Meet the Jurors



Anders E. Larsson

Culture journalist and editor based in Southern Sweden, contributes stage and film critique to several Swedish newspapers such as Helsingborgs Dagblad and Kristianstadsbladet, literary criticism to Vasabladet (Finland) and writings on film music for FLM magazine (Sweden). Teaches culture journalism at Malmö University. Also a film composer and singer-songwriter in the indie rock trio Slowmotion Club.

Andrés Nazarala

Andrés Nazarala R. (Chile, 1976) has been writing film critics for more than a decade in magazines like "Mabuse" and in "La Segunda" newspaper, where he is second Editor-in-Chief of the Culture section. Member of FIPRESCI, has been jury in the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Miami International Film Festival and the Festival des Films du Monde, in Montreal. He's also an independent filmmaker. His first film Debut (2009) premiered at Santiago International Film Festival (SANFIC). As a musician, he has worked in theater plays and films like Amos Poe's La Commedia.

José Teodoro

José Teodoro has written about film and literature for publications in Canada, the US and Latin America, including Film Comment, Cinema Scope, Brick, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, Stop Smiling, Moving Image Source and Cineaste. He is the award-winning author of the plays "The Tourist," "Steps," and "Slowly, an exchange is taking place." He is co-author, with Mexican photographer Laura Barrón, of "Cathedral," a three-meter-long text/photo accordion art-book and, with Mexican novelist Andrés Acosta, of Mérida, a prose collaboration. He has been a resident at the Banff Centre, the Canadian Film Centre, Gibraltar Point, Vancouver's Playwrights Theatre Centre and Seattle's Annex Theatre. He recently served as story editor on Lina Rodriguez's debut feature Señoritas. He is currently developing several new theatre works with companies across Canada and a documentary with director Hugh Gibson about the marginalized in Toronto's east end.

New Directors Jury


Ryan Werner

Ryan Werner is an independent marketing & publicity consultant. From 2005-2013, he was Senior Vice President of Marketing & Publicity at IFC Films/Sundance Selects where she worked with some of today's great filmmakers including Gus Van Sant, Steven Soderbergh, Spike Lee, Olivier Assayas, the Dardenne Brothers, Nanni Moretti, Claude Lanzmann, Cristian Mungiu, Ken Loach, Abbas Kiarostami, Walter Salles, Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders. He was also involved with introducing new filmmakers such as David France, Armando Iannucci, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg, Lynn Shelton, Andrew Haigh, Aaron Katz and Barry Jenkins. Prior to IFC, Werner worked at Wellspring, Magnolia Pictures, Palm Pictures, Sundance Channel and IFP. He lives in NYC.

Thelma Adams

Thelma Adams is the Contributing Editor at Yahoo! Movies. St. Martin's Press published her debut novel "Playdate," an O magazine pick. She was the film critic at Us Weekly from 2000 - 2011, following six years at the New York Post. She has twice chaired the New York Film Critics Circle, where she has been a member since 1995. She has also written for Marie Claire, The New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Parade, The Huffington Post, More, Interview Magazine, The New York Times, The international Herald Tribune, Cosmopolitan and Self.

David Poland

David Poland is the creator and publisher of, host of the half-hour online interview seriesDP/30, and he still finds time to stir it up daily on The Hot Blog.


Documentary Jury


Laura Kim

Laura Kim's company Inside Job handles marketing, public relations services, and distribution consultation for motion pictures during production, at festivals, for theatrical and awards campaigns. From 2003-2008, as EVP of Marketing for Warner Independent Pictures, Kim was responsible for marketing campaigns for films such as Before SunsetMarch of the Penguins, Paradise Now, and Good Night, and Good Luck. Her corporate clients included Sundance Institute, Good Machine, Strand Releasing, the Los Angeles Film Festival, IFP/LA (now FIND/FILM INDEPENDENT) and the Independent Spirit Awards. Kim is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Board of Directors for Film Independent (FIND).

Margy Rochlin

Margy Rochlin is a PEN Center West award-winning journalist and has written about film and television for more than two decades for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly and the DGA Quarterly. She has also written, narrated and produced radio documentaries for PRI's "This American Life," NPR's "Soundprint,"as well as KCRW's "UnFictional."

David Laub

David Laub is Co-President of the New York-based Oscilloscope Pictures, where he oversees acquisitions, marketing, and distribution. Oscilloscope's recent releases include Matteo Garrone's Reality, which won the Grand Prix at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival; Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson's acclaimed documentary Samsara; Lynne Ramsay's award-winning We Need To Talk About Kevin; Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights; and Oren Moverman's Academy Award-nominated The Messenger. Prior to Oscilloscope, David worked for five years at the New York office of THINKFilm, an independent distribution and production company. David was instrumental in acquiring and releasing many of the company's best-known films, including Half Nelson, The Aristocrats, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead, Spellbound, Murderball, and the Academy-Award winning Born Into Brothels, and Taxi to the Dark Side.

ShortsFest Jury


Jannat Gargi

Jannat has spent the past 19 years working in the film industry. Her broad experience ranges from production, marketing, acquisitions, and post-production for everything from feature films and documentaries, to short films and new media. For the past 11 years, Jannat served as Vice President of Alpha Cine Labs where she revolutionized the face of the company from a boutique film lab in the Northwest, to the top independent digital film lab in the country. She was responsible for all areas of new business development strategy, branding, outreach, marketing, advertising and sponsorship. Prior to joining Alpha Cine, Jannat was Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for AtomFilms, where she was not only the first employee who helped build the company from the ground up, but was responsible for the acquisitions and development department with a library of over 2,000 titles.

Kim Voynar

Kim Voynar is a producer and director for Hostile Work Environment, LLC, a Seattle film production company owned by former Wizards of the Coast owner Peter Adkison. After nine years as a film critic for Movie City News and Cinematical, Voynar transitioned into film production in 2011 with her short film, Bunker, which premiered at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival. She is currently living the dream, producing and directing a full slate of film projects aimed at the fantasy/gamer market.

Lela Meadow-Conner

In 2003, lured by the thought of living in "fly-over country", and by her best friend, festival founder Timothy Gruver, Lela traveled to Wichita, Kansas to produce the first Tallgrass Film Festival. She returned to produce the 2004 festival, and from 2005-2010 took on the role of Festival Director following Gruver's sudden death, commuting to Kansas every fall. In 2011 she was named Executive Director of the Tallgrass Film Association and relocated her family to Kansas. As Executive Director, she oversees festival programming, special events, marketing, social media, budgets, education, community partnerships, actively participates in fundraising and vacuums the office floor. In 2012, the 10th annual Tallgrass Film Festival screened over 190 films from 30 countries around the world and hosted more than 40 visiting filmmakers.

Reel NW Jury


Randy Brinson

Randy Brinson is Executive Director of Programming for Seattle PBS station KCTS 9 where he directs program acquisition and broadcast scheduling. A past reviewer of ITVS Open Call film proposals, he is also executive producer for KCTS 9's Reel NW series and has overseen the broadcast of more than 100 films from independent producers in Washington and British Columbia.

Lyall Bush

Lyall Bush is Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum. A comprehensive non-profit center for the film arts, Northwest Film Forum presents films year-round, offers classes in film production and film history, and supports emerging voices locally, nationally and internationally.


Chris Swenson

Chris Swenson manages the Film + Special Events programs at the Seattle Office of Film + Music. His filmmaking career spans from feature and short films to corporate and commercial productions across the country. His credits include Production Designer for David Russo's The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzleand Art Director for more than 75 Mariners TV commercials.