JUDGES

TO READ 2022's BEST SCREENPLAYS

Our 41 industry judges have been involved in some of the best films and television shows made over the last 30 years.
They have won and been nominated for Oscars, Bafta’s, Golden Globes, and Emmys.

They will read the top five screenplays in their chosen category. 

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FEATURE

KIRSTIE MACDONALD – PRODUCER

Kirstie MacDonald started her television career at World Productions where she script edited many shows including BAFTA-winning THE COPS, OUTLAWS, THE FEAR, LINE OF DUTY, and SAVE ME before exec producing the true-crime dramas, IN PLAIN SIGHT and DARK ANGEL for ITV. During her time at Expectation Entertainment, she was executive producer on the BAFTA-winning drama GUILT for BBC Scotland, which starred Mark Bonnar. As Creative Director at FilmNation, she oversees a diverse slate of writer-driven series that reflect a broad range of bold and entertaining stories.

SEAN BAKER – ACTOR

Sean is from the Bronx, New York. An accomplished actor, singer, songwriter, and music producer, Sean has performed in theatre productions such as A RAISIN IN THE SUN, A MOTHER’S LOVE, and THE STRENGTH OF LOVE. He is credited for appearing on TV shows such as Apple TV+ SWAGGER, The CW’s ALL AMERICAN, TALES, AMERICAN SOUL, and BIGGER on BET, QUEEN OF THE SOUTH on USA Network, and FBI on CBS. Sean has also graced the silver screen in the films such as the Tupac biopic ALL EYEZ ON ME, SHAFT 2, TAKE OVER YOUR TRAP, THE PLUG, A QUESTION OF FAITH, MAKING MOVES, and THINGS MY DADDY SHOULD HAVE TOLD ME.

RENÉ BASTIAN – PRODUCER

René Bastian founded Belladonna Productions Inc. in 1994. His films have won awards at the Sundance, Berlin, Venice, and Toronto film festivals and have garnered a Golden Globe, as well as two Academy Award nominations. Most recently Belladonna produced the films IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON for Netflix and SON OF SHUDDER for AMC, as well as the series SWEET TOOTH for Netflix (under its Nightshade label), the latter being the ninth most successful series in Netflix history. He is also a founder of Cinelytic, an intelligence-driven digital service that provides easy-to-use online data and analytics resources to film industry professionals. 

MARK MONTGOMERY – PRODUCER

Mark is a specialist in film and television finance, production, and distribution having recently executive produced and produced multiple award-winning films including THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY (2015), DAMASCUS COVER (2017), HOTEL MUMBAI (2018), JUICY GIRL (2020) and MISPLACED (2021). He currently has a slate of films in various stages of production. With over twenty-five years of experience in the industry, Mark’s global network is extensive.

IRENE WEIBEL – PRODUCER

Irene Weibel won an Emmy for her role as EP on the Nickelodeon series, MIKE THE KNIGHT and has been creating and producing Kids and Family content for over 20 years. As Head of Studio for Nelvana Animation Studio in Toronto, Irene managed one of the busiest animation studios in the world and Executive Produced dozens of series including HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and the Nickelodeon series LITTLE CHARMERS.

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOUZY – WRITER, EDITOR

Jean-Christophe was born in 1978 and graduated from french Cinema School La Fémis in 2005. Since then, he’s been mainly working as an editor and/or screenwriter on features such as RAW, LET THE GIRLS PLAY and TITANE. He’s a big fan of Tom Cruise, Luchino Visconti, and Jean-Pierre Melville.

ANTONY JOHNSTON – WRITER

Antony is a New York Times bestselling author and screenwriter. David Leitch’s ATOMIC BLONDE, starring Charlize Theron, was based on his graphic novel THE COLDEST CITY, and his novel THE EXPHORIA CODE is in development for TV. In 2020 he wrote and directed the indie short CROSSOVER POINT, made entirely in quarantine. He also writes videogames such as DEAD SPACE and BINARY DOMAIN.

KASI LEMMONS – ACTRESS, WRITER, DIRECTOR

Kasi has appeared in such films as SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, HARD TARGET, and 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 is the much-praised biopic HARRIET.

PATRICK LUSSIER – DIRECTOR, WRITER & EDITOR

Patrick worked as Wes Craven’s editor, editing the SCREAM franchise, HALLOWEEN H20, CURSED & RED EYE before moving into directing with WHITE NOISE 2, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, DRIVE ANGRY with Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard, and 2018’s FLESH & BLOOD, written by our Alumni Louis Ackerman. He was also the writer of 2015’s TERMINATOR GENISYS. He just released his newest horror film, TRICK.

