2013 – 2016 OFFICIAL JURY

The Chelsea Film Festival Official Jury select the Grand Prix Award ($10,000 sponsored by Panavision), Petite Prix Award ($5000) and 22 other awards.

2016 JURY

• Dana Verde
DANA VERDE started her career while she was an undergraduate student at the New School University (NSU) pursuing her degree in Media Studies/Screenwriting. In 2003 she entered the Sundance Screenwriters Lab with her first full length feature script “The Only Black Girl” and made the final round in the competition.
In 2004, she completed her degree at NSU and became a script reader for Maisha Film Lab (founded by filmmaker Mira Nair) and co-hosted a TV show on MTV called “Your Movie Show” as a film reviewer.
In 2005, she attended the London Film School (LFS), London UK, to begin her graduate studies in filmmaking. While there, she studied directing under filmmakers Mike Leigh, Stephen Fears and Richard Kwietniowski; and writing under Hanif Kureishi. She graduated LFS in 2008.
Currently Dana is in pre-production on her second feature film #YBA, a comedy about young black actors and their career struggles; and her feature length screenplay “The Perfect Match”, which stars Paula Patton and Terrance J/produced by Queen Latifah’s flavor unit, is set to release in 2016. She is also launching her New Media Company, 3CK Media late this fall.

• Jayce Bartok
JAYCE BARTOK has appeared in numerous films and television shows as an actor, most notably Richard Linklater’s SUBURBIA, Sam Raimi’s SPIDERMAN and Tom McCarthy’s THE STATION AGENT. TV Series appearances include frequent roles on THE FOLLOWING, WHITE COLLAR, and LAW & ORDER. Most recently, Jayce wrote, directed and co-produced the indie feature FALL TO RISE (Panorama Entertainment), which just completed an extensive run on the independent film festival circuit and is now available on Amazon PRIME. Accolades for FALL TO RISE include being an official selection at the Dance On Camera Festival at Lincoln Center and winner of the Bulleit Frontier Filmmaker Award at the First Time Fest in New York City. Jayce wrote and starred in THE CAKE EATERS, the critically acclaimed film directed by Mary Stuart Masterson, which starred Kristen Stewart and Bruce Dern. THE CAKE EATERS premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was an official selection at festivals throughout the world. Other credits include co-director and co-producer of the award-winning documentary ALTERED BY ELVIS, writer/director of the award-winning short films: SUNBURN, starring Jack Falahee and Damian Young, JACK & PAUL, and STRICKEN, starring Hayley Mills as well as writer of the SXSW winning short, LITTLE PUMPKIN.  Most recently, Jayce was a producer on the award-winning short SUDDENLY… starring Terry Kinney, and is in production on LARGER THAN LIFE, a documentary about the life of Kevyn Aucoin.  His next feature film, RED RIVER, will go into production in the winter of 2018.

2015 JURY

• Estelle Parsons
JURY PRESIDENT
ESTELLE PARSONS is most widely known for her Academy Award winning performance in BONNIE AND CLYDE and her ten years as Mother Bev on the hit Roseanne sitcom. In the theater, she is best known for her portrayal of the tyrannical eighth grade teacher in Roberto Athayde’s classic about totalitarian power, MISS MARGARIDA’S WAY, which she performed on Broadway, all over the United States and in London, Dublin, Turkey and Australia. She has appeared in plays by the great writers of our time, including Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams, Dario Fo, Arthur Miller, Samuel Beckett, Paul Zindel and Horton Foote.

She starred in AUGUST, OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts on Broadway for a year and on the road for a year. Most recently she played in GOOD PEOPLE by David Lindsay-Abaire and the Gershwin musical, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT with Matthew Broderick. In 2012, she was directed by Neil LaBute in Marco Calvani’s THINGS OF THIS WORLD. In 2014, she received a Tony nomination for her performance in THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN by Eric Coble at the BoothTheater on Broadway.
As a director, she created the New York Shakespeare Festival Players for Joseph Papp in the 1980s. For two seasons, they performed SHAKESPEARE ON BROADWAY for New York City school students and their families in an effort to develop a multicultural audience for New York She also directed Al Pacino in Oscar Wilde’s SALOME: the Reading on Broadway.
Estelle Parsons is a member of the Actors’ Studio and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2004.

• Tiffany Bartok
Tiffany received her BFA in theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Following a move to New York City, Tiffany worked consistently as an actress but soon discovered a talent for makeup artistry. She began to sharpen her skills on celebrities and film crews. Ultimately, the draw of the film world was contagious and Tiffany made the decision to direct and produce original films including her award winning documentary Altered By Elvis and the short film Little Pumpkin, which screened at the prestigious SXSW festival. She was also selected as a finalist for the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. Her out of the box producing talents have been the subject of a New York Times Arts Section feature. She has been a past jury member for the Memphis International Film Festival and the Vail Film Festival. Recent projects include producing Fall to Rise (Panorama Entertainment) and Red River for Vinyl Foote Productions, Suddenly… the award-winning short adapted from Etgar Keret’s short story, and The Showdown.

