Featured Speakers

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Scott Alexander

2023 Recipient of The Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting
avatar for Cord Jefferson

Cord Jefferson

2023 Recipient of the Writer's Writer Award
avatar for Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski

2023 Recipient of The Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting
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Damon Lindelof

2023 Recipient of the Outstanding Television Writer Award
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So Young Shelly Yo

2023 Recipient of The New Voice Award
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James V. Hart

2023 Recipient of the Heart of Film Award
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Lauren Shuler Donner

2023 Recipient of the Polly Platt Award for Producing


avatar for Nadia Abass-Madden

Nadia Abass-Madden

Writer/executive story editor 9-1-1. Former 911 Dispatcher
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Karen Joseph Adcock

writer on FX's The Bear and Showtimes' Yellowjackets
avatar for Chikodili Agwuna

Chikodili Agwuna

writer Criminal Minds, Tuca & Bertie
avatar for Megan Alderson

Megan Alderson

Creative Development Executive, Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Dean Alioto

Dean Alioto

writer/director The McPherson Tape, Portal, Alien Abduction: Incident...
avatar for Miguel Alvarez

Miguel Alvarez

AFF Moderator
avatar for Megan Amram

Megan Amram

writer The Good Place, The Simpsons, Transparent, Silicon Valley,...
avatar for Amy Aniobi

Amy Aniobi

Founder of SuperSpecial; Writer/Executive Producer - Insecure;...
avatar for Michael Arndt

Michael Arndt

writer Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3
avatar for Sandra Avila

Sandra Avila

Partner/Manager, Inclusion Management
avatar for Casey Baron

Casey Baron

AFF Moderator
avatar for Lenny Barszap

Lenny Barszap

writer/producer HOME FREE, HOT TUB; Producer DEREK'S DEAD;...
avatar for Mitchell Bendersky

Mitchell Bendersky

Manager, Gramercy Park Ent.
avatar for Katrin Benedikt

Katrin Benedikt

co-writer Olympus Has Fallen, The Expendables 3, London Has Fallen,...
avatar for Christian Bersani

Christian Bersani

Vice President of Film & TV, Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Shane Black

Shane Black

writer/director The Predator, The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss...
avatar for Melissa Blake

Melissa Blake

avatar for Mike Blizzard

Mike Blizzard

avatar for Max Borenstein

Max Borenstein

creator/show-runner Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty;...
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., Justified
avatar for Craig Brewer

Craig Brewer

writer/director Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, Footloose; director...
avatar for Alisha Brophy

Alisha Brophy

co-writer Inside Job, License to Drive, United States of Fuckin'...
avatar for Bryan Brucks

Bryan Brucks

Founder of 831 entertainment; producer/manager Scout’s Guide To The...
avatar for Dave Buckman

Dave Buckman

The Second City, Boom Chicago, American Crime
avatar for Stephan Bugaj

Stephan Bugaj

Stephan Bugaj Chief Creative Officer of Genvid Entertainment;...
avatar for Jim Burnstein

Jim Burnstein

writer Renaissance Man, D3: The Mighty Ducks, Ruffian, Love and...
avatar for Ernie Bustamante

Ernie Bustamante

writer Alma’s Way, Border Patrol; Assistant Professor, LMU
avatar for Agustine Calderon

Agustine Calderon

Vice President of Features, 3pas Studios; Producer Tetris, Mysteries...
avatar for Wendy Calhoun

Wendy Calhoun

writer/producer - The Rookie: Feds, Prodigal Son, Station 19, Empire,...
avatar for Joanna Calo

Joanna Calo

writer/director The Bear; writer Beef, BoJack Horseman, The...
avatar for Davia Carter

Davia Carter

writer Tulsa King, Snowfall, Queen of the South
avatar for Greg Carter

Greg Carter

AFF Moderator, writer/director/producer Hip-Hop Family Christmas...
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Thomas Carter

Founder, Artillery Creative; Producer/Manager
avatar for Katie Cates

Katie Cates

Manager, Artists First
avatar for Alfred Cervantes

Alfred Cervantes

Executive Director of the Houston Film Commission
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

Author The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful...
avatar for Kesila Childers

Kesila Childers

Independent Producer
avatar for Glenn Cockburn

Glenn Cockburn

President/Literary Agent, Meridian Artists
avatar for Daniel Cohan

Daniel Cohan

Literary Manager, Brillstein Entertainment Partners
avatar for Bill Collage

Bill Collage

screenwriter Emancipation, Divergent: Allegiant, Assassin’s Creed,...
avatar for Sean Collins-Smith

Sean Collins-Smith

Story Editor Chicago PD, Staff Writer Michael Shur’s Field of Dreams
avatar for Alex Convery

