Each participating schools nominated two IB Film alumni to be part of the jury. The alumni cannot vote for their own school. Here you can see our incredible jury:
Marie de roualle
Marie was Mr. Pessôa’s student for 3 glorious years and is currently studying film and philosophy in Boston. She was a judge for the ASP film festival and is glad to renew this experience with CoTT 2021. May the games begin!:
Brenna Ferden is currently working as a Content Producer for a start-up company located in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an American School of Paris (ASP) 2016 alumni and attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she apprehended her B.F.A in Film and Television. Through the past few years, Brenna directed a series of music videos, short films, & documentaries. On top of directing, she became interested in costume design where she designed the wardrobe for SCAD’s first pilot episode called “What’s After”. Recently, she has found that her passion lies within producing. Within this role, Brenna helps people’s creative visions come to life through a series of organizing and understanding. She believes in also finding passions outside of her profession which include cooking, hiking & yoga.
shanghai American school
I went to Shanghai American School and I’m currently getting a BFA in Film Production at Chapman University. My team won several awards at COTT last year and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It’s so meaningful and exciting to me to be a part of the jury for this new edition of COTT.
David Feng graduated from Shanghai American School Puxi and is currently studying psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Despite his social science background, David recognizes the irreplaceable value of the arts - and especially film - as both a reflection and reflector of the signficant ideas of our time. He participated in Clash of the Titans 2020 and he's thrilled to be back this year.
international school of beijing
Tony graduated from the International School of Beijing in 2019, and is currently studying film and television production at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Since his graduation, he has directed his first Chinese-language feature film, “The Spring I Long For.” He enjoys telling down-to-earth stories that explore the different relationships between people. Tony grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but considers Beijing to be his home. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Ethan Zhang graduated from the International school of Beijing where IB film is provided for him to be introduced to the film world early. Currently Ethan is studying Television and Film Production program at the University of Southern California. With the film “The Other Side” Ethan and his directing partner Tony Huang won the Best Film for Across Asia Youth Film Festival and now hoping to find creative and unique films works in the Clash of Titans Global Edition 2021.
chinese international school - hong kong
Wilson Lai is a Chinese International School 2015 Film HL alumni and graduated with high honors in film studies from Wesleyan University in 2019. Since graduating, Wilson has directed and shot multiple short films and music videos, and also spent time working at the production company Big Beach Films and the animation distribution company GKIDS. He is the co-host of an upcoming film review podcast called ‘Deep/Cut’. Wilson is currently working as a video director and editor for Manifesto Media, a Hong Kong based international fashion magazine. He is very excited to be on this year’s panel of judges for Clash of the Titans.
Tiffany is a Chinese International School Class of 2018 alumni currently double majoring in Art History and Ethics, Politics, & Economics at Yale University. Having studied Film HL at CIS, Tiffany's made films for most of her highschool career. She's garnered "Best Director", "Best Documentary Short", and "Best Editor" titles from Hong Kong-based film competitions like the IFVA Awards and HKBU Academy of Film Seeds Project, having also been featured in the Third Culture FIlm Festival. Hoping to combine her interest in film with her passion for journalism, Tiffany currently works in the multimedia journalism industry whilst making short films in her own time.
Seymour college - Australia
While only just graduating from Seymour College in Adelaide at the end of 2020, Alex has an intense passion for filmmaking and wishes to further her studies at the University of South Australia in 2021. While in school she directed a music clip and was awarded Runner-Up in the South Australian Music SA Clip Combat competition. Along with fellow students, she participated in the global 48-Hour Film Festival challenge. Alex was also featured in two episodes of "South Aussie with Cosi" a South Australian travel tv show, one of which she assisted directing. Both were aired on national television. Alex is very grateful for the opportunity and excited to be a judge for the Clash of the Titans 2021!
Scarlett Scherer is a filmmaker based in Adelaide, South Australia. A frequent director and producer of original content, Scarlett is a well-established local artist known for creating music videos, short films and television series. In 2021, she plans to launch a creative collective to support other young female artists like herself.
