ARFF International Jury Members 2023 & 2024

Around Films is a network-based film collective that gathers our international colleagues all Around. Alongside the aim of creating a custom approach, ARFF International selects the best filmmakers through the annual festivals to associate with the related edition to enhance the collective consciousness in the world. Regarding the Senior system, all the Filmmakers & Team Members have a chance to be a Finalist, Winner, ARFF Resident, Collective Member, and Film Judge step by step in years to keep the equality of our organization and we will be happy to expand 

The Around Films Family together.

We appreciate the voluntary participation of all the unique creators by heart.

Rachel Alig

A full-time actress based out of Los Angeles, California. Her colleagues have described her work as, “masterful”, and, “so funny she sets the new standard for comedy”. Rachel has over 100 credits on IMDb, showing her commitment to the craft and extensive filming experience. She has worked on TV shows such as FOX’s OUTMATCHED, THE ERIC ANDRE SHOW, and is seen regularly on VETTV. Rachel has studied in master classes at Margie Haber Studios, with Lesly Kahn at Lesly Kahn & Co., and the Groundlings. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College- Conservatory of Music. Movies that she star in can be found on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and more.Around Films Family appreciates her voluntary participation in the ARFF international Jurors Team.

Paco Álvarez

Filmmaker, writer, musician and documentarian. In 2009, together with NASA and NOAA, he directed the documentary, The Sphere, on climate change and broadcast worldwide by the BBC in London. In 2021 he films his fiction debut, Diary of an unexpected trip, coming of age starring Xabiani Ponce de León, Getsemaní Vela and Kevin Holt, which will be released in 2023 in theaters in Mexico. Also in 2021, he made the documentary Sal, about the life of the iconic Mexican boxer. This feature film has been recognized by ARFF Paris,  in Rome, Cannes, London, Tokyo, Macedonia, Rhode Island and is now an official selection of the most important documentary festival in Mexico, DOCSMX.Around International Film Festival  is glad to have him on board regarding his multiple times ARFF achievements in years.

Alison Stover

Multi-Award winning Actress and filmmaker is based in Los Angeles and New York. Her acting credits include many films as well as “Law and Order: CI” (NBC) opposite Peter Bogdanovich. She wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film The Four Walls of Charlotte Moreland through Luminous Pictures. It has screened worldwide from Dubai to Rome, Paris, Stockholm, Japan, South Africa, New York with a theatrical run in Los Angeles. She has also won 36 Best Actress awards worldwide for her visceral and emotional work portraying a survivor of domestic violence. The film has won over 52 awards (Including best Director) and has played in over 80 festivals globally. Referring to her multiple awards via ARFF Paris – Best Short Film & WSXA Amsterdam Best Actress, Around Films Family will  be happy to brighten up the filmmakers and their new creations together.

Julian C Steiner

Top notch German Director of Photography, with a clear-cut biography. He is working for brands like BMW, Mercedes, Cadillac, Harley Davidson, Volkswagen and many more. Also works in the field of Feature Films and Music Videos. His Short Films „Chocolate Man“ and „Rosewood“ have Won over 30 Awards around the World including ARFF International. Around Films Family is glad to have him on the Jury Members board and also as a collective member cinematographer. It’s possible to experience some of his works at > Residents.Around International Collective is gathered by Directors, Cinematographers and all genre film professionals. As we always mention, alongside the aim of creating a custom approach, ARFF International selects the best filmmakers through the annual festivals to associate with the related edition to enhance the collective consciousness in the world.

Wendy Regalado

Wendy Regalado is a Dominican actress in the United States. She has been acting professionally since 2006, when she started to show her many talents with a solid foundation in the theater, as well as national and international television and cinema. Her international career was launched by her participation in a permanent roll as the character Lucia in the juvenile TV series “Grachi,” and levitated with LATINX NOW that airs on channels E News, Telemundo and NBC in the United States and Entrevistax10 with Univision SWFl. Besides her TV career, she has performed in theater plays including; Shakespeare’s “Much ado about nothing,” García Lorca’s “Blood Wedding,” as well as “The Golden Egg,” “The Shampoo Girl,” “From Inside,” “Where’s Kevin?”, “The Chocolate Tree.”  We are proud to welcome her as a juror, regarding the ARFF international Senior System