• Margarita Levieva
Margarita Levieva can next be seen in Leslye Headland’s SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE and Mari Heller’s DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, which both premiered at Sundance this past year.

Margarita is best known as the role of ‘Amanda Clarke’ in the hit ABC show REVENGE opposite Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp. Margarita recently starred opposite Hope Davis in NBC’s ALLEGIANCE, written and directed by George Nolfi.

Margarita’s past film credits include: FOR ELLEN, THE LOFT, KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM, NOISE, THE INVISIBLE, MOSCOW-RUSSIA EXPRESS, Lakeshore’s LINCOLN LAWYER, Miramax’s ADVENTURELAND and SPREAD opposite Ashton Kutcher.

Levieva made her Broadway debut in IMPRESSIONISM, an American play by Michael Jacobs. Margarita starred opposite Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons in the story of a world-traveling photojournalist and a New York gallery owner who help repair each other’s broken lives.
On television, in addition to REVENGE, Margarita could be seen in HBO’s LUCK and HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA and also starred in FOX’s VANISHED.

When she was 11, her mother moved her and her twin brother to New York from Russia, where she later studied economics at NYU. Her true passion, however, had always been acting and she ultimately was accepted into the Meisner Training Program at the prestigious William Esper Studio.

Margarita currently resides in New York/Los Angeles.

• Dorian Missick
Dorian Missick paved his way onto the scene when he starred opposite Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant in Two Weeks Notice. Most recently seen on the big screen in the Jerry Brukheimer produced “Deliver Us From Evil” and the Christmas season hit “Annie.” Other film roles include the AFFRM Films independent feature, “Big Words” (in the title role), Premium, Lucky Number Slevin, Things Never Said, The Manchurian Candidate,The Bounty Hunter, Freedomland and Rachel Getting Married.

Next up, Missick stars opposite RnB Superstar Brandy in the new BET series “Zoe Ever After” and recurring roles on the AMC series “Better Call Saul” and the HBO comedy series “The Brink.” Missick was a member of the cast of TnT’s critically acclaimed series Southland as Detective Ruben Robinson, partner to Ms. Regina King, for the final two seasons. He was also seen in a multi episode arc on the SyFy network’s hit series “Haven”. Previously he was a regular on the NBC series “The Cape”, and on “Six Degrees” for ABC (produced by JJ Abrams) .

Missick’s repertoire, however, is not limited to film and television. He starred off Broadway in the Pulitzer-prize winning drama “A Soldier’s Play” opposite Anthony Mackie and Taye Diggs at the Second Stage Theater.

Dorian Missick, some film credits include: Annie, Deliver Us From Evil, Big Words, Mooz-Lum, The Bounty Hunter, and Manchurian Candidate. Some Tv: SouthLAnd, The Cape, Six Degrees, Haven.

2014 JURY

Jacky Ido (Actor/Producer/Screenwriter)
JURY PRESIDENT
Born in Burkina Faso, raised in France.
Credits: Inglorious Basterds, In the Morning, Taxi Brooklyn, The White Masai, etc.

Kiki Lambden-Stout (Screenwriter/Director/Producer/Actress)
Born in the USA.
Credits: Sweets, Father’s Day, For Spacious Sky, etc.

Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo (Director/Producer)
Born in Poland.
Credits: After.Life

Susan Batson (Acting Coach/Actress/Writer/Producer/Teacher)
Born in the USA.
Credits: Stone Pillow, Summer Of Sam, etc.

2013 JURY

Paul Calderon (Actor/Producer/Writer/Director)
JURY PRESIDENT
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York.
Credits: Pulp Fiction, 21 Grams, King of New York, Law & Order (Recurring), Miami Vice, etc.

Michel Abramowicz (Cinematographer/Producer)
2013 Camera d’Or Jury Member
Born in France.
Credits: Taken, The Thing, From Paris with Love, Empire of the Wolves, Sagan, etc.

Ingrid Jean-Baptiste (Actress/Executive Director Chelsea Film Festival)
LSTFI Graduate, Former Journalist
Born in France.
Credits: Concussion, Sleepless in New York, Bien agites, etc.

Elizabeth Kemp (Actress/Acting Coach)
Longtime member at the Actors’ Studio
Born in the USA.
Credits: Sisters, Eating, The Clairvoyant, Murderous Vision, Animal Room, etc.