2022 JURY JUDGES
Born in Portland, OR, a former nationally ranked tennis player, Congressional aide and US Naval Academy and Pitzer College alumnus, Bruce holds degrees in Mathematics and Economics. He began a career in acting right out of college. Notable among his film credits are THE SHADOW, BLACK RAIN and ROBOCOP 3, which Bruce portrayed Robocop’s nemesis, Otomo. Among his three TV Pilots as a series regular, most recognize him from MORTAL KOMBAT CONQUEST (MKC). In MKC, Bruce portrayed the sorcerer, Shang Tsung. In other TV roles of note, Bruce portrayed the controversial FBI sniper in the Emmy nominated CBS mini- series based on the real life Ruby Ridge incident. He also guest starred on other award winning series, NYPD BLUE and MURDER SHE WROTE. Other guest star roles of note include appearances on Huff, The Agency, ARLI$$, Cold Case, Hawaii Five-O, NCIS LA, NCIS. Most recently, Bruce portrayed General Yamori in Season 4 of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, Ren Kido in Season 2 of Impulse, and General Tsengjun in Space Force on Netflix. Voice work: video games, animation, TV commercials, Film narration, Documentary narration, Voice replacement In Film, Voice Dubbing into English.
Douglas J. Eboch is a screenwriter best known for writing the original screenplay for SWEET HOME ALABAMA, starring Reese Witherspoon, which set a box office record for a September opening. With his sister, Kris Bock, he co-wrote the prequel novels FELONY MELANIE IN PAGEANT PANDEMONIUM and FELONY MELANIE IN THE BIG SMASHUP about the teenage adventures of the characters from the movie. He also wrote the original novel TOTALLY RAD WORMHOLE. He has written videogames (NIGHTMARE COVE), plays (SLEEPOVER AT THE STABLES, MAGI ROAD TRIP), and has had short stories published in such magazines as “The Colored Lens” and “Science Fictionery.” Doug is the author of the non-fiction books, THE THREE STAGES OF SCREENWRITING and co-author, with producer Ken Aguado, of THE HOLLYWOOD PITCHING BIBLE.
DOUGLAS J. EBOCH
George Larkin is a Professor and Chair of Filmmaking at Woodbury University. He's a graduate of Yale University, has an M.A of Shakespearean Studies from the University of Birmingham (England), and has Ph.D. in Film & Media Studies at the University of California-Berkeley. Routledge Research published his book, Post-Production: the Invisible Revolution of Filmmaking, in 2018.
He was the head of development and post-production supervisor on two of David O. Russell's films (Spanking the Monkey & Flirting With Disaster) as well as Manny & Lo, The Last Good Time, and Wigstock: the Movie. They starred Patricia Arquette, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Téa Leoni, Adrian Pasdar, David O. Russell, and Ben Stiller among others. The films premiered at the Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, and Avignon Film Festivals and were distributed by Miramax, New Line, Sony Classics, and Samuel Goldwyn.
Lili was born in NYC to a Hungarian mother and father and is a citizen of both the US and the EU. She started her acting career as a child on the stage in US regional theater and in Hungary. She currently resides in New York, where she is developing her film and TV acting and directing careers. She is a native English speaker but is also fluent in French and Hungarian, and with a repertoire of international accents and various skills, she is a true chameleon! She recently acted in and helped produce feature film CURTIZ, which won Best Foreign Film at Burbank International Film Festival in 2019 and was consequently bought by NETFLIX for world-wide streaming. She is attached as producer/director on several other projects and continues to work as an actor in US and International productions such as a recent guest spot on FBI: International and one of the female leads of anticipated Hungarian feature, Hadik.
