2011 Jury

We're pleased to have these three amazing individuals to take time out of their busy schedules to be on the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival jury for 2011.

Adam Trozzolo, Carly Whitefield, Matt Brown

Adam Trozzolo is currently the Acquisitions and Programming Manager for Movieola: the Short Film Channel. He spent his 20s watching two features a day, but now prefers screening twenty shorts every two days. He can also read minds, so keep your thoughts clean.

Carly Whitefield is a Toronto-based film and video programmer. She holds a B.A. Hon. in Cultural Studies from McGill University. Her Honours thesis re-examined the existing body of semiotic, psychoanalytic and Marxist film theory in the space of non-cinema milieux and new media platforms. Carly is currently a programmer for the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival and a Board member of the Pleasure Dome Collective.

Matt Brown is a Toronto filmmaker, film critic, and podcaster, and the director of the One Minute Film & Video Festival. His short films have screened in Toronto, New York, Berlin, Seoul, and Rotterdam. He regularly contributes film reviews and coverage to Row Three, the Substream, blogTO, and Ain’t It Cool News, and he podcasts about the movie business at www.mamo.ca. His favourite film is Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, for weird, irrational, and entirely personal reasons, as should all such reasons be.


Karen Forhan pursued a Master’s degree in Communications and Culture Studies through Ryerson University and York University after completing an Honours undergraduate degree in Media, Information and Technoculture at the University of Western Ontario. Throughout her studies she has held teaching assistant positions, written for publication, presented at conferences and also had the opportunity to write and direct her first film. Upon graduating, she has interned for Alliance Films and has continued exploring her passions for film, writing and social justice. Karen has enjoyed being part of the Toronto Youth Shorts Festival community and loves seeing first-hand what interesting and talented people Toronto cultivates!

Jeffrey Tran is a Vietnamese 2D/3D artist and filmmaker from Toronto. He studied Computer Animation at Sheridan College and received his BFA at the University of Waterloo. He has received grants from Bravo!Fact, NFB, Canada Council for the Arts, and Toronto Arts Council. He sits as a board member of the Toronto Animated Image Society and is currently working on his computer animated short, 'Traces of Joy'.

Sandra Valenzuela has worked in different roles for various film festivals in Toronto including the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival, the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival and an upcoming position with the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Her passion for the vibrant arts community in Toronto has also led her to work with organizations such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Harbourfront Centre and Roy Thomson Hall. Sandra studied English Literature at the University of Toronto, is an avid traveler, and enjoys exploring arts and cultural events both in Toronto and abroad.