Judges 2019

Along with industry veterans and elite from each cinema company, our judging panel also includes the best online filmmakers and educators.

Jarred Land

Jarred Land

President | RED DIGITIAL CINEMA & RED STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD

Land has spent his career in close collaboration and connection with filmmakers, supporting the execution of their vision with powerful and groundbreaking tools. From his start on the camera crew, through his growth as a powerful influencer and now as the leader of RED, Land has consistently broken barriers and made lasting changes in the advancement of visual imagery. He built DVXuser.com into one of the world’s largest online communities before heading up RED where his abiding relationship with filmmakers and technology leaders has guided the development of the industry-changing tools for which RED is known. Land has become one of the most influential forces in modern filmmaking and community. His focus on the advancement of creative technology includes over 50 patents to his name.

Ted Sim

Ted Sim

President | Aputure USA

Ted Sim is the President of Aputure USA, one of the fastest growing cinema lighting companies. Ted is proud to serve as a part of Aputure’s management team and work with like-minded creatives everyday. As both a filmmaker and fellow creative, he is passionate about not only technology but also helping other creators succeed. In his time apart from Aputure, he also hosts Indy Mogul, the webby-award winning filmmaking channel with 1 million+ subscribers.

Steven Strong

Steven Strong

Co-founder & CEO | Quasar Science

Steven has worked in the Motion Picture Industry as a Studio Electrical Lighting Technician for over 25 years, working his way up to Chief Lighting Technician in I.A.T.S.E. Local 728. Steven was born into a multi-generational family of circus performers and was raised traveling the world. In the off season, he would visit movie sets in Orlando Florida and help push around the big lights. At the age of 18, Steven moved to Los Angeles and started working in the Hollywood film industry. After learning the ropes from some of the industry’s top cameramen, gaffers and technicians, Steven has built a solid career working all over the globe on some of the biggest productions. Steven has been the driving force behind Quasar Science, serving as CEO since cofounding the company in 2013.

Jeromy Young

Jeromy Young

Co-Founder | CEO of Atomos

Jeromy Young is the Co-Founder and CEO of Atomos, makers of monitor-recorders for social, pro-video and entertainment creators far and wide. With over 20 years’ experience in computer and imaging technology, Jeromy and his team live for developing innovative products that democratise the filmmaking process and enable creators to capture imagery like never before. Together with valued partners such as Canon, Apple, Nikon, Panasonic and many more, Atomos is committed to delivering an ongoing slate of exciting products and production tools for today’s creators.

Matthew Pevear

Matthew Pevear

Product Coordinator | Chimera Lighting

Matthew Pevear is the Product Coordinator for Chimera Lighting, responsible for all product related queries, as well as a vital member of the R&D team. When not working at Chimera, Pevear is an artist, having recently completed solo exhibitions with Dateline Gallery in Denver,
Colorado, and with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Colorado. Pevear currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

Tyler Phillips

Tyler Phillips

President & CEO | Matthews Studio Equipment

Tyler Phillips was born into the Grip and Lighting industry. His father—co-founder and late CEO and President Ed Phillips—didn’t buy Tyler an erector set, he just made every day “bring your son to work day.” Tyler worked his way through college for a financial institution in the small business banking division, but a desk job did not fit or feel right to him. Tyler changed his major from finance to Film and Television and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from California State University Northridge. After college, Tyler spent some time at NBC and worked various sets ranging from commercials to features. In 2010, Tyler joined his father Ed at Matthews and the company has seen diverse growth thanks to an expanded commitment to grip, lighting, and camera support. Tyler brings his passion for filmmaking and family to work every day and is just as excited to see the new creators as much as he is to support the veterans of the industry.

Kaur Kallas

Kaur Kallas

CEO | Digital Sputnik

Kaur started out as a Colorist and when color LEDs became available the idea of Grading the lights, instead of Grading the image in the post was the foundation of Digital Sputnik. Today Digital Sputnik has established itself as a go-to lighting provider for feature films. With the new Voyager, we are taking a large step towards affordable pixel controllable dynamic lighting.

Jon Edward Miller

Jon Edward Miller

Co-founder & Owner | Hive Lighting

Jon Edward Miller is the co-founder/owner of Hive Lighting a Los Angeles based company specializing in the design and manufacture of energy efficient, high performance lighting for the entertainment, photography, motion picture and television industries . As Chief Product Officer Jon oversees strategy, sales and product development for Hive’s various lighting products.

