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Panel of Judges for “Best of Fest” Award

While the audience plays the role of judge for each of the other blocks, we have chosen a special panel of judges to decide our Best of Fest award at the Awards Finale, Sunday, February 17th at 7 p.m.  Those who attend the Best of Fest will be able to view the audience favorites and will be there first hand to find out who will be crowned Best of Fest.

The Love Your Shorts Film Festival welcomes and thanks our panel of judges for selecting the 2013 Best of the Fest award:

TIM ANDERSON

Tim Anderson, a music and film critic from Sanford, also is the host and programmer of the monthly Enzian FilmSlam in Maitland. His reviews have been published in Metroxmix, Film Threat, Cult Movies Magazine, Amazon.com and other media. Anderson is the DVD managing editor for Bloody-Disgusting.com, executive producer of the film “Die & Let Live,” and producer of the short film “2:22,” which has been shown at more than a dozen international film festivals.

DENISE K. CUMMINGS

Denise K. Cummings is associate professor in the Department of Critical Media and Cultural Studies at Rollins College, where her areas of teaching and research interest include film history, theory, and criticism; 20th century American and American Indian literatures, cultures, and film; critical theory; cultural studies; and Florida studies. At Rollins she co-coordinates the Film Studies program, and annually leads student-immersion courses and service-learning experiences in the Global Peace Film Festival (Orlando) and the Florida Film Festival (Maitland). She is editor of “Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art” (Michigan State University Press, 2011), and is working with LeAnne Howe and Harvey Markowitz on a new edited collection on American Indians and the cinema.

TRACY FRENKEL

Tracy Frenkel is a producer, director, casting director, acting teacher and member of the Screen Actors Guild. He earned his BFA in Theater at UCF along with a minor in Radio/TV Communications. He has appeared in several films including “Things Change,” “The Bros.,” and “Extreme Force,” various Nickelodeon programs such as Coach Roach/Coach Rochelle on “Welcome Freshmen,” “Kenan & Kel,” “Slime Time Live,” TV commercials, HBO’s “Earth to the Moon” and many live venues, including stand-up comedy. He is a graduate scholarship student of The Second City Training Center in Chicago, where he also was employed from 1987-1989, working alongside actors such as Bonnie Hunt, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Richard Kind, Tim Meadows, Jane Lynch, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Jeff Garland, Amy Sedaris, and others.

LISA MILLS

Dr. Lisa Mills is an assistant professor of film, documentary, at the University of Central Florida. She received her BA in English from Jacksonville University, her MA in Mass Communication from the University of Central Florida, and her PhD in Political Communication from the University of Florida. Before entering academia in 1999, she was a broadcast journalist for 25 years at several television stations in the Southeast. “The Young Composers Challenge,” her second feature documentary, won the national faculty award for “best long-form documentary” at the Broadcast Educators Association’s Festival of Media Arts in 2010. Her feature film “Dear Mr. Gore” screened in film festivals in the United Kingdom, Spain and South Korea in 2009. Her short films have also won awards. “The Circle Closes” won for best editing from the Florida Motion Picture Television Association in 2010. “Peace Corps: JFK’s Bold Legacy” won the cultural achievement award at the MOFILM festival in Spain in 2009. She is working on a new feature documentary, “Wally’s Way to the Moon,” about a retired rocket scientist.

ROGER MOORE

Roger Moore was, for years, film critic and film industry reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, and is now chief critic and entertainment writer for McClatchy-Tribune News Service, which places his reviews and profiles in thousands of newspapers and websites all over North America.