American Golden Picture

International Film Festival

OUR JUDGING TEAM

Mahmoud Shoolizadeh

Biography:

He is a film Director, Producer, Screen Writer and Editor, living in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

He received a Bachelor degree in Film Production and Master degree in Cultural Affairs Management with over 30 years of experience in film industry. His major activities include directing fiction, documentary, long and short films. He has been the recipient of several awards, including: 

Best Film award for his feature film "Noora" at the "49th Taormina International Film Festival” in Italy. Best Film award for "The Prisoner" at the "Hollywood Cinerockom International Film Festival”, USA. Best Film award for "The Debt" at the "Moondance International Film Festival”, USA.

Best American Film award for "Daddy" at the "Toronto World International Film Festival", Canada.

Best Feature Film award for the "Daddy" at the "Phoenix International Film Festival", Australia.

Best Children's Film award for "Daddy" at the "Los Angeles International Film Festival", USA.

Best Feature Film for Kids award for "Daddy" at "The Kids Film Festival”, Spain. Also the Best Fiction Film award for "The Lover" at the "Five Continents International Film Festival" Venezuela. Best Story award at the "Red Corner International Film Festival", Sweden.

His recent feature film SUSAN has received 25 awards and nominations in diferent film festivals.

He has been a judge as part of various film festival panel of jurors internationally including: 

1- "Harvard College International Film Festival" 2019, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

2- "Southeast Regional Film Festival" 2019, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

3- "Jacksonville Dance Film Festival" 2019, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

4- "Golden Tree Documentary International Film Festival" 2018, Frankfurt, Germany

5- "Texas Cinemania International Film Festival" 2016 and 2017, Texas, USA

6- "WideScreen International Film Festival" 2015, Miami, Florida, USA

7- " Red Dirt International Film Festival" 2014, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA

8- "Amelia Island International Film Festival" 2014, Amelia Island, Florida, USA

9- "Gwinnett Center International Film Festival" 2014, Georgia, USA

10- "StArtFest Film Festival" 2014, Orlando, Florida, USA

More information available at: https://www.shoolizadeh.com/

Roohangis Shams

Biography:

Roohangis Shams is an independent multi award winning film Director, screenwriter, Director’s Advisor and Executive Producer, 1990 – Present. She is living in Tehran, Iran.

She received a Master degree in Advertisement-Cultural Communication and

Bachelor degree in Management of Cultural Affairs.

She has made several short, long, Documentary and fiction films.

Mrs. Shams has finished her newest long length feature film "Cousin & Cousine".

She is also teaching “Script Supervision in Cinema” in the univeristies,

Some of her short fiction films like “Falling into Ashes”, “A Glass of Milk” and “Why Doesn’t It Rain?” had achieved many awards in the USA Film Festivals including:
"27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival", "St. John Paull Film Festival", "Arizona film festival", “Lake Charles Film Festival”, "31st Fajr International Film Festival", "Tehran International Short Film Festival", and"Stuttgart Film Festival".
Mrs. Shams also acted as the final judge in some of the International Film Festivals such as the "4th Widescreen International Film & Music Video Festival" that happend twice in 2017-2018 in Miami, Florida, USA

Jerry Wisner

Biography:

Jerry Wisner is a character actor living in Jacksonville, FL, USA. He recently was awarded the Best Lead Actor Award at the Branson International Film Festival 2019 for his role as Joe in the feature movie

THE LOVER. Throughout his career, Wisner has brought to life an assortment of characters in films and on stage. Characters have include doctors (CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER), handyman (SURPRISE), a nosey neighbor who is murdered, buried in the garden, and returns to talk to the audience in Act Three (EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN). There has also been a retired policeman who shoots himself with his own gun (ANY NUMBER CAN DIE) and a judge (Ann Rand’s NIGHT OF JANUARY 16th). There has also been presidents (THE PRESIDENTS DOUBLE) and a governor involved in his first presidential election (THE GUV’). As Elwood P. Dowd he was friends with a Puka (HARVEY) and as Krasnov was out foxed by his comrades (NINATCHKA).

Films have offered Wisner the opportunity to infuse an assortment of characters with life there are many including: (EMERALD LAGOON), (THE LAST RESORT), (THE ZOMBIE ROOM), (THE CULT), (VEER), and (BACKLITE), (THE STRING) and (THE FE PROJECT).

He has been a convert and follower for BLORR Music Video (BOY YOU NEED JESUS).

