Judge Bios

Justin Black

Justin Black is a Toronto based director of photography. He is a graduate of Ryerson's RTA School of Media, where he won 5 Tara awards for cinematography, directing and post-production. He has since gone on to lens 18 short films that have played and won awards at festivals internationally. Recent films include "F--- Buddies," official selection at Austin's Fantastic Fest and winner of Toronto After Dark Festival's Silver Medal Canadian Short, "My Buddy," winner of Best Film at the WildSound Film Festival, and "The Path," winner of Best Female Director at the National Screen Institute Film Festival. Commercial clients include Sport Chek, ASUS, Maple Leaf Prime, Quaker Oates, Sunlight, Burger King, Walmart, BMO and Microsoft. Work can be seen at www.justinblack.ca

Jessica Bahia

Jessica has worked in the television industry for over 10 years as a post production supervisor. Her latest projects include “Canada: A Story of Us” for the CBC, and “Mayday” for National Geographic. Jessica is also a member of the Directors Guild of Canada.

Justin Beaudoin

Justin is a graduate of Trent University’s Business program and of Humber College’s Radio Broadcasting stream. After spending some time on air with various radio stations in Canada he moved over to television broadcasting. Now, as Master Control Specialist at COGECOTV in Burlington he manages the "playout" of 17 channels across Ontario. His job is to coordinate with managers and producers ensuring feeds and equipment are running smoothly for air.

Adam Clark

Adam Clark is a veteran in the film/television/web series and commercial industry in Toronto. With an honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from York University, seven years of international industry experience under his belt as a location sound recordist and more than a thousand credits to his name - he has developed a strong identity of excellence within Toronto's film and sound industry. Adam is the co-founder of one of Toronto's leading providers of post and location sound -- Toronto Sound (www.torontosound.ca).

Jenny Cowley (Producer CBC Marketplace)

Jenny Cowley is a journalist and associate producer with CBC News Network and CBC Marketplace. She graduated from Western and Fanshawe in 2015 with a dual degree/diploma in Media, Theory, and Production in Television Broadcasting. On her rare days off, she can be found filming documentaries and entering film festivals around the world. Her last freelance position was as a researcher on "Unstoppable: The Fentanyl Epidemic" aired on CBC's Firsthand. She also has a passion for local storytelling and investigating. See her work at www.youtube.com/jennycowley

Greg Doyle

Greg recently graduated from Niagara Colleges Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film program in 2015. Since then he has gone on to work for Corus Entertainment, Anthem Media Group, ESPN, Sportsnet and Dome Productions. More recently Greg is currently a Travel Coordinator for Dome Productions while occasionally working as a Television Assistant for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Gerry Duchemin

Since graduating from Algonquin College's Animation program, Gerry has 15 years of experience working as a Story Artist, Animation Director, and Animator on various television shows, commercials, and games. Recent highlights include working as a Story Artist on Nickelodeon's "Fairly Odd Parents" and the PBS/TVO nature adventure series "Wild Kratts".

Danielle Grant

Danielle has been the supervising Picture Editor with Corus Entertainment for 16 years, as well as the co-owner of Attic Digital, a media and design company located in Hamilton.


Dwight Grant

Dwight is a Digital New Media, Graphic Artist, as well as the co-owner of Attic Digital, a media and design company located in Hamilton.

Shane Lansing

Shane Lansing is a graduate of Mohawk College’s Television & Broadcast Communications program. He currently works as a producer with CogecoTV where he produces news content, mobile productions and anchors the weekend news, Halton Insider. He has a passion for cinema and believes that every film needs a solid story to build from.

Samuel Lehner

Samuel Lehner is a Toronto based filmmaker & web designer and has worked on a number of different projects for television, film and various digital platforms. Samuel has worked extensively on projects for individuals, charitable organizations and corporations, including the Four Seasons Hotel, Sutherland Models, the Luminato Festival, LeafsTV, Channel Zero, and Rogers TV. Samuel’s recent feature length documentary, WES, had its world premiere at the Toronto Black Film Festival last year to sold out audiences. Samuel is an Affiliate member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers.

Kyle McDonald

Kyle’s currently in 4th Year Theatre and Drama Studiesout of University of Toronto/Sheridan College. He’s been acting with the goal of doing it professionally since 2012. He’s been a part of a multitude of student written and directed films. Currently still studying but continuing to work as a freelance film actor/voice actor/ stage actor.

Joey Ricottone

Joey Ricottone has been a producer with CogecoTV in Halton for over a decade. He has led production teams on everything from national soccer coverage to daily newscasts. Mentoring and training Halton high school students has been one of the most rewarding part of his job for 10 years.

Andrea Rooz

Andrea can be heard telling passengers on the Toronto Transit Commission that shoes and feet don’t belong on the seat. She can also be heard on The Aboriginal Television Network, Sick Kids Lottery commercials, numerous podcasts, corporate videos and TV and radio spots at home and around the world. Before her venture as a voice actor, Andrea spent many years behind the mic on radio stations in Toronto. She’s a Mom to 2, wife to 1 and master juggler.

Katie Shanahan

Katie Shanahan is a storyboard artist and cartoonist from Toronto, Canada. A graduate of Sheridan College’s classical animation program, she’s worked professionally in tv-animation for over 12 years specializing in both comedy and action/adventure. In her free time she creates comics which have been featured in anthologies like “Flight,” “Explorer” and “The Anthology Project.” Her first self published comic “Silly Kingdom” (co-created with her brother Steven “Shaggy” Shanahan) was nominated for two Joe Shuster awards in 2012. To take a look at her art and creator-owned projects please visit www.katieshanahan.com