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Arts & Culture

Grand River Film Festival Announces Judges for 2015

MCAP SHORT Shorts Film Competition

Cambridge – The Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) announced that Carlomagno (Mango) Alvaredo, Gary Cain and Paul Kemp will serve as the awards judging panel for the 2015 MCAP SHORT Shorts Film Screening & Awards. Together, the jury will vote on which of the festival's competing short films will win in the following categories:

• Best Canadian Short Film
• Runner-up Canadian Short Film
• Special Jury Prize - Best Waterloo Region Short Film
• NEW! Best Canadian Music Video

The event will take place November 7, 2015.

Carlomagno (Mango) Alvaredo who hails from Costa Rica and now resides in Guelph, writes, acts, directs and produces his own short films. In 2013, he was named to the Guelph Mercury's “40 under 40” next generation of leaders list for promoting arts and culture. He is an active producer and former board member of Ed Video Media Arts Centre in Guelph and annually hosts the Kultrún World Music Festival in Waterloo Region.

Gary Cain began his career with CTV and is now a Partner and Executive Producer at Memory Tree, an award-winning video production company in Kitchener. In 2013, he was named to the Waterloo Region Record's "40 Under 40" next generation of leaders list for exemplary professional work and service to the community. In addition to his video work, Gary is an award-winning musician.

Paul Kemp is a multiple Canadian Screen Award nominated TV series and documentary film writer, director and producer with more than 200 projects under his belt. His films and TV series credits include Secrets of the Dog Park and The Plastic Fantastic Brain on Discovery Networks US, which have sold in more than 160 countries. Secrets of the Dog Park was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Documentary/Best Editing/Best Photography.

“We are honored to have these three judges donate their time and expertise to empower our filmmakers on their path to success. This is a great opportunity for the finalists to have their hard work reviewed by industry leaders with considerable expertise,” said GRFF Executive Director Tamara Louks.

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