SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival Jurors

Meet the 2016 Jurors!

SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival Film judges are a diverse group of accomplished motion-imaging professionals from around the world:

Wendy Aylsworth

A SMPTE Fellow, Wendy Aylsworth has spent 27 years in entertainment technology, focusing on bringing emerging technologies into production and distribution usage. She has introduced next-generation technologies to television and movie theaters, standardizing digital cinema and animation. Aylsworth provides board-level entertainment technology consulting, and strategic guidance for organizations focused on emerging ecosystems and nascent technologies. She is currently the SMPTE Past President and the chair of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) Technology Research Initiatives Subcommittee. 

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (narrative)

 

Elisa Bonora

Elisa Bonora has had an extensive career in editing and production, in both long and short formats. In 2014, she was nominated for an ACE and an Emmy award for her work in the documentary films “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” and “No Subtitles Necessary, Laszlo and Vilmos,” respectively. Bonora won the Best of 1991 Advertising Age Award, the Advertising Women Achievement Award for Consumer Television in both 1996 and 1998, and Golden and Bronze Lions at the 1997 Cannes advertising festival. Born in Milan, Italy, she graduated from Albedo Cinematografica in film editing. Bonora now resides in Los Angeles.

Category Judging: Best Portrayal of Technology in a Film (Documentary)

Angela Bünger

Angela Bünger has been active in the cinema business since 2005. She began in marketing and public relations before shifting to industry journalism in 2013. Today, she is working as a freelance writer with a focus on the cinema and broadcast markets and in 2015 became the editor in chief of FKT, a magazine that covers television, film and electronic media for a German audience. She holds a degree in applied languages and translation from the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany.

Category Judging: Best Use of Tablet to Convey a Story (narrative)

 

 

John K. Carr

John Carr has more than thirty years of experience in the entertainment industry and is a member of American Cinema Editors (ACE). His credits include “Land Before Time,” “All Dogs Go To Heaven,” “Over The Hedge,” and “How To Train Your Dragon 2.” Carr currently is working at DreamWorks Animation.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Animated Narrative Short)


David S. Cohen

David S. Cohen is a senior features editor at Variety, where he has spent more than a decade leading visual effects (VFX), post-production, 3D and digital revolution coverage. He has received two Western Publishing Association Maggie Awards and two SoCal Journalism Awards. In 2014, Cohen produced and co-hosted the first virtual reality (VR) video coverage of a red carpet premiere. He has worked as everything from an off-off-Broadway stage director to a television writer for "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." Cohen is an author of books including “Screen Plays: How 25 Scripts Made It to a Theater Near You – For Better or Worse” and making-of books on "Rango," "Pacific Rim," and "Terminator Genisys."

Category Judging: Best Use of Virtual Reality in Storytelling (narrative)


Matt Crick

Matt Crick is an independent documentary filmmaker with 25 years of experience in video and television production and hundreds of hours of creative content. He directed and produced “Creature Feature: 60 Years of the Gill-Man,” a feature-length, award-winning documentary. The fundraising trailer Crick directed, wrote and edited for his feature-length documentary project “Paper Tiger” recently won a Bronze Telly. Crick earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University and is an assistant professor at William Paterson University, where he teaches documentary, television and media production, interpersonal communication and public speaking courses. His work with social media platforms, specifically YouTube in 2005 as the result of his doctoral research. In January 2016 published the book, “Power, Surveillance and Culture in YouTube's Digital Sphere.” 

Category Judging: Best Use of Tablet to Convey a Story (narrative)


Nick Dager

Nick Dager is editor and publisher of the online magazine Digital Cinema Report and has reported on film and television production for leading trade publications. His journalistic credits include senior editor at Millimeter, founding editor of Post and editor in chief of AV Video & Multimedia Producer. Dager began the technology column for Weekly Variety and has been a contributing columnist for Box Office. He has spoken, and moderated panel discussions at industry events around the world, and both national and international publications have interviewed him on digital cinema. Dager authored “Reinventing Cinema: The First Decade of Digital Cinema.”

