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VAFF 2021Judges

Jury Members Bio:

  • Alfonso Chin is a cinematographer and visual artist based in Vancouver, Canada. His journey to Vancouver began in Mexico where he was born. His multicultural background sparked a desire to experience stories from various cultures, which he found through world cinema, painting and photography at a young age.  IMDB
  • Andrew Chung is a Writer/Director based in Toronto. His films have screened at festivals around the world, and have been broadcast on Air Canada, CBC, and the Super Channel. His short film, “Ma“, won him Best Short Film at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and his critically acclaimed digital series, “Millions“, won him Best Director at the Marseille Web Fest in France. His feature film, “White Elephant“, won Best Feature Film, Best Director, and Best Writer at the Reelworld Film Festival, Best Canadian Feature and Best Overall Performance at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, and Best Ensemble and Best Set Design at the Canadian Film Fest. IMDB
  • Baljit Sangra is a Vancouver-based filmmaker who uses documentary and factual entertainment to explore social and cross-cultural issues. A three-time Leo Award nominee, Sangra’s films have routinely premiered at festivals around the world. IMDB
  • Jasmine Pullukat is a Vancouver-based Producer and currently Production Coordinator at the National Film Board of Canada Vancouver Branch
  • Joel Mccarthy is award-winning filmmaker, a teacher and mentor to countless up-and-coming filmmakers, and a driven, passionate movie-lover and maker. I have been creating content since the age of 10, and driven to create more opportunities and platforms for others to do so since 2015. Recently, I’ve recently become focused on creating kids and family-oriented content, as I am also a proud father of a precocious, super-hero loving five-year-old. Web Profile
  • Kaayla Whachell is a cinematographer currently living on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations (Vancouver, Canada). She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Film Production Program and was accepted into the Vancouver International Film Festival catalyst program in 2019. Her  first feature film Portraits from a Fire directed by Trevor Mack and funded by Telefilm, went on to win “Best Canadian Feature” at the Edmonton International Film Festival 2021. Whether it be a narrative film, commercial, or music video, Kaayla believes that the cinematography must represent the director’s vision and accurately showcase the individuals represented on screen. Web Profile
  • Raugi Yu is a Canadian actor. He is best known for his role as Kam Fong in “JPod”. He is also a director and acting coach. Yu trained at the Dome Theatre in Montreal. He then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he earned his BFA through the acting program at the University of British Columbia. IMDB