Judges

Chris Cyronek

Chris Cyronek is an award-winning producer, editor, and voice actor born and raised in Omaha, NE.  In 2013 he co-founded Mobile First Entertainment, a full-service production company creating original content for studios and brands.  He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Gonzalo Guajardo

Gonzalo Guajardo grew up filming crazy shorts with his friends in the backyard of his home in Seville, Spain. He always knew that this was his true vocation. He enrolled in Audiovisual Communications & Liberal Arts, and continued his learning process in the US and Central Europe.

In the summer of 2008, a trip to Ethiopia changed his life: He would never look back. He learned to speak Amharic, worked as a teacher, founded the humanitarian NGO VIHVE, and has been hired for myriad jobs for important worldwide channels and agencies, such as CNN, USAID, CCTV, MOVISTAR 0+, AFP, TV5Monde, and NHK, among others. He has published two collective fiction books and has recently been awarded for two short documentaries, which are still on the festival run.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Documentary Photography from the University of Seville and a Master’s Degree in Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, completing the latter as a full beneficiary of the Spanish Talentia Scholarships. “Paper Boats” is his thesis film, produced in the Summer of 2019

Grace Tourville

Grace Tourville is a recent graduate of Notre Dame and now currently works at NBC in New York City. In addition to her own documentary film that played in last year’s New York City Short Documentary Film Festival, she has produced several narrative features as well.

Saskia Hennecke

Saskia Hennecke is a young filmmaker who just graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2019 and works to tell stories about those who are marginalized and underrepresented. Her debut to the film festival circuit was a short documentary addressing transgender identities, but her current work is in holding power to account as a news videographer in our nation’s capital.

Siena Isabella DeMatteis

Siena Isabella DeMatteis is an award-winning cinematographer and director based in Los Angeles, California. As a recent graduate with a film production degree, she has taken her growing expertise into the world of documentary research. She brings her driven intentionality and uniquely soft aesthetic, to inspire the hearts and minds of viewers.

Caroline

Caroline is a French producer and editor. During her films studies, she directed fictional movies and documentaries, one of them was shown at the French Cinematheque.  She edited commercials and trailers for the NYC Independent Festival and worked for other festivals too. Being very passionate about documentaries, she is more than happy to join the team as a jury this year.

Isabel De Obaldía was born in 1957 of French and Panamanian parents. She studied architecture at the University of Panama and drawing at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris before receiving a BFA in Graphic Design and Cinematography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1979.

De Obaldía has been selected on several occasions to participate as a guest artist in international painting, sculpture and glass symposia as well as survey shows of contemporary art. She has exhibited at Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art since 1997. From 2011-2012, De Obaldía had a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale titled Primordial: Paintings and Sculpture by Isabel De Obaldia. De Obaldia has established an international reputation as a glass sculptor and painter.