AFF IS HEADED TO LOS ANGELES ON SATURDAY, MAY 16TH!
For the fifth year, Austin Film Festival, in partnership with the Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowships Programs, is pleased to present panels dedicated to enhancing your writing journey.
On Saturday, May 16th, join us at the Academy’s beautiful Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood for a day full of seasoned advice from industry professionals– from navigating the business of Hollywood to the realities of what the day-to-day is like for a working writer. In addition, we’re kicking off the event with our popular Roundtable Sessions where attendees will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with industry insiders to ask any burning questions about the business of writing for the screen.
Roundtable Sessions (10:00AM-11:30AM):
- Before the panels begin, we’re kicking off the day with our popular Roundtable Sessions—an in-demand event during our annual Writers Conference. Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for the screen. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for film and television.
- How It Works: Participants will be seated at a table with a small group of other attendees along with one industry professional. After 12 minutes, panelists will rotate and move to another table. This will happen multiple times until all panelists meet with all tables. These are not pitch sessions, but rather casual table meetings where you are encouraged to ask specific questions about the business of writing for film and television.
- Please Note: Space is limited – Roundtable tickets have sold out quickly in previous years!
Navigating the Business (1:00 – 2:15PM):
So you’ve put the words to the page, but that’s only the beginning of the screenwriting process—now you’ve got to get it made. Join us for a conversation on navigating the business of Hollywood, from pitching your script and presenting yourself as a writer to finding representation and inking that first big deal. This panel will show you how to put the “work” in “working Hollywood writer.”
Life as a Screenwriter (2:30 – 3:45 pm):
The life of a screenwriter requires more than creativity and passion—it requires grit, patience, and a continued commitment to the craft. In this panel, seasoned screenwriters will sit down for an in-depth conversation on cultivating a successful writing career and the hardships and heartaches that come with pursuing your passion as a profession.
Networking Reception (4:00PM-5:30PM)
As a ticket holder for the event, you are also invited to attend our happy hour mixer following the last panel discussion in the lobby of the Linwood Dunn Theater. Complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided courtesy of the Academy Education Program and the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.