Alex Convery

writer Air
avatar for Courtney Cook

Courtney Cook

Education Manager, POV on PBS
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/co-executive producer You; writer/co-executive producer Servant
avatar for Saeed Crumpler

Saeed Crumpler

writer Flatbush Misdemeanors; AFF'S 2023 Screenwriters to Watch
avatar for Mark Cunningham

Mark Cunningham

AFF Moderator
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

manager/producer, Anonymous Content
avatar for Micah Cyrus

Micah Cyrus

co-producer, All American
avatar for Jennifer DaRe

Jennifer DaRe

CEO/President, ATN Entertainment
avatar for Colby Day

Colby Day

writer Spaceman, In the Blink of an Eye
avatar for Andrea Dimity

Andrea Dimity

producer/literary manager
avatar for Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran

executive in charge of production, This is Spinal Tap; producer Dead...
avatar for Amanda Drexton

Amanda Drexton

co-writer/director, producer and co-star of SOUR PARTY
avatar for George Ducker

George Ducker

writer/executive producer Exeter
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

producer The Intrigo Anthology, Recon, Zero Contact; President,...
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

Script Consultant; Former Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment Group;...
avatar for Alison Eakle

Alison Eakle

Shondaland Chief Content Officer; Co-EP Bridgerton, Queen Charlotte:...
avatar for Carl Effenson

Carl Effenson

Producer Mudbound, Mending the Line, Hide Away, Burying the Ex, Bob...
avatar for Dan Erickson

Dan Erickson

creator Severance
avatar for Jessica Esteves

Jessica Esteves

Staff Writer Vida; Story Editor Work in Progress; Executive Story...
avatar for Chad Feehan

Chad Feehan

showrunner Lawmen: Bass Reeves
avatar for Emerald Fennell

Emerald Fennell

writer/director Saltburn
avatar for Alex Ferrari

Alex Ferrari

host Indie Film Hustle, Bulletproof Screenwriting
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 at Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Alison Flierl

Alison Flierl

writer/producer BoJack Horseman, School Of Rock, Random Tropical...
avatar for Ashley Flores

Ashley Flores

Fiction Labs Associate  
avatar for Joe Forte

Joe Forte

writer Firewall; director The Man Who Saved Ben-Hur
avatar for Elissa Friedman

Elissa Friedman

manager, producer
avatar for Michael Fry

Michael Fry

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

Brian Gannon

Director of the Austin Film Commission
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

AFF Moderator
avatar for Matt Geller

Matt Geller

President at Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Lovinder S. Gill

Lovinder S. Gill

AFF Moderator
avatar for Michelle Amor Gillie

Michelle Amor Gillie

writer Saving Brandon, PG County, The Honorable, Playin' for Love, Of...
avatar for Harrison Glaser

Harrison Glaser

AFF Moderator
avatar for Carrye Glazar

Carrye Glazar

Executive Producer ACCTV, Kings of Atlantis; Co-producer Game Change
avatar for Jill Goldsmith

Jill Goldsmith

writer/producer Law & Order, The Practice, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal,...
avatar for Dan Goor

Dan Goor

co-creator/executive producer Killing It, Brooklyn Nine-Nine;...
avatar for Kristin Gore

Kristin Gore

writer The Beanie Bubble, Futurama, Foxcatcher, Her, Saturday Night...
avatar for Amelia Gray

Amelia Gray

writer/co-executive producer Gaslit, Mr Robot Immortality; author...
avatar for Matthew Gross

Matthew Gross

producer Across the Universe, Fired Up!, Joe Somebody; executive...
avatar for Ronnie Gunter

Ronnie Gunter

writer/director Exeter, Lighter, Solid Country Gold
avatar for Anna Halberg

Anna Halberg

Writer / Producer / Director, Six Foot Turkey Productions
avatar for Ryan P. Hall

Ryan P. Hall

AFF Moderator
avatar for Erin Hallagan

Erin Hallagan

AFF Moderator
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

writer Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Infidel;...
avatar for Tate Hanyok

Tate Hanyok

writer/producer Sex APPeal, Love and Baseball
avatar for Fabienne Harford

Fabienne Harford

AFF Moderator
avatar for Noah Harpster

Noah Harpster

writer/executive producer A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,...
avatar for Noah Hawley

Noah Hawley

Creator, showrunner, writer, director of Fargo, Legion; director Lucy...
avatar for Phil Hay

Phil Hay

co-writer/producer Destroyer, The Invitation, The Mysterious Benedict...
avatar for Lena Headey

Lena Headey

writer/director The Trap; actress Game of Thrones, The White House...
avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

writer Lightyear, Onward; writer/director A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
avatar for Brian Helgeland

Brian Helgeland

writer/director Finestkind, Legend, 42, A Knight’s Tale, Payback;...
avatar for Jodi Hildebrand

