The 2020 judges will be announced soon.  To get an idea of who will be reading your screenplays, check out the judges from previous competitions below. 



Scott Anderson has been teaching screenwriting since 1993, beginning at U Mass - Lowell and currently at Emerson College where his "Business Of Screenwriting" course was the first ever offered at the college level. He was the director of the acclaimed screenwriter's workshop The Harvard Square Scriptwriters for 14 years and is currently the Creative Director for Johnston Media LLC. His website is


Jennifer Au is a literary manager at Caliber Media representing writers and directors for film and television, and across all genres. Prior to starting at Caliber, she spent four years at Untitled Entertainment, first as an assistant and then as a junior literary manager. Jennifer began her career working at an independent production company followed by time at a top agency. She is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.


Richard Bever is the Emmy-nominated president of Parting Shots Media, co-owner of Chill Entertainment and former head of development at Andrew Lauren Productions, which produced the Oscar-nominated film The Squid and the Whale during his tenure. While working with Andrew Lauren, Richard also marketed and self-distributed the film ³G² (starring Blair Underwood) on over five-hundred screens nationwide. Among his many producing credits are In Memory of My Father starring Judy Greer and Jeremy Sisto; director Dean Pollock¹s Audrey, starring Ed Asner; Against the Current (Sundance 2009) starring Joseph Fiennes, Justin Kirk and Mary Tyler Moore, and the award-winning documentary Chely Wright: Wish Me Away (Grand Jury Prize winner LAFF 2011 and GLAAD Media Award Nominee). Richard is currently packaging: Confessions of a Memory Eater with director Brad Anderson (The Call; The Machinist); the crime drama Our Lady of Jackson Heights to be directed by veteran actor Brian Cox and starring Kiefer Sutherland; and the baseball film Slugger, which he is producing alongside Rod Lurie and Meta Valentic. His most recent production, Darren Stein¹s teen comedy G.B.F., stars Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne and Rebecca Gayheart and recently made its world premiere at the TriBeCa Film Festival in April 2013. Richard is also currently producing and directing the gerontological call-to-action Rebels of the 3rd Age ­ a documentary for the ages.


The husband-and-wife writing, directing and producing team of James Bruner and Elizabeth Stevens are Executive Producers on My George, a romantic comedy currently in post-production for The Hallmark Channel.  The paperback edition of Elizabeth’s first children’s picture book, Mister D: A Children’s

Picture Book About Overcoming Doubts and Fears, was published in April 2013.

Ice Dreams, an original Hallmark Channel romantic drama, written by James and Elizabeth, was nominated for the $100,000 Epiphany Prize at the 19th Annual MovieGuide(c) Awards.

They were hired by legendary producer Richard Zanuck (Dark Shadows, Alice in

Wonderland, Jaws, etc.) and Lili Fini Zanuck to write and Executive Produce Pretty Boy Floyd, a feature film in development about the infamous Depression-era outlaw.  Prior to their partnership, James wrote 13 films that include the hit movies Missing In

Action, The Delta Force, and Invasion USA, which were all Number 1 or 2 at the box office.  James’ credits also include Braddock: Missing In Action III and POW: The Escape. He also wrote the one-hour CBS pilot script, The Delta Force. To date, his movies have generated more than one billion dollars in worldwide revenue.  Elizabeth and James also wrote, produced and directed the independent comedy feature

Hollywood Dot Com.  They Co-Produced/Line-Produced the action/thriller feature Clean Sweep in South Texas.  Clean Sweep is now in post-production.  James and Elizabeth worked with Columbia Tri-Star Television as writers and producers on developing the one-hour drama series Delta Force 2000.  Music was Elizabeth’s first love and she started singing professionally in Junior High. She has had several singles released and has also done radio jingles, singing and voiceover work on a series of children’s albums. She produced the musical component of an Arthritis Foundation benefit concert.  Singing led Elizabeth naturally into acting. She has appeared in commercials and independent films.  James has a degree in Medieval History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has  taught advanced screenwriting at the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Aqaba, Jordan, an MFA-only two year graduate school affiliated with the USC School of

