Anne Sward has been an actress for over 40 years including the TV series "As the world turns" for over 15 years. She teaches acting for film at BYU and privately. She was the regional president for sag-aftra for several years.

Rob Diamond is an award winning filmmaker. His movies have been distributed worldwide INCLUDING "Wayward: The Prodigal Son." He has taught film acting since 1998 & owns & operates "Rob Diamond's Actors Lounge" in SLC, UT. 

JOshua larsen has a deep love for the world of film. he started acting in college at the age of 22. Joshua larsen created Red Giant Films in 2012 and created red giant festival in 2016.

Garrett Batty

The Saratov Approach

2016 Judges

Warren Workman

​Producer of UT Film Awards, UT Music Awards, Park City Int. Film Festival

Rob Diamond

​Producer, Writer & Director

Warren Workman

​Producer of UT Film Awards

Garrett Batty received a degree in Film from Brigham Young University. After working several years in Los Angeles, California, he wrote and directed his first feature film, THE SARATOV APPROACH, which achieved critical and commercial success, winning 6 Utah Film Awards, including Best Picture, BEst Director & Best Screenplay. After playing in theaters nationwide, the action thriller was released on Netflix, and licensed throughout the world. in 2015, he released the feature FREETOWN, about the Liberian Civil War, shot entirely in West Africa, where it was subsequently nominated for 10 Ghana Film Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Most recently, Batty wrote and directed his first feature documentary THE JOURNEY HOME, featuring Jon Voight. 

Anne S. Hansen

​Actress & Acting Coach

4 Judges. Unpaid. Unbiased. Fair

John Lyde

Mainstay Productions CEO, Producer, Director, Writer, & Editor

All Red Giant festival judges are film INDUSTRY professionals, have years of experience, and are not affiliated with any team competing in the red giant film festival. They are VOLUNTEERING and receiving no incentives allowing for a fair, unbiased judging of all films submitted.

Warren Workman has produced an internationally syndicated TV series and reality show. Workman has been honored with several awards for his work on and off screen including the Silver Telly and Barrey E. Wallace Award. Warren taught producing in higher education and has spoken at universities both foreign and domestic.

Warren Workman has been passionate about independent artists his entire life.  He has produced an internationally syndicated TV series and reality show. Workman has been honored with several awards for his work on and off screen including the Silver Telly and Barrey E. Wallace Award. Warren taught producing in higher education and has spoken at universities both foreign and domestic with appointments to speak in the Philippines, India, and the UK. he also travels the world looking for the best films to bring to the Park City International Film Festival which just celebrated its first year with thousands of attendees. When Workman has time away from work you will find him enjoying time with his family and dining on bacon.

Garrett Batty received a degree in Film from Brigham Young University. After working several years in Los Angeles, California, he wrote and directed his first feature film, THE SARATOV APPROACH, which achieved critical and commercial success, winning 6 Utah Film Awards.

JOshua larsen has a deep love for the world of film. The ability to transport an audience member to another world, to laugh and literally cry and feel pain for a series of lights displayed on a screen is fascinating to him. he started acting in college at the age of 22. Since then he has been in features, short films, competitions, festivals, winning 8 awards and a handful of nominations for films he wrote, directed, produced and starred in. Joshua larsen created Red Giant Films in 2010 and created red giant festival in 2016. He has been married for 7 years to his BEAUTIFUL wife, Whitney, who loves to sing and has two amazing children, Remington (4), who likes to call people "boogers" and Alma (1) who is chunky beyond belief. Josh is thankful to his family, friends and parents who have supported him in all is ventures including film. 

Joshua L. larsen

​Owner of Red Giant Films


John began his interest in film at age 12 when he purchased his first camera, a VHS Camcorder. John grew up shooting action short films on video, & editing on two VCRs. In recent years he has edited over 50 feature films including "Age of the dragons", "House of Fears", "The Wild Stallion", "Outlaw Trail" & "Forever Strong." John not only has the usual credit of editor, he also frequently serves as producer, writer & DP on his films. John is best known for making crowd-pleasing independent films with fairly low budgets & short schedules. His recent directing adventures include the historical drama "Story Tellers", the Lifetime thriller "The Killing Pact" & "Riot", a prison action movie starring Dolph Lundgren & Chuck Liddell that was picked up by Universal Pictures.

Garrett Batty

Director & Writer of The Saratov Approach & FreeTown

Joshua L. larsen

​Owner of Red Giant Films, Producer, Director, Writer, & Actor