GIFF 2016 Grand Jury

HAGATÑA, GU (August 9, 2017) – For the seventh consecutive year, the Guam International Film Festival (GIFF) is proud to announce Tom Brislin, Ph.D. as Head Juror of the GIFF Grand Jury panel. Professor Brislin has played a vital role in the diligence of materializing the Festival’s community and educational outreach via his highly-attended industry workshops of past GIFF Festivals. Festival organizers are also excited to announce that the original Grand Jury members are returning for the 2017 season.

A number of notable independent films have earned their nominations and first U.S. awards here at GIFF and have subsequently gone on to win major awards at other film festivals across the globe. 2013 GIFF alum, “Cavedigger” (US), had become an official 2014 Oscar Nominee; “Boundary” (PHILIPPINES) by director Benito Bautista, “Night Market Hero” (TAIWAN) by director Yeh Tien-Lun which was one of the most anticipated films in Taiwan, and “Jesus Hospital” (KOREA) by directors Sang-Cheol Lee and Ah-Ga Shin have all won top honors from the GIFF Grand Jury members.

Films awarded in their respective categories will be announced during the 2017 GIFF Festival Award Ceremonies (Saturday, September 30th).


Head Juror

Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at University of Hawai’i, Professor Brislin’s broad media career began on Guam. He received his Master of Arts degree and Ph.D in Mass Communications and film at The Ohio State University. His specialty areas include indigenous Film, Media Ethics, international and intercultural Journalism and Mass Communication.

He was twice a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, and has led teaching and research projects at major universities in Japan, China, Paris, and Berlin. Brislin has been a juror for the Hawaii and Shanghai International Film Festivals. He is on the Board of Advisors for Films by Youth Inside, and the editorial boards of the journals Media Ethics and Visual Communication Quarterly.



Gabrielle Kelly teaches screenwriting for the American Film Institute and a former Associate Arts Professor for New York University, Tisch Asia School of the Arts. Gabrielle’s expertise also is rooted in the Board of Directors for the British Academy of Film and Television and Women in Film and Co-Founder of the International Alliance of Women Cinematographers.

She is a Fulbright Scholar Senior Specialist/Media & Communications, screenwriter & producer of feature and indie films, with extensive international indsutry experience including projects with Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Marvel Comics, HBO, CBS Film & Television, Cannes Film Festival and USC School of Cinematic Arts.



DW Ferranti studied film at New York University and Theater at UMass, Boston. Active in the underground theater scene in Boston and later New York, he co-founded Boston’s Acme Theatre and started working in New Media when it was actually new producing live netcasts of theater, sketches, and a live rock and roll interview show long before the era of live blogs, podcasts, and YouTube.

Much to his surprise, he found himself living in Los Angeles where he has worked on a wide array of projects and independent feature films including “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” for Academy Award nominated director, Kirby Dick, and “Satan Hates You” for James Felix McKenney. He currently works as a consultant in Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, primarily working for the Warner Archive Collection.

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