With our film submission window closing in July, members of our Judging Panel are about to start their work viewing and rating the films that make up this year's festival. Here's who they are and what they're looking for.
In the last few years, Kirsten dove head-first into the motorcycling world. She is the Founder of both Engines for Change and Moto Market NYC, an organizer of The MotoSocial New York, the NY Chapter Head of the MissFires, and an emerging filmmaker in her own right. Last year, she premiered her first film, The Distinguished Gentleman, at the TMFF.
Sophia is motivated by motorcycles, movies, music, travel and teaching. She is the EV Editor of The Vintagent, where she provides regular updates about the most recent e-bike innovations in "The Current." She's was also a contributing writer for RideApart and has advocated for and supported the success of the TMFF since its inception.
Gemini Award nominee Scott is as comfortable in front of the camera as he is behind it. Scott is the co-host of the super popular TV shows, Departures and Descending and an avid motorcyclist. In his most recent miniseries, Into the Rising Sun, Scott tours Japan on a motorcycle. You can also listen to Scott talk about his experience running Echo Bay Media during the pandemic.
Dustin has turned his lifelong passion for motorcycles into a career as a writer for some of Canada's top print and digital publications. He's the Managing editor for Canada Moto Guide, Associate Editor for autoTRADER. He's also written for HOG Canada, Cycle Canada, Wheels.ca and more. Recently, you may have spotted Dustin around town in a purple Lamborghini.
Watching hours and hours of motorcycles movies sounds like a lot of fun (who are we kidding, it is!) but it's also work that requires focus and attention. Here's what our panel of judges are thinking about when they're watching and scoring the films.
Originality / Creativity
Originality refers to a fresh plot or idea implemented in the film. It also means original creativity, not simply original stories. For example, the story may have been told before, but perhaps it was delivered in a new way. The originality of some movies may be found in their settings, or art design, or style, or characters.
Direction refers to the complete artistic control of all phases of a film’s production including translating/interpreting the script/vision to film, guiding the performances of the actors, supervising the cinematography and film crew. It is ultimately the Director’s responsibility for the overall vision and to make sure that is is being realized to the fullest extent at every moment.