Main Judges


Ariel Sultan

Ariel Sultan is the Co-Founder of Food Guru, a specialty marketing and video production company based in San Francisco. At Food Guru, Ariel has directed and produced over 120 independent short videos for established food businesses and collaborations with bloggers/food writers. After graduating from NYU with a Film & TV degree from Tisch School of the Arts, Ariel worked at The Discovery Channel, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and BBDO (NY/SF). Additionally, she is the Co-Producer for the independent feature documentary, Greywater, which has received support from world-renowned funders such as Tribeca Film Institute, Cinereach, and Sundance Film Institute. The film is expected to be released in 2017.


Mimi Zora

MIMI ZORA is a San Francisco-based writer and filmmaker. She wrote and directed the short film, Goulash, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and went on to screen in festivals internationally. Zora has written, directed and produced commercials, narrative shorts and a web series. She was accepted to Film Independent’s FastTrack program with New Mexican Rain, a feature film she is producing. A member of the WGAw, Zora works as a screenwriter in both film and TV and was a staff writer on 20th Television’s prime time drama, Desire. She is a founding member and curator of Tunnel Vision, a film and music event, which debuted in Brooklyn, NY inside the world’s oldest subway tunnel. As a freelance producer, Zora worked on projects that have appeared theatrically as well as on HBO, MTV and Nat Geo. She produced a live performance and video shoot for Bruce Springsteen and has worked in various production roles on Oscar winning films including Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood and Pixar’s Inside Out. Zora received a BFA in Film/TV from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.