- Jeffrey Cranor, co-creator of Welcome to Night Vale and Within the Wires podcasts.
- Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, co-founders of Two-Up which released Limetown, with over 8 million listens.
- Kathy Merritt, VP of Content Strategies and Development for Public Radio International, where she oversees podcasting, special projects, and distributed radio programs.
- Ann Heppermann is the founder of The Sarah Awards, celebrating and rewarding radio drama for the 21st century, and hosts its fiction podcast Serendipity.
Public Radio International (PRI) has officially signed on as the sponsor of the competition which is open until July 7.
Akers & Bronkie will also be featured in audio fiction programming during AFF’s Screenwriters Conference, October 26 – 29. Programming will discuss the art of storytelling within an acoustic medium, and address the nuts and bolts of creating a successful fiction podcast.
About Austin Film Festival
Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts. www.austinfilmfestival.com
PRI is building a more informed, empathetic, and connected world by creating multi-platform content that empowers people to benefit their lives and the world. PRI’s award-winning content reaches more than 20 million people each month, through over 900 public radio stations in the U.S., PRI.org, podcasts and social media. An affiliated company of WGBH, PRI produces PRI’s The World®, The Takeaway (a co-production with WNYC), and Studio 360® from PRI and WNYC. It reports in-depth on topics including gender equity, international security, and American identity and immigrant life, and represents public radio programs including Science Friday, q from the CBC and The Tavis Smiley Show. Major philanthropic supporters include The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Ford Foundation.