Lara Marian

Is a German born, international working actress. After her BA and MA diploma at the HKB she is mainly working for American, Canadian, Swiss and German productions. Throughout the years, she got invited by several film festivals, where some of her films were shown ,such as; Berlinale, Cannes and 2021 and FFFH Swiss film festival. Lara is also on stage for German and Swiss theatres and was touring through Germany with an internationally known come, and also known for tv crime series and movies and worked already together with Oscar winning director Jochen Alexander Freydank in “The Liar”.She won several awards as Best actress and got honored with best performance for her role in the short movies ´Gaslighting´ and ´Enoxaiar´ via ARFF Barcelona & Amsterdam.As a certified coach she also helps people finding passion and developing their talents.

Katie Cleary

An Actress, Model, Philanthropist, and Filmmaker. Katie got her first break on the hit TV show ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and has had an expansive career in the entertainment business spanning 27 years. Katie is the founder and creator of ‘World Animal News,’ & ‘Peace 4 Animals,’ which covers the latest breaking environmental news and also animal welfare issues worldwide with a focus on saving endangered species. Katie produced and wrote the award-winning documentary ‘Give Me Shelter’ which premiered on Netflix, after the brilliant festival circuit involving Around International film Festivals, she recently released her second film ‘Why On Earth’ on major streaming platforms including Apple and Amazon Prime.

Roystar Soundsick

Long before entering the world of professional entertainment and starring at ARFF Barcelona awarded “Word Is Bond” , Roystar was just another kid overcoming the dangers of Chicago’s South Side. A Stint at school, Roystar Soundsick’s talent and work ethic caught attention of Brian ”Champtown” Harmon leading to a record deal with Universal Music Group’s imprint label Canorous Records. Onscreen, Roystar Soundsick has appeared in over 100 Major major motion picture projects, including network television series and music videos. These works have been featured on from MTV to HBO.

Ambre Larrazet

A french actress, screenwriter and director.She definitely is an all-around artist : stand-up, movies, TV, web, radio… She co-created « Damoiselle », a comedy, historical and feminist TV show. Currently starring at the very expected season 2,  international channel TV5MONDEplus.In her brilliant career, also appeared and featured with the international  works such as; Philharmonia, Profession, comédien, Seotutu, Machine & Machinette. Regarding her achievements with ARFF Paris Edition, Around Films Family is proud to welcome her on the Jurors Board. IMDb will tell you the rest with love & laughters… 

Max Batler

Award Winning director and producer and 1st AD. He was born and raised in Ukraine, where built his own production company. Currently based in Los Angeles and  working in video production since 2009, and have completed more than 100 projects during these years. Mostly worked in a field of saturated and fancy commercials,also in music videos. Besides his commercial career, won over 35 film festivals all over the world  with his short films and and welcomed to the ARFF International Jury Membership, after receiving the Best Director Award with his beloved creation ”My Friend Alpaca”. 

Pimdao Panichsamai

Lt Pimdao “Mutmee” Panichsamai first stepped into the spotlight at the age of seventeen with the release of her debut single. Since then, she has gone on to have a distinguished and varied career in the Thai entertainment industry, appearing in movies, musicals, sitcoms and soap operas. Collaborating with Exact: GMM Grammy, she has penned two books, Mudjai and Mudjai 2, and has also directed two award-winning shorts, “Starlight” and “Maya”. In addition, Mutmee frequently performs live, delighting audiences with her powerful vocals and captivating stage presence. In respect of her Winner Status on the Best Experimental Film category via ARFF Berlin edition, ARFF International is gladly welcomes her on board. 

Onno Mara

An independent filmmaker who runs the Around International Film Festivals with the guidance of Around Films Global Network. Studied Visual Communication Design and built up his filmography as a director & producer of shorts, commercials, and music videos. Gained the festival experience with his debut feature called ”AKIYO // UP NEXT”, keeps working on the field of improvisation and pitch perception. Trying to project the dreams of visually handicapped people with over 25 ARFF International Awarded filmmakers with the World Record Nominated film ”Astrall Story”. Also as a jury member of Five Continents International Film Festivals and the creative consultant of WSXA International, still trying to figure out, what he can save the world from. Fest Regards.

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