SCARBOROUGH WORLDWIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2017 Jury Committee is put in place to watch selected in-Competition films to Award
Festival Grand Prix – Feature
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography – Feature
Festival audience Votes for their favourite film! The Awards will be presented for
Audience Choice Award – Feature Film
Audience Choice Award – Short Film
Joyce Wong – Writer, Director
Joyce Wong is a writer and director based in Toronto. Her films often feature an idiosyncratic tone and tongue-in-cheek comedy. She graduated from York University with a BFA in Film Production in 2007, and is an alumna of the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus and the 2016 TIFF Talent Lab. Her work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Most recently, she completed her first feature WEXFORD PLAZA, which premiered at the 2016 Torino Film Festival, screened in competition at Slamdance, and won the Center for Asian American Media’s Best Narrative Feature.
Shane Smith – Director of Programming – Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival
Shane Smith is Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest Festival and Market for documentary film.
Smith previously worked at the Toronto International Film Festival as the director of Special Projects, overseeing numerous initiatives and exhibitions.
Other positions include Executive Producer, In-Flight Entertainment at Spafax, Director of Programming at Channel Zero, Director of the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, Short Film Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival and Programmer for Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. He is the Founder and Co-Director of OzFlix: Australian Film Weekend in Toronto.
He is not the guy from Vice.
Sampreeth Rao – Filmmaker, Entrepreneur
Born near the cradling waves of Goa, India and raised in the diverse suburbs of Scarborough, ON, Sampreeth Rao is a filmmaker of eclectIc origins. His documentary debut, “Watching TV with the Mind Off” (2016), played at the TIFFxInstagram Festival, Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival, and Regent Park Film Festival, where he was awarded the RBC Emerging Director’s Award.
Recently, he also cofounded the Wave Art Collective, a digital media program aimed at reducing youth unemployment in Scarborough. Ultimately, Sampreeth believes in taking risks, interdisciplinarity, and above all else, a good bowl of ramen.
Sampreeth is a graduate of Scarborough Arts’ 2016 EAST: Animating Democracy program.