A distinguished panel of industry judges will view and vote on the 12 ShortList finalists, chosen from award-winning films from shorts festivals around the world.
Meet our judges!
Howard Cohen is Co-President of Roadside Attractions, one of the film industry’s leading independent studios. Roadside Attractions, which is partially owned by Lionsgate, devises innovative distribution, marketing, and publicity strategies to introduce audiences to amazing specialty films.
The company is primarily known for its prestige releases including the Oscar®-winning documentary thriller THE COVE; J.C. Chandor's Oscar®-nominated and Spirit Award-winning MARGIN CALL; Rodrigo Garcia’s ALBERT NOBBS starring Glenn Close and Janet McTeer, which garnered three Oscar® nominations, three Golden Globe nominations and two SAG Award nominations; Debra Granik's WINTER'S BONE, which was nominated for Best Picture and highlighted by an Oscar®-nominated performance by Jennifer Lawrence; Alejandro González Iñárritu's BIUTIFUL, which was nominated for Best Foreign-Language film and featured a tour de force, Best Actor-nominated performance by Javier Bardem; and Morgan Spurlock’s Oscar®-nominated SUPER SIZE ME, which changed the way America looks at fast food.
Upcoming Roadside releases include Sundance hit thriller ARBITRAGE starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon and action-adventure SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE starring Christian Slater and directed by Globus Film principal Maxim Korostyshevsky.
Elwes began his producing career with 1983's "Oxford Blues" starring Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy and quickly went on to make another 29 films, including "Men At Work", with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, and "The Chase" with Sheen.
In 1995, Elwes joined William Morris and headed William Morris Independent for 14 years. His first effort was the long stalled project "The English Patient" which won best picture that year. He quickly followed up with such indie hits as "Slingblade" and "The Apostle,” both of which were nominated for multiple Oscars. "Monster's Ball" was their follow up which won the Oscar for Halle Berry.
Elwes is considered an expert in the field of arranging financing and distribution for independent films having done so for 283 films during his tenure at William Morris Independent. Additional titles during that time include "Thank You For Smoking," "Half Nelson," and "Frozen River.”
Since leaving William Morris Independent a year and a half ago, Elwes has been involved in arranging financing and distribution for multiple films including “Lawless,” directed by John Hillcoat (“The Road”), starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy and the upcoming thriller “The Paperboy,” directed by Lee Daniels (“Precious”), starring Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron. Elwes is currently producing period drama “The Butler,” also to be directed by Lee Daniels, which features an ensemble cast including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda and Robin Williams.
Lynette Howell most recently ventured with longtime producing partner, Jamie Patricof, in launching, ELECTRIC CITY ENTERTAINMENT. Their first film under the Electric City banner is Derek Cianfrance’s THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes, which will have it’s world premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.
Lynette’s recent films include: Matt Ross’s directorial debut 28 HOTEL ROOMS starring Chris Messina and Marin Ireland; BLUE VALENTINE directed by Derek Cianfrance and starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in performances that garnered Golden Globe nominations for both actors and an Oscar nomination for Michelle. Other movies Lynette has produced include HALF NELSON, STEPHANIE DALEY, PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND, AN INVISIBLE SIGN OF MY OWN, THE GREATEST, SILENT HOUSE, SHARK NIGHT 3D, TERRI , ON THE ICE and THE SPACE BETWEEN.
In 2007 Lynette was named in Variety’s “Ten Producers to Watch” list.
Zachary Quinto grew up in Pittsburgh and received a BFA in 1999 from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Upon graduation from CMU, Quinto work began trickling in, and before long he had a resume of guest starring roles on such shows as: Touched By an Angel, CSI, Off Centre, Haunted, The Agency, Six Feet Under, Joan of Arcadia, and Crossing Jordan, to name a few. In 2004, he spent an entire season in the CTU, as computer analyst Adam Kaufman on FOX's highly rated drama 24. He spent a short time as Tori Spelling's flamboyant best friend on the critically acclaimed but underrated half hour series so noTORIous, but Quinto is best known to date for his role as Sylar, the super powered psychopathic serial killer on the NBC smash hit series Heroes. In May 2009, Quinto appeared as Spock in the blockbuster reboot of the Star Trek franchise, directed by JJ Abrams. He is also a partner at Before the Door Pictures. He lives in Los Angeles, but travels to New York as frequently as possible.
MICHELLE SATTER is the Founding Director of Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, the inaugural program of the Institute. As part of the Leadership Team, Satter has been one of the chief architects of the Institute's programs since 1981. She has worked most closely with the Feature Film Program which has provided year-round and in-depth support to the ground-breaking and award-winning filmmakers Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Dee Rees (Pariah), Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre), Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson), Paul Thomas Anderson (Hard Eight), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry), Tamara Jenkins (Slums of Beverly Hills), Andrea Arnold (Red Road), John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream), Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace), and Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know), among many others.
Satter was also responsible for establishing the Institute's international initiatives in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and India, as well as the Sundance/ NHK International Filmmakers Award and Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award. In 2008, Satter spearheaded the Creative Producing Fellowship, a year-round program supporting the development of a next generation of creative producers. More recently, Satter spearheaded the creation of the New Frontier Story Lab, an annual program supporting artists developing groundbreaking work at the intersection of storytelling and technology.
Over the past several years, Satter was recognized with the Women in Film Business Leadership Award, the ACLU Bill of Rights Award, and a tribute celebrating 30 years of the Sundance Institute.