Our judges are all filmmakers who screened their work with us at past fests. Nothing we do would be possible without them, so who better to serve as judges? No one, that's who! DFFO is incredibly grateful for the time and expertise of our 2019 judges.
Trevor Jimenez is a Canadian born filmmaker living in Berkeley, CA. His most recent animated short, Weekends (Festival 2018) was nominated for an Academy Award in 2019 and won several awards at major festivals including SF Film, Warsaw, Chicago Film Festival and Annecy. Jimenez currently works as a story artist at Pixar while pursuing his own creative projects.
Alessia Cecchet is a maker of moving images. Originally from Italy, she makes hybrid films that incorporate live action film, found footage, stop motion animation, fibers and sculpture. Her work explores matters of loss, grief and memory with a specific attention with the way we look at animals and particularly animal death. Alessia holds a MFA from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University and is currently a PhD Candidate in Film and Digital Media at the University of California Santa Cruz. Alessia’s films have won several awards, the most recent ones being a Honorable Mention at Festival de CIne Silente (Puebla, Mexico) and the Best Fiction at High Coast Film Festival (Sweden). Her work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally at major film festivals including Torino Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival.