SHORT FILM JURY
The COLCOA Short Film Competition will take place on Sunday April 29. Click here for complete program and schedule.
In addition to vote from the audience, a jury of professionals will award short films in competition for the COLCOA Short Film Award, the COLCOA Short Film Special Prize and the COLCOA Short Film Special Mention. In 2017 these awards respectively went to Chasse Royale, What Tears Up Apart and Thank You Mr Imada.
Natan Bogin is originally from Paris, France where he graduated from the American University of Paris (AUP) with a degree in business and film. Natan’s first foray into entertainment was during a move to New York between high school and college when he worked for the CEO of Festival Networks, a music production company and festival organizer. While attending AUP he started his own public relations company, Bogin’s Corner, working with several well-known Parisian night clubs and entertainment venues. After completing his studies, Natan moved to LA in 2012 to pursue his dream of becoming an agent. After several odd jobs and internships, he began working for Lawrence Bender. He then joined ICM in the mailroom and was quickly promoted. In mid-2013, Natan joined CAA where he works in Global Film Finance and Motion Picture Talent .
Bonnie Voland is AGC Studios’ Head of Worldwide Marketing & Publicity having served in a similar capacity for 11 years at IM Global. She is the founder of B. Voland International, a marketing, publicity, awards, co-production and festival consulting firm, and an industry stalwart at the most renowned film festivals and markets. Previously Voland headed the international publicity department at Buena Vista International, handling all releases for the Disney, Touchstone, and Hollywood Pictures divisions; worked at The Samuel Goldwyn Company; the Toronto Film Festival; was a journalist in Paris; and an actress in New York. Voland is an AMPAS member.
Maria Burton, named by Variety as “talent to watch,” has directed six independent feature films, including A Sort of Homecoming, currently available on Netflix, and For the Love of George, just released and available on itunes and other VOD. Burton’s earlier films are Just Friends (AMC/WE), Temps (Netflix), Manna from Heaven (MGM/SONY), and Sign My Snarling Movie,. She has directed the webseries, Old Guy, starring Peri Gilpin (Frasier) and produced The Happiest Day of His Life (MTV/Logo), Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens, and Julia Sweeney’s Letting Go of God (Showtime.)
Burton helms her production company, Five Sisters Productions, with her real-life siblings. An Emeritus Board Member of the Alliance of Women Directors, as well as Global Girl Media, Burton also works on social and political campaigns. Burton is also a member of Film Fatales and Co-Chair of the DGA’s Women’s Steering Committee.
Burton is one of 3 drama directors selected for the 2017-18 CBS Directing Initiative as well as the Conde Nast, Rodrigo Garcia – Jon Avnet Indigenous Incubator ProjectHER, for which she wrote and directed Good Eggs, released Spring, 2018 and available on The Scene.
Tad Safran is a screenwriter and journalist. He has written feature films for, amongst others, Warner Bros, Disney, Montecito Pics, New Line, Pathe, Radar Films and Gold Circle. Most recently, he has been a writer/producer on A Series of Unfortunate Events for Netflix and Life Sentence for Warner Bros. Brought up in England, he now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and eighteen-month-old twin sons. He is exhausted.
Burton is developing the TV pilot MidLife as well as her next feature film, The Mercury 13, a drama inspired by the women who were tested for the original astronaut program in 1961- 62. The script has been selected for the Athena List, named to the BitchList/Bechdel List and the CineStory Fellowship, and is a Nicholl Quarterfinalist.