Our seven-person jury has spent countless hours screening and deliberating over 200 films submitted from 34 countries for the 2017 Inaugural Festival. The jury will also select which films receive awards (other than the audience favorite “People’s Choice” Award). We’re grateful to our jurors who have offered their vast expertise and valuable time to honor this process.
Head Juror, Alexandra Drobac Diagne, is the Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival and worked in the Los Angeles film industry for over 10 years. She helped James Cameron launch Lightstorm Entertainment and helped produce Terminator 2: Judgment Day. She assisted with post-production of The Abyss and research on Titanic and Avatar. She was the Director of International Production of multimedia programs for Pantheon Studios, produced the documentary Sistuhs, and was post-production manager on A Time of Destiny. She serves as a judge for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s annual “Set in Philadelphia” screenwriting competition.
Kathy Anderson is a filmmaker and writer who worked in the film industry in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. Her screenplay, Ruby City, won “Best Screenplay” at the Santa Clarita Valley International Film Festival; her short documentary, Witness to a Miracle (2016) was screened at the Reel Recovery Film Festival in New York and Los Angeles and the Malibu Film Society. She worked as a film screening manager for numerous Academy Award Campaigns for Miramax Films, the Weinstein Company, Disney and Lions Gate, working on such films as The English Patient, Chicago, Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain, Fahrenheit 911, Frida, The Great Debaters and Shakespeare in Love.
Rosa Esquenazi-Broid holds a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Tyler School of Art. For the past 4 decades, she has been deeply involved in the arts in various capacities. She strongly believes in building, growing and understanding communities through art education, creation and sharing.
Darcie Goldberg is a professional photographer with over 40 years of experience and holds a Masters in the Creative Arts from Hahnemann University. She was the Executive Director of the Chester County Art Association for 18 years. She believes that the arts will tell our story for generations to come.
Lesley Seitchik is Director of Marketing for Spring Garden Lending Group. Her respect for the environment stretches all the way back to when Lesley was a third and fourth grade teacher in Brookline, Massachusetts, where she developed a reputation for creating innovative learning materials out of recycled objects.
Julie Ulrich serves as the Director of Urban Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Philadelphia, overseeing a new initiative that researches, designs, and implements nature-based solutions for cities. She has extensive experience in sustainable planning and design and has worked at the intersection of urbanism, ecology and the public for over 15 years.
Brian Wade has three degrees in Science and Engineering and has been an amateur wildlife photographer for 25 years. Since 2000, he has been coordinator of “Set in Philadelphia’ – the Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s annual screenplay competition and has moderated industry panels, taught screenwriting at the University of the Arts and has served on juries for competitions and film festivals. He does not believe in climate silence and will be participating the Philly Science March this weekend and the People’s Climate March in DC the following weekend.