KATE  DICKIE – ACTRESS

Kate Dickie is a multiple award-winning Scottish actress. Her numerous film credits include RED ROAD, THE WITCH, TELL IT TO THE BEES, GET DUKED! and THE SILENT STORM, FOR THOSE IN PERIL, FILTH and Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS. Her work on  television includes Lysa Arryn in GAME OF THRONES, THE ALIENIST, THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH and the award-winning BBC drama FIVE DAUGHTERS. Currently Kate can be seen as Hallodara the Pict in Robert Eggers’ epic THE NORTHMAN.

ALAYNA GLASTHAL – FEATURE TEAM COORDINATOR

Alayna began her first job in the industry as an assistant at Paradigm Talent Agency. In 2018, she began working for the President of Atomic Monster Michael Clear, and was promoted to coordinator in 2020.

ADRIAN STURGES – PRODUCER

Adrian began his career producing short films with such directors as Rupert Wyatt – SUBTERRAIN and GET THE PICTURE and Sam Taylor-Wood – LOVE YOU MORE, the latter being nominated for a BAFTA and the Palme d’Or. His first feature was THE BAKER. Subsequently, he produced THE ESCAPIST, ALBATROSS, and THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED.

NIKKI SOOHOO – ACTRESS

Best known for her roles in the movies: THE LOVELY BONES directed by Peter Jackson, STICK IT the gymnastics movie costarring alongside Jeff Bridges, and BRING IT ON FIGHT TO THE FINISH the cheerleading movie, Nikki has been a professional film and television actor for the past 17 years. You can see her on TV shows like THE RESIDENT, HEATHERS, SPEECHLESS, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. 

MITCHELL ALTIERI – WRITER, DIRECTOR

Mitchell Altieri is a Brazilian American award-winner who has showcased his films at premier festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and Fantasia. As part of the writing duo, The Butcher Brothers, he wrote and directed THE HAMILTONS (Lionsgate), APRIL FOOLS DAY (Sony), and THE VIOLENT KIND (Sundance). His latest film, STAR LIGHT, is a homage to 90s teenage horror.

TV PILOT

EMMA LUFFINGHAM – PRODUCER

Emma joined World Productions in 2019 as Head of Development. During that time she has also story-produced SHOWTRIAL (BBC), KAREN PIRIE (ITV), and a handful of upcoming projects in production. Prior to joining World, Emma was at Tiger Aspect where she script exec’d THE GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL and headed up a Writers Initiative to identify new British Asian talent. Emma began her drama career at the BBC where her credits include the Bafta-winning THREE GIRLS, UNDERCOVER, SILK, WHAT REMAINS, and THE INTERCEPTOR.

RANDALL WINSTON – PRODUCER

Randall Winston is the producer of many beloved comedy series including SCRUBS, and COUGAR TOWN, working with such icons as Michael J. Fox and Courteney Cox. He is currently serving as Executive producer and Director on AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE and MIXEDISH. Randall proudly served as a board member of Ohio University and the Lupus Foundation of America and has served as mentor and Director for The International Screenwriters Association and GLAAD.

JAMES BAMFORD – DIRECTOR

James Bamford began his career in the film industry back in 1990 as a stuntman for actor Michael Dudikoff on the Stephen J. Cannell series “COBRA”. Throughout the years as his career continued he went on as a stunt double for David Duchovny on the award-winning Chris Carter series “The X-Files” ……later as an actor, stunt coordinator, 2nd Unit Director, Director, and finally Producing Director on over 150 other television series and feature films in the course of the last 30 years.

REBECCA GIBSON – WRITER, PRODUCER

Rebecca Gibson is a partner and Head of Development at Eagle Vision (CAPOTE, LOVESICK, WE WERE CHILDREN). Rebecca is devoted to mentorship, working with the CMPA, ACTRA, and WIDC to support diversity, accessibility, and inclusion. Rebecca founded Orange Daisy Project, to support mental health for teen girls and has been nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards.

CONDOLA RASHAD – ACTRESS

Condola Rashad is a Tony Award-nominated actress who is currently starring in the Showtime hit BILLIONS. She recently premiered in Milcho Manchevski’s feature BIKINI MOON and has appeared opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor in the Netflix hit COME SUNDAY. Rashad began her career on stage and debuted off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club in Lynn Nottage’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning play RUINED.In 2013, Rashad played “Juliet” to critical acclaim on Broadway, opposite Orlando Bloom’s “Romeo” in Shakespeare’s ROMEO & JULIET.

JEANE PHAN WONG – WRITER

Jeane is a Vietnamese Chinese writer from the San Gabriel Valley. After a stint on DC’s VAMPIRE DIARIES comics, Jeane freelanced on CW’s ARROW. She is currently writing a biopic for East Films with director Bao Nguyen (BE WATER) attached. And her current pilot, a one-hour male-led rom-com about a Vietnamese family in the OC with a touch of magic realism is with Justin Lin’s Perfect Storm/Universal TV.

