This year’s IMDb Awards are looking as though they will be the best yet: we have an outstanding line up of judges:

Col Needham is the CEO of the IMDb and “the most important Brit in Hollywood – by miles, by millions.”

Wendy Mitchell is a Film Programme Manager at the British Council and also a contributing editor at Screen International and a contributor for SkyArts’ series Discovering Hollywood.

Otto Bathurst Director of Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, Criminal Justice and Margot, winning him two BAFTA’s and many other awards. Currently in pre-production on Lionsgate’s Robin Hood.

Lizzie Francke is a Senior Production and Development Executive at the BFI’s Film Fund. Projects that she has exec produced include High-Rise (previewing at BFF2015) 45 Years and A Syrian Love Story.

Katie Swinden is the creative director of Fifty Fathoms Productions. Since 2007 she has produced several award-winning shows including Peaky Blinders, Luther and the BAFTA award-winning Marvellous.

And YOU our wonderful audience who will cast your vote for the film you would most like to win the 2015 IMDb New filmmaker Award.

The shortlisted films are:

Big Bird, directed by Declan Lynch and Jan Boon

Une passion d’or et de feu, directed by Sebastien Pins

Chinese Treachery, directed by Jake Balfour-Lynn

Testimony, directed by Kamila Dydyna

Is It Dead Yet…? directed by Kelly Wenham and Matt Bailey

Sadly, Sean Healy, the winner of the 2015 IMDb Script to Screen Award hasn’t managed to compete his film in time, so we will not be able to screen that as planned. On the positive side, this gives us more time talk to our judges about their careers and tips on how to have a successful life in the film industry.