The panel of judges for the 2018 Peel Student Film Festival
Having graduated from Brock University and New York Film Academy, Krista has over 16 years experience in the film and television industry. She started at the visual effects house Intelligent Creatures, where she worked as a VFX coordinator for five years. In 2007 she moved to Los Angeles followed by Montreal where she continued her work in visual effects on such feature films as Drag Me To Hell, Michael Jackson’s This Is It and the Immortals. In 2012 she moved back to her home town of Toronto to continue working as a VFX Producer on such feature films and TV shows as Robocop, Killjoys and The Expanse. She is also co-owner and Executive Producer of Start The Car Productions where she produces her own films with her partner Jeff Brownell.
Shanay Shahzad is an Associate Producer and Editor, currently working with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Over the past four years, Shanay has worked primarily within the television broadcasting, marketing and sports documentary fields, including work as part of the the critically-acclaimed Open Gym series for NBA TV, TSN and official web platforms. Other notable projects he has contributed to include Giants of Africa, NBA XL, All For One and The Leaf. Shanay holds a BA Honours (Double Major) in Communication Studies and Political Science from York University, while also studying Television Broadcasting at Seneca College. In the future he hopes to pursue projects within the new media landscape as a visual journalist while continuing his work as a producer, editor and music composer.
Toronto based photographer/cinematographer/graphic designer Jonathan Warden has spent 30 plus years behind the lens. Although he is constantly trying new styles, his work has been described as “diverse, personal, simple and graphic”. He has exhibited in Canada and China and has self published two books on the subject of Southern China.
Frank Adriano has been a high school English teacher for the past 19 years. He is a playwright who has written for both stage and screen. He is also a professional Jazz musician.
Mike is an award-winning Producer and an accomplished professional in the TV, Film & Digital Media industries. He currently holds the title of Specialist, Film & Digital Media for the City of Brampton’s Cultural Services sector. Mike has produced a number of successful short films including Keystone, which premiered at the 2015 Calgary International Film Festival. The short satire Infanticide! was awarded Best Atlantic Short at the 2013 Atlantic Film Festival and played in Cannes as part of a showcase on Canadian film. The short family drama The Rink, was an Official Selection in the 2012 TIFF Kids Film Festival. He also successfully produced the short bio documentary Last Music Man. Infanticide! and Last Music Man aired on CBC's Canadian Reflections program. Mike’s directorial debut came with the short film Pitter Patter Goes Her Heart, which premiered at the Adelaide Kids Film Festival (Australia) in 2015. At Best Boy Entertainment Mike worked on the Animal Planet Canada's docudrama series Save My Pet as Junior Producer, Post Production Coordinator & Researcher. He led story research, was the acting Casting Director, worked on-set as Script Supervisor and saw each show through to delivery in post-production. Mike has worked directly with Academy Award-winning Producer Steve Hoban and acclaimed Canadian-American director Vincenzo Natali at Copperheart Entertainment. Mike was awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Cinema Editors in 2012 for exceptional editing of the short drama Asylum. Upon graduation of Sheridan College's Advanced Television & Film diploma program, he was chosen by faculty to receive the Panavision Emerging Filmmaker Award.
Jeff Brownell is a Director and Writer with over 10 years experience in the film and television industry. He started out as an Assistant Director in his home town of Toronto, on such feature films and TV shows as RED, The Witch, Pixels, Robocop, The Expanse and Private Eyes. Jeff is now applying his talents to writing and directing his own projects with this partner Krista Allain through their production company Start The Car Productions.
Ed Brunato has been teaching in the Halton District School Board going on 19 years in communications technology. Shortly after the inception of the Halton District School Board Film Festival in 2001, affectionately entitled, The Eddies, Ed has been a member and continues to be a member of the organizing committee. He has been on its judging panel too. His website www.brunato.com is a source for comm tech curriculum for students and teachers alike and is used across Ontario and abroad.
Paula Colpitts has worked in television for nearly 20 years, almost all of them as a news editor. She graduated from Seneca College. Environmental, climatological news in particular is her passion. She is very excited that a more recent move has meant she leave the broadcast world, and has waded into the digital news world. It is a new frontier for her, and though it is new, the foundation is the same.