2022 Film Scoring Judges

Jared Forman

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Jared Forman is a composer for visual media, Los Angeles native, and a multi-instrumentalist that loves blending organic and synthesized sounds to create unique textures. Jared has worked on projects of all shapes and sizes including over 350 episode of television on shows like Jane the Virgin and Making a Murderer, multiple tent-pole films, and over 10 internationally distributed independent feature films. Recent notable animation credits include, Star Wars Rebels, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Having worked alongside renowned composers Gustavo Santaolalla, Kevin Kiner, and Danny Elfman, Jared’s musical contributions span many critically acclaimed and award winning scores.

will HEFF

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Will Heff is an LA-based cartoonist, writer, storyboard artist, and filmmaker who makes unapologetically weird content. Currently, he is a Storyboard Artist at Titmouse Inc, where he has worked on projects such as Star Trek: Lower Decks, Big Mouth, Human Resources, and many more. His love of Horror movies, puppets, vibrant colors, and everything odd inspires his irreverent animations and short films.

He can be found at willheff.com.

Jessica Borutski

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Working in the industry since 2003, Jessica had her start in animation at Spumco working on The New Ren and Stimpy. From there she ventured to the East Coast and worked with Collideascope and Copernicus on various projects from music videos to television series. Soon after she created her own short film entitled "I Like Pandas" This earned Jessica the "Frederator Flash Film of the Year Award" Fuel Industries a adver-gaming agency hired Jess in 2005. She art directed many projects there and worked with clients such as Kraft Foods, Johnson&Johnson and McDonald's creating beautiful immersive online gaming.The popularity of her short film earned her notice from WB. She was approached by them to re-design the Looney Tunes, and from there went on to direct the "Merrie Melodies" part of the show. She also re-imagined Bugs and the gang again for the Wabbit series, which evolved into "The New Looney Tunes Show" Jessica went on to work on many of the WB legacy properties. One DC Nation Short featuring Shazam entilted "WISDOM" that she produced was nominated for an Emmy. She also produced the series Bunnicula for Cartoon Network International. Today Nickelodeon is her new home and she is curernty the Supervising Director on Loud House.

jefferson friedman

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Jefferson Friedman (born 1974 Swampscott, Massachusetts) is an American composer. He lives in Los Angeles. He received an M.M. degree in music composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with John Corigliano, and a B.A. from Columbia University, where he studied with David Rakowski and Jonathan Kramer. He also studied with George Tsontakis and Christopher Rouse. Friedman received awards for his work at Juilliard, and later received the 2004 Rome Prize Fellowship in Musical Composition, and the Leo Kaplan Award and Morton Gould Award from the ASCAP.

In addition to his composition, Mr. Friedman has performed with a number of rock bands, including Shudder To Think, and the electronic music duo Matmos, contributing string arrangements for their album The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast.

Friedman is the composer of the score for the adult animated sitcom Harley Quinn, as well as the score for the web series Helluva Boss. In 2012 his String Quartet No. 3 was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

Alexa Borden

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Alexandra (Alexa) L. Borden is an award-winning film and theatre composer from Philadelphia, PA. She studied music composition at both Berklee College of Music and Moravian University and was a Graduate Merit Award Recipient for the MFA in Music Composition for the Screen program at Columbia College Chicago. She is known for her versatile composing work on films such as The Blue Cave, A Kiss on Candy Cane Lane, and the upcoming Perdido, as well as her frequent collaborations with co-composer Connor Cook on films including Balloon Animal, Static Space, and She Had It Coming. Alexa is based in Los Angeles and serves as the Director of Communications for the Alliance of Women Film Composers.