Our 36 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 and the Cannes Palme d’Or. They will read the top five screenplays in their chosen category.
‘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, along with 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 resumed her acting career to great fanfare and has four upcoming films including playing Emilia Clarke sister ‘Jolene’ opposite Jack Huston and Johnny Knoxville in Phillip Noyce’s ABOVE SUSPICION. She has won SAG Awards and multiple Young Artist Awards, and has been nominated for Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. Some of her most iconic roles include Enid in GHOST WORLD and Jane in AMERICAN BEAUTY.
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.
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 theater 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.
Lucy Hay - Producer & Script Editor
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.
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.
Kimberley Browning - Short Film Programmer at Tribeca Film Festival
Kimberley is an Associate Short Film Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival, and she was on the short film programming team at the Los Angeles Film Festival. She is also the Executive Producer of the 2016 HBO ACCESS Directors Fellowship TV pilot productions, showcasing new diverse talent in television directing. Kimberley is the Founder of Hollywood Shorts, a short film screening series and Emerging Filmmakers Program.
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.
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, 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, 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
A 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, and SPRINGSTEEN & I. BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP.
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, GHOST IN THE SHELL & THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL. He is currently producing the second season of BIG LITTLE LIES.
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 the Oscar-winning The Crying Game.
Colm McAuliffe - Cork Film Festival
Colm is a senior film programmer at the 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, LEXX and LUCKY MAN.
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.
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.
Gaia Meucci-Astley - Encounters Film Festival
Since 2012 Gaia is the Short Film Programmer for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol, in charge of curating the selection of the live-action shorts in competition. Encounters is the UK's leading short film festival, showcasing and supporting 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 THIEF, 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 with 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 whose recent productions include EASTERN PROMISES, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, ATONEMENT and ANNA KARENINA.
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's produced THE ESCAPIST, ALBATROSS and THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED.