The 2020 Salute Your Shorts Film Festival Judges Unveiled

Updated: Aug 30, 2020

Salute Your Shorts Film Festival has unveiled the judges and jury for this year's festival. The 2020 Salute Your Shorts Film Festival winners will be announced live on Facebook page on Sunday, August 30th, 2020 at 5PM.

Here's a list of the judges and jury:


Tony Hale


Ina Pira

Quarantine Creativity and Super Shorts

Jack Hanley


Paul Sloop


Matt Fagerholm


Jeremy Howe


Katie Mccullough


Greg Sorvig

Female Filmmaker Award Jury

Erin Brown Thomas

Kath Tolentino

Deanna Wiley

Lauren Reid Brown

Becky Murdoch

Best of Fest Jury

Paul sloop

Erin Brown Thomas

Becky Murdoch

Matt Fagerholm

Alejandra López




Alejandra's short film "The Blue Cape", which she wrote and directed, has screened at Oscar® qualifying Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Berlin, Aspen Shortfest, among others, and was acknowledged with an Honorable Mention in the category for Best Live Action at Cleveland International Film Festival. She was the grand prize winner of Voces Nuevas - a Cine Sony and NALIP Short Film Contest. Alejandra was most recently a staff writer on the third season of Sony Crackle/Amazon's original series "Startup". Originally from Puerto Rico, Alejandra is now based in Los Angeles. She's repped by Bellevue Productions and WME. BECKY MURDOCH Becky Murdoch hails from Detroit, Michigan. During college she dove head-first into a decade-long career in music which brought her to Nashville, and ultimately Los Angeles. It was there that she attended her first film festival which prompted her transition into film producing and volunteering/working at festivals in the Los Angeles area. Meanwhile, while working at Epiphany Space in Hollywood, Becky single-handedly pioneered their live-events productions branch, creating hundreds of opportunities for artists of all kinds to showcase their work and bringing a personal touch to what can be a very impersonal city. Her backgrounds in music, film, and live events coalesced when she co-founded the Salute Your Shorts Film Festival in Hollywood, CA where she currently serves as festival director. DEANNA WILEY Deanna Wiley, was an intern for Salute Your Shorts Film Festival in the spring of 2019. Now that she has graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelors in Film production, she is volunteering as the programming admin. She has also written and directed the short film Fading Warrior (18’). Most recently, she has edited videos for JcPenny and Apartment Therapy and also does some other freelance editing back in Florida. Deanna is passionate about creating films that inspire creativity and giving her audiences a different view of the world.

ERIN BROWN THOMAS Erin Brown Thomas is a dynamic director, writer, producer, and editor who's collaborated with heavyweight talent including Selena Gomez, Eminem, Lena Dunham, Emmy Rossum, and Elisabeth Moss and tentpole companies such as HBO, Netflix, Refinery 29, A Casual Romance, MTV, Snapchat Originals, and Makeready. Her films have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and have been curated by Vimeo. Erin has directed over a dozen award-winning films which have screened in 92 festivals worldwide, including 14 Oscar Qualifying events. Most recently, the experimental But First placed her as an Artist in Residence at Palm Springs International ShortFest and her LGBT Dramedy Feeling Flush will have its international premiere at Inside Out, presented by Netflix . She was also selected to participate in the DGA's esteemed Commercial Directors Diversity Program. Erin’s screenplays have advanced at Sundance New Voices, the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Film Fest, and Blue Cat Screenplay competition. Her pilot “Managing Life” was enacted via UCB's selective “Let’s Table This” lab. Erin is currently in pre-production for her lauded original screenplay Italy ’99. When not on set, Erin dangles from the air as an aerial acrobat. Thus, she also founded a viral-hit prod. company, Versatile Assassins which tells complex stories about the human experience through aerial dance. Her youtube has quickly amassed 55k subscribers and over 4.7M views. Erin co-founded SYSFF in 2017 with Becky Murdoch.  Curation has deeply impacted her curiosity and voice as an artist.


Greg leads the artistic vision and film programming department for Heartland Film and its Academy Award®-qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival and Heartland International Film Festival events in Indianapolis. He is also a member of the Tribeca Film Festival shorts screening team and served as an Arts Works II 2019 g