Meet the judges

All films were selected by the festival judging committee and most were rated by the following guest judges.  Join us for the Judges Virtual Panel discussion Sunday Oct 31, 2021.

Emily Dean

Emily Dean

Storyboard Artist/ Director

Director of an upcoming episode of Netflix's Love, Death + Robots. Emily Dean is a creator, filmmaker, and artist from Australia living in LA. An Asian-Australian American Dean started drawing at age 3, making films at age 12, and working professionally as a storyboard artist for TV commercials at age 15. Her credits as a story artist include THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, sci fi thriller HOTEL ARTEMIS, and the Academy Award winning animated short HAIR LOVE. Emily currently has a number of feature and streaming projects currently in development and is also working on an original graphic novel. For more info visit emilydean.net

Jesse Atlas

Jesse Atlas

Writer/ Director

Jesse Atlas is a writer/director known for crafting high-concept, character-driven genre thrillers. His latest mind-bending sci-fi short, “Let Them Die Like Lovers,” was a festival favorite at Tribeca Film Festival, Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival and Urbanworld Film Festival 2018. It was recently adapted into a feature, marking Jesse’s feature directorial debut, DIE LIKE LOVERS, starring: Bruce Willis, Dominic Purcell, Nomzamo Mbatha, Andy Allo, and Mustafa Shakir. The film will be released theatrically in Spring 2022!

Chris LeDoux

Chris LeDoux

Crafty Apes - Founder / Senior VFX Supervisor

Alaskan born and bred, Chris earned bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and sociology, but his fascination with cinema and filmmaking instead led him to the world of visual effects. Now a veteran of the film industry, Chris’s impressive résumé includes compositing and VFX supervision on numerous films and TV shows, including 12 Years A Slave, Doctor Strange, The Greatest Showman, and Better Call Saul, among others. A gifted storyteller, Chris has also directed many music videos and led visual effects teams for U2, Chris Cornell, New Kids on the Block, and Paramore, just to name a few.

Federico Furzan

Federico Furzan

A Rotten Tomatoes Certified Film Critic!

Born on Earth (I think). Fundamentalist of Spielberg's take on aliens, both nice and evil, and seeker of fantastic stories in the hidden levels of indie cinema. Favorite film: Close Encounters of the Third Kind.