All complete, eligible films will be submitted to our judges for evaluation. Films will be judged on creativity, originality, technical quality, and adherence to this year’s theme. There is no set rubric; judges will weigh these attributes at their own discretion.
2014 Judges (confirmed so far)
Barry Katz is a legendary comedy manager and producer. Known for launching the careers of Dave Chappelle, Louis CK, Dane Cook, Tracy Morgan, and Whitney Cummings, among many others, Katz has executive produced over 50 different TV specials, documentaries, reality programs, and scripted shows including NBC’s Whitney, Fox’s Action, HBO’s Tourgasm, and 7 seasons of the Emmy nominated NBC series Last Comic Standing.
Tim Minear is a veteran television writer, producer, and director. His credits include executive producing Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse alongside Joss Whedon, showrunning the acclaimed series Terriers, Wonderfalls, and Drive, and writing for The X-Files, Lois & Clark, and Zorro. He currently serves as executive producer on American Horror Story.
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.
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.
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 the 2012 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.