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Become a Judge

The Golden Lion Awards are judged by film/media professionals in industry and universities, recognizing outstanding high school filmmakers in and around the Midwest. We are currently looking for insightful people to review the Golden Lion Award submissions. All media will be available for judging online. You will have the opportunity to network with other media professionals through your judging experience. To become a judge, complete the Online Judges’ Form.

Meet Our Judges

High School Judging Panel

The Golden Lion Awards’ judging panel is made up of professional filmmakers, directors, producers, scriptwriters, art directors, and professors, all of whom have a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge in Film and Media.

  • A.B. Osborne | Animation Professor, Augusta University
  • Alyx McLaughlin | Owner & Freelance
  • Austin Morrow| Owner & Freelance
  • Brad Libis | Adjunct Professor, Northern Kentucky University
  • Brandi Whitewolf | Video Producer, Dimensional Fund Advisors
  • Chris Dettone | 
  • David Hartz | Animation Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati
  • Elisabeth HusVar | Director of Photography, Editor.
  • Evan Maines| 
  • Gabrielle Wagner | 
  • Jacob Warling |
  • Jake Reynolds | Cinematographer, Editor, Colorist.
  • Jeff Bucalo | Co-Founder/Producer, Yellowhaus Studios
  • Joseph Kathmann | 
  • Julie Ivers | Props Assistant, God Friended Me CBS-TV
  • Julie Marie Hassett | Partner/Writer/Actress/Producer, Red Love Film
  • Katie Sammons |
  • Lance Vaught | 
  • Lucas Ostrowski | Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University
  • Mallory Gantenberg | Senior Account Manager, Empower
  • Maria Gigante | Assistant Professor of Practice, Cleveland State University
  • Mark Czarnik | Owner, A-1 Professional Video
  • Marty Pack | Freelance Human Rights Documentary Producer/Teacher, Columbus Public Schools
  • McKinley Pierce | Editor/Mixer, SoundRecordist
  • Meghan Kelley | Art Director, Freelance
  • Nick Bowman | 
  • Nick Rue | Owner, Foma Films
  • Norm Freitag | Senior Digital Video Editor/Ventuz Programmer, MIG (Multi Image Group)
  • Phil Amato | Partner, PheelGood Films
  • Rachel Valerio | 
  • Randy Ragsdale | Photographer/Editor, Hearst TV
  • Richard J McCollough | Producer/Director/Videographer, Mirusmedia
  • Sam Nahem | Founder, ScreenPlay Inc.
  • Sean Coffman | Executive Director, The Human Family
  • Tim Duebber | Senior Video Production Consultant, The Christ Hospital
  • Tim Wales | Senior Executive Producer, Prestige AV & Creative Services
  • Tom Gross | Freelance Editor and Producer
  • Todd Herzog | Professor, University of Cincinnati
  • Traci Dunn | Owner/Manager, Engage! Communication Works
  • Uma Vangal |
  • Vernard Fields|