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

David Friendly
David T. Friendly was nominated for an Academy Award for producing Best Picture nominee, Little Miss Sunshine. He has been a film producer and motion picture executive for over twenty years. During his career, he has produced over twenty five films to date and worked with some of the most prestigious [...]
Rory Kennedy
Emmy Award-winning® filmmaker Rory Kennedy has produced more than 35 celebrated documentaries, covering topics from the global AIDS crisis, human rights, domestic abuse, poverty, drug addiction, and political corruption. Kennedy’s films have appeared on HBO, PBS, Lifetime Television, A&E, Court TV, The Oxygen [...]
Robert Kessel
SVP Production, Participant Media
Robert Kessel is Senior Vice President of Production at Participant Media where he helps manage the development, production, and acquisitions of the narrative films for the company. Before that, he worked as Senior Vice President of Production at Matt Tolmach Productions, which is based at Columbia Pictures. Kessel [...]
Hailey Wierengo
Agent, United talent agency
Hailey Wierengo is an agent in the Independent Film Group at leading talent and literary UTA, where she focuses on the packaging, financing and sales of independent film. In this capacity she has worked on titles including Mike Mills’ Beginners, Miranda July’s The Future, Jesse Peretz’s Our Idiot [...]
Ron Yerxa
Ron Yerxa formed Bona Fide Productions with Albert Berger in 1993. Their producing credits include Alexander Payne’s Election and his recent Oscar-nominated film Nebraska, Stephen Soderbergh’s King of the Hill, Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’s Little [...]
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