MEET THE JURY

Thomas Augsberger

BIO

Thomas Augsberger co-founded Filmaka in late 2006 with Deepak Nayar and is the President of Eden Rock Media, his production and media consulting company which is based in Los Angeles.

As producer/executive producer, Thomas Augsberger has been responsible for more than 16 feature films during his 20 year career, most recently "Solace" aka "Premonitions", directed by Afonso Poyart and starring Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbey Cornish and Colin Farrell; "Tucker And Dale Vs Evil", co-written and directed by Eli Craig and starring Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk; "Mr. Brooks", co-written and directed by Bruce Evans and starring Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, William Hurt, and Dane Cook; "Incident at Loch Ness", written and directed by Zak Penn and starring Zak Penn and Werner Herzog; and "Waiting" , written and directed by Rob McKittrick and starring Ryan Reynolds, Justin Long, Anna Faris, David Koechner, and Dane Cook. Eli Craig, Zak Penn, and Rob McKittrick were first time writer/directors.

Augsberger also represents German media company Tele München Group in North America, mainly acquiring English language film and television programs for TMG for distribution in the German speaking territories, and consults for other international media companies.

A graduate of Munich's Ludwig-Maximilian- University, Augsberger practiced law in Munich, Leipzig, and Dresden before moving to the United States in 1996. He served on the Board of Directors of Lionsgate Entertainment from 2002 to 2003.
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Tim Delaney

BIO

Tim Delaney started his career in advertising in the mailroom. He worked as a copywriter at Y&R and BMP before joining BBDO London, where he became Creative Director at 27 and Managing Director at 31. At age 34, he founded Leagas Delaney in London in 1980.

Delaney is now Chairman of Leagas Delaney Global, an independent creative agency that has grown internationally since 1992, to include offices in London, Hamburg, Milan, Shanghai, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. Tim continues to be a working copywriter for the agency and over the years has won awards for his work in all the major awards schemes, notably D&AD, One Show and Cannes.

The D&AD Presidents' Award, The President's Award Creative Circle and The British Television Awards Lifetime Achievement Award have all been bestowed on Tim in recognition of his contribution to the advertising industry.
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Tracey Edmonds

BIO

Tracey Edmonds, an entertainment industry veteran, with a proven track record of success across multiple platforms, has established herself as an award-winning producer, savvy business mogul, and TV personality. She has created and produced groundbreaking projects for television, film, music, and digital media. She currently serves as CEO and President of Edmonds Entertainment; CEO and President of Alright TV.

Edmonds' most recent projects included serving as boardroom advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on The New Celebrity Apprentice, and as host of BET's competition reality show, Queen Boss. As a producer, Edmonds' projects included the hit series Deion's Family Playbook; and the 3 time NAACP Image Award nominated With This Ring starring Regina Hall, Jill Scott, and Eve. With Our Stories Films, created by BET Founder Robert L. Johnson, Edmonds released, the NAACP Image Award winner Jumping the Broom. Through Our Stories Films, Edmonds also launched Alright TV, an inspirational, faith-friendly YouTube Partner channel in March 2013.

Edmonds' earlier television successes included Soul Food, an hour-long dramedy for Showtime Networks, which ran for 5 seasons and won multiple NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series three years in a row. She also executive produced several groundbreaking reality shows including College Hill, which ran for six seasons, and its spinoff College Hill Interns; Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown; and DMX: Soul of a Man.

Edmonds serves on the Board of Governors for the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and most recently co-chaired the PGA-hosted Produced By Conference. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute (AFI); she is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and she serves as a Global Ambassador for CARE, a leading humanitarian organization that works to fight global poverty.
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Colin Firth

