Jurors

Mike Plante

Mike Plante

Mike Plante (BFA, 1994) is a Senior Programmer for Short Film at the Sundance Film Festival, where he has worked since 2001. He started working for The Arizona International Film Festival in 1993 and continued to be a programmer and projectionist at The Screening Room for a decade. He projected films at The Loft Cinema from 1996-1999, helped start The Loft Film Fest, and worked at Casa Video for longer than he can remember. Outside of fest work he makes documentaries, including the short The Polaroid Job (2016, New York Times Op-Doc series), the feature Giuseppe Makes A Movie (2014) and most recently the feature And With Him Came the West, which premiered at the 2019 MoMA Doc Fortnight festival.
Nicholas Snell

Nicholas Snell

Nicholas Snell (BFA, 2014) is a first generation queer hapa writer. In 2018 he was a semi-finalist for Screencraft's 5th Annual Screenwriting Fellowship. Most recently, he was a semi-finalist in the 2019 Outfest Screenwiting Lab as well as a semi-finalist for the 2019 Disney|ABC Writing Program. Born in Denver, CO, he lives in Los Angeles, CA, where he works as an A/V Coordinator for Lucasfilm.
Katie Walsh

Katie Walsh

Katie Walsh is a Los Angeles-based film critic and journalist, reviewing weekly film releases for the Tribune News Service, Los Angeles Times, and The Playlist, while occasionally making appearances on KCRW’s Press Play with Madeline Brand and KPCC’s Film Week. Her work has also appeared in Playboy, Slate, The Hairpin, indieWIRE, Women and Hollywood, Town & Country, Movieline, Nonfics, and more. Katie is also member of the LA Film Critics Association. She earned her B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University, and her M.A. in Critical Studies from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

2021 FILMS

Acceptance

Acceptance

Crushing Dandelions

Crushing Dandelions

Dropouts: An Overcast Documentary

Dropouts: An Overcast Documentary

En La Cuna De Mi Madre

En La Cuna De Mi Madre

Fallacy

Fallacy

Ghosts(?)

Ghosts(?)

In Loving Memory

In Loving Memory

Lucid Dreamers

Lucid Dreamers

Midnight Snack

Midnight Snack

One-Way Mirror

One-Way Mirror

Scripture and Scholarship

Scripture and Scholarship

Tebanasu

Tebanasu

The Last Axiom (series pitch)

The Last Axiom (series pitch)

Treasures Beneath My Tree

Treasures Beneath My Tree

Where the Rotting Lemons Fall

Where the Rotting Lemons Fall

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