Judges

Claire Hannah Collins

Claire Hannah Collins is a video journalist and filmmaker on staff at the Los Angeles Times, where she makes short documentaries.
Her work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Horizon Interactive Awards, SxSW, the Webby Awards, and College Photographer of the Year.

Caroline Gilbert

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.

Katarina Hughes

Kat is a comedic actress, writer and filmmaker from Cincinnati, Ohio currently based in Los Angeles. After graduating from NYU Tisch Drama, she began studying comedy at UCB where she write and performs characters on UCBLA’s house team Character’s Welcome. Her directorial debut Hippo, a short dark comedy film about selfie related deaths has screened at Just For Laughs, Chicago Comedy Film Festival, NYC Short Comedy Fest, and Women’s Comedy Festival of Atlanta. Her work has been produced by and featured on Funny or Die, WhoHaha, Crypt TV, Civilized and other viral web platforms. As an actor, you can catch her most recently as a recurring role on Facebook Watch’s Queen America with Catherine Zeta Jones.

Isabel De Obaldía

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.

Stephane Benini

I see the world a little differently, being a fearless director and creator who wants to put his talent toward making a better tomorrow. I choose curiosity and creativity over complacency every time and relentlessly challenge myself in not accepting what is, but creating what will be. I had the chance to win the best documentary award on the last edition with my work on the swedish mafia with the illegal streetracing film and i always try to film the human side in all my films.