BIO

Colin Firth is an English actor and producer who has a prolific career in both TV and feature film. He started acting at a very young age and has performed in over 64 productions including "Love Actually", Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason", and "Mamma Mia." For his portrayal of Robert Lawrence in the 1989 TV production Tumbledown (1988), he received the Royal Television Society Best Actor award and a BAFTA award. He also received BAFTA nominations for his role in the TV version of "Pride and Prejudice" (1996) and for his supporting role in the film "Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001). He won 2 BAFTA film awards for his leading roles in "A Single Man" (2010) and "The King's Speech (2011). After winning the Oscar for "The King's Speech" in 2011, Colin Firth has acted in the films "Main Street" (2010), "Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy" (2010), "Arthur Newman" (2010), "Gambit" (2012), "The Railway Man" (2013), "Devil's Knot" (2013), "Magic in the Moonlight" (2014), "Before I go to Sleep" (2014) and in "Kingsman: The Secret Service" (2014). In 2016 Colin Firth starred in "Genius" and he is in post-production on the films "The Mercy," and "Bridget Jones's Baby". Currently, Firth is in production on "Kingsman: The Golden Circle".
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Thomas
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Eden Rock Media, Inc./Producer WATCH INTERVIEW l BIO     

Tim
Delaney
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Tracey
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Colin
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Raja Gosnell

BIO

Raja Raymond Gosnell is an American film director and film editor best known for directing the films Home Alone 3, Never Been Kissed, Big Momma's House, Scooby-Doo, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and The Smurfs. He is also known for his director-editor collaboration with Chris Columbus, for whom he edited Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and Mrs. Doubtfire.
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Roberta Hanley

BIO

A prolific award-winning writer, producer and actress, Roberta Hanley's credits including Freeway, Spun, American Psycho, Virgin Suicides, Bully, Springbreakers and London Fields, as well as Oliver Stone's "The Untold History Of The United States". She is the co founder of Muse productions, along with her husband Chris Hanley.
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Herbert Kloiber

BIO

After a Ph.D. in law at the University of Vienna, Herbert G. Kloiber started his career at Beta/Taurus in the year 1970. In 1974 he was named Managing Director of Unitel, a film and television production company, which specialized in opera and concert films. Three years later, he acquired the German TV production company Tele München and developed the company's initial production operation into the fully integrated and independent media corporation it is today, which he continues to runs as Chairman and CEO. The Tele München Group (TMG) has been successfully operating in the German speaking territories and internationally for over 45 years, combining all segments of audio-visual rights' trading and distribution under one roof. Over the years, Tele München Group has grown to include a group of companies, which today are among the content providers of the next generation. With some 3,200 active titles in its program portfolio, Tele München is one of the largest license trading companies in Europe, and one of the most respected players in the international market. For example in 2015, on average, six feature films from Tele München's film library were shown every week on prime time television in Germany.

In addition to founding and managing TMG, Herbert G. Kloiber is a Member of the Board of Odeon Film AG. Since 2007, he is Honorary Professor as well as Head of the Department V - Production and Media Economics - at the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film Munich. He is also an Advisory Director of The Metropolitan Opera, New York, Chairman of the European Advisory Board of The Cleveland Orchestra, and Vice President of the prestigious Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Musikverein), Vienna.

Herbert G. Kloiber was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres and the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur by the French Republic, the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, the Directorate Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as Natpe's 10th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award in 2013.

Dr. Kloiber has most recently financed, produced and distributed the films "The von Trapp Family – A Life of Music" (2015), "Emerald Green" (2016), "Sapphire Blue" (2014), "Ruby Red (2012),"Spieltrieb" (2013), "Jew Suess-Rise and Fall" (2010), and "Rosenstrasse" (2003). His most recent TV productions include "Hubert & Staller " (TV Series 2014-present), "Moby Dick" (TV Mini Series , 2011), and "The Sea Wolf" (TV Mini Series, 2009).
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Neil LaBute

BIO

Neil LaBute is an American film director, screenwriter, playwright and actor. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre. As a director, his films include In the Company of Men (1997) (New York Critics' Circle Award for Best First Feature, Filmmakers' Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors (1998), Nurse Betty (2000), Possession (2002), The Shape of Things (2003), a film adaptation of his play by the same title, The Wicker Man (2006), Lakeview Terrace (2008), Death At A Funeral (2010), Some Velvet Morning (2013) and Dirty Weekend (2015). LaBute's TV credits include Bash: Latter-Day Plays (2001) based upon his eponymous play, Full Circle (2013), Ten X Ten (2014), Hell On Wheels (2013-15), and the current Direct TV series Billy & Billie (2016), created, written, and directed by LaBute. His newest TV series, Van Helsing (2016), is slated to premiere on SyFy this fall.

