The winners of the Viewfinders and Metropolis Grand Jury Prizes will receive a week-long awards-qualifying theatrical run at IFC Center and a deliverables package provided by Technicolor PostWorks NY, a comprehensive post facility offering data and film workflows, multi- format conform, color grading, sound mixing and digital cinema.
For shorts, the winning film qualifies for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy’s rules.
Doug Block is an internationally acclaimed documentary director, producer and consultant. His credits as director include: 112 Weddings, The Kids Grow Up, 51 Birch Street, Home Page and The Heck With Hollywood! Producing credits include Silverlake Life, Jupiter’s Wife, A Walk Into the Sea, The Edge of Dreaming, Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles and the current Futures Past. Block is also the founder of The D-Word (www.d-word.com), an online discussion forum for documentary professionals worldwide.
Alissa Wilkinson is Vox.com‘s film critic and an associate professor at The King’s College in lower Manhattan. Her previous work can be found at Vulture, Rolling Stone, RogerEbert.com, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Paste, Pacific Standard, and elsewhere. Alissa is an Art of Nonficfion writing fellow with the Sundance Institute.
Debra Zimmerman has been the Executive Director of Women Make Movies since 1983. For 10 of the last 11 years films from WMM have won or been nominated for Oscars. She is in great demand around the world as a speaker on independent film distribution, marketing and financing. She is a member of numerous Advisory Boards for many media organizations, a jury member for many international film festivals, and regularly sits on foundation and government funding panels. She is the recipient of New York Women in Film and Television’s Loreen Arbus Award and the Hot Doc’s Doc Mogul Award, given to those who “over the course of their career has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry, both in his or her country or abroad.”
Marian Masone is currently working as a film curator for Art Basel, the world-renowned art fair, and as a producing consultant for Jump Cut Creative. For over 25 years at the Film Society of Lincoln Center she programmed new and retrospective series and monthly programs, organized education initiatives, established programs for emerging filmmakers and served on the selection committees for the New York Film Festival and, with the Museum of Modern Art, New Directors/New Films. Ms. Masone is on the film panel of the Princess Grace Foundation, which awards scholarships and fellowships to young artists, and she is a member of New York Women in Film and Television, serving on the committee for NYWIFT’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund. She has been a panelist and juror for numerous national and international organizations and festivals, and has lectured at Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Cinéfondation Residence in Paris, and the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. She has an M.A. in cinema studies from NYU and writes on film and media for various publications.