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Freia M. Titland
Michael Edwards
Jessie Brand
Chad Chenail
Yekaterina Gyadu
Festival Director
Freia M. Titland (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) is a NYC based actress, writer, director, and producer. (Known for Orange is the new Black, The Perfect Murder, and others.) She is also a professor of film and the performing arts. Titland founded Midnight Films with the goal of producing her own work.  Titland used film and other artistic mediums as a way to give voice to her creative ideas. As a lover of all things Shakespeare, Ms. Titland’s first set of projects under Midnight Films focused on re-creating the magical and unnatural elements found in Shakespeare’s body of work. This led to a handful of creative projects and a published book: Magic and Shakespeare: a Representation of the Times. Her creative projects were shared by both Shakespeare Magazine UK and Enchanted Living Magazine (formerly known as Faerie Magazine) and were displayed in a gallery as part of the Nasty Women Exhibition in New York City. Titland has also produced a handful of award winning films: Ophelia, A Mermaid's Desire, and Sunflower Fields. Titland is currently in pre-production for an animated film.

Dance Films Judge

Korie Genius was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He has studied various styles of hip hop, and specializes in Dancehall as well as styles like Flexing, Krumping and Popping. Korie is always open to new styles and new ideas. He loves to broaden his visions of dance every day by taking classes and train with the best choreographers in the city.

He has been performing for over a decade in various venues all around America.

Korie has been seen on the CBS morning show performing with reggae artist Mr.Vegas (2010), with reggae artist Mr.Lexx in Orlando Florida (2010) and international reggae, soca, hiphop artist Bunji Garlin “Brrrt”. He has choreographed and danced in music videos for Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality “Run Fast” (2013) “Chi-ching” by Chairlift (2015) principal dancer in “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson & Daddy Yankee (2017) . Korie has performed at numerous shows around the tristate area such as Sirens After Dark by Rhapsody James, Sybarite Collective, Carnival, Michael Jackson 25th anniversary to name a few.

Currently he works with his company BlackGold who performs and teaches dance nationwide. Korie has been teaching children and adults for many years at some of New York’s most prestige dance schools such as Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center and a well-known Bronx competition school Performers Edge Dance Academy. He makes his classes fun and positive, allowing everyone to bring out their personalities into their dance.

Korie is a growing artist that always strives for the best. His goal is to pass on his passion and unique style as well as making an impact with his dancing and choreography.

Webisodes/Digital Content Judge
Tamara Ilizarova is an Actress, Producer, Host, & Podcast & Social Media Personality. When she's not creating her own comedic content, Ilizarova is busy writing and producing her popular podcast, the "How To Keep A Man Podcast." To learn more about Tamara, follow her on Instagram and click here.


Festival Judge

Emily Feng is a writer, director, and editor based in New York City. She has worked on music videos, narratives, brand campaigns, and documentaries. Most notably, her documentaries shot in Havana, Cuba have been selected at Best Shorts Competition, PopDoc Awards, Asian Film Festival Los Angeles Hollywood, and Seattle Asian American Film Festival. She is currently working on writing her first feature film as well as working as an videographer and video editor for The Chelsea Music Festival in NYC. 


Festival Judge

Francesca Ravera is an actress based in NYC. She has acted with Danny Glover and Udo Kier in the feature film “Ulysses: a Dark Odyssey”. She played the lead in “Claire,” a dramatic short film, for which she was awarded numerous ‘Best Actress Awards’ from the Oniros Film Awards, Care Awards, the Diamond Film Awards, the Best Actor Awards, the Milestone Worldwide Film Festival, the Mindfield Film Festival Albuquerque and the Five Continents International Film Festival. She starred in several short films, among which “Creature of the Night”, “Osiris,” and "Windows to Nowhere.”

Off-Broadway she has played the lead in “Two Rooms” at Access Theater, “North of Providence” and “The Nina Variations”, directed by Francesco Campari at the Chain Theatre, and "The Way We Get By", directed by Kim T. Sharp at Urban Stages, and also performed in Italy, and "Espresso", directed by Kim T. Sharp at Urban Stages

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