Our judges consists of highly qualified and motivated content creators. With many years of experience in the industry, they have the "eye" to recognize talent across both the art and film genres.
Jimmy is a former journalist turned filmmaker with 8 feature films and multiple shorts under his direction. He is the CEO of our parent company Vanilla Palm Films.
A Canadian-born actress with a long list of film and TV credits. The Best Actress category is named in her honor.
Candyce lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a managing partner in Vanilla Palm Films.
Sonya is an actress and voiceover talent based in the Dominican Republic. Sonya was 6 years old when she first performed a song and 8 years old when she first stepped into acting.
Today, Sonya is known for her appearances in short films, feature films, TV shows and radio. She speaks several languages including English, Japanese and Portuguese.
Laura first learned to love painting by watching her grandmother paint. After obtaining her music degree, she began painting professionally and now teaches art in Bakersfield, CA.
Laura is the Director of Art for the Vanilla Palm Film Festival & International Art Competition.
Becky's art is a time capsule of life in Bakersfield. Her colorful artwork tells a story without a single word needed.
Aurea is known for her large format paintings and murals that can be found in private homes and public buildings. She currently calls Santa Monica home.
Karen has a true heart for small business. As a business consultant, she serves as a public relations, marketing, and advertising executive for multiple businesses in numerous states.
Karen is an avid art lover and collector.
Yvonne currently works on abstract, ethereal drawings and strong functional ceramic pieces using vibrant patterns and colors. She holds a BA in Art from San Francisco State University, an MA in Education from the University of La Verne, and a MFA from Azusa Pacific University.