Judges

Daniel Armando

Daniel Armando is an award-winning filmmaker and producer raised in California now residing in New York City. He has produced five micro-budget indie films, including DADDY’S BOY (Official Selection Cinequest Film Festival), WHAT IT WAS (Official Selection HBO Urbanworld, Outfest, NewFest, and Frameline film festivals), THE BREEDING (Winner, Best Feature, Harlem Int’l Film Festival), and BWOY (starring RENT & STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’S Anthony Rapp).

 

His first project, the short BOYS LIKE YOU, won him “Best Short” at the 2011 North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. He was also the co-Executive Producer of the award-winning stageplay REFLECTIONS IN A DITCH (winner, Best Play, New York Theatre Festival). He is graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy and as a performer starred in the international tour of FAME: THE MUSICAL.​

 

Lisa Padovani

 

Lisa Padovani is a 5-time Emmy award nominee for her costume design work on Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, and Gotham. She has won two Costume Designers Guild Awards for her work on Gotham.

 

Lisa has contributed to many other television shows including OZ and Fringe and Sneaky Pete, and feature films including Shelter Island and The Departed. She also produced the feature film Doomsday. Lisa is a graduate of the Film Conservatory at Purchase College, SUNY.

 

Jason Silverman

Jason Silverman is Cinematheque Director at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, which features the best in new and classic cinema, educational screenings and extensive community partnerships.

 

Jason’s film SEMBENE!, created with Samba Gadjigo, premiered at Sundance and Cannes and was named one of New York magazine’s top ten films of the year. Their outreach program Sembene Across Africa has reached millions in 46 African nations through community screenings, broadcast and free streams.

 

He is former artistic director of Taos Talking Pictures, named one of the top 10 festivals in the world, and has worked with the Smithsonian, SITE Santa Fe, the Telluride Film Festival, the Santa Fe Opera, El Museo del Barrio and the Lensic Center for the Arts. He is founder and editor of the Telluride Film Watch, an annual journal, and has worked on projects with Chris Eyre, Taika Waititi, Gary Farmer, John Sayles, and Laurie Anderson.

 
 

Aryana Alexis Anderson

 

Aryana Alexis Anderson has worked with independent artists, nonprofit organizations, and large media corporations to develop brand-aligned, mission-centered, digital and video content. Her background includes work as a projection and sound designer, video editor, and media arts educator. 

The 10th Annual SUNYWide Film Festival will be hosted by Purchase College, SUNY at a date yet to be determined due to Covid-19 pandemic. 

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