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Festival Judges

Jason Bourque

Award-winning  international filmmaker Jason Bourque has written and directed a wide variety of features, television movies, series, and documentaries. In 2007 Jason co-wrote and co-directed the theatrical documentary Shadow Company, which was narrated by Gerard Butler. An in-depth look into the private military industry, the festival hit (SXSW, Hot Docs) was reviewed favorably in The New York Times and Variety, and has also been used as a teaching tool for the US Senate. Jason co-directed Darwin’s Brave New World for CBC and ABC Australia, an award-winning docu-drama series shot in five countries. Music For Mandela, shot throughout South Africa, the UK and Canada, won the People’s Choice Award at the Amnesty International Film Festival. One of the most prolific genre screenwriters on the west coast, Jason has written over twenty produced scripts with several high-profile projects slated for 2017. Recent releases include The Fixer, his second mini-series for Sonar Entertainment, and the new STARZ action series Insomnia (2 episodes).In 2014, Jason’s theatrical feature Black Fly (writer/director) premiered at VIFF and received nominations for Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film, as well as 10 Leo Award nominations. It won a Leo Award for Best Male Lead Actor (Matthew McCaull). Recent accolades include Best Feature at the Arizona Underground Film Festival and the UBCP / ACTRA Award Best Newcomer for Dakota Daulby. Jason’s latest feature Drone, starring International Emmy Award winner Sean Bean, is slated for a 2017 release.

Teri Snelgrove

Teri Snelgrove is a Newfoundlander. She is a graduate of the film/video program at Emily Carr Institute (now University). She currently works as an Associate Producer at the BC & Yukon Studio of The National Film Board of Canada, where she has worked on many documentaries including Debris, Bone Wind Fire, Crazywater, and the interactive project, Bread. She just finished working with Christopher Auchter on the NFB animation The Mountain of SGaana, and with Marie Clements on the documentary The Road Forward. Teri is currently working on a handful of projects in post-production development. Before landing at the NFB in 2006, Teri worked as a freelance director and producer on projects such as “In Her Footsteps (Celebrating BC Women in Sport)”, an interactive video installation on permanent display at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Jan Derbyshire’s short film Sanity for Beginners, and Marie Clements’ Jesus was an Indian. Prior to working in film and video, Teri worked in interdisciplinary theatre in a variety of capacities for over a decade as a producer and director. In her spare time, Teri is currently working on her Master’s Degree at SFU in Liberal Studies. She has always enjoyed traversing the edges, as long as heights aren’t involved.

Brendan Uegama

Brendan Uegama, csc is a feature film and series cinematographer renowned for the imagery of his work. With many awards and nominations for his cinematography, Uegama’s work has appeared in major international film festivals around the world such as Tribeca, Sitges, and Toronto, as well as on major networks such as Netflix. In 2016, Uegama shot Van Helsing and The Romeo Section, as well as the feature Electra Woman & Dyna Girl for Legendary Pictures. He brings relentless passion to everything he does, with endless enthusiasm towards enhancing the film. In 2017, Uegama will shoot the highly anticipated second season of Van Helsing, which will premier later in the year on Netflix and Syfy. Brendan Uegama is represented by Frank Balkin at WPA (Worldwide Production Agency).