At LCFF, we view short film as an opportunity for experienced and budding filmmakers alike to really showcase their creativity. It’s an impressive feat to be able to tell a compelling story and connect with an audience in such a short amount of time. It’s a skill that manages to elude even some of the most seasoned auteurs.
With the 2016 Festival just around the corner, we’re excited to unveil the talented industry insiders who will be judging this year’s short film entries.
Amy Keating Rogers
A former playwright turned television scribe, Amy’s impressive list of writing credits includes shows such as “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “Samurai Jack” and “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” A multiple-Emmy nominee, she got her big break while working as a production assistant on Cartoon Network’s “The Powerpuff Girls.” She was given an opportunity to be a freelance writer on the show, and it wasn’t long before she became Head Writer for that series. She has since made her own indelible mark, especially in the realm of animated TV. Today, when Amy isn’t working as Story Supervisor for Disney’s new properties, she’s writing, directing and editing her own projects, including a documentary entitled “Jason Bateman Thinks I’m Dead.”
Zac Moncrief is an Emmy-nominated, entertainment jack-of-all-trades (and self-proclaimed Twizzlers aficionado) who has worked as an animation director, producer, writer, and storyboard artist for projects at Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. An industry veteran best known for his directing stints on immensely popular shows like “Family Guy” and “Phineas and Ferb,” Zac also teaches storytelling at his alma mater CalArts. He’s enjoyed continued success with his most recent gig as showrunner and producer for the critically acclaimed Cartoon Network series “Be Cool, Scooby Doo!”
Jared Hillman is an LA-based actor and graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, whose filmography includes television appearances on “Psych,” “NCIS:LA,” “Castle,” “iCarly,” and “Without a Trace,” along with a supporting role in David Fincher’s “The Social Network.” Jared’s talents extend far beyond being in front of the camera – he has gone on to write, produce and direct short films, commercials and web series. In fact, Tandem – a short film he co-wrote, directed and produced – won the 2014 LCFF’s Best U.S. Short Award! Aside from expanding “Teen Survival Guide,” a web series he co-created on AwesomenessTV, Jared is currently developing his first feature-length film.
Get your tickets early for our first edition of the Short Film competition on Saturday, October 15 at 11:00 am at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium. Tickets even include a chance to meet this very talented jury. We can’t wait to see you at the Festival.