Meet the Judges
THE SCREENING, SELECTION AND JURY PROCESS
Every film submitted to our festival is viewed in its entirety and evaluated against a
list of criteria by a qualified team of screeners comprised of respected industry pros
and veteran film aficionados. Their evaluation scores are then sent to the festival
directors, who review the top scoring entries to determine which films will be
accepted into the festival. Once accepted, films are reviewed by the head jurors and
their teams to select the award winners. Student films are judged separately.
2017 Judges to be Announced
Meet our 2016 Judges
HONORARY JURY PRESIDENT
Movie critic, film historian, prolific author and television personality, Leonard Maltin is arguably the best-known movie critic alive today. The generous sharing of his vast knowledge of film and film festivals has been an invaluable asset in the shaping of our inaugural launch. Coronado Island Film Festival is beyond thrilled to have Leonard Maltin as our Honorary Jury President.
HEAD JUROR, NARRATIVE FEATURES
Lisa Bruce was the Producer of “The Theory of Everything,” nominated for five 2015 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of the Best Actor award for Eddie Redmayne. Lisa was raised in Coronado and is a graduate of Coronado High School.
HEAD JUROR, DOCUMENTARIES
Filmmaker Ira Wohl won the Academy Award in 1979 for his documentary film, “Best Boy.” He and his wife Jan divide their time between Los Angeles and Coronado, where they own a historic Victorian house by the beach.
HEAD JUROR, SHORTS (ANIMATED AND NARRATIVE)
Industry veteran Jim Gallagher is Head of Theatrical Marketing at Dreamworks Animation SKG. Prior to that he was at Walt Disney Studios as President of Marketing. Jim is a founding member of the CIFF board of directors