Richard Beer has spent over 30 years working in film production, distribution, marketing and theatrical exhibition. He has served as an advisor, programmer and juror for dozens of film festivals around the world and as an editorial consultant for many independent films. Currently he is the Director of Programming for the independent Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, Washington and is a producer of the just completed documentary WOODSRIDER.
Susan works on film productions throughout the US. She worked for 10 years at the Oregon Governor's Office of Film where she was an administrator of Oregon's film incentive program and spearheaded the state's indie filmmaker outreach. After leaving the Film Office Susan opened her own production payroll company, catering to the indie and low-budget filmmaker. She has been a strong supporter of entrepreneurial filmmakers, contributing many volunteer hours to various fund-raising events, and providing consultation on accounting and incentives.
After graduating with a degree in film and communications in 2009 Daniel Hoyos got his first job working for the nationally syndicated TV Show Biz Kids on PBS as a production assistant. In the following years, he worked for the National Film Festival for Talented Youth and the Children’s Film Festival of Seattle, and in 2012, produced his most ambitious short film, NO ONE KNOWS. In 2013 Daniel became the festival director of the wildly popular Seattle Shorts Film Festival.
Amy McBride is the Arts Administrator for the City of Tacoma. Working with the Tacoma Arts Commission, she manages three funding programs that support arts organizations and artists, implements public art projects, develops innovative and collaborative programming and formulates effective policy. She has been a juror for the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts WA, 4Culture and the Grand Cinema. She holds an M.A. from UWT in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on urban art, and a certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of WA.
2016 Screenplay Competition Readers
Erik Hanberg has published three mysteries, a science fiction adventure novel, and a Veronica Mars novella. His books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. As the director of the nonprofit Grand Cinema from 2004 to 2006, Erik helped create new opportunities for filmmakers and excelled in his role as an arts administrator bringing new creative energy to the theater. He later wrote and directed two award-winning short films in the Grand’s 72 Hour Film Competition (a festival he had previously created in 2005). Erik is also the co-host of Media Carnivores, a media and entertainment podcast, with author Brent Hartinger. Together they discuss media trends and recommend the best of what’s available in movies, television, and books.
Kristi L. Simkins is an award-winning screenwriter and director, whose screenplays have received high marks at many acclaimed screenwriting competitions including the BlueCat Screenplay Competition. During the Your Big Break international filmmaking competition, in which her film, SOMETHING SPECIAL, was a finalist, she had the great honor of working with Academy Award-winning producer, Barrie Osborne (Lord of the Rings), who served as executive producer on her film.