The Shortie Awards Announce Festival Judges

FALLS CHURCH, VA – The 10th Annual Shortie Awards: International Film & News Festival has announced its 2011 judges.

The Shortie Awards is a free-to-enter festival which recognizes original digital media production created by youth film makers, ages 7 to 18, and by K - 12 teachers. The Shortie Awards celebrate and promote the power of young filmmakers to create, collaborate, and communicate their stories to the rest of the world.

Judges are:
Timothy Brayton is a Chicago-based film critic and screenwriter. A graduate of Northwestern University's School of Communication, he is currently a member of the Online Film Critics Society, and writes at the film blog Antagony & Ecstasy.

Jon Gann is the founder of the DC Film Alliance, a non-profit group supporting Washington, DC’s film and video community, and the creator of the DC Shorts Film Festival; now in its eighth year, the event attracts national and international filmmakers, and has become one of the country’s premier short film showcases.  As a filmmaker, Jon’s notable past projects include the first gay-themed short film to screen at over 50 festivals and broadcasts worldwide; “Signs,” a national 48 Hour Film Project award winner, and “Offline,” a modern dating parable.

Billy Raum has lived and worked in Washington, DC for 6 years on multiple features, documentaries and television shows.  He has worked in production, location management, and directing.  He is also the Technical Director and Print Traffic Coordinator of the Washington, DC International Film Festival.

Charlotte Rinderknecht, president of Studio Kinate, is an experienced multimedia manager with more than 10 years experience leading and managing artists in animation and video production, graphic and web design, and multimedia training. She was the Executive producer on the award winning animated short Pete’s Odyssey.  Rinderknecht successfully negotiated a contract with the Office of Naval Research to produce a series of animated shorts.

Cameron Shaw is a cinematographer working in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the American Film Institute's MFA program in Cinematography and teaches film production at Northwestern University's National High School Institute.

Kerri Sheehan is active in the DC Film community and is currently a producer at a consulting firm, where she creates videos educational and marketing videos for federal government clients.  In addition to her work in the real world, Kerri has produced numerous short films and videos, including Breathe.Focus. Octopus, which won Best Music in the latest DC 48-Hour Film Project, and the music video for "Who Threw That Ham at Me?!?" by The Superions.  She is also a photographer and visual artist who has exhibited in galleries around the DC Metro area for nearly 10 years. 

Films must be submitted by April 1, 2011 by 5 PM EST. For information for how to submit, please visit Questions can be sent to: [email protected].

For the first time, The Shortie Awards features ShortieCon, a series of workshops for educators interested in incorporating filmmaking in the classroom and for students interested in filmmaking. ShortieCon will be held at the Art Institute of Washington in Arlington, VA on June 4 and 5.

The Shortie Awards film screening and award ceremony will be held Sunday, June 5 in the Dome Theatre at the Artisphere in Arlington, VA from 2:30-5 PM.

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