SCAD Savannah Film Festival jurors

2023 professional competition jurors

Narrative features, documentary features, documentary shorts, and pro shorts are the professional competition films vying for top awards at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival. The judges are journalists, producers, and executives with industry experience and a keen eye for the best in cinema.

Seth Fradkoff

Seth Fradkoff

Seth Fradkoff is a publicity principal at Amazon MGM Studios and a veteran marketing and PR executive. Fradkoff has championed stories from esteemed filmmakers for the past 25 years and has held integral strategic roles on award-winning campaigns including Closer, Zero Dark Thirty, American Hustle, The Social Network, The Danish Girl, Kubo and the Two Strings, Nocturnal Animals, If Beale Street Could Talk, Vice, Women Talking, and Licorice Pizza. Fradkoff has also shepherded campaigns franchises like Spider-Man, The Addams Family, and Creed. He is also one of the few executives to have worked on every 007 feature starring Daniel Craig as the incomparable James Bond.

Migizi Pensoneau

Migizi Pensoneau

Migizi Pensoneau is a writer, producer, actor, and founding member of the Native American sketch comedy troupe The 1491s. He is best known for his work on FX's Reservation Dogs, serving as a writer and co-executive producer in addition to appearing as Ray Ray. The critically acclaimed show has earned multiple awards and nominations, including a Peabody Award. In 2022, Pensoneau also earned a Writers Guild of America nomination or his work on the series. Prior to Reservation Dogs, Pensoneau appeared in Rutherford Falls and wrote for Barkskins and Two Sentence Horror Stories. Pensoneau leads with passion, frequently publishing pieces exploring the intersection of Native Americans and popular culture.

Jeanie Pyun

Jeanie Pyun

Jeanie Pyun is deputy editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, overseeing awards content, from roundtables to the Oscar issue, and theme issues like Women in Entertainment. Pyun also collaborates on the brand's editorial vision across platforms, from print to online to video. Previously, she worked at publications of Conde Nast, Hearst, and Time Inc., and contributed pieces to Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, and Slate.

Rishi Rajani

Rishi Rajani

Rishi Rajani is CEO of media and production company Hillman Grad, overseeing all company divisions, guiding strategic direction, and developing new business partnerships. His producing credits include Being Mary Tyler Moore, Chang Can Dunk, The Chi, Twenties, Boomerang, The Forty-Year-Old Version, and 2023 Sundance Film Festival award winners A Thousand and One and Kokomo City. Rajani originated Indeed's Rising Voices short film program, serves as an executive mentor for the Hillman Grad mentorship lab, and launched a South Asian mentorship program under the name The Salon.

2023 LGBTQIA+ Short Film Competition presented by Amazon MGM Studios jurors

Recognizing the need for more inclusive storytelling, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival and Amazon MGM Studios have partnered to create a dedicated short film competition that offers a platform for emerging queer filmmakers to share their stories and gain mentorship and exposure. This year's jurors are experienced journalists and executives.

Adam Keen

Adam Keen

Adam Keen is a veteran studio executive who has led communications and public affairs efforts for global studios and streamers, renowned brands, award-winning films and TV shows, and groundbreaking artists and personalities. Keen has worked with companies like Warner Bros., DreamWorks, MGM Studios, United Artists, Relativity Media, Fox Searchlight, and Amazon MGM Studios across film, television, music, sports, publishing, gaming, consumer products. and corporate associations on a regional, domestic, and international scale. Keen's efforts have bolstered over 400 films and TV shows, with supervision and contribution to over 85 award-winning and nominated campaigns for honors like Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards, and U.S. presidential accolades.

Anthony Allen Ramos

Anthony Allen Ramos

Anthony Allen Ramos is GLAAD's VP of communications, executive producer of the GLAAD Media Awards, and GLAAD's official entertainment correspondent. Ramos has more than 20 years of experience in entertainment and joined GLAAD after serving as an Emmy Award-nominated producer and correspondent for Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live. There, he produced and commented on content focusing on TV, music, and fashion, and strategized to increase LGBTQ inclusion. Since joining GLAAD in 2017, Ramos has secured A-list talent to help with GLAAD's work, including Beyonce and Jay-Z, Madonna, Britney Spears, Cher, Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny, Demi Lovato, Andy Cohen, Billy Porter, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ryan Murphy, Jim Parsons, and Ava DuVernay.

Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds is the editor in chief of Out, the most distributed LGBTQ+ magazine in the U.S. He is also an award-winning journalist who focuses on entertainment, culture, fashion, and politics. Previously, Reynolds was a senior editor at The Advocate, Out's sister publication, which he originally joined as an intern in 2012. Under Reynolds's leadership, Out has produced covers of iconic LGBTQ+ figures like Jim Parsons, Kim Petras, Lil Nas X, Bowen Yang, Ariana DeBose, Billy Porter, Ben Platt, and Elvira. A Los Angeles resident, Reynolds was named one of LATV's Champions of Queer Authenticity in Media in 2023.

Jazz Tangcay

Jazz Tangcay

Jazz Tangcay is the senior artisans editor at Variety covering all crafts below-the-line. She is also on the awards team analyzing Emmy and Oscar races. Prior to joining Variety, Tangcay worked at Awards Daily, where she covered film and TV, and wrote reviews and analysis on Emmy and Oscar races. She is also a member of the Gold Derby experts.

Abbey White

Abbey White

Abbey White is a news reporter for The Hollywood Reporter's digital team, where they also write, edit, and web produce features spanning film, TV, awards, theater, animation, children and family programming, inclusion, and more. Born in Cleveland and currently living in Brooklyn, White is a City University of New York alum and has been recognized as a 2022 Curve Emerging Journalist, ASME Awards finalist, National A&E Journalism Awards winner, and GLAAD Media Award nominee, among other honors.