The Louisiana Film Prize is proud to be hosting an amazingly talented group of judges from around the country. These judges have the solemn task of helping to determine who will win the $50,000 prize. But their votes are only 50% of the deciding factor. The rest is up to you!
Also, please join the panel discussions where our esteemed judges will share some of their film industry wisdom and engage with festival attendees Saturday morning, October 3rd at 10am at artspace.
Richie is an award-winning writer, director, and producer who cut his teeth as a title designer (Babel, Water For Elephants, Fruitvale Station), working with many of the great players in film and television.
Brent is a producer and casting director. Some of his work includes 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Maze Runner (2014) and Pitch Perfect (2012).
Katie Calautti @katieisms
Katie Calautti writes about myriad topics (because she’s a freelancer), but prefers film (because she was bestowed with good sense). Her work has appeared in various online and print outlets, including Vanity Fair, MTV, The Village Voice, Vulture, Movies.com and Newsweek. She lives in Brooklyn with three half-dead plants and a copious amount of books.
Creative Director, Moonbot Studios
Limbert is an Emmy Award-winning creative director at Moonbot Studios. His directorial work with Brandon Oldenburg for a film and game experience for Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Scarecrow, has won every major advertising award including Cannes Lions, Clios and Webby Awards. During his time at Moonbot, he has also co-directed two animated shorts, The Raven, based on an Edgar Allan Poe poem and Silent, a collaboration with Dolby Laboratories.
Joey is a seasoned Producer with over 2 decades of entertainment industry experience. Horvitz has been responsible for the Award-winning Lexus Short Films initiative in association with The Weinstein Company. Horvitz founded production company Contagious Entertainment, under which The Illusionist was produced. Horvitz was credited Exec. Producer on the film. As the entertainment industry changes & evolves Horvitz is sure to stay on the leading edge of innovation and technology.
Rainy Kerwin was born in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Fracture (2007), Maxwell (2000) and The Wedding Invitation (2015).
Destri is an award-winning writer/director and a 20-year veteran of independent film. Destri’s directing credits include over 200 corporate videos, the web sitcom Mixed Blooms, and the short animated film The Director (which traveled the world as part of the Athena Global Shorts Program, in partnership with UN Women). Destri also worked as a director’s assistant on two features and spent several years in the production trenches, ultimately working up to production manager on the ind
Acquisitions Consultant, ShortsHD
Linda is one of the most passionate and knowledgeable people in the short film industry. After trying to get a shorts division launched at several studios, she joined SHORTS INTERNATIONAL in January 2006 and oversaw the launch of the Oscar Shorts Theatrical/VOD/iTunes releases and has served as an Associate Producer these 10 years. She has served on over 100 international film fest juries and panels while offering distribution deals for iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and nonexclusive TV license for ShortsHD™.
ShortsHD™ is available across Europe, East Africa and in the US on DIRECTV (Channel 568) and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 1789).
Kristy Puchko @KristyPuchko
Film Critic, Journalist
Kristy is a New York-based film critic and entertainment journalist whose work has appeared on Cinema Blend, MTV News, Vulture, The Mary Sue, Mental Floss, Screen Crush, and Jezebel. She is also the co-host of the weekly video podcast Popcorn & Prosecco.
Kevin is an American actor best known for his television roles as Kyle McCarty on Judging Amy, Lee McDermott on Desperate Housewives, and Ted Chaough on Mad Men,
Mikel is a New York-based composer, director, performer and recording artist hailed as “a composer many believe to be the best of his generation.” (NY Times) His works include 30 records, 7 films, and a trilogy of media operas: Failing Kansas, Dennis Cleveland and The End Of Cinematics. His work has frequently appeared on Top Ten lists around the country.
Carrie Ann Tyson, better known as “CAT”, grew up on movie sets and in dressing rooms run by her father, iconic Costume Supervisor, James Tyson. CAT was immediately drawn to the fast pace and demanding environment of production, where for over 15 years her creative and charismatic management skills have proved instrumental in making films like “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, the Oscar winning film “Beginners”, the cult classic “Bitch Slap”, and most recently the TV series “Salem”, which is currently filmed here in Shreveport, Louisiana.