Cinematic Arts.  Learn more at


Charles Deemer was raised in Virginia, Texas and Southern California. He began his undergraduate studies at the California Institute of Technology, where he was quarterback of the 0-4 Freshman football team, and finished them at UCLA, where he received his BA (Phi Beta Kappa, Honors English). He has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Oregon. Deemer's play Famililly won the 1997 "Crossing Borders" international new play competition. The public television version of his play Christmas at the Juniper Tavern won an ACE award. Three of his short stories were selected to the "Roll of Honor" in Best American Short Stories. His novel Dead Body In A Small Room was a finalist for ForeWord Magazine's Mystery of the Year award. His book Seven Plays was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. His other books include Sodom, Gomorrah & Jones, a novel; Kerouac's Scroll, a novel; In My Old Age, poems; and A Charles Deemer Reader. Deemer is a pioneer in hyperdrama, a term he is credited with coining. His short memoir Hyperdrama: My Obsession With A New Theater Form shares his enthusiasm for the new dramaturgy. Deemer is the former editor of Sweet Reason: a journal of ideas, history and culture, former managing editor of Oregon Business magazine, former editor of Oregon Literary Review and former artistic director of Small Screen Video. Deemer recently began making digital films. His DVDs include Three Short Digital Films, Deconstructing Sally and The Farewell Wake. Deemer teaches screenwriting at Portland State University.


Michelle Goode is a script reader, editor and writer who operates from her website:, where she compiles writing resources, writes her blog and offers her services. When she's not creating fictional worlds through scripts and prose or writing articles, she's helping strengthen the work of others through her script consultancy or assessing scripts for production companies, competitions and initiatives. Michelle has read for the likes of The London Screenwriters' Festival, Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition, The Nevada Film Office, New Writing South, The Film Festival Guild and Girls On Film, and has written articles and reviews for Universal Film Magazine, Raindance Film Festival, We Love Films (More Than You), the Brit Writers blog, Literary UK. Michelle has her own screenwriting column at What The Dickens? magazine. Connect with Michelle via Facebook and via twitter: @Sofluid.


David Hancock is a script editor and screenwriter working in TV in the UK. Most recently he has written and script edited on MI High, the hit kids' BBC show from Kudos, the makers of MI5. He has also developed shows for the BBC, ITV and Sky, as well as working in in-house development at the BBC. Before that he worked in production on features, TV drama and commercials for eight years.


Teresa Huang is a genuine MIT graduate turned writer, actor, and producer. Teresa worked as a staff writer on NBC’s Knight Rider remake, writing lines for the talking car, and recently created and developed the one-hour drama The Big Kahuna with CBS Television Studios. Her original pilot Children of Eden was a Finalist in the Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition. Short films that Teresa has produced have won awards in festivals across the country. She continues to write original television pilots and short fiction while chronicling her experiences as an artist on her blog Teresapalooza!!  Her super powers include power napping, parallel parking, and spending too much money at farmer’s markets.


Susan Kouguell, award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, is the author of SAVVY CHARACTERS SELL SCREENPLAYS! A comprehensive guide to crafting winning characters with film analyses and screenwriting exercises and THE SAVVY SCREENWRITER: How to Sell Your Screenplay (and Yourself) Without Selling Out! (St. Martin’s Griffin) a chapter from which is excerpted in the 2009 Screenwriter’s & Playwright’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books).  Recent publications include ten articles on the 2013 Locarno International Film Festival for Indiewire/SydneysBuzz, her monthly screenwriting column in, a chapter in NOW WRITE! Screenwriting: Exercises by Today's Best Screenwriters, Teachers and Consultants (Tarcher/Penguin) and MovieMaker Magazine’s Complete Guide to Making Movies 2010.  Kouguell teaches screenwriting and film at Tufts University, and presents international seminars. As chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a motion picture consulting company founded in 1990, Kouguell works with over 1,000 writers, filmmakers, executives and studios worldwide.  Recipient of many grants and fellowships, including the MacDowell Colony, Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Edward Albee Foundation, Kouguell’s short films are in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection and archives, and were included in the Whitney Museum’s Biennial.  Kouguell worked with director Louis Malle on his film And the Pursuit of Happiness, was a story analyst and story editor for many studios, wrote voice-over narrations for (Harvey Weinstein) Miramax and over a dozen feature assignments for independent companies.


