I’m excited to share with you our 2021 animation jury. We’re so thankful to have their participation this year.
Ayaka is a Japanese musician based in Toronto who is actively involved in the comedy scene. She is a musical director at the Second City and has toured across the USA, Canada and on cruise ships, including sold out performances at the Kennedy Center. She also composes music for YouTubers, short films, and a hip-hop project, Kokophonix. When Ayaka is not working on her music, she performs improv and sketch comedy on stage. She is the host of Ayak’s Kitchen on Bad Dog Comedy TV. Ayaka likes tomatoes.
Jesse Knight is a Los Angeles-based film festival programmer, writer, copy editor and rollerskater. His festival and film society contributions include Palm Springs ShortFest, AFI Fest, San Francisco International, Sundance Institute, Palm Springs International, Frameline, and many others. His repertory programming includes The Royal Cinema in Toronto, and The Capitol Theater in Olympia, Washington. His rollerskating contributions include anywhere, so look out.
Jadyn Grass is a professional photographer and videographer from Brooklin, Ontario. She is currently doing freelance work in the Greater Toronto and Peterborough areas. She specializes in food and product photography as well as corporate and narrative films. She has worked with public schools, doing graduation photos, and local families for fall and holiday photos, and edited a documentary about education systems in Kenya. She is a recent graduate of Durham College’s Video Production program, and loves anything creative. Jadyn loves to tell stories through the lens!