SIMA JUDGES

Trevor Hall (President & CEO | Creative Visions Foundation)

Trevor Hall is an experienced educator, writer, business consultant and the president of Creative Visions Foundation, a non-profit incubator that provides tools, mentorship and resources to Creative Activists using media, arts and technology to solve global problems. Trevor founded Open Roads Creative, a business development consultancy, and Open Roads Academy, a month-long summer program for low-income high school students that combines outdoor travel with an immersion in the documentary arts. He holds a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University where he was the Head Teaching Fellow of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Professor Dr. Robert Coles and the recipient of the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching in each of his three years at Harvard. Trevor also served as the Associate Editor of DoubleTake Magazine, and as a Director of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program (CSCIP), where he managed corporate partner programs, establishing relationships with companies such as, Motorola, The Boeing Company, and United Airlines. Among other programs at CSCIP, Trevor initiated and managed CSCIP’s Genographic Project, uniting National Geographic with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project.

Enat Sidi (Academy Nominated Editor)

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Enat Sidi is now one of the leading editors in the documentary film world. Recently she edited “The Wolfpack”, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. She is a frequent collaborator with directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, having edited most of their nonfiction feature films including “The Boys of Baraka” (2005 Emmy nominee), “Jesus Camp: (2006 Academy Award nominee), HBO’s 12th & Delaware (Peabody winner) and recently DETROPIA for which Enat won the editing award at the Sundance Film Festival. In addition, Enat has worked on many prestigious films for a myriad of diverse filmmakers including Ellen Kuras (“The Betrayal”) and Jennifer Vendiiti (“Billy the Kid”). She recently acted as the consulting editor on “Bully,” the high profile doc released in 2012 by the Weinstein Company. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. David Craig (Communications & Media Professor, Producer, Activist)

Dr. Craig is the Clinical Assistant Professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, synthesizing theory and practice, production and management in his courses that consider the massive transformations occurring within the global and US media industries. In addition, Craig has produced numerous career-based initiatives and media conferences, and is an Emmy-nominated veteran media producer and programing executive.  His production company, Media Nation, produced Directors Guild of America Nominee, Girl Fight, and has sold, developed and/or produced scripted and non-scripted series for HBO, ABC, CBS, and History, graphic novels to Hill & Wang Publishers, and web pilots to Sony Digital/Crackle.com.  Dr. Craig was previously an executive at A&E Networks where he supervised over 20 movies, mini-series and drama series. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television. Dr. Craig’s research has been published in the Journal of Popular Film and Television and the International Journal of Communication and presented at the conference for the Society of Media and Cultural Studies. Dr. Craig earned his Masters in Cinema Studies from NYU and his Bachelors in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his Doctorate in Education at UCLA, where his research considers the intersection of popular culture, education and social movements, featuring a critical cultural and production history of LGBT-themed television movies.

Anne Goursaud (Director, Editor)

Anne Goursaud is an accomplished film director and editor. It was Francis Ford Coppola who first spotted Anne’s talent, giving her the chance to edit ONE FROM THE HEART. Since that time, she has directed and edited a wide range of projects and has worked with some of the most highly acclaimed professionals in the movie industry. Her editing credits include, Francis Ford Coppola’s teen classic THE OUTSIDERS, starring Matt Dillon and Tom Cruise, the Oscar-winning hit BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, starring Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins, and IRONWEED, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. Most recently, she edited Universal Pictures’ innovative Outkast movie-musical IDLEWILD and the edgy new independent feature EXPIRED, which premiered at Cannes. Anne was writer-producer on the feature-length documentary ULTRASUEDE: IN SEARCH FOR HALSTON, which was released in theaters in 2012 and bought by Showtime. She is attached to direct CORONADO, BETSY & NAPOLEON and is developing a new script based on the true story of actress Jean Seberg, PETITE AMERICAINE. Anne is currently producing, directing and editing, A CLASSY BROAD, a feature-length documentary about the first woman Production VP at a major studio, Marcia Nasatir. She received a License en Histoire de L’Art from the Sorbonne and a Masters in Fine Arts from Columbia University. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Editors Guild, A.C.E, the Academy of Arts and Sciences and SACD.