American School of Doha
Rhylan Klar is an IB Film alumni from the American School of Doha Class of 2017. She is currently in her senior year at the University of Colorado Boulder where she is pursuing a dual degree, a BFA in Cinema Production and a BA in Cinema Studies. Most of her time is spent completing her year-long senior thesis film, but outside of classes she also has a job as a video editor. Rhylan is also in the beginning stages of starting her honors thesis! Rhylan appreciates the IB Film program and its impact on her life, as it is the reason she is passionate about filmmaking and storytelling. She is thrilled and honored to be a judge for COTT 2021, as this is her first year participating in the program!
Clara Salameh is an IB Film Alumni who graduated in 2017. She is currently attending the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, pursuing her BFA in Film Production. Her dream of becoming a Film Director solidified after being a part of the IB Film Program in Doha. She has now directed three short films and produced two, all of which premier in Vancouver this April. This is her first time as a judge for COTT 2021 and she is very excited for this opportunity.
colégio vista hermosa - méxico
Regina is a Film IB alumni from Colegio Vista Hermosa in Mexico City, graduated inn 2020. She is currently studying Filmmaking in Los Angeles at Art Center College of Design. She has directed some short films as well as a few music videos. Regina is currently working as the creative director of a production company for a clothing brand in LA, where she films a BTS, shoots model and product photography, as well as the marketing campaign. She has participated in similar contests such as the 48 hour film project, and is pretty excited to now be able on the other side to watch COTT’s short films and vote for the best ones worldwide.
Juan Francisco borrego
Juan Fran is a Film IB Student from Colegio Vista Hermosa in Mexico City who graduated in 2019. He finally decided that filmmaking was the way to go, so is now studying communications and film in order to become a great cinematographer. He works for a design studio and a production company as a screenwriter and editor for documentaries and event video.
international School of Geneva
Yasmin Mehboob-Khan graduated from the International School of Geneva in 2017 with a 7/7 in IB Film. Her IB production ‘Ride’ went on to win the European Student Film Festival Jury Award and, in 2018, Yasmin returned to ESFF as a jury member. She is excited to assume those responsibilities again in 2021 at Clash of the Titans! After IB, Yasmin made various short films and specialised in the world of advertising, marketing, and production, holding a BA in Media Communications with Gender Studies. Her next goal is to pursue her passion for screenwriting!
Sam A. G. Rock
Sam A.G Rock is a director and director of photography from Sweden. His spark for film was lit early on at the International school of Geneva in Mr Bottorff’s classroom. As a recent honors graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design he has been freelancing due to pandemic and unstable nature of the film industry. With an interest of aesthetics and music he mostly creates content that intertwines these two elements. Sam took a quarter off his sophomore year to work as a camera assistant and video assist on the Oscar nominated film Border.
asociación de escuelas lincoln - argentina
Carla Huysmans took part in the IB film class at Asociación Escuelas Lincoln in Buenos Aires, Argentina and graduated in 2020. She is currently studying Business Administration at KU Leuven in Belgium. Additionally, she has worked as a music photographer and is interested in pursuing a career in a creative industry such as film or music. Her photography work can be found at carlahuysmans.com
George graduated AELincoln in Buenos Aires in 2020 and is currently enrolled in a Film BA(Bachelor of Arts) at the University Of Western England in the Uk. He thoroughly believes that film is extremely delicate and as filmmakers have an immense responsibility to how we tell our stories, especially when it comes to documentary film, which is George’s greatest passion. George is currently working on two films, one of which is to be pitched to Netflix in the following year. George is inspired by and aspires to work in the adventure film industry, traveling to capture gripping story the whole world over. He is thrilled to see what work you have in store.
Woodrow Wilson High School - USA
Gus Arenas graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and is currently a student at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Gus is studying business but is continue to foster his love for film. Not only is Gus using the skills he learned in IB Film to create shorts for classes and other creative venues, his experience as a director over the last few years is one that he cherishes and hopes to foster in the future. Gus competed in Clash of the Titans 2020 and is very excited to be a part of the jury this year.