All writers want the same thing. They want to find a home for their work. And all stories have one thing in common. If they are compelling enough there is a home for them. That home can sometimes be a surprise. Our Fiction Podcast Program might be just what you are looking for.
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
If you’re an aspiring writer or creator in the podcast industry, join us in October and let us put you in the room with people who will inspire, equip and enable you to take that next step to launch your career in this exciting industry. You will learn the ropes for yourself, realize new opportunities, and connect with the very folks who can help you take that great story in your head and put it in the ears of millions.
The Austin Film Festival has changed my life twice. The podcast track gave me opportunities to hear from and interact with industry professionals. The combination of vintage storytelling mixed with modern audio techniques lead me to a Eureka moment – it sent me off on my own production. There was enough I learned at the festival to make me want to seek out more.
-Sean Bridges, creator Triple Six podcast
PODCAST PROGRAMMING: 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.
THIS YEAR’S PANELISTS INCLUDE:
Scott Conroy writer/creator Blackout, Embeds; author Vote First Or Die, Sarah From Alaska
Matthew Derby writer Phreaks, Sandra, The Silent History, Super Flat Times
Jonathan Mitchell producer The Truth podcast
Lauren Shippen creator The Bright Sessions, The AM Archives; CEO, Atypical Artists
Mischa Stanton sound designer LeVar Burton Reads, The Bright Sessions, The AM Archives; executive producer The Whisperforge
Tim Street Vice President Influence and Production, Authentic
Marissa Tandon creator Super Ordinary, The Sword & The Stoner
Sarah Rhea Werner podcast creator Girl in Space, Write Now
The fiction podcast industry is bursting with possibilities for all storytellers, and the Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference is on the cutting edge of this new avenue. Our Conference will include a lot of experts in the field of audio storytelling. We are offering a full slate of panels and discussions that address it head-on, as well as crossover events that include writers from other genres. This means multiple opportunities for aspiring fiction podcast writers to learn, connect, and to find a place for those must-be-told stories.
PANEL TOPICS (TO BE ANNOUNCED)
CHECK OUT LAST YEAR’S SCHEDULE
THE 2019 SCHEDULE WILL BE RELEASED CLOSER TO THE FESTIVAL!