Meet the 2022 Jurors!

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Zubi Mohammed

Supervising Producer at

Magnussen Media Group

Zubi is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker with a well-rounded technical background, and a strong creative sensibility. His experience ranges from narrative features, documentaries, music videos, and the web space. He produces and directs.

While creating narrative films, Zubi traveled the United States as a photojournalist, investigating stories on diverse subjects ranging from socio-economics, technology, the environment, and politics.

Kendra Ann Sherrill

Writer/Director

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. 

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John Portanova

Writer/Director

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.

Tessa Marts

Actor/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”

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Sandra Garcia

Writer/Director

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.

Gregg Hale

Producer

Gregg Hale is a filmmaker best known for producing The Blair Witch Project. He has made eleven feature films, five television series/specials, dozens of television episodes & commercials and hundreds of creative elements including viral videos, comic books, video games, live events, and theme park rides. His transmedia advertising credits include campaigns for Fortune 500 companies such as Audi, Sharp, Pontiac and Verizon as well as entertainment properties including True Blood, Terminator: Salvation, The 4400, and the FEAR video games. Gregg's work has garnered an Independent Spirit Award, the Prix de la Jeunesse from Cannes, the Midnighters Audience Award at SXSW, a Nova Award from the Producers Guild, a Cannes Bronze Lion, and multiple MIXX, Clio, Effie and Addy awards.

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Lorie Hoffman

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!!!

Tori Wadzita

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!

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