OUR 2020 Jury

An international jury comprised of artists, academics and critics shaping their respective mediums. 

A.V. Rockwell

A.V. is an award-winning filmmaker, commercial and television director from New York City. Named as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” her distinctive voice has been celebrated for slyly addressing issues of race, identity, and systematic oppression. Rockwell studied filmmaking at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and has received fellowships from Tribeca Film Institute, the Sundance Institute and the John S. Guggenheim Foundation.

Fox Searchlight acquired her short film Feathers ahead of its premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. It was also selected as part of the 2019 Sundance and Telluride Film Festivals. Most recently, A.V. directed one episode of the Lena Waithe’s television series Boomerang, based on the hit early 90s movie. She is an alumni of the 2019 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs.

Her short film FEATHERS won the AUDIENCE AWARD at the 2019 PRINDIE Film Festival.

Photo by: Gioncarlo Valentine

Zoel Aeschbacher

Born in Paris in 1993 of Swiss and US nationalities, Zoel's first passion was music, which resulted in a fulfilling collaboration with Tony Tran and the genesis of the duet band Ugly Kids in 2010. This led to subsequent collaboration with another artist from Velvey, Julie Hugo of Solange La Frange, as well as regional artists (Montreal Jazz Festival, Babelec, etc.)


This creative experience, in its unimpeded growth, and guided by his formal studies at ECAL, became manifested in video, clip, and then short filmmaking which became an indisputable and transforming passion. His graduation project BONOBO won him the 2019 Oscar (Gold Medal) for Best International Narrative at the Student Academy Awards

BONOBO won GRAND DIRECTOR at the 2018 PRINDIE Film Festival.


Charles Williams

Charles is a filmmaker born and raised in country Victoria, Australia, far from anything connected to filmmaking.


After more than a decade of filmmaking his films have screened at over 150 of the worlds most prestigious festivals including Cannes, TIFF, Telluride, Clermont-Ferrand, Hong Kong, Rotterdam, SXSW, Busan and MIFF. His latest short film ALL THESE CREATURES was the winner of over 50 awards including the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. He is currently developing his first feature film ‘Inside’, supported by Screen Australia and selected as part of TIFF’s 2019 Filmmaker Lab and Golden Globes HFPA 2020 Residency.


Brad Bailey

Brad Bailey is originally from Moultrie, Georgia. He received his B.A. from Yale University in Political Science and his Masters of Public Affairs from Princeton. He is a recent graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism in 2017 and Columbia University with a Master's in Oral History in 2019. Brad is an avid fan of telling stories, especially those from underexposed communities.

In 2017, his documentary HALE won a Student Academy Award.

Myrsini Aristidou

Born and raised in Limassol, Cyprus, Myrsini is an award-winning filmmaker based between Paris and Cyprus. She graduated with an MFA in Film Directing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and holds a BFA in Film and History of Art from Pratt Institute in New York.

Her latest short film ARIA (2017) premiered at the 74. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica di Venezia (LaBiennale), and continued to screen at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. While her previous short film SEMELE (2015) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won multiple awards worldwide, including the Berlinale Short Film Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury. Her other works include a short documentary shot in Argentina, MA' (2014), and the short film NOT NOW (2013).

Myrsini was a Spring 2017 fellow in the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence and has also received support through the TIFF Talent Lab, Berlinale Talents, and the Torino Script Lab. She is currently developing her first feature length film, which is a Greek-Cypriot, German - French co-production.


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Léopold Legrand

Léopold is a 27-year-old French director. After completing his high school diploma in social sciences, he studied literature and humanities in the intensive two year classes prépa program in Paris. Subsequently, he attended Tisch School of the Arts at New


York University for one year, studying editing, writing, and directing. In the fall of 2013 he moved to Brussels, Belgium to attend INSAS where he completed his masters in film production. In 2016 he directed Angelika, a documentary which has been selected for numerous festivals and won various awards. In 2018, he directed TO HELL WITH CODES, his first professional short film.



Pavel Brenner

Pavel was born and raised in Russia. He started his career as a graphic designer and then transitioned into film. Pavel brought his visual sensibilities to his directing and cinematography. His first big project, a music video for North American electronic artist Lorn, got a nomination at SXSW and won UKMVA.


i-D Magazine featured Pavel's film collective R113 in their article ‘Five directors shaping the future of music videos’. Pavel's work was featured by Rolling Stone Magazine, Vice, Paper Magazine, Flaunt, Nowness, Fader, Billboard, Directors Notes, Onepointfour and has won multiple Vimeo Staff Pick awards.


