JURY 2020

JULIE CHRISTEAS

Narrative Judge

Julie Christeas is the founder and CEO of Tandem Pictures, since 2010. Her recent films include, THE SURROGATE (SXSW 2020) and BLACK BEAR (Sundance 2020) starring Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon. She also executive produced the cult horror favorite THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (Sundance 2016/Magnet Releasing), MONOGAMY (Best NY Narrative, Tribeca Film Festival 2010), the feature doc DUKALE'S DREAM starring Hugh Jackman, and GHOST TEAM starring Jon Heder, David Krumholtz, Justin Long, Amy Sedaris and Melonie Diaz. Previously she produced BLOOD STRIPE (Jury Prize for Best Narrative Film, LA Film Festival 2016), WILDLIKE starring Bruce Greenwood and Brian Geraghty (HIFF), and THE SLEEPWALKER starring Christopher Abbott and Brady Corbet (Sundance 2014/IFC).  Julie also produces original short-form content for some of the biggest brands in the world -- Amazon, Chase Bank, Ford Motors, Netflix, Cadillac and many more. Before Tandem, Julie was EVP across production and development at Renart Films.

EVA LIPMAN

Documentary Judge

Eva Lipman is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and produces creative content for film, television and live events. She produced HBO's JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY, Academy Award nominee and winner of the 2016 Sundance Audience Award and the 2016 Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. Other recent credits include Netflix's DEVIL AT THE CROSSROADS, Netflix's WHO KILLED JAM MASTER JAY and HBO’s BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT. She began her career in broadcast journalism with CNN and the Canadian Television Network (CTV) and participated in coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

CHARLOTTE KILBY

Narrative Judge

Charlette Kilby’s career began in 2008 making short films alongside producing partner, writer/director, Carl Strathie, whilst assistant directing many award winning short films. In 2016 she founded Strathie Film and went onto produce her first feature film SOLIS, starring THE WALKING DEAD’s Steven Ogg, which sold worldwide. Charlette’s second feature, DARK ENCOUNTER (dir. Carl Strathie), starring Laura Fraser, Alice Lowe and Vincent Regan released in 2019. Charlette aims to make highly commercial, marketable films that have widespread appeal for a global audience. She is intent on making engaging, powerful stories in the most cost effective way possible, making sure every penny is seen on screen.

TRACY KOPULSKY

Screenplay Judge

Tracy Kopulsky, a native Angeleno, is a manager and producer at MXN Entertainment. After graduating from the Radio/TV/Film program at Northwestern University, Tracy started her career at William Morris Endeavor before making her way to MXN. As a manager, Tracy works with filmmakers and writers in both TV and film, with a particular emphasis on elevated genre and smart, edgy comedy. Her credits include TULLY, QUEEN & SLIM, BIG TIME ADOLESCENCE, and the upcoming THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY, as well as DATING AND NEW YORK.

AUDREY KNOX

TV Pilot Script Judge

Audrey Knox is a TV literary manager at Cartel Entertainment, a premier full-service management and production company with clients on shows including the Emmy-nominated It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Golden Globe-winning Californication, The Vampire Diaries, Bones, Lucifer, Happy!, Black Lightning, Star Trek: Discovery and more.  

MARGARITA MUROLO

Narrative Judge

Margarita Murolo graduated in London where she first approached the film industry working as Livia and Colin Firth’s PA. She later joined the European Publicity department at Warner Bros. to then move on to production following various projects within different companies (Keitai, Mediaset). In 2012 she moved back to Rome and joined Palomar where she worked as a producer curating a number of projects including PIRANHAS (2019, the
Berlinale), MALTESE (2017, C21 finalist), BRACCIALETTI SILVER BEAR for Best Screenplay at 69 Rossi (2014/2016, Emmy kids award nominee), and more. In 2019 she left
Palomar to found Halong films.

Alana Johnson is a NYC-NJ bred (great! now she’s hungry) comedian, writer, actor, hip hop improviser, and mini-beast. A mini-beast is a vertically challenged fitness fanatic who overcompensates for what she lacks in height through burpees. More self-proclaimed titles could be added, but her opposable thumbs are like “Nah.”  She defines herself as Puerto Ridiculous, i.e. half Puerto Rican and half everytime she gets asked, “What are you?,” she has an identity crisis. She grew up humbly on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and was raised by several doormen, a maid and Zoloft®.  She attended Rutgers University on a full-academic scholarship, where she graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Journalism (cum laude, not to brag). Today the multi-hyphenate can be seen performing all over the country (well, pre-COVID) with the all-women identifying hip hop-improv team DMXX and with the ladies of the HERlarious Show, an ensemble variety comedy show. Alongside her creative partner, Jourdan, she is the creator, Executive Producer and star of the comedic web series Two Grown, currently streaming on BET Digital.  Alana was a US Finalist in the 2018 ABC Discovers Digital Talent Competition. She is represented by Prevail Artists Management.

Web Series Judge

ALANA JOHNSON

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