Austin Film Festival Confirmed 2012 Conference Panelists

 Simon Kinberg, Courtesy of Austin Film Festival

The writers behind two of the most highly anticipated films of the summer are confirmed for the 2012 AFF Conference!

Simon Kinberg, whose writing credits include Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, This Means War, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and X-Men: The Last Stand, graduated from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude. He received an MFA from Columbia University Film School, where he won the school’s highest screenwriting award, the Zaki Gordon Fellowship. His final thesis project for film school was the original script Mr. And Mrs. Smith, and the film went on to become one of the hundred most successful films of all-time.
In 2010, Simon established his production company Genre Films, with a first look deal at 20th Century Fox. He is the producer of Elysium, directed by Neill Blomkamp, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, slated for release in 2013. He is also the producer of the new live-action Cinderella at Disney to be directed by Mark Romanek, and Narco Sub to be directed by Tony Scott at Fox. He is currently writing the sequel to X-Men: First Class.
Evan Daugherty is the writer of the upcoming films Snow White and the Huntsman and Killing Season, starring Robert DeNiro and John Travolta and directed by Mark Steven Johnson.
“I grew up in Texas, and in my younger days, I even entered the Screenwriting Competition (more than once, I think).  I’ve never actually been to the Festival but have admired it from afar for many years. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it from my fellow writer friends and am honored to join you this October.” 



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