Category Judging: Best Use of Tablet to Convey a Story (narrative)

Andrea Dimity
Andrea Dimity

Andrea Dimity is a film producer and literary manager based in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Pannon Entertainment Inc., a Los Angeles-based production/management company. Dimity began working in the entertainment industry while attending the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Since then, she has worked in feature film development with esteemed producers and directors such as Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Todd Phillips and Chris Meladandri. Dimity also has collaborated on several projects with The Walt Disney Studios.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Animated Narrative Short)


Ben Gervais

Ben Gervais is a production systems supervisor and the technical lead of production and post-production for Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” the world’s first film shot in 4K and 3D at 120 frames per second. He was the first to use the Arri Alexa in 3D—on “Hugo” for Martin Scorsese—as well as the first to use the Alexa M in 3D—on “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet” for Jean-Pierre Jeunet. His other credits include such films as “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Crimson Peak,” and “Pacific Rim.”

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Live Action Narrative Short)

David Ginsberg

Dave Ginsberg is a technology consultant who has spent two decades editing and implementing enabling technologies for leaders in the post-production and broadcast industries, creating cutting-edge workflows for Warner Bros., Disney, Fox and the Sundance Institute. An expert in IT systems and security, digital asset management and workflow methodologies, Ginsberg believes in understated technology that empowers creatives to bring their ideas to life. He takes a “minimalist approach” to improving efficiency by leveraging the latest technologies for increased productivity and pushing complicated processes behind the scenes to minimize the impact on day-to-day operations. Most recently, Ginsberg founded Elegant Workflow Consulting to provide IT, business process services and analysis to companies ranging from start-ups to well-established corporations.  

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (narrative)

 

 

Dorian Harris

Dorian Harris has been editing film and television since the 1980s when she worked for Robert Altman in New York City. After moving to LA, she continued to edit independent features, cable movies and network episodic television. Recently, she edited the premiere episode of “11.22.63,” directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring James Franco. Harris is now cutting the Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions movie “Boundaries,” directed by Shana Feste and starring Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer.  

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Live Action Narrative Short)

Bobby Hewitt

Bobby Hewitt has been in the entertainment industry since he was 18. As a drummer, he toured the world, and Modern Drummer magazine awarded him Best Electronic Drummer in 2001 and 2002. Hewitt's love for film has taken him behind the camera as a cinematographer, editor, and director. He has worked on music videos for Mötley Crüe, Matchbox 20 and Darius Rucker, global campaigns for Owens-Illinois “Glass Is Life” and Go RVing “Find Your Away” and projects for Billabong, Reebok, Delta Sky, Scion, BonTon and Lancaster Paris. In 2014, Hewitt shot and/or edited seven short films, including "Ces't Jane," starring Gina Rodriguez.

Category Judging: Best Portrayal of Technology in a Film (Documentary) and Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Short Form Music Video)

Bryan Hillestad

Bryan Hillestad has been a character animator and animation supervisor for 20 years. He has worked on projects in every visual format, including film, television shows/commercials, large format theme park ride films, game cinematics, and web content. Hillestad was an animation supervisor on the Academy Award-nominated film "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" and has since been working at Blur Studio more than 110 diverse projects and counting, the most recent of which was the blockbuster film “Deadpool.” Bryan lives with his lovely wife, dazzling daughter, and super-dog in Los Angeles.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Animated Narrative Short)

Katie Hinsen

Katie Hinsen

Katie Hinsen is an award-winning finishing artist with credits on more than 80 major productions. Over her 18-year career, she has worked as an engineer, editor, VFX artist, stereoscopic 3D artist, colorist and finishing artist for commercials, documentaries, television, music videos and short and feature films. Hinsen is a passionate advocate for emerging talent, providing mentorship and serving at the executive level of several industry-based non-profit organizations, including Gaia Community Initiatives and the One Voice project in New Zealand. She also co-founded the Blue Collar Post Collective (BCPC). Originally from New Zealand, Hinsen is currently a senior finishing artist at Light Iron New York.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Live Action Narrative)

