Meet Our Staff! Bringing writers, filmmakers, and the community together.Want to work with us? Volunteer, Intern, or check out our job opportunities! Click on the staff image to view their bio!Barbara Morgan - Executive Director Barbara Morgan co-founded Austin Film Festival in 1993 and has served as the sole Executive Director since 1999. As a filmmaker, Morgan developed and produced the film Natural Selection, which has aired on Showtime, the Sci-fi channel, and was released internationally. Morgan also co-produced the feature documentary Antone’s: Home of the Blues, which as also released internationally.Most recently, Morgan produced the documentary feature, Portrait of Wally(2012), and the narrative feature Spring Eddy(2012).She developed and produces the TV/Radio/Podcast series On Story, currently airing on PBS and PRI stations across the country.In 2010, Morgan produced a reading of Bud Shrake’s play “A Friend of Carlos Monson” with director Jeff Nichols. In 2013 Morgan co-edited “On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft”, which was published by UT Press.Morgan serves on the Board of Directors for a number of organizations, including International Film Festival Summit and The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.Barb@austinfilmfestival.comCloseBarbara MorganExecutive Directoremail BarbSteven Debose - Director of Script Competitions Steven DeBose has worked with AFF for the last four years in various capacities. DeBose is a screenwriter from Austin, TX who has written several shorts, web series, teleplays, and feature screenplays. DeBose is a fixture in the Austin film community working as an advisor for the Austin Youth Film Festival and GTX Film Conference. In this role, DeBose will oversee the selection process of submissions, recruit industry professionals to judge scripts, and promote the year’s top writers through unique opportunities at the annual Festival and Conference and beyond.Steven@austinfilmfestival.comCloseSteven DeboseDirector of Script Competitionsemail StevenGabbi Lindgren - Screenplay Competition Administrative Director Originally from Eagan, Minnesota, Gabbi moved to Austin in January of 2015. Since her move she has filled a number of roles within AFF from starting as an intern in the Development Department to eventually serving as the Registration Director for the 2015 Festival before transitioning to her role in the Screenplay Department in which she coordinates all things administrative for the Competition. In her free time she enjoys throwing the Frisbee for her dog, Jasper, eating breakfast tacos, and of course, watching email@example.comCloseGabbi LindgrenScript Competitions Coordinatoremail GabbiColin Hyer - Conference Director Originally from Wisconsin, Colin moved to Austin after graduating from Columbia College Chicago. For five years he taught film to youth through organizations such as Austin School of Film, Creative Action and Austin Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Program. Colin is thrilled to continue his work educating and inspiring filmmakers as AFF’s Conference Director where he programs the annual Writers Conference and the year-round Conversations in Film series.Outside of the office, Colin enjoys reading Stephen King novels and playing with his dog Mayo.Colin@austinfilmfestival.comCloseColin HyerConference Directoremail ColinHarrison Glaser - Film Competition Director Harrison Glaser’s passion for festival management began when he started his own music festival in college. His passion for film existed long before that. Harrison began working at Austin Film Festival as an intern in 2012 and rose quickly through the ranks, serving as Conference Assistant before taking on the role of Film Program Coordinator. In more recent years he has become the Director of AFF’s Film Competition, where he manages over five thousand film submissions each year. In his four years of programming for AFF, Harrison has helped champion hundreds of filmmakers and aided countless films in finding distribution and further success. Harrison has called Austin his home since birth and, like any real Austinite, will be happy to complain to you about how the city was better before you got here.CloseHarrison GlaserFilm Competition Directoremail HarrisonLiz Mims - Senior Film Program Director Elizabeth Mims grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated with a BFA from CalArts. Her 2012 film Only The Young was theatrically released by Oscilloscope and won numerous awards including the Silverdoc’s Sterling Silver Award for best US documentary, American Film Institute Audience Award, and was nominated for a Spirit Award.She has worked with Austin Film Festival previously as the Director of the Young Filmmakers Program.Liz@austinfilmfestival.comCloseLiz MimsSenior Film Program Directoremail LizAlexandra Mitchell - Project ManagerAlex@austinfilmfestival.comCloseAlexandra MitchellProject Manageremail AlexSonia McCarter - On Story, Executive Producer Sonia McCarter first joined the AFF team in 2011 interning under the Executive Director. She earned