We are delighted to present the 2021 jury for the challenge.

Julia Stuart, sky


Julia is Director of Original Film at Sky. Aside from being a huge SF fan, Julia is a skilled content curator with an in-depth knowledge of both the UK and international film market. She has a keen eye for talent and getting productions green-lit


Sian is an American professor, science communicator, broadcaster , and aspiring astronaut. She has been selected as the pilot on the SpaceX Dragon mission Inspiration4, planned for late 2021. And was also on the crew for NASA's Hawaii Space Exploration habitat for human spaceflight to Mars (Hi-SEAS).

Patrick Gyger


Patrick is a Swiss historian, writer and curator. He was the director of Maison d’Ailleurs in Switzerland, the museumofo science fiction. He was also the director of Utopiales Science Fiction Festival. In 2017 Patrick was Guest Curator at the Barbican for the exhibition ' Into the Unknown'. Since 2021, Patrick is the director general of Plateforme 10, the new art district in Lausanne.

Sophie Carroll, WatchDUST


Sophie is the Sr. Manager of Acquisitions for Gunpowder & Sky’s channels ALTER and DUST. After working at a variety of production companies in London, Sophie joined Gunpowder & Sky and spearheaded the development of ALTER. ALTER and DUST now have a combined monthly viewership of 15 million.


Ben is the Shorts Programmer for the outstanding Tribeca Film Festival. He is also a filmmaker, primarily directing shorts and documentaries and has screened his films at festivals around the world and broadcast on television in the UK and US.


Lauren is the award-winning and internationally best-selling South African author of The Shining Girls, Zoo City and Afterland, among other works. Her novels have been published in 24 countries and are being adapted for film and TV. She’s also a comics writer, screenwriter, journalist and documentary maker.