Jodi Hildebrand

Producer of Scripted Film and Television, Conde Nast Entertainment
avatar for Laura Waters Hinson

Laura Waters Hinson

co-director The Test (doc short screening at AFF 2023) director...
avatar for Candace Ho

Candace Ho

writer/director Sorry Grandpa Hsiao, w(HO), Crosswinds
avatar for John Hoberg

John Hoberg

writer Pixar's Elemental, Better Off Ted, Galavant, Downward Dog, My...
avatar for Christina Hodson

Christina Hodson

writer The Flash, Bumblebee, Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey
avatar for Erich Hoeber

Erich Hoeber

writer RED, The Meg, My Spy, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
avatar for Karol Hoeffner

Karol Hoeffner

AFF Moderator
avatar for Amy Louise Johnson

Amy Louise Johnson

writer/co-EP Servant (seasons 3 and 4) and Orphan Black: Echoes
avatar for Michael Jones-Morales

Michael Jones-Morales

writer/producer Punisher, S.W.A.T., Promised Land; writer Warehouse 13
avatar for Barry Josephson

Barry Josephson

AFF Moderator; Josephson Entertainment; Film - producer Enchanted,...
avatar for Dan Kavanagh

Dan Kavanagh

TV Coordinator Vertigo Entertainment
avatar for Liz Kelly

Liz Kelly

Creative Talent Development Executive, Disney
avatar for Aanch Khaneja

Aanch Khaneja

Head Of Film + TV SuperSpecial
avatar for Jacob Krueger

Jacob Krueger

Writer The Matthew Shepard Story; WGA Paul Selvin Award Winner
avatar for Aimee Kuge

Aimee Kuge

Director/Writer/Producer Cannibal Mukbang, Story Producer Teen Mom...
avatar for Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama

director Girlfight, Jennifer's Body, The Invitation, Destroyer;...
avatar for Greg Kwedar

Greg Kwedar

Writer / Director / Producer
avatar for Liz Lachman

Liz Lachman

writer/director Susan Feniger. FORKED
avatar for Kimberly LeBlanc

Kimberly LeBlanc

City of San Antonio’s Film & Music Commissioner
avatar for Westin Lee

Westin Lee

writer, Unannounced Techland Project; Narrative Designer, Just Cause...
avatar for Meg LeFauve

Meg LeFauve

writer My Father's Dragon, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur; co-writer...
avatar for Samantha Levenshus

Samantha Levenshus

writer Orphan (Hulu), Neon Future (iss.1-6); producer Elevate...
avatar for Adam Levine

Adam Levine

Partner, Verve Talent and Literary Agency
avatar for Samantha Levine

Samantha Levine

AFF Moderator
avatar for Sofya Levitsky-Weitz

Sofya Levitsky-Weitz

screenwriter/playwright; writer The Bear, The Dropout, Gaslit
avatar for Niceole Levy

Niceole Levy

writer The Banker, The Recruit
avatar for Seckeita Lewis

Seckeita Lewis

Co-Founder Lewis Taylor Productions; Co-Writer/Director/Producer...
avatar for Kat Likkel

Kat Likkel

Writer, Pixar’s Elemental, Better Off Ted, Blackish, My Name is...
avatar for Weiko Lin

Weiko Lin

Author Crazy Screenwriting Secrets: How to Capture a Global Audience;...
avatar for Lois Lipman

Lois Lipman

co-writer/director/producer First We Bombed New Mexico
avatar for Jonathan Lisco

Jonathan Lisco

writer and showrunner Yellowjackets, Animal Kingdom, Halt and Catch...
avatar for Katie Lopez

Katie Lopez

Acquisitions, Bleecker Street
avatar for Paul Lopez

Paul Lopez

TV/Film Development Executive - Hola Papi, National Treasure,...
avatar for Jason Lubin

Jason Lubin

Literary Manager/Producer, First Story Entertainment
avatar for Monica Lund

Monica Lund

Partner, MY Productions; producer Match Me If You Can
avatar for Ashley Lyle

Ashley Lyle

co-creator/co-showrunner Yellowjackets; writer/producer Dispatches...
avatar for Damian Marcano

Damian Marcano

director Lawmen: Bass Reeves
avatar for Hannah Mason

Hannah Mason

AFF Young Filmmakers Program Director
avatar for Chayah Masters

Chayah Masters

Producer/Line Producer/Audio Producer
avatar for Isabella Mastrodicasa

Isabella Mastrodicasa

Manager/Producer, Founder of Never Settle Media
avatar for Jono Matt

Jono Matt

writer Captain Planet, Above the Line
avatar for Drew Mayer-Oaks

Drew Mayer-Oaks

Film and creative industries commissioner at the El Paso Film &...
avatar for Johnny McAllister

