San Diego International Kids Film Festival Jury
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 2013 San Diego International Kids' Film Festival
Sept. 6-8, 2013
AMN HealthCare Theater, San Diego, CA
2013 San Diego International Kids' Film Festival Jury Committee 
Jeri Jacquin; Movie Maven
Jeri Jacquin is an entertainment journalist for local San Diego papers including Military Press as well as her own websites at Covering film, television, DVD releases and interviewing talent Ms. Jacquin gives an honest opinion of what is released in theatres. A member of the San Diego Film Critics Society she is given the opportunity to attend film festivals and view independent films that otherwise might go unnoticed by film-goers! "Some of the most amazing films I have experienced come from storytellers and filmmakers that are free from big studio constraints", she says regarding the enjoyment of festival films, "being a part of the San Diego International Kids' Film Festival is such an honor and the opportunity to see films that are geared towards kids and family is very important to me as a parent, and now, grandparent."
Tim Swain, Producer
Tim has overseen key profit centers of some of the most successful independent film companies in the last 30 years - including New World Pictures and Trimark Entertainment (currently Lions Gate Entertainment). He is an innovative distributor, marketer and producer. In his extensive experience in the distribution, sales, marketing, and production of theatrical, DVD, PPV,VOD and television films in the worldwide marketplace, Tim has served in a variety of positions including Executive Vice President of Domestic Distribution of Trimark Entertainment. He was also one of the initial partners of
In addition to currently representing clients in all areas of the worldwide marketplace, Tim has produced and executive produced 13 Feature Films, including "Dahmer", which was nominated for 3 IFP Spirit Awards, and the award-winning and critically acclaimed documentaries "Screamers" - featuring System of a Down - and "Class C" - featuring NBA legend Phil Jackson. Tim has produced films featuring the talented Jeremy Renner (2 Academy Award nominations) Beau Bridges (11 Emmys and 4 Golden Globes nominations), Bruce Davidson (1 Academy Award nomination) and worldwide singing sensation Whitney Houston.
Also, Tim recently co-founded Russian Film Releasing which releases theatrically successful Russian language films in the US. Tim currently oversees Domestic Distribution for Aldamisa Entertainment which just finished production on the Billy Bob Thornton directed "JAYNE MANSFIELDS CAR", D.J. Caruso's "GOAT ISLAND", Renny Harlin's "DYATLOV PASS" and is in Production on Robert Rodriguez"s "MACHETE KILLS" and is Pre-Production on Robert Rodriguez's "SIN CITY 2".
James Riley
James Riley is a co-organizer of the Movie Connoisseurs of North County. Movie Connoisseurs is a meet-up movie discussion group where members meet and watch a movie together while enjoying a meal prepared by the host. Discussion follows the movie. The focus is on movies with great characters and multiple layers. The group currently has 41 members and meets on a monthly basis.
James has been a fan of movies for many years. Although by profession he works in City government, he has performed in musical theatre, acted in a couple of short films over the years, and is an avid reader of history. All of these interests come together in his love of movies. It is these skills that he brings to being a part of the San Diego International Kids Film Festival.
Dimitris Savva, Director/Producer
Born in Limassol, Cyprus, Dimitris developed his passion for motion-pictures initially as a theater actor in the age of 6 which therefore evolved into a need to explore the-behind-the-camera side of the art of motion-pictures . After working at the Cyprus Broadcast Channel (RIK) and MS ViewPoint ,one of the leading commercial companies in Cyprus, he moved to California to pursue his film-making passion by attending Chapman University's prestigious Dodge College of Film and Media obtaining a degree in Film Production with an emphasis in Creative Producing. Working for Disney and Fox Studios Dimitris has gained adequate experience and knowledge to critically comprehend and distinguish good story-telling and therefore develop it to a motion-picture spectacle.
 Ron Shaw, director
Ron is an international Designer and Creative Director, has been a beneficiary of numerous design awards nationwide and globally. He has instructed design not only in other countries such as the Netherlands and Great Britain, but also in many universities and specialized organizations in Southern California. After serving as President at both the Art Directors Club of Los Angeles and the Studio Management Association, Los Angeles, he established his own international design, marketing and production firm. They have worked for many big companies such as Citicorp NY, Government of India (New Dalhi), Summa Corporation/Howard Hughes Development Corporation, and the United Technologies Corporation. Ron and his group have served clients not only in the United States, but also in Mexico, France, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

Marte Riley

Marte is co-founder of the movie- discussion meetup, "Movie Connoisseurs". Her mission is to expose others to overlooked movies that portray rich stories and complex characters. By including a meal with the discussion, her desire was to create a social forum for people to share their insights with one another. Her husband and three children actively help her prepare for the monthly meetup events and share their comments during the discussions. Since she is an opera singer, musician and songwriter, her appreciation of story-telling naturally grew into a love of good films. She is very enthusiastic about filmmakers who bring an outside-the-box perspective to their work. Marte believes that film is not just a source of entertainment. It can also be a catalyst for new ways of seeing ourselves and our culture. In our highly visual world, Marte hopes that more people will share how they feel about the movies that they see.

 Karl Weiss, Film studio executive
Karl is the leader of film group representing over 200 San Diego film professionals, also a screenwriter, and studio owner. He has his own production team that can make the film from start to finish. Karl has been the San Diego International Kids Film Festival Jury committee in the 4th years.

Ms. Judy Green; Producer

Ms Judy Green Judy produces events for major corporations where she handles external coordination and production of live and taped shows. She is an organizer and controls all budgets. She functions as a producer and production manager and is part of the decision making process in selecting the venues for shows. Her most notable production "The Indian Renaissance" was presented to the public and dignitaries from the Indian Government, including the Minister of Culture, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Beverly Hills. The show was later shown in 79 countries without the need for translation to promote understanding within a multitude of cultures.

Cathy Zhang, Producer/Production Manager
Since graduating with a MA in film and TV production from the University of Bristol, UK, Cathy has worked as a Producer and Production Manager in the U.S. for the past five years and has overseen and supervised the production of a dozen films.
She possesses a broad range of knowledge and skills with experience in Film/TV development, organization, planning, and production.
In addition, she is highly skilled in cinematography and writing. Her excellent cinematography work has helped her to obtain the position as cinematographer in many documentary films and shorts. She has won several awards in creative writing.


@2013 San Deigo International Kids' Film Festival