Our industry judges have been involved in some of the best films made over the last 30 years. They have won Oscar’s, Bafta’s, Golden Globes, Emmy’s & the Cannes Palme d’Or, not to mention a wealth of other awards. They will read the winning screenplays from 2016’s Feature, Short and TV Contest.
That’s a lot of influential people who are in a position to transform your pages to celluloid!
‘I would like to applaud each of the writers and thank them for allowing me to read their wonderful work. Each writer is clearly at a level that assures me that if they are not already working (paid to write), that time is nigh’ Judge – FRANK RENZULLI – writer of The Sopranos, The Walking Dead
‘Can I go on record as saying how high I thought the standard was. Every one of these writers is a talent’ Judge – MATTHEW GRAHAM – writer of Doctor Who, Life on Mars
‘It rips your heart out to have to choose. All five entries were unique, outstanding and something fresh.’ – TODD RAFAEL CIMINO – Producer at HBO Films
Jeremy Irons - Actor
Jeremy won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Claus von Bulow in REVERSAL OF FORTUNE. He is also a Golden Globe Award, Primetime Emmy Award, Tony Award, and SAG Award winner. His works include: THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN, THE MISSION, DEAD RINGERS, THE LION KING, DIE HARD, and many more.
Scott Marder - Writer, Producer
Scott is a writer and producer known for IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, BOJACK HORSEMAN, CAVEMAN, and is the creator of UNSUPERVISED.
Tony Grisoni - Writer
Tony has written several of Terry Gilliam’s films, including FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS and TIDELAND. Grisoni also co-wrote the screenplay for Gilliam’s THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, which was abandoned soon after starting filming. He wrote the RED RIDING TRILOGY. THE UNLOVED won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Single Drama. He’s most recently written SOUTHCLIFFE, an original 4-part drama for Channel 4, directed by Sean Durkin.
Thora Birch - Actress, Producer
Thora's breakthrough role came in 1999 with the Academy Award winning film American Beauty. Her performance was well received by both critics and audiences. She later played the lead role in Ghost World (2001) for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress. She appeared in independent films, such as Dark Corners, Train and Winter of Frozen Dreams and on USA Network Show Colony.
Keith Calder - Producer
Keith Calder co-founded Snoot Entertainment in 2004 to develop, finance, and produce films across all genres. Keith’s most recent credits include Charlie Kaufman’s Academy-Award nominated animated film ANOMALISA and the upcoming horror movie THE WOODS. Other recent Snoot productions include FAULTS, THE GUEST, and the award-winning horror film YOU’RE NEXT. He has also produced ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE, THE WACKNESS, and PEEP WORLD.
Nora Zehetner - Actress
Nora most recently appeared in the Amazon Studio/Magnolia film “creative control” which was on the National Board of Reviews list of top ten indies. Her previous work includes Brick, Heroes, Maron, Greys Anatomy, and Mad Men.
Finola Dwyer - Producer
Finola is an Oscar and BAFTA-nominated producer whose credits include STONED, QUARTET, SEVERANCE and BAFTA-winning, EMMY nominated, TSUNAMI: THE AFTERMATH. Finola received an Oscar nomination for producing AN EDUCATION.
Jeffrey Caine - Writer
Jeffrey was a teacher before turning to writing full time. He is known especially for writing the screenplays for GOLDENEYE, RORY O’SHEA WAS HERE and THE CONSTANT GARDENER which he received an Oscar nomination for. His most recent writing credit is EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, directed by Ridley Scott.
Isobel Bruce - Manager of Future Shorts
Isobel is Manager of Future Shorts, sister company to Secret Cinema, an international film festival that travels around the globe. She has a background in theatre as a director, producer and writer, and ran a theatre company in New York for 4 years that staged short international plays in unusual venues. She also consults as a freelance creative and writer. She is passionate about connecting people with stories in unexpected ways.
Frank Renzulli - Writer, Producer
Frank’s work as a producer/writer on the acclaimed HBO series THE SOPRANOS earned him four Emmy nominations for Writing as well as receiving a Golden Globe. He's also written for CRASH and THE WALKING DEAD.
