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Friday, October 14 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Breaking In: Competitions

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Screenwriting competitions can be a great way to have your work read, receive helpful feedback, and even get noticed by the people who can take your career to the next level. But how do you stand out amongst an ocean of entrants? Panelists will walk you through the ins and outs of the competition world, how to give yourself that competitive edge, and what to do if you—gulp!—win.

Moderators
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Greg Beal

Director of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
Since 1989, Greg Beal has administered the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program. Over the past 18 months, he has written articles for Written By magazine. Prior to joining the Academy, Beal coordinated programs at the AFI and taught film and screenwriting at Syracuse University. The recipient of a WGA East screenwriting fellowship, he wrote several screenplays on assignment, and wrote and directed several short films. He... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Craig Behenna

Craig Behenna

Coming from a background in theatre, Craig is an Australian writer and filmmaker. His first feature as a writer, One Eyed Girl, written with director Nick Matthews, had its world premiere at the 2014 Austin Film Festival where it won the Dark Matters Jury Award. Craig's more recent writing includes the English-language adaptation of the Dutch film Plan C, and various projects in development with Nick Matthews. Craig has been writer/director... Read More →
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Asmara Bhattacharya

writer Stone; 8-time AFF Screenwriting Competition Second Rounder; creator DickFlicks.net
A produced screenwriter and playwright, Asmara Bhattacharya’s scripts have placed multiple times at AFF and Nicholl as well as in many other competitions.  Last year, she co-produced a staged reading of “Land of Enchantment” for veteran filmmaker Pen Densham at Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.  A trusted sounding board and consultant for industry professionals, she is developing a webseries and several short... Read More →
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Bob Dearden

writer iZombie, Play It Again, Dick
Bob Dearden is a former forestry worker and decorated free-throw shooter hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He received an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, and during his studies submitted multiple entries to the AFF Screenplay Competition (results included semi-finalist, second rounder, and abject failure). During his time in Austin, Bob began an internship with ex-collegiate football star and current acclaimed... Read More →
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Kelly Fullerton

writer The Fosters (S1-2), Next Caller, Awkward (S1-2)
Kelly Fullerton has written for The Fosters S1-2, Next Caller and Awkward S1-2. In addition to writing, Kelly is thrilled to be a story consultant and teach as part of the professional program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television as well as in the MFA screenwriting program at Hollins University. Kelly received her M.F.A. in screenwriting from UCLA as part of the television showrunner track and received her BA in theatre arts... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

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