Judging Panel

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Samah Safi Bayazid
Film Director & Producer

Ozzie Sutherland
Lead, Audio Workflows,
Netflix Creative Technologies

Andrew Jackson

Actor & Voice Artist

Andrea Trentadue

TV Personality, CHIN

Samah Safi Bayazid is an award-winning Jordanian American director and producer based in Washington DC.  She co-owns LightArt Media Productions and co-founded Light Art VR. Samah focuses in her work on telling important humanitarian stories such as the struggles of refugees, children of war, women empowerment, fighting Islamophobia and bringing positive representation for Muslims in the western media.

She hopes that her work and productions will help bridging between audience from different cultures and background and will carry the voice for the voiceless. Hoping for her work to change the world, one film at a time.

Ozzie Sutherland is the “go-to” guy for Pro-Audio solutions. While being based in Los Angeles, his reputation in the industry is known worldwide. A creative, optimistic and talented visionary with superb technical expertise in audio engineering/mixing/sound editorial/studio design. His amicable persona is evident in his ability to work as a team player and relate to everyone from aspiring students to high profile studio management and creatives. Ozzie joined Netflix in 2018 and is currently Lead, Audio Workflows with the Creative Technologies team

The talented actor, Andrew Jackson, loves to shock and surprise his audience with an ever expanding character range.
He has worked extensively in Classical Theatre, Film, Television, Commercial Voice and Animation projects, such as:
All My Children, Wind At My Back, Kyle XY, Twists of Terror and Sea Wolf. Andrew continues to feel inspired by the endless possibilities of great storytelling and prides himself in being a team player.

It was at a young age that Andrea discovered her love of writing that would become the precursor to her chosen career in Journalism. While studying at Humber College, Andrea volunteered as Producer and Reporter for segments of City Magazine and Plugged In!, a half hour program at Rogers Television. In 2000, Andrea joined CHIN Radio and Television, working many facets of the live show from Floor Director, Production Assistant, Segment Producer and finally, as co-host of the Johnny Lombardi show.

Christopher Lane

Founder, Klic Creative Solutions

Christopher Lane is an award-winning Film and Television writer, director and producer. He is also an Author, Film Historian, Professor, and a former Film Production Program Coordinator. He now serves as a film and media curriculum developer for Yorkville University, as well as others educational institutions. In addition to his film and education work Christopher has regularly served as a distinguished judge at the Golden Panda International Film Festival and former Festival director and lead programmer for the TFSFF. 

Frank Morrone

Emmy Winning Sound Mixer

Frank Morrone is a two time emmy winning Hollywood audio professional who has mixed sound for high profile television and movies including The Strain, LOST, Sleepy Hollow, The Kennedys, Copper, Boss, Ransom and Oscar winning When We Were Kings. He has worked with leading directors and producers including JJ Abrams, Guillermo del Toro, Gus Van Sant, Ron Howard, and Tim Burton.

Ellen Dubin

Actress & Voice Artist

Ellen Dubin has enjoyed a highly unique and diverse career as an actor. Her penchant for landing bizarre and fascinating roles has resulted in Ellen becoming a cult figure in the science fiction world. Ellen was nominated for a Gemini Award, has worked on several productions, including: The Collector, The Listener, Lexx, Dead Before Dawn, and she was in the multi award winning Sundance Film Festival favourite, Napoleon Dynamite.

Tom McCarthy
Oscar Winning Sound Editor

Tom McCarthy is a sound editor. He won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing during the 65th Academy Awards, winning for Bram Stoker's Dracula. His Oscar was shared with David Stone. His current position is Executive Vice President of Post-Production Facilities at Sony Pictures Studios. In 2016 he was elected as the new President for the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

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Maria Ricossa

Actress

Maria's professional life began in Chicago with The Second City. She then moved to Toronto where she joined The Stratford Festival Company. In Film & TV, Maria is known for her roles in The In-laws, playing the wife of Albert Brooks, Bojangles and The Space Between. She's had recurring roles in The Strain, Designated Survivor, Da Kink in my Hair & Missing. She is currently teaching screen acting at Humber College.

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Mark Lanza
Sound Supervisor
President of MPSE

Mark Lanza has been crafting sound for top movies and television for years. His first job in the industry was working for Oliver Stone. Some of his credits include Independence Day, True Lies, Natural Born Killers, JFK (for which he won a BAFTA), Homeland, Empire, and Electric Dreams. He has over 30 Golden Reel nominations to his name. Mark is currently working at Sony Pictures where he creates sound for TV’s top network and streaming shows. He is a past Vice-President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors.