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2014 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule

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Friday, October 24
 

9:00am

Breaking Into Television: Screenplay Competitions
For an aspiring television writer, competitions can be a great springboard into the writers’ room. This panel of success stories includes alumni Christine Boylan, Nkechi Okoro Carroll, and Stephen Falk. Join this panel as they share their journey from competition entrants to working TV writers.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

9:00am

Three Page Challenge
In a live version of the popular Scriptnotes podcast, John August, Franklin Leonard, and Ilyse McKimmie will read three pages of pre-selected Screenplay Competition scripts and review them as only they can.

This panel is open to Second Rounders and above.

Friday October 24, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

10:45am

Breaking Into Film: Screenplay Competitions
Screenplay competitions are a fantastic way to get started in the business, and AFF is surely no exception. Troy Anthony Miller recently signed an option with Frank Darabont’s production company, Darkwoods Productions, for his winning AFF script The Hitch. Earlier this summer, AFF’s screenplay alum Oren Uziel found success in theatres nationwide after penning 22 Jump Street. And during the Festival this year, Rachel Long and Brian Pittman will present the world premiere of Dawn Patrol, a screenplay that originated out of AFF’s screenplay competition and was produced by Dan Petrie, Jr, and Rick Dugdale’s production company, Enderby Entertainment. These alum will provide insight into how the competition has launched their film careers, and how it can do the same for you.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Friday October 24, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

10:45am

Keeping the Reader's Attention: The Gatekeepers
It’s easy to forget that a screenwriter’s first audience is not the viewer but the reader. The act of watching a film can be a passive encounter, whereas reading a screenplay requires a much different level of engagement. To this end, writers should be cognizant of how to craft a “reader-friendly” script. Whether it is submitted to a competition or a studio, there are key elements writers should embrace in order to maintain the reader’s attention. In this panel, hear from the industry “gatekeepers” on what to avoid and how to best engage, entertain, and encourage readers to keep turning the page!

This panel is open to Second Rounders and above.

Friday October 24, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

1:30pm

Keeping the Reader's Attention: The Writers
It’s easy to forget that a screenwriter’s first audience is not the viewer but the reader. The act of watching a film can be a passive encounter, whereas reading a screenplay requires a much different level of engagement. To this end, writers should be cognizant of how to craft a “reader-friendly” script. Whether it is submitted to a competition or a studio, there are key elements writers should embrace in order to maintain the reader’s attention. In this panel, hear from writers who are pros on what to avoid and how to best engage, entertain, and encourage readers to keep turning the page!

This panel is open to Second Rounders and above.

Friday October 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary
 
Saturday, October 25
 

9:00am

The Writer/Agent/Manager Relationship
A lot of writers will tell you how important it is to have an agent or manager, but what is that relationship really like? As a writer, how do you facilitate this? How do you know what kind of representation is right for you, and what you should realistically expect? Join panelists as they discuss what you can expect out of different forms of representation, and what that means to your career.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Saturday October 25, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

2:45pm

Second Rounders Roundtable: The Creative Side
Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of screenwriting. This session offers registrants exclusive access to professional screenwriters and filmmakers in an informal setting. This is your opportunity to ask for advice on how to break into the business, face a blank page on a bad day, work with a writing partner, risk a new direction after established success, and any other creative inquiries you are curious about.

This panel is open to Second Rounders only.

Saturday October 25, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

4:30pm

The Signature Gesture: A Workshop in Expressive Writing
Film is primarily a visual medium, so when we can express something in our scripts through action, we are playing to a movie's strength. In this workshop, we focus on a particular kind of visual storytelling: Gestures. Participants will review a set of movie clips featuring signature character gestures, analyzing how they express emotion, how body language conveys status between characters, and how relationship dynamics can be read in the movement of a group. Then through a series of interactive exercises, we will move from interpretation to expression, providing everyone the opportunity to explore this aspect of action writing with their own original characters. Scott Myers and Mary Coleman are collaborating on this new workshop.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Saturday October 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room
 
Sunday, October 26
 

1:15pm

The Cold Open
Join this panel of TV industry pros as they break down – using the cold opens from pre-selected Second Round scripts – what producers look for in those crucial first few pages that either keep readers flipping the pages, or has audiences “flipping the channel”.

Sunday October 26, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Club