a B.A in Electronic Media from Texas State University. During her time at Texas State, Sonia served as Assistant News Director of the college radio station KTSW 89.9, winning several awards for radio documentaries she wrote, produced and edited.Sonia returned to AFF in 2012 to manage several different projects including the overall On Story® brand. Sonia currently serves as a producer for Austin Film Festival’s PBS-affiliated television show, On Story as well as associate producer of the On Story radio show component currently airing through Public Radio International. Sonia also oversees all of the AFF archives and is currently working to transfer and store over 20 years of material. Originally from Madrid, Spain, Sonia coincidentally moved to Austin the same year of AFF’s inception-something she believes was meant to be. Besides multi-tasking on a daily basis, Sonia enjoys live music, photography, reading, and spending time outdoors.Sonia@austinfilmfestival.comCloseSonia McCarterOn Story, Executive Produceremail SoniaSamantha Johnson - Executive Administrator Born and raised in Texas, Samantha graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English. Her passion for writing and storytelling led her to the Austin Film Festival where she began as an intern in the Conference Department before taking on the role of Film Marketing & Events Coordinator. Most recently Sam served as the Office Manager and she is thrilled to now be taking over the position of Executive Administrator at AFF. Out of the office, you can find Sam in the Red River District enjoying live music or binge-watching movies over queso and firstname.lastname@example.orgCloseSamantha JohnsonExecutive Administratoremail SamanthaKaty Daly - Director, Strategic Partnerships & Development Originally from Dallas, Texas, Katy graduated from the University of North Texas with a M.A. in Art Education and a B.A. in Art History.Before moving to Austin in 2015, Katy worked as the Manager of Programming at the UNT Art Galleries where she coordinated 90+ exhibitions per year in three student galleries and helped manage two professional, contemporary gallery spaces. Most recently, Katy served as the Managing Director at Austin Film Festival, working alongside the entire AFF staff to help further the vision and mission of the organization through new projects and initiatives. As the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development, Katy works closely with partners and sponsors to enhance the Festival experience for all attendees. When not in the office, Katy enjoys playing with her dog, drinking wine, and spending time with friends and family.CloseKaty DalyDirector, Strategic Partnerships & Developmentemail KatySamantha Levine - Marketing Director Originally from Chicago, Samantha attended the University of Texas at Austin and has stayed in the city ever since; she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance with a concentration in RTF. Samantha originally joined AFF as an Office Management Intern for the 2013 Festival and has also filled the roles of Event Coordinator, Office Manager, Theater Operations Coordinator and Script Reading Coordinator. Samantha is looking forward to furthering the mission of AFF through marketing efforts.In her spare time, Samantha enjoys yoga, going to see live music and theatre, performing and sleeping. Marketing@austinfilmfestival.comCloseSamantha LevineMarketing Directoremail SamanthaJamal Knox - Marketing Coordinator Jamal Knox first joined the AFF team in 2012 as an intern and over the course of his involvement with the Festival, he’s worked in a variety of roles including Summer Camp Coordinator, Festival Audio Visual Engineer and as an editor of the On Story® Radio Show & Podcast. A true Austin-native, Jamal has been involved with the city’s robust entertainment industry from a young age. As an accomplished musician, he has been involved with many local and national acts. As a Sound Engineer, he has worked with organizations such as Freeman, SXSW, Dell, Rooster Teeth and many others. He is thrilled to continue working alongside the entire AFF team to help further the vision and mission of the organization as Marketing Coordinator.email@example.comCloseJamal KnoxMarketing Coordinatoremail JamalStefan Allen - Young Filmmakers Program Coordinator Stefan is a native Baltimorean who, like many before him, found a new home in Austin, Texas. Stefan joined the AFF Family as Theater Operations Manager in 2016 before pivoting to his current position. A lover of all things story, he looks forward to furthering the AFF mission and expanding the Young Filmmakers Program.firstname.lastname@example.orgCloseStefan AllenYoung Filmmakers Program Coordinatoremail StefanRoy Morgan - Canine Relations If you visit, you’re likely to run into Roy Morgan.He’s a big fan of head pats, belly scratches, and great filmic storytelling. Follow us on social media — especially instagram — to get more updates from this cool canine.CloseRoy MorganDirector of Canine Relations You?Join us! 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