"The mission of the festival is to showcase the best national and international short films in narrative, animation, documentary, experimental, spec, and 3D categories."
This year the jury will be composed of:
in the Narrative Category

Lara J. Nettelfield

Lara J. Nettelfield is a Lecturer in International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. Previously she was a Visiting Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University's Harriman Institute. She is author of Courting Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Hague Tribunal's Impact in a Postwar State (Cambridge University Press, 2010), winner of the 2011 Marshall Shulman book prize, and Srebrenica in the Aftermath of Genocide (with Sarah E. Wagner) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). She has also written for publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Globe and Mail, and Vancouver Sun. Her research and teaching interests include transitional justice, human rights, forced migration, political violence, social movements, democratic transitions, and international intervention.

A political scientist by training, Nettelfield received Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University and an A.B. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She has lived, worked, and researched in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Ukraine, France, Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom. She is an avid consumer of film and has organized dozens of screenings to complement her teaching and field research. In addition to Be Film, she never misses the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Gregory Pace

Greg is a film / TV producer based in NYC and has been adjudicating our films for the past 10 years. He was formerly Director of Production for Alec Baldwin's El Dorado Pictures in LA, he later moved back to NY and started his own company, Kismet Films, where he's produced features, shorts, docs and reality TV. His latest shows include Blood Sweat and Heels for Bravo and Untying the Knot premiering on Bravo this June

Tal Shamir


Tal has over 14 years experience in film/media production ranging from creating and directing the video photography crew in the Israeli Navy; through working as a production coordinator in Hollywood; to directing, video shooting and editing dozens media and films projects. In the past 5 years Tal directed 9 short films that were screened in a wide range of film festivals and won many awards including the 2011 Student Oscar (Gold Medal, Alternative category). Tal holds a BA in philosophy (University of Haifa, Israel), where he won the Pikarsky prize for best undergraduate seminar paper in the philosophy department. He has a Masters degree in Media and Film Studies (The New School, USA), where he was one of the creators and producers of the RUFF CUTS and FINE CUTS official film shows at School of Media Studies, and he also won the School of Media Studies 2010 Masters Thesis Award. Tal is currently completing his PhD in media, communication and philosophy (European Graduate School, Switzerland).

in the 3D Stereoscopic Category

Paul Aaron Johnson

Paul Aaron Johnson was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1957, and currently lives and works in New York City as a 3D lenticular photographer, and as an Emmy Award winning director of animation and special effects.

Johnson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Cooper Union in 1979. It was there that he first became interested in 3D photography and other 3D imaging techniques from his professor Alfons Schilling. Alfons Schilling is an expert in field of 3D imaging techniques, and experimented with almost every method known, as well as developing a number of his own. Johnson also studied 3D printmaking from Gerald Marks, another 3D artist at The Cooper Union who taught him the 3D anaglyph silkscreen process that he perfected. It is one of the only anaglyph methods to have absolutely no ghosting.

After graduation, Johnson began working as a directing/designer of animation and special effects. Over the next 25 years, he worked for several pioneering companies such as Filigree Films, R/Greenberg & Associates, and Lucas Arts Industrial Light and Magic. Throughout his career he's earned seven Gold and Silver Awards, and one Emmy Award for his animation work.

In 2004, Paul Johnson was drawn back to 3D photography to work with his professor from Cooper Union, Gerald Marks, on the NewSight auto-stereoscopic 3D display. The NewSight 3D computer display is an auto-stereoscopic system capable of displaying a range of 2 to 24 different views of a subject simultaneously without the need for special glasses, very similar to the 3D lenticular process.

Using his experience as an animator, Johnson then developed his own techniques for making digital lenticular prints to create a more permanent representation of his 3D photography without the need for a 3D display monitor, or special glasses. Paul Johnson's most recent work has been the development of methods for making the first 3D Shadowgraphs ever produced, loosely based on the Rayograph, or Photogram techniques.

Robert Swarthe

ROBERT SWARTHE, has received two Academy Award nominations: one for his own Animation Short film, KICK ME and another as Visual Effects co-nominee for STAR TREK THE MOTION PICURE. His interest in stereography began as a teen-ager after the entire Swarthe family saw BWANA DEVIL during it's original release 1952. He was especially impressed with the Walt Disney 3D animation short, MELODY. These films inspired him to draw his own primitive stereoptican cards and stereo photographs taken with his Kodak Hawkeye camera. He is a collector of anaglyphs of all kinds. His love of 3D continues and he looks forward to seeing ever more creative uses of 3D in all media in the years to come.

During his long motion picture career, he has directed many live-action and animated TV commercials and short films. His other major feature film credits include Steven Spielberg's CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE 3RD KIND (Animation Supervision) and Francis Coppola's ONE FROM THE HEART and THE OUTSIDERS (Special Visual Effects). Memberships include: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Short Films & Feature Animation Branch), Stereo Club of Southern California, New York Stereoscopic Society, National Stereoscopic Association

in the Animation Category

Jimmy Picker
Academy Member ANIMATOR

JIMMY PICKER is an Academy Award winning animator known around the world for his short films. His film SUNDAE IN NEW YORK won the Oscar for best animated short film in 1983, and in 1977 was nominated for JIMMY THE C. He also animated the notable Burger and Fries sequence in the 1985 feature BETTER OFF DEAD.