BC's Best Shorts

VSFF 2010 Judges

Andria Spring

Andria Spring is a producer and post production supervisor local to Vancouver, BC. She co-produced The Thaw starring Val Kilmer and Martha MacIsaac, and was the associate producer and animation designer on the Gemini Award-winning Elijah. Her short film The Anachronism was awarded 6 Leo Awards including Best Short Drama. Andria is currently producing the feature Donovan's Echo, starring Danny Glover.

Marshall Axani

After graduating from the Capilano University Film Program, Marshall won the first MPPIA Short Film Award with his pitch at the Whistler Film Festival 2007. With this he was able to direct the short film The Light of Family Burnam which has screened in festivals worldwide and most recently won Best Picture at the Heart of Gold International Festival in Australia. In 2008 he formed Awkward Moment Productions with two colleagues. They have since gone on to produce several web series, short films and music videos and are expanding into feature length documentaries and fiction. Marshall is currently working on the script for his first feature film that he hopes to direct next year.

Elena Esovolova

Elena began her professional acting career after moving from the country life of Thrums, an unincorporated town in “the middle of nowhere” in the Kootenays of BC.  She earned a full-time acting scholarship at SchoolCreative in Vancouver B.C. and continued her training at HB Studio in New York City & with Larry Moss. Elena can now be seen as Patty “The Wedge” Wedgerman on the new hit TV show Hellcats. Other credits include TV’s Supernatural, feature films Unhinged, TROMA'S Bordello Diaries as well as numerous short films including A Match Made in Heaven, which she also produced. A Match Made in Heaven was an Official Selection of the Cannes Short Film Corner and will be distributed internationally by Shorts International. A true lover of independent film, Elena has hosted the film competitions: the Vancouver Film Race, Bloodshots Film Race and RainCity Film Noir. Elena is also a 9 time award-winning Hair and Makeup Artist and a member of the Hair Arts & Sciences Judges Panel of Canada. She is honoured and excited to be a judge at the VSFF.

Stellina Rusich

Stellina Rusich has had a rewarding and varied career in the arts. Over her 20 year career, she has worked in all facets of the acting industry; first as a Performer, then Director, Composer and Teacher. She's been teaching the Full time acting program at Schoolcreative for the past five years as well as maintaining a private coaching business. She has appeared in over 60 commercials and numerous Stage, TV and Film roles. Most notable TV & Film credits include: Terminal City, Carpool with David Paymer, Unforgettable opposite Ray Liotta, and Tony Shalhoub's wife on Monk. Stage performances include: Amadeus, Merchant of Venice, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Women in Bed, Night of the Iguana, Little Shop of Horrors, Dark of the Moon, Pal Joey, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Sunshine Boys, Anne of Green Gables, Kiss Me Kate, and many others. These performances have taken her from the Cincinnati Playhouse, to the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Stratford Festival, Stage West, Charlottetown Festival, and the North Pole!Directing.

Michele Adams

Michèle Adams has written numerous short scripts and three feature screenplays, Lady S (adapted from Jane Austen's first novel Lady Susan), Sex Lives of the Saints, and The Kindest Thing – all have received support from various film and funding agencies and are currently in development. Lady S and Sex Lives...both won the Praxis Screenplay competition; one of her short scripts won the Out-of-the-Hat contest; another won the CBC/BC Film Signature Shorts contest. Currently working on a fourth feature script, she also freelances as copywriter, editor and story editor, has worked for CBC Radio as writer/broadcaster, and recently co-authored a commissioned radio drama, Year of the Crab, for the Mother Corp.  Represented by Lucas Talent in Vancouver, B.C, Michele has an across-the-spectrum interest in writing; her fiction has been published in magazines (Geist, Fiddlehead, WordWorks, Event, Canadian Fiction), dramatized on CBC Radio, and performed at arts festivals (Banff, Harrison, etc.).  Her story “Op Art Bikini” won The Fiddlehead short fiction prize in 2005.  More recently her story collection Bright Objects of Desire was published by Biblioasis and her novel Grim Sausages was short-listed for the Metcalf-Rooke Award.  She also teaches a range of writing-related courses, most recently for SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts.

Derrick Garland

Derrick J. Garland is Executive Producer of the feature Little Brother of War, co-producer of The Entrance and a producer of the short film Centigrade, winner of 5 Leo Awards in 2008.

With 22 years of experience, Derrick has contributed to over 50 productions and is currently working on the Steven Seagal series "True Justice." He is looking forward to all the entries this year.