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Our goal is to recognize filmmakers whose short films demonstrate their ability to produce well-crafted motion pictures.



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In Recognition of Quality Filmcraft


Our Judge pool consists of industry professionals who have worked on short films, features and TV series and all have IMDB credits or work in video production or education. Any notations Judges may make on their scoring sheets will be relayed to the submitter via email along with their score sheet. For reasons of security and integrity, we do not disclose which Judges scored which films.

Festival Director Stephen P. Sherwood is an award winning writer, director and editor with more than 60 credits on IMDb, including feature films and TV series. He runs a bi-weekly scriptwriting workshop and has written a three-part sci-fi/fantasy mini-series, three features and more than a dozen shorts to date. He has produced four short films which have all been shown in multiple festivals and have won several awards.
Stephen P. Sherwood
Kevin L. Powers is the former Program Director for the Gwinnett Center International Film Festival who is also a writer/producer/director of feature and short films. He’s been working in the independent film industry for over fifteen years and has worked on various shorts, features, web series and documentary. In addition to the SSA, he is also working on a new feature film to be filmed in Georgia with local cast & crew.
Kevin L. Powers
Daniel Espeut graduated Cum Laude from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a BFA in 2009. He then began to self-fund his first feature film "GreasePaint." In 2014, GreasePaint was named an “Official Selection” of the Sarasota Film Festival and the Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival. He became the first documentary filmmaker in the history of that festival to win one of their most prestigious awards, Indie Auteur of the Year.
Daniel Espeut
Steve Anderson is a skilled and seasoned Director of Photography and Colorist who has worked on everything from features to TV shows, commercials, industrials and shorts including the series "America's Castles" and the documentaries "A Man Named Pearl," and "Restore America" among many others.
Steve Anderson
Ted Rubin hae been a Producer on many local productions. Having worked in almost every facet of film-production, he has effectively collaborated with cast and crew members on their production and personal needs. Combined with his ability to create efficient and professional sets, standing for nothing but hard work and professionalism, He has created a rolling trend in the Atlanta circuit hoping to bring Hollywood standards with a southern hospitality
Ted Rubin

Regina Partee is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film, and a graduate of Full Sail University with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Regina is the writer, director and producer of three local musical stage plays, multiple short films and has written several feature length screenplays. She is currently working on her first middle grade children’s book.


Gina Partee
John Schmedes is an experienced actor and writer with more than two dozen credits on IMDb including the Robert Redford movie, "A Walk In The Woods," the TV series "Devious Maids," and other award-winning features and short films. He is also the Director of Tell Tale Theatre, whose mission is to promote imagination education through original plays and workshops while dramatizing vital social themes, serving disadvantaged audiences, and establishing effective partnerships.
John Schmedes
Deborah Childs, began acting in the eighth grade and found the theatre to be a home base. In 2000, she started acting in the Atlanta area and performed in seven plays that first year. The seventh play, Peachtree Battle, was a huge hit and became the longest running play in Atlanta theatre history. She is most proud that multiple directors call her first when casting and, for her, the more varied the roles the better. She is also on the Executive Board of Georgia Production Partnership (
Deborah Childs
Tom Rowland is a writer, producer, director and editor with forty years of experience in the production industry. He graduated from New York University with a degree in film and television. He has been involved in program development for cable TV and has also been active in the writing and production of television documentaries. His film, “The Tennesseans, A Volunteer Legacy” appeared on PBS in 2015. Recently, he has written several screenplays and plans to go into production with his feature film, “Eli’s Blister,” in the spring of 2017.
Tom Rowland
Ron is an experienced Writer, Producer and Director at his company Piñon Tree Productions. His films include the dramatic short "No Chopsticks," the documentary "Windy Lou's Last Mission," and his feature drama "Manhanttan Crack'r." He has several feature and short scripts in development and plans to produce another film this year. He spends much of his time travelling when not at his home in Atlanta or North Carolina.
Ron Vigil

Leonard has worked overseas in video production as a producer, director, vidoegrapher and editor. He is also experienced as a narrator and writer and has worked as a freelance camera operator in Orlando. Most recently, he has working as a certified teacher, teaching video production to students for the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida.

G. Leonard Conner
Joshua is a local Atlanta filmmaker who has lead commercial, narrative, and documentary projects. He works most often in post-production, editing as his specialty. He got his start in filmmaking a decade ago by accident on a zombie comedy movie and has explored most aspects of film since then. He is the sound editor for Atlanta Film Chat.
Joshua Gohlke
Marshall Peterson is a director, screenwriter and editor who has a master's degree in writing and directing from the NYU Graduate Film Institute. He has written several feature screenplays and episodic TV scripts, and worked as a writer, director, editor and producer on independent projects as well as nearly two hundred TV commercials, documentaries and sponsored films. Peterson has won nearly fifty festival and competition awards for his work.
Marshall Peterson