This page outlines the judging rubric for the Five-Minute Film Festival and introduces the panel of celebrity judges who will determine the winners.
Five-Minute Film Festival Judges
Ainè Henderson is the Series Producer of Truly CA, KQED's statewide documentary showcase series. Ainè has worked in film and television production since 2011. Her previous work took her across the nation for TV shows on networks like HGTV and DIY. Ainè received her B.A. in video production with a concentration in video art and non-fiction storytelling at Sacramento State University. Her love for film is likely a genetic trait passed down by her father who raised her on Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and foreign cinema.
Kathryn Hecht is the founder and executive director of Alexander Valley Film Society. Prior to launching the Film Society, Kathryn worked as a communications director for nonprofit organizations on both the east and west coasts. She specializes in community building and engagement, storytelling, social media, media relations, and brand management.
Kathryn enjoyed a decades-long career as an actress before turning her attention to nonprofit and advocacy work. In the spring of 2013, after twenty years in New York, she and her husband, Ryan, took a leap and headed west. Their adventure includes their revival of The Clover Theater in Cloverdale, Kathryn's founding of the Film Society in 2015, and in September 2018, their new comic book shop, Next Door Comics.
Kathryn currently serves as Supervisor James Gore’s appointee on the Economic Development Board of Sonoma County and volunteers for the Boys & Girls Club Central Sonoma County. She was selected by the Press Democrat in 2016 as one of 30 Women to Watch in Sonoma County. Recently, she was honored with the 2018 Boho Award from The Bohemian and the 2018 Spirit of Sonoma Award from the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce.
Julia Shackelford works as series producer on the nationally broadcast public television series Film School Shorts from KQED TV. The series showcases short films by student filmmakers from across the United States. She also serves as coordinating producer for national distribution and acquisitions at KQED, working with independent producers from around the country to bring their series and films to public media stations around the nation. She studied film and English at The University of Texas at Austin and previously worked as a writer and video producer in the digital learning industry. Julia was born in San Antonio, TX and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2010.
PETE Stringfellow: Best known as a country artist, PETE [stringfellow] has also written and produced original songs for over 300 movies and television shows, including Meet the Parents, Matchstick Men, Next Friday, The Simpsons, & Southpark. As an actor, Stringfellow has appeared in several commercials, movies, and TV shows including CMT’s hit drama “Nashville” and has the lead role in the movie “My Brother’s Shoes”, a Sony Pictures film. He owns a home in Nashville, TN and one in his hometown of Santa Rosa, CA, which is also the name of one of his songs.