DIFF 2015 Jurors | 2015 Dallas International Film Festival—April 9-19

DIFF 2015 Jurors

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The 2015 Dallas International Film Festival will present Grand Jury Prizes for Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Film, Animated Short Film, Student Short Film and Texas Film Competition presented by Panavision. Grand Jury Prizes will also be presented for best Animated Short Film juried by Reel FX and The Silver Heart Award will be selected by the Embrey Family Foundation.

“We are excited to have such a diverse and talented group of individuals participate on our juries,” said DIFF Senior Programmer Sarah Harris. “All of our jurors are highly esteemed veterans of the film industry and have the experience and expertise necessary to determine which of our many talented filmmakers will be presented with these awards.”



David Ansen

David Ansen was a movie critic for Newsweek from 1977 to 2008. He was the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival from 2010 through 2014 and has written documentaries for TNT, HBO, and PBS on Greta Garbo, Groucho Marx, Bette Davis, and Elizabeth Taylor.

KatCandler_Kat Candler

Kat Candler’s feature film HELLION, starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, premiered in U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Candler was a recent recipient of the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Grant for her upcoming feature UNTITLED METAL PROJECT and a 2014/2015 Sundance Institute Women’s Initiative Fellow.



anderson_le_headshot.jpgAnderson Le

Splitting his time between Los Angeles and Honolulu, Anderson Le has worked diligently in the global promotion of independent and world cinema as director of programming for the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), which is now heading into its 35th year. In addition to his duties at HIFF, Le also serves as artistic director for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and a program consultant for the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy.





AJ Schnack

AJ Schnack has directed and produced multiple films (CAUCUS, WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS, CONVENTION, KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON), as well as the docuseries MIDTERMS for Al Jazeera America. He is the Founding Director of the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking.

CynthiaHillCynthia Hill

Cynthia Hill is a Durham, NC-based filmmaker and co-founder of the Southern Documentary Fund. Her Peabody Award-winning docuseries A CHEF’S LIFE, approaching its third season, airs on PBS. Producer/director credits include PRIVATE VIOLENCE, which premiered at Sundance and on HBO, TOBACCO MONEY FEEDS MY FAMILY, THE GUESTWORKER, and FEBRUARY ONE.



doug jones headshot.jpgDoug Jones

Doug Jones has over twenty years of experience programming films for a variety of nonprofit film organizations, including the San Francisco Film Society, the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Festival, where he served as Associate Director of Programming. He is currently Executive Director of Images Cinema, a nonprofit art house in Williamstown, Massachusetts.





Marjorie Baumgarten

Marjorie Baumgarten is a film critic and senior editor at The Austin Chronicle, where she has worked in many capacities since its founding in 1981. She has been the Chronicle‘s Film Reviews Editor for the last 25 years, and in addition to writing for the Chronicle, her work has been published in Film Comment, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter. 

Eric Hueber Eric Hueber

Eric Hueber’s first feature RAINBOWS END follows a colorful cast of characters from Nacogdoches, Texas as they travel west in search of their dreams. FLUTTER, which premiered at DIFF and won the Texas Grand Jury Prize, is Hueber’s second feature length film and will be released in April 2015.



jarod_neece_SXSW_high.jpgJarod Neece

Jarod Neece has been with the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and Conference in Austin, TX since 2002. He is the festival’s Producer & Senior Programmer with an emphasis on Narrative Feature and Genre Programming.  As Producer, he oversees the Film Festival & Conference and daily festival operations. He has been a juror or panelist at a number of festivals and organizations, including Fantasia, Sundance, the McKnight Filmmaking Fellowship and Independent Film Week. He is also the Co-Founder and Editor of the popular Austin food blog TacoJournalism.com and co-writer of the new book Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day.



Jeanette Bonds

Jeanette Bonds is a writer and independent animator living in Los Angeles. She is Co-Founder and Director of GLAS Animation and a contributing writer for ShortOfTheWeek.com. She received her MFA and BFA from CalArts in Experimental Animation.  In 2012, Jeanette co-curated Platform International Animation Festival and has programmed for Slamdance Film Festival.

Frances BodomoFrances Bodomo

Frances Bodomo is an award-winning Ghanaian filmmaker and one of Filmmaker Magazine‘s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Her two short films BONESHAKER (2013) and AFRONAUTS (2014) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in consecutive years and went on to play at over 40 film festivals including the Berlinale, Telluride, and SXSW. AFRONAUTS received the Grand Jury Prize at DIFF in 2014. She is currently developing the feature version.



Soham MehtaSoham Mehta

Born in India and raised in Texas, Soham Mehta found a home in the arts. His UT MFA thesis film FATAKRA received a Student Academy Award, a DGA award, and made the festival rounds. He is currently in post on his feature directorial debut, RUN THE TIDE starring Taylor Lautner.




L.M. Kit Carson (Posthumously)
Lone Star State legend and influential writer, actor and producer Carson first gained recognition as creator of the mockumentary, DAVID HOLZMAN’s DIARY (1968), and co-wrote PARIS, TEXAS (1984).

Blythe Danner
Danner is well regarded for her roles in films such as MEET THE PARENTS and THE GREAT SANTINI. The Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actress is alos know for her work on television shows such as Will & Grace and Huff.

John Landis
A director for more than 40 years, Landis' films include NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (1980), THE BLUES BROTHERS (1978) and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981).

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Presented by REEL FX

Phil Lord and Chris Miller
are the prolific writing and directing duo behind some of today’s most successful comedy films including, THE LEGO MOVIE, 21 & 22 JUMP STREET and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.

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