BC's Best Shorts

Judges

Vera Lubimova

As Head of Production at Paperny Entertainment, Vera oversee all aspects of our shows from pre-production to delivery – including budgets, production standards, supplier contracts and freelancer relationships. She has produced “Glutton for Punishment” and was series producer for “World’s Weirdest Restaurants,” both food travel shows with Bob Blumer. Before joining Paperny Entertainment, Vera worked at CBC as a Senior Researcher and Associate Producer for ZeD, a multi-platform arts and entertainment show. Vera began her career as a visual and multi-disciplinary artist, designing, art directing and creating performance and installation works. Vera has a BFA in Contemporary Arts and a BA in Publishing from Simon Fraser University. She loves mangos and pugs.

Tink

Born in Canada to globetrotting parents, Tink was raised in numerous locales across Europe and Canada. This filled him with a great sense of adventure and curiosity, characteristics which grew exponentially when he struck out on his own to study design at Ryerson University in Toronto.

After university, came a variety of adventures worldwide: acting in Toronto, modelling in Milan, London and Barcelona, pursuing design in Tokyo and New York, then evolving into the entertainment industry, which made best use of his abilities and passions.

From his current base in Vancouver, Think travels the world to serve as Production Designer on visually unique Film and Television projects and is the founder of BurlesqueStars.net, the worlds #1 online venue for viewing videos and social networking for all members of the global "Neo-Burlesque" community.

Sasha Popve

Born in Vancouver, Sasha Popove has more than Seventeen years of experience in the craft of cinema and photography under his belt,  He was awarded honors from San Francisco state university where he studied cinema.  After completing his studies in the U.S., he returned to Canada where he received a diploma of media arts and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.  Over the years Sasha his way up the ladder of many artistic and creative disciplines within the industry; thus gaining a unique knowledge which has allowed him to settle into the roll of a Cinematographer.  His verve for serving and augmenting the collective talent of each creative family is boundless, and he looks forward to many more successful years in the business helping Directors and Producers create their visions through lens and light

Rick Forchuk

Rick is a journalist, broadcaster, musician, and businessman, having been a daily entertainment columnist for the Sun newspaper chain for 18 years with a column syndicated from coast-to-coast, a regular commentator on CBC Television since the early 1980s, and is presently heard daily on several Corus Entertainment Network radio stations across Canada.  He has been a movie and television reviewer at CKNW radio in Vancouver for more than 20 years, and hosted his own talk show for several years focusing on film reviews on the Corus Radio Network from Victoria to Montreal.  His “Ask Rick” column ran in TV Week Magazine for more than 10 years, and now appears weekly on the web version of that publication.

On the business side, Rick is Vice President, Retail Insurance Distribution for Empire Life overseeing the sales and distribution operations for Canada and spends most of the business week in Ontario, commuting weekly between his White Rock/South Surrey home and the mystic east.

Rick does 30 to 40 speaking engagements each year on topics that range from media and entertainment, to business and motivation.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Media and Mass Communications, and an MBA with a major in Strategic Management.  Where does he get the time to do all of this?  Simple - he doesn't golf!

Rick lives in White Rock, B.C. and has been married to Betty, a grief counselor and fitness consultant, for more than 45 years. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.

Jonathan Tammuz

Jonathan Tammuz obtained a BSc. in psychology from Brunel University and trained in family therapy at the Tavistock Clinic.

He studied film at the Polytechnic of Central London, and did his post-graduate training as a director at The National Film & TV School in Beaconsfield, England.

After graduation, Jonathan line-produced  STREETS OF YESTERDAY for Film Four International, and then proceeded to direct THE CHILDEATER, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film in 1990.

Jonathan directed several dramatic and documentary projects for Channel 4, NHK, Sony Pictures TV and Showtime. He also directed two theatrical features. MINOTAUR, which opened in LA and NY to critical acclaim, and RUPERT'S LAND, which won six Leo Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. It also received five Genie nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. Jonathan has recently produced a Crazy 8’s short drama, and is developing MINER, a comedic drama set in Wales.

Jonathan runs Stephen-Tammuz Productions which produces film and TV projects as well as commercials and corporate videos.

He currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with his wife Lib Stephen, a screenwriter and children's book illustrator, and their two children.