2020 Judges

~ 2020 JUDGES & PATRONS ~

“As every year, our Jury will mix artists and public figures from various backgrounds and expertise. With our picks, we try our best, always, to reflect the real modern society, giving a platform to most, especially women.”

Matt Beurois

Newest additions (bios below):

Latest names added (bios soon):

PAZ DE LA HUERTA

She is best known for her role as Lucy in Martin Scorsese’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO) for which she got awarded for by the Screen Actors Guild Awards along an ensemble cast including Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi and twice Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon.

Over the past decade, Paz de la Huerta has become a household name in the indie filmmaking world with projects like cult classic Gaspar Noe’s Enter the Void, but also A Walk to Remember, The Limits of Control, Choke, The Guitar, and Nail Polish. 

In 2015 she premiered Bare premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She starred opposite Dianna Agron.

Born and raised in New York City to a Spanish-born father and a Minneapolis, Minnesota-born mother, Paz has been acting since the age of four.

Aside from acting, Paz is a skilled artist, designer, and writer who enjoys listening to punk rock music.

Her name (Paz de la Huerta) literally means “Peace of the Orchard”.

Paz can most recently be seen in the modern rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring Lily Rabe and Finn Wittrock.

MONICA CRUZ

She is best known in France for her role in “Un, Dos, Tres” (original title: Un Paso Adelante), that first aired in 2004  on channel 6 M6, re-running since on its affiliates W9 and Teva.

She appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Final Inquiry starring Max Von Sydow and Dolph Lundgren.

French fans also noticed her in Asterix at the Olympic Games, starring Clovis Cornillac and Gerard Depardieu.

In 2017, she appeared in Jamiroquai’s “Cloud 9” music video.

Her credits also include films such as Last Hour, starring Michael Madsen and David Carradine, helmed by French director Pascal Caubet, Jerry Cotton, 9 Meses, Todo Incluido.

As a designer, she and her sister designed an Urban and Evening wear collection for Spanish clothing retailer Mango, as well as a collection of jewelry and handbags for Japanese fashion house Samantha Thavasa, and two collections for Swiss retailer Charles Vögele in 2010 and 2011.

Monica also modeled for British lingerie retailer Agent Provocateur and launched in 2018 a jewellery collection titled “Rock Star” for Majorica. Part of the proceeds from sales of the Rock Star collection benefited the Fero Foundation, a private foundation that helps the development of cancer research.

Her commercials credits include campaigns for Betsson, Nescafe, Gabriella Vivaldi, TechnoMarine, Once, Hokana and many others.

EMILY CARMICHAEL

Emily is a scriptwriter and director whose credits include Jurassic World: Dominion and Pacific Rim: Uprising.

She also wrote and executive-produced Battle at Big Rock, a Jurassic Park Short film.

She runs the production company Kids Can Drive with Adam Spielberg and more than a dozen A-List collaborators.

Director Colin Trevorrow says of her: “Emily Carmichael is the next great writer-director of the kind of movies I love. Her ability to find warmth and humanity in genre storytelling is a superpower in itself.”

Born and raised in New York City, Emily was the top-ranked English student in her graduating class at Stuyvesant High School.

As a teenager, she contributed two essays (“Fight Girl Power” and “Acid Torches of Doom”) to Ophelia Speaks, a collection of works by adolescent girls, which spent eighteen weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List. Salon’s review of the book singled out her work as the strongest in the collection and she appeared as a featured guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, to discuss issues of girlhood and modernity.

In 2000 she won Bertelsmann’s World of Expression Award for her short story “Losing It.”

At Harvard University, she earned her B.A. with honors in Painting and Literature and continued to distinguish herself as an artist, playwright, and theater director. She wrote and directed two full-length plays — Stopover and The Passion Sell (co-directed with Geordie Broadwater) — and three short plays — Amy’s Roadside, The Impossibles, and The Minute Kings.

She also co-directed a production of Macbeth: The Puppet Shakespeare for which she designed and sculpted twenty-two clay puppets. In Cambridge her paintings and sculptures were regularly featured in student exhibitions and she graduated with the David McCord Prize for Excellence in the Arts.

After her graduation in 2004, she moved back to New York City where she began to work professionally as an artist and writer. She assisted with story development on One Rat Short (Short-listed for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film), and wrote and workshopped her new play, Madrigal’s Dome, at the Manhattan Theater Club. She also served as a graphic designer for several ad and promotional campaigns and as a set designer for the second season of the Babel Theater Project.

In 2006, she entered the MFA film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her thesis film, The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting, premiered at Sundance in 2011. Since then, her short films have screened at Sundance, Tribeca and SXSW, as well as international film festivals around the world.

Imdb.

Twitter.

Kid Can Drive.

Profile in Filmmaker Magazine.

STEVEN E. De SOUZA

Steven is one of the few screenwriters whose films have grossed over two billion dollars.
His credits include the genre-defining films Die Hard and 48 HRS., as
well as Commando, The Running Man, The Flintstones, Ricochet, Die Hard 2, and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

Upcoming for 2021 are the China-to-India chase movie Bombay Bullet for producer Edward R. Pressman, the noir series Rex Venice for Untitled Entertainment, and the P.I. pilot Trackdown for Peter Lenkov’s 101st Street Entertainment.

In print, De Souza’s byline first appeared in the legendary rock and roll magazine Crawdaddy, followed by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Empire, Premiere, Fade-In and Sight & Sound magazines.

He has been nominated twice for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best
Mystery Screenplay, and the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Film.

A recipient of the Norman Lear Award for Lifetime Achievement in Writing, he is a frequent guest lecturer at the USC Film School and the American Film Institute, and has taught master classes on screenwriting at UCLA, The American Cinematheque, FICCI Frames in Mumbai, India, and the ScreenCraft Residency Program in Treasure Beach, Jamaica.

He also wrote episodes of Tales from the Crypt, Knight Rider, V.

Steven’s Twitter.

DANIELLE GEATHERS

Danielle Alexa Geathers is a rising junior mechanical engineering major at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, ranked the #1 university in the world).

Miami native, she just got elected on June 1st the 2020-2021 student body President. People Magazine just published “MIT’s First Black Woman Student Body President Hopes to Make School ‘More Welcoming & Inclusive.'”

The Miami Times specifies: “Adding to the strength of her ticket, Geathers chose fellow activist Yu Jing Chen, an Asian American woman, rounding out the most diverse administration in MIT’s history of student government leadership.”

The Miami TImes concludes its article with:

“Geathers finished her sophomore year with a recruitment project to purchase and send 250 books recommended by current MIT students, to potential Class of 2024 members”

Geathers capped off a distinguished high school career that included the distinctions in academics, athletics and community service. She was selected as the 2018 Silver Knight Award (Athletics) winner, the 2018 Miami-Dade County Scholar Athlete of the Year, a Coca-Cola Scholar, a Foot Locker Scholar, a Burger King Scholar and a WAGS Scholar. 

During her tenure at MIT, Geathers served as the student body’s Officer on Diversity and Chair of the Diversity Committee.

Additionally, she earned the distinction of National AP Scholar, Geathers is also the founder of “Talented Ten”, a program to recruit more black women to MIT.

Her Instagram.

Talented Ten MIT program.

GIAN MARCO TAVANI

MAX MARKSON

International short film winner gets a private feedback from Max!

PR Company Markson Sparks! commenced operation in 1982, quickly establishing a reputation as a leading force in the publicity industry as well as talent management.

Working today with John Travolta, Mel Gibson (Melbourne 2021), William Shatner (January 2021), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean Claude VanDamme, but also Bill Clinton, Myke Tyson or Kim Kardasian, the boutique company today shines to international audience and clients.

Founder Max Markson’s uses a dynamic, pro active and high energy approach to each and every event he sets up, meeting the highest expectations of his global network.

Max Markson will debut a new feature we designed for the Paris Art & Movie Awards: he will watch and review our 2020 Winning International Short Film, and provide a feedback to the lucky filmmaker.

Don’t miss this opportunity!

Marksons Sparks website.

Markson Sparks Facebook.

JULIE NOLKE

Julie is a Canadian actress, writer, and a prominent YouTube creator. Her self titled comedy Youtube channel garnered close to 8 Million views and more than 100.000 subscribers to date.

You are likely familiar with her recent self-isolation / time traveler video “Explaining the Pandemic to my Past Self”. The segment was reviewed by The Huffington Post.

While writing, producing, editing and acting in content for the web, Julie also acts in film and television. Recent credits include: TALLBOYZ (CBC), WORKIN’ MOMS (CBC/Netflix), and SECRET SOCIETY OF SECOND BORN ROYALS (Disney+). 

Julis is also an award-winning filmmaker and writer. Her short film, ARE WE BAD FEMINISTS, screened at Buffer Festival (2019) where she won overall “Excellence in Writing”. Her short film HASTAG APOCALYPSE she produced and edited also took home several wins and nominations.

Other relevant festival screenings include: Toronto Sketchfest (2020), Montreal’s JFL Comedypro (2019), and JFL42 (2019).

She also works as a lifestyle and comedy host for both Tastemade and Tripadvisor.

Julie’s YouTube channel.

Julie’s Instagram.

BRENT HUFF

BRENT HUFF is an award-winning actor, writer and director. He is best known for his acting work in The Rookie (ABC), Shameless (Showtime), NCIS (CBS), Mad Men (AMC), The West Wing (NBC), to name just a few.

As a director, Brent’s well versed in the documentary genre. His award-winning work Behind the Orange Curtain was picked up for distribution by FilmBuff in 2013 and enjoyed numerous successful screenings across the country. The film deals with the heavy topic of the opioid epidemic in the United States today. The “call-to action” film has been deemed important and eye opening though frightening.

In 2014, his success goes on with Chasing Beauty, the hard hitting documentary film that reveals the dark side of the modeling industry. After the film premiered on Logo TV, it quickly became the #1 documentary and #1 independent film on iTunes and is now available on Netflix. BuzzFeed and Harper’s Bazaar named Chasing Beauty one of the top ten fashion documentaries ever made.

He directed numerous feature films including 100 Mile Rule starring Maria Bello and Jake Weber, Serbian Scars starring Michael Madsen and Mark Dacascos (PAMA Jury member 2016), Treasure Raiders starring David Carradine.

He also directed several short films, such as Hero or Helpless, starring Todd Stashwick (12 Monkeys).

Brent currently is in post-production of two short documentaries; Purpose Found dealing with Rett syndrome, and Creating Giants, as well as his next feature documentary The Jackie Styles Stories. For more on these, please check this link.

Brent is also a photographer, whose work you can appreciate on his website.

Seasoned director of short and long form constantly challenging himself to deal with societal topics, established artist and photographer, Brent Huff definitely is a perfect fit for the Paris Art and Movie Awards, and will contribute making this 10th edition one to remember.

Instagram.

Website.

Twitter.

Facebook.

MELORA WALTERS

Melora is an American actress, painter, author and artist.

She worked 4 times with Paul Thomas Anderson on Hard EightBoogie Nights (as Jessie St. Vincent), Magnolia (as Claudia Wilson Gator), and The Master (voice).

She also appeared in Cold Mountain, Dead Poet Society, The Butterfly Effect. On the TV side, she guest-starred in SeinfeldNYPD Blue and CSI.

Melora is a graduate of Pratt Institute. As an artist she has exhibited her art in New York, Los Angeles at the Jan Baum Gallery, Merry Karnowsky Gallery-LA, Self Help Graphics, LAUNCH LA, internationally at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin.

Her poems have been published by Finishing Line Press, Writ Large Press, Serpentine Press, DRYLAND Lit, and Levure Littéraire.

In 2018, she appears in blockbuster Venom, and in 2019 she landed recurring roles in Netflix’s The OA and Pen15 for Awesomeness TV and Hulu.

As a filmmaker she wrote, directed, and produced her first short film The Muse in 2017. In 2018 she filmed her debut feature as writer/director Waterlily Jaguar. In October 2019, her second directorial effort Drowning premiered internationally at The Rome Film Festival.

She stated in various interviews some of her filmmaking influences include Jean-Luc Godard, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Francois Truffaut, John Cassavetes.

Artist website.

Instagram.

Twitter.

Melora’s books on Amazon.

Parts of text from Source Point Wellness.

COLE SIBUS


Cole is an American actor and athlete, who rose to fame in 2019 with his lead role as Ansel Parios  in ABC’s hit show STUMPTOWN, starring Cobie Smulders (portraying Dex Parios).

He has appeared in various film, television and theater productions. He began his career on the A&E Emmy® Award-winning docuseries BORN THIS WAY. 

In 2019, he won the Upstream Spotlight award at the Riverbend Film Festival for his work as Arrow in acclaimed independent feature film SPARE ROOM. He later was cast in ABC’s drama STUMPTOWN, alongside an ensemble cast showing much palpable on-screen chemistry.

Cole also is an Olympic gold medal winner.

As a Special Olympics Southern California athlete he plays softball and swims, previously practiced tennis and flag football. 

He competed as a swimmer at the 2014 USA National Special Olympics, representing New Jersey, and got home with 3 medals including one gold.

Multi-talented, busy and positive, Cole embodies some of our core values at the PAMA: conquer your dreams, make it happen, have fun.

Cole’s Instagram.

Cole’s Imdb.

Source: ABC, Special Olympics.org, Parade.

GENEVIEVE BUECHNER

Genevieve is a Canadian actress. Her credits include the Syfy series CAPRICA, the Fox / CW series THE 100, and her lead role of Madison on the Peabody Award winning Lifetime series UnREAL, starring Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby.  

She also appeared as a recurring guest on The USA Network THE 4400 and Bravo’s GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE.

On the film side, she started as a child actress at age ten when landing the lead role in SAINT MONICA. The film went on to be a festival success playing across North America and being selected for the Berlin Film Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival and the Vancouver Film Festival. She was nominated for a Canadian Leo Award for Best Lead performance by a female in 2003 for that role.

Two years later in 2004 she appeared alongside Robin Williams in the thriller THE FINAL CUT, in 2009 in JENNIFER’S BODY starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried, and in JUDAS KISS in 2011.

She also appeared on episodes of X-FILES, THE KILLING, FRINGE, SUPERNATURAL, and the cult-classic MASTERS OF HORROR to name a few.

Genevieve’s Instagram.

Genevieve’s Twitter.

Genevieve’s Imdb.