Kimberley Hassett (Editor)

Kimberley Hassett is an LA based editor who has worked on a wide range of projects, most recently an indie comedy, Uncle Nick (2014) by Chris Kasick, Executive Produced by Errol Morris, and a documentary feature Farewell to Hollywood, which premiered at IDFA 2013 and was named by the Film Society of Lincoln Center as one of the top documentaries to watch in 2014. Her other feature credits include The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan (DocNYC & the Sundance Channel) produced by Danny Glover and Joslyn Barnes at Louverture Films, Talibe: The Least Favored Children of Senegal by Daniela Kon, which has significantly moved the needle on this social issue in Senegal, and Highway (Berlin International Film Festival & MOMA 2012) by Nepalese director Deepark Rauniyar. Hassett has also worked on a variety of short format documentary content for CBS News Productions, Logo TV, MTVu, Digital Kitchen and Corra Films.  She received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Photography, Video and Related Media and is currently working with Jason Kohn (Manda Bala: Send a Bullet, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner 2007) on his upcoming film Diamond, Silver and Gold.

Maria Gambale (Director, Producer, Cinematographer)

Gambale’s directorial debut Sarabah, premiered at the 2011 Movies That Matter Film Festival winning the Matter of ACT prize for Best Documentary. It screened at forty festivals around the world, has been broadcasted on Link TV in the US, France and Sweden and won the CINE Golden Eagle Award for Independent Television Documentary in 2012. Gambale has worked as a cinematographer and producer in both fiction and documentary for the past 18 years. She was a mentor with teen filmmaker organization Reelworks from 2004-2012, a Shooter-Producer for the acclaimed ABC News documentary series “NY Med”, a producer on the Link TV series “Rappers, Divas and Virtuosos” and served as a Post-Production Consultant on Jehane Noujaim’s film “The Square” in 2011. Gambale also produced the large-scale hybrid art/theater installation “Habit” by David Levine, winning an Obie in May 2012; and works in casting with a range of international directors including Christian Frei and Albert Maysles.

Dr. Daniela Baroffio (Clinical Associate Professor of Communications)

Daniela Baroffio received her Ph.D. from USC Annenberg in 2006 and now serves as a Clinical Associate Professor, teaching foundational theory courses in the undergraduate program and research methods in the graduate programs. As faculty in the undergraduate program at USC Annenberg, Dr. Baroffio teaches courses that examine the politics of gender in the media, interpretations of popular culture, and the politics of social change and advocacy in the political economy of the entertainment industry. As Assistant Director of the Master of Communication Management graduate program, Baroffio (together with Dr. Ben Lee and Dr. Mathew Curtis) guides communication management students in their capstone course, assisting and guiding students in the research design, collection of data and analysis of data for their own original research. At the administrative level, she also serves as the faculty advisor for all progressive B.A./M.A. students. Dr. Baroffio has published an essay on sports and gender in the Handbook of Sports and Media and her current research and teaching interests examine the potential for social change and advocacy in entertainment, media and marketing with a focus on the possibilities and limitations posed by the current political economy.

Andrew McGregor (Journalist, Filmmaker, Founder | The Tiziano Project)

Andrew McGregor is a filmmaker, comic book publisher, film festival founder, chess boxing champion, photojournalist, TEDx speaker, and founder of The Tiziano Project, an NGO that teaches citizen journalism to people living in conflict zones and neglected parts of the world. By providing equipment, training and affiliations necessary, The Tiziano Project allows community members to report their stories and improve their lives. Training programs have been held in areas all over the world including Rwanda, Somalia, DR Congo, Iraq, slums of Kenya, South Central LA, and beyond.

Patricia Billings (Educator, Editor)

Patricia Billings is a publisher, editor and consultant specializing in bilingual and translated literature. For 15 years, she was director of Milet Publishing, a multinational company she cofounded, which grew into a leading publisher of bilingual books, with a list of over 400 titles in 26 languages. Prior to Milet, she worked in Washington, DC with the International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Jordan Information Bureau, and the North American Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine, where her duties included communications, policy and media analysis, and advocacy.  She was an editor at The Jordan Times in Amman. She also worked with the film development and finance firm NDF International, the London Film Festival, and the Izmir Film Festival. Patricia studied Middle East politics at Northwestern University, Arab studies at Georgetown University, media / film studies at the University of London, and adult education teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles.  She recently served as editorial director of a series of novels and anthologies translated from Turkish into English, published by Milet.  Today, she consults for projects promoting literature in translation and diversity in children’s literature, guest lectures on cross-cultural communications, and writes about questions of language and inequality on her website.  Patricia is a volunteer adult literacy tutor in South Los Angeles and a member of the Working Group of the Human Rights Watch LA Film Club.

