Alex Johnston is an award-winning documentarian, media maker and scholar, based in Seattle, Washington. His work has screened at a wide range of venues, including the Berlinale, IndieLisboa, London Short Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, and the Miners' Colfax Medical Center, a convalescent home for retired hard rock and coal miners in Raton, New Mexico. He is the managing editor of the radical online media journal NOW! A Journal of Urgent Praxis, (NOW-Journal.com) and is an assistant professor of film at Seattle University. You can see some of his work here: http://www.aljiers.net/
Rocio Mesa is the director of LA OLA - Independent Films From Spain, a showcase of the best contemporary Spanish cinema in Los Angeles (American Cinematheque), New York (Anthology Film Archives) and Mexico City (Cineteca Nacional). Mesa works as a freelance film programmer; she has been an Associate Programmer for the LA Film Festival, a co-programmer for Art House Theater Day and has collaborated with independent theaters like the Echo Park Film Center or Now Instant Image Hall. Mesa premiered her first feature film as a director in 2013, ‘Orensanz’, nominated for Best Andalusian Documentary at the ASECAN Awards and selected on international festivals like Seville European Film Festival, BAFICI or Alcances. She is currently working on her next feature project as a writer/director called ‘Secaderos’ (‘Tobacco Barns’), selected by the Faliro House Sundance Screenwriters LAB. Mesa is also a producer and post-producer with years of experience in the field. She was named by Variety Magazine as one of the top 10 “Spanish Women Rising in the Film Business.”
Sindha Agha is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker who has quickly made a name for herself by creating viral digital pieces with distinct & vibrant visuals. Sindha kicked off her career by writing & directing "Birth Control Your Own Adventure," a tragicomic short acquired by The New York Times. "Birth Control" quickly reached 12.5 million organic Facebook views and was nominated for a 2019 News & Documentary Emmy. The film was also accepted into Tribeca and Palm Springs Film Festivals as a part of their official selection. Sindha has since been awarded two separate Sundance Institute Fellowships, directed two seasons of her critically-acclaimed series “Body Language” for BBC Three, contributed to Radiolab, published work in The Atlantic and been nominated for “Video of the Year” by the Society of Publication Designers.
Jocelyn R.C. is coincidentally one of the three co-founders of NFFTY from over a decade ago, alongside Jesse and Kyle, and she's thrilled to be able to help jury the Experimental category this year. In the 12-ish years since her active involvement with NFFTY, she's worked and lived in Los Angeles (film industry), San Francisco (VR tech market), New York City (advertising world), and recently relocated back to her stomping grounds of Seattle where she's working as a Creative Director in T-Mobile's brand studio. A lifelong supporter and participant of filmmaking, she's excited to be local for this year's festival.