Mosquers 2017 Judges
The Mosquers is pleased to announce its 2017 Judging Panel!
Jason Gondziola has been involved in cinema and community-based media for over a decade. A filmmaker by training, he began his career in Montreal, working largely in production and camera/lighting. During this time he began to partner with community organizations and schools to educate youth and create short productions about important issues in their communities.
More recently, Jason has done numerous short residencies at schools and First Nations reservations across the province of Alberta, bringing his expertise and passion for digital storytelling into classroom and community environments.
German-born producer Rosvita Dransfeld is an internationally renowned documentary filmmaker who crafts powerful explorations of the human condition. Her films include Who Cares, Antisocial Limited and Broke, winner of a Gemini award and the prestigious Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary.
Dransfeld has become one of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary filmmakers. POV Magazine has called her “a modern master of vérité.” In her films, she reaches deep into the heart of worlds too often hidden from view, connecting the audience to the subjects on screen and provoke reflection from both. Her ability to capture the full humanity of her subjects and place them at the centre of her stories garnered recognition from America’s largest documentary festival Hot Docs, which organized a retrospective of her work in its 2016 Focus On spotlight.
Most recently Dransfeld has completed Memento mori and Vital Bonds - two high profile documentaries for CBC and theatrical release. A passionate supporter of the film industry, Dransfeld has sat on many juries, from Hot Docs to the Edmonton Film Prize.
Tendisai Cromwell is the creative director of Narrative Films, a production company she founded in 2014. She is also the festival coordinator for the award-winning documentary “The Last Animals” and has worked in the production department at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. Tendisai has directed and produced documentaries that explore diaspora communities, identity, and faith. Her most recent documentary, “The Spirit of Social Change” was featured in the National Screen Institute’s online film festival. With a background in digital journalism, she has worked in Ghana and Palestine and produced radio segments for CBC’s The Current. She is also a published writer and poet.