Jury Panel

“Below is a selection of Fusion International Film Festivals Jury. It is made up of Film Professionals that includes; Directors, Producers, Scriptwriters, Film Festival Organisers and Film Enthusiasts. Our wider jury will vary at each festival which will allow for maximum consideration of each entered film and script.”

– Dan Hickford (Festival Co-Director)

Alex McCall
Alex McCall

Alex McCall is a member of BAFTA as well as a producer, writer and director behind a number of features, shorts and documentaries including Written by “Mrs Bach: Broken Silence”, “The Forensic Squad” & “Birthday”. He has also worked very closely with the BBC and we are delighted that he has supported “Fusion” from the outset.

Skip Shea
Skip Shea

Skip Shea is the founder and director of the Shawna Shea Memorial Film Festival, an international fringe film festival, which is the major fundraiser for the Shawna E Shea Memorial Foundation, Inc. He is also the president of the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, Inc.

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Lella Satie
Lella Satie

Lella Satie is an artist with acting, writing and directing credits. Upon completing her B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Western Ontario she pursued her passion for acting. Lella trained and worked as an actress in North America and Europe. One of her most notable roles is a one-woman-show portraying Frida Kahlo which she wrote and acted in, directed by her mentor and world renowned acting-coach Susan Batson.

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Steven Allison
Steven Allison

Steven Allison is a Scottish freelance writer and cinephile currently based in London. After completing an LLB in English Law and a BA in Journalism, he travelled the world for several years, working as a freelance ghost- and content-writer. Steven then returned to the UK, where he continued in these roles before establishing himself as an entertainment writer, eventually specialising in not only film and television reviews, but also interviews with the creatives involved in both.

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Berrin Ilhan
Berrin Ilhan

Berrin Ilhan is an award winning writer and film critic with a multilayer education, who graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Communication from Radio, Television and Film department.

After building a career in the advertising field and film, she graduated at Istanbul Bilgi University with a Comparative Literature digress, along with a film and television minor, together with the master course in French cinema.

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Kevin Bisbangian
Kevin Bisbangian

Kevin Bisbangian is an award-winning film producer/director/writer/poet.

As a writer and filmmaker, Kevin has been nominated and won many distinguished awards at the most credential film festivals all over the world. He is among the official judges at one of the greatest fashion film festivals in the USA and has mentored film students at Queen Mary University in London. He is a qualified chartered Engineer and holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from South Bank University in London. As a senior consultant he has worked for major companies such as BP, Channel Four and Shell UK. He writes poetry in English, Farsi and Spanish.

Steven Fischer
Steven Fischer

Steven Fischer is a two-time Emmy nominated writer/producer/director. His early career in cartoons and animation took off in London under mentors at Melendez Films and Bill Melendez Productions, producers of the classic Peanuts animated TV specials. Mr. Fischer has produced the critically acclaimed animated documentary Freedom Dancewith Golden Globe-winning actress Mariska Hargitay, Old School New School with Emmy Award-winning actor Brian Cox, and a catalogue of creations for PBS/Maryland Public Television, TV Asia, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Nextel and many distinguished patrons throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

 

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Vlad Dorofte
Vlad Dorofte

Romanian born film director and film critic with a multilayered education and a complex professional background: from photography during his university years to management and eventually film making, Vlad has studies in humanities as well as economics and maths. He has won several international film awards and nominees.

As a film critic he has collaborated with several film festivals since 2013 and he is one of the Founders of BELIFF film fest London. He has a keen eye for spotting talent.

Pegah Ghaemi
Pegah Ghaemi

Pegah is Persian Australian award winning writer, director and producer, now living in Dubai, UAE. In 2011, Pegah co-found the media company ‘The Works Network’ and also heads it’s creative arm ‘Creation Works’ in Dubai, which predominantly makes films, commercials and visual content. In 2007 Pegah co-found the production company ‘New Wave Films’ in Iran, with a prime focus on women’s films and hiring women crew to empower more women in the industry. Both companies are active till present day.

Maria Albiñana
Maria Albiñana

Maria Albiñana has an MA Acting Degree, Journalism and Classical Ballet Dance. She’s based in LA but she’s originally from Spain.

She extended her acting training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Moscow Art Theater School and Actors Studio, where she recently became Finalist.

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Michael Gonzalez
Michael Gonzalez

Michael Gonzalez is a independent film producer, video editor and aspiring screenwriter from New York City. He is also the co-creator of the independent film companies, Tompkins Square Park Films and Cati and Mike Gonzalez Films, created in 2012. His first Independent Film ‘Ekaj,’ which he co-produced and edited, went on to screen at 65 Film Festivals worldwide. During it’s Festival circuit run between the years of 2016 to 2018, the film garnered 29 awards and several nominations. The film was officially released online in 2017 and is currently signed with Los Angeles distributor, Indie Rights.

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Cati Gonzalez
Cati Gonzalez

Cati Gonzalez is a Spanish-born NYC fashion and street photographer turned screenwriter, film director.
Her photography has been published in Photo (French magazine), i-D, Spin (magazine), Vogue (magazine), Colors (magazine), Vibe (magazine), Interview (magazine), Paper (magazine), Trace (magazine), Surface (magazine), Libération, El País, Mademoiselle (magazine), New York (magazine) and has worked with celebrities such as Director David Cronenberg, Russell Simmons, Notorious B.I.G., Pharrell Williams, The Ramones, David Byrne, Thurston Moore, Chloe Sevigny, Jaime King, Common (rapper), Beenie Manamong others. She has also worked on various music artists’s album covers for Sony, Warner Bros., and Atlantic Records.

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Connor Diaz
Connor Diaz

Connor-Antonio Díaz is a freelance film critic & video editor from Barcelona. He is the creator of Revicrit, an online blog for movie reviews with over 40,000 subscribers, and has also developed a substantial following on Instagram, where he provides his audience with shortened critiques of new releases.  

In addition to reviewing movies, Connor has covered a multitude of international film festivals including South by Southwest, FilmFest919, and Sundance. The Revicrit team participated in these global events as press by hosting panels for Q+A’s, interviewing production members, and analyzing movies. 

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Adam Faria
Adam Faria

A self confessed cinephile, Adam has been fascinated by all genres of film for as long as he can remember.

Possessing an annual Curzon Cinema pass he was proud to see all but one new release in 2018. With a particular love of animation and Asian cinema, he is excited to see the variety and quality of films submitted. He lists Werner Herzog, Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan in his top Directors list.

Valerie Ng
Valerie Ng

Valerie Ng is a co-founder and managing editor of Australian film publication Rough Cut. Based in Melbourne, she critiques films for the aforementioned, as well as the ABC, The Big Issue, and 4:3.

Debbie Zhou
Debbie Zhou

Debbie Zhou is a freelance film and theatre critic, and a managing editor of Australian film publication Rough Cut. Her words also appear in Time Out Sydney, The Guardian, The Big Issue, Metro Magazine amongst others.

Alexander Denysenko
Alexander Denysenko
Alexander Denysenko is Award Winning Film Director and Screenwriter, specialized in designing and directing Commercials, Music Videos and Feature Films. 
 
After graduating from Master School of Film Directing (Warsaw, Poland), he furthered his education working under the tutelage of Academy Award-winning director – Andrzej Wajda and Oscar nominee DoP Slawomir Idziak.
 
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Joe Peltzer
Joe Peltzer

A fresh-on-the-scene amateur film critic, Joe is a lover of the cinema in general with the general belief that every film, even those that you may not enjoy, has something to say. Films are the product of talented filmmakers pouring their heart and soul into projects that they believe in, and that is something to celebrate. To share his passion for all things cinema, Joe founded Guy at the Movies in August 2019, a growing site that features daily movie reviews, news, and analysis of the industry.

An attorney by day and a film-buff by night, Joe resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Hasi Eldib
Hasi Eldib

Hasi Eldib is a full-time lens based visual artist with a reverence for independent documentary filmmaking, video production and photography, occasionally experimenting in other forms of visual storytelling.

In his documentary work, he aims to highlight our common humanity through stories of the heart. The relationships he forges through these labours of love continue to be the most rewarding aspects of this work.

He loves to develop his understanding of cinema by watching and studying a wide variety of projects from all around the world. He feels that a story can be told in so many ways and is keen to see the fresh content that emerges on the festival circuit.

Dilroop Khangura
Dilroop Khangura

Dilroop Khangura is an actress who was recently accepted to study at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia. With a background in Law and Psychology, she enjoys using her skills to bring important stories to life, especially those by people of colour.

Reece Mawhinney
Reece Mawhinney

Reece Mawhinney is a freelance film and literature journalist, currently based in Northern Ireland. He got his start, during his university years, when he was hired to do marketing and programming for the global film festival group, Lift-Off. Working from inside of Pinewood Studios, he gained the opportunity to hone his industry knowledge and interview some of the filmmakers behind his favourite works. As well as a platform to aid a community of fresh talent in developing and distributing their films.

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Teagan Skotarczak
Teagan Skotarczak

Teagan Skotarczak is a budding film critic whose insightful reviews cut to the core of what a film is truly made of. Though amateur to the film world, she has an innate sense of tempo and symbolism in which she processes the components of every piece she watches. In her free time, she likes pursue acting in local independent films and writing short stories. Teagan is a laboratory technologist whose heart is in the arts.