EIPMA Judging Panel

VFF & EIPMA

For the last 10 years, the Vaughan International Film Festival has not only offered a platform for independent creators to share their films and further excel within the industry, but has also solidified itself as a leader in supporting the arts and education at the grassroots level. Through student film screenings, seminars, bursaries, and scholarships, VFF has served as a steppingstone to opportunity for high school students across the province of Ontario. 

 

Another way VFF continues to bridge the gap between industry professionals and up-and-coming artists is through their partnership with the Entertainment Industry Professionals Mentorship Alliance (EIPMA). VFF had been a partner organization of the Los Angeles association since the beginning of EIPMA’s conception in 2018, but formally became the first Canadian member organization in 2021. EIPMA is a non-profit organization made up of experienced, working professionals dedicated to supporting the future talent of the entertainment industry. EIPMA members include: Cinema Audio Society (CAS), American Cinema Editors (ACE), Avid Technology, Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), and The Recording Academy.

 

Now, for the festival’s tenth edition, VFF is thrilled to unveil a further collaboration with the mentoring alliance, as the student film judging panel was composed of EIPMA members. This award-winning judging panel was made up of the following industry professionals:

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Bernard Weiser
Sound Supervisor, Designer, Editor & Educator,
President of EIPMA

Dina Morrone
Voice-Over Actress

Dorian Harris
Picture Editor

Elizabeth "Libby" Hinson
Writer, Sound Editor & Educator

Bernard Weiser is a professional Supervising Sound Editor working in ADR/Dialogue and Sound Effects/Design. Starting his career in picture editing, his talent brought him into post-production sound, where over the past 38 years he has worked in Feature Motion Pictures and television for most of the major studios in Hollywood. His credits include Schindler’s List, The Hurt Locker, It, American Hustle, True Detective, Law & Order SVU, and Ted Lasso

Bernard is President of the Entertainment Industry Professionals Mentoring Alliance, (EIPMA). He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Television Academy, and the Motion Picture Sound Editors. 

Bernard teaches Sound Design at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television’s Graduate Program.

Dina Morrone is a voice-over artist, performer, and playwright. Before settling in Los Angeles, Dina worked in the Eternal City, Rome. She is the announcer of the MPSE, CAS, HPA, and ACE Eddie Awards and works in animation, video games, and feature films. Most recent VO
credits include The Morning Show, LUCA, The Bad Guys, DUNE, Red Notice, and Jurassic World: Arcadia. In addition, Dina won the Valley Theatre Award for Best One Person Show for The Italian In Me, which she wrote and starred in. Dina is the editor and a contributing writer for the
Los Angeles-based lifestyle magazine, The Eden Magazine.

Dorian Harris has over 40 years
of experience in feature and television picture editing. Starting out as an Apprentice Editor,
she made her way up to Assistant Editor, working on films like Cotton Club, Rumble Fish
and Ishtar. As an editor, she has cut features, including two films for Rob Reiner, as well as nearly 100 hours of television on series such as House, Enlightened, Joe Vs. Carole, Man In The High Castle and, currently, Love & Death for HBO.
She has been a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild since 1978, and serves on the Board of Directors for both MPEG and American Cinema Editors. She is also a member of AMPAS and the
Television Academy.
Dorian began her career in New York City but has lived in Los Angeles for 30 years. She has
raised two daughters and has two granddaughters.

Libby Hinson has had a career that touches on multiple areas of filmmaking. After being educated at Dartmouth College and USC Film School, she spent a brief time as a professional animator. Soon after, she was hired by Walt Disney Television Animation as a writer on shows such as TaleSpin and The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Subsequently, she worked with Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, ABC and PBS on programs as varied as Baby Looney Tunes, Tales from the Cryptkeeper, ABC Weekend Special: The Secret Garden, Dragon Tales and The Magic School Bus. Her career later pivoted into sound editing where she worked on Voltron, the Third Dimension, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Clifford the Big Red Dog, among others. Her professional awards include two Emmys, nine additional Emmy nominations, a Parents’ Choice Award – Award of Excellence, The New York Festival Finalist Award Winner, a Cable Ace Award and was a Humanitas Award Finalist. She currently teaches in the Media Arts department at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Molly Shock
Picture Editor

Sharidan Sotelo
Picture Editor
& Documentary Producer

Steven Williams
Producer 

Cecelia "Cece" Hall
Sound Designer, Oscar Winner
& Educator 

Molly Shock ACE is passionate about the art of story telling through the editing process. She is a multiple award nominee for her three decades of editing work in unscripted television on shows including Naked & Afraid, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, Project Runway and Masterchef. She has spoken at length in interviews, panels and
podcasts about the power that an editor can have in shaping and enriching the narrative of a project. Molly has served for 6 years on the Motion Picture Editors Guild Board of Directors, and 2 years on the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Picture Editors Peer Group. She was invited to join American Cinema Editors in 2015 and
represented them as a founding member or EIPMA in 2018.

Sharidan was nominated for an American Cinema Editors EDDIE for her work on Breaking Bad. She also cut the Ozymandias Poem Trailer directed by Rian Johnson. Author Tony Parsons tweeted about it, “Breaking Bad,
Shelley and the greatest trailer of all time.” Her other editing credits range from Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Mr. Corman to the unique dark comedic spy thriller Patriot, and the upcoming Night Sky, starring Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons for Amazon.
In addition to her busy editing career, she also is a competitive figure skater. As a result of her time on the ice, she wrote, directed, and edited the viral figure skating version of Breaking Bad — Breaking Ice. Now, she is proud to bring the story of two-time Olympian and World Champion figure skater, Randy Gardner, along with his epic friendship to Tai Babilonia — his skating partner for over 50 years to the screen. Sharidan’s mission is to always bring out the full universal potential of any story or subject matter — Go Figure: The Randy Gardner Story marks her feature documentary directorial debut on PBS.

As a producer, Steven developed a vehicle to carry his creative vision in Kite Flyer Productions which he founded in 2017 after a decade long career as an executive at NBC Universal. Steven’s diverse background includes multimedia
experience — radio production, music recording and producing, film and television sound design, and sound supervision.
His accolades include 2018 Grammy Award for Best Music Film, 2017 IDA Award for Best Documentary-Limited Series, 1989 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing, and multiple award nominations.

Cece Hall is an award-winning Sound Designer/Supervising Sound Editor who has been nominated for numerous MPSE Golden Reel Awards and won twice. In 1984, Cece became the first woman to be elected President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE). In 1987, she became the first woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing, for Top Gun. She received her second Academy Award nomination and her first Oscar win for the 1990 submarine thriller, Hunt for Red October, for which she also received a British BAFTA nomination. Cece loved being a Sound Editor and still teaches Sound Design at The UCLA Graduate film School.

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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.