Our Community


Slamdance is a community, a year-round experience, and a statement in which everyone is invited to take part. The first Slamdance Film Festival was held in 1995 by a wild bunch of filmmakers who were tired of relying on a large, oblique system to showcase their work. Since then, Slamdance has proven year after year that independent grassroots communities can take risks on bold talent and launch careers that change the industry. Our artist-led community continues to discover and nurture diverse, international creators through various programs throughout the year, focusing on new writers, digital and interactive art, awards and mentorship, DIY film education, film screenings and of course, the Slamdance Film Festival.


Peter Baxter
President and Co-founder

Michael Christopher Morin
Festival Producer

Cayden Turnbow
Media Manager

Gabriel Monroe Eckert
Social Media, Digital Content Manager

Chris and Pat McFaul
Submissions Tech Gurus

Kyra Rogers
Grants Manager

Taylor Miller
Festival Director

Anna Lee Lawson
Film Festival & Screenplay Competition Manager

Dekker Dreyer
Marketing Consultant

Paul Sbrizzi
Graphic Artist

Steven Amhrein
Web Developer

Brittney Thaxton
Accessibility Manager


Tara Tavi
Festival Key Artist


Peter Baxter

Paul Rachman
Board Member

Marie Jamora
Board Member

Ken Coelho
Board Member

Kyra Rogers
Board Member


By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers. Nowhere is our guiding principle more evident than in programming at Slamdance. Each year, we invite the newest class of Slamdance alumni to join us in the effort to discover and support the most exciting new voices in filmmaking, and to have a hand in shaping the future of film.

As Slamdance programmers, we’re all filmmakers and we’re all volunteers. Almost all of us have screened films at Slamdance. Every film submitted is watched in its entirety by at least two different programmers and there are over 200 programmers watching submissions from wherever in the world we are. Every programmer has an equal voice in the debate whether it’s their first or 25th year programming at Slamdance. After every film is watched and scored, our programming teams meet and spend a few weekends in late October and November re-watching, debating, and duking it out until our Festival Lineup finally emerges from the rubble of our battles.

Here are the programmers who made Slamdance 2024 possible.

* denotes programming team captain


Maha Al-Saati
Sonya Alexander
Daniel Barosa
Michael Bartolomeo*
Nadia Bedj
Stephanie Bell
Annika Birgel
Chelsea Christer
Sarah Diamond
Jeff Dickamore
Damian Fitzsimmons
Spencer Holden
Michael Curtis Johnson
Dan Katzir

Bowon Kim
Sasha Levinson*
Kris Montello
Lars Mulle
Anthony Pedone
Paul Rachman
Lise Raven
Steph Reuler
Ken Robb
Jeff Rutherford
Paul Sbrizzi*
Zach Sherman
Matthew Keene Smith
Noel Taylor*


Josh Mandel
Chris Parizo*
Paul Rachman

Todd Remis
Kyra Rogers
Ben Umstead


Emily Allen
Jonathan Berman
Brian Bolster*
Cheryl Bookout
Marcin Borchardt
Louis Crisitello
Fabian Euresti
Summre Garber*
Brendan Geraghty

Andrew H Brown
Patrick Hamm
Karin Hayes
Jay Kuehner
Sasha Levinson
Alex Nevill
Jason Polevoi
Patrick Sheehan
Debra Sugarman


Laila Al-Beiti
Kate Allgood
Shane Aquino
Claire Barnett
Frank Brueckner
Cory Byers
Jordan Carlman
Wally Chung
Alexa Coblentz
Alexia Colette
Aaron Cook
Jed Cowley
Rowan Devereux
Erica Eng
Boise Esquerra
Mario Gajo
Theo Georgescu*
Jacob Gregor
Travis Harrington
Stacie Hawkins
Katie Hopkins
Shane Johnston
Goldie Jones
Peter Kimball
Robert Kleinschmidt
Marek Kozakiewicz
Meryem Lahlou*
Tera Lecuona
Fabian Leonhardt
Alessandra Lichtenfeld
Todd Looby
Brogan Luke Bouwhuis

Tyler Macri
Nina Mahesh
Conner Marx
Drew Mayer-Oakes
Nathan Morris
Emily Morus-Jones
Julia Muniz
Patrick Murray
Carlo Nasisse
Shaun Parker
Tyler Parkford
Chris Peters
Theresa Polgar
Brenna Power
Harsh Pundit
Brian Ratigan*
Jake Rotger
Catriona Rubenis-Stevens
Pardeep Sahota
Anthony Shepherd
Sandra Beatrice Sifontes
Em Solarova*
Desireia Valteau
Martim Vian
Breven Warren
Rebecca Williams
Ronnie Williams
Lori Wilson
Jan Wollenschläger
Camille Wormser
Joshua Yates