Jerome Courshon, renowned Film Distribution Expert for the past 15 years, has taught & consulted over a thousand Directors / Producers / Filmmakers, helping them place their movies into the marketplace successfully. Now the CEO of the distribution company, Lion Heart Distribution, Courshon is actively seeking movies and full-length documentaries for distribution in the U.S. & Canada. Achieving good distribution is a road filled with many landmines. Landmines of corrupt distributors. Landmines of bad contracts. Landmines of not capping the expenses in your contract. And so on. If you’ve talked to colleagues about distribution, you no doubt have heard at least a few horror stories. This is a broken “distribution model” and it’s time for a new way. Very few distributors have embraced this new way -- which is to honor you and assist you with having the best success possible for your movies. And where you earn the majority of the revenues for your movie or documentary. For more info about Lion Heart Distribution, visit: http://www.LionHeart.LA
Paloma Rush is a Mexican Californian recording artist, vocal coach and Youtube show host. Her bilingual songs have been featured on shows and films that include MTV’s “Real World,” FOX’s “Bones,” E!’s' “Keeping up With The Kardashians,” The CW’s "Jane the Virgin," Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club," E!’s "So Cosmo,” FX’s “Pose,” Lionsgate’s feature film “Hunter’s Moon,” and most recently on FOX’s “Our Kind of People.”
Rush’s vocal coaching firm boasts an accomplished clientele including label-signed and independent up & coming artists, Broadway Actors, ESPN sports announcers, and E-Sports casters. Some of her current roster include talent from Jojo Siwa’s new girl-group XOMG POP!, Frida Guzman, the recent winner of Season 25 of “Tengo Talento,” and she herself was featured on NBC Universo’s, “The Riveras,” coaching Jenny Rivera’s younger brother, Johnny Rivera.
Paloma also hosts the music interview show, “The Right Track,” where she interviews artists, producers, and music executives about their careers and what it takes to be a professional in the music industry.
You can find Paloma’s music on all platforms with streams into the hundreds of thousands.
A native of Burbank, Brittney is no stranger to the webisode world. She starred as Dr. Randi Minki on 11 episodes of the comedy web series “Safety Geeks: SVI”. On television, Brittney played Summer Holloway on “General Hospital” with other TV roles including “NCIS”, “Two and A Half Men”, “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Xena: Warrior Princess”. Brittney’s feature films include starring roles in “Devil’s Inside” and “Stacy’s Mom”.
BRITTNEY POWELL (WEBISODES/NEW MEDIA)
Dan is a local Burbank resident and veteran actor. Roles include the hit TV series “Lost”, “Grimm”, “Castle”, “CSI: NY”, with a recurring role on “Weeds” and three seasons on the hit series “Matlock”. Feature films include “The Lords of Salem”, “Halloween”, and Roebuck played Deputy Marshall Bobby Briggs in the “The Fugitive” and follow up hit film, “US Marshalls” with Tommy Lee Jones. Dan also shared a small piece of television history with a role in the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation which resurrected Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock and introduced the new TV series.
DANIEL ROEBUCK (WEBISODES/NEW MEDIA)
Robert played the holographic doctor on “Star Trek: Voyager” and created the role of Richard Woolsey on “Stargate SG1”, “Stargate: Atlantis” and ‘Stargate: Universe”. Other genre TV credits include “Supernatural”, “Smallville”, “The Outer Limits” and “Tales from the Crypt”. Horror films include “976-EVIL”, “Gremlins”, “The Howling” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” video game.
ROBERT PICARDO (SCI-FI/HORROR)
Larissa starred in “Saw 3D: The Final Chapter”, “Saw VI” and appeared in “Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse” and Miramax’s “Get Over It”. Her many TV credits include “Supernatural”, “CSI: Miami”, “La Femme Nikita”, “Out of Practice” and was a series regular on ABC’s prime time drama “In Justice”. Larissa is also an established singer/songwriter and has toured the world from North America to Europe and Asia.
LARISSA GOMES (SCI-FI/HORROR)
Gary Graham is one of only three actors (besides the series regulars) to appear in all four seasons of “Star Trek: Enterprise”. On TV Gary appeared in “Nip/Tuck” and four seasons of “The Jace Hall Show”. In “Alien Nation: Dark Horizon” and “Alien Nation: The Enemy Within” he starred as Det. Matthew Sikes. Some of his films include “All the Right Moves”, “The Last Warrior”, “Robot Jox”, “Hollywood Knights” and “Hardcore”.
