JUDGES

2021 JUDGES
  • Jason Milov – is the Executive Producer at Open the Portal, Los Angeles based studio specializing in stop motion.
  • Mr. Warburton – was the creator of Cartoon Network’s Codename: Kids Next Door and is Executive Producer of Disney Junior’s Muppet Babies.
  • Sheila M. Sofian – is an independent filmmaker focusing on documentary animation and a Professor at the University of Southern California. 
  • Willy Hartland – is an animator, award-winning filmmaker and teaches animation at Parsons School of Design and CUNY.
  • Elizabeth Seidman – is a Producer at Warner Bros. Animation, currently working on Little Ellen.
  • Yvette Kaplan – was co-director of Beavis and Butthead Do America, Head of Story on Ice-Age, and is an adjunct in writing for animation at Cal State Long Beach.
  • Walter Santucci – is an animation filmmaker and Cal State Long Beach faculty member.
  • Robyn von Arx – award-winning actor, director, and producer.
  • Ron Myrick – is a showrunner and supervising director.
  • Medhat Hanbali – film composer best known for the hit animated series Mouvement Deluxe (Teletoon) and for the BBC, CBC, ARTE and France Television.
  • Maureen Furness – is Program Director of the Experimental Animation program at Cal Arts.
  • David Fain – is a filmmaker/ and animatic editor. 
  • Tracy Hall – independent writer/producer of children’s entertainment.
  • Lisa Mann – is Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts at USC’s John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts.
  • Cheryl Davis – Founder of LA based production company Red Toolbox Productions, and the chat show “Everything Entertainment.”
  • Jerry L. Brice – was an animator at Disney Features, long-time teacher at the Art Institute in San Diego and currently animation producer for Al Roker Entertainment.
  • Kim Yaged – award-winning writer with a background in theater, television and film. Her one-woman production Hypocrites & Strippers was nominated for a Best Actress Artsie.
  • Polina Grinberg – NY based animator and artist. A graduate of SAIC and Calarts, teaching animation and film in both the US and abroad.  Currently working on a hand drawn animated short.
  • Otis Brayboy – s an episodic director and showrunner.
  • Sara Mossman – writer and producer.
  • Bill Weber – graphic designer and theatre reviewer for Discover Hollywood magazine.
  • Jolin Crofts – co-founder and Director of Acquisitions at TheFlickFest.com; a streaming-distribution channel.
  • Phil Condit – independent film producer/director.
  • David Harper – poet/writer whose works have appeared in Altered Reality Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Haven, Mystery Tribune and Front Porch Review, among others.
  • Antonia Roman – producer/director at “That’s So Funny Entertainment.”
  • Joseph Palladino – Academic Advisor, UCSB Film and Media Studies Department.
  • Larry LeFrancis – is a veteran producer and animation executive.