2017 Jury

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Narrative Jury


Author, Festival Fixer

Jon Gann is a film festival fixer — producing, programming and marketing festivals around the globe. He had programmed shorts for PTFF for three years as part of the WA2WA showcase, and this year, has created a showcase specifically for us from award-winning shorts he has collected from other events. He is the author of two books, “So You Want to Start a Film Festival” and “Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work” which examines how 16 programmers and organizers curate, collect, watch and select films for their festivals.


Director,  and Playwright

Ethan Warren filmmaker and playwright. His debut feature film, West of Her, will be released through Gravitas Ventures in fall 2017, and his plays have been performed in New York City, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Florida, and Alaska. He has also contributed writing to the online film journal Bright Wall Dark Room. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Caitlin, and their daughter, Nora.


Writer, Director, Cinematographer

Michael Winokur is a writer, director and cinematographer with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, a political science minor from Oxford’s New College, and Spanish minor completed at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara.
While still in High School, Michael worked as a photojournalist for city newspapers in Philadelphia, developing an interest in portraiture and a narrative style focused on capturing the essential elements of character. Through careers as a documentary photographer, journalist, photo editor, commercial photographer and now Director/DP, visual storytelling has remained a common thread and driving purpose.

In 1999, Michael reported on California’s immigration issues for the San Diego Union-Tribune and Copley Newspapers. The experience planted the seed for his short Selling Rosario and American Anthem.

Michael’s work has garnered many industry awards, including recognition from Graphis, American Photography and APA. A series of short films for the State of California was recognized by the American Public Health Association and American Photography for its use of cinematic storytelling to communicate health issues to farmworkers. The short film Selling Rosario, which he co-wrote, co-directed and DP’d, has won 2 jury prizes, 2 audience awards, and awards for directing and acting across 18 film festivals.

Documentary Jury


Producer, Festival Programmer

Richard Beer has spent over 30 years working in film production, distribution, marketing and theatrical exhibition. He has served as an advisor, programmer and juror for dozens of film festivals around the globe and as an editorial consultant for many independent films. Currently he is the Director of Programming for the independent Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, Washington and is a producer of the recently completed documentaries WOODSRIDER and A SONG FOR ALAN.


Founder, Festival Formula Ltd.

Katie McCullough is founder of Festival Formula Ltd, a consultancy company helping filmmakers with festival strategy. We create bespoke strategies taking into account length, production values, genre, narratives in front and behind the camera, and budget. She’s hosted workshops and seminars for wide audiences over the past decade including: Encounters Film Festival, East End Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, BFI Flare, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, FilmFest Dresden, and many training events at the BFI Southbank. The company was a recent co-sponsor of Screen International events at Berlinale and Cannes.


Executive Producer, Panem Pictures

Emily Miller is an award-winning producer of fiction and nonfiction films. Based in Oakland, California, she has produced commercial, documentary, and narrative work on six continents. Her most recent films, Selling Rosario and Warm Shadow, have been selected by more than 20 international film festivals with accolades from both the jury and audience. She leads Emily Miller Productions, a global production company specializing in branded content and documentary stories. And she is a founding member, executive producer, and director of Panem Pictures, a filmmaking collective. Prior, Emily worked as a journalist and photojournalist for international news publications and media organizations.

Music Jury


Composer/Producer/Sound Designer, Auralation Music

Paul has a impressive career spanning 25+ years, starting with incidental music for theatre, including A Lion In Winter and Spring Awakening. Paul’s film & TV work is varied, including composing for Snapped and American Murder, scoring films Secret City, War and Truth, and providing music for A Southern Fix and Tales In Flight. Auralation Music is excited for the launch of new brands ViralMusic, SFXMart and ViralInstruments in 2016.


Composer & Songstress, White Widow Music

From Springfield, MA, Carla is a Berklee College of Music graduate. Her roots began in the NYC punk scene at CBGB’s, and as the musical director for actress/comedian Sandra Bernhard, who described her as “so fucking raw and groovy that it scares the shit out of [her].” Carla has shared the stage with Liza Minnelli, Rufus Wainwright, and Grayson Hugh. She has won numerous awards for her film scores, and recently wrote music for the film Spa Night, which premiered at Sundance 2016.


Composer, Performing Artist and Educator

Milica holds a Masters Degree in composition from The Juilliard School, where she has been on the music faculty since her graduation. A recipient of many honors and awards, her work was commissioned by major NYC organizations such as the American Composers Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, and Buglisi Dance Theater and has appeared on stages of Symphony Space, Zankel Hall/Carnegie, Alice Tully Hall/Lincoln Center, BAM café, Bohemian National Hall and many others. International and intercontinental highlights include BEMUS (Belgrade, Serbia), EtnaFest (Catania, Italy) and Internacional De Música Contemporânea, (Bahia, Brazil).

She is a current music faculty member at the Juilliard School, Music director of Gallery MC, and the founder and executive director of a Harlem based nonprofit organization for music education and performance, Paracademia Center, Inc.


Composer and Conductor

Mihali Paleologou is an award winning composer with varied musical output for Film, Theatre and Concert. He collaborated with artists and ensembles such as the Brussels Philharmonic, the Chroma ensemble and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; with performances in Europe, USA, South America, Australia, Japan and China. His works for film include the Documentary Film ‘Fade to Black’ and the TV series ‘Lodgers’. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Paxos Film Scoring Workshop and the Artistic Director of the Berlin International Film Scoring Competition (BIFSC). Mihali is currently doing a Phd research on Contemporary Instrumental Techniques at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.