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 and is former President of the Academy Awards and Paramount Pictures.

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 will soon make his feature film debut

Kate Purdy

Television writer (BoJack Horseman & Cougar Town), currently developing a show for Amazon.

Magnus TorĂ©n 

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.


Jury Awards & Audience Awards will be handed out at our annual Awards Ceremony Screening in Pasadena, CA on April 7, 2018.