HIFF28: Competition Jury

Carlos Sandoval

Carlos Sandoval is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker whose work includes the award-winning documentaries THE STATE OF ARIZONA, A CLASS APART and FARMINGVILLE. His latest film, BAD HOMBRES, was commissioned by LatinoJustice and has just been released online. Sandoval is on faculty at the Columbia School of Journalism and advises several independent media organizations. A sometime lawyer, Carlos writes a monthly column for The East Hampton Press, recently recognized by the New York Press Association. He has served on many national funding review panels and as a juror for the Sundance Film Festival, of which he is an alumnus.

Stephanie Zacharek

Stephanie Zacharek is the film critic for Time magazine. She was previously chief film critic for the Village Voice and Salon.com, and her writing on books and pop culture has also appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Sight and Sound. She was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in criticism.


Todd Lieberman

A co-owner of Mandeville Films and Television, Lieberman has produced THE AERONAUTS, WONDER, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017), THE FIGHTER, and THE PROPOSAL, among others. Mandeville films have been nominated for 11 Academy Awards®, winning three. Prior to joining Mandeville in 1999, he acted as SVP for international finance and production at Hyde Park Entertainment. Lieberman established himself at international sales and distribution giant Summit Entertainment, where he moved quickly up the ranks after pushing indie sensation MEMENTO into production and acquiring the Universal box-office smash AMERICAN PIE.