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AWARDS JURY VIWIFF 2016 

 

FABIOLA CARAZA, Film Editor

Fabiola Caraza is a feature film Editor originally from Queretaro, Mexico. She holds an MA degree in Film Studies from York University, where she wrote extensively on the Golden Age of Mexican cinema and the work of Luis Buñuel. Her work as an Editor has screened around the world at such venues as the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Moscow Biennale, TIFF, and the Cannes Film Festival. Fabiola currently resides in Vancouver, BC.

 

AMY BELLING, Producer & Director of Photography, IATSE Local 669

Amy Belling is Genie-nominated producer and a multiple Leo Award winning director of photography with an MFA in Cinematography from the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles. With director Jamie Travis she lensed and produced the critically acclaimed short films WHY THE ANDERSON CHILDREN DIDN’T COME TO DINNER (TIFF 2003) and THE SADDEST BOY IN THE WORLD (TIFF 2006), as well as A.J. Bond’s Comic-Con 2009 award-winner HIRSUTE (TIFF 2007), MADAME PERRAULT’S BLUEBEARD (Clermont-Ferrand 2011), Mina Shum’s HIP HOP MOM (2011) and BAFTA winner LE JEU DES SOLDATS (2011). She has shot and produced these features: A.J. Bond’s genre-bending STRESS POSITION (2013), for which she won Best Cinematography at the Las Vegas Film Festival and Kris Elgstrand’s Canadian Screen Award nominee SONGS SHE WROTE ABOUT PEOPLE SHE KNOWS (TIFF 2014), for which Belling was profiled in the American Cinematographer magazine’s November 2014 issue. Belling also lensed Matthew Smiley's award-winning documentary HIGHWAY OF TEARS (2013); Maureen Bradley’s award-winning comedy TWO 4 ONE (2014) starring Gavin Crawford and Naomi Snieckus; and the American indie A REMARKABLE LIFE (2015) starring Daphne Zuniga, Chris Bruno, Marie Avgeropoulos, Helen Slater, Eric Roberts, Dylan Bruno and Mark Margolis. Most recently, Amy worked as the 2nd unit DOP and B camera operator for John Bailey, ASC on Greg Kinnear’s directorial debut PHIL (2016) starring himself, Emily Mortimer, Luke Wilson, Jay Duplass, Bradley Whitford, Robert Forster and Taylor Schilling. Amy is a 2007 Kodak Image Award recipient who resides between Vancouver and Los Angeles.

 

SUSAN CURRAN, Executive Director of Marketing and Acquisitions

Susan Curran has experienced the entertainment business from a variety of perspectives. In the last two decades, she has worked in various roles for a wide range of companies including Tower Records, BMG, Sony Wonder and Universal Music. This has led to her current executive position as Executive Director of Marketing/Acquisitions for Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, which is known for its support of genre filmsShe is a champion of new talent, enjoying the energy and ingenuity of the creative folks she meets in the independent film community while bringing their project to the marketplace.

 

TRISH DOLMAN, Producer and President of Screen Siren Pictures 

Trish Dolman founded Screen Siren Pictures in 1997 and has been writing, directing, and producing Canadian film and television for eighteen years. With close to twenty productions to her credit, Trish has produced feature films, TV movies, TV series and documentaries. Her productions have received Gemini, Genie, Banff Rockie and Leo awards and nominations, garnering acclaim at leading festivals around the world. In 2014, Trish is one of three producers behind the feature film, Hector and the Search for Happiness, she is also producing Some Kind of Love, a new feature documentary by Oscar shortlisted director Thomas Burstyn that won the best pitch prize at the 2013 Hot Docs Forum. Trish has successfully produced five other award-winning features films: Max McGuire’s Foreverland(2011), Daydream Nation (2010), Year of the Carnivore (2009), The Score (2005), Flower & Garnet (2001/2002). She also produced Luna: Spirit of the Whale, a TV movie for CTV. Trish has also produced more than ten award-winning documentaries and series: Britannia Beach, The Friendship Village, the Gemini-nominated Drawing Out the Demons: A Film About the Artist Attila Richard Lukacs, the four-part Gemini nominated documentary series Girl Racers, Genie and Leo nominated Breaking Ranks and Reservation Soldiers.

Trish is a past board member of Women in Film Vancouver, DOC, the CMPA BC Branch, and the CMPA national board and currently sits on the advisory committee for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. In 2003, Trish was the youngest recipient of the Woman of the Year award from Women in Film and Video Vancouver. She was honored as Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame 2003 Woman of Distinction, and in 2010 was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in British Columbia by the Vancouver Sun.

 

CARLEEN KYLE, Writer & Director

Carleen Kyle is a Writer/director of films that aim to make the viewer laugh and cry at the same time. The winner of the 2015 From Our Dark Side Screenplay Competition for her project Interspecies Family Therapy, she is currently finishing a second draft. Her Crazy 8’s winning short The Weather Girl had a successful festival run including a win for Best Female Director at the Vancouver Short Film Festival and Leo Award nominations for best screenplay, editing and performance female. She turned the camera on herself in the feature length documentary Heavy Heart Laughs and attempted to learn stand up comedy in an effort to recover from trauma with humour.  This led her to produce and perform in the successful stand up revue fundraiser A Comic Concern.  Her feature script Pearl’s Cut & Curl won a Praxis fellowship and was selected to represent Canada for the prestigious Hartley Merrill International Screen Writing Prize where it received a Honourable Mention. As well as corporate videos, music videos and short films, Carleen directed the TV half hour pilot Scrounger, which was nominated for a Gemini as Best Drama Under an Hour. At the Saskatchewan showcase Awards Scrounger took home the Best Drama Prize and Carleen was nominated for Best Director. A Bachelor of Fine Art’s graduate from University of Regina, she won the Saskatchewan Showcase Award for Best Student Film two years running. Carleen is a Past President of Women in Film and Television Vancouver. She is currently in post-­‐production on her most recent short Push Start.