Meet Our Jury

Maria Fredriksson

An independent documentary filmmaker at Barataria, a storytelling company based in Sweden. Maria won our grand prize Pangaea Award in 2017 for her documentary short, "Afternoon Tea."

Sid Ganis 

Producer of such films as Big Daddy and Akeelah and the Bee, Sid is also the former President of the Academy Awards (currently serving as Vice President) and Paramount Pictures. He is the co-president of Out of the Blue Entertainment.

Reinaldo Marcus Green

Winner of our grand prize Pangaea Award in 2016 for his short film, Stop, and producer of over a dozen shorts, Reinaldo was featured in Movie Maker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film," was a Sundance Directors Lab Fellow in 2017, and is currently enjoying critical acclaim for his first feature film, Monsters and Men.

Rana Kazkaz

Writer and director of multiple short films, including “Mare Nostrum,” winner of the 3rd Annual WRTFF Pangaea Award.

Anas Khalaf

An actor and the writer and director of multiple short films, including “Mare Nostrum,” winner of the 3rd Annual WRTFF Pangaea Award.

Kate Purdy

Television writer & producer of such shows as BoJack Horseman, Cougar Town, and Undone.

Magnus Torén 

Director of the Henry Miller Memorial Library and Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series.

Rosa Tran    

Award winning producer of films such as the 2016 Oscar nominated stop motion feature film, Anomalisa.

Brandon Vedder

Award winning documentary filmmaker whose credits include La Source, A Certain Kind of Light and In Pursuit of Silence.