Judges of 2020
Alex Mill has her background in photography and editing, she spent years in a drama group during high school and she's been directing short films since the age of 15. Currently she is working in London, United Kingdom, as an assistant director and producer, having also been involved in projects such as Justice League, Transformers: The Last Knight or Tomb Raider. As a recurring theme, Alex often brings the troubles of obsessed minds to the screen, much like in her first feature, The Immovables.
David J. Keogh
David J. Keogh is an award winning screenwriter and actor. He's co-written a film called Destination Dewsbury (which he also starred in) which is released Easter 2018 and has won numerous awards for his numerous screenplays. He's a published and produced writer and contribute 2 episodes to the excellent Radio Drama Endurance (Starburst 9/10), starring Game Of Thrones Julian Glover. He is currently finishing a six part television series and working on 2 major new screenplays. David writes character based drama across various genres and believes strongly in diverse and well written characters, regardless of sex. sexual orientation or background.
James McCarthy is a digital content producer, manager, and analyst directing the ISA's social media operations across Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other channels. Previously, he worked for Rhino Internet Solutions on web site development projects for clients including The Dial Corp., Del Webb Homes, and Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks. James has a bachelor's degree in Dramatic Arts from U.C. Santa Barbara and dozens of credits for acting in film, television, and on stage. He has recently completed his first feature and short scripts. James' volunteer activities have included serving as the 2015 Program Director for the San Pedro International Film Festival and acting as a Docent for the Friends of the Los Angeles River.
Benjamin Rider was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. At the age of three, he moved to South Africa for a year, and then onto Israel for most of his childhood before moving to London, England. In 2012, whilst completing his BA studies at Queen Mary University of London, he shot his first feature, 'To Love Somebody'. He has since gone on to complete a total of seven micro-budget feature films including the drama 'Forever Tomorrow', the cinemascope art house film 'Our Little Haven' and the B-Movie 'Suburban Coffin'. He recently started shooting 'Some Youths of This Town' with Waleed Elgadi (A Hologram for the King, Four Lions), Matthew Winters (The Death and Life of John F. Donovan) and Kate Cook (The Conjuring 2).
Anthony Guilianti is an Award-Winning Los Angeles-based Screenwriter. He worked on the development and promotion of films and television shows such as 'Oculus', 'The Best of Me', 'Don Jon', 'Limitless', 'Catfish the TV Show', 'Disney's Descendants', 'Teen Beach 2' and 'Out of the Furnace' to name a few. While working for companies such as Universal Studios, Disney and Relativity Media, Anthony still made time to work on his own screenplays. 'Thirty Days of Red', based on the bestselling novel of the same title, has already had the honor of winning four festivals/competitions, including the Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2018 Burbank International Film Festival. His short 'Underneath' was named an Official Selection in the Universal Studios Film Festival. 'The Forthcoming' is a sci-fi drama currently being developed for television and due to start production towards the beginning of 2020. Horror being one of his favorite genres, he wrote two original pieces currently in development titled 'Glowing River' and 'Claimed'. Certainly last but not least, he co-wrote a film titled 'On the River' with Chazz Palminteri attached as the lead role.
Heather Turman - though she’s known best for her work as a stand-up comedian, Heather Turman has over a decade of experience in writing and producing content of all varieties. At just 19 years-old, Turman co-produced and acted in the short-film "Subdivision," with Larry Laboe (producer of NBC’s Ctrl and Fact Checker’s Unit). She also wrote, produced, directed and acted in the short film "Opening Night," which premiered at Newfilmmakers LA as part of their Women In Film highlighting program. In 2013, her original web-series "Conversations with Future Stars," was an Official Selection at LA Webfest. The 5-episode series was recently licensed by Revry TV, where it is currently streaming. Turman sold her first feature screenplay "The Catch" to Principle Entertainment in 2015, and was a sketch-writer for the CBS Diversity Showcase that same year. She also wrote the comedy feature film "Stuck," starring Joel McHale, Heather Matarazzo and Kate Flannery, due out early next year. She is represented by Andy Coleman at LINK ENTERTAINMENT.
Ryan Henry Knight
Ryan Henry Knight is an award-winning filmmaker from Virginia, USA. He has involved himself in multiple realms of creativity, having worked in game development, music, and clothing design. In 2017, he founded HÖMA Motion Pictures alongside Ahab Mullick, where they have directed and produced over 20 motion pictures, including their first feature film, TIDE, which they co-wrote and directed at the ages of 17. In 2018, the filmmaker was a recipient of the highly prestigious Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award for his achievements in film and also became the youngest award winner of the New York International Screenplay Awards' top prize for his screenplay AND HOME WE CAME. The young artist is attending the Savannah College of Art and Design with an Achievement Honors and Academic Scholarship in Atlanta, Georgia working toward a BFA in Film & Television, where he wrote and directed the films YOU ALMOST SAW ME and LUDERE. Both films received official selections and award wins in international festivals such as Independent Shorts Awards in Los Angeles, where he won the honorable mention award for Best Student Director (Male).
Alberto Battistutti is a writer born and raised in a small town in the northeast of Italy, where he lives with his wife and two little girls. In addition to a degree in communication, he has a background in journalism and screenwriting. While during the day he works in the field of Marketing, in his spare time he enjoys writing, inspired by his father in search for the truth about his own father during World War Two. With “Don”, a feature drama screenplay set on the icy Russian front and based on the true story of his family, Alberto won more than forty international awards. His writing is focused on human values like friendship, hope and perseverance, and his favorite genres are drama, thriller and
Terry Hayman grew up loving all kinds of movies, especially Hollywood musicals and black-and-white classics. After detouring to become a lawyer in Toronto, Canada, he made his way back into movies as an actor, then put that on hold for twenty years to raise kids and write fiction. Ten published novels and hundreds of short stories later, he stepped back into acting in Vancouver and added screenwriting to the mix. He’s written and co-written two produced shorts, and written five features. All but one have placed in numerous screenwriting competitions. He also works as a fiction editor and script consultant.
Julian A. Leu
Julian A. Leu has been passionate about stories and films since he was a kid and could operate a VCR before he mastered talking. He later discovered his passion for putting words on paper - writing and adapting several plays during high school, as part of the theatre club. His academic career eventually took him in a different direction – he got his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Glasgow, and his Master’s degree in the same field from Maastricht University – but his inclination toward the film industry never faltered. Julian subsequently became a film critic and an award-winning screenwriter, with ‘Best Screenplay’ prizes from festivals in Italy, Russia and Venezuela, as well as nominations from competitions in Israel and Peru. Currently based in the Netherlands, Julian is fascinated by creative approaches to storytelling, non-conventional filmmaking and intertextuality.
Alican Serbest is an animator and a VFX artist living in London with his wife and baby daughter. Originally from Turkey, he grew up loving movies of all kinds. Even studying Mechanical Engineering couldn't stop him from spending all of his time and money on writing, producing and directing short movies. Once the VFX work he did for these shorts attracted professional attention, his career steered towards that area. After he moved to the UK in 2015, he worked on projects like WONDER WOMAN, BLACK MIRROR, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, DETECTIVE PIKACHU and many more but he still keeps writing his own screenplays. He researched and wrote the story of Chernobyl in 2013 with THE DAY THE WORLD CHANGED before working on THE ROUTE, a sci-fi action movie script which received recognition in numerous festivals and contests. His latest is an adaptation of the first season of hit Dungeons&Dragons series CRITICAL ROLE, written as a spec script.