DAISY HAGGARD – WRITER, ACTRESS

Daisy is a hugely respected actress and writer, known for her portrayal of ‘Myra Licht’ in comedy series EPISODES, starring opposite Matt LeBlanc. She was most recently seen starring opposite Martin Freeman in TV comedy series BREEDERS which aired on Sky and FX in the US. In 2019 Daisy wrote, produced and starred in the BBC comedy BACK TO LIFE which received critical acclaim. The first series aired on Showtime. Daisy is currently writing series 2.

CHRIS PROVENZANO – WRITER, PRODUCER

EMMY Nominated film and television writer. He co-wrote the story and screenplay for GET LOW. He was a writer on MAD MEN and ARCHER. He’s also the writer & executive producer on JUSTIFIED and SILICON VALLEY.

PETER MOHAN – WRITER, PRODUCER

Peter has more than 600 hours of dramatic programming for network television. His credits as a writer and Executive Producer include THE HARDY BOYS, ORPHAN BLACK, THE LISTENER, LOST GIRL, MUTANT X, DUE SOUTH, and BLOOD TIES. In addition, Peter has twice served as the Showrunner in Residence for Norman Jewison’s prestigious Canadian Film Centre.

JOSEPH MALLOZZI – WRITER, PRODUCER

Joseph is a writer and producer known for STARGATE SG-1, STARGATE: ATLANTIS, DARK MATTER, and TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES. His new series, UTOPIA FALLS, is in production.

BILL THOMAS – DIRECTOR & VFX

Bill began his career in film and TV art departments, working as a prop maker on various movies, including STAR WARS, five of the HARRY POTTER films V FOR VENDETTA, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, JAMES BOND, and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. He has directed feature films – most recently an adaptation of THE THREE MUSKETEERS for Signature Entertainment – and over 100 hours of documentary for various channels including Investigation Discovery, National Geographic, and the BBC.

RACHEL JAMES – DEVELOPMENT EDITOR

Rachel is a Development Editor working at RED production Company in the UK. She started her career as a trained broadcast journalist in regional news before making the move into TV production. She gained over 12 years of experience working with indies and broadcasters like BBC, Tiger Aspect, and Phil McIntyre across a number of high-end TV drama series. Most recently at RED, she worked with the script team on It’s a Sin, the Channel 4, and HBO hit show by Russell. T. Davies.

TRACY A. WHITAKER – WRITER

After studying screenwriting in Los Angeles, Tracy became a regular staffer on NBC’s popular thriller BLINDSPOT. Prior to writing, Tracy was a Sergeant in the Army National Guard for eight years. Tracy co-wrote THE GHOST AND THE HOUSE OF TRUTH, the World Cinema Feature Winner at New York’s Urbanworld Film Festival.

SHORT FILM FUND

AMIR OVADIA STEKLOV – WRITER, DIRECTOR

Amir Ovadia Steklov is a Berlin-based Israeli filmmaker. His films are dealing with topics of Racism, LGBTQIA, and immigration within a sex-positive framework. Amir graduated from Sam-Spiegel Film School in 2013 and has worked as an independent film editor and animator since then. He is also part of a growing movement of queer activists-filmmakers in Berlin Germany. Amir is best known for his award-winning films DON’T BE A DICK and BETWEEN TWO WALLS.

CHRISTENE BROWNE – PRODUCER, WRITER, DIRECTOR

Christene Browne is an award-winning filmmaker and novelist with over 30 years of experience in the film and television industry. Her work which most often deals with marginalized communities has been sold and screened all over the world. Browne is the first Black woman to direct and write a dramatic feature film in Canada. She recently completed a short, animated documentary on famed novelist Austin Clarke and her third novel, a science-fiction allegory that deals with climate change and race. She is currently developing her first opera and teaching at Ryerson University.

JAMIE BREWER – ACTRESS, PRODUCER

Jamie is best known as a fan favorite in the award-winning anthology series AMERICAN HORROR STORY. Jamie was the first person with Down syndrome to walk NYFW and was the recipient of the ‘2015 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award’. Jamie starred in an off-Broadway role as ‘Amy’ in AMY AND THE ORPHANS in 2018 and won the Theater World Award and Drama Desk Award for her performance. Jamie also produced and starred in the critically acclaimed feature film TURNOVER.

OLIVER SHUSTER – DIRECTOR, WRITER

Oliver grew up in England where he studied medicine as an undergraduate and later went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Illustration. He now resides in New York where he has collaborated on a number of award-winning films with his wife and creative partner, Vika Evdokimenko. Their short film AAMIR was nominated for a BAFTA.

YI TANG – DIRECTOR

Cannes Winner Yi Tang was born and raised in Fuzhou, China, and moved to New York pursuing a career in filmmaking. Yi concentrates on stories untold and voices unheard from a woman’s perspective. Her debut short, BLACK GOAT, shot in Nepal, won Best Student Short at Austin Film Festival, Special Jury Mention at AFI Film Fest and Best Live Action Short at St. Louis International Film Festival and was subsequently acquired by France National Television. Her second short ALL THE CROWS IN THE WORLD, a dark comedy based on Tang’s own adolescent experiences, won the Palme Dor at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. She is represented by WME.

ELENA RUSCOMBE-KING – WRITER

Elena is an award-winning screenwriter known for co-writing A LOVE STORY which won the BAFTA for British Short Animation, the Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Award, the Cilect Student Animation award; among others. Her first feature, HITCHHIKERS, in development with Bridgeway Films, is due to shoot later this year.

NORA KIRKPATRICK – WRITER, DIRECTOR

Nora Kirkpatrick is a writer/director living in Los Angeles. She has created and/or written series for CBS, Hulu, Amazon, and Comedy Central, among others. She was a founding member and accordion player for the GRAMMY-winning band, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and is currently a staff writer on the new Amazon series, DAISY JONES AND THE SIX. She also directed an episode of THE GOLDBERGS (ABC).

JAMES GOULD-BOURN – WRITER

James Gould-Bourn is a novelist and screenwriter. His debut novel BEAR NECESSITY was published by Scribner in 2020. The television rights have been optioned by triple Emmy award-winning production company Lime Pictures. James has written several short films, two of which have been developed. His short script A YOUNG MAN’S GAME won the 2019 Shore Scripts Film Fund and will be directed by Emmy-winning director Ben Tricklebank.

KIMBERLEY BROWNING – SHORT FILM PROGRAMMER AT TRIBECA FILM FEST & PRODUCER AT HBO ACCESS

Nora Kirkpatrick is a writer/director living in Los Angeles. She has created and/or written series for CBS, Hulu, Amazon, and Comedy Central, among others. She was a founding member and accordion player for the GRAMMY-winning band, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and is currently a staff writer on the new Amazon series, DAISY JONES AND THE SIX. She also directed an episode of THE GOLDBERGS (ABC).

LUCY HAY – SCRIPT EDITOR, PRODUCER

Lucy is an author and script editor. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers DEVIATION and ASSASSIN. In addition to script reading and writing her own novels, Lucy also blogs about the screenwriting process through her internationally renowned website Bang2Write.

SAM BARON – WRITER, DIRECTOR

Sam Baron is a writer and director based in London. A former 2018 Shore Scripts Short Film Fund winner, his short films have been viewed 6 million times online. He also won the Academy’s Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship and has been on the Brit List twice. He is developing his debut feature, as well as creating original TV shows for the BBC and Sky.

GAIA MEUCCI-ASTLEY – PROGRAMMER & SCRIPT ANALYST

Gaia is a film programmer, script reader, and film project assessor, with 10 years of experience working in new and emerging talent. She has been the Short Film Programmer of the Edinburgh Film Festival and the Encounters Festival in Bristol. Her festival positions also include the London Film Festival and the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. Currently, she is focusing on her work in talent development, collaborating as a reader and assessor with organizations including the BFI Network, Serial Eyes, and Less Is More.

PHUMI MORARE – WRITER, DIRECTOR

Phumi Morare is a writer/director from South Africa who is passionate about redeeming the African and feminine identity in cinema. Her short film LAKUTSHON’ ILANGA (When The Sun Sets) was shortlisted for the 94th Academy Awards, won an NAACP Image Award, and was acquired by WarnerMedia OneFifty. She is a Tribeca Chanel Through Her Lens Women’s Filmmaker Program alumnus and a Film Independent Screenwriting Lab Fellow. She completed her MFA in Film Directing at Chapman University and has a background in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and management consulting at McKinsey & Company.

JONES – DIRECTOR

Jones is the filmmaking project of Michael Woodward and Max Barron, based in London and Mexico City. Their film and advertising work has received numerous awards and nominations worldwide, including European Young Director of the year at Cannes, a CICAE Art Cinema Award, Edinburgh’s Michael Powell Award, best TV drama series at Monte Carlo, and a BIFA. Their work has been screened at New York’s Rochester Museum of Fine Art, and their music videos have been viewed more than 50 million times online. Their latest piece, the satirical short film Three Meetings Of The Extraordinary Committee, was nominated for BAFTA in 2022.