Alex Thomas, Executive Director
Alex studied English Literature and Film Studies at the University of Kentucky before coming to the University of Texas at Austin for her MFA in Film Production. Since 2010, she has taught film at The Khabele School in downtown Austin as well as written, directed, and produced short films that have screened at South by Southwest, Austin Film Festival, Texas Black Film Festival, Arkansas Black Film Festival and through Fandor. In 2013, she and Carrie Evans founded the Austin Youth Film Festival through our partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse. She is beyond excited about growing AYFF and creating new opportunities for young artists to screen their films, meet professionals, network with each other, and stay engaged in the weird and wonderful Austin film community that we all love so much.
Carrie Evans, Development and Public Relations Director
Carrie has a Radio-TV-Film degree from Indiana State University and studied film theory at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Currently, she is a film instructor at Rawson Saunders School, Austin School of Film, and a local Austin indie film producer. Since moving from the Hoosier state to Austin, she has produced 3 feature length films: Summer League, Wind & Rain, and Intrusion Disconnected and quite a few shorts. In the midst of all of this, she co-founded the Austin Youth Film Fest with Alex Thomas, where she took a very active role in coordinating its inaugural year to great success and praise. She’s a self-proclaimed collaboration enthusiast, and is always looking for new ways to use technology to bridge communication gaps in production. Needless to say, she is incredibly supportive and involved in the local Austin film scene.
Megan Adler, Marketing and Events Intern
Megan is a sophomore at The University of Texas. She is majoring in Corporate Communications and getting a certificate in business foundations. In the future, she would like to get into event planning and is hoping that this internship helps steer her in the right direction. She am super excited to get to work with the Austin Youth Film Festival and is looking forward to the exciting new experience!
Sloane Palmer, Social Media Intern
Sloane is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin studying Arabic and film. She plans on joining the Peace Corps after college and wants to someday make documentaries in the Middle East. When she’s not busy studying, she enjoys doing yoga, reading, and going to concerts. Sloane is originally from the Washington DC area, but loves keeping Austin weird. She’s thrilled to be working with Austin Youth Film Festival and hopes to encourage young people to be passionate about filmmaking.
Arlina Roman, Graphic Design Intern
Arlina has been a graphic designer ever since high school. She is currently a student in the Art Institute of Austin and will be graduating this spring and getting her BFA. Her favorite subjects include hand lettering, photography and editorial design. Some of her hobbies are listening to music and going to shows/festivals around Texas.
Brigid John, Videography Intern
Brigid is a junior RTF major at the University of Texas at Austin. She was raised in Austin, TX and attended Anderson High School where she was first introduced to film studies during her junior year film analysis class, igniting a passion for filmmaking. As a film student, she have chosen to focus on documentary film production with the intention of creating films that inform the public of the realities of society. Her hopes as a filmmaker are to reveal social and cultural issues to educate and inspire people through film.