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Judge Panel IMFF 2018

This year's Judge Panel for the official International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego is comprised of traditional film industry professionals. Our judge panel agrees to our ethics policy in order to select the best films. We invite judges to attend the event to receive special recognition and meet the attending filmmakers during the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony. 


 Penny Styles

Penny Styles | Producer and Line Producer

After working for the London Stock Exchange and Merchant Bankers, NM Rothschild & Sons; Penny Styles began her film and television career in London working with cross-platform advertising & marketing. Then, a move to the US, perfectly coupled her financial and creative background into Producing Film and Television. Thirty years later, she is an award winning Producer & Line Producer, who has worked on over 25 Feature Film and TV shows in Tennessee, Florida and California including Disney, CMT & Discovery. Adept and comfortable in all production genres, she develops budgets ranging from Micro upward to $56 mil. 

Penny has also received multiple Film Festival, Addy and Industry awards. She is most proud of her community involvement, garnering a ‘Movie Production Award’ from the California State Senate, California Legislature Assembly, and a ‘Service to the Community Though Film Production’ Special Congressional Award from the United States Congress. The African American Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce recognized with her a ‘Contribution to the Community’ award for hiring a majority of African-American actors for the movie, ‘Reunion’.

Penny moved from LA to Nashville in January of 2015, has worked non-stop as a producer and is in development for three television series and two motion pictures to be shot primarily in Tennessee.

She was recently elected Vice-President of the Media, Entertainment & Technology Alliance (META), a Tennessee non-profit Business Alliance serving businesses that operate in the creative economy.


 Jana Ondrechen Hallford

Jana Hallford

Jana earned her entertainment credentials early, covering rockstars of the art world like Andy Warhol, Christo, and Robert Rauschenberg for her college newspaper and the La Jolla Light. She also wrote features about the still-developing San Diego Comic-Con before it became the cultural phenomenon that it is today. Parlaying her art writing into public relations work, she went on to do direct marketing and trade show exhibits for a book publisher. In 1994, she provided background material to the SciFi Channel for their marathons of the original Beauty and the Beast TV series, and in 2007 co-directed an independent web series which provided more history and insights in Beauty and the Beast: 20 Years of Remembering. Along with Neal, she co-authored the book Swords & Circuitry: A Designer's Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games, which became the foundation upon which the studio was originally built. In addition to her producer's responsibilities for Swords & Circuitry, she is an award-winning artist and photographer, has had her work shown in national and international juried shows, and she is a Diamond Level CTSM, making her one of the most highly certified trade show marketers in the United States. She teaches annually at the ExhibitorLIVE trade show in Las Vegas.


 Neal Hallford

Neal Hallford
Armed only with a Super8 movie camera and a stack of CINEMAGIC magazines, Neal delved into the world of indie filmmaking at the tender age of thirteen (even though no one had yet coined that term). At seventeen, he wrote, produced, and directed the first iteration of Uncharted Regions, a Twilight Zone-like radio drama series which aired on a radio station in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After getting a degree in radio, television, and film production from the University of Oklahoma, Neal leapt into the world of computer gaming development where he was involved in the creation of several role-playing games including Betrayal at Krondor, Dungeon Siege, Champions of Norrath, and others. In 2007, he returned to his filmmaking roots to shoot the online documentary series Beauty and the Beast: 20 Years of Remembering. He continues to work as a game designer, film producer, media consultant, and fiction writer.


The Official International Mobile Film Festival takes place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 2018 in San Diego, California. 

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