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 eighth year working for AFF. As Screenplay Competition Director, he facilitates the evaluation of over 8000 scripts and provides exposure for the year’s top writers through special programming at AFF’s annual Conference. He also oversees AFF’s Coverage Program which provides extensive, constructive feedback to writers year-round.Matt@austinfilmfestival.comCloseMatt DyScreenplay/Teleplay Competition Directoremail MattErin Hallagan - Creative Director Erin Hallagan is the Creative Director for the Austin Film Festival where she oversees both the Film and Conference planning. She originally joined AFF as their Film Competition Programmer, stepping in as Conference Director in the summer of 2012.In addition to orchestrating the annual Screenwriters Conference and the year-round On Story®: Conversations in Film series, she works in tandem with the film team to plan, promote, and implement the film program. Hailing from the East Coast, she studied Film and Theatre at Temple University, focusing on writing, directing, and editing. Prior to moving to Austin, Erin taught screenwriting courses at the Graduate School of Washington, DC, while also managing the programs and riding school at a high-volume equestrian center.Erin currently serves as an Associate Producer for Austin Film Festival’s television show, On Story.Erin@austinfilmfestival.comCloseErin HallaganCreative Directoremail ErinLiz 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 HarrisonKara Florez - Director of Marketing Kara attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. After a short stint working in NYC, Kara returned to her hometown of Austin. She originally joined AFF as their Registration Director for the 2013 Festival and is now embarking on her second stint on the team as their newest Marketing Director. Kara@austinfilmfestival.comCloseKara FlorezDirector of Marketingemail KaraAllison 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 AllisonMaria Pond - Office Manager Born in Portsmouth, VA, Maria moved to Austin in 2012 after studying Communications with a minor in Theatre at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. With her passion for storytelling, she was quick to identify with the Festival’s mission in telling great stories and is excited to be welcomed to the AFF team.She is a graduate from the Coldtowne Conservatory here in Austin and when she isn’t coordinating things in the office, she can be seen performing with the improv troupe Loverboy. Maria enjoys laughing with friends and family, going to the movies, swimming, and–of course–chocolate.Maria@austinfilmfestival.comCloseMaria PondOffice Manageremail MariaSonia 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 Stewart - Assistant to the Executive 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 served 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. As the Executive Assistant, Katy provides administrative support on various projects including On Story and festival logistics. When not in the office, Katy enjoys reading, cooking, drinking wine, and spending time with friends and family.Katy@austinfilmfestival.comCloseKaty DalyAssistant to the Executive Directoremail KatyGabbi Lindgren - Screenplay Competition Administrative Director Originally from Eagan, Minnesota, Gabbi moved to Austin in January of 2015 after graduating from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. Since her move she has filled a number of roles within AFF starting as an intern in the Development Department and most recently serving as the Registration Director for the 2015 Festival. She is excited to embark upon her new role in the Screenplay Department in which she will coordinate the administration of the Screenplay Competition which includes providing technical support for entrants, assisting with all marketing initiatives, overseeing and maintaining our vast database of script entries, assigning scripts to readers, and easing the nerves of many anxious entrants. In her free time (now ending upon accepting this job) she enjoys throwing the Frisbee for her dog, Jasper, performing improvisational comedy, and of course, watching firstname.lastname@example.orgCloseGabbi LindgrenScreenplay CompetitionAdministrative Coordinatoremail GabbiFabienne Harford - Managing Director Fabienne (Fabs) Harford first joined the AFF team in 2003 as the Volunteer Coordinator. Over the course of her involvement with the Festival, she’s worked in a variety of roles including: Marketing Director, Young Filmmakers Program Director, Financial Analyst and Assistant Director. She earned a B.A in English and Related Literature from the University of York in England. Outside of her work with AFF, Fabs has managed events with Tommy Lee Jones, Bill Wittliff and Lyle Lovett, as well as working for multiple nonprofits in the area. She recently returned to our staff as Managing Director, working alongside the entire AFF team to help further the vision and mission of the organization.Fabs@austinfilmfestival.comCloseFabienne HarfordManaging Directoremail FabsColin Hyer - Young Filmmakers Program CoordinatorOriginally from Cross Plains, Wisconsin, Colin moved to Austin in the fall of 2011 after graduating from Columbia College Chicago. Through his work with a variety of Austin nonprofits, Colin has helped a new generation of young people express themselves through movie magic. As a film teacher, he has assisted students in the production of over 40 short films. Colin is thrilled to work with Austin Film Festival to help improve students’ reading, writing, communication and idea expression skills through hands on screenwriting and filmmaking. Outside of the of classroom, Colin enjoys reading Stephen King novels and playing with his dog Mayonnaise.email@example.comCloseColin HyerYoung Filmmakers Program Coordinatoremail ColinSamantha Johnson - Events Coordinator 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. She is thrilled to be taking on her new role as Film Marketing Coordinator during the 2016 festival where she will help our filmmakers share their stories with the right audience. When she isn’t working AFF events, you can find Samantha in the Red River District enjoying the Austin music scene or home binge watching movies over queso and firstname.lastname@example.orgCloseSamantha JohnsonEvents Coordinator | Film Marketing Coordinatoremail SamanthaRoy 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!