In addition to being a film and TV director, LaBute is a prolific playwright having written at least 24 plays. His most recent plays include In A Dark Dark House (2007), Reasons to Be Pretty (2008),Helter Skelter/Land of the Dead (2008), The Break of Noon (2009), The New Testament (2009), Some White Chick (2009), The Furies (2009), Strange Fruit (2011), In a Forest, Dark and Deep (2011), Lovely Head and Other Plays (2013), Reasons to Be Happy (2013), The Money Shot (2014) and The Way We Get By (2015). LaBute is the author of several fictional pieces that have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, and Playboy, among others. A collection of his short stories was published by Grove/Atlantic.
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JOHN MADDEN

BIO

John Madden is an English director of theatre, film, television, and radio. He was educated at Clifton College and was in the same house as friend and fellow director Roger Michell. He graduated from the University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex) in 1970 with a B.A. in English Literature. He started out working in television including directing Prime Suspect 4 and episodes of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Inspector Morse. Perhaps John Madden's most notable achievement to date was directing Shakespeare in Love (1998), which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1998, and for which Madden was nominated Best Director. In all, the film won 7 Academy Awards. The film also won the Silver Bear at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival. Madden has since directed Proof (2006), Killshot (2008), The Debt (2010), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), and The Second The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015). He is currently in post-production on the film Miss Sloane (2016).
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Shannon McIntosh

BIO

Shannon McIntosh has been a key player in the entertainment industry for over two decades. She recently produced Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, and Deon Taylor’s Meet The Blacks. In previous years, McIntosh produced Tusk for Kevin Smith and Angels Sing starring Harry Connick, Jr. and Willie Nelson. She executive-produced the Academy Award®- winning Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse and Supremacy starring Danny Glover.

McIntosh previously oversaw production, post-production and programming for both The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Miramax Films where she managed many timeless classics such as Life is Beautiful, The English Patient, Shakespeare In Love, Chicago, Chocolate, Il Postino (The Postman), The Reader and The Artist.
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Don Murphy

BIO

Don Murphy was born in April 1967 in Long Island, New York, USA. He attended Georgetown University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from the McDonough School of Business and later received a Master of Fine Arts from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Don Murphy is a producer with an extensive list of credits that include "Natural Born Killers" (1994), "Bully" (2001), "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (2003), "Transformers" (2007), "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (2009), and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (2011). He is currently in production on "Transformers: The Last Knight."
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Deepak Nayar

BIO

DEEPAK NAYAR is one of the most respected independent producers in Hollywood having worked with the likes of David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Paul Schrader & Mark Waters. His films, besides being box office successes, have played in competition at the various film festivals across the world, including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and Sundance where they have won him many awards.

Nayar began his career in his native India, collaborating with the Merchant Ivory group on "Heat & Dust," "The Deceivers," and "The Perfect Murder." After a move to Los Angeles, he set up his own production company, Kintop Pictures. In 1997 he produced David Lynch’s highly acclaimed feature "Lost Highway," followed by "The Million Dollar Hotel," which he produced alongside Bono (U2) starring Mel Gibson. His collaboration with Wim Wenders earned an Oscar® nomination for the hugely successful documentary "The Buena Vista Social Club" and a Grammy nomination for the music video "Teatro."

In 2002, he produced another hugely successful film " Bend It Like Beckham,” earning both Golden Globe® and BAFTA nominations. He followed this with another collaboration with Gurinder Chadha, the cross-cultural box office hit" Bride and Prejudice "and "Mistress of Spices." Some of his other notable films have been Paul Schrader’s thriller "The Walker, “ Wim Wender’s "End of Violence" and Mika Kaurismaki’s "LA Without a Map."

Besides working with auteur film makers, Nayar has given many first time filmmakers their break: " 7-teen Sips" with Stephen Berra, " Harlem Aria with Bill Jennings; Matt Dillion’s directorial debut "City of Ghosts,”, and Jonathan Newman’s "Swinging With The Finkels and Foster," Mahesh Mathai’s "Bhopal Express" and "Broken Thread, " Eli Craig’s directorial debut "Tucker and Dale vs. Evil," which won the Audience Award at SXSW festival, and Pat Holdens’s "When the Lights Went Out."

Nayar is currently working alongside Reliance Entertainment as an executive producer. The first film under that collaboration, "Jesus Henry Christ," was followed by “Safe" (starring Jason Statham). Subsequent films under the partnership are "Dredd 3-D" (starring Karl Urban), "A Haunted House" (starring Marlon Wayans), "Bullet to the Head" (starring Sylvester Stallone)," Dead Man Down” (starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace),Hummingbird (starring Jason Statham). Under the same partnership, Nayar, was a Producer on films Walking with Dinosaurs 3-D, Paranoia (starring Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford) and Vampire Academy, (starring Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry)

He has also had a notable career in TV production producing episodic series On The Air for ABC; Hotel Malibu & Second Chances for CBS; White Dwarfwith Fox and Hotel Room for HBO.

Nayar co-founded India Take One Productions, a production services company based in Los Angeles and India. Some of the notable films they have worked are Holy Smoke; Alexander; Slumdog Millionaire; Eat Pray Love;Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol; Looking for Comedy in Muslim World; Life of Pi; Zero Dark Thirty; Million Dollar Arm; and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 1 & 2 .

In 2014, he has launched Riverstone Pictures, a new London based Film Financing/Production company, with Nik Bower, formerly of Ingenious Media. Their first project, Genius (starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman) showed at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. This year, the company also produced Final Portrait (staring Armie Hammer and Geoffrey Rush), Sleepless (staring Michelle Monaghan and Dermot Mulroney), and Felt (staring Tony Goldwyn and Kate Walsh). Riverstone Pictures is currently scheduled to shoot Show Dogs to be directed by Raja Gosnell and Second Objective written by Mark Frost later this year.

Early 2016, he’s company Kintop Pictures in partnership with Reliance signed a co-production deal with Sonar Entertainment to producer scripted television projects, currently developing Tina’s Mouth, Vampire Academy, Mysterious Benedict Society, and The Courtier.

Other upcoming projects are a TV series for Netflix, Sense 8. And, feature films Graceling, Paladin Prophecy and Citizens of London all based on bestsellers.
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Zak Penn

BIO

Zak Penn's career began as a screenwriter when he sold his first script, LAST ACTION HERO, at the age of twenty-three. Since then, Penn has become known for his work on numerous films based on Marvel comics, including X-MEN 2 and X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, ELEKTRA, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, and most recently, THE AVENGERS. He has also dabbled in other genres, writing scripts for disparate films such as P.C.U., BEHIND ENEMY LINES and SUSPECT ZERO.

Penn's shift into independent cinema began when he collaborated with his idol, Werner Herzog, on the script for RESCUE DAWN. Penn directed and co-starred with Herzog in INCIDENT AT LOCH NESS, his award-winning "hoax" documentary about the legendary director's attempts to make a film about the equally legendary monster. THE GRAND, Penn's second completely improvised film, was his third film with Herzog, and featured an eclectic cast including Woody Harrelson, David Cross, Ray Romano, Cheryl Hines, Dennis Farina and Gabe Kaplan.

In addition, Penn co-wrote the original story for ANTZ and produced the animated film OSMOSIS JONES. He has also acted in a number of independent films, including STAR MAPS and CHUCK & BUCK. His first foray into television was the critically acclaimed original series ALPHAS starring David Strathairn. Penn recently directed the documentary ATARI: GAME OVER for Xbox Entertainment Studios. Most recently, Zak adapted the New York Times bestselling novel READY PLAYER ONE for the screen and it is currently in production with Steven Spielberg directing. Warner Brothers will release the film in March 2018.
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Bill Pullman

BIO

Born in Hornell, New York in 1953, Bill Pullman is one of seven children. He received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Oneonta and later attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he got his MFA in Theater/Directing and an honorary PHD. Pullman worked with various theater companies, most notably the Folger Theater Groupe and the Los Angeles Theater Center. He made his big-screen debut in the Danny DeVito/Bette Midler comedy "Ruthless People" (1986) and followed that with lead roles in "Spaceballs" (1987) and "The Serpent and The Rainbow" (1988). He is also known for his work in "While You Were Sleeping" (1995), "Casper" (1995) and "Independence Day" (1996).