GARY GRAHAM (SCI-FI/HORROR)
John Billingsley, Dr. Phlox on Star Trek: Enterprise, graduated from Bennington College where he studied theatre. He moved to Los Angeles and was cast in NYPD Blue and guest-starred on The Practice, Profiler, The X-Files. In l999, Stephen Spielberg cast him in The Others. John’s guest starring work includes The West Wing, Six Feet Under, Star Gate, and Angel. His most recent credits include NCIS, Ghost Whisperer, CSI: NY, 24, and Alan Ball’s True Blood as Coroner Mike.
JOHN BILLINGSLEY (SCI-FI/HORROR)
Bonita is familiar to Trek fans as Rooney from Star Trek: Enterprise and can currently can be seen in the television series Chuck as NSA Director Diane Beckman. She has also appeared on Veronica Mars, Bones, The Nine, The West Wing, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and in the film Christmas with the Kranks.
BONITA FRIEDERICY (SCI-FI/HORROR)
Harland Williams’s roles include the films Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, RocketMan, Employee of the Month, The Whole Nine Yards, and more. Harland won ‘Best Improviser’ on NBC’s Thank God You’re Here, and his latest ventures include voicing ‘Monster’ on Nickelodeon’s animated Robot and Monster. Harland can be heard every week on his insanely popular podcast, The Harland Highway.
HARLAND WILLIAMS (COMEDY)
Larry Hankin is best known for his TV sit-coms like Friends and Seinfeld. Other notable TV credits include “Breaking Bad”, “Vegas” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. Larry’s movie roles include “Escape from Alcatraz” with Clint Eastwood and “Billy Madison”. He had cameo appearances in three John Hughes films.
LARRY HANKIN (COMEDY)
Jacqui’s TV credits include “How I Met Your Mother”, “Stacked”, “Suburgatory” and “Desperate Housewives”. Jacqui has also been in numerous independent films, and appeared opposite Kate Hudson in “My Best Friend’s Girl”. Jacqui also produces and acts in her own line of comedic iPhone apps under the brand name “HotNFunny”. In addition to acting and writing, Jacqui enjoys tickling audiences funny bones with her fresh brand of stand-up comedy.
JACQUI HOLLAND (COMEDY)
Three time Emmy Award winning director, Mark Kirkland, has directed more episodes than anyone of TVs longest running animated program, The Simpsons. Mark studied Experimental Animation at CalArts prior to his career in the animation at Hanna-Barberra, before directing for FOX. He has been awarded two Environmental Media Awards for his work on The Simpsons.
MARK KIRKLAND (ANIMATION)
Having worked in both television and feature film animation for Disney, Ed is currently the Director of Animation for the Burbank International Film Festival. He won an Emmy Award for Art Direction and Design for “The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh”, with other notable credits including, “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Mulan”, “Atlantis” and “The Lion King” to name a few. Ed is a member of the Review Board/Artistic Leadership for Disney, and serves on the film festival Board of Directors.
ED GHERTNER (ANIMATION)
Two-time Oscar nominee for animated shorts, and the acknowledged “King of Indie Animation”. Bill is also a former cartoonist for the New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw. He has the distinction of being the only person to hand-draw an entire animated feature film (in fact NINE so far!). In addition to being an honoree, Bill is the presenter for this year’s inaugural “Plympton Award for Indie Animation” which will go to an entrant of the Burbank International Film Festival, annually.
BILL PLYMPTON (ANIMATION)
Writer/director/producer of the animated spoof of Dirty Harry film Magnum Farce, the multiple-award-winning short based on the feature-film script now in production at Bella Fe Films. Ken is executive producer of the documentary Adventures In Plymptoons, whose subject is twice Oscar-nominated indie animator Bill Plympton.
KEN MORA (ANIMATION)
Andrew Lema graduated from Woodbury University with a BA in Animation. He started his career in Visual Effects for the hit TV series “Smallville” and “Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles. In 2007 and 2008 he received 2 Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design” for the cable series Sport Science. His continued success includes such feature films as Tron: Legacy, Thor, and most recently Red Tail to name a few. In 2010 along with his older brother Gemmer (also a Woodbury Graduate), they started their own independent production company, Lema Productions which provides Visual FX, Graphic Design and Architectural Drafting services.
