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.

2019 Judges:     

Sophia Biedka:

Sophia is an independent documentary filmmaker with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Simon Fraser University. She is most passionate in sound design and cinematography while focusing on environmental and social issues locally within BC. Her recent short projects explored the effects of sea star wasting disease on the biodiversity of the intertidal zone on Vancouver Island’s western coast and the impacts of mining on Tahltan First Nation Youth in Northern BC. Currently she is working on a feature length expansion following Tahltan youth through a new mentorship adventure program implemented to reconnect the ties of new generations to their land and culture.

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.

Ethan Eigenfeldt:

Ethan Eigenfeldt is an award winning filmmaker with films being featured at World Congress & Health, VIFF & several other festivals across Europe. At the age of 13 Ethan started a YouTube channel making weekly comedic skits which eventually turned to film. Ethan is always looking for young new talent to recruit onto further projects!

Robert Randall:

Robert Randall is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of The Young Actors Project. His YouTube channel has over 1.2 million subscribers and features his original short films and web series which have approximately 300 million views.  Prior to founding YAP, Robert spent 15 years in the Canadian movie industry, working as a First Assistant Director. 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.


Brittanie Thompson:

Brittanie Thompson is an independent filmmaker based in Vancouver, specializing in props work and writing in her spare time. In 2016, she graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Capilano University's Motion Picture Arts program where she got to dabble in all areas of filmmaking. This gave her a better understanding of all the moving parts that go into making a film, no matter how big or small the projects may seem. Shortly after her graduation, she and some fellow graduates formed a local production company called "Skoden Pictures". Skoden's primary objective is to create compelling narrative films that relate to not just what they are interested in, but stories that are relatable to the audience.

Kiera Thompson:

Kiera is a passionate artist who graduated in 2018 from The Art Institute of Vancouver in Animation Art and Design.  She co-directed and worked on an animated short, "The Bravest Knight", that was nominated for an award in the 14th International Student Animation Festival of Brazil. She is currently with Skybound North working on the animated series "Invincible".

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