The Wild & Scenic Film Festival has 7 awards that are decided by our jury, as well as a set of honorable mentions. The awards the jury decides upon are:
– Best of Festival
– Best in Theme
– Spirit of Activism Award
– Most Inspiring Adventure Film
– Best Short (under 10 minutes)
– Jury Award 1
– Jury Award 2
We are pleased to announce our 2020 Jury Members:
Chris Jordan-Bloch is a filmmaker, photographer and multimedia producer for Earthjustice. He believes in the power of visual storytelling and in the importance of bringing together stories and activism to create meaningful change. Several of his films have been showcased at Wild & Scenic Film Festival in the past.
Daniela Fernandez is a community advocate and applied theatre artist. As a graduate of the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project in San Francisco, she holds strongly their vision that film has the power to “shatter stereotypes and bias, reveal the lived truth of inequity, address the vital intersecting issues that concern myriad populations, and build understanding and community around art and social justice.”
Larry Huntington, of Enterstellar Films, has twenty-eight years of experience with camera, editing, and video post-production. He graduated from University of Pacific in 1996 with a major in Communication Broadcast Media and a minor in music and film aesthetics. He has traveled the world as director of photography working in places such as India, Micronesia, Africa, Europe, and South America, where he worked on a variety of humanitarian-type documentaries. His passion is to help people by co-creating real stories that achieve and inspire their purpose, delivering their message in a concise format. He continues to produce content for non-profit organizations, local businesses, and corporate entities such as Bloomberg news. Larry is a native of Nevada County and currently resides in Grass Valley, CA.
Cindy Ma is a writer, musician, film and media producer, Founder of SHE Living Media, and host of her own show “Tea with SHE”. She is executive producer of the film Fly by Light, and produces, writes and distributes Spirited, Heart-Centered, and Evolutionary (SHE) media, broadcasting women’s wisdom as a pathway to the collective healing of humanity and the Earth.
Steve Shor has over 30 years of Industry experience in Studio, production, and management positions, including ten years at Columbia/TriStar Pictures. Steve is currently an independent producer, having produced the single-use plastics documentary Straws and is currently working on a human rights feature. He has served on the boards of the Earth Communications Office, Friends of the River, American Oceans Campaign, and advisory for Heal the Bay. Steve is the Program Director for the Sonoma International Film Festival and the Long Beach International Film Festival. He is also the industry liaison for the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Vanessa LeMaire has worked as a director, writer, cinematographer, and editor producing commissioned shorts for environmental organizations worldwide. With a M.Sc in Environmental Science and a Film degree from San Francisco State University, LeMaire’s award-winning feature documentary An Acquired Taste played at Wild & Scenic in 2017, and it is her passion for character-driven productions that brings her back again this year as a Jury member.