Two PH-born TV and film pros among jurors at SOHO Int’l Film Festival in NY
Two Filipino American film and television professionals will serve as jurors at the 2023 SOHO International Film Festival (SIFFNYC), which opens on Sept. 14.
The 14-year-old festival will have a record 35 world premieres, 6 US premieres, 32 Northeast premieres and 29 New York premieres. It will run through Sept. 21 at the Village East by Angelika in New York City.
Manila-born Ernabel Castro Demillo, a television journalist, the host and producer of CUNY TV’s monthly magazine show “Asian American Life” is joining the festival jury. Her show was nominated for a NY News Emmy for Best Community Affairs/Public Programming seven times.
Joining her is Jeffrey Jeturian, director and production designer for both television and film. Jeturian won the Gawad Urian Best Director Award in 2007 for the film Kubrador. He studied Broadcasting Communication at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
Along with Jeturian and Demillo are distinguished peers Marci Phillips (head juror), head of the New York office for the East Coast talent pool for ABC Television Network and Disney+; Daryn Simons, producer, talent manager, digital strategist, entrepreneur and partner of Cohesive Entertainment Group; Eleonore Dailly, creative executive and award-winning producer and director; Ivan Williams, co-creator of Altar Identity Studios where he executive produced multiple film projects; James Tumminia,producer/actor/director/writer who received a 2019 Emmy nomination and won two Telly Awards; Susannah D’Arcy, international producer and president of BritCan Media; and Cas Sigers Beedles, a professional writer, director and producer and author of six fiction novels.
The jurors will announce the winners at the awards gala on September 21. Festival goers will vote and decide the SOHO14 Audience Awards, presented to entries in the feature, shorts/series and exhibition film categories.
“We are absolutely thrilled by the volume of submissions and the caliber of films for this year’s edition of the festival,” said Sibyl Reymundo-Santiago, SIFFNYC’s executive director and head of programming. “There is so much anticipation as we eagerly prepare to unveil our talented filmmakers and their remarkable creations on screen!”
Santiago added that the opening night film and the full list of accepted entries from more than 38 countries, ranging from feature and short films, documentaries to series pilots, will be revealed soon. The complete schedule will be posted on sohofilmfest.com.
The film festival, founded in 2009 by Jorge Ballos, announced this year’s jurors:
Past attendees of the festival include Octavia Spencer, Pierce Brosnan, Bobby Cannavale, Armand Assante, Luis Guzman, Sean Young, Kevin Jonas, Adam Brody, Eric Roberts, Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa.
This year’s festival is presented by the SOHO Film Forum, a 501(c)(3) organization. SIFFNYC celebrates cutting-edge digital technology while honoring traditional forms of storytelling and encourages new and seasoned filmmakers from New York City and around the world to create and send in their fresh and innovative cinematic pieces.
For more information, visit: www.sohofilmfest.com.