbrenner

Co-founder Madhouse Entertainment
avatar for Lucy Kreutz

Lucy Kreutz

writer/director/producer Quaker Oaths
avatar for Justin Lader

Justin Lader

writer The Discovery (2017), The One I Love
avatar for Richard LaGravenese

Richard LaGravenese

writer/director/producer; credits include: The Last Five Years, P.S....
avatar for Jody Lambert

Jody Lambert

director/co-writer Brave New Jersey (AFF 2016 World Premiere);...
avatar for Cort Lane

Cort Lane

Senior Vice President of Animation & Family Entertainment at Marvel
avatar for Samantha Levenshus

Samantha Levenshus

Managing/Literary Director at Stage Rights; writer
avatar for Morgan Long

Morgan Long

International Consultant for The Gersh Agency
avatar for Rosie Lourde

Rosie Lourde

actor/producer Starting From Now, Skin Deep
avatar for Sarah Malkin

Sarah Malkin

VP of Programming at New Form
avatar for Jenny Marchick

Jenny Marchick

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

Justin Marks

writer The Jungle Book (2016), creator/executive producer Counterpart...
avatar for Melanie Marnich

Melanie Marnich

writer Big Love; writer/producer The Big C, The Affair, the upcoming...
avatar for Frank Marshall

Frank Marshall

producer Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Color Purple, Seabiscuit, The...
avatar for Chris Mass

Chris Mass

writer/producer Chalk, Bobbie Sue, Free Birds
avatar for Thaddeus D Matula

Thaddeus D Matula

director Pony Excess, Brian and the Boz
avatar for Marcie Mayhorn

Marcie Mayhorn

Moderator; Writer's PA "A.P.B."
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

co-host ScriptNotes; writer Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II &...
avatar for Aaron McAdams

Aaron McAdams

co-director The Harvest Run; writer/director Party Like the Queen of...
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

Moderator; writer Free Willy: Escape From Pirate's Cove, Steven...
avatar for Michael McCullers

Michael McCullers

writer Saturday Night Live, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,...
avatar for Charlie McDowell

Charlie McDowell

director The One I love, Silicon Valley; co-writer/director The...
avatar for Zahir McGhee

Zahir McGhee

writer/producer Scandal, Private Practice
avatar for Joe Menendez

Joe Menendez

director From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Ladrones (2015)
avatar for Elizabeth Meriwether

Elizabeth Meriwether

creator/executive producer New Girl; writer No Strings Attached
avatar for John Merriman

John Merriman

Moderator; actor Mustang Island, You Hurt My Feelings
avatar for Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

writer Thor, X-MEN: First Class, Power Rangers (2016), Big Trouble in...
avatar for James Andrew Miller

James Andrew Miller

Moderator; author Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s...
avatar for Elizabeth Mims

Elizabeth Mims

Senior Film Program Director Austin Film Festival
avatar for David Misch

David Misch

writer/producer Mork and Mindy, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Saturday...
avatar for Raamla Mohamed

Raamla Mohamed

writer/producer Scandal, Still Star-Crossed
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Moderator; Executive Director/Co-Founder Austin Film Festival
avatar for Tess Morris

Tess Morris

writer Man Up
avatar for Grace Moss

Grace Moss

Executive, Entertainment Diversity Initiatives for NBC Entertainment
avatar for Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander

writer/director The Intergalactic Nemesis, Hit & Run, Buttercup
avatar for Scott Neustadter

Scott Neustadter

writer (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now, The Fault in Our...
avatar for Jeff Nichols

Jeff Nichols

writer/director Loving (2016), Midnight Special, Mud, Take Shelter,...
avatar for Michael Noll

Michael Noll

Moderator; Program Director Writers’ League of Texas
avatar for Jim O'Heir

Jim O'Heir

actor Parks & Recreation, Middle Man
avatar for Allen Odom

Allen Odom

Moderator
avatar for Becka Oliver

Becka Oliver

Moderator; Executive Director of the Writers' League of Texas
avatar for Tracy Oliver

Tracy Oliver

co-writer Barbershop 3, Girl Trip, The Neighbors, The Start-UP,...
avatar for Tiffany Paulsen

Tiffany Paulsen

writer Nancy Drew, Adventures in Babysitting
avatar for Paula Pell

Paula Pell

writer Sisters, Saturday Night Live
avatar for Maya Perez

Maya Perez

writer/producer On Story
avatar for Nicole Perlman

Nicole Perlman

writer Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel (2019), Pokémon (2018)
avatar for Alisa Perren

Alisa Perren

Moderator
avatar for Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Daniel Petrie, Jr.

partner Enderby Entertainment; writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big...
avatar for Angelo Pizzo

Angelo Pizzo

writer/producer Rudy, Hoosiers; writer/director My All American
avatar for Matt Porter

Matt Porter

co-writer/co-director, 5 Doctors (AFF 2016 World Premiere), Comedy...
avatar for Laura Lee Prather

Laura Lee Prather

Partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP
avatar for Mark Protosevich

Mark Protosevich

writer/co-producer The Cell, Oldboy; writer Thor, I Am Legend
avatar for Anne Rapp

Anne Rapp

writer Dr T and the Women, Cookie's Fortune; script supervisor Funny...
avatar for Alex Jenkins Reid

Alex Jenkins Reid

writer/co-creator Resident Advisors; writer Angie Tribeca, Sing It!,...
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

writer Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Untitled Wreck-It Ralph...
avatar for Joanne Richardson

Joanne Richardson

Practice Leader Media & Entertainment at Hiscox Insurance
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

Moderator
avatar for Edward Ricourt

Edward Ricourt

writer of Now You See Me; consulting producer/writer Jessica Jones,...
avatar for Peter Rienecker

Peter Rienecker

Vice President/Senior Counsel Original Programming at HBO
avatar for Jose Rivera

Jose Rivera

writer The Motorcycle Diaries, The 33, On the Road, Letters to...
avatar for James Roday

James Roday

actor/writer/director Psych; director Gravy, Rosewood, Rush Hour,...
avatar for Alvaro Rodriguez

Alvaro Rodriguez

writer Last Rampage (2017), You, Mine (2018), Machete, From Dusk Till...
avatar for Jason Romaine

Jason Romaine

writer Making a Scene with James Franco, Camp; creator Soho Haus Rules
avatar for Elizabeth Rose

Elizabeth Rose

writer/director The Law of Averages; co-writer/co-producer CHUM
avatar for Dan Rosen

Dan Rosen

writer The Last Supper; writer/director Freeloaders; writer/producer...
avatar for Scott Rosenberg

Scott Rosenberg

writer High Fidelity, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Con Air, Beautiful Girls
avatar for Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal

creator/executive producer/host I'll Have What Phil's Having,...
avatar for Jennifer Salke

Jennifer Salke

President, NBC Entertainment
avatar for Anne Cofell Saunders

Anne Cofell Saunders

co-executive producer Timeless; writer Battlestar Galactica, 24;...
avatar for Erika Schmidt

Erika Schmidt

Creative Development Associate Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Paul Sedillo

Paul Sedillo

founder/CEO Republic Ventures Group


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