JUDGES OF 2021
Sara Caldwell is a lecturer for Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara and a digital media instructor at College of the Canyons (COC) in Santa Clarita and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing (FIDM) in Los Angeles. Around teaching, she creates many of her own short film projects through House of Gorey Productions.
Sara’s screenplays have been recognized with many awards, including BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY at the Burbank International Film Festival, NOLA Horror Film Festival, Shivers International Film Festival, Dazed4Horror Film Festival and the Cannes Screenplay Contest. Her short films have also received many accolades, including BEST SHORT FILM at the Indie Horror Film Festival, Los Angeles Thriller Film Festival, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, and Creative Arts Film Festival.
Sara is the author of three industry books, including “SPLATTER FLICKS – HOW TO MAKE LOW BUDGET HORROR FILMS” (Allworth Press). She received an MFA in Screenwriting from California State University Northridge (CSUN).
Sara is a member of the Writers Guild of America West (WGA) and the Alliance of Women Directors (AWD).