Atlas Awards Jury, 2016

The 2016 Atlas Awards International Film Festival presents a professional, international panel of jury members as part of the evaluation of film submissions and the selection of Atlas Award-winners. All jury members are themselves award-winning independent filmmakers. Their work has screened internationally, garnered critical acclaim, and found professional distribution. Their films are visionary in form and content, ranging between the genres of art documentary, psychological drama, and experimental thriller. Their diverse interests and experiences contribute to a collective, multifarious perspective unique to this international jury of cinema innovators.

Their opinions determined the winner of the 2016 Jury Prize.


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New York,
United States

Don Freeman is an American artist, filmmaker, and photographer based in New York City whose internationally renowned work has been widely published in Elle Décor, Town & Country, World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, and French, German, and American Vogue. He is the author of four books: My Familiar Dream, a compendium of early works first exhibited in New York at White Columns in 1985; The Hotel Book: Great Escapes North America; Ted Muehling: A Portrait by Don Freeman; and Artists’ Handmade Houses, which evolved into the documentary feature film Art House. His work has appeared in international galleries and private collections, including the permanent collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the private collections of Christian Lacroix, Princess Caroline of Monaco, and Paloma Picasso.

His films include a music video for Japanese musician Tomoyo Harada; a series of colour-trend videos for Sherwin-Williams; Tires, Velvet Paws, a short film shot on location in Paris based on André Breton’s surrealist novel, Nadja; and Art House, his first documentary feature film and the 2015 recipient of the Atlas Award for Best Documentary Film. Freeman is director and producer at Oneiric House Productions in New York.


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Sergio 'Chapete' Bonacci Lapalma

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Los Angeles, United States

Sergio Bonacci Lapalma is an award-winning Argentine-American filmmaker known for his short films and experimental videography. He has received international recognition for his films, which include La maldita presa (The Bloody Prey); numerous music videos for the Argentine psychedelic band Poseidotica, such as the feature length film Poseidotica: Traveling to a New Dimension; the documentary feature film Soy Ringo (I'm Ringo), for which he is co-producer and which won Best Picture at the Festival Internacional de Cine Deportivo (International Festival of Sport Cinema) in Argentina; and the short documentary La maldita ilusión (The Bloody Illusion), the 2015 recipient of the Atlas Award for Best Editing.

Bonacci Lapalma has worked with such critically acclaimed actors as Alfredo Casero, Guillermo Francella, Julieta Diaz, Boy Olmi, Alejandro Paker and Xavier Albertí. He studied dramatic arts at St. George's College, Quilmes; film and television direction at the Centro de Investigación y Experimentación de Cine y Video (CIEVyC); and cinematography at the Centro de Formación Profesional del Sindicato de Cine (CFP SICA) -- where he studied under prominent Argentine filmmakers such as the Cannes award-winner Santiago Loza and Oscar winners Juan José Campanella and Aída Bortnik.

He was Co-Programmer, Co-Director, and Coordinator of the 11th Transterritorial Underground Film Festival of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015. He is also General Coordinator at Fuera de la Común Distribución, a film distribution company, and founding Co-CEO of the film production company Maldita Producciones. For political reasons, since the 2015 presidential election in Argentina he has lived in Los Angeles.


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Juliet O'Reilly

New York,
United States

Juliet O'Reilly is an award-winning writer and independent filmmaker based in New York City.  Her work has received critical acclaim for its incisive cultural criticism and humane observation. She holds a BFA with Honors in Film and Television from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.  Her short film, OTAKU, screened at festivals internationally and is the 2015 recipient of the Atlas Aeris Prize for the year's best film of any genre as well as the Atlas Awards for Best Short Film and Best Costume Design for the work of Masa Kitani.


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Darren A. Furniss

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

Darren A. Furniss is an independent British filmmaker who has produced, written, and directed several original plays, performance events, and play readings, promoting original and professional practice and performance exploration in theatre and film. His main passion is working with actors and exploring the craft of acting in both theatre and film. He holds a bachelor's degree with honors in drama. His debut feature film as writer and director is Damaged, the winner of three international film awards, including the Atlas Award for Best Feature Film in 2015. Furniss is co-founder of Midlander Films, an independent film production company based in Nottinghamshire, U.K.