SXSW Film Jurors Announced!

Written by Jim Kolmar | Monday, Feb 24, 2014
Introducing SXSW 2014 Film Award Jurors

We're thrilled to announce our full lineup of jurors for our SXSW Film and Design Competition!

Drawn from the worlds of filmmaking, acting, writing, animation and more, the thirty-six jury members, across twelve categories have a real challenge ahead. We know they're up to it, and you can enjoy the fruits of their rigorous decision making process when the awards are announced at the Film Awards Ceremony, Tuesday, March 11 8:00PM at the illustrious Paramount Theatre. They will be presented by the hilarious stand up and actor Jerrod Carmichael, rounding out a real can't-miss event. Film, Gold and Platinum Badgeholders only, so head here to pick up yours.

The jurors are listed below. For more details including bios, head to this page.

This jurors are:


  • Kate Aurthur is the Chief Los Angeles Correspondent at BuzzFeed. Previously, she covered entertainment at The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, and The New York Times.
  • Michael Hogan is Vanity Fair’s digital director, overseeing and the mobile editions. Previously, he was Moviefone’s editor-in-chief and The Huffington Post’s executive entertainment editor.
  • Oliver Platt is an actor who lives in New York City. Upcoming projects include Jon Favreau's Chef, Michael Cuesta's Kill The Messenger, and the FX miniseries Fargo.


  • David Ehrlich is the former Senior Editor of His interests include the New York Rangers, movies about movies, and regretting his personal bios.
  • Dave Karger is the chief correspondent at Fandango, where he hosts the series Frontrunners and Weekend Ticket. He also appears regularly on Today, Access Hollywood, and E!
  • Amy Nicholson is the chief film critic for the LA Weekly and author of Anatomy of an Actor: Tom Cruise, published this spring by Cahiers du Cinéma.


  • Bret Berg is Director of Programming at The Cinefamily: one of the most influential cinematheques in America, devoted to the presentation of all films weird and wonderful.
  • Dan Nuxoll is Program Director for Rooftop Films and is currently co-directing a documentary about a mysterious woman who has been running scandal-plagued film festivals for decades.
  • Saschka Unseld is a director and cinematographer at Pixar. He worked on Toy Story 3 and Brave before directing Pixar's newest short film The Blue Umbrella.


  • Heather Courtney is a documentary director/producer. Her most recent film, Where Soldiers Come From, won an Emmy, the Independent Spirit Award, and a SXSW Jury Award.
  • Daniel Dreifuss is the US producer of NO. It won the Director's Fortnight in Cannes 2012 and was Oscar nominated for best foreign film in 2013 marking the first ever nomination for Chile.
  • Adam Roffman produced the feature documentaries Trust Us, This Is All Made Up (SXSW 2009), and Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself (PBS's American Masters, 2014).


  • Geoff Marslett is the writer/director/animator/actor responsible for 2010's animated sci-fi rom-com MARS and 2013's SXSW award winner Loves Her Gun. He also teaches at the University of Texas.
  • Carson Mell lives in Los Angeles without a wife or an animal. He writes novels, writes television, and makes cartoons.
  • Julia Pott is a British Animator based in Brooklyn. Her award winning animated films have been shown in festivals around the world.


  • Meredith Borders is the managing editor for the Alamo Drafthouse, Fantastic Fest, Badass Digest and Birth.Movies.Death. She also programs and hosts for the Houston Alamo.
  • Adam Montgomery is the Senior Manager of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, and he is one of the programmers for the Festival's Park City at Midnight section.
  • Hailing from Detroit, Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed the films Kings of Summer and Nick Offerman: American Ham which both premiered at Sundance. He loves SXSW and dachshunds


  • Shakey Graves / Alejandro Rose-Garcia is a gentleman from Texas.
  • John Kunz is the President/Owner of Waterloo Records & Video, celebrating 32 years retailing great music and film in Austin TX, and online.
  • Tyler Pratt is producer and host for Austin’s public radio stations KUT & KUTX. He’s also a freelance journalist passionate about music, whiskey and adventures.


  • Elizabeth Avellán is the Co-Owner and Vice-President of Troublemaker Studios and President of EYA Productions.
  • Eugenio Del Bosque is Executive Director at Cine Las Americas in Austin, Texas. Since 2002, he’s been responsible for the theatrical exhibition of over 1,600 films.
  • After 25 years working as a motion picture camerawoman, Heather Page works with the incredible staff at the Texas Film Commission as its Director.


  • Emily Hagins is the writer/director of four feature films - an accomplishment she achieved by the age of twenty. Her most recent film, Grow Up, Tony Phillips premiered last year at SXSW.
  • Austin filmmaker Bob Ray makes offbeat flicks: documentaries (Hell on Wheels, Total Badass, I¹m w/Liberty), features (Rock Opera), animation (CrashToons), shorts and music videos.
  • Bart Weiss is an award-winning filmmaker who is mostly widely recognized as the founder/director of the Dallas Videofest. Weiss also teaches film courses at UT Arlington and produces the show Frame of Mind for KERA TV.


  • A proud Longhorn, Peter Debruge first attended SXSW in 1998. He recently relocated to Paris, where he serves as Chief International Film Critic for Variety.
  • A lifelong Texan, Victor Diaz is a film reporter and critic for Austin's 24-hour local news station, Time Warner Cable News. Each week his "Lone Star Scene" segment covers Texas connections to the film industry.
  • Harry Knowles created in 1996, co-founded Fantastic Fest, is a five time co-host for Ebert At The Movies, and hosts Ain't It Cool with Harry Knowles. Born in Austin, Texas!


  • Ian Albinson is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Art of the Title, a highly respected online resource that details the creative process behind film and television title design.
  • Pamela Green is one of the founders of PIC Agency, a motion design studio. Nominated for an Emmy for the documentary Bhutto. Currently directing Be Natural - The Untold Story of Alice Guy Blache.
  • Yen Tan is a graphic designer and award-winning filmmaker. He is an Independent Spirit Award Nominee for Pit Stop.


  • Kurt Volk is senior art director for El Rey Network. His work includes key art and main title design for film and television.
  • Tim League is the founder and CEO of Alamo Drafthouse, co-founded Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the US, and launched Drafthouse Films.
  • Christian Helms is the founder of Helms Workshop, an award-winning design and brand development studio located in Austin, Texas.

Main Image, Top Row:
Oliver Platt, Amy Nicholson, Meredith Border, Eugenio del Bosque
Bottom Row:
Emily Hagins, Peter DeBruge, Yen Tan and Kurt Volk