1 › First your creation will be screened by the SXSW selection committee. They will narrow the entries down to three finalists in each category.
2 › From there, the Popularity Contest Winner will be chosen from the 15 finalists from each of the five categories by you, the online public.
3 › The finalist films will then go to the SXSWclick jurors, who will pick a winner in each category and a Grand Jury winner from all 15 finalists.
Anish Savjani formed filmscience, an independent film production company, in 2005 and has produced four features: Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy; Joe Swanberg's Hannah Takes the Stairs; Steve Collins' Gretchen; and Spencer Parsons' upcoming I'll Come Running. He previously honed his production skills as an assistant to famed producer Scott Rudin.
Jeffrey Tambor is a six-time Emmy-nominated American actor, perhaps most known for his roles as George Bluth Sr. on the television series Arrested Development and Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show.
Craig Parks is vice president of branded entertainment and business development for The Independent Film Channel (IFC), he oversees the development and production of IFC's sponsorship and branded entertainment content. In addition, he oversees IFC Media Lab, the network's user-generated content Website for filmmakers, as well as the development and production of original content for ifc.com and IFC's On Demand initiatives.
Ingrid Kopp is Director of Shooting People in the US - an international networking community for independent filmmakers. She began her career in television in the Documentaries department at Channel 4 Television in the UK. She also works as an events producer for the Britdoc festival in the UK and as a documentary programming consultant. She loves short films.
Elena Fortes Acosta is the director of Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, the first traveling documentary film festival in Mexico. She has also helped establish a grant for documentary filmmakers in Mexico and assisted the organization of the Guadalajara Visionary Campus 2008 for documentary filmmakers. Elena was a member of the nominating committee for the 2007 Renew Media Grant for film and media projects, and is currently a member of Women in Film and Television (Mexico) and Amnesty International.
Sean Williams is a NYC-based Director of Photography whose recent feature length film, Ronald Bronstein's Frownland, received a Special Jury Award at SXSW 2007, and was named 2007 Gotham Awards' "Best Film Not Playing at a Theatre Near You." Two films he shot recently screened at SXSW 2008. The short, Small Apartment, won Best Narrative Short. He currently works as an archivist at Maysles Films, and often goes on shoots alongside Albert Maysles as additional camera operator.
Geoff Marslett has directed many shorts and animated sequences for full length documentaries and television. His work has shown in festivals worldwide and been broadcast internationally. Geoff currently teaches animation at the University of Texas.
Don Hertzfeldt is the creator of many short animated films, including the Academy-Award nominated cult favorite Rejected. Collectively, his animated films have received over one hundred awards and have been presented in over a thousand film festivals and venues worldwide. Before the age of thirty, his films were already the subject of several career retrospectives.
Doug Benson is an American comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central Presents, Best Week Ever, and most recently as a contestant on Last Comic Standing. He was also named Stoner of the Year for 2006 by High Times Magazine and most recently made his own documentary, Super High Me, which will be released on DVD on June 10, 2008.
Kat Mansoor is a filmmaker who co-founded production company Animal Monday. Previous credits include Here's Johnny (C4 Britdoc), Israeli-Pakistani Diplomacy, and Retrograde (ITV). Kat is also coordinator and film programmer for Loop Festival in Brighton.
Ron Mann, an award-winning filmmaker, has made numerous documentaries including Tales of the Rat Fink, Grass and Comic Book Confidential. Based in Toronto, Canada, Ron considers Austin, Texas his second home.
Camilo Lara is the managing director of EMI Mexico. His musical project is The Mexican Institute of Sound and it has released two albums. He was nominated for a Grammy as producer for the OST of Y Tu Mama Tambien in the category of Best Compilation Producer. Currently working on his first novel "Emails to myself."
Mary Sweeney is a long time collaborator of David Lynch's beginning with Blue Velvet, Mary Sweeney edited Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me, Lost Highway, The Straight Story and Mulholland Drive which earned her a British Academy Award in 2001 for Best Editing. Sweeney began producing in 1995 with Nadja, directed by Michael Almereyda, and went on to produce Lost Highway, The Straight Story, Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire. In addition to producing and editing she also wrote the screenplay for The Straight Story for which Richard Farnsworth received an Academy Award nomination.
Steve Bloom is the co-author of Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life. He's a former editor of High Times, creator of the Stony Awards and the Hempilation benefit album series, and executive producer of High Times' Pot Luck. His website, CelebStoner.com, is one of the leading sources for marijuana and celebrity news.
Eugene Mirman is a really great guy, a comedian, and a Brooklyn resident (and Russian immigrant). He has appeared on television, which is still a relevant medium for another few years. Some examples include: his own half hour special on Comedy Central, Conan O'Brien, a recurring role on HBO's Flight of the Conchords, MTV, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and the voice of a gruff nun on Adult Swim's series Lucy, Daughter of the Devil.