JUDGES 2018

The Miami Short Film Festival continues to provide independent filmmakers an excellent platform to showcase their talent. Having screened over 1,000 short films from almost all over the world, the MiamisFF has become a notable source of discovery and emerging talent and continues to build its reputation as a significant platform for filmmakers.

Every year we approach an esteemed group of individuals to ask that they serve as a judge of these spectacular films.

Daniel G Milan

Creative Advertising Director. Hardened writer. Fervent reader. 

Good friend. Tireless coworker. Passionated. Honest. Father. Husband. Lover.

Daniel is a Mexican advertising creative director. He has more than 10 years of experience creating outstanding campaigns for many brands such as Cheerios, Yoplait, Corona Beer, Victoria Beer, Nestlé, Ray-Ban, etc. Daniel’s short film passion born with “Adolescence”, a 3-minute short film that he wrote in 2016 and which won the Best Short Short Film in the 15th edition of the Miami Short Film Festival.

Adrian Zavala

Mexican artist, painter, illustrator and art director based in Miami, with more than 30 years of experience, Adrian has been featured in several exhibits in museums in Mexico and independent galleries. Adrian has won various accolades for his work. He won the Chicago Latino Film Festival poster design two years in a row. He also won first place in the Tenth International Biennial Poster Contest in Mexico. In addition to painting and illustrating, Adrian has had a successful career in the advertising industry. He is currently a senior creative at The Community Miami.

Adrian has a bachelor’s degree in Digital and Art Design from the University of New Mexico. He also studied part of his degree in Mexico at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).

TOM MUSCA

Professor in the Film department at University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL – Screenwriter-Producer- Director. 

Musca is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers and went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree at UCLA. Musca has written roles for a wide array of acting talent including: John Cusack, James Gandolfini, CCH Pounder, River Phoenix, Dean Cain, Elizabeth Peña, Paul Rodriguez, Cliff Robertson, Hector Elizondo, Raquel Welch, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Madsen, Benicio del Toro and America Ferrera.

Produced screen credits include: Tortilla Soup, an Imagen Award winner; the popular Gotta Kick It Up! for the Disney Channel; Hollywood Pictures’ Money For Nothing; Race, a comedic take on a City Council election on HBO which Musca directed; Columbia Pictures’ Little Nikita; and Flight of Fancy for Showtime.

Lilia Garcia

Lilia holds a duel BED in Art Education and  Graphic Design, an MS in Art Education, a Specialist in Administration and Leadership, and has taken accreditation programs in Design Thinking and Organizational Management at NYU and Stanford University. After 10 years teaching art and initiating/implementing the first talent magnet program in the Miami Dade County Public Schools, she was promoted to the administrative ranks,  and recently concluded her career in M-DCPS as the Administrative Director for the Division of Life Skills and Special Projects.