Screenplay Competition Readers

The 2018 DCFF Short Screenplay Competition is now open submissions. All scripts will be read by three readers (including DCFF Executive Director, Emily Alm). Thank you to this year’s reader panel!

Kristi Simkins
Kristi is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and editor. Her screenplays have won, or placed highly in, many acclaimed screenwriting competitions including the BlueCat Screenplay Competition. She’s both been hired to write and sold several award-winning screenplays. She is currently an editor on a large-scale documentary project call The School of Life Project. Kristi’s multi award-winning short film, SOMETHING SPECIAL, which she wrote and directed, was a finalist in a New Zealand international filmmaking competition judged by Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson and producer Barrie Osborne (LORD OF THE RINGS, THE MATRIX). SOMETHING SPECIAL screened at dozens of film festivals all over the world, including the Cannes Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Palm Springs International ShortsFest. The film was also broadcast on television in the PBS series “Official Best Of Fest” and The Pentagon Channel.


Persephone Vandegrift
Persephone is a multi award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, story coach and consultant. Current projects in development include WW2 TV series ESTHER'S DEN (to be directed by Shannon Van Metre), feature romantic comedy THE WATER KING (to be directed by Ellen Gerstein, produced by Donna Wheeler), and drama feature, FALLEN. Besides screenwriting, she is also a playwright, author, and creator of The Very Fairy children's book series. Her two short films, ALL THINGS HIDDEN, and THE LAST LIGHT, were both filmed in the Pacific Northwest. She currently resides in Central Oregon. For more information on her work, please visit