Michael Kuciak served as senior vice president of development at a management /production company, where he found, developed and marketed film projects, including features set up at Universal and Fox 2000. He left to start his own company, Samurai MK. He's a producer on a horror project called THE SHOWER, and his clients wrote FREEZER, starring Dylan McDermott and Peter Facinelli. He also wrote and directed FADE TO BLACK, a proof of concept for a feature film that's part of a slate he's developing.


Danny Manus is one of the most in-demand script consultants as CEO of No BullScript Consulting and author of “No B.S. for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective.” He was ranked one of the Top 15 “Cream of the Crop” script consultants in CS Magazine. He was previously the Director of Development for Clifford Werber Productions (Cinderella Story, Sydney White), where he sold “To Oz” to United Artists. He was also Development Consultant for Eclectic Pictures (Lovelace) and the DOD and Production Coordinator at Sandstorm Films (The Covenant, 8MM2), which had a first look deal at Screen Gems. Danny is also a producer, a columnist for ScriptMag, a judge four years running for the PAGE Awards, and teaches seminars and workshops across the country. You can follow him on Twitter @DannyManus.


Marc Manus is a former award-winning photojournalist who attended USC film school before entering the field of artist representation. His first job was with manager Cathryn Jaymes, who represented the Academy-Award winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino, among others. After a brief foray into independent producing Marc held positions at various management companies including Incognito Entertainment, which produced the Warner Bros.’ comedy “Three to Tango.” He then partnered with talent manager Jamie Gold for a couple of years, until he ventured out on his own to form Manus Entertainment. Marc now has a well-respected roster of up-and-coming writers and directors who have been involved in film and television projects at companies such as 20th Century Fox, Anchor Bay, Escape Artists, IFC Films and Syfy. A few of his recent client projects include the original spec screenplay “Cornered,” in active development with 1821 Pictures, a remake of “Phasma Ex Machina” set up at Universal Pictures and “Crawl to Me,” an adaptation of the best-selling graphic novel from publisher IDW. Marc most recently served as co-producer on the supernatural horror-thriller “Delivery,” which made its world premiere at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival.

William Pace
received a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from New York University's acclaimed Graduate Film & TV program where he wrote & directed "Echo Canyon," an award-winning short televised nationally on the USA Network. Since receiving his MFA, William Pace has written four distributed independent feature films, three of which he co-produced. He’s also written three optioned screenplays and several produced episodes of TV shows. His script CHARMING BILLY was a finalist for the Sundance Institute's prestigious Screenwriting Lab, and William went on to direct the feature film. CHARMING BILLY premiered at the AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival where VARIETY proclaimed William displayed "notable cinematic and storytelling craft.” CHARMING BILLY was distributed by a division of Miramax and broadcast on the Independent Film Channel. William also adapted and directed the award-winning short, "A Relaxing Day," from Pulitzer Prizenominated playwright Theresa Rebeck, and has directed American legend Tony Bennett in videos for Mr. Bennett's charity foundation, Exploring the Arts. William teaches filmmaking and screenwriting at NYC’s The New School, where he serves as its Screenwriting Certificate Advisor. He is also a private screenplay consultant who’s worked with such writers as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Blackmon, Slamdance Screenwriting Competition
winner Chad C. Kinkle and screenwriters whose work have made the influential Black List. This fall he
will be Creative Consultant and Assoc. Producer for the independent film, HARROW. And -- believe it or not -- he’s actually listed in Warren Allen Smith's book CELEBRITIES IN HELL.


Bryan Poyser is a two-time Independent Spirit Award nominee. His second feature LOVERS OF HATE premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards. LOVERS screened at over a dozen other festivals around the world and was released theatrically by IFC Films. Bryan Poyser was nominated for the Independent Spirit “Someone to Watch” Award in 2005 for his first feature, DEAR PILLOW. Bryan’s third feature, THE BOUNCEBACK, premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. He lives and works in Austin, Texas, where he also lectures on screenwriting at the University of Texas and Texas State University.


Monica Schorn is a screenwriter and the founder of Hem + Haw Wordworks, a full-service writing collective featuring the brightest young voices in feminism, comedy, and media. Since 2009, Monica has provided critical insight and analysis for filmmakers in all stages of development, serving as a consultant for the Nantucket Film Festival, the Fusion Film Festival, and the AFI-Discovery Silverdocs Film Festival. Monica is currently adapting the book series *The Kids in Building 160* into a children’s television program alongside Tony Barash, the American Bar Association, and the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


Among Ken Rotcop's many achievements is writing and producing the award-winning television movie "For Us, The Living: The Story Of Medgar Evers" starring Laurence Fishburne and Howard Rollins. Among the honors Rotcop received for that production were the Writers Guild Award, the Neil Simon Award, and the Image Award. The film was also honored by the American Film Institute, the NAACP, Women In Film, the city of Atlanta, the state of Mississippi, as well as Filmex and the Democratic National Convention. Rotcop has served as Creative Head of four studios: Embassy Pictures, Hanna-Barbera, Cannon TV, and Trans World Productions. Rotcop also was the recipient of the Unity Award for writing the CBS documentary series "Images and Attitudes" about black American history. Rotcop is the author of the critically acclaimed best selling series: "The Perfect Pitch: How To Sell Yourself and Your Movie Idea to Hollywood". He was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show as well as STARZ' Entertainment Tonight. His book was selected as the Book Of The Month by Cyber Film and featured on The feature-length documentary "Talk Fast", winner of the, Chicago, LA, and Philadelphia Indie Film Festivals, is the story of Rotcop andis highly successful writers workshop. Over the past few years more than 80 projects have been optioned. Of these, l6 have been made into feature films. One major project that came through Rotcop's workshop was "Boardwalk Empire". "The Empty Cradle", a television movie for Lifetime written by one of Rotcop's writers is currently being shot in Toronto. He is a frequent guest lecturer and has taught script writing at USC, UCLA, University of Iowa, St. Louis University, University of Texas, and the University of the Philippines, among others. He has been keynote speaker at the prestigious Santa Fe Writer's Conference and the Ojai Writer's Conference among others. In addition to writing for a wide range of dramatic, game, and talk shows, Rotcop produced the feature film "Bikini Shop", as well as the syndicated TV series "Couples" for Fox and "The Magic Shop" for RKO. He has also written scripts for the children's programs "Richie Rich" and "Superfriends". The STARZ channel did a two-parter on Rotcop on their Entertainment Tonight show. They called him a Pitching Guru while Andrea Leigh Wolf, in her book "Sell Your Screenplay", calls Rotcop an Industry Legend. Rotcop's complete biography appears in Who's Who in Entertainment. To join one of Rotcop's workshops or to be a correspondent go to or to write Ken email him at


Michele Wallerstein: Author, and Screenplay, Novel and Career Consultant, Michele works with writers to helping to get their work into shape so that it is marketable for the Hollywood community and/or the publishing world.  Michele’s career consulting also consists of personal career conferences where she can answer all of the questions that new writers have about their creative work as well as questions about the business side of their creative life.  Michele is the author of:  “MIND YOUR BUSINESS:  A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career”   (pub. Date: June, 2010, Publisher:  MWP.  Michele has been a Guest Speaker at numerous Film Festivals, Pitch Fests and Writer’s Groups all across the Country.  She teaches the ins and outs of the business of your writing career as well as how to get the most out of your material.  Michele recently taught a one-day crash course on “THE BUSINESS OF YOUR WRITING CAREER”, at UCLA (2013).  Prior to becoming a Consultant, Michele was a Hollywood literary agent where she represented Writers, Directors and Producers in Motion Pictures, Movies for Television and Television Series and sold $1Million spec scripts.  Michele served as Executive Vice-President of Women In Film and was on the Board of Directors for many years.  She owned The Wallerstein Company and guided the careers of writers such as Larry Hertzog (Tin Man, La Femme Nikita, 24) Christopher Lofton (Robinson Crusoe, Call of the Wild, Scarlett, True Women), Peter Bellwood (Highlander, La Femme Nikita), Bootsie Parker (Booty Call, Married, With Children, The Hughley’s), and many others.  Michele writes a monthly column on the business of writing for Script Magazine.  @:

Greta C. Wink is a researcher and archivist for the Hudson-on-Hudson Historical Society in Hudson-on-Hudson, NY. A writer and historian, Greta co-produced OWNING THE WEATHER for 4th Row Films and has read scripts for the Nantucket Film Festival for five seasons. She has also co-written and consulted numerous independent projects. Make contact or keep up with her historical discoveries at Hudson-on-Hudson's Facebook page.












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