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Keynote Speaker

Marian Luntz, Film Program Director and Curator of Film and Video at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Entertainment Guest

Barbara King Dance


Screenwriting Workshop with Ben Wiggins Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The writing workshop will discuss the writer’s process from beginning to “end” (as if it ever really ends!). We will talk about the brainstorming process of story breaking, keeping track of story in a visual way, working through early drafts, and the later, ultra-specific stages of “dialogue chess”. We will also work with the participants in the acting workshop to create live scenes.

Ben Wiggins is a Los Angeles-based producer and screenwriter who originally entered production in Houston, working on commercials and music videos prior to moving west in 2008. After a significant number of projects as a 1st and 2nd assistant director in Los Angeles, he began contracting to develop ideas into films, wrote three commissioned screenplays (including a novel adaptation), and funded his own production company in 2011. He co-penned and produced three episodes of “Take One with Justin Nichols”, sold feature comedy “Contempt of Short" in 2014, and co-wrote Devious Maids Episode #310 (“Whiplash”) in 2015 with his current writing partner, Christian Spicer. Ben has also led a number of seminars on writing, story, and development. Download more information here Register
Acting Fundamentals with Tishuan Scott Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Acting Fundamentals focuses on guiding the actor through a series of voice and vocal warm-ups, breathing exercises and activities that focus on memorization to build the actor to handle dialogue. This series of training is coupled with improvisation and then dialogue and scene study to equip the talent with the tools to actively participate in engaging another actor. Acting Fundamentals will use “the pinch and the ouch” technique which was created and coined by Sanford Meisner.

An Oprah Winfrey Scholar, Tishuan attended Morehouse College, where he matriculated towards earning his Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Psychology in 2002. He then attended the University of California - Los Angeles School of Theater, Film & Television, as a Lloyd Bridges/MGM Outer Limits Fellow, where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting in 2006. Tishuan was awarded the 2013 SXSW Breakthrough Performance - Special Jury Recognition for Acting in his star turning lead role as "Nate," a freedman gravedigger for the Federal Union Army in "The Retrieval" by Chris Eska. Scott also plays "Keneiloe," a Ghanaian Guru, in Andrew Bujalski's 2013 Sundance Alfred P. Sloan Award Winner,"Computer Chess." Download more information here



Carlos A. Gutierrez

Carlos is Co-founder and Executive Director of Cinema Tropical, the New York-based non-profit organization that has become the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the U.S. As a guest curator, he has presented several film/video series at different cultural institutions, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, BAMcinématek, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He co-curated the 53rd edition of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. He is a contributing editor to BOMB magazine and has served as a member of the jury and panelist for various film festivals and funds including the Morelia Film Festival, SANFIC, DocsDF, the Sundance Documentary Fund, and the Tribeca Film Institute’s Latin American Media Arts Fund.

Javier Guerrero

Javier Guerrero is Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies at Princeton University. He holds a PhD in Latin American Studies from New York University and a licenciatura in Film Studies from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Before coming to the US, Guerrero was President of the Venezuelan Cinemateca Nacional, and Vice President of Gran Cine, Latin American largest Art Cinema circuit. He has curated over 25 International Film Series and Festivals. Guerrero is the author of Tecnologías del cuerpo. Exhibicionismo y visualidad en América Latina (Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2014) and the editor of Relatos enfermos (Conaculta/Literal Publishing, 2015) and Vulgaridad Capital. Políticas de lo vulgar y desafíos del “buen gusto” en América Latina (Taller de Letras, 2015). He is the coeditor of Excesos de cuerpo: relatos de contagio y enfermedad en América Latina (Eterna Cadencia 2009, reprinted 2012) and the two-volume dossier Cuerpos enfermos/Contagios culturales (Estudios 2010, 2011). He is also the author of a book on the Venezuelan filmmaker Mauricio Walerstein (FCN, 2002) and the novel Balnearios de Etiopia (Eterna Cadencia, 2010). Currently, he is the Chair of the Section on Venezuelan Studies at the Latin American Studies Association and is working on two new books, Synthetic Skin: On Dolls and Miniature Cultures and The Latin American Cinema of Cruelty.

Naief Yehya

Naief Yehya is a narrator as well as a culture and film critic. Yehya’s social commentary touches on film, the impact of technology, and pornographic phenomena in the media and culture. His essays have been published in numerous international journals and magazines. His most recent publications are Rebanadas (Conaculta, 2012) and Pornocultura. El espectro sexualizado de la violencia en los medios (Tusquets, 2013). Yehya was also a juror at the Brooklyn International Film Festival for several years.


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6:00 p.m.

Opening Night
Proudly announcing Marian Luntz, MFAH Film Curator, as our guest speaker for the night and Barbara King Dance as our entertainment guest.


10:30 am – 1:00 p.m.

Screenwriting Workshop
Instructor – Ben Wiggins


10:30 am – 1:00 p.m.

Screenwriting Workshop
Instructor – Ben Wiggins


4:00 p.m.

International Voices Film Program 
National and International Short Films


7:00 p.m.


10:30 am – 1:00 p.m.

Screenwriting Workshop
Instructor – Ben Wiggins


10:30 am – 1:00 p.m.

Acting Fundamentals
Instructor – Tishuan Scott


4:00 p.m.

Local & Fresh Film Program
Texas Short Films

El Buzo

Grand Jury Prize & Best of Mexico Shorts

Dir. by Esteban Arrangoiz Mexico
Prize: $5,000


Best Picture & Best of International Voices

Dir. by Mehrnoush Aliaghaei Iran/USA
Prize: $1,000

Safe Space

Award of Excellence

Dir. by Zora Rux Germany
Prize: $500

Official Selection

International Voices

Scheherazade, by Mehrnoush Aliaghaei, narrative, Iran/USA
Safe Space, by Zora Rux, narrative, Germany
Fish, by Saman Hosseinpuor, narrative, Iran
Happy With Bear, by Yianni Warnock, narrative, Australia/Greece
Black Swell, by Jake Honig, narrative, USA
Waves'98, by Ely Dagher, animation, Lebanon
Lost Village, by George Todria, experimental, USA
Semele, by Myrsini Aristidou, narrative, Greece
Aden, by Gary Lee, narrative, USA

Local & Fresh: Texas Short Fimls

Into Us & Ours, by Jessie Zinn, narrative - "Best of Texas Shorts"
Jackdaw, by Travis Champagne, narrative
Sixteen Sunrises & Sunstes, by Marilyn Swick, documentary
Game Night, by Joel Fendelman, narrative
Her & Me, by Shelby Hadden, documentary

Mexico Lindo y Querido: Mexico Short Films

El Buzo, by Esteban Arrangoiz, documentary
Gloria,by Luis Hernández de la Peña, narrative
El don de los espejos, by Mara Soles, animation
La carta, by Ángeles Cruz, narrative
Los Contreras Family, by Alejandro Becerril, narrative
Ramona, by Giovanna Zacarías, narrative
Soñar el otro, by Abril Schmucler, narrative