A curated selection of pre-recorded panels created by our Community Partners. These links will take you outside of our virtual festival site. We encourage you to explore more of their offerings both during and after GIFT Fest!

ISA: Creative Collaboration panel

Finding the right writing partner, producer, or other creative collaborators can make or break your project. Rebecca Katz, Julia Lerman, Roja Gashtili, and Natalie Qasabian cover some dos and don’ts of building and working with a team to tell authentic and powerful stories.

ISA: Flip Side of Pitching panel

A roundtable discussion with Sonali Mehta, M.Rowan Meyer, and Desa Larkin-Boutté – three of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters’s To Watch in 2021 – talking about pitching. Instead of hearing from industry pros who receive pitches, this is the flip-side of that discussion. Get the inside scoop from fellow writers about how they pitch, prep & avoid pitfalls.

ISA: A Conversation on Inclusive Storytelling

With Ashwini Prasad & Diane J. Wright

WIFT-Austin Podcast: Kat Candler

An interview with award winning writer, director, producer, and showrunner Kat Candler. Kat talks about her career on shows like ‘Queen Sugar’ and ‘Being Mary Jane’ and her future projects.

WIFT-Austin Podcast: Chelsea Hernandez

An interview with award winning PBS television and documentary producer Chelsea Hernandez. Chelsea talks about starting her producing career at the age of 9 and her latest documentary ‘Building The American Dream’.

WIFT-Austin Podcast: Angela Meryl

An interview with award winning stuntwoman, actress and author, Angela Meryl discussing what it takes to be a stuntwoman and her emerging voice acting career.

The Light Leaks: Dissecting the Scene with Christina Raia

Christina Raia is a New York City-based Writer/Director and the Founder of CongestedCat Productions. With an affinity for ensemble pieces and punchy dialogue, she tends to focus on character-driven narrative projects that explore social issues through humor and horror. ‘The Gaze’ is her latest short film, a horror that flips the genre on its head by redefining the ‘damsel in distress’. Raia’s short is an interesting look at the dynamics of catcallers and women biting back topped with a magical cherry on top ending.

The Light Leaks: Dissecting the Scene with Olivia Accardo

One True Loves is an original web series written & directed by Olivia Accardo. Olivia is an LA based artist, animator, and filmmaker I’m a motion graphics artist & video editor specializing in 2D animation, specifically for social content and gifs. I’ve created work for clients such as 20th Century Fox, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, Showtime, Super Deluxe, MoviePass, Focus Features, TNT, Warner Brothers, Hard Rock Café, Disney, and more. 

The Light Leaks: Dissecting the Scene with Kimmie Devereux

Kimmie Devereux is an NJ based singer songwriter and creative passionate about authentic storytelling. Her latest music video is a beautiful portrayal of young LGBTQ love in all of it’s honesty and teen awkwardness. Kimmie directed this video and is working on new music.

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