2016 INDUSTRY JURY
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 work as an agent trainee at the William Morris Agency. After spending two and half years assisting SVP and William Morris Independent co-head, Cassian Elwes, Craig was promoted to Agent in the Motion Picture Department. Craig is currently an agent at WME Entertainment with over ten years of agency experience. Craig balances his focus between the independent and studio worlds, working with clients who include Mike Cahill, Dan Harris, Dito Montiel, Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden, Cary Fukunaga, Joshua Marston, Oren Moverman, Dee Rees, Jonas Carpignano, Sophie Barthes, Chase Palmer, David Lowery, Alex Ross Perry, Pamela Romanowsky, Sara Colangelo, Ira Sachs and Ryan Coogler.