Ash Christian - Actor, Writer, Director, Producer
Ash won an EMMY for his work on mI Promise. He's acted in shows such as The Good Wife, Cleaners, Ugly Betty; produced 19 features and TV Shows, and directed 4 features.
Kate O'Hara, Development & Production Executive - iFeatures
Kate is a Development & Production Executive at Creative England on iFeatures, a UK wide low budget feature film development and production initiative aimed at 1st & 2nd time feature filmmakers funded by Creative England, BFI Film fund and BBC Films. Kate takes overall responsibility for the running of iFeatures, including managing the submission, development and production process.
Jami O'Brien - Writer, Producer
Jami is a writer and producer, known for HELL ON WHEELS, THE DEEP END and FLESH AND BONE.
Gabe Sachs - Writer, Producer
Gabe has been a writer/producer on a number of primetime television shows and movies including FREAKS & GEEKS, JUST SHOOT ME, UNDECLARED, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT and 90210. He is the creator of NBC/Sony hit series THE NIGHT SHIFT.
Daniel Knauf - Writer, Producer
Daniel is a producer and writer, known for CARNIVALE, THE BLACKLIST and BLIND JUSTICE.
Maggie Mackay - Aspen Film Festival
Maggie is the Artistic Director of Aspen Film Festival. She has previously worked as a Senior Co-ordinator at Sundance Film Festival and Director of Operations at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Peter Knight - Writer, Producer
Peter Knight is currently working on BIG MOUTH for Netflix. He has also worked on BOJACK HORSEMAN, ENLISTED at Fox and 1600 PENN at NBC. He began his career as Creator and Showrunner of FOX’s BIG WOLF ON CAMPUS and Comedy Central’s KROD MANDOON.
Kasi Lemmons - Actress, Writer, Director
Kasi has appeared in such films as SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, HARD TARGET & Spike Lee’s SCHOOL DAYS. Lemmon’s first feature as a writer-director, EVE'S BAYOU, became the highest grossing independent film of 1997, receiving the Independent Spirit Award for “Best First Feature”. Her most recent feature, BLACK NATIVITY was released nationwide Thanksgiving 2013.
Lawrence Kaplow - Writer, Producer
Lawrence is an Emmy-nominated television writer/producer and winner of a Writers Guild of America Award. In addition to six seasons with HOUSE, he is currently a consulting producer on CBS's new summer show BRAINDEAD, and has previously written/produced for ROGUE, LAW & ORDER: SVU, BODY OF PROOF, K-VILLE and HACK.
Joseph Mallozzi - Writer, Producer
Joseph is a writer and producer known for STARGATE SG-1, STARGATE: ATLANTIS, DARK MATTER and TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES.
Liza Marshall - Producer
Former head of Drama at Britain’s Channel 4, Liza produced THE RED RIDING TRILOGY, written by one of our other judges, Tony Grisoni. It was met with universal acclaim on its release. Her producing credits include: WELCOME TO THE PUNCH, LIFE IN A DAY, I AM SLAVE, BOY A, ENDGAME & SPRINGSTEEN & I. BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP.
Roberto Bentivegna - Writer, Director
Roberto was awarded the Carla Kuhn fellowship, the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting award and the Faculty Selects for "A Day in March". He was a finalist in the Academy's Nicholl Fellowship. His most recent screenplays include SHELLA for acclaimed photographer Albert Watson; THE EEL starring Sam Rockwell-which was featured on the Black List and he will be directing; SPIRIT HOUSE for Film Nation.
T. Rafael Cimino - Producer
Todd is a consulting producer for HBO films. He has been the story editor on a number of shows and films including MIAMI VICE, LOST IN TRANSLATION and THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL.
Christopher Figg - Producer
Chris was an assistant director on the Oscar winning PASSAGE TO INDIA before moving into producing. He produced the HELLRAISER films; co-produced TRAINSPOTTING, DOG SOLDIERS, HEIDI AND GREYFRIARS BOBBY. Recent films include 4,3,2,1, CORIOLANUS, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, AGE OF HEROES, and HUNKY DORY with Minnie Driver.