Rozina Behrooz

Biography:

Rozina Behrooz is an independent film Producer, Casting Director, Executive Producer and film Researcher in many films with 30 years of experience.  She received a Bachelor degree in English translation and a Master degree in linguistics. She is living in USA.

She has also been as first assistant producer, first assistant director and film planner in many fiction, documentary, long and short films. Here are some of her award winning filmography:

• "Susan", Feature fiction film (Executive Producer, 1st assistant Director) 2018

This film has received 20 awards and nominations in diferent film festival aroud the world.

• "The Lover", fiction film (Executive Producer, 1st assistant Director) 2016

This film has received 15 awards and nominations in diferent film festivals.

• "Daddy", feature film (Executive Producer, 1st assistant Director) 2015

Daddy has achieved more than 50 awards and nominations in diferent film festival around the world.

• "The Debt", fiction film (Executive Producer, 1st assistant Director) 2014

This short film has received 11 awards and nominations.

• "The Prisoner", short fiction film (1st assistant Director and Editor assistant) 2013

• "Homeless", Documentary film (Researcher, Executive Producer, 1st assistant Director) 2006

• "A Man Called Brian", Documentary film (Researcher, Executive Producer, 1st assistant Director) 2005

The Prisoner, Homeless and A Man Called Brian were accepted in many film festivals, had screening and achived several awards and nominations too.


John Currie:

Biography:

John is living in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom. He co-founded and produces for Arrondissement Films. "Go With God" won many awards including Best Short at the Cardiff International Film Festival 2017. "Lucidity" is currently on the festival trail, soon to be followed by "Hard Shadow", a fabulous short film made with budding Iranian director, Neda Khanifar.

John Currie also is the Founder and Director of the “Beeston Film Festival”. The festival is the top ranked UK Festival on FilmFreeway's Best Reviewed Festivals chart. This international short film festival attracts global attention and has spent the past 6 years forging strong bonds between local community and international filmmakers.

He also is a judge on the "Taiwanese festival", "Formosa Festival of International Filmmakers".

John has been a judge for the "BUT Festival in Netherlands" too.

He has spoken on the cultural importance of film festivals at the "All Lights India International Film Festival", in India.


Angella Davis:

Biography:

After spending her formative years motorcycling across the Western US and trying out several career paths, Angella found her passion in the art and function of making movies, TV and commercials. Angella Davis is living in Portland, Oregon. Inspired by her background in social activism her screenwriting debut was Shouting Mountain, a short film with a powerful anti-fracking message at it's heart. A true collaborator at heart, her next works were a team effort including the Audience Choice Award winner "So You Think You Can Kill" a dark satire for Portland's 48hr Film Festival. Angella also founded the Portland Rising Film Festival, 2 years running, with the goal of showcasing local and international projects with human interest subject matter such as Civil Rights, with Dar He, the story of Emmet Till adapted from the radio play, and The Girl Who Loved Animals, an animal rights activist's discussion of current affairs. Never one to shy away from controversy,her directorial debut, Resilience, a psychological thriller, wow'd festival audiences across the West Coast and caused much discussion for it's #MeToo subject matter. Ever the reader, Angella's next projects included adaptations of novels, including the Philip K Dick Award nominated RIM Trilogy by Alexander Besher.

When notworking hard in pre-production on her new comedic feature in the works for 2019 based on the Portland Area Musical Theater Award winning play Whisky Dixie and the Big Wet Country, Angella can be found on her farm in the far West Hills of Portland with her husband, dogs, parrot and children.


Ramana Murthy:

Biography:

Ramana Murthy was born in hyderabad, India where he grew up, studied in Economics and got his bachelor degree. He is a professional still photographer and aspiring filmmaker. Finding the best light, Composition and Moment to capture, Creating images of value and impact that are uniquely personal and honest are the main goals in his still photography. Ramana had been participating in many films as the still photographer, Producer, Director and Editor too. He has worked as the still photographer in some of the award winning films including feature film "Daddy" and "The Lover" both set in St. Marys Georgia, USA. He has also participated in many 48-Hour Film Festivals. Ramana is always very passion to see films from new filmmakers. He had been producing, directing and occasionally editing his films.

He has served on the Indo-Us Chamber of Commerce as VP video production for 2 years. Ramana has photographed many local events for Indian associations in Jacksonville, including the ex-president of India Dr. Abdul Kalam.