FESTIVAL JUDGING


JUDGES

Each year the Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival is judged by a small panel of qualified jury members. The jury is selected based on their expertise in the realms of film, theory and activism. All submissions are judged based on the relevance of subject matter to our film festival call, the strength of a film’s storytelling, and the technical aspects of filmmaking.

2019 FESTIVAL JUDGES

 

Larry Laboe

A member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), Larry is the President of Production at international digital production house SXM, where he has produced numerous digital properties. The first series was NBC’s ‘Ctrl’ starring Tony Hale and Steve Howey. Since, Larry has produced for top networks and brands including Disney, NBC, CBS, VEVO, Dailymotion, MTV, Break Media (now DEFY Media), Comedy Central, IKEA, Samsung, Coca-Cola and Smuckers.

These series have been viewed more than 1 billion times over both traditional and new media, and have garnered multiple awards at BANFF, SXSW, NATPE, MIPTV, Cannes and The Webbys. The series have been covered by media outlets worldwide and SXM has been profiled by publications such as Fast Company, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Larry has produced projects directed by James Franco and Joseph Gordon Levitt. Notable titles produced include Fact Checkers Unit, Easy to Assemble, Armed Response, SOS Island, Matumbo Goldberg, The Comment Show, Kitchen Jam, Diagnosis Stories, Jump Outs, In a City and Extreme Retreat among others.

In addition to his work at SXM, Larry also serves as Co-Founder and Executive Director of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA).

Shakti Bhagchandani

Shakti Bhagchandani is a filmmaker from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She completed her BA in English Literature at King’s College London and her MFA in Film at Columbia University. Her short films have screened at Sundance Film Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music Cinematek, BFI London Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, and others. She is an alum of the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Lab, an alum of the National Academy of Sciences’ documentary retreat, and a recipient of a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship. Alongside her work as a filmmaker and an instructor of screenwriting & directing at Pratt Institute, she also volunteers with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.

Leah Meyerhoff

Leah Meyerhoff is an award winning filmmaker whose debut narrative feature film “I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS” was released theatrically after premiering at SXSW, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival and additional awards from Woodstock Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Tribeca Film Institute, IFP, NYU and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. Meyerhoff’s previous work has screened in over 200 film festivals and aired on IFC, PBS, LOGO and MTV. She is a fellow of the IFP Emerging Narrative Labs, IFP Narrative Finishing Labs, Tribeca All Access Labs, and the Emerging Visions program at the New York Film Festival. Meyerhoff is also the founder of Film Fatales, an advocacy group and community organization for women feature filmmakers. She holds a BA in Art-Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA in Directing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Ana Souza

Born in Brazil, Ana Souza was raised in Amsterdam. She holds a BA from the University of Warwick and an MA from USC. Souza has produced a number of shorts and has contributed to numerous film-related publications, including Indiewire, We Eat Film, Front Row Reviews, and The Artifice. She has worked in various capacities with Sundance, NEXT Fest, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Slamdance and Project 168 Film Festivals. She sits on the screening panels for Ambulante USA, LA Film Festival, and AFI FEST, and is an Associate Programmer for the No Budget Film Festival. She was the Programming Coordinator for the latest edition of Outfest. Recently she produced, “Blast Beat”, a short starring Mateo and Moises Arias and is the Manager of the Programming Department and Associate Programmer at Sundance Institute.