Stephen Woolley - Producer
Stephen Woolley has spent a lifetime steeped in movies and filmmaking. In 1982 He launched Palace Video in partnership with Nik Powell, releasing titles such as Eraserhead and Mephisto. His producing credits include The Company of Wolves, The Miracle, The Butcher Boy, The Good Thief, the Oscar-nominated The End of The Affair, Interview With The Vampire, and Oscar-winning The Crying Game.
Colm McAuliffe - Cork Film Festival
Colm is a senior film programmer at Cork Film Festival. He is also a critic, writing regularly on film, music and literature for The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight and Sound and others.
James Dormer - Writer, Producer
James has recently been lead writer and executive producer on BEOWULF, a 13 part series for ITV. He's worked on STRIKE BACK, MUSKETEERS and SPOOKS. He wrote the film OUTCAST which starred Nicholas Cage and Hayden Christensen.
Chris Lang - Writer
Chris is the writer of over seventy hours of prime time British drama, including THE TUNNEL, UNFORGOTTEN, ROBIN HOOD, HUSTLE and PRIMEVAL.
Tom de Ville - Writer
Tom wrote and created URBAN GOTHIC for Channel 5 when he was 23. Since then he's gone onto write episodes of HANNIBAL and LEXX.
Matthew Graham - Writer
Matthew has written drama since 1997, writing episodes of SPOOKS, HUSTLE, LIFE ON MARS and the global phenomenon, DOCTOR WHO. He's been nominated for a BAFTA for his work on BYKER GROVE and THIS LIFE.
Ray Lawrence - Writer, Director
Ray has made three feature films. BLISS was screened at Cannes Film Festival in 1985 and the film won Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay at the AFI Awards. LANTANA won seven AFI Awards. Ray’s latest film, JINDABYNE, had its world premiere at Cannes and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Peter Harness - Writer, Producer
Peter wrote the critically acclaimed Is ANYBODY THERE? starring Michael Caine. He's since written JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL, DOCTOR WHO and written and executive produced, WALLANDER.
Rich Warren - Encounters Film Festival
Rich is the Festival Director for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the UK's leading short film festival. The festival prioritises the showcasing, supporting and progression of new and emerging talent in film and animation.
Kees Kasander - Producer
Kees is a producer and director, known for FISH TANK, PROSPERO'S BOOKS, THE COOK, THE THIEG, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER & KEN PARK. He has produced over 70 films from all around the world. He is also a Shore Scripts Patron.
Kevin Loader - Producer
Kevin Loader is one of the U.K.’s most established film producers. He was a double BAFTA Award nominee in 2010 when two of his productions, Armando Iannucci’s political comedy, IN THE LOOP, and Sam Taylor-Wood’s, NOWHERE BOY. He has produced over 35 films. They include: ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, THE HISTORY BOYS, VENUS, ENDURING LOVE and others.
Michelle Wright - Producer
Michelle is the Head of Production at Working Title Films. She’s been involved in over 50 of the biggest films released over the last twenty years. Some of these include: O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?, BILLY ELLIOT, BRIDGET JONE'S DIARY, THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE, ABOUT A BOY, LOVE ACTUALLY, THE INTERPRETER, HOT FUZZ, ATONEMENT, FROST NIXON, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, LES MISERABLES and many more.
Paul Webster - Producer
As a producer, Paul's been involved in the making of over 100 films over the last 30 years. He is Oscar nominated, and a BAFTA and Golden Globe winner who’s recent productions include EASTERN PROMISES, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, ATONEMENT and ANNA KARENINA.
Lucy Hay - Script Editor
Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION and ASSASSIN, plus head script reader for The London Screenwriters' Festival.
Adrian Sturges - Producer
Adrian began his career by producing short films by such directors as Rupert Wyatt – SUBTERRAIN and GET THE PICTURE and Sam Taylor-Wood - LOVE YOU MORE, the latter being nominated for the BAFTA and the Palme d’Or. His first feature was THE BAKER. Subsequently he's produced THE ESCAPIST, ALBATROSS and THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED.