On Search The Next Visionary

Each year a set of experienced filmmakers, cultural tastemakers, writers, and industry executives serve as jurors deciding award-winners in a variety of categories. A wide array of both Juried and Audience Awards are presented at Saturday evening’s festive Awards Ceremony, followed immediately by the blowout Festival Gala, celebrating both the award winners and all of this year’s filmmakers.


The Lounge


Brent Emery

Brent has worked extensively as an independent film finance, sales and production specialist. During his seven years at Maverick Films, Brent oversaw development of a slate of over fifty studio and independent film and television projects.
Scott Manville

Scott is a former head of development for Merv Griffin Entertainment, and has produced original series with Relativity Television and Lifetime TV. He's a champion for new Producers, scouting original formats and stories for TV & Film. He is also a contributing writer for NATPE.com, and the founder of tvwritersvault.com and ipitch.tv.
Nancy Collet

Nancy Collet’s experience spans over twenty years. With her extensive knowledge of working with studios and film festivals, she founded Cinema Collet which offers strategic consulting services to conferences, festivals, educators, distributors and independent filmmakers around the world.


Narrative Features


Ralph Macchio

Ralph Macchio is best known as an actor (The Karate Kid) who more recently has been producing, writing and directing. His short-film, Across Grace Alley, screened at our 2013 festival to both audience and critical acclaim.
Sheri Linden

Sheri Linden is a Los Angeles-based writer whose film reviews, features and essays appear regularly in the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter.
Anthony Lucero

Anthony Lucero’s debut feature film, East Side Sushi, went on to win 13 film festival awards, including 8 Audience Awards, and Best Screenplay at NVFF14. Lucero is currently working at Disney as part of the Disney/ABC 2016-2018 Directors Fellowship program.


Documentary Features


Dierk Sindermann

Dierk Sindermann has been a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for 30 years. Dierk interviews directors and actors and writes reviews for 10 publications in Europe.
Marcia Jarmel

Marcia Jarmel has been producing and directing documentaries for PatchWorks Films for more than 20 years. Marcia distributes and serves as a consulting producer and outreach consultant for social issue documentaries.
Hooman Khalili

Hooman Khalili is a San Francisco radio personality on Alice Radio 97.3 FM who has been part of the Sarah and Vinnie morning show for the past 17 years. Khalili produced Olive, the first full length feature film shot entirely on a cell phone, starring Gena Rowlands with 5 original songs by Dolly Parton.


Narrative Shorts


Ken Schneider

Ken Schneider is a producer, editor and sound recordist for PatchWorks Films. Ken has edited over 35 documentaries focusing on war and peace, human rights, artist’s lives, American history, and contemporary social issues.
Michael Winokur

Michael Winokur is an award-winning writer, director and cinematographer. Winning the NVFF13 pitch competition with his first script, he returned to premiere it at NVFF14 as the short film Selling Rosario, receiving both jury and audience awards. He is developing several new projects.
Gren Wells

Gren Wells, as a writer, has sold more than 20 film and tv projects. Based off of her directorial debut, The Road Within, which played NVFF14, Variety chose her as one of its 10 Directors to Watch for 2014.


Documentary Shorts


Neil Berkeley

Neil Berkeley is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is the owner of BRKLY, a design based production company focused on developing marketing campaigns for network and cable television. Neil is working on his third and fourth documentary features and several short form content projects.
Richard Keith

Richard Keith is a writer, producer and director whose short film Grow Up Already screened at the 2011 NVFF. He also co-created and executive produced the TV shows Significant Mother and Fuller House. Keith is now in the process of developing a new hour dramedy, Life Sentence, for The CW.




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