Will Howard

Will Howard

Will Howard is a Pitzer College graduate, that majored in media production. He lives in New York City and recently studied animation at New York University (NYU). Howard is experienced in all elements of production, including producing, writing, editing, animation, compositing, audio, color correction, cinematography and directing. He seeks to tell clear, engaging stories that justify their runtime, build to a dramatic realization and leave the audience wanting just a little more. Howard’s goal is to provide viewers exciting, thought-provoking experiences that speak to their childlike wonder and leaves them wanting more.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (narrative)

Niven Howie

Niven Howie is among London’s premier editors of high-end commercials, pop videos, and films. He has cut 300 such projects, including Sting’s “Ten Summoners Tales,” “Dear God” by XTC, and several award-winning commercials. In 1998, Niven’s edit of the award-winning film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” earned him a BAFTA nomination and Hollywood’s attention. In 2002, he was nominated for an Emmy® award for his work on Paul McCartney’s “Back in the U.S.” During this period, he also directed Dave Stewart and Candy Dulfer’s “Lily Was Here,” several live music concerts, and a television tribute to the late Princess Diana. Since his U.S. arrival, he has edited iconic films including “Dawn of the Dead,” (2004) “The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy,” (2005) “Resident Evil: Extinction,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” “Death Race,” “The Hole” and “Step Up: All In.”

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Short Form Music Video)

Nancy Jundi

Nancy Jundi

Nancy Jundi is an entertainment, technology and SaaS data scientist. After leaving a successful finance career to pursue an opportunity in entertainment, Jundi found that in the industry, communications, technology and finance often intersected. After serving as director of marketing and communications for The Post Group, she partnered with a boutique post-production house to build a $4.5M-client base before selling her share to pursue data-based start-up opportunities. Jundi serves as the consulting vice president of public relations for the Emmy® award-winning Steel Titan Productions, consults with Digital Film Tree, an innovative post-production and software house and writes for several Hollywood trade publications including ACE's Cinema Editor Magazine. She also teaches marketing, public relations and post-production at universities, including Pepperdine, Azusa Pacific, and Loyola Marymount.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Live Action Narrative Short)

Patricia Keighley

Patricia Keighley is the senior vice president at IMAX Corporation and co-founder and managing director of IMAX POST/DKP Inc. In 2008, Keighley led IMAX digital postproduction workflow development by adapting long-established procedures to digital requirements while maintaining the brand’s highest-quality standards and supporting the declining film-theater market. During the past decade, Keighley has held active positions on two major industry association boards: SMPTE, the, and the Giant Screen Cinema Association. She is a member of SMPTE, British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society (BKSTS), American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Technology Committee, Women in Film, Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), the Inter Society Digital Cinema Forum and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Keighley holds a Master in Education from the University of Toronto, along with UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management’s Director Training and Certification.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Animated Narrative Short)

Mark Kenna

Mark Kenna

Mark Kenna is a film sound consultant and the CEO of U.K.-based Bad Blood Films. He began his film career with Dolby Laboratories as a senior consultant, providing technical and creative services to the international motion picture industry, assisting many first-time productions and independent filmmakers through postproduction and working on more than 600 films in over 100 film studios, cinemas and film laboratories worldwide. Kenna has worked with all the major studios; provided technical support at the Cannes Film Festival; completed the first Dolby Digital mix in the Czech Republic and Egypt; and has completed work for George Lucas, Tim Burton and Ken Loach. In 2009, he founded Dreambase Studios Limited, which specializes in film, television and digital media production and post-production. Kenna directed and produced the single-shot music video “Wootton Bassett Rocks,” in 2011 to raise money for military charities. He is a full member of the Association of Motion Picture Sound (AMPS) and In 2015, BAFTA inducted Kenna as a full member with film awards voting rights and has been part of the BAFTA Crew 2015 for the second year running.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Live Action Narrative Short)

Vicki Lau

Vicki Lau began her career in Singapore at the age of 18 and landed her first Hollywood break working on AMC's hit series, “The Walking Dead” (Season 4) and on movies such as “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and most recently “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” She has taught college-level classes at Mt. Sierra College and students with autism at Exceptional Minds. Lau is a speaker on visual effects and virtual reality in motion pictures. She is versatile, working within both the motion picture and television industry and virtual reality and tech start-ups from the East and West coasts. Lau graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design with Summa Cum Laude Honors in Visual Effects and an Outstanding Achievement Award and is a selected scholar of the Media Development Authority of Singapore.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Animated Narrative Short)

