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 BarbMatty Dy - Screenplay/Teleplay Director Matt Dy attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Radio/TV/Film with a focus on screenwriting. He has written several short and feature screenplays and wrote and produced a stage play. This is his tenth year working for AFF. As Screenplay Competition Director, he facilitates the evaluation of over 9000 scripts and provides exposure for the year’s top writers through special programming at AFF’s annual Conference. He also oversees AFF’s Playwriting Competition, the scripted portion of the Digital Series Competition, and the Coverage Program which provides extensive, constructive feedback to writers year-round.Matt@austinfilmfestival.comCloseMatt DyScreenplay/Teleplay Competition Directoremail MattColin 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 ColinLiz 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 LizHarrison Glaser - Film Competition Director Born and raised in Austin, Harrison Glaser has always had a strong passion for film, his city, and putting on events. While studying at Southwestern University, Harrison helped create the University’s first ever large-scale music festival. After graduating, he began working for Austin Film Festival as an intern in the Conference department. He went on to serve as the Conference Assistant, and is now thrilled to continue to further the Festival’s mission as the Film Competition Director. In addition to working at AFF, Harrison enjoys seeing live music and exploring all of the treats the city of Austin has to offer.Harrison@austinfilmfestival.comCloseHarrison GlaserFilm Competition Directoremail HarrisonSamantha 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 SamanthaAllison Kindred - Development Director Allison is originally from Mission Viejo, CA. She moved to Austin in 2005 to attend the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations in 2009.She began working for Austin Film Festival in 2008 as a Conference Department Intern. During her last year at UT, she became the Assistant to the Executive Director till 2010 when she moved to the Hospitality Coordinator position for 2 years. During that time Allison planned the Festival parties and was Event Coordinator for AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program fundraising party- Film & Food. She recently took over as Development Director in December 2012.In her time outside of the office, she enjoys reading, shopping, wine tasting and spending time with her husband, Joey, and their dogs, Briggs and Remington.Allison@austinfilmfestival.comCloseAllison KindredDevelopment Directoremail AllisonSamantha Johnson - Office Manager Born and raised in Texas, Samantha graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English. She has interned with the Austin Chronicle and has worked various events around Austin including SXSW and Dinner Lab. Her passion for writing and storytelling led her to the Austin Film Festival where she began as an intern in the Conference Department before landing the role of Events Coordinator and Film Marketing Coordinator. She is thrilled to be taking on her new role as Office Manager during the 2017 festival. When she isn’t working at AFF, you can find Samantha in the Red River District enjoying the Austin music scene or home binge watching movies over queso and champagne.Officemanager@austinfilmfestival.comCloseSamantha JohnsonOffice Manageremail SamanthaSonia Onescu - Operations Manager Sonia Onescu 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 OnescuOperations Manageremail SoniaKaty Daly - Managing Director Originally from Dallas, Texas, Katy graduated from the University of North Texas with a M.A. in Art Education focusing on Museum 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 a year in three student galleries and helped manage two professional, contemporary gallery spaces. Most recently, Katy served as the Executive Assistant at Austin Film Festival, providing administrative support on various projects including On Story and festival logistics. As the Managing Director, Katy works alongside the entire AFF team to help further the vision and mission of the organization through new and current projects and initiatives. When not in the office, Katy enjoys reading, cooking, drinking wine, and spending time with friends and family.Managingdirector@austinfilmfestival.comCloseKaty DalyManaging Directoremail KatyGabbi 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 LindgrenScreenplay CompetitionAdministrative Coordinatoremail GabbiEva Mikes - Assistant to the Executive Eva Mikes first joined the AFF team in 2016 as the Conference Coordinator and is excited to take on the role as Assistant to the Executive.Executiveassistant@austinfilmfestival.comCloseEva MikesAssistant to the Executive Directoremail EvaStefan 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 StefanJamal Knox - Marketing Coordinator Jamal Knox first joined the AFF team in 2012 as an intern. Over the course of his involvement with the Festival, he’s worked in a variety of roles including: Summer Camp Coordinator, Sound Engineer and On Story Radio Editor. A true Austin-native, Jamal has been involved with the 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 SXSW, Rooster Teeth and is thrilled to be working alongside the entire AFF team to help further the vision and mission of the organization as Marketing Coordinator.email@example.comCloseJamal KnoxMarketing Coordinatoremail JamalRoy 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 MorganCanine Relations You?Join us! There are numerous Volunteer and Internship Opportunities Staff PartyThe folks [at AFF] share our passion…Which is, of course, why they are so damn adept at crafting a conference that manages to satisfy the needs and desires of all of us attending.” -Scott Rosenberg, screenwriter Connect With Us! Happy Holidays from the AFF staff!