2021 Festival Jury

Our Jury comprises filmmakers, actors, and academic and industry leaders who are committed to recognizing and supporting the best in innovative, diverse, and artistically excellent film for young audiences throughout the globe.

Jurors select the winners of the Festival’s Best Animated Short, Best Live Action Short (Narrative), and Best Live Action Short (Documentary). The Festival is an Academy®-qualifying event. Winners of our juried awards are eligible for Academy® consideration in the Best Live Action and Best Animated Short Film categories.
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melissa cobb
Vice President, Kids and Family, Netflix
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sofia coppola
Academy Award®-winning writer, director, and producer (On the Rocks, Lost in Translation)
photograph courtesy of Dick Page & James Gibbs
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geena davis
Academy Award®-winning actor and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
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madeline di nonno
CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Chair, Board of Directors of the Television Academy Foundation
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jorge r. gutiérrez
Emmy® Award-winning creator/director (Book of Life, Son of Jaguar, 2021's Maya and the Three)
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matthew modine
Award-winning actor and filmmaker (Stranger Things, Full Metal Jacket)
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mark osborne
Academy Award®-nominated director, writer, producer, and animator (Kung Fu Panda, The Little Prince)
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peter ramsey
Academy Award®-winning director (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Rise of the Guardians)
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karen rupert toliver
Academy Award®-winning producer (Hair Love); Executive Vice President, Creative, Sony Pictures Animation
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ira sachs
Award-winning filmmaker (Little Men, Love is Strange); founder and Executive Director, Queer/Art
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uma thurman
Academy Award®-nominated actor (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2); Board of Directors, Room to Grow
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nora twomey
Academy Award®-nominated director (The Breadwinner, The Secret of Kells); co-founder, Cartoon Saloon