Past Shortlist Film Festival Jurors

First-Look Screening of WGN America's UNDERGROUND

Misha Green

Writer, Showrunner ("Underground")

Misha Green is a writer, producer and showrunner currently working on HBO’s recently announced LoveCraft Country as well as the feature The Mother at Netflix.  Most recently, she worked on WGN’s Underground,  serving as the co-creator, an executive producer and a writer. The show chronicled a group of slaves in 1857 Georgia, who escape bondage…

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'Captain Fantastic' Red Carpet - 11th Rome Film Festival

Matt Ross

Writer, Director, Actor ("Silicon Valley")

Matt Ross is a writer, director, and an actor. Matt has written and directed many short films, including “The Language of Love,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to play at numerous domestic and international film festivals. Matt’s first feature, “28 Hotel Rooms,” premiered in the NEXT section at the Sundance…

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Stephen Ujlaki Dean LMU

Stephen Ujlaki

Dean, School of Film and Television

Stephen Ujlaki, producer of 30 feature films, made-for-television movies and documentaries, is dean of the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television (SFTV). Appointed in 2010, Dean Ujlaki has established important programs and partnerships that have elevated SFTV from a hidden gem to a top-ranked program. He is a strong advocate of career pathways,…

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Alec Shankman

Alec Shankman

Senior Vice President & Head of Alternative Programming, Digital Media and Licensing, Abrams Artists Agency

Alec Shankman is the Senior Vice President and Head of Alternative Programming, Digital Media and Licensing at Abrams Artists Agency. He started his career in Hollywood at AAA in 2003 where he personally launched the very successful and quickly growing department. Alec and his team represent many of the top TV personalities, producers, and influencers…

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Lesley Chilcott

Director, Producer

Lesley Chilcott is an award winning filmmaker, documentarian, and producer. She was a producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and the rock documentary IT MIGHT GET LOUD. Other notable Chilcott-produced films include WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, for which she was awarded a win by the PGA for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Documentary. Lesley directed…

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Ryan Heller

Vice President of Acquisitions, First Look Media/ Topic

Ryan Heller is Vice President, Acquisitions at First Look Media where he is responsible for building the strategy and seeking out key acquisitions in film (narrative and documentary), television and short form that complement and fortify original studio productions from Topic, First Look Media’s entertainment studio and the recently launched, the visual digital storytelling destination…

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Lisa Bunnell Focus Features

Lisa Bunnell

President, Distribution - Focus Features

A longtime advocate for art and independent films, Lisa Bunnell is President of Distribution for Focus Features, overseeing all domestic theatrical release plans and bookings for Focus, and Focus World, titles. Previously, she was for 10 years Vice President of Film for Landmark Theatres, where she programmed the chain’s 261 screens in 26 markets throughout the…

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