Meet the 2023 Jurors
More to be announced soon!
Kendra Ann Sherrill
Kendra Ann Sherrill is the Festival Director of the Children’s Film Festival Seattle, which is the largest film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children’s films. Kendra’s extensive experience with film festivals and arts organizations include being the Director of the Spokane International Film Festival, serving on the Industry Advisory Board for the National Film Festival of Talent Youth (NFFTY), and being a founding board member for the Spokane Film Project. Kendra is also a filmmaker herself and currently works as the Editor for the Emmy-nominated Seattle children’s television series Look, Listen, and Learn.
Photographer & Digital Artist
Michael was born in Chicago and raised in Southern California, he is a husband, father of two, and a photographer and digital artist. He goes where the wind and fate take him, especially throughout the Pacific Northwest, always with an eye on unsuspecting moments that can be captured through his lens and brought to vivid life via digital means.
Michael moved to Washington State in 1990 from Hawaii where he served in the U.S. Navy as a Quarter Master (Navigation). He currently lives in Poulsbo with his wife, Amy, and his two children, Gracie and Gus.
Actor & Film Production
Tessa has worked on a variety of film and TV sets in Seattle and Los Angeles for the past decade. In 2020, she graduated the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with an MFA in professional acting. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is working on the Assistant Director team of Sam Levinson’s new HBO show, “The Idol”
Arts Community Manager
Lorie Hoffman is the Arts Community Manager for the City of Bellevue where she supports arts and cultural programs that work to sustain and grow the artistic and creative capacity of Bellevue and the Eastside of King County. Before joining the team at Bellevue, Lorie was the Executive Director of ShoreLake Arts, a nonprofit organization providing arts and culture events and education in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park WA, where she started the Shoreline Short Short Film Festival.
Lorie holds a Master of Fine Art degree in Printmaking from Montana State University as well as a BA in Business Marketing and a BS in Media and Theater Arts. Originally from Montana, Lorie enjoys hiking and engaging in agritourism….bring on the family fall farms!!!
Senior Marketing Manager at IMDb
Tori Wadzita is a film and television enthusiast with a soft spot for PNW independent films. As part of her role at IMDb, she has screened hundreds of movies over the last 6 years at SIFF, TIFF, and Sundance. She’s been a juror for the Seattle Queer Film Festival, has worked on Seattle-based film projects both in front of and behind the camera, and can’t wait to be a part of the PFF!
John Portanova is an independent filmmaker based out of Poulsbo, Washington. In 2011, John founded the production company The October People alongside Matt Medisch and Jeremy Berg. John acted as a writer and producer on The October People's first two films THE INVOKING and THE DEVICE before making his directorial debut with HUNTING GROUNDS. The team later produced the local horror features AYLA and THE LAST LAUGH.
Sandra Garcia-Arceo is a Latina filmmaker: director, writer, producer, who was born and raised in the greater Seattle area. She has been a freelance filmmaker for over five years and focuses on creating BIPOC led stories. Through her company, Alma Mía Productions, she has produced an array of stories including short films, documentaries and commercials.