Caitlin McFarland is the co-executive director and co-founder of ATX Television Festival, a four-day celebration that consists of panels, screenings, and events where attendees and leaders in the TV industry talk, watch, and experience television together as one community (a.k.a TV Camp for Grown Ups).
Originally from The Woodlands, Texas, McFarland graduated from Whittier College’s Scholars Program in Whittier, CA before starting a career in the film and TV Industry in both Los Angeles and New York. For almost a decade she worked with directors and producers on both Film + TV projects, including Nora Ephron, Mira Nair, and Betty Thomas. In addition, she also worked on both the festival and filmmaker side of festivals like TriBeCA Film Festival, Doha TriBeCa and Sundance Film Festival.
McFarland co-founded the ATX Television Festival in 2011 with a Kickstarter campaign. With 700 people in attendance its first year, the festival has now grown to 3,000 attendees, and has featured numerous epic reunions including “Felicity,” “Gilmore Girls,”, “The West Wing,” “Ugly Betty,” and a “Friday Night Lights” 10-year anniversary celebration on the Dillon Panther Football Field (to name a few). Leading ATX into its eighth season, McFarland remains passionate about growing the Festival, while keeping it an intimate and accessible place for fans and industry to come together.
McFarland, along with her ATX co-founder, Emily Gipson, have launched into development with their production company No Mondays Productions, as an outlet to create the television content about which they are passionate, in addition to launching their inaugural podcast, The TV Campfire with original episodes and live panels from the festival’s past season.