Kelley Kali

Kelley Kali, a Howard University & USC School of Cinematic Arts Alum has produced and directed award-winning films in Belize, Haiti, China, and locally in the USA.


She was fortunate for her film, Lalo’s House, to win the Programmers’ Award at the Oscar-qualifying Pan African Film Festival. Kelley was also featured at the 2018 American Black Film Festival in the Emerging Directors category and is a winner of the 45th Annual Student Academy Award, the Directors Guild of America Student Filmmaker Award, KCET Fine Cut Award and the Shadow and Act Rising Award and the Jury Award at the Diversity in Cannes Showcase sponsored by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions.

Jonathan Michael Square

Jonathan Michael Square specializes in Afro-Diasporic fashion and art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His current book project, The Fabric of Our Lies: How Slavery Built the Global Fashion Industry, explores self-fashioning among enslaved peoples as a profoundly political act and one of the most radical forms of self-affirmation in a slave society. 


Square has also published in a number of academic journals, including Radical History Review, Fashion Studies Journal, Vestoj, as well as in the popular press for Refinery29, Fashionista, Hyperallergic, and inexhibition catalogs, including Willi Smith: Street Couture, Garmenting. He was also the curator of the exhibitions Slavery in the Hands of Harvard and Freedom from Truth: Self-Portraits of Nell Painter at Harvard University.


Paloma Martinez

Paloma is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator from Houston. She first picked up a camera as a labor organizer in Texas. Her short documentaries, ENFORCEMENT HOURS, CRISANTO STREET and THE SHIFT, have been distributed in The New York Times Op-Docs, The Guardian and The Atlantic, respectively. SRISANTO STREET was also broadcast nationally on POV Shorts on PBS. Paloma holds an MFA in Documentary Film from Stanford University and a BA in Economics from Boston University. She is currently a Documentary Film Fellow at The University of Utah Department of Film and Media Arts.

Her short documentary, ENFORCEMENT HOURS was part of the 2019 PRINDIE Official Selection.


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Charlotte Szilagyi

Charlotte is an instructor at Harvard Extension School where she teaches courses on "The Phantom of Freedom in Recent American Cinema", "American Superhero Cinema", and an upcoming course on "American Science Fiction Cinema and Television".


She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and a secondary degree in Film and Visual Studies from Harvard University. Her research and teaching focus is on modern American and German film, literature, and mass culture, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and comparative approaches.


She is the recipient of a Fulbright Award and has studied American, German, and comparative film and literature, in Budapest, Hermannstadt, Erfurt, Bamberg, at NYU and Columbia University. She has published scholarship on films by Fritz Lang and has coedited a volume on Imagining Blackness in Germany and Austria, with contributions from scholars and faculty from UC Berkeley, U Vienna, Tübingen, and Harvard.

Elsa is an Icelandic director and screenwriter who graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2017.

Her short film MEGAPHONE (2013) won Best Icelandic Short at Northern Wave Film Festival and was nominated as Best Nordic Short Film at Nordisk Panorama in 2014.
Elsa was selected by the European Film Promotion for the 2017 Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers to Follow in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival with her graduation film ATELIER.

Elsa has received numerous awards and prizes with ATELIER. It won an Edda, the Icelandic Film and TV award, for best short film in 2018, a student prize in Angers Premiers Plans festival in France, best Icelandic short film at the Reykjavík IFF in 2017 and an Amandus award for best Nordic student director in 2018.

Elsa resides in Copenhagen and is working on her first feature length film.

Her film ATELIER won the 2018 PRINDIE Audience Award

Andrew Lovett

Andrew was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1962, and grew up in London, England. He studied at Cambridge University, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and City University, London.  Lovett worked as a freelance composer, based in Cambridge, UK, specializing in chamber-music, electroacoustic music, opera, music-theatre and music for theatre and film. He forged an especially strong collaboration with London-based ensemble, The Electric Voice Theatre, writing a series of major works for them, which were premiered in Cambridge, London and Colchester, UK.  He joined the Department of Music at Princeton University as a Professional Specialist in 2009.

He has a strong interest in music for silent films and regularly improvises on piano for screenings.


Alex MacNicoll

Alex was born and raised in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He is an actor and a graduate of DeSales University, his TV/Film credits include THE SOCIETY, TRANSPARENT, AXL, THE 5TH WAVE, and THE LAST RAMPAGE...upcoming credits include SLEEPING IN PLASTIC, THE RISING HAWK, NO MAN’S LAND, UNPREGNANT, and SWING.