Announcing the Jury for the 2014 No Budget Film Festival!

Eve Cohen

Eve M Cohen is the current Director of Content and Chief Creative Officer at Seed&Spark where she is dedicated to creating an independent film community. She loves making and watching movies, any length and genre, but the short ones are her favorite. She also is a working Director of Photography in the film and TV world, which gives her the nickname at Seed&Spark as the "mobile unit." Eve graduated from the UCLA/School of Arts and Architecture with a BFA in Photography and later received an MFA in Cinematography from the UCLA/School of Theater, Film and Television.


Janicza Bravo

Janicza Bravo was raised on an army base in Panama City, Panama. She moved to the United States two decades ago. She studied directing and design for theatre at NYU. Most recently she made Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Film". Her first narrative short, EAT, screened in competition at SXSW. Her second short, GREGORY GO BOOM, premiered at the 30th Sundance Film Festival. The film took home the Short Film Jury Award for U.S. Fiction. Her last short PAULINE ALONE premiered at BAM. She is currently based in Los Angeles and is in the process of putting together her feature film debut.


Joe LaMattina

Joe LaMattina is responsible for a lot of mayhem. He began his career as an editor for MTV and branched out into producing and directing in 2001. Since then he has served as Creative Director for Ripe Digital, a Comcast short-form VOD venture, and was hired by NBC Universal to change the format of the oft referenced late-night pop-doc series Last Call with Carson Daly. He was also instrumental in creating Zach Braff's successful Wish I Was Here Kickstarter Campaign.


Kent Osborne

Kent Osborne is an Emmy-nominated writer and storyboard artist for animated television shows like SpongeBob Squarepants, Phineas and Ferb, Flapjack, Gumball and Regular Show. He is currently the head writer for Adventure Time on Cartoon Network.




Michael Peter

Michael E. Peter is a founding member of the cinematic sketch group 5-Second Films, whose work has been featured in TIME Magazine, CNN, Spin Magazine, and Larry King (to name a few) . He recently wrote, directed & produced a short film for New Form Digital, titled The Front Page, and is currently producing the 5SF feature film Dude Bro Party Massacre III.


Sarah Adina Smith

Sarah recently directed her first feature THE MIDNIGHT SWIM, which took home the Breakthrough Audience Award at AFI FEST this year. Indiewire called the film "enigmatic and fathomless," comparing it to films like PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, while Twitch called it "acutely unsettling," Fangoria "revelatory" and The Film Philosopher likened the experience to a "lucid dream." Previously, Sarah co-wrote and produced the ensemble indie GOODBYE WORLD, which was picked up for distribution by Samuel Goldwyn Films & Phase 4. Sarah's next project THE COLONY, a sci-fi thriller, was a semi-finalist for the Nicholl's Fellowship and earned Sarah a fellowship at the prestigious Screenwriter's Colony in Nantucket.


Brandon Bell

Born in Dallas, Texas, Brandon Bell spent his youth playing sports until his parents enrolled him in the African American Children’s Theater (AACT) to gain exposure to the arts. From that point on he knew that acting was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

After High School, Brandon moved to Los Angeles, California and was accepted into the USC Theater Program. In 2007, Brandon graduated from USC with a Bachelor's Degree in Theater and in 2008 with a Master's Degree in Education.

Brandon's past credits include guest starring roles on the hit television shows NCIS (CBS), Two Broke Girls (CBS) and Revenge (ABC), as well as a recurring role on ABC Family's Switched at Birth and starred in the Nickelodeon drama Hollywood Heights. You can see Brandon star in the Lionsgate feature film Dear White People (Directed by Justin Simien) in theaters now.