Judges

Richard Thomson

Richard was a producer for Discovery Channel and Animal Planet for eighteen years, and the author of ten books, the lates of which is Behemoth: The history of the elephant in America, 2013. He founded the graduate program of Science and natural history filmmaking at Montana state and taught for twenty-five years in the School of Film and Photography at Montana State.

 

Jasmine Harris

Jasmine is a passionate conservationist and believes strongly in the power of filmmaking as a global conservation tool. She has been a member of the Wildscreen UK board of directors since 2007. She built and currently chairs the Wildscreen USA board of directors which concentrates primarily on funding and building www.ARKive.org, a remarkable web site of natural history film clips and science info about endangered life on earth. Jasmine is a mother of 4 and is married to a Scotsman and living in the wilds of Scotland. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in Radio, Television and Film Communications. Her filmmaking career began in the editing rooms of Maysles Films in New York City and progressed to Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, where she worked with Garry Marshall on some of his first feature length comedy films. Jasmine worked with the visionary director/producer Francis Thompson on several IMAX films and produced many wildlife sequences. She was subsequently responsible for linking the BBC Natural History Unit with the IMAX Corporation for the purpose of producing the very best wildlife films in the IMAX format.

 

Peter Allington

Peter has produced and/or directed both documentary and dramatic productions for the Walt Disney Company, National Geographic Television, PBS, Lifetime Television, the Outside Channel, the History Channel, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS). His projects have ranged from a documentary about bone marrow transplant patients at UCLA Medical Center to two behind-the-scenes specials about feature films directed by Robert Redford. His major works include Shadow Casting: The Making of “A River Runs Through It,” Visions of Grace: Robert Redford and “The Horse Whisperer,” Guide Season, Sacred Journey of the Nez Perce, Test Pilots of the Body, and America’s Outdoor Heritage. Aig’s works have won over 100 awards since 1993, including three regional Emmys, a Gold Hugo from the Chicago Film Festival, 12 Tellys, and the Gold Medal from the New York Festivals. A PhD from The Ohio State University with advanced work in English and film, Aig is also a tenured Professor of Media and Theatre Arts at Montana State University-Bozeman.

 

Alina Rabado

Alina (MA, UBC) has written, directed and edited award-winning documentary features, broadcast television, and interactive new media. Her critically acclaimed films about small town girls’ basketball (Class C: The Only Game in Town, 2008), forgot musical pioneers (Never Long Gone, 2010), and life after war (Not Yet Begun to Fight, 2012) have earned Emmy®, CINE, and festival awards.  Her most recent documentary was selected by Roger Ebert to appear at Ebertfest just weeks before his passing and is currently being broadcast nationally on PBS television.

 

Eric Grainger

Grainger is a documentary producer/director and founder of Devolution Films, a Bozeman, Montana based production company for which he has produced films for the National Park Service, The Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Forest Service and others. Erics’s first feature documentary, Mi Chacra, filmed in the mountains of southern Peru, won the Grand Prize at the 2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival, screened at festivals around the world and had it’s broadcast premiere on ARTE. His second feature, The Middle Kingdom, about life in a Shanghai neighborhood will premiere in 2015. Eric is also the creator and curator of the Bozeman Doc Series and a graduate of the Montana State University film program