Pullman's film and TV credits are too numerous to list; he is an incredibly prolific actor, having performed in over 72 films and in at least 19 TV series and/or TV movies. This year alone he has acted in "Independence Day: Resurgence" (2016), "LBJ" (2016) and "Brother Nature" (2016). Bill Pullman just wrapped working on "Walking Out", currently in post-production, and he is in pre-production on the films "The Ballad of Lefty Brown", "Celestina". In 2017, Pullman will start will start pre-production on "Trouble."
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Paul Schrader

BIO

Although his name is often linked to that of the 'movie brat' generation (Spielberg, Scorsese, Coppola, Lucas, De Palma, etc.), Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different. Schrader's strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was eighteen. Although he more than made up for lost time when studying at Calvin College, Columbia University, and UCLA's graduate film program, his influences were far removed from those of his contemporaries - Bresson, Ozu and Dreyer (about whom he wrote a book, "Transcendental Style in Film"), rather than Saturday morning serials. After a period as a film critic (and protégé of Pauline Kael) he began writing screenplays. He hit the jackpot when he and his brother Leonard Schrader (a Japanese expert), were paid the then record sum of $325,000 for their screenplay "The Yakuza" (1974), thus establishing his reputation as one of Hollywood's top screenwriters - which was consolidated when Martin Scorsese filmed Schrader's script "Taxi Driver "(1976).The success of "Taxi Driver" allowed Schrader to start directing his own films, which have been notable for their willingness to take stylistic and thematic risks while still working squarely within the Hollywood system. The most original of his films (which he and many others regard as his best) was the Japanese co-production "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters "(1985). Schrader continues to be a prolific writer and director. Among many other films, his credits include "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988), "Affliction" (1997), "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist" (2005), "The Walker" (2007), "Venice 79: Future Reloaded" (2013), "Dying of the Light" (2014), "Dog Eat Dog" (2016), and "The Jesuit" (in production). Schrader continues to have multiple projects in the development pipeline.
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Wim Wenders

BIO

Wim Wenders (born 1945) came to international prominence as one of the pioneers of the New German Cinema in the 1970's and is considered to be one of the most important figures in contemporary German film. In addition to his many prize-winning feature films, his work as a scriptwriter, director, producer, photographer and author also encompasses an abundance of innovative documentary films, international photo exhibitions and numerous monographs, film books and prose collections. Wim Wenders studied medicine and philosophy before moving to Paris in 1966 to study painting. His career as a filmmaker began in 1967 when Wenders enrolled at the newly founded University of Television and Film Munich (HFF Munich). Parallel to his studies at the HFF, he also worked as a film critic from 1967 to 1970. At this point in time he had already directed various short films. Upon graduating from the academy in 1971, he founded, together with fifteen other directors and authors, the Filmverlag der Autoren, a film distribution company for German auteur films, which organized the production, rights administration and distribution of their own independent films. After completing his debut feature out of film school THE GOALIE'S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK (1971) Wenders turned to shooting his road movie trilogy: ALICE IN THE CITIES (1973), WRONG MOVE (1974) and KINGS OF THE ROAD (1975), in which the protagonists try to come to terms with their rootlessness in post-war Germany among other things. His international breakthrough came with THE AMERICAN FRIEND (1977). Since then Wenders has continued to work both in Europe and the USA as well as in Latin America and Asia and has been honored with countless awards at festivals around the world, including: the French Golden Palm and the British Film Academy Award for PARIS, TEXAS (1984); the Director's Prize in Cannes for WINGS OF DESIRE (1987); the Golden Lion in Venice for THE STATE OF THINGS (1982); and the Silver Bear for THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL (2000) at the Berlin International Film Festival. His documentary films BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB (1999), PINA (2011), and THE SALT OF THE EARTH (2014) have all been nominated for an Oscar. During the 2015 edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, Wenders was presented with the Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement. EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE was part of the official program of the Berlinale. His feature film LES BEAUX JOURS D'ARANJUEZ, with a script based on the play from the Austrian writer Peter Handke, was again shot in 3D in 2015 and will celebrate its World Premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival in September 2016. Wenders' romantic thriller SUBMERGENCE, based on Jonathan M. Ledgard's bestseller, with Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy in the leading roles, is in post-production.
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