Before starting Hive Lighting, Jon worked in various roles in photography, film and television production. Primarily as a director of photography for digital, television and cinema productions, but also as a chief lighting technician, photographer, lighting designer, photography assistant and post colorist just to name a few. Since starting Hive, Jon has worked with various stage companies advising on strategy for hardware development and product/technology development for the entertainment and image capture industries. Jon earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California’s School of the Cinematic Arts and a BA from Brown University.

Nicolas Goerg

Nicolas Goerg

Film & TV Product Manager | Rosco

A self-proclaimed “Lover Of Light,” Nicolas Goerg was a gaffer for 10 years before he became one of the founding partners and Technical Director at DMG Lumière by Rosco. Continually at the forefront of lighting innovation, Nico allows his on-set background to influence everything he does at Rosco, where he is now the company’s Film & TV Product Manager and Lead Color Strategist.

Timothy Tan

Timothy Tan

Head of Marketing | Bright Tangerine

Tim is the head of marketing at Bright Tangerine. With a passion for filmmaking and camera technology, you’ll find him in most online filmmaking communities.

Sal D’Alia

Sal D’Alia

Senior Creative Producer | Adorama

Sal started his career as a freelance director, producer, cameraman, and editor. He has worked for Citroen, Unilever, Nike, Food Network, Jon Bon Jovi, Glamour, GQ, NY Giants, Bravo, Berman Braum, Sony, DanceOn, Mox TV, Ultra Records, and John Varvato. Sal’s first feature “La Piccola A” won a national award at the Bergamo Film Festival and received national distribution with LAB 80. His short movie “The Word Trader”, which was selected to the Cannes Film Festival 2013, the Big Apple Film Festival 2013, and received an honorable mention at the Manhattan Film Festival 2013.

Michael Liu

Michael Liu

U.S. Marketing Manager | Vaxis Wireless

Michael Liu is the U.S. Marketing Manager for Vaxis Wireless, a world renowned brand for wireless video transmission. With over 10 years of experience in the Film and TV industry, Michael is passionate about making the filmmaker’s jobs easier on set.

Ryan Connolly

Ryan Connolly

Host | Film Riot

Serving as an on-demand film school, this 1.5 million-subscribed Youtube series by Ryan Connolly stands out as a prime example of how-to experience through filmmaking. Covering VFX, cinematography, and lots of other hands-on episodes to guide you on set, Film Riot has carved out a household name for itself within the filmmaking industry.

Philip Bloom

Philip Bloom

Filmmaker

Philip Bloom is a world-renowned filmmaker who, for the past 10 years of his 27-year career has specialized in creating incredible cinematic images no matter what the camera. Some of his most iconic work was created with Canon DSLRs. As one of the biggest evangelists for their use in productions his website became the place to go to for budding filmmakers as well as experienced ones keen to embrace the new technology. His site now regularly has over 1,000,000 visitors a month.

Corridor Digital

Corridor Digital

Filmmaker

Corridor Digital is an American production studio based in Los Angeles, known for creating pop-
culture-related viral online short-form videos since 2010, as well as producing and directing the
Battlefield-inspired web series Rush and the YouTube Red series Lifeline.

Valentina Vee

Valentina Vee

Filmmaker

Valentina Vee is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and creator of projects for all screens. She has directed, shot, and edited videos and photos for various brands all over the world including Nike, Adobe, National Geographic, MTV, Chevrolet, Mashable, and Discovery. She is also the host of Aputure’s 4-Minute Film School.

Potato Jet

Potato Jet

Filmmaker

Gene Nagata previously spent years creating content for brands and artists before
starting his own Youtube Channel. In a matter of months, Potato Jet became a wildly
significant name in the online filmmaker circuit. Now holding over 360K subscribers,
Gene offers up crucial insight into the filmmaking world.

D4Darious

D4Darious

Filmmaker

Darious Britt is a Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor and creator of Youtube’s D4Darious. D4Darious serves as an insider platform for filmmaking, screenwriting, and directing; projected to an audience of just under 350K subscribers. Additionally, Darious’ films have been screened at over 20 International film festivals, winning multiple awards.