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


Barry KatzBarry Katz

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 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 Last Comic Standing.


Peter BaxterPeter Baxter

Peter Baxter is President and co-founder of Slamdance and a filmmaker. Slamdance, a showcase for emerging independent 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.


Jason-GoldbergJason Goldberg

Jason Goldberg is, along with Ashton Kutcher, the President and co-founder of Katalyst Films. As head of Katalyst, he has created and produced films and TV shows including Punk’d, Beauty and the Geek, and The Butterfly Effect. He is also the head of the Katalyst Network, one of the top showcases for emerging directors and talent in the digital media space.


Tim MinearTim Minear

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 WilsonAndrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is a producer and talent manager for Zero Gravity. His clients include Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Candyman), Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw franchise). He spent 11 years at Evolution Management and Twisted Pictures before joining Zero Gravity in 2012, where he represents writers and directors.


Andrew WilsonJonathan Smith

Winner of the 2013 CFC with his short film “A Simple Test,” Jonathan Smith is a filmmaker and an improv and sketch comedian. He has written and directed the feature films Breast Picture, which premiered in 2010 at the LA Comedy Festival, and The Worst Year of My Life, premiering at this year’s Dances With Films festival. Jonathan is currently working at Blue Sky Studios on the new Peanuts film for 20th Century Fox.


2013 Judges


Entertainment Weekly Upfront Party Presented By Matrix Men's Kurt Loder

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


Matthew_Lillard_2012Matthew Lillard

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 HammerMelody Hammer

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 OrrBethany Orr

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.


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