2013 Scarborough Film Festival Jury Committee
Sudz Sutherland a Scarborough native is an award-winning writer/director. His first feature was a comedy called ‘Love, Sex and Eating the Bones.’ Premiering at TIFF, Bones won best first feature and was nominated for three Genies. His next movie, Doomstown won 3 Gemini Awards including Best TV Movie and Best Direction. Next was the dramatic Miniseries Guns for CBC. It won five Gemini Awards including Best Direction, and Best Writing. The Phantoms is his latest CBC movie and it premiered fall 2012. Sudz’ latest feature is a hard-hitting drama called Home Again. Its world premiere was TIFF 2012 and it’s currently in theatres.
Karen Bruce is the Director of Membership at the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. With more than 15 years of experience in the film industry, Karen previously worked at the Toronto International Film Festival as Director of Canadian Initiatives where she was in charge of programs including Film Circuit, Canada’s Top Ten, Student Film Showcase and Talent Lab. More recently she has been a consultant with various organizations including Cinéfest Sudbury, the Canadian Media Production Association and the Toronto Film Critics’ Awards.
Eli Glasner is an arts reporter and film critic with CBC. Each Friday his reviews are seen on CBC News Network as well as approximately 20 CBC Radio morning and afternoon programs. Eli has been covering Canadian culture for over a decade with the CBC. As the national arts reporter for CBC Radio he covered the ACTRA strike as well as the rise of the Indo-Canadian comedy scene. Reporting for CBC’s The National he’s covered the Academy Awards and the newly minted Canadian Screen Awards. Eli also created and hosted the cinematic summer radio program Projector (http://www.cbc.ca/projector/). He’s a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film with a focus on screenwriting from York University.
Mohit Rajhans is the in-house film critic for CityNews and Senior Reporter on OMNI Television’s Bollywood Boulevard. Mohit was the co-host of the national telecast of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards Green Carpet on OMNI.2, and a judge on the CBC show, Short Film Face Off. Mohit is the co-founder of Filmi, the Toronto South Asian Film Festival, now in its 14th year. He also recently hosted the EnRoute Film Awards for Air Canada, Miss India Canada 2012, and continues to host a variety of screenings around the city. As an avid blogger, Mohit’s musings and unique perspectives on Hollywood and Bollywood North can be found on MohitsMovies.com and twitter on @mohitsmovies.
Deanna Wong is currently the administrative director for REEL CANADA, a travelling festival that brings Canadian film to high school students across the country. From 2005 to 2008, she served as the executive director of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Canada’s premiere showcase for contemporary works from the Asian diaspora. She is also a copy editor and writer and has contributed to Canadian House & Home, RealScreen, Playback, Toronto Life, Prefix Photo, POV and Montage magazines.