GTX FILM FESTIVAL & “HOW TO” CONFERENCE stresses good visual storytelling and will focus on the basics of filmmaking—photography, directing, producing and editing—and how well these elements are executed in the film.

April 5-7, 2019, GTX Film Festival & “How To” Conference will offer up to three screening sessions of feature and short films from filmmakers from across the United States and Europe. Attendees can enjoy films from Texas, California, New York, New Mexico, France and The Netherlands. The venue is City Lights Theatre, Georgetown, Texas.

The weekend will also include a conference Saturday morning with industry professionals in the moving image industry speakers. Topics will include the basics of effective visual storytelling.

To attend the conference you need to purchase an “All Access” ticket.  Please tickets to right.


*Speaker disclaimer: GTX Film reserves the right to make last minute changes in speakers due to scheduling conflicts.

Donise L. Hardy, CSA

A member of the Casting society of America. She began her casting career in San Francisco in 1991; three years later, she established her Los Angeles firm. In 1999, a move to Austin quickly positioned Donise as the busiest commercial casting director in the State of Texas.

Throughout her career, Donise has taught classes, specializing in commercial audition technique. Her classes are in high demand and are recommended by agents, coaches, talent and moms throughout the state. Having conducted hundreds of thousands of auditions, gives her a special insight into the process.

Kat Albert

Kat Albert (Kathy Swift Albert) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. Her films and music videos often focus on a female protagonist with gritty realism and heavily stylized visuals.

She graduated from Texas Tech University and worked in both Houston and Chicago before relocating to Austin, Texas. She is also a guest teacher and lecturer on filmmaking. Her films have played at festivals around the world.

In 2018, she started the Lake Travis Film Festival to explore stories and films that have a message of hope and perseverance.

Jennifer Hutchins

Jennifer Hutchins has been producing hit shows, distributed film & high-profile branded content for over a decade including over 200 episodes of television for ABC, CBS, CNN, A&E, Spike, TLC, Syfy, Discovery, Speed, and NatGeo. Her latest YouTube Originals series “Planet Slow Mo” has been trending every week as new episodes premiere.

Jennifer has produced 4 feature films with distribution and celebrity talent. She is the founder of Austin Entertainment Business (AEB) support group. AEB emphasizes the business of creative & educates entertainment professionals on excelling projects to global distribution, winning awards and increasing the amount of quality productions in Texas.

Samuel Ali

Producer/director/designer/actor, Samuel Ali is from San Antonio, TX and has been working in film since 2007.

Samuel got his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Loyola Marymount University where he worked for the TV network, interned for Capitol Films, Unity Films, and the L.A. Mayor’s Office.

In 2018 Samuel founded Texas Made Films as his philanthropy, teaching youth all aspects of filmmaking.

His debut feature “Spring Breakdown” will be released later this year and will begin production on his second before 2020.

Shara Nickell

Nickell is a line producer who has worked in the film industry since 2003 in various positions including set PA, production coordinator, 2nd assistant director, production manager, field producer, line producer, development producer on short and feature films, television series, music video, and web series.

Nickell has worked with esteemed talent such as Lady Gaga, and Jonny de Mol, plus a multitude of talented and successful cast and crew members. Experienced in management, scheduling, and budgeting software, Nickell has budgeted films from $10,000 to $10 million.

Gabriel Folse

Gabriel Folse has been involved in many aspects of filmmaking including casting, producing, directing, writing, editing, acting, set construction, art department, and cinematography. In 2007, he produced the award-winning feature film, Guilty which he wrote, co-produced, directed, edited, and also photographed.

Gabriel produced the feature film, The Bystander Theory, 2012, starring Brad Leland (Friday Night Lights) and Dameon Clarke (Dragon Ball Z), which was released on REELZ Network in December of 2013. He also did the additional photography or “B”- roll footage, as well as a principal flashback scene.

For the last thirty years, Gabriel has been teaching film acting and working as a film actor. He has worked on a wide range of big budget films with top actors and directors, including Clint Eastwood, Oliver Stone, Lawrence Kasdan, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Costner, Natalie Portman, and many others. His acting experience includes work in Los Angeles, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, on a variety of film and television projects. He recently appeared in the pivotal role of Colonel James Forsyth in the Steven Spielberg produced miniseries, “Into the West”.

Gabriel is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Announcers.

Sandra Steele

Sandra Steele is an independent film veteran. She began her career in Makeup/SFX working for Machine City Productions, most notably “Day X” (2005 ) and with Chimera Studios on “All The Boys Love Mandy Lane” (2007 released in 2013). She has been line producer and assistant director for several films. In 2010 she started consulting on scripts, but has never left the makeup/fx entirely working on the 2013 film “Secrets of a Psychopath” directed by Mr. B.I.G. (Bert Gordon). In 2013, she started working with Gary Gannaway to help him make his script “Virgin Cheerleaders in Chains” come to life. She is currently developing Elizabeth Moon’s novel “Trading in Danger” and 2 other film projects.

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