JURY & AWARDS


In 2024 LALIFF brings the following awards:

Best US Latino Live Action Short Award Presented by Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo

This award will be decided by a Jury panel, and granted to the director and the Producer (based on the “Produced By” credit). It comes with a $4000 USD cash price.

Best US Latina Director of a Live Action Short Presented by Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo

This award will be decided by a Jury panel and granted to the director. It comes with a $4000 USD cash price.

Best US Latino Animated Short Award Presented by LXiA with the Support of Cartuna

This award will be decided by a Jury panel, and granted to the director and the Producer (based on the “Produced By” credit). It comes with a $4000 USD cash price.

Best US Episodic Short Award Presented by FX

This award will be decided by a Jury panel and granted to the creator. It comes with a $4,000 USD cash price.

LIVE ACTION SHORTS JURY

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Pete Corona

Pete Corona is an accomplished executive with over twenty years of experience in entertainment. In his former role as Senior Director of Drama Series at Netflix, he launched over twenty-three seasons of streaming content. He played a crucial role in cross-functional collaboration, working with various departments such as External and Government Affairs. His dedication to diversity and inclusion led him to spearhead two initiatives supporting emerging Latinx creators, including the LALIFF Inclusion Fellowship and the NALIP Women of Color Incubator. Additionally, he oversaw the Film Independent Episodic Lab and the Latinx Blacklist. Pete was also invited to be a panelist for the White House’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

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Francis Román

Francis Román (she/they) is a second generation Ecuadorian-American director, writer, and producer. She is the Senior Film & TV Festival Programming Manager at SXSW and leads their shorts curation. Her experience has led her to serve as a jury member and panelist for various film festivals. As a creative, she co-founded The Direct Line production company. She also co-hosts and produces How to Texas, a podcast spotlighting crew in the Texas film industry. Making art with friends and watching films brings her immense joy and she would love to do it forever.

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Amanda Ross

Amanda Ross is Director of Strategy and Analytics for the NBCUniversal TV DEI department. She serves NBCUniversal networks, streaming platform Peacock, and the Universal Studio Group by tracking DEI creative efforts and overseeing analytics of content, partnerships, and initiatives. Amanda got her start as an NBC Entertainment Publicity intern out of 30 Rock. Since then, she served as manager of research at CBS Television, where she oversaw research operations, provided programming insights to network and studio executives, incorporated BIPOC measurements, and developed branding strategies across linear, cable, and streaming platforms. Her extensive background in Nielsen ratings and pilot testing includes the successful runs of acclaimed shows including NCIS, The Big Bang Theory, The Equalizer, Evil, Why Women Kill, Your Honor, and Ghosts.

ANIMATED SHORTS JURY

Jury Animation Sydney Bright

Sydney Bright

Sydney Bright is Head of Global Animation at Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, where she leads her team in adapting titles from the Wattpad and WEBTOON platforms into compelling animated television shows and feature films, including Lore Olympus. Sydney’s journey in the animation industry began with her role in primetime animation at the multi-award-winning animation studio Bento Box Entertainment. There, she managed in-house design and animation teams for shows like Comedy Central’s Brickleberry; Hulu’s The Awesomes, and FOX’s multi-Emmy Award-winning series Bob’s Burgers, which also won multiple Annie Awards and Kidscreen Awards. Transitioning from production to development, Sydney took immense pride in supporting creatives and fostering diversity as she played a pivotal role in selling over a dozen original series to prominent networks such as Apple, Netflix, FOX, Comedy Central, TBS, MTV, and more.

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Louis Gonzalez

Louis Gonzalez started in animation in 1996 at Warner Brothers Feature Animation in their Internship program studying both animation and layout. After graduating from the WBFA internship program he worked on Quest for Camelot, Iron Giant, and Osmosis. In 2000 Louis moved to Pixar to work in CG animation as a CG Layout artist, rising to Story Supervisor. His credits at Pixar include Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Cars 3, Brave and The Incredibles 1 & 2. He finished his time at Pixar as director of the short films “Nona”, on Disney + and “Know your Rights”, for Colin Kapernick’s non-profit, Know Your Rights camps.
He has also storyboarded on Marvel Studios film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Angie Izquierdo

Angeline Izquierdo

Angeline Izquierdo is a highly accomplished Creative Director with over twelve years of experience in the animation industry. Her career has been defined by her role as a creative force at Shadowmachine, an award-winning animation studio with a portfolio that includes the film Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, winner of an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2023. Their award-winning television shows include Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, Apple TV+’s Strange Planet and Adult Swim’s Tuca & Bertie. With a growing and eclectic list of creatives, she curates and directs pitch decks that bring artists’ dreams and ideas to life. Her ability to craft compelling narratives and visually appealing presentations has led to successful partnerships with major streaming companies and studios.

EPISODIC SHORTS JURY

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Shola Ajewole

Shola Ajewole is the senior vice president of Creative and Cultural Diversity for FX and FX Productions. In this capacity, he collaborates closely with John Landgraf, Chairman of FX, to steer the organization’s inclusive strategy across all facets of FX’s culture, creative relationships, and content. He first came to FX in 2016 as a vice president of Business Affairs, serving as the lead executive on numerous scripted, animated, and non-scripted projects. In that role, he made deals and insured development and successful bridging of partnerships across Fox and Walt Disney Television departments.  In addition to those core responsibilities, Shola played a key role in addressing talent pay equity within the organization, leading an internal task force.

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Lynette Coll

Lynette Coll is a development executive and producer with a keen eye for talent. Alongside Sergio Lira and Cristobal Güell she recently launched Luz Films, an entertainment company founded with the mission of making Latino-focused prestige and elevated-genre content from diverse visionary creatives and producers in the film and TV space. She was the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Rabble. Her credits and previous titles include: Executive Producer of David Lynch presents The Happy Worker; Development Executive of Antarctica, and Head of Development and Manager of Acquisitions at Breaker. Lynette has worked with global, emerging artists such as: Eddie Alcazar on Perfect (executive produced by Steven Soderbergh), and Zeek Earl and Christopher Caldwell on their film Prospect, starring Sophie Thatcher, Pedro Pascal, and Jay Duplass. And most recently she was the Head of Development at CEO Effie Brown’s company, Gamechanger Films.
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Anthony Nardolillo

Anthony Nardolillo is an award-winning film and television director and producer. He has completed three films, acquired by Amazon Studios and Lionsgate, and recently directed his second episode of Chicago Med for NBC Universal. He made his directorial debut in 2017 with the feature Shine, which he also produced and for which he shares writing credit. Anthony then directed and produced the boxing drama 7th and Union, starring Mexican superstar Omar Chaparro, which was acquired by Amazon Studios and premiered in June of 2022 at LALIFF. His third feature film, Righteous Thieves, a heist drama starring Jaina Lee Ortiz, Cam Gigandet, Carlos Cain and Lisa Vidal, was released in March 2023. Anthony is currently in development on several films, including a period drama produced by Oscar winner Daniel Dreifuss.

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