NARRATIVE JURY

Christine Hoang is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and the President/Founder of Color Arc Productions. Her works include People of Color Christmas, the first production to tour all four Austin Cultural Centers, and A Girl Named Sue, winner of the Austin Critics Table Award for Best New Play 2017. She was the subject of Christopher Kim’s Born-Again Artist (Jury Award, Best Documentary Short, AAAFF 2016), and is developing the Scriptworks grant-funded musical Romeo & Katrina and a new feature screenplay Flygirl.

Emily Hagins has written and directed five feature films and several shorts. Her most notable projects include Pathogen (chronicled in the documentary Zombie Girl: The Movie); My Sucky Teen Romance (SXSW 2011); Grow Up, Tony Phillips (SXSW 2013); and Coin Heist (Netflix Original Film). She also wrote and directed the segment “Touch” in ChillerTV’s horror anthology Chilling Visions: The Five Senses of Fear; the six-part digital series Hold to Your Best Self (SXSW 2018); and the episode “First Kiss” of Snapchat Original’s V/H/S series (SXSW 2019).

Sahana Srinivasan is an actress, standup comedian, writer, and filmmaker. She is the host of Netflix’s Brainchild, the first science show to present a woman of color as host; for her work on the series, Sahana has been named one of ESPN’s “Game Changers,” and was also featured in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, Forbes, NowThis, and The Rachael Ray Show. In 2019, she graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Radio, TV, and Film. Her short film Tied received Best Director and Best Cinematography at UT Arlington’s Short Shorts Festival. As a standup performer, Sahana has hosted for comedians Ari Shaffir and Emo Phillips, and recently advanced to the finals in Cap City Comedy Club’s “Funniest Person in Austin” contest.

DOCUMENTARY JURY

Alka Bhanot has extensive experience producing for Indian television and was the Executive Producer for India’s first late-night show Movers & Shakers, which won numerous awards. In Austin since 2003, her film credits include Bryan Poyser’s Dear Pillow (Best Narrative Feature, Atlanta Film Festival); Margaret Brown’s Be Here to Love Me, about the life and music of Townes Van Zandt; and Karen Skloss’s Sunshine, a documentary about adoption and single parenthood that aired as part of the Independent Lens series on PBS. She also worked on The Trevor Romain Video Series, an animated kids’ show which aired on PBS. Alka founded Indie Meme in 2013 to screen indie films from the South Asian subcontinent and build a community of film lovers. The Indie Meme Film Festival completed its fourth year in 2019.

Photography by Mei-Chun Jau

Huay-Bing Law is a director and cinematographer whose short films have earned an HBO APA Visionary Award, Princess Grace Award, and played in festivals worldwide. His latest film, June, about a Chinese immigrant’s experience in the segregated South, premiered on HBO in 2018. His work as a cinematographer has screened on HBO and ESPN, and at SXSW, BFI London Film Festival, and Palm Springs International Film Festival. Huay currently resides in Austin, where he lectures at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University while developing his first feature film.

Marisa Mirabal is an Austin-based writer who is passionate about film and inventive storytelling. Her film analysis and reviews have been featured in Collider, /Film, the Austin Chronicle, Fangoria, and Birth.Movies.Death. She is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic who annually covers SXSW and Fantastic Fest. An activist at heart, Marisa’s work aims to amplify marginalized and forgotten voices, taboo subject matter, and maverick filmmakers.