David Leitner

David Leitner is an active director, producer, writer, speaker, industry consultant and Emmy-nominated director of photography (Chuck Close: “Portrait in Progress”) with 80+ credits in feature-length dramas and documentaries, including eight Sundance Film Festival premieres. His cinematography has been shown on premium television networks and in theaters. He co-produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary “For All Mankind,” for which he spent nine months at NASA’s Johnson Space Center restoring 16mm lunar footage. For two decades, he also has photographed hour-long documentaries on iconic writers, artists, and architects for New York’s Checkerboard Film Foundation. From 1977-1985, he was a technical director, then Director of New Technology, at DuArt Film & Video in New York, where he innovated optical printing, camera lens testing and film-to-tape transfer and played a key role in introducing Super 16 to the U.S. From 1987-2010, he was senior contributing editor at “Millimeter” magazine and remains an ongoing contributor to the textbook classic, “The Filmmaker’s Handbook.” He serves as on the board of managers of SMPTE’s New York Section.

Category Judging: Best Portrayal of Technology in a Film (documentary)

Dean Lyon

Dean Lyon

Dean Lyon has spent more than 25 years collaborating with cutting-edge directors, studios, production and post-production facilities and technology developers throughout the world. He is passionate about transforming visual storytelling through technology. Lyon’s career has included roles as producer, director, visual effects supervisor and CEO, leading innovative work such as pioneering computer graphics (CGI) for film and television, serving at Boss Film Studio, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), Computer Film Company (CFC) da Vinci Systems and creating several start-up ventures. In 2000, Dean journeyed to New Zealand and for five years led the start-up of Oktobor, which made international news with its contribution to Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Lyon received credits on all three films as a visual effects supervisor, and he was elected to the Visual Effects Society (VES) in Hollywood in 2004 in recognition of this and his VFX supervisor roles on “Without a Paddle,” “Spooked” and “Bogeyman.”

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Animated Narrative Short)

Loren Nielsen

Loren Nielsen

H. Loren Nielsen is co-founder and president of Entertainment Technology Consultants (ETC), where she develops strategy and content for media companies, developing cutting-edge digital technology in content creation, distribution, and exhibition. Nielsen was instrumental in the development and acceptance of digital cinema through her work with Texas Instruments’ DLP division and other D-Cinema pioneers. She is active in innovating UHD, high dynamic range (HDR), wide color gamut (WCG), laser illumination and 3D. Nielsen is an in-demand producer of high-quality presentations that demonstrate new technology to the entertainment community. She sits on the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) board of directors and is a co-founder of the HPA’s Women in Post. Nielsen also serves on the Next Generation Cinema Technology committees for the ASC and AMPAS. She is a recipient of the ShoWest Digital Cinema Pioneer Award.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Animated Narrative Short)

Chris Nienow

Chris Nienow has an IT background in real-world working environments, with more than fifteen years experience providing networking and computer solutions to businesses throughout the Carolinas. A longtime volunteer with the American Red Cross, Chris utilizes his IT knowledge and expertise by helping to ensure the organization’s consistent communication, both internally and externally, in times of disaster response. During the launch of “Google Cardboard” at Google I/O 2014, he was part of the core team that formed Unofficial Cardboard. Nienow has helped produce and develop business strategies to meet demands of the ever changing market which has become only part of what is known as VR. He has demoed for thousands of users in retail settings and events using many different platforms. This year alone, Nienow has assisted customers create more than 100,000 custom VR viewers for companies and organizations around the world; including Mozilla, Nasdaq, PBS, and World Vision.

