JUDGES 2019

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.

Tomás Salazar

Tomás Salazar was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There he graduated with a degree in screenwriting for film and TV. In 2014, he moved to New York to do a one-year-screenwriting-program at the New York Film Academy. In 2016 he started working in advertising at Grey Wing, and then moved to Miami at the end of 2018, where he now works as a creative at Alma DDB.

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.

Dr. Andrew Strycharski

Instructor, English Department
Director, Film Studies Program Florida International University

Andrew Strycharski, who earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, directs the film studies program at Florida International University. He teaches courses in film history, new media, and writing about film, as well as advising the student film club and co-organizing the annual Panther Film Festival.

Stephanie G. Martino

Founder / President
Florida Film Institute

Stephanie Martino is a veteran of the non-profit sector since 1989; Ms. Martino founded the Florida Film Institute, Inc. in 2002, she brings to the organization a depth of experience in the development and coordination of film programs, workshops, special events, grant writing, marketing and public relations. She has been responsible for developing new funding sources and expanding the programs over the past several years. Stephanie has also served as Executive Director from 1989 to 2004 for the Miami Film Festival and the Ad Fed of Greater Miami. During that time, she implemented and coordinated the logistics for their major annual events, developed fundraising, and membership programs. She also has also produced 6 annual Israel Film Festivals, in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

ALE MARIE ODRIZOLA

Creative/Producer

With a decade of experience as a producer, Ale Marie has work for different important advertising agency in Miami such as WOW MKTG, The Community and others. She is a true storyteller.

She believes that representing organizations with powerful storytelling can change the overall outcome of a campaign. Her skillset is unmatched as she’s worked on projects that require a dynamic set of skills to capture the attention of thousands of people. To say the least, she knows how to make your ideas happen.

ALEJANDRO RIOS

Film Critic, On air personality

Veteran film and art critic, founder and curator of Miami Dade College’s Cuban Cinema Series, a successful educational program that since its inception in 1993 has presented and discussed films made in and about Cuba. In 2003, the series presented the first Festival of Alternative Cuban Cinema at the Tower Theater in Little Havana.

He has served as journalist, juror and lecturer in several international film festivals (Havana, Miami, Brazil and Calcutta) and is a contributing writer in a variety of specialty magazines and books.