Andi Benge*
Jenna Caravello
Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea
Mikail Chowdhury
Sarah Diamond
Rosa Falu
Neil Garguilo
Yvette Granata
Erinn Hagerty
Aaron Harris
Sarah Hudson

Michael McDonald
Ivan Morales Jr.
Michaela Mueller
Brian Yulo Ng
Jonni Phillips*
Jacob Reed
Paul Sbrizzi
Anna Siri
Bernadette Speakes
Elisha Yaffe


Michael Biggs
Zhuoyun (Yun) Chen
Paolo Chianta
Joe Cox*
James Cox
Zach Dorn
Chris Friend

Laura Herman*
Yuchi Ma
Cory Reeder
Angela Washko
Jordan Wong
Joe Zakko


Tiffany Conklin
Jillian Corsie
Skizz Cyzyk
Sophia Feuer
Christine Fugate
Mario Gajo
Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma
Rendah Haj*
Heidi Hornbacher
Karol Lindholm*

Nefise Özkal Lorentzen
Nikolas Maciel
Erin Persley
Nikiea Redmond
Francesca Scalisi
Ashley Seering
Susan Sfarra
Carol Ann Short
Ronnie Williams


Teddy Collatos
Scout Durwood*
Bryce Fishman
Craig Parish*
Nate Raven

Shyamala Reddy
Kyra Rogers
Sophia Stephens
Andrew Stone


Michele Abraham*
Asha Chai-Chang*
Sam Krauss*

Beth Prouty*
Juliet Romeo*


Patricia Beckman-Welles
Francesca Albrezzi
Jonathan Glover
Dekker Dreyer*
Joe Cox*


Gabe Misla*


Peter Baxter
Taylor Miller
Paul Rachman


Our Screenplay Competition Readers are veteran readers with oodles of experience. They are comprised of previous screenplay award winners, professors, script consultants and of course they are all writers. This award winning team is extremely diverse and located all over the world. We pay all of our readers competitive rates and truly value the work that they do. We are proud to have them on board. 

All of our high scoring scripts are read multiple times in order to determine the Quarterfinalists. The Semi-Finalist scripts all move into deliberations where a smaller group of readers read and research all of the Semi-Finalists scripts to decide who will be the Finalists. The Finalists are all invited to Los Angeles where we have an awards ceremony and announce the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placing scripts. A total of $18,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners each year. The Grand Prize winner will receive a total of $10,000 in cash. The winners of the Feature, Horror/Thriller, TV Pilot, and Short categories will each receive $2,000 in cash. The top three screenwriters in each category will receive prize packages that include Festival Passes good for all screenings and parties at the Slamdance Film Festival. Production companies, studios, top agencies and managers request to read our top scripts. We have many Screenplay success stories including Day Shift, The Woodsman and Maria Full of Grace

One entry from the competition will be awarded the Slamdance Screenplay Mentorship Award.

All submitted scripts are eligible for the Mentorship Award. Founded in 2018, the Mentorship Award is an opportunity for one-on-one script development with a small group of professional advisors. Our mentorship team nominates unique scripts that, with a little more development and support from a team of alumni, could turn into production-ready ventures. From these nominations, we will select the Mentorship Award winner, who will receive personalized feedback through Slamdance’s alumni network and screenwriting consultants. The mentorship process is broken into two distinct parts: revision and professional development. In part one, the writer will receive in-depth coverage from a panel of advisors, who will then work with the writer on sharpening, honing and refining their script. In part two, the writer will have an open forum to ask questions and discuss possible “next steps” for their work career in the form of representation, production and/or sales.

We are honored to present our 2024 reading team: 

Anjini Taneja Azhar
Anna Siri
Beverly Neufeld
Carolyn Duncan
Chrstine Knapp
Daniel Aznavorian
David Wingert
Dylan Schifrin
Elle Jae Stewart
Frank Mosley
Gabriella Moses
Gustavo Barbur de Melo
Irene Jiang

Jacobo Fe Gismara
Jamie King
Jennie Jarvis
Joslyn Jensen
Judd Taylor
Nikolas Marciel
Noel Lawrence
Phoebe Yemi Ara
Rebekah Fear
Rubén Gil Hernandez Silva
Scott Pittrock
Sonya Alexander
Tipper Newton