D3F VIP Judging Panel - 2023
National Gallery of Art, former Head of Film
Film curator, founded film program at National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, where she served for >30 years. Board member for major film orgs, including the Robert Flaherty Seminar and Washington Environmental Film Festival. Editorial board member for 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.
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.”
TV Writer and Producer
Television writer, producer, and a graduate of Chapman University’s screenwriting program. He has written for Netflix’s award-winning Family Reunion, as well as the CBS series The Neighborhood and Nickelodeon’s Young Dylan. He is currently writing and producing an animated project for Fox’s Tubi TV.
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 Daddying Film Festival 2022 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
Filmmaker whose short film, Hey Dad, It's Me, won the Daddying Film Festival's 2022 Atticus Award for high-school students. Now in college, Leela is a double major in Radio/Television/Film and Economics at Northwestern University. She now produces budgeted student films while also serving as the finance chair of Northwestern's student production company Studio 22.