Jury 1


Mouna Andraos

Designer Mouna Andraos deconstructs everyday electronic devices and experiences to discover how to reconstruct more efficient --or poetic-- alternatives. Through open-source sharing of her research, Andraos works to demystify and disseminate technical knowledge, empowering consumers to customize and create technological experiences to fit their real, personal needs.

Mouna has also been working in web for almost a decade and her online work has won numerous recognitions ranging from Best of Show at the SXSW festival, Interactive prizes from Communication Arts magazine and ID magazine and a CyberLion in Cannes.

She holds a Master’s degree from New York University, where she also taught, and a Bachelor’s from Concordia University. She is also an alumni of Eyebeam's R&D OpenLab in New York City. She lives and works in Montreal. Her work can be seen online at http://www.missmoun.com and http://www.electroniccrafts.org

Kat Baulu
Producer, Quebec Centre
National Film Board

Kat joined the National Film Board's Quebec Centre in 2007. She produces feature documentary, new media and training programs for emerging filmmakers. Her newly minted films include award-winning Rip! A remix manifesto, a participatory media feature documentary on copyright. Kat is excited by storytelling on the web. Previously she worked with CitizenShift, the NFB’s Web portal for independent filmmakers. Kat trained at the Canadian Film Centre and at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Under a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, Kat completed a post-graduate degree in science communication in New Zealand.

Rebecca Cogan

Rebecca Coggan brings her years of experience in new media to her role as a jurist for First Person Digital. Currently the director of strategy at the digital-marketing agency Inpix and formerly jury president of the new media category at the Gemini Awards, she is an accomplished strategist with a strong and diverse new-media background. In addition to her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema, Rebecca undertook minors in psychology and semiotics. She has a certificate in relational marketing and has also completed extensive training in business development, entrepreneurship, and sales techniques. For the last 15 years, Rebecca has worked in communication arts and has had a life-long passion for interactive new-media. She has also developed a specific expertise in the field of mobile marketing.

Rebecca has worked at traditional agencies (Ogilvy, BBDO) and has consulted for the majority of interactive agencies in Montreal for local, national and international clients. She has also worked for music television station Musiqueplus and for international game producer Ubisoft / Gameloft.

Rebecca is fueled by delivering results and constantly strives to out-do herself. The bigger the better. She has delivered outstanding results for clients such as: Best Buy, Bluetracks, Cassis (a division of Reitman’s), CellFish, CityRealty NYC, Educ’Alcool, Fido, Future Shop, Girlports Travel, Naya, Novem Productions, Via Rail, Vrak.tv.

Rebecca's experience in interactive and online media has won awards and has been recognized by various organizations. She has also participated as a jury member and jury president for known interactive award contests.

To learn more about the work she does and her recent successes, please visit http://www.exaltcreativity.com/

Melisa Forero

Melisa Forero is a media professional who was involved with First Person Digital from its development stage at the National Film Board to the production stage at Studio XX. Originally from Colombia, Melisa has explored the world of audiovisual production from different creative angles in the private and non-profit sectors both in Canada and Latin-America. Recently she worked for the NFB as an Associate Producer developing and co-producing the training initiative Making Music 3. Melisa works as a promo producer/director for CTV Montreal and she is also the Video Designer for The Caravan Stage Theatre Company where she creates large-scale interactive video content for the outdoor theatre. Her titles abroad include junior content producer for CityTv Bogota and Assistant Director for Cinema Films Colombia. She's an honors graduate from the Communication Studies department at Concordia University.

Jury 2  

Paulina Abarca-Cantin
Director General Studio XX

Alongside her role as Director General of Studio XX, Canada’s foremost feminist digital resource artist-run centre for technological exploration, creation and critique, Paulina currently serves as President of the Board of Femmes de cinema , de la television et des nouveau medias (FCTNM) and Chair of the English Language Arts Network’s Advisory Board.

Previous to Studio XX, Paulina was Executive Producer at Darwin Dimensions / Hexagram; Director of Development at Big Bang FX/Animation; Distribution and Marketing Executive at Motion International Imax Unit; Producer at CD MED (produced the award-winning 3D short Sentinelles) and Assistant Producer at doc shop Cinefort inc.

A graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada and The University of Toronto, she was Artistic Director of Montreal’s Street People Theatre Company from 1984-1997, an endeavour she balanced with adventures as a director and actor across Canada and in film and television. In 2008, she was a selected participant in CTV’s WIDC Career Advancement Module, receiving mentorship from Camelia Freiberg that will end at HTMlles in November 2010.

Ravida Din

Since joining the National Film Board in 1991, Ravida has worked in a range of capacities relating to both production and marketing. In her position as the NFB’s Quebec Executive Producer, her mandate is to envision and manage a varied program of documentaries, interactive projects and community-based initiatives in line with the NFB's mission to reflect the diverse and ever-evolving nature of Canadian society. Her recent credits include Jelena’s Song, a poignant and lyrical journey through memory and family history; Family Motel, an alternative drama; Nollywood Babylon, a revealing look at the Nigerian film industry; and Roadsworth: Crossing the Line, a portrait of a unique street artist. Current documentaries that Din is producing include: Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, based on the book by Margaret Atwood and directed by Jennifer Baichwal, and Pink Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy, directed by Léa Pool.

Skawennati Tricia Fragnito

Skawennati is an artist, independent curator and occasional writer. She holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal as well as a Graduate Diploma in Institutional Administration (Arts Specialization). In 1994, she co-founded Nation to Nation, a First Nations artist collective. N2N’s unique events and exhibitions, including the very popular Native Love, which toured Canada, offered a contemporary Aboriginal perspective that had not often been seen at that point. From 1996 to 2004, Skawennati was the director and primary curator for CyberPowWow, the pioneering, Aboriginally-determined, online gallery and chat space. Her own artwork has been widely exhibited. Imagining Indians in the 25th Century, a web-based paper doll/time-travel journal has been presented across North America, most notably in Artrain USA’s three-year, coast-to-coast tour of the show “Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture”. A print version of this piece is in the collection of the Canada Art Bank. 80 Minutes, 80 Movies, 80s Music, her ongoing series of one-minute music videos continues to grow; and her current production, TimeTraveller™ is a multi-platform project featuring a Machinima series. The website, www.TimeTravellerTM.com, won the Best New Media award at imagineNative 2009.

Skawennati is currently Co-Director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (www.AbTeC.org), a network of artists, academics and technologists investigating, creating and critiquing Aboriginal virtual environments.

To learn more please visit www.skawennati.net.

Rob McLaughlin

Rob McLaughlin is the Director, Digital Content and Strategy for the English Program at the National Film Board of Canada. Prior to joining the NFB, Rob was a Director, Digital Programming at CBC responsible for creative and business development around documentary, network radio and arts and entertainment programs. He was also was the Executive Producer of CBC’s acclaimed online radio and multimedia service, CBC Radio 3.
Kim Sawchuk

Kim Sawchuk is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. She is the editor of the Canadian Journal of Communication (www.cjc-online.ca) and co-editor of wi: journal of mobile media (www.wi-not.ca) as well as the forthcoming book The Wireless Spectrum (with Barbara Crow and Michael Longford) which is being published by the University of Toronto Press. She is a co-Director of the Mobile Media Gallery (www.mobilemediagallery.org) and has been working with artists and designers on mobile, wireless locative media projects since 2005. Her present research is on the dissemination of multimedia works on mobile platforms, with a special interest in Bluetooth technologies, as well as the complex intersection between ageing, mobility, and digital devices with her longtime collaborator, Barbara Crow. She is also engaged in the archiving and digitization of a historically significant collection of illustrations, done by women, for the first atlas of anatomy published in North America in the 1940s, Grant's Atlas of Anatomy. Kim is a founding member of Studio XX.
Mahalia Verna

Mahalia Verna began her mandate as Program Development Manager (Quebec Region) for CBC Television in February 2007. Prior to her appointment at CBC, Verna had served as Development Officer for the National Film Board of Canada, managing cultural diversity initiatives and developing documentary films such as In the Name of the Mother and the Son, and Has God Forsaken Africa? As an independent producer, her credits include the Jutra-nominated short film SUNK: Un soleil dans l’encre noire, and the Genie-nominated feature film Saved by the Belles. She began her career in the film and television industry in 1997, as a publicist for some of Canada’s top production companies such as CINAR, and Galafilm Productions.

Verna has served as a jury member for the Vues d’Afrique International Film Festival, the Montreal International Human Rights Films Festival, the CIDA Award at Hot Docs, and the Banff International Television Festival. She represents the CBC on the board of Quebec’s Documentary Network. She is a member of the consultation committee on cultural diversity at the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), is a board member at the MAI (Montréal Arts Interculturels), and recently joined the board of the Social Justice Committee (SJC). In recognition of her contributions and achievements, Mahalia Verna was one of twelve community figures celebrated by the Montreal Black History Month Roundtable in 2005.