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Submitted films will be reviewed and judged on a quarterly basis by a committee of industry professionals and scholars from Georgia. Films will be judged for originality, technical proficiency, content (story, plot or subject matter), and style.

Jury Bios


Dr. Nathaniel Kohn is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in writing for the screen, producing for film and television, cultural studies, and critical theory. Also at the University of Georgia, Dr. Kohn is Associate Director of the prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards, considered by many to be the highest award in the electronic media.

Dr. Kohn is festival director of Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, hosted by Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert. He also is co-founder and festival director of Robert Osborne's Classic Film Festival.

Dr. Kohn's credits as a motion picture producer include the Academy Award nominated Zulu Dawn, directed by Douglas Hickox and starring Burt Lancaster, Peter O'Toole, John Mills, Simon Sabela, Ken Gampu, and Bob Hoskins. In television, he produced the American version of the award winning British Channel 4 children's science series Abracadabra. He has written commissioned screenplays for companies in Los Angeles, London, Munich, Toronto, Montreal, Zagreb, and Johannesburg, and has been a consultant to production companies in Norway, Britain, and Germany. He continues to work as a writer, producer, and consultant to production companies and film festivals.

Dr. Kohn recently produced "Somebodies," a low budget theatrical motion picture directed by Hadji and shot on digital video. The film screened in dramatic competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and has shown at a number of other festivals including Cleveland, Sarasota, CineVegas, Black Harvest, and most recently at the AFI Festival in Los Angeles.


Linda Dubler, the first curator of media arts appointed by the High Museum of Art, joined the Museum in 1985. She came to her position after serving as program director and festival director at IMAGE Film/Video Center, a member supported non-profit organization in Atlanta that fosters the production and exhibition of independent film and video.

During her tenure at the High Museum, Dubler obtained funding to install 35mm projection equipment and Dolby sound, enabling the Museum to greatly expand its offerings. She developed the High's annual Latin American Film Festival, now in its 21st year, into the most significant ongoing event devoted exclusively to Latin American cinema in the Southeast.

Dubler earned a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art and an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University. In 1980, she received an NEA Critics' Fellowship to write a series of articles on Southern avant-garde filmmakers for the Atlanta visual arts journal, Art Papers. For more than ten years she wrote program notes for "The Southern Circuit," a yearly tour of six independent film and video makers organized by the South Carolina Arts Commission. She was honored at the 2004 Atlanta Film Festival with the IMAGE Commitment to Film Award and was named a Lexus Leader of the Arts in September 2004.


Simon Kornblit served as Executive Vice President and Head of Worldwide Marketing for Universal Pictures from 1987 through 1993. Kornblit supervised the marketing of over 100 films during his tenure at Universal Pictures, including "Jurrasic Park," "Field of Dreams," "Scent of a Woman," "Kindergarten Cop," "Fried Green Tomatoes," "Back to the Future," "Cape Fear" and"Twins."

From 2001-2003 he served as Director of the Film Institute, a new program he helped establish for Continuing Education at Kennesaw State University. He has served on the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Atlanta Chapter and the Georgia Film, Video & Music Advisory Commission.

Kornblit is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, serves on the board of Image Film and Video Center and the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.


Scott Tigchelaar has been president of Riverwood Studios in Senoia, Georgia since 2003. His studio covers 120 acres of land and works to bring film projects to Georgia. Prior to Riverwood, he was vice president of sales and marketing for six years at SCGI, Canada's oldest and largest independent lease / finance company. He serves on the board of Good News Communications (CFTVC), and resides in Peachtree City with his wife and two children.


Steve Bell has been the owner and creative director of the full-service advertising agency Smart Creative Media for the past 13 years. He's won over 100 advertising awards on behalf of his clients. He's the past president of the Central Georgia Advertising Federation, Macon Heritage Foundation and former Chairman of the Macon Film and Music Commission. He serves on the board of the Hay House, Macon DownTown Council, Ocmulgee National Monument Association, Historic Macon, Alex II Magnet School-School Council, Wesley Glen Advisory Council, and does development work for the Georgia Children's Museum. He's the Vice Chair of Crisis Line and Safe House of Central Georgia, Development Chair for Non-Profits for United Way of Central Georgia and judge for the Maga Film & Video Festival.


Amy Clark is originally from Athens, but relocated to England to pursue her post-graduate studies and went on to work as an actress, touring around Europe and Asia for several years. Clark recently returned to Athens from Venice, Italy where she most recently worked with Italy's oldest arts foundation, The Venice Biennale, the governing body of the Venice International Film Festival and International Art Exhibition, focusing on events and festivals for both sectors. Amy is currently the Tour and Travel manager for the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau. In this position she is responsible for developing and marketing Athens' local tourism serving as visitor liaison to area arts and culture attractions and festivals, as well as working cooperatively with local, regional and statewide industry partners.


A Milwaukee native, Ralph Wilcox has thirty years of acting experience in Hollywood and on Broadway. He now works as an executive producer/director/CEO of the Jokara-Micheaux Film/Television/Music Production Studio. With a plethora of credits, including Sheena, Sea Quest, Silent Victim, In the Heat of the Night, and Good Times, Mr. Wilcox also worked in Africa for over six years where he produced documentaries on the lives of missionaries. Through film production, he has helped bring economic development to 14 counties in the Southwest Georgia area. His vision and work ethic have brought much-needed attention to the ninth-poorest congressional district in the United States. He currently has three feature films in pre-production.


Founder of the March 17 Alliance and named one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, filmmaker Teodoro Maus served as Mexico's consul general to Atlanta from 1998 to 2001. A fierce advocate of immigration rights for Latinos living in Georgia, Maus also served on 2002-2003 Advisory Board for The Georgia Council for the Arts.


Pamela Cole, a native Atlantan, graduated from Georgia State University in 2004 with a Master's degree in Communications, concentrating in film and video. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Cole founded Southern Screen Report, an industry newsletter for the southeastern film and video community, which she developed with the help of the Digital Arts and Entertainment Lab at GSU. Ms. Cole is the current editor-in-chief of the Southern Screen Report and has written and directed two documentaries and several shorts. She has also written four screenplays, one of which was a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Screenplay Competition.


Patrick McGuire is Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University. He received both his BA and MFA at the University of New Orleans. His teaches Media Law, Media Ethics, Media Diversity and Introduction & Advanced Studio. He is currently chair of the Valdosta Metro Film Commission and faculty advisor for the Valdosta State Film and Video Society. Upcoming presentations include "Deviance: Identity or Lacking Thereof" at the Popular Culture of the South Conference and "Errol Morris: Sunken Treasures through Visual Design" at the Film and History League Conference. This summer he will being teaching in Paris as part of VSU Summer Studies Abroad Programs. He continues to work on features during winter and summer breaks.