Judging Panel 2017
- Tessa Inkelaar - Producer, VP International Development Cinestaan
Tessa is the Vice President of International Development at the Cinestaan Film Company, overseeing the commissioning and development of the international slate. Previously, the Development Producer at Film London, Tessa oversaw the development of all short, feature and standalone film projects.
- Norman White - Writer, Director
Norman has worked on numerous award-winning short films in various capacities such as director/writer/cinematographer, screened at several national and international festivals like the Dublin Film Festival, the Galway Film Fleadh, and the Berlin Film Festival.
- Natalia Beylis - Co-Curator/Director, Hunter's Moon
Natalia is the co-director and co-curator of Hunters Moon which puts on experimental music, film & arts events in the Northwest of Ireland and beyond.
- Iain Gray - Journalist, Critic
Iain is a Belfast-based journalist, critic, and podcaster. With a particular interest in art movies and paracinema, he has written on a variety of films and genres in local and national print and digital media.
- Aycil Yeltan - Actress, Filmmaker
Aycil is an internationally acclaimed actress and filmmaker with recent credits including "Shirin in Love" "We Were Dining and I Decided" and " Marie Clementine...
- Willie Stewart - Filmmaker, Co-Curator/Director, Hunter's Moon
Willie is a Dublin born, Leitrim based filmmaker and musician. He is the film curator and co-director of Hunters Moon Festival & Events based in Carrick on Shannon. He is currently working on a documentary about the artist Ludo Mich.
“ Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee. ”- James Cameron
“ If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies ”- Kathryn Bigelow
“ To be a film-maker, you have to lead. You have to be psychotic in your desire to do something. People always like the easy route. You have to push very hard to get something unusual, something different. ”- Danny Boyle
“ Don’t give up. You’re going to get kicked in the teeth. A lot. Learn to take a hit, then pick yourself up off the floor. Resilience is the true key to success. ”- Melissa Rosenberg