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.

 

SCREENERS AND JURORS

We are pleased to announce the return of our impressive Head Juror team: acclaimed film critic, historian and author Leonard Maltin, (Festival Host & Honorary Jury President); Lisa Bruce, producer of The Theory of Everything (5 Oscar nominations; winner, Best Actor) and Darkest Hour (Head Juror, Narrative Film); Academy Award-winner/Documentaries Ira Wohl (Head Juror, Documentaries), and Jim Gallagher, Head of Theatrical Marketing Dreamworks Animation SKG (Universal/Comcast) (Head Juror, Short Films). You will have the opportunity to meet them and their jury teams at a “Meet the Jury Reception,” the lively and informal meet-and-greet of filmmakers and festival pass holders. No-host bar

 

LEONARD MALTINLEONARD MALTIN

FESTIVAL HOST, HONORARY JURY PRESIDENT

Legendary movie critic, author and film historian Leonard Maltin will return as Festival Host and Honorary Jury President for the Second Annual Coronado Island Film Festival, November 9-12, 2017. Maltin and his wife, Alice, were an approachable, warm, and powerful presence throughout last year’s festival weekend, capturing the hearts of locals and visitors alike and adding immeasurably to the success of the festival. We are beyond honored to have the Maltins with us again this year.

 

LISA BRUCELISA BRUCE

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.

 

Ira IRA WOHL

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.

 

 

JimGallagherJIM GALLAGHER

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