If we’re going to be accused of anything at AFF, let it never be said that we’re late to a party. On the contrary, we’re sort of the jump-headfirst-into-brave-new-worlds kind of fest. Which is why we’re excited to be launching a new track in audio storytelling.
With the recent popularity of fiction podcasts made with Hollywood stars, the beloved medium of radio plays has been resurrected with a new, serial twist. In October, we’re going to bring some of the most creative minds in this emerging industry to you in Austin and let you hear for yourself about the art of writing a story for an acoustic medium, and about the need for great writers who will boldly go where few have gone before.
Screenwriter looking for a career break? Industry exec looking to keep up with the world of new media? Podcaster looking for the next big thing? Storyteller obsessed with great stories? This track is for you.
We’re thrilled to announce the return of our “Pitch Track” at the Conference, this year. Running alongside our annual Pitch Competition, the track is a new initiative that serves to equip writers with the tools, techniques, and tenacity needed to successfully pitch in Hollywood. Check out some of the panels and workshops that will be included in the track:
- Pitch Prep
- How to Take a Meeting
- Pitching as a Team
- Ready, Set, Pitch: 90 Pages in 90 Seconds
- Notes on Notes
- How to Pitch: The Writers Pitchspective
- How to Pitch: The Executives Pitchspective
- Pitching the Documentary
- Pitching Season
- From Pitch to Pilot
- The Film Pitch
Our Conference/Producers Badges will get you access to the entire Pitch Track. A Pitch Competition ticket must be purchased separately. Pitch Tickets ($20) will sell out soon, so buy now!
At Austin Film Festival, our passion has always been to further the art and craft of storytelling by championing writers. The panelist roster in the Playwriting Track features writers who have worked in multiple mediums, discussions will explore the development of dialogue, character, action, temporal elements, and, more specifically, how these techniques can serve to inform writing for film, television, theatre and new media.
AFF’s Playwriting Track invites all the ‘narratively-inclined’ to join us at what has become the ultimate writers oasis. Whether you are hoping to cultivate craft essentials in your dramatic writing or searching for creative new ways to move forward in your career, come meet others who share your passion and harness the inspiration offered at AFF for playwrights and screenwriters alike.
AFF will execute the expansion of ongoing goals and missions, and will initiate The Diversity Focus Program, a series of panels and screenings featuring underrepresented storytellers with a goal of altering the narrative that minority voices are shrinking. Though industry statistics point to inadequate opportunities for women and minorities, Austin Film Festival sets out to usurp these trends and traditions by inspiring and showcasing a burgeoning community of talented and passionate voices, committed to challenging the story of who makes up the storytellers of today.
Stay tuned for more tracks announced soon!