2021 Judges

DT Slouffman

Emmy Award winner, DT Slouffman is the creator of six digital sub-brands for Sports Illustrated and is the executive producer for more than 600 episodes of the brand’s daily digital series. While acting as a series producer for CNN with Rachel Nichols, Slouffman helped bring sports back to the news giant. He has produced and directed short documentaries on Super Bowl III and the Phillie Phanatic. His first full-length documentary for Lifetime television, “Scandal on Thin Ice,” launched him into work for Discovery and TLC. Slouffman has won six Emmy Awards and seven International Television and Film World Medals for his efforts. Slouffman currently acts as a writer and consultant for Circle Country Countdown for Circle Network, produces reporters for the NBA on TNT and MLB on TBS, and is in pre-production on a new feature-length documentary. 

Kate Sweeney

Kate Sweeney launched her professional career as an associate producer for National Geographic Television & Film. She served as the supervising producer on the creative team that launched Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between CBS/Showtime and the Smithsonian Institution. She was also the executive producer for TPI, an international producer and distributor of fiction and nonfiction films. Kate’s productions have taken her from Bangkok to Burbank and aired all over the world on networks including, History, MSNBC, Showtime, CBS, Al Jazeera, National Geographic, and Smithsonian Channel. Kate also regularly serves as a News & Documentary Emmy Award judge. Today, Kate manages the journalism concentration at George Mason University, outside Washington, D.C.  

Spencer T. Folmar

Grove City alumni, Spencer T. Folmar, shot into the spotlight when his theatrical debut, “Generational Sins,” spurred a national debate surrounding the interplay of faith and film. FOX, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, Washington Times, CBN, Christian Post, and more have all joined the conversation about the film’s release. At 19 years-old his second feature film, “Guilt & Sentence,” received critical acclaim, winning festival awards and premiering to a sold-out audience. His follow up film would be on the opioid epidemic ravaging the heartland of America “Shooting Heroin” (2020). Folmar’s films are now released under his Los Angeles production company Hard Faith™.  Folmar also has an extensive career in corporate and commercial and non-profit video production around the world. He also owns and operates a small theatre chain with a new drive-in theatre being built in Orlando Florida called Veritas Arts Inc.