Best Film

Best Director

Best Actor

Best Short Film

Awards Jury

 

Katy Drake Bettner

Katy Drake Bettner is an executive in the entertainment industry having co-founded both Playful Corp, a game studio in McKinney TX with her husband Paul (Words With Friends, New Super Lucky's Tale) and BetRed Stories, a production company with Amy Redford (The Guitar, Professor Marston and The Wonder Women) out of Sundance, Utah. She loves nothing more than finding the best medium for a story to grow, the right team to grow it and the right partners to take it to the next level. Katy is a member of the Women at Sundance Leadership Council, Women Donor Network, Way to Win, the TED community and serves on various boards including The Treatment Support Fund and Harmony Foundation. Katy is also active in politics and philanthropy while raising 3 kids (11/9/6), a fluffy dog, and splitting time between McKinney and Sundance. (Dark Money, The Infiltrators, Raise Hell:The Life & Times of Molly Ivins, Swallow, Always in Season, Bull, Wild Indian)

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Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla

Dhalla is a Lambda Literary Award-nominated author, syndicated journalist, and filmmaker who was was acknowledged by President Obama for his groundbreaking literary contribution to the LGBTQ community. His debut novel, "Ode to Lata", hailed by the L.A. Times as "an achievement", was made into the major motion picture, "The Ode" (2008) which he adapted and co-produced. He is the winner of the IFCCA Audience Choice Best Director Award for his short, "Embrace" — the first motion picture dramatization of the Mumbai Terror Attacks, and praised by the Huffington Post as a "film that delivers a message of the defeat of evil and triumph over adversity." His most recent project, the Netflix-produced movie, "The Killer" was nominated for 11 awards and winner of 2 at Brazil's "Festival de Gramado." Dhalla's work has been celebrated at the Yale Masters Tea, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and the L.A. Times Festival of Books. As a journalist, his work has appeared globally in Conde Nast Traveler, Angeleno Magazine and Elle.

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Mindy Raymond

Mindy has been involved in every aspect of the filmmaking process. Her acting career, which was her first passion, took her to New York City to study at the prestigious Michael Howard Studios. She lived and worked in both NYC and LA pursuing her career in acting and producing. Later, she worked with the Seattle Film Festival, spearheading their Platinum Pass Concierge Experience. Being a graduate of the University of Texas, Mindy was anxious to get back to Austin. She was the first Executive Director of the Texas Motion Picture Alliance, the organization advocating and lobbying for a stronger rebate incentive program in the state of Texas. She has lead the charge to inform and educate Texas' State Representatives and Senators about the massive impact media production has on our state. 

Now, President for New Republic Studios (NRS), a leading multi-media production facility in Central Texas, Mindy's talents and her ability to connect people has led to the massive success of NRS, making it the most sought after production hub in Texas.


Viveck Vaswani

Viveck Vaswani is an actor, writer and producer. He started off his career by playing a minor role in the 1991 film Patthar Ke Phool, and then he focused on producing and writing films. He has acted in more than 100 films.

When Shah Rukh Khan came to Mumbai as a hopeful actor, he had no place to stay. He lived with fellow actor Vaswani, who later appeared in Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman and Josh with him, and helped Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) meet directors and producers. Vaswani has been credited with jump starting SRK’s career by launching him in Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman. They also acted together in English Babu Desi Mem, Dulha Mil Gaya, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, King Uncle. Vaswani has been a continuous mentor to him.

Vaswani also produced Everybody Say's I'm Fine in the English language, giving a break to director, Rahul Bose, and actors Koel Purie, Rehaan Engineer, Anahita Uberoi, Boman Irani, and has the distinction of getting Carlos Santana to play lead guitar on the title track of the film, composed by Zakir Hussain.

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