DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL FEATURES JURY
A graduate of Temple University's Film & Media Arts Program, Sheila Walcott spent the first half of her career in talent management working with various A-listers like John C. Reilly, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jim Carey. She later transitioned into television, developing content for Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment. While at Overbrook, Sheila worked on The CW show, ALL OF US, as well as TNT's HAWTHORNE. Combining her knowledge of talent and packaging with story development, Sheila is currently a Director of Development at HBO Films.
Tamir Muhammad currently serves as Director of Feature Programming at the Tribeca Film Institute where he's responsible for directing and developing programs such as Tribeca All Access, TFI Sloan Fund, and other initiatives. He started his career with Tribeca in the office of Founder Jane Rosenthal during the inaugural year of the Tribeca Film Festival. Since that first year he has held several positions at numerous other festivals including The New York International Latino Film Festival and Urbanworld. Earning his B.F.A. at New York University (Tisch School of the Arts), Tamir also went on to serve as an international staff member for the University, traveling to such countries as South Africa, China, Brazil, and Cuba. He currently serves on the board for Firelight Media and Moving Mountains, Inc. along with consulting for other art organizations. Tamir also has several years of film and television production experience to his credit dating back to a stint at Department of Film (Goldcrest) and has scouted and developed the careers of several filmmakers.
Mario is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and editor. He has directed 5 independent feature-length documentaries, including "Bazooka," and "Viva Cepeda!" (HBO Latino). As a film editor, some of his recent credits include: "Unspooled" (a U.S. theatrical release), "Generation Meds," and "Leap of Faith." In addition to films, Mario has also edited long-form programming for broadcast television including "Worst Cooks in America" for the Food Network, "Design Star" for HGTV, "Unfaithful" for the Oprah Network, and "Ink Master" for SpikeTV.
Mario has also served as programming adviser for various Latino film festivals and is currently the documentary film programmer for the San Diego Latino Film Festival.
SHORT FILMS JURY
Chief Creative Officer
Born in Brazil, Renata has close to 20 years of experience as a creative and executive creative director at agencies such as DM9/DDB, AlmapBBDO, F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis and most recently Strawberry Frog, from where she joined Wing. Her work has garnered major domestic and international awards, such as Cannes (8 Lions), the New York Festival, el Ojo de Iberoamerica, to name just a few. Renata has worked in pretty much every category and has a long list of clients which include General Motors, Volkswagen, Toyota, Honda, Procter and Gamble, Sanofi Aventis, Unilever, C&A, Citibank, Bradesco, Itau, Sadia, Pepsico, Inbev and many others.
Ernesto Quiñonez is from Spanish Harlem, in New York City. Before his first publication he was heralded by the Village Voice as a "writer on the verge." His debut, "Bodega Dreams," has become a landmark in contemporary literature and is required reading in many high schools and colleges around the country; the New York Times claimed the novel as a "New Immigrant Classic." He is a Sundance Screenwriters Lab alumni who is currently an Associate professor at Cornell University's MFA program.
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