2018 Jurors

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Alison S. M. Kobayashi is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist whose short videos and performances that have been exhibited widely in Canada, the United States and overseas. She was a guest artist at the 2008 Flaherty Film Seminar and her work was the focus of a Spotlight Presentation at Video Out, Jakarta International Film Festival, Indonesia. She was a 2016 Yaddo and MacDowell Colony fellow. Her performance Say Something Bunny! currently running in New York City has received critical acclaim, heralded as “The best new theater experience in town” by Vogue. Alison S. M Kobayashi was born in Mississauga, Ontario and is based in Toronto and Brooklyn where she is the Director of Special Projects at UnionDocs, Center for Documentary Art.


Jean-Paul Kelly (born London, Canada; lives and works in Toronto) makes videos and exhibitions that pose questions about the limits of representation by examining complex associations in the production, reception and circulation of documentary and other socially-generated images. Solo exhibitions include: Delfina Foundation (London), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus), Scrap Metal Gallery (Toronto) and Gallery TPW (Toronto). Kelly’s work has been included in groups exhibitions at Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (Saint-Jérôme), CGP London: Dilston Grove, Oakville Galleries, Mercer Union (Toronto) and The Power Plant (Toronto). Screenings include: Canada House (London), Courtisane Festival (Ghent), Vdrome, Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York), TIFF Cinematheque (Toronto), International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. He was a resident artist at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (New York) and Delfina Foundation and a featured artist at the 2013 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Kelly received the 2015 Images Festival Award and the 2014 Kazuko Trust Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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