Johnny McAllister

AFF Moderator
avatar for Danielle McCarthy-Boles

Danielle McCarthy-Boles

Vice President, Publicity Magnolia Pictures; producer, BIG STAR:...
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

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

Lorien McKenna

co-host The Screenwriting Life; writer/showrunner
avatar for Faith McQuinn

Faith McQuinn

Founder and Director/Writer of Observer Pictures
avatar for John Merriman

John Merriman

AFF Moderator
avatar for Paul Merryman

Paul Merryman

Producer, Merryman Media
avatar for Vera Meyer

Vera Meyer

Director of Development, Scott Free Productions
avatar for Nicki Micheaux

Nicki Micheaux

writer/director Summer of Violence
avatar for Scott Miles

Scott Miles

co-writer Inside Job, License to Drive, United States of Fuckin'...
avatar for Steve Mims

Steve Mims

AFF Moderator
avatar for Samuel-Ali Mirpoorian

Samuel-Ali Mirpoorian

director/editor/producer/cinematographer GREENER PASTURES, SONNIE,...
avatar for Emily Mollenkopf

Emily Mollenkopf

Development Executive, Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Maurice Moore

Maurice Moore

The Color Purple, The Life of David Gale, The Place She Dwells, DejaVu
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival; Moderator
avatar for Betsy Morris

Betsy Morris

writer Match Me If You Can, Ten Inch Hero, Guiding Emily, Kismet...
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 Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander

writer/director Fugitive Dreams, The Intergalactic Nemesis
avatar for Bart Nickerson

Bart Nickerson

co-creator/co-showrunner Yellowjackets; writer/producer Dispatches...
avatar for William Nix

William Nix

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

Gavin O'Connor

co-writer/director/producer Warrior, Pride and Glory, Tumbleweeds;...
avatar for Susan O'Connor

Susan O'Connor

Lead Writer Star Wars 1313, Far Cry 2; Writer Crystal Dynamics' Tomb...

Matthew Odam

AFF Moderator

Mark Olsen

AFF Moderator
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Alexi Pappas

writer/director/actor Not an Artist
avatar for Jon Paquette

Jon Paquette

Narrative Director, Insomniac Games
avatar for Lina Patel

Lina Patel

writer Cherish the Day, Krypton, Frequency; Lecturer of Playwriting,...
avatar for Maya Perez

Maya Perez

avatar for Nicole Perlman

Nicole Perlman

co-writer Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, Detective Pikachu
avatar for Nic Pizzolatto

Nic Pizzolatto

creator, writer, showrunner of HBO's True Detective, seasons 1-3....
avatar for Jakob Pollack

Jakob Pollack

Coordinator, Film Vertigo Entertainment
avatar for Ashley Poprik

Ashley Poprik

game writer; Modern Warfare III, Marvel's Spider-Man 2, Marvel...
avatar for Larry Postel

Larry Postel

writer The Main Event, 5000 Blankets, Flip Turn, High Holiday
avatar for Chris Provenzano

Chris Provenzano

writer Justified: City Primeval, Justified, Silicon Valley, Archer,...
avatar for Julio Quintana

Julio Quintana

writer-director The Vessel, Blue Miracle, The Long Game
avatar for PJ Raval

PJ Raval

documentary director/producer Call Her Ganda, Before You Know It,...
avatar for Bob Raymonda

Bob Raymonda

Co-Founder, Rogue Dialogue Productions; co-creator Forgive Me! &...
avatar for Neal Reddy

Neal Reddy

writer/actor/producer Barely Breathing; actor The Righteous...
avatar for Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser

co-writer/actor Problem with People
avatar for Frank Reynolds

Frank Reynolds

editor In The Bedroom, Match Me If You Can, Tromeo & Juliet, The Cat...
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

writer My Year of Dicks, Moana, Nimona
avatar for Dan Robert

Dan Robert

creator Excessive (Audible); writer The Baby-sitters Club (Netflix)
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Ward Roberts

writer/director Little Big Top, Dust Up, Invaders from Proxima B,...
avatar for Brennan Robideaux

Brennan Robideaux

avatar for Jovan Robinson

Jovan Robinson

writer on For All Mankind, Marvel's Secret Invasion, Made For Love
avatar for Evan Romansky

Evan Romansky

Co-Creator, Executive Producer RATCHED
avatar for Dan Rosen

Dan Rosen

writer The Last Supper; Professor of Dramatic Writing, SCAD-Atlanta
avatar for Gary Ross

Gary Ross

writer/director Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games, The Free...
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Ameni Rozsa

writer/EP Showtime's YELLOWJACKETS, co-EP Netflix's THE SANDMAN
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