Talent Guide

Thomas Kivney

  • Discipline:Writer
  • Program Year:Screenwriting Lab 2024


Thomas Kivney is a Los Angeles-based writer and recent graduate of the AFI Conservatory. A lifelong bookworm, he began his career in publishing, working as a book scout advising clients like Netflix and Warner Bros. His feature script, Max & Tony’s Epic One Night Stand — a very gay rom-com with aliens — was featured on the 2021 Black List. A second feature Best Man – about the blurry lines between friendship and romance in the queer community – is currently being developed by Nicolas Blanco through Film Independent’s 2023 Imaginar Producers Residency.

Current Project

Role Play


A struggling actor agrees to help a powerful casting director boost her newly-out son’s confidence by posing as the most supportive guy on Grindr. But as he starts developing feelings for her son, they all realize that even the most well-conceived plot can’t protect you from the realities of love.