D3F VIP Judging Panel - 2023
National Gallery of Art, former Head of Film
Film curator, founded film program at National Gallery in Washington, DC, where served for >30 years. Board member for major film orgs, incl Robert Flaherty Seminar and Washington Environmental Film Festival. Editorial boards member: The Moving Image and Getty Trust’s Program for Art on Film.
Film Producer and Member, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Film producer, nominated for an Oscar in 1987 for Best Short Film for producing the film Love Struck. Her additional producing credits include The Best of Times (1986), starring Kurt Russell and Robin Williams; Shoot To Kill (1988), starring Sidney Poitier and Tom Berringer; and Zandalee (1991), starring Nic Cage, Erika Anderson, and Judge Reinhold.
Photographer and Award-winning Filmmaker
Father of Gio and Catalene. Now developing documentary We Were Here. Participated in Writers and Directors Labs at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute. Wrote/directed the award-winning short, Listen Carefully, selected by several festivals, including Sundance, AFI, Haifa Israel, Porto Portugal, and Cork Ireland. MA from UCLA Film School. As a grad student, nominated for Paramount Pictures Fellowship.
Executive Director & Co-Founder, REEL FATHERS
An award-winning filmmaker with expertise in using film as an educational catalyst. Her documentary, Miles to Go, won an Academy Award Certificate of Special Merit. Her film, Fresco, was broadcast as a national PBS special. She's an Aspen Institute Scholar/Lecturer, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Regional Fellowship, and served on board of New York Women in Film and Television.
Emmy Award-winning Film Producer
Emmy Award-winning producer and President of Rolling Pictures. Recent films include 2022's As They Made Us, starring Dustin Hoffman and Candice Bergen, directed by Mayim Bialik. Co-founder/chairman emeritus of Washington West Film Festival, Chairman of Producers Guild of America/Capital Region, and member Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Documentary Producers Alliance.
World Organization for Early Childhood Education
Lifelong educator, organized the annual film festival at National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference until 2016. Created professional development workshop “Being A Pro-Active Media Literacy Advocate.”
Assistant Director - TV/Film
NY City-based Assistant Director, Cris works in network TV and feature film production. With a BA in Performance from the University of New Mexico, she's done every job in front of and behind the camera. Raised by a single dad, Cris understands the importance of D3F for kids and dads and is thrilled to be adjudicating a festival that advocates for accessibility of filmmaking to youth around the world.
Actor, Broadcaster, and Artist
Attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NY City. He has performed and exhibited in LA, NY, and Boston and earned awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Associated Press, Los Angeles Art-House Film Festival, and Radio and TV News Assoc of Southern California. Thomas co-founded WUMB-FM Radio in Boston and currently hosts Seasons & Celebrations and 60's Chicks Radio.
Actor, Teacher & 2022 Atticus Finalist - Dad For Hire
Sydney, Australia, born and bred, Aaron is a working film, TV, and stage actor, filmmaker, and teacher who also runs an acting school for all ages near his home. His hilarious short film, Dad For Hire, starred his then 18-month-old daughter and garnered several festival awards, including a 2022 Daddying Film Festival finalist spot.
Filmmaker & 2022 Atticus Winner - Pater et Filio
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pablo studied Image and Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires before continuing his animation studies in Canada. He's worked with Le Cube studios (Buenos Aires), Guru Studios (Toronto), and Pipeline Studios (Hamilton). He now lives in Oakville, Ontario, and is working with Pipeline on a new PBS cartoon series.
Filmmaker & 2022 Atticus Winner - Hey Dad, It's Me
Now in college, Leela's short film Hey Dad, It's Me, won the Daddying Film Fest's 2022 Atticus Award for high-school students.