Festival Jury

<p>What film festival would be complete without awards! During the final Closing Picnic,
our awards ceremony takes place - recognizing films in various criteria.</p>

Cinematography Judges

  • Lynsey Dyer

    Lynsey Dyer

    As a professional skier, Lynsey Dyer has skied on six continents, appeared in Teton Gravity Research and Warren Miller films, been awarded Female Skier of the Year by Powder magazine and won every big mountain competition she’s entered. But she’s also transcended the world of action sports by being an accomplished artist, photographer, nonprofit founder, graphic designer, model, filmmaker, TV host and role model.

  • Mary Turner

    Mary Turner is the deputy editor of Outside magazine, where she has written about biking across the United States, Colorado’s best mountain town chefs, surfing Sri Lanka’s empty breaks and the waves at Montauk. Before joining the Outside team, she worked in New York at Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Allure.

  • Brent Bishop

    Brent Bishop

    Brent Bishop is a world-class mountaineer, environmentalist and businessman. He is the son of the late legendary climber Barry Bishop and was the first American legacy to follow in his father's footsteps to the summit of Everest. Brent Bishop first climbed Everest in 1994 and again in the 2002 with the National Geographic Mt. Everest Expedition. This particular expedition marked the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of the mountain, and National Geographic produced the documentary Surviving Everest based on this climb.

Charlie Fowler Judges

  • Mary-Anne Potts

    Mary-Anne Potts

    Mary Anne Potts has been editing, writing and producing stories about outdoor adventure for more than a dozen years. As the editor ofNational Geographic Adventure, she stays closely connected to the outdoor industry's top adventurers, explorers, filmmakers, photographers and writers to create award-winning storytelling about adventure and exploration — including scouting for the next Adventurers of the Year.

  • Auden Schendler

    Auden Schendler

    Vice President of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company, Auden Schendler is the author of Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution, a business book about the realities of implementing climate solutions and what it means to be “green.” His writing has been published in Harvard Business Review, the Los Angeles Times and Slate, and in 2006, his work earned him the title of Global Warming Innovator by Time. He lives in Basalt, Colorado, with his wife and two children. 

  • Gregg Treinish

    Gregg Treinish

    Before he reached his thirtieth birthday, adventurer and 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish had already stacked up an impressive list of accomplishments: hiking the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail, working as a guide and field instructor, completing the first-ever trek of the Andes Mountains Range (covering some 7,800 miles) and being named a National Geographic Adventurer of the year in 2008. But Treinish wanted to do more than tromp through wild places.

Moving Mountains Prize Judges

  • Simon Kilmurry

    Simon Kilmurry

    The executive producer of the Public Broadcasting Service’s Point of View documentary film series (POV), television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction film, Simon Kilmurry has an extensive background in media and documentary films. He also serves as the executive director of American Documentary, where he has helped set the strategic direction for the organization, securing pioneering partnerships with both Netflix and Docurama.

  • Noah Cowan

    Noah Cowan

    As the executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, Noah Cowan is charged with running the San Francisco Film Festival and furthering the Society’s mission to support independent filmmakers and bring world cinema to the Bay Area. Previously, Cowan spent five years leading the Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox as its founding artistic director.

  • Sara Bernstein

    Network vice president Sara Bernstein is a key part of the HBO’s Documentary Films team, shepherding such films as The Crash Reel, Music by Prudence and Burma VJ. She began with HBO in 1998, where she worked on the Limited Series division that produced the Emmy Award-winning series “The Corner.” In 2000, she moved to the Documentary Films division and has since worked on some of the network’s most critically acclaimed documentaries.