Role Past Jurors

Alysa Nahmias

Alysa Nahmias is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and founder of the Los Angeles-based production company AJNA. Her directing credits include Art & Krimes by Krimes (2021), The New Bauhaus (2019), and Unfinished Spaces (2011). As a producer, her films include…

Bonni Cohen

Bonni Cohen has produced and directed an array of award-winning films. Most recently, she produced the Oscar-nominated film Lead Me Home, which premiered at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival and is a Netflix Original. She also recently co-directed Athlete A, which…

Claire Aguilar

Claire Aguilar is an award-winning documentary film producer and film consultant providing analysis and strategic planning for independent producers.  She has served as a film curator, film festival director and public television commissioning editor and broadcaster. At IDA  (International Documentary…

Dawn Porter

Award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter has emerged in the entertainment industry as a leader in the art of storytelling; directing and producing critically acclaimed projects that have impacted generations of people from all walks of life. In 2021, Porter directed and…

Dylan Leiner

As Senior Executive Vice President of Acquisitions & Production at Sony Pictures Classics, Leiner oversees the acquisition, production, and business affairs activity for the company and has been involved with a broad range of films, including The Father, Whiplash, Call…

Elise Pearlstein

Elise Pearlstein runs all creative development for This Machine Filmworks, a filmmaker-driven company that explores the times in which we live through non-fiction storytelling in all media. Before joining This Machine,  Elise was SVP, Documentary Film, at Participant where, beginning…

Ina Fichman

For more than twenty-five years, Ina Fichman, Intuitive Pictures, has been producing award-winning documentary and fiction films, and interactive projects. Many of her creative documentaries have been released in theatres in Canada and abroad and have played at festivals including…

Jason Spingarn-Koff

Jason Spingarn-Koff is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist and media executive. He is Professor of Journalism and Knight Chair of Climate Journalism at UC Berkeley, where he’s working to reinvent how stories about climate change are told. From 2015 –…

Jennifer Tiexiera

Jennifer Tiexiera is an award winning documentary director, producer and editor and one of the co-founders of Lady & Bird, a female-run documentary production company focused on telling stories from underrepresented voices. Most recently, she directed the three-part series, Unveiled:…

Jenny Raskin

Jenny Raskin is the Executive Director of Impact Partners, a fund dedicated to supporting independent documentary films that entertain audiences, engage with pressing social issues, and propel the art of cinema forward. Her executive producer credentials include Going Varsity in…