OUR JUDGING TEAM

Mahmoud Shoolizadeh (From USA)

Biography:

Mahmoud Shoolizadeh is a film Director, Producer, Screenwriter and Editor, based in the 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 and the Best Story award at the "Red Corner International Film Festival", Sweden.

His feature film "Daddy" has achieved more than 52 awards and nominations,  and his other fiction film "The Lover" has received 15 awards and nominations in diferent film festival around the world.

His newest feature film SUSAN has received 35 awards and nominations in diferent film festivals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Rendezvous International Film Festival" 2014, Amelia Island, Florida, USA

"Gwinnett Center International Film Festival" 2014, Georgia, USA and many more.....

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

Nicholas Rivera (From USA)

Biography:

"Nicholas Rivera is a Hollywood Famous Composer who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah in USA with 41 years of experience in the entertainment business. He has made original score for 138 feature films, 8 American TV Series and 3 video games.

Nicholas has worked on films with actors such as Morgan Freeman, Jackie Chan, Jet Li and many other famous Hollywood Stars in Los Angeles.

During these years he won 32 best original score awards. He has studied in several colleges including

Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. Also he has studied in The Juilliard School of Music in New York City.

He also studied in the University of Texas, school of music in Austin. Nicholas also studied at the University of Utah school of music. He was involved in many projects of several Hollywood film companies including:

Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Television, Pop Art Films, Lion's Gate Films, VP Music Division. Gaelstone Media, PBS Television, Artisan Entertainment, Aspect, ABC Australia, NBCUniversal, Columbia Broadcasting System, Silver Pictures, Sony Pictures and Miramax studio.

According to Nicholas Rivera: “There is music in everything. Every person speaks in a musical key with their own range and timbre. Every heart beats with a slightly different rhythm. There is nothing so beautiful as the sound of a breath being drawn.

The wind howls, the snow whispers and thunder is just the most magnificent cacophony. From 105 Howitzers to the sigh of a new born baby, there-in lies the rhythm of life.”

Nicole Benoit (From Canada)

Biography:

Nicole is an award-winning Director, Cinematographer, Writer and Producer from Toronto, Canada. She has honed her craft as a film creative by living and working as Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto over the years. She has worked on many high profile films and TV series in the past and is currently engaged on the second season of an exciting high profile Apple TV+ TV Series for 2020-2021.

Nicole is compelled to write and direct stories which illuminate the powerful universal truths of the human spirit. She is fascinated by humanity’s unique resilience to overcome and rise up from trauma and despair while struggling to evolve into more enlightened beings.

Nicole Benoit has earned numerous awards for her films as best director, writer and cinematographer with her films winning best film in festivals and award galas around the globe. Numerous publications have featured Nicole and she has been interviewed for national broadcasts. Nicole also is the owner of a professional photography studio where she is the creative director and lead photographer.

“I look forward to being a judge on this panel and helping to pay it forward to other amazing filmmakers placing their films in competition,

Angelo Borer (From Switzerland)

Biography:

Angelo Borer lives in Basel in Switzerland as an actor. Also, he is a tap dance teacher around the world.

The films that he was involved in as an actor are:

“Land of Arcadia”, Winnetou German TV guest role, “Someone Dies Tonight”, “C.L.E.A.N.”,

“The Goldfish” a German movie, “It‘s Love?”, “La Famiglia”, “I Santo”, “Tourists and Aliens”,

“Dead End”, “The Adventures of Detective Samantha Sturgess” (TV Series), And his other roles in:

“Commercial for German TV” as an actor and dancer, “Torquemada’s Curse” as the actor and producer,

“Tribune Image” as an actor and producer.

Angelo Borer started his career as a tap dancer, becoming Swiss and European Champion. He was active in over 70 TV shows and was a multi- award winner in the USA including LA, NY, Las Vegas.

He was an ambassador art for Peace from Switzerland, his amazing show called “Crazy Feet” traveled around the world.

More information available at: www.crazy-feet-company.ch


Roohangiz Shams (From Iran)

Biography:

Roohangiz 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. Roohangiz 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 and many film festivals in her country Iran.

Jerry Wisner (From USA)

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 (From USA)

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 and based in the 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 35 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 52 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 12 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.


Gian Paolo Mai: (From Italy)

Biography:

Gian was born in Naples, Italy. He is an artistic director of the "Cesena film Academy Acting School" with over 25 years of experience. He has worked with major Italian directors and actors (like Mario Monicelli, Giancarlo Giannini and Paola Gassman). He has worked as a casting director of Rai and Endemol in Italy for 10 years. Gian has played in over 20 films including:


"One weak voice", "Under the moon", "Dear Tomorrow", "Carabinieri 1", "The team", "Sea people", "The Prof 2", "This is my land", "Try it again Prof 7", "Dead man wait ", " The choice ", " A nice day", "Martina Can Swim". Also he is a multi-award winning actor and has won several Awards, including:

X world short film festival Winner of best actor in surreal -Fantasy short film (Rome 2020)

White Unicorn international film festival (Kolcata, India, 2020)

Kosice International film festival (Kosice, Slovakia 2020)

International independent film award (CA, USA, 2019)

Crown wood International film festival (Kolcata, India 2019)

Independent short award (LA, USA, 2019)

Zero film Contest (Mohali Punjab, India, 2019)

Accolade Global film competition (CA, USA, 2019)

American Golden Pictures (Florida, USA, 2019)

Indiex film festival (LA, USA, 2019)