Jury: Kiva Reardon, Matthew Hogue, Rich Williamson
Every year, the festival team invites distinguished members in the industry onto the jury, who will then provide professional feedback on the work shown at the festival as well as determine all the major awards.
MATTHEW HOGUE is the Manager of Media Arts for Workman Arts and Program Manager for the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival. Since graduating from Ryerson University with a degree in Film Studies he has worked in film and television and exhibited across the GTA as a visual artist. In addition to Rendezvous with Madness, Matthew has programmed for the Worldwide Short Film Festival and Trinity Square Video, where he is also a board member.
KIVA REARDON is a staff film writer for inMovies and contributes to Torontoist, Cinema Scope and other publications. She holds an MA in Cinema Studies from U of T, lives in Toronto and (in no particular order) thinks dinosaurs, Billy Zane and Jeff Goldblum are neat.
RICH WILLIAMSON graduated from Ryerson University in 2008 focusing on cinematography. Working alongside producer Shasha Nakhai, Rich established his production company Squire Entertainment. Their film, The Sugar Bowl premiered at the Reel Asian Film Festival in November 2011 and played at the Atlanta Film Festival in March. Rich's most recent short film, "Unsinkable" was chosen as a finalist in the International Documentary Challenge and was shown at Hot Docs in May where it won an honourable mention by the jury.
Online Film Critics Panel
The internet has made "non-professional" (for the lack of a proper term) film criticism a powerful tool whose influence rivals that of their published journalistic contemporaries. We invited five locally established and active film critics that reviews films of all flavours for the online world to determine a special award, an online critics' choice award if you will.
James McNally (Toronto Screen Shots) - James has been blogging since the turn of the century and specifically about film since 2007 at Toronto Screen Shots. He has worked in film distribution for KinoSmith and as an associate programmer for Hot Docs. His interest in short film led him to establish the quarterly screening series Shorts That Are Not Pants. In addition to his own blog, James is a contributor to Short of The Week. Other projects he's had a hand in include the annual CAST Awards and a popular monthly film blogger boozeup.
Titania Plant (Classic Flick Chick) - Titania is a 21 year old film student from Toronto with a passion for Classical Hollywood Cinema. Sometimes she gets the feeling that Old Hollywood is losing popularity with her generation, but she knows that most people her age would discover some films they would really like – if they had the right advice. Check out her "Essentials" – reviews of Classic movies that you’ve heard of but may not have seen. Hopefully you’ll discover some gems you didn’t know existed, with a stamp of approval from someone like you. It’s a little more reliable than the opinions of your grandparents.
Courtney Small (Big Thoughts from a Small Mind) - Hailing from Toronto, Courtney has a deep and eclectic love of cinema. A few years after graduating with a degree in English and Literature, he decided to create this blog as an outlet to foster his passion for writing. Big Thoughts from a Small Mind is a site dedicated to all things film related. Whether it is a sweeping foreign epic, a mind-bending blockbuster, or a small indie gem, he wants to see it. Hopefully you will discover a film or artist (i.e. actor, director, etc.) on this blog that you may not have otherwise found.
Genevieve Walker (Scene Creek) - A Film & Media grad, Genevieve currently contributes to Toronto-based film site Scene Creek. She also runs social platforms for Toronto Entertainment Show Out There with Melissa DiMarco.
Addison Wylie (Film Army) - While enrolled in the Television and Video Broadcasting program at Canadore College in North Bay he began submitting articles for The Campus Free Press and realized he should merge his love for film and love of writing into one goal: film criticism. Currently, Addison freelances as a writer but his goal is to be a successful, respected and well-rounded film critic. Addison has also produced, directed and acted in a variety of short films other projects. Catch Addison’s vlog film reviews every Sunday!