Heather Hawthorn-Doyle is an award winning producer/director with both single and multi-camera experience and thousands of hours of programming to her credit. Specializing in developing and running successful series and specials, her shows have aired on Discovery US, Oxygen, PBS, Country Music Television, CTV, CBC, Global and the Women’s Television Network. She was also heavily involved in the startup of VTV (CTV Vancouver), and was awarded the Radio and Television News Directors Association award for best local newscast in the country in its first season.
Tracy Smith was part of the Brightlight Pictures' Development Department for three years, active in projects such as "Going the Distance" for CHUM, and American Venus. She wrote and directed Sandra Gets Dumped, a winning short at the 2005 Crazy8s Film Competition, and the sequel Sandra Goes to Whistler aka Sandra Gets Laid, which screened at the Opening Gala for the 2005 Whistler Film Festival. She completed her feature film debut, Taming Tammy.
Jack Darcus has continued to write, produce and direct since 1970, with Great Coups of History, his first feature-length film. He has directed eight feature films and has written and produced seven of them. Jack also has television directing credits with the CBC Toronto and CBC Vancouver.
Wes Sutherland has written six feature films, multiple episodic TV scripts, and shorts since graduating from Vancouver Film School in 2000. He recently worked with the AD department on the soon-to-be-released zombie flick Fido. President of the Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmaking, Wes has judged script competitions and run screenwriting workshops. He is currently a story editor and screenwriter and participates on the board of the Okanagan Film Festival Society.
Paul Gowers is a writer, director and co founder of Wilder, a film company producing commercials, drama and corporate films. He is also a creative consultant at Imagination, the world's leading brand experience agency, where he has produced award winning work for clients such as Ford, Unilever, Disney, and Coca-Cola. Paul is currently in pre production on a new short drama called The Ripple Effect, a psychological thriller about the randomness of fate.
Grace Tsurumaru studied photography at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and completed her graduate studies at Concordia University in Montreal. In previous years she has acted as a juror for various art competitions including the Canada Council for the Arts, awarding grants to emerging artists. This is her first time participating as a juror for the VSFF and she has thoroughly enjoyed her involvement. She currently lives in Vancouver and teaches Film Studies and Photography at the University College of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford.