This year’s VISFF judging panel are incredibly experienced and talented and we are very excited to have them involved in our 12th annual festival. We received 112 entries this year and our judging panel will be choosing award winners from the 16 films that made it into the festival.
Gavin Michael Booth is an award winning filmmaker, writer, director, producer, cinematographer and editor in the entertainment industry with fifteen years experience working within the film medium. His latest film “The Scarehouse” was distributed by NBC/Universal (USA) and D Films (Canada) in 2015 with international releasing including the Philippines, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy and more. The Scarehouse was funded in part by Telefilm Canada and the film won Best Feature at the New York City Horror Film Festival in 2014. Booth was runner-up for Director of the Year via Toronto’s NOW Magazine and Best Director in 2015 & 2016 via Windsor Independent. This past October Booth broke new filmmaking ground teaming up with power producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity series, The Purge, and Oscar winning Whiplash) to create the world’s first movie broadcast live using Twitter’s Periscope App. The film was a success with worldwide media coverage.
Erin Linn McMullan is a screenwriter and story editor for IMAX Humpback Whales 3D and Cold Paradise (OMNI TV, Dawson City and Available Light Film Festivals). Her feature screenplay Lotus, a Romeo and Juliet adventure set in 12th Century Japan, was an official selection of VIWIFF 2016. She is a recent graduate of UBC’s MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on screenwriting.Her background includes work as a writer-editor for TV’s high school quiz show, Reach for the Top. She also spent 6 years on the production side of the Toronto film industry including as a member of IATSE Local 667’s Camera trainee program, and as camera second on Detroit Rock City and Canadian Film Centre productions.
Helena Marie most recent on screen credits include Supernatural, A Wife’s Suspicion, and First Response. In 2013 she co-founded What’s On Tap
Productions and produced, co-wrote, and starred in CRAZY LOVE, the production company’s first film, which premiered at the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival in February of 2015. The film took home 4 awards for Best Technical, Best Writing, Best Film, and Best Performance for Helena’s portrayal of a woman suffering at the hands of her abusive boyfriend. The film also screened at the Montreal Fantasia Film Festival, the Toronto Blood in the Snow Fest, took home the prize of Best Short Film at the Montreal Actra Film Festival, and won Best Cinematography at the International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts in
Beverly Hills, California. In the spring of 2016 Helena landed a supporting lead role in the feature period Western called Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story, shooting
her pistol alongside powerhouses Kim Coates, Judd Nelson and country-singer superstar Trace Adkins. The film was released in theatres across the US in November of 2016 and will be available worldwide on DVD and Blu-ray in December 2016.