The Jury

TRAVEL FilmFest Festival jury

Gianluca Cerasola (Italy) is founder and Ceo of Morol srl. As a journalist, cinema-television director, producer and writer he collaborates with Media and TV around the world. Gianluca is a world travel expert. He has directed and produced documentaries and media project all over the world. He was the first director/producer to shoot in Space, Internationl Space Station, for a cinema documentary (Astrosamantha).

Frederick Kroetsch (Canada), co-founder of Open Sky Pictures, has been a reporter, camera operator, host, director and producer of Alberta TV for the past 18 years. He has produced thousands of broadcast stories covering everything from Cattle Police to Astronauts. As a documentary filmmaker, he has filmed in many countries around the world including Kenya, Honduras and Peru. 

Bill VanDerKloot’s (USA) career as a Director and Producer, spans four decades and includes short films, broadcast commercials, television documentaries and theatrical features. Over the years he has traveled the world creating films on a range of topics from public sculpture to political history; from southern blues to environmental science. He has won over one hundred international awards, including Emmy Awards and the George Foster Peabody Award. His work has been shown on such venues as PBS, National Geographic, Turner Broadcasting, WGBH, CNN, HBO, Showtime, as well as iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix.

Marko and Alex Ayling (USA), the brothers and vagabonds behind Vagabrothers, the foremost travel channel on YouTube and a resource for aspiring travelers around the world. Travel is something that brings people together, and in a time of deep division, we hope to use travel to promote understanding the different cultures of our planet. When we founded Vagabrothers in 2012, we could hardly have been more different and hadn’t spent much time together in over eight years. But our mutual curiosity about the world inspired us to make videos that share hidden histories, dispel stereotypes, and celebrate our differences, a message that now resonates with well over half a million viewers from 140 countries.

Keven Siegert (USA) has been producing documentary films and video for nearly thirty years. He is a recipient of the “Golden Raster” award for lifetime achievement in media production from the Health and Sciences Communication Association (HeSCA) and winner of multiple international film festivals including Best of Show at the New England Independent Film Festival. In 2000, Keven was named “Video Artist of the Nineties” by the Tucson Citizen and was awarded a Pima County Artists Fellowship. Keven is an avid outdoorsman and often conveys his experiences in the wilderness to his work as a painter and photographer. He produces artistic projects in many mediums through his production company, Telepathic Stuntman and maintains an active blog promoting Creative Visualization.

Kurt Jacobsen (USA) is author or editor of eleven books and has written about cinema for the Chicago Reader, London Guardian, New Politics and many other publications. He is director or co-producer of half a dozen documentaries, including the forthcoming ‘Legend of Charlotte Bach’ from Malachite Productions in the UK.

Carles Virgili Ribé (Spain) – photographer, videographer, naturalist and lawyer – was born in the Mediterranean, (Barcelona, Spain). For a few years now he lives in the Costa Brava, his dream. His love for photography became a profession and ended up joining his life to the Seas and Oceans of our planet. Carlos has been Champion of Spain of Underwater Photography and the World of Underwater Video, among more than 135 international photography and video awards. His work has been reflected in 8 books, and in more than 300 different media around the world.

Photosensitive and passionate about images, the photography and the video quickly became obvious to Sarah Del Ben (France). With her Master’s degree in Ecology, Sarah develops a global interest for the world. For several years, the search of perpetual beauty and amazement accompanyher trips. She’s travelled in the most beautiful places of the world and immortalised the biggest sanctuaries of biodiversity.

Barbara Tavares (Portugal) is an award winner Brazilian documentary filmmaker who currently lives in Portugal. Barbara studied cinema at UCLA, in Los Angeles. She owns a production company, Bodhgaya Films, where she directs, produces and writes client-based institutional films.

Paul Diffley (UK) founded Hot Aches Productions in 2004 and has gone on to produce many highly acclaimed adventure films, picking up over 50 awards in the process. As well as creating his own productions under his Hot Aches label, Paul also works as a freelance cameraman, director and editor for the broadcast industry. His experience ranges from hanging off ropes filming live outside broadcasts of rock climbing to following adventurers and athletes pushing their limits. Aside from his professional interest in adventure sports as a film maker, Paul is a lifelong rock climber and general outdoor enthusiast with a love of mountain environments and a passion to portray their special qualities through the medium of film.

Gina Marcello (USA) Ph.D. born and raised in New Jersey (United States) is an American writer, documentary filmmaker, marketing strategist, and college professor. She applauds the power of the travel documentary to spark conversation and engage audiences world-wide.

Koyo Sasaki (Japan) started video production with 8 mm film from childhood. After that he worked on broadcast production and web production, and founded NAVA.inc in 2005 for the building visual communication on various media such as video, web, event etc. In 2013, a drone was introduced, and the life work is to convey the wonderful scenery of the world and the people and cultures of the country with images.

Natalia Belyakova (Russia) Marketing professional in tourism and creative industries. Partner of Center for strategy consulting (Moscow). Chief marketing officer of Domina Russia (Russia – Italia). Fellow of Institute of Place Management (Manchester). Advisor of St. Petersburg Informational Business Center in Italy. Member of Russian Touristic Union‘s International Committee. Expert of Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Russian Export Center. Ass. prof. Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg State Univesity of Economics. Grand tour TV show runner on Mediametrics. Contributor to RIA Novosti / Tourism; Forbes. Member of FIJET. Board member of Luxury Travel Russia Assn.