Lynn M. Holley, Founding Director and Producer of the IFAFF and the 3 Minute Film Festival, watches every film entered, and chooses those for Official Selection. In cases of ties or differences between judge selections, Lynn helps to finalize winners. She also gives out her own award: Director's Choice, after all films have been chosen for an award. She often chooses her favorites among other films not making winning rank. Lynn was an early film reviewer for a daily newspaper, and has written and/or produced a few documentary shorts. At one time she was a judge for the International Santa Barbara Film Festival, establishing an award for social justice. Lynn has also been the managing director of international, classical music festivals, which also involved films. She works as an independent curator, visual arts exhibition judge, guest curator, and lecturer and writer in the arts. With degrees in Humanities, and Communications , and an MA in Museum Studies, creating film festivals suits her passion for films, and her work as an Executive Consultant to the Arts.
.Richard Carter is a professional photographer originally from Maryland, now living in California for over 40 years. He has worked for newspapers, film producers nationally and internationally, as well as Film Festivals and high-profile award events for many decades. Always an accomplished film photographer, he studied digital photography in Santa Barbara at City College. For over 30 years he has covered Red Carpet events, opening film receptions, post-award receptions, and interviewed scores of A-list filmmakers, actors and world class musicians. He has interviewed many film stars, and worked with directors on and offset, from Oscar winners to Independent filmmakers. As a photographer in his own right he has won numerous top awards for his plethora of photographs, especially celebrity and film-based. He has been a film judge for festivals for five years, including the IFAFF, and the 3Minute Film Festival.
Maria Doctor is a documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, and content creator with training in film, music, dance, acting and poetry. Her recent documentary producing projects include THE REST OF US, which follows five undocumented students in the U.S., and COVID POV, a look at how life in the pandemic impacts the perspectives and mental health of a variety of Americans. Maria is actively rewriting her first feature screenplay on a grieving mother who goes on an epic quest to save and heal her life, as well as developing a business to use narrative visual storytelling to uplift and connect audiences to positively impactful brands. In her spare time, Maria practices love, piano and Spanish, goes on nature walks, reads children’s books to her daughter (often in character voices), and looks for ways to heal and be healed. You can find Maria @fieldsoplenty on Instagram and Twitter.
.Larry S. Greenfield is a retired attorney who has practiced as a complex commercial and entertainment litigator in both New York and Los Angeles for more than 37 years. He is a member of the American Film Institute, a graduate of Cornell University, and of the New York University School of Law (JD). Larry clerked for the Hon. Lawrence Bilder in the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey before he began his practice in 1976.Larry is the author of the anchor chapter of the multi-authored and critically-acclaimed legal treatise entitled "Entertainment Litigation," first published by Oxford University Press in 2011.Larry has represented clients in many aspects of the entertainment industry, including Motion Picture Studios (MGM/United Artists; Paramount Pictures; Lionsgate Films; New Line Cinema; DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group; and Miramax Pictures, among others); Television Networks and Producers (including ABC Television, Telepictures; American Idol; MTV, and VH-1, among others); Actors (including Sidney Poitier; Johnny Depp; Courtenay Cox; and Laura Dern, among others); Writers (including Truman Capote; J.D. Salinger; and Diane English, among others); Talent Agencies, (including The William Morris Agency; Endeavor; UTA; and ICM); Record Companies (Motown Records; Polygram Records); Recording Artists (including Bob Dylan; Rod Stewart; Ozzy Osborne; and Jewel, among others); Directors (David Fincher, among others), and many other individuals and companies in nearly all aspects of the entertainment industry.Now retired from active practice, Larry consults with clients on a selective basis.
Daniel Kepl is a seasoned conductor, and currently a film festival judge of Original Score for this season and previous IFAFF seasons. He is also a media reviewer of classical music, theater and dance events. When he was only sixteen, he founded the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, and thenattended the California Institute of the Arts, as its first conducting major, studying with conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith there, after two years studying with Los Angeles Chamber Symphony conductor Henri Temianka. Daniel attended Trinity College of Music, London, to study with conductors Bernard Keeffe, as well as Irwin Hoffman in Brussels.He then spent a month in Brazil with the Sao Paulo Philharmonic as a conducting fellow in 1972.For twelve years he was in Seattle conducting for Seattle Festival Ballet, Seattle Wind Ensemble and Seattle Debut Orchestra. In 1979 brought the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival - all 22 musicians - to Seattle during the summers, beginning in 1979.He has been writing reviews of classical music, theater, and dance events ever since his youth, for newspapers, media outlets in California, Seattle, and, London. Daniel's performingartsreview.net website is a video interview and CD review service with 22,000 subscribers in six countries.
.Katherine McElwee attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and New York University, where her passion for the arts and films began. She was a ceramic artist for 20 years, with a home studio and an association with a Mendocino County, California, ceramic guild, where she also sold her work. Always a cinephile, she expanded her interest in the arts to uncover a better understanding of filmmaking. She has helped develop and edit film scripts, with specific comments on the nature of story-telling. Katherine has been a volunteer for 30 years for a theater company, working as a House Manager. She has participated as a judge in former film festivals, and continues to consult with script writers.