Adjudication Process

Entries will be screened before our panel of adjudicators which is composed of film industry professionals and festival alumni who will select the winning entries. Winning filmmakers will be notified prior to the festival.  Special Craft Awards will be announced at the awards gala event during the festival itself.

2017 Judges

Sue Biely

Sue Biely is an accomplished leader and member of the independent media community with over 20 years of varied domestic and international experience in broadcast, funding, policy, private business, sectoral development and media innovation. Sue now spends most of her time designing and facilitating initiatives to keep the independent media sector adaptive to ever changing forces. Her work ranges from supporting high school screenings of Canadian work with Reel Canada, innovation labs with the NFB, to developing strategy and policy with provincial, non-profit and private organizations. Sue holds an MA and Post Graduate Fellowship in Organization Leadership. She loves the space where Organization Development, People Development, Innovation, Culture and Social Change meet. Sue has worked all over the world, and happily returns to where the land meets the sea on the wonderful west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

Ryan DeLaRonde

Ryan is a Chartered Professional Accountant who moved to the Vancouver area in 2010. Although he has always been a fan of film and television, it wasn't until 2010 that Ryan began to indulge in the industry. It started with an acting classes and evolved into a passion for the film making process from the writing stage to final post production efforts. Ryan has written and directed several short films of his own while always lending a hand to others in need on the sets or behind the scenes of their projects. Ryan recently completed his first feature length screenplay and is currently in the process of planning several short film projects.

Jody Kramer:

Jody Kramer is an animator and arts educator living in Squamish, BC. Her films, found at, have screened at hundreds of festivals worldwide. She has worked independently as well as with the National Film Board of Canada. She also works for other eminent Canadian directors, and most recently animated a short segment in Ann-Marie Fleming's award-winning feature film "Window Horses". Jody has taught workshops with the Reel2Real Festival, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the City of Vancouver, and many other organizations. She is currently nearing completion on a lovely new short film entitled "Vermin".

Julie Ruffell:

Julie Ruffell is a filmmaker, writer, and video editor. Her credits include the Voice Awards nominated film "Seconds," " Dia de Los Muertos," and "Acescence." She is a producer and the editor for the web series "From the Mouths of Babes," an interview series that recently wrapped its second season with a third currently in production.


Cooper is a highly experienced editor and colorist. With credits that range from animated television to Hollywood movies. Shorts, commercials, as well as documentary and news programs. He’s an accomplished post-production expert, deeply versed in all aspects of editing, color correction and visual effects.

Carmen Aguirre:

Carmen Aguirre is an author, actor, and playwright. Her 2011 bestselling book Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter was a memoir of her childhood, spent moving around regularly with her parents, who were part of the Chilean Resistance against Augusto Pinochet. The book was selected for the 2012 edition of CBC Radio's Canada Reads, defended by musician Shad; it was announced as the winner of the competition on February 9, 2012. Her much anticipated second memoir Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution is being published in April 2016 by Random House in North America and Portobello Books in the United Kingdom. Aguirre has written and co-written over 25 plays stage plays to date, including Chile Con Carne, The Trigger, The Refugee Hotel and Blue Box.

Robert Randall:

Robert Randall is a Leo Award-winning filmmaker and the founder and director of The Young Actors Project (YAP), a Port Moody-based youth acting program. YAP’s YouTube channel, featuring award-winning short films and web series, has almost 50 million views. YAP also provides acting workshops in elementary and middle schools throughout BC and Alberta, reaching over 30,000 students annually. Prior to founding YAP, Robert spent 15 years in the Canadian movie industry, working mainly as a First Assistant Director on various tv series and movies. Robert is a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, and a graduate of the UCLA Film and TV Program and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. For more info on Robert or YAP, visit his website:, check out his YouTube channel:, or follow YAP on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook

2017 Prizes will be announced soon

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