Category Judging: Best Use of Virtual Reality in Storytelling (narrative)

Sarah Priestnall

Sarah Priestnall

Sarah Priestnall serves as vice president for market development at Codex Digital, a developer of award-winning media recorders and media management systems. She is a 25-year veteran of the post-production industry whose background blends marketing, managerial and operational experience. Priestnall has recently focused on emerging workflow technologies for film and television production, particularly around the transition from film to digital acquisition. Her past positions include vice president of operations at Hollywood Intermediate and director of operations for the Digital Mastering Group at Cinesite, which pioneered the digital intermediate process on such films as “O Brother Where Art Thou.” At Kodak, she served as product manager for the Academy Award-winning Cineon software. Priestnall is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). 

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Live Action Narrative Short)

Linda Romanello

Linda Romanello

Linda Romanello is Post magazine's managing editor. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Romanello is a veteran of the professional post-production and broadcasting markets and has held key editorial roles with several of leading industry publications. In her role with Post, she focuses on the post-production industry's key technologies, players and emerging trends and provides overall strategic direction for the publication’s development and expansion. Romanello earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Hofstra University.

Category Judging: Best Use of Tablet to Convey a Story (narrative)

Stewart Schill

Stewart Schill is a film and television writer, director, and editor. He has cut features, series, and pilots, most recently editing “The People vs. OJ Simpson,” “American Horror Story,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and “Dexter,” and is a three-time ACE Award nominee. Schill made his debut feature directing “Brittle Glory,” which garnered great reviews and was one of Tony Curtis’ final performances. His award-winning short, “I Hate Musicals,” entertained worldwide festival audiences and is one of the most downloaded films on iTunes. Schill’s current feature, “Frank vs. God,” was an Austin Screenwriting Competition finalist. It is winning festival awards and will be released later this year. And his original story, “The Space Between Us,” is now a major motion picture starring Gary Oldman, directed by Peter Chelsom, and will be released in theaters this summer. Tranquility, a television series he co-created, is currently in development with showrunner Mark Verheiden (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Heroes”) for SKY in Great Britain.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Live Action Narrative Short)

Ted Schilowitz

Ted Schilowitz was founding member and first employee, and integral part of the product development team at RED Digital Cinema, where he played a key role in influencing hit movies to shoot using their ultra high-resolution digital movie cameras. Schilowitz now spends his time in both a major Hollywood movie studio and a major digital cinema projection technology company. At Barco, the world’s market share leader in Digital Cinema projection, Schilowitz serves as “CinemaVangelist,” spearheading a project that is focused on the future of the cinema experience. In addition, Schilowitz has a studio deal with 20th Century Fox, working directly with senior leadership as “Futurist” to evolve the art and science of the digital age of motion picture creation. He advises on future technology and cinema strategy for next-generation movie entertainment. Schilowitz has presented on the future of technology and strategy for the media and entertainment industry worldwide, along with consulting on the technical advances of ultra high-resolution digital cinematography and future of advanced next-generation visual experiences for the movie, television, interactive and gaming industries.

Category Judging: Best Use of Virtual Reality in Storytelling (narrative)

Allan Schollnick

Allan Schollnick

Allan Schollnick is a project management and entertainment consultant, specializing in technology implementations, business development and operations for the broadcast and entertainment industry. He has two decades of experience in digital media, film, audio, video, all aspects of post-production, distribution, and technical services. As the owner of AJS Media Consultants, he consults on large-scale projects involving technology implementations, overhauls and distribution. Before AJS, Schollnick held management positions at The Walt Disney Company, Turner Broadcasting, and THX Ltd. He also served as the executive director of technical and international postproduction at DreamWorks SKG, where he was responsible for the creation, execution, management and logistics of localizing films such as “Shrek,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Prince of Egypt,” “Cast Away” and 50 other motion pictures dubbed and subtitled for global releases. Schollnick was the director of operations for the international dubbing group at Turner Entertainment Distribution Services and held posts as technical manager of international dubbing and manager of quality assurance at Disney’s Buena Vista Worldwide Services Division.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (narrative)

Leon Silverman

For more than 35 years, Leon Silverman has assisted in introducing new post-production technology, services, and workflows to Hollywood’s creative and studio community. He is currently general manager of digital studio at The Walt Disney Studios, where he oversees the digital studio services team, which provides on-lot digital infrastructure, post-production, digital platform distribution services and workflow expertise as part of studio operations. Before joining Disney, Silverman was president of LaserPacific Media Corporation, which was acquired by Eastman Kodak in 2003, where he additionally served as director of strategic business development for entertainment imaging services and vice president of entertainment imaging. Silverman also is the founder and past president of the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), a broad-based industry trade association focused on the postproduction industry. After serving two terms as Governor – Hollywood Region, he is now Governor-at-Large for SMPTE, where he was named a Fellow of the Society in November of 2003. Silverman also is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and an affiliate member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE).

