The CFC will select 60-90 minutes of eligible films to be screened for our blue ribbon panel. Films will be judged on creativity, originality, technical quality, and adherence to this year’s theme. There is no set rubric; judges will weight these attributes at their own discretion.
All films, including those entered late, may compete for the Audience Award, which is determined by audience ballot at the public screening.
Peter Baxter is President and co-founder of Slamdance and a filmmaker. Slamdance, a showcase for emerging talent, counts among its alumni Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess and Oren Peli, all of whom first gained notice there. Since its inception, he has been responsible for developing and managing all areas of Slamdance.
Kurt Loder is a journalist and writer currently writing about movies for Reason Online. He was staff writer and senior editor at Rolling Stone for nine years, where he remains a contributing editor; writer and host of MTV’s The Week In Rock for more than a decade; and movie reviewer for MTV.com.
Matthew Lillard is an American actor, director and producer. He is best known for his roles as Stu Macher in Scream, Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo film series, and his dramatic turn as Brian Speer in Alexander Payne’s critically acclaimed The Descendants.
Andrew Wilson is a producer and talent manager whose clients include Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Candyman), Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw franchise). He spent 11 years at Evolution Management before joining Zero Gravity in 2012, where he represents writers and directors.
Melody Hammer is a manager and producer who currently heads production at StyleHaul, one of the world’s top digital networks. Prior to that she co-founded management company Adept Entertainment and represented a roster of comedians, actors, writers, and web personalities at The Collective.
Bethany is an independent filmmaker and actress who won last year’s CFC. Her short films have won praise from Werner Herzog and King of Queens creator Michael J. Weithorn, among others. She is from Colorado and used to sing in a punk band.