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Announcing Our 2016 Juries




Narrative Grand Jury

Tom Bergeron

Host, Dancing with the Stars

Tom Bergeron is the Emmy-winning host of ABC’s longtime hit Dancing with Stars and the author of I’m Hosting as Fast as I Can!: Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in Hollywood.



Matt Grady

Founder, Factory 25

Recently named “One of the Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture.” Grady is the founder of Factory 25, an independent film distribution company with recent titles including Uncle Kent 2, Stinking Heaven, and Christmas, Again. 


Sean McDonnellseanmcdonnell

Director of Theatrical Sales, A24 Films

Sean McDonnell is the Director of Theatrical Sales for A24, the Independent entertainment company responsible for such recent hit films such as Ex Machina, Room, The Lobster and The Witch.




Documentary Grand Jury


Leigh Blickley

Senior Entertainment News Editor, The Huffington Post

Aside from writing and editing stories and film reviews for the Entertainment department at the Huffington Post, Leigh hosts Facebook Live streams, moderates AOL Build interviews and appears on news programs such as Entertainment Tonight and The Today Show. She has covered events such as the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, MTV Music Video Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards.


Nick Camacho

Director of Marketing, Oscilloscope Laboratories

Nick Camacho is the Director of Marketing at Oscilloscope Laboratories. Nick oversees the releases of all feature films, creating unique marketing materials and branded ad campaigns for each film. Nick also runs all of Oscilloscope’s social media accounts, which you should definitely subscribe to for a good film themed laugh everyday. Nick previously has worked in marketing and publicity at Brigade Media and IFC Films.


Caroline Von Kuhncaroline

Managing Director, Points North Institute

Caroline serves as Managing Director of Points North Institute, coming from the Tribeca Film Festival where she worked in industry and Publicity, after starting her career at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (NYFF) and the Doha Tribeca Film Festival (Qatar). Von Kuhn is a narrative filmmaker – most recently producing Ian Old’s The Fixer (Tribeca Film Festival 2016). She holds an MFA form University of Manchester (UK) and BA in Financial Economics from the University of Virginia.



New Hampshire Jury


Katie McQuaid Cote katie

Columnist/Business Development, The Union Leader

Katie is a New Hampshire native and the “Scene in Manchester” columnist for the New Hampshire Union Leader. She lives in the Queen City with her husband Bill Cote and their three boys, and looks for to a time when the bulk of her movie watching is no longer relegated to Disney and other animated films.


EthanEthan Gilsdorf

Journalist/Film Critic

Journalist, memoirist, essayist, critic, poet, teacher and nerd Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of the award-winning travel memoir investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. A former Paris-based food and film critic and travel writer, Gilsdorf covers pop culture, film, literature, the arts, travel, the media, and technology for The New York Times, New York Times Book Review, Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Salon, Wired, Art New England, WBUR’S The Artery, and more.


Michele Meek

Founder, NewEnglandFilm.commichele

Michele Meek pioneered the development of, the online magazine and resource for filmmakers, and led the transition of the 30-year-old film magazine the Independent to the nonprofit Independent Media Publications where she remains a board member. She is co-editor of The Independent’s Guide to Film Distribution, has written on film in publications including MovieMaker Magazine and Indiewire, and has taught at Boston College, Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Arts and University of Rhode Island.