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Animated Narrative Short)

David Sontag

David Sontag is an award-winning writer and producer and has written for Columbia Pictures, MGM, and Hollywood Pictures as well as CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. He has held significant creative and executive positions at 20th Century Fox, NBC, CBS Films and ABC. Sontag is professor emeritus of the Communications Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and until 2011 was the Wesley Wallace Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and the Director of the Writing for the Screen and Stage Program in the College of Arts, a degree program that he created for the University. He is on the National Advisory Board of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and is the past president of the Board of the Festival. Sontag founded the Native Americas International Film Exposition and has been on the Advisory Board for the College of Santa Fe's Greer Garson Studios. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of EarthEcho International, a leading environmental, educational non-profit. Sontag is also a founding member of the board of directors of the GlobalECHO Foundation. Sontag is a nominee for both the Writers' Guild and Humanitas awards. 

Category Judging: Best Portrayal of Technology in a Film (documentary)

Matisse Tolin

Matisse Tolin

Matisse Tolin is a creative producer and screenwriter and the founder of Lithic VR. Before exploring virtual reality (VR), he held positions at Anonymous Content, 20th Century Fox, and Amazon Studios, working with A-list directors, producers and writers on films, commercial campaigns and digital series. Tolin produced “Intimate Strangers” in 2015, a first-of-its-kind narrative VR film that garnered the highest views for a VR drama on platforms Vrideo and Littlstar, and has consulted for Facebook and Nickelodeon VR projects. He also is the lead writer on “Medinah,” an international television series making its debut this year.

Category Judging: Best Use of Virtual Reality in Storytelling (narrative)

Steve Wong

Steve Wong is a media and entertainment infrastructure technologist who enjoys placing disruptive technology into the hands of billions. He also is a writer, director, producer and actor known for his work on titles such as "Godzilla" (2014), "The Gambler" (2014), "Scandal," "Rizzoli & Isles," "Parks and Recreation," "Criminal Minds," "NCIS," "The Crazy Ones," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and "Checkmate." Wong was recognized with a 2007 Primetime Technology Emmy Award for "Teranex." He is a member of the Interactive Media Peer Group of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS Emmy® Awards), an executive academy member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (The Webby Awards) and an SMPTE Hollywood Section manager.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (narrative)

Joachim Zell

Joachim Zell serves as vice president of imaging science and technical director at EFILM, where he started the EC3 Onset and Near-Set Dailies division. Previously, he was vice president of advanced technology at Technicolor Thomson, in Burbank. Prior, Zell was marketing manager for the Americas at Grass Valley Thomson. During his time in London, Zell worked as product manager digital film systems for Pandora Int. He served on the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Technology Committee that defined the ASC CDL standard and joined the Academy ACES discussion forum. Zell holds a Master in Film and Television Engineering and four imaging processing patents.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (Live Action Narrative Short)

Mike Zink

Michael Zink

Michael Zink is vice president of technology at Warner Bros., where he is responsible for exploring emerging technologies to enhance WB’s production, post-production, and distribution capabilities. This role includes assessing new technologies and assisting with the setup and integration of digital workflows. Zink also participates in several standards associations, such as BDA, CTA, DCI, SMPTE and UHDA. Before joining Warner Bros., he worked at Technicolor for more than a decade, most recently as vice president of technology strategy, where he was responsible for launching production efforts around new optical disc formats. Zink promoted and adopted Technicolor technology solutions within industry groups. Earlier in his career, he worked for several German media production facilities.

Category Judging: Best Creative Use of Entertainment Technology to Engage the Audience in a Story (narrative)