ANDREW LEMA (ANIMATION)
John started in film and Television in the early 1980s. His career includes working for Learning Corporation of America, an educational film distributor that produced After School Specials: “Summer Switch”, “Out of Step”, “One Too Many”, and others. He then went on to work for an animation company that produced Saturday morning and afternoon cartoons: “M.A.S.K.”, “Inspector Gadget”, “Hulk Hogan’s Rock-N-Wrestling”, “The Littles”, and the animated feature film, “Rainbow Brite and The Star Stealer” among others. John has written and released a number of Children’s/Young Adult novels: “Karate Chop Moms”, “Grandma’s Jeep”, “Merlin’s Daughters”, and “The Emerson’s”. John is currently writing and producing the feature films: “Alfred & Phoebe”, “Night of the Peepers”, and “Supercrew” and is also producing “Descension” for Gothic Pictures.
JOHN ANDRUCCI (SCREENPLAYS)
Silvia Kratzer is a professor of Film, Television, and Digital Media and teaches at Chapman University, UCLA, and Pepperdine University. Her background includes work as a screenwriter, webseries producer and professional script consultant for Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Avenue Entertainment, Spirit, ITC, and Disney. Recently, she has expanded her German-Swiss-US transnational film production network as the Creative Producer in charge of the Los Angeles office of Roll Call Pictures and her upcoming Film School: www.NewHollywoodFilmSchool.com
SILVIA KRATZER (SCREENPLAYS)
Marlene has worked in the entertainment industry for over 14 years and comes from an extensive post-production background. She worked for 5 years at Todd-AO and Ascent Media, as well as Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox. Ms. Kuo-Morinaga project manages high-profile clients like Disney (Pearl Harbor, Walt Disney Treasures, Lion King), and for Fox (Avatar, Ice Age, and much more). Working with major studios has given her rich experience and insight that Ms. Kuo-Morinaga now uses on her own projects. She shares her multi-faceted background and skills by working with UCLA Alumni Association and CAPE (Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment). She is collaborating with many writers, directors, and producers to create award winning and profitable business endeavors for today’s changing audience.
MARLENE KUO-MORINAGA (DRAMA/SCREENPLAYS)
Tony Soltis is an Executive Producer, writer and co-creator for Network and Cable TV. Writing credits include, “The Shield” (Fox), NYPD Blue (ABC), “Russian Roulette” (Sony Studios), “Who’s More Right?” (ABC Family) and the Discovery Channel docudrama, “Cuff Me If You Can”. Other notable television series writing credits include, “California Dreams”, “Hang Time”, “Malibu Ca”. Tony was nominated for both an Emmy, and Humanities Award for “Outstanding Children’s Series”, “Saved By The Bell” as the Supervising Producer.
TONY SOLTIS (SCREENPLAYS)
Kathryn Boole wrote her first play at the age of nine. She found the Social Studies Report Presentations by her fourth grade class to be a bit lame, so when her turn came to present a report on Africa, she wrote a “thriller” about a family of American tourists who must flee an African country at war. Kathy’s ambitions evolved into writing and directing. After a year at UCLA studying Music, she had the great fortune to work for director John Boorman. She assisted him for four years, as a script reader, film editor, sound editor and writer’s assistant. Kathryn has been a Literary Rep at Studio Talent Group for the last 19 years.
KATHERINE BOOLE (SCREENPLAYS)
Stewart holds Screenwriting and Advanced Screenwriting Certificates from the Professional Program at UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. Stewart has analyzed over 3,900 scripts for both private and studio clients. He is a produced a playwright, active screenwriter and is an in demand lecturer at UC Berkeley. He has been a final story analyst for both Slamdance and theatrical scripts headed to Cannes for financing. He is an active member of The Table, made up of over 2,000 above and below the line talent from all major studios and publishing worldwide (including Oscar, Emmy, Hugo and Edgar winners, as well as New York Bestselling Authors).
STEWART FARQUHAR (SCREENPLAYS)