HollyShorts Film Festival x PaperChase Films

PitchFest Panelist/Judges


dillon d jordan

Dillon D Jordan founded PaperChase Films in 2013. Guided by the desire to tell stories that matter, he rapidly achieved acclaim for his strong cinematic sensibilities and funding provocative, award-winning films including: Skin (Producer) starring Jamie Bell and Danielle Macdonald (written and directed Oscar-award winner Guy Nattiv), which was selected by A24 for North American distribution. The Kindergarten Teacher (Executive Producer) starring Maggie Gyllenhaal (which won Best Director for Sara Colangelo at Sundance), The Kid (Executive Producer) starring Ethan Hawke and Dane DeHaan and Heavy (Producer) starring Daniel Zovatto and Sophie Turner.

Jonathan Butler

If a writer’s voice is honed from the uniqueness of their past experiences, Jonathan’s is a fusion of defrocked minister, malt liquor sommelier, and worst of all, union plumber (...only one of which isn’t true.) Self-taught in the “read, write, repeat” school of screenwriting, Jonathan’s writing career started with the good fortune of being selected for the Nickelodeon Writing Program.

Subsequently, Jonathan has had a blast writing for various animated and live-action shows, as well as co-creating and co-executive producing the award-winning Nickelodeon series “Bella and the Bulldogs”. He is currently letting his geek flag fly on CW’s #1 hit series The Flash, where he serves as writer and co-executive producer, as well as second-in-command to the show runner.

Jonathan has also recently completed his first feature film for Warner Brothers, a project that is so hush-hush, he may be silenced before he finishes typing this senten—.



carolina paiz

Growing up in Guatemala during the civil war, Carolina spent much of her time indoors, reading and watching TV, entertainment escapes which later provided the foundation for her career as a screenwriter.  Currently serving as a writer and Executive Producer on Orange is the New Black, her previous series credits include Narcos and Grey’s Anatomy.  On the feature end, she co-wrote and produced La Hora Cero, a top grossing Venezuelan film that has been optioned for an English language remake.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two kids, two dogs and a cat that thinks he’s a dog.


Dan Scheinkman

Born, raised and educated in Los Angeles, Dan has worked in the talent departments of Abrams Artists, Gersh and APA. His creative instincts then led him along the path of film and television development. Dan worked for Lawrence Bender Productions through the Golden Globe/Oscar runs for INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, the production of Jason Statham starrer SAFE and Participant Media’s nuclear arms proliferation documentary COUNTDOWN TO ZERO. He went on to serve in development executive positions at The Hal Lieberman Company, Le Vision Pictures (THE GREAT WALL) and Kickstart Entertainment (PREACHER, THE BOYS). Dan is currently developing/producing projects for film and television across multiple genres including drama, ½ hour comedy, biopic and animation.

steven garcia

Steven Garcia is an entertainment executive, producer, and multi-cam director with over 15 years of creative development, physical production, packaging and production finance experience. He has produced content for networks and distributors such as Lionsgate, Screen Media, Vertical, Samuel Goldwyn, PARAMOUNT, SONY, ABC, MTV, TNT, TBS, THE CW, AMC, A&E, SPIKE, FUSE, SYFY, NATGEO, DISCOVERY, LIFETIME, YAHOO!, SNAPCHAT, and FACEBOOK. 

Steven currently serves on the advisory board of the Mammoth Film Festival, as the Vice President of Development and Current Programming for B17 Entertainment / Thumb Candy Media, and Co-Executive Producer of Chasing The Cure with Ann Curry premiering August 8th on TNT and TBS. 



carlos foglia

An inspiring, thematic, and dark genre writer, Carlos most recently was a Co-Producer on LORE for Amazon. Currently he’s part of the team that is going to bring you the biggest Netflix Animated Series of 2021 based on your favorite video game. Dominican-Argentine with roots in Italy, Carlos first came up through graphic design work at ESPN and as a writer for Upworthy before breaking into the full-time television world in the writers room for THE EXORCIST and working for Sean Crouch.


Charles howard

kevin winston | moderator

Kevin Winston is the founder and CEO of Digital LA, the largest LA-based networking group of professionals in tech, startups, digital entertainment (movies, TV, digital series, music, games, VFX), social media, marketing, and advertising, reaching more than 80,000 members weekly via its newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn groups. digitalla.net @DigitalLA.

Previously, Kevin worked at Fox Interactive Media, MySpace, and IGN where he created integrated marketing campaigns for movies, TV, and games. He also worked at Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment and McKinsey & Company. Kevin has spoken at conferences including: SXSW, CES, NATPE, VidCon, San Diego Comic-Con, Silicon Beach Fest, Cannes Film Fest, Social Media Week LA, Entertainment Finance Forum, Digital Entertainment World, and Digital Hollywood. Kevin graduated Yale University, and has a masters from Harvard University.

He is President of both Yale in Hollywood and IVY Entertainment alumni networking groups. Twitter/Instagram @kevinwinston.