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We are pleased to announce the members of the Celluloid Screams 2023 Short Film Competition jury.

These jury members will be viewing all short films in our line-up, and narrowing them down to a selection for Bronze, Silver, and Gold prize winners. With so much variety in our shorts programme this year, this won’t be an easy task!

This year’s jury consists of five industry professionals who share a passion for genre cinema, and are highly accomplished in their individual fields. Each member brings a unique perspective to the process of analysing and evaluating these incredible shorts. It’s been very exciting to bring this talented group together, and we’re really looking forward to finding out which films they’ve chosen as the winners. 

Sapna Moti Bhavnani

Sapna Moti Bhavnani is an award-winning independent producer/director and film festival organiser. In July 2020, Sapna launched her production company Wench Films to empower the female gaze and in 2021 she founded Wench Film Festival - India’s first Horror Film Festival, which has successfully finished 3 editions spotlighting 268 women.

Lisa Dreyer

Lisa Dreyer is a film fanatic and Festival Director for Fantastic Fest, based in Austin, Texas. In addition to helping bring the best genre films from around the world to Fantastic Fest every September, she also is an acquisitions consultant for Drafthouse Films. She has programmed for a variety of festivals, including the Oak Cliff Film Festival and Contrast Film Festival, and previously worked for the Austin Film Society. She is passionate about supporting radical new voices and boundary-pushing projects, the weirder and wilder the better!

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Carlota Pereda

Writer and director recipient of the Goya Award and AGBO Award by the Russo brothers at the Slamdance Festival for her short film "PIGGY," which she adapted into a feature film in 2022. The film received the Ventana Sur Award at Ventana CineMadrid, ARRI Award at European Work in Progress in Cologne and Pop Up Film Residence Award at Cannes Festival’s Focus CoPro. Its world premiere was at Sundance 2022 receiving rave reviews. After its presence at prestigious international festivals, its Spanish premiere was in the Zabaltegi section at the 70th San Sebastián Festival and at Sitges Film Festival, where it was awarded the Méliès d’Or. “PIGGY” received six nominations at the Feroz Awards and the Goya Awards 2023, where Laura Galán won Best Newcomer. “THE CHAPEL”, selected for the Fantastic 7 at the 2023 Cannes Festival and Sitges Film Festival, is her second feature-length fiction film.


Alex Winter

Winter entered the business with co-starring roles on Broadway in THE KING & I and PETER PAN and came to prominence in movies such as Warner Bros' THE LOST BOYS and the BILL & TED franchise. As a filmmaker, Winter's narrative features include the cult classic FREAKED and the critically acclaimed FEVER, which screened in the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes. Recent feature documentaries are SHOWBIZ KIDS, which garnered a Critics Choice nomination for Best Score and ZAPPA, a Critics Pick in the New York Times and nominated for Best Music Documentary by the Critics Choice Awards. The third installment in the Bill & Ted franchise, BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC, opened in 2020 as the number one movie in the U.S. and the U.K. Previous documentary work includes award-winners THE PANAMA PAPERS, DEEP WEB and DOWNLOADED. Winter's current documentary, THE YOUTUBE EFFECT, premiered at Tribeca and is now available on digital.

The winning shorts will be announced at our closing gala on Sunday 22 October. You can view a full list of our short films here

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