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For Immediate Release

Vancouver Web Fest Judges Announcement

Vancouver Web Fest Runs From March 6th to 8th on Vancouver’s Granville Island

November 20, 2014 (Vancouver, BC) - Vancouver Web Fest (VWF) is excited to announce their first round of judges for the 2015 Festival. This year’s judges come from the entertainment industry across Canada and internationally. They include OUTtv Network’s Brad Danks, Movie and Theatre Actor Alessandro Di Francesco, Telefilm’s John Dippong, Camera/Steadicam Operator Cliff Hokanson, Lloyd Talent’s Lissa Lloyd and CMPA’s Liz Shorten. (Biographies follow.)

VWF will be held March 6 to 8, 2015, at Performance Works on Granville Island, Vancouver’s hotspot for tourism and entertainment. VWF proved to be one of the top international web festivals in their inaugural year. VWF2015 will explore the fascinating future of new and existing web series, apps and commercials by facilitating networking opportunities between the content creators, production companies, distributors and buyers of online productions from around the world.

There are only 10 days left to submit to Vancouver Web Fest.

There are only 10 days left to submit to the Vancouver Web Fest. VWF is currently accepting submissions from around the world.  Late entries will be accepted until November 30, 2014. More details can be found on the Submission Guidelines page.

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Sparrow McGowan, Public Relations Coordinator,

About Vancouver Web Fest

Founded in 2013 by Executive Director, Suzette Laqua, Vancouver Web Fest (VWF) is a Not-for-Profit Society and Canada’s Premier International Web Festival. The Vancouver Web Fest brings web content creators from around the world to celebrate the progressive evolution of entertainment and programming created exclusively for the Internet. The festival is an annual event and has been ranked one of the top web festivals around the world. For more information on Vancouver Web Fest please visit: - Twitter: @VanWebFest -


Brad Danks, Chief Operating Officer, OUTtv Network. As COO he is directly responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Network from developing and implementing the overall corporate strategy, regulatory, operations, acquisitions, production, distribution, marketing, advertising and digital strategy. OUTtv is the world’s first LGBT television network having launched in 2001 in Canada. It is considered one of the world’s premium LGBT media brands in the World with affiliates in the Netherlands, Belguim, Sweden and now licensed in South Africa with a launch date in 2015.

Alessandro Di Francesco, Roma Web Fest, Rome, Italy. Movie and theater actor, Alessandro has worked as an organizer and event producer for short films and plays. In recent years he has dedicated his time in organization and production toward the realization of multimedia art projects, both nationally and internationally. Alessandro is a talent scout for various actor agencies, as well as working as an assistant teacher. As Head of External Relations for the first edition of the Roma Web Fest (2013), a Member of the Technical Committee in the evaluation commissions of Roma Web Fest 2013 and Roma Web Fashion Film Fest 2013, Alessandro brings to Vancouver Web Fest exceptional talent and skills.

John Dippong, Regional Director, Industry Promotion - English Market for Telefilm Canada. John joined Telefilm in 1997 after being involved in feature film production, film festival organization and programming. In his current role as Regional Director, Industry Promotion, John manages Telefilm's Promotion Program portfolio across the English market, and is also charged with identifying and implementing regional strategies, partnerships and special initiatives which respond to Telefilm’s corporate and promotional objectives to build a vibrant audio-visual industry.

Cliff Hokanson, Camera/Steadicam operator. Cliff Hokanson is a passionate film industry professional with over 20 years of experience. Cliff has had a successful career as a Camera/Steadicam operator in feature films and television. He is well known for his ‘quick execution’ and his creative skills with camera movement. Cliff is multi-skilled in many facets of film but dedicates most of the year to Steadicam and A/B Camera operating. In addition to this, Cliff is very knowledgeable with the technical aspects of everything from lighting to post-production.

Lissa Lloyd, Lloyd Talent. Lissa is the senior agent representing and managing all the principal talent signed to Lloyd Talent. She has extensive experience in sales and marketing and in 1989 began Lloyd Talent Agency in Vancouver and Lloyd Talent Management in Los Angeles. She is an accomplished musician and has trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in piano, voice and flute. She has toured and recorded as a soloist, and with various bands and vocal groups and has experience in musical theatre.

Liz Shorten, Vice-President, Operations & Member Services, Canadian Media Production Association. Liz Shorten joined the Canadian Media Production Association – BC Producers’ Branch (CMPA) in 2009 as Managing Vice-President, Operations & Member Services. Prior to her employment with the CMPA, Liz was President of Media Skillset Consulting where she designed and delivered strategic initiatives to address gaps, challenges and opportunities in the film, television and digital media sectors. In her role at the CMPA, she continues to advocate for BC companies, create policies and strategies to assist in industry growth, and organize industry development workshops and conferences.