Agathe Dalisson (Media Consultant, Filmmaker)

Agathe Dalisson is a dynamic and creative filmmaker and media expert, with over 14 years of experience in the field of media development. She believes media and media products can have huge impact on development, social justice, and people’s ability to become change makers. After graduating from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) of UCL in 2001, she joined Internews Europe, a leading media development organisation. Her work with Internews enabled her to engage with local media, social justice activists and development players in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Among other things, she set up the successful Afghan NGO Nai, and its training center for professional journalists in 2005; she created two high profile global media awards with the active participation and back up of leading activists and Nobel Prize winners (the Every Human Has Rights Media Awards in 2008 and the Earth Journalism Awards in 2009); and she helped produce 100s of hours of news and information programs with local and community media. In 2010, she decided to turn to filmmaking and attended the National Film and Television School (NFTS) Summerdocs program for media professionals. Based in the South of France, Agathe now continues to work as a media development consultant while developing her documentary film projects.

Claudia Flores (Creative Director, Communications Consultant)

Claudia Flores is a social and political communications consultant, with expertize in audiovisual and digital media messaging and strategy. Dedicated to advancing social consciousness and reform through integrative design thinking, Claudia’s career includes working as a counselor for the presidency of Mexico through the Representative Office of Development for Indigenous People, ORDPI, and for the General Consulate of Mexico in Los Angeles, launching programs dedicated to the empowerment and support of immigrant families. She is the Founder and Creative Director of “The Angel Station” and “Servicios y Practicas de Integridad” specializing in strategic communications, and collaborative work for conscious creative media and interactive methodology for societal advancement. Claudia designs and implements creative ways for media to be interactive and have universal access. In addition to graduates and studies in Sociology and Anthropology, Claudia is a certified Professional Life Coach. She holds a BA in International Relations and Political Science and a Masters degree in Psychology. By virtue of Claudia’s experience, her work focuses on strategies in problem solving by “building reliable bridges” allowing empathetic connectivity to be as dynamic as technology, activating integrative communications for the development of communities and the human condition all over the world.

Darius Fisher (Producer, Filmmaker)

Darius Fisher is the producer, founder and president of Digital Neural Axis (DNA) a production and post boutique based in Los Angeles. Darius’ work has been Oscar short-listed and featured at Tribeca, Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival. He produced and co-produced 6 award winning documentary features including, Bhutto (Emmy nominee, Peabody winner), Fuel (Sundance winner), The Big Fix (Cannes official selection), and numerous trailers, including the funding trailer that led to the financing of James Cameron’s Avatar.

Jennifer Lentfer (Development Consultant, Writer)

Jennifer Lentfer works to place grassroots-driven development initiatives, which can be more genuinely responsive to local needs, at the forefront of international aid, philanthropy, and social enterprise. She is the creator of the blog, how-matters.org, and was named as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s “100 women to follow on Twitter.” Lentfer has worked with over 300 grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, focused on organizational development and learning. Over the past decade, she has served with various international organizations in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, and the U.S. including Oxfam, American Red Cross, Firelight Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, and UNICEF.

Daniela Papi (Deputy Director, Development Consultant)

As Deputy Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Daniela has spearheaded student programming initiatives at Saïd Business School including the Leading for Impact programme and has taught an MBA elective course on high-impact entrepreneurship. Daniela is a graduate of Saïd Business School’s MBA programme and was a Skoll Scholarship recipient. Prior to coming to Oxford, Daniela spent six years in Cambodia where she grew a youth leadership organization, PEPY, an educational travel company, PEPY Tours, and an advocacy organisation, Learning Service. Daniela is co-authoring a book advocating for a “Learning Service” approach to philanthropic and volunteer travel and has worked as a consultant to other social impact organizations, typically supporting their strategy redesign by incorporating her experience in social marketing and user centered programme design. The organizations Daniela has started have received numerous awards from such institutes as the Notre Dame’s Social Venture Business Plan committee, National Geographic, Ashoka’s Changemakers, and the Cartier Women’s Initiative. She is an active writer and speaker on topics of development, from TEDx, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Forbes.com to her own blog, Lessons I Learned.

Shawn Humphrey (Innovator, Development Consultant, Educator)

Shawn is the founder of the Two Dollar Challenge, La Ceiba Microfinance, the Month of Microfinance and the Poverty Action Conference. He is also on the Board of Directors of “Students Helping Honduras,” a former mentor at the Clinton Global Initiative University, Opportunity Collaboration alum, and IMAGINE Social Good’s 1st Social Good Fellow. He is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Mary Washington (since 2005), where he practices his personal pedagogy of Tribal Teaching.

Maryann Bylander, PHD (Educator, Development Consultant)

Maryann Bylander is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Maryann’s current research and teaching interests focus on migration, development, gender and debt. Prior to joining Lewis and Clark she was a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS (University of London), where she continues to be involved in migration-related research. Maryann has worked with several NGOs in Southeast Asia, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for PEPY, an educational development organization in Cambodia.