The Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

Friday, October 25, 2019

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Student Empowerment through Filmmaking and Storytelling presented by Macmillan Learning and Cinema Ed

Can making a film also make you a better student? Experiential data and practical experience support the notion that filmmaking and storytelling help connect students to their studies and to future success in the workplace. Come listen as we discuss how the process of writing and shooting a student film helps lift up educational pursuits and prepares our next generation of innovative and creative thinkers. A panelist from Macmillan Learning, who facilitate teaching and learning opportunities, will join film and education experts and a student filmmaker to get to the heart of how storytelling can empower students in all their studies.

This panel is presented by Macmillan Learning and Cinema Ed.

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UCLA Story Break Live

Panelists from the Festival will break a feature story in front of an audience. They won't know the story idea beforehand. It will be a high pressure (but fun) situation in which the writers must have the entire story ready to pitch to the studio by the panel's end. One random Second Rounder in attendance will be chosen to participate. Come have a drink on us and watch the creativity unfold.

This panel is presented by UCLA Professional Programs.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

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Breaking into TV

The writers room is full of opportunities for new and aspiring writers. So how do you get staffed, and what kind of writing samples do you need to break into the room? This panel of new TV hires will discuss how they broke in along with their advice for getting your foot in the door—and working your way up the ladder.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

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Writing to Direct: Indies
Jason Headley
Jason Headley
writer Pixar's Onward (2020), writer/director A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, It's Not About the Nail
Nicole Perlman
Nicole Perlman
writer Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, Detective Pikachu
Brandon Dickerson
Brandon Dickerson
writer/director Sironia, Victor, Amanda & Jack Go Glamping; writer Benji the Dove; director A Single Frame

What does it take to write and direct your own film? Join this panel of writer/directors for a conversation on how the writing process differs when you’re also directing and the obstacles and advantages that come with wearing multiple hats.

Must have an AFF Producers, Conference, Weekend, or Lone Star Badge for entry.