The International Movie Trailer Festival is a project of IndieFilmConnect, LLC.

IMTF Team

Roberta Suid, co-founder and director of planning: Roberta previously was founder and publisher of Monday Morning Books. She has produced several short movies including THE-JWALKER, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Marburg Film Festival.

Murray Suid, co-founder and project developer: Murray has worked for several Internet start-ups. A UCLA-trained screenwriter with one feature credit, he has created online content for several companies including Sony and Riverdeep.

 

Jury

The judges for IMTF are independent of the organization. They, and not IMTF management, select all the winners with the exception of the “People’s Choice Award.”

John Celona is a San Francisco-born writer, director, filmmaker, composer and media artist. He produces and directs short films and writes feature-length screenplays. His feature-length scripts have won screenwriting awards in the 2011 Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival and the 2010 California Film Awards.

Julian Grant is an award-winning filmmaker and professor at Columbia College, Chicago.

Sandy Handsher, professor emeritus of film history and screenwriting  at College of Marin, has worked as producer on two documentaries, including one (Leave them Laughing) nominated for the Canadian “Genie” award.  A narrative screenplay consultant-doctor, she has also run small film festivals, done programming for some big festivals and organized the Fairfax Documentary Film Challenge.

Thomas Lenz has been a public relations consultant and film journalist in Germany for over a decade. Since 2009 he has run screen/read, a WebZine for film and related topics. See more at www.sceenread.de to read interviews with filmmakers, actors, producers and composers in English and German.

Bill Linsman is an Associate Professor in Boston University’s Department of Film & Television. He is also director of the University’s Los Angeles-based film program. For many years, Bill was a director of TV commercials for major companies.

Scott Rosenfelt has produced more than 20 movies including hits such as “Mystic Pizza,” “Smoke Signals,” and “Home Alone.” He recently directed a documentary titled “Standing Silent.”

Chris St. Pierre is the producer/editor of the 2010 Grand Prize winner “Where My Heart Beats.” He works as a trailer editor for MOJO.

Kirk Walter is head of media productions at O’Reilly Media. He has also directed many short movies and music videos.

Advisory Board

Alexis Ferris produces independent films that challenge cultural norms with controversial central characters. Her first feature POLICE BEAT was shown at  Sundance Her  most recent film “Zoo” showed at Sundance competition and Cannes. Alexis was also Independent Spirit Award Producer’s “Someone to Watch” Finalist, 2008.  Alexis has managed films from pre-production through final delivery including negotiating all major production deals and managing the film’s finances.

Jordan Livingston, supervisor of the Tips from the Pros video series: Jordan wears many hats as both an independent filmmaker and a professional crewman. He has directed, written, produced, and edited numerous award-winning films, music videos, and documentaries; in addition to working as a digital imaging technician (DIT), camera operator, and post-production supervisor on countless movies and commercials. He is the founder and owner of JLP, an independent production company, and Digiloid, a post-production services company.

Marie Roughan studied film and screenwriting at UCLA and has worked on several independent productions.

Howard Suber is a professor at UCLA’s School of Film & TV, where he teaches courses in screenwriting, directing, producing, and criticism. He was a founding director of the UCLA Film Archive, dedicated to the preservation of American film history, where he helped build the largest collection west of the Library of Congress. He created and chaired UCLA’s Film and Television Producers Program, which is focused on the realities of the modern motion picture and television industries. He has team-taught with many of the most important movie studio heads, agents, producers, lawyers, and executives in the industry, and he works as an expert witness in entertainment cases.