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Judges will be screening submissions and decide which films will be accepted for this year's Festival. In order to ensure fair and equal treatment of all submissions, all films will be seen by a minimum of two different judges before a decision is made.

Any Judge or Founder that knows the Filmmaker is excused from the rating process and will not be allowed to influence the decision of the Judges. 

GUEST JUDGE

Berkshire Short Film Festival is proud to announce that Tamani Wooley has joined the Festival Judging Panel!

Tamani Wooley is an Emmy-nominated television anchor, host, reporter, and producer with more than 10 years of experience in broadcast journalism. Kicking off her career in New York City, Tamani transitioned from entertainment reporting to local news as a freelance reporter at Spectrum News’ sister station, NY1. In 2009, Tamani helped launch FiOs1 News on Long Island and in New Jersey as their breaking news reporter and fill-in anchor.

Today, Tamani is on her second stint with the Spectrum News team, proudly anchoring the daily Capital Region news and reporting on Your Morning Albany. Tamani is the host of “On the Menu”, where she enjoys leading her fellow foodies through restaurants across the region. On an almost weekly basis, Tamani runs into viewers who thank her for either covering their own restaurant or for leading them to their new favorite one! When it comes to her recommendations - she says to head to Allie B’s Cozy Kitchen for the best mac and cheese! Viewers can also catch her Saturday mornings hosting “Weekend Buzz” a half-hour show sharing fun things they can do with the family.

In her spare time, you can find Tamani spending time with friends and family or out in the community, volunteering with one of the many charities she’s involved in or catching a show at one of the local theaters.

JUDGES

Christopher Dea

Christopher is an experienced Director with a Master of Fine Arts from Illinois State University. His main concentration there and in his understudy work at Emerson College in Boston focused on Directing and Production. 

 

He has directed more than two dozen productions and spent time abroad teaching the arts in Hong Kong. Christopher now concentrates his time on teaching dramatic arts and attending numerous film festivals on the circuit with the short he directed, American Deportation. 

Christopher is a former Professor of Theater at Berkshire Community College and is starting anew with opening the Berkshire Short Film Festival in the Robert Boland Theatre in which he occasionally shared the stage with Founder Jen Lyon during his acting days.  

Nancy Boake

Nancy Boake is a sixth-generation Canadian from Toronto, Ontario. As a theatre major at York University, she studied film with Jim Beveridge but remained a cinema aficionado only until living in Bequiain 1993 when she assisted Tom Westonin filming The Wind That Blows. 

 

Nancy had a long and varied career in the arts including stage management, lighting design and opening the live entertainment program at Canada's Wonderland.  In Vancouver, BC, Boake was Director of On-Site Entertainment at EXPO86 and VP of Entertainment for MUSIC™91. 

 

Along the way, Nancy had a scuba diving business in the Caribbean and became a mother. In 2018, after years as a Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) member, Nancy was thrilled to lead a TIFF team at the Scotiabank Theatreas Head Rep Day, her favourite job title to date! Currently, Nancy is tutoring literacy for non-traditional learners and making jewelry.

Savannah Rodgers

Savannah Rodgers is a narrative and documentary filmmaker. She is a TED Resident, a Narrative Shorts Programmer for the Slamdance Film Festival, an Adobe Project 1324 Award recipient, a 2019 OutSet Fellow through Outfest and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

 

In 2018, Savannah was honored by Kansas City Women in Film and TV with the Spirit Award. Savannah is a graduate of the University of Kansas. While attending KU, she was selected for the 2017 Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium and was a Finalist for the Horizon Award at the Sundance Film Festival. She is a former artist-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation and creative fellow at Artist INC. She was named “Best Filmmaker/Videographer” by The Pitch Magazine in 2018. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Film Society KC.

 

Currently, Savannah is directing a feature documentary about the 1997 film Chasing Amy.

Noel Davila

Noel is a writer and musician based out of the New York City. With a background in acting, theater arts, screenwriting, and composing, he has become an all around creator in the arts.

 

Noel's screenplays have been selected and featured at a number of festivals including The New York International Film Festival, The Hudson Valley Film Festival, The Art is Alive Film Festival, The New Milford Film Festival. They have won "Best Comedy Short" "Best Of", along with several nominations in major categories. 

 

Noel currently is an online staff writer for the television department at GeeksUnderGrace.com.

Micah Khan

Micah is a Genre filmmaker based in Upstate NY with an absurd love for Action movies and has a background in various Martial Arts. His biggest filmmaking influences are Genndy Tartakovsky, James Cameron and Ridley Scott.

 

His various projects have played at Cinemax’s Urban Action Showcase, Adirondack Film Festival, Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, IronDragon TV Action Fest, Katra Film Series and won best action at Blackbird Film Festival. His short film, SAFE HOUSE, recently made its television premiere on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network for The People’s Network Showcase.

 

He is currently developing a Giant Mech Western feature and adapting a two time World Fantasy Award winning author’s short story for screen.

Photo by Matt on Unsplash