The Film Empire’s

Past Winners

Win a mentorship!

The Film Empire’s inaugural film mentorship contest provides a unique platform for blossoming filmmakers! Submit your film for a chance to receive mentorships and meetings with some of Hollywood’s leading producers, development executives, screenwriters, directors, cinematographers and other creatives. The mentors represent the full spectrum of the filmmaking process, from development to post-production.

The Mentors

Bekah Brunstetter (producer & writer, This Is Us)
Tobias Schliessler (cinematographer, Beauty and the Beast (2017), Hancock)
Scott Steindorff (producer, Chef, The Lincoln Lawyer)
Maia Glikman (Sony Pictures Television)
Siddharta Khosla (film and television composer, This is Us)
Lesley Barber (film and television composer, Manchester by the Sea)
Constance Tillotson of LA Management (reps an Academy Award-nominated writer/producer)
Ben Davis (cinematographer, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy)
Peter Schink (screenwriter, Legion)
Daniel Levin (executive producer, Lion)
Michael Shawver (editor, Marvel’s Black Panther, Creed, Fruitvale Station)
Joseph Garner (producer, War Dogs, executive at Bradley Cooper’s Joint Effort)
Amal Baggar (co-producer, Concussion)
Joshua Butler (TV director, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, The Magicians)
Alex Barnes (Trigger Street Productions)
Dan Liu (editor, The Walking Dead)
Alex Czuleger (manager/CEO, Green Room Mgmt)
Dan Scheinkman (Le Vision Pictures, Variety’s Top New Leaders in Film 2016)
Kameron Tarlow (development, Hazy Mills Productions)
Talia Cohen (First Look Media)
Lauren Selig (executive producer of Hacksaw Ridge, Jumanji)
Kate Lilly (Film/TV coordinator at Funny or Die)
David Baggelaar (creative executive, Good Fear Film + Management)
Matt Birch (SVP, co-head, physical production | APA)
Dana Ledoux Miller (writer, Narcos, Designated Survivor, The Newsroom)
Allison Irvin (agent, William Morris Endeavor)

Grand Prize Winner


Slipaway by writer-director Daniel Mentz

Runners Up

Manifest Mind by director Bryce Morgan

Hoods by writer-director Maja Aro

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