A distinguished panel of industry judges view and vote on the 12 ShortList finalists, chosen from award-winning films from shorts festivals around the world.

Craig Kestel
Motion Picture Agent, WME
Craig Kestel was raised in Long Island, New York and attended St John's University in Queens.  In his early twenties, Craig was an intern at The Shooting Gallery and Good Machine, which led him to a period of work at LionsGate Film's New York office.  In the early spring of 2000, Craig moved to Los Angeles and began [...]
Brett Morgen
Dubbed the “mad scientist” of documentary film, Brett Morgen has been writing, directing, and producing groundbreaking documentary films for the past fifteen years.  Morgen received a BA in Mythology and American History at Hampshire College in 1992 and an MFA in film from NYU in 1999. His NYU thesis film,On the [...]
Keith Simanton
Senior Film Editor, IMDB
Keith Simanton is the senior film editor of IMDb, the #1 movie website in the world, and a longtime commentator on movies and the arts. In addition to being one of the “Oscar Experts” on Goldderby.com (and tying for #1 picking the Oscar winners this year) he also is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. [...]
Alicia Van Couvering
Van Couvering’s first film as a producer, Lena Dunham’s TINY FURNITURE, won the SXSW Film Festival as well as accolades from the Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, New York Film Critics Awards and more. She went on to produce Joe Swanberg’s DRINKING BUDDIES, Ava Warbrick’s documentary STEPHANIE IN THE WATER, Ry [...]
Victor Moyers
President of Production, Broad Green Pictures
As President of Production at Broad Green Pictures, Victor Moyers heads the creative group, overseeing all aspects of development and physical production. Most recently, Victor produced Green Room and added Buena Vista Social Club - Adios and Brain on Fire to the company's growing internally produced slate. Prior to [...]
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