The International Freeski Film Festival is proud to announce its Jury Panel for the inaugural iF3 Photo Awards to be held in Innsbruck on October 4th.
Having a ski movie marathon before heading on your spring break ski trip is one thing. Spending four full days trying to pick a handful to victors from 40 candidates is another. With the ever increasing level of talent and access to high quality cameras and editing software, judging iF3 gets harder every year. On top of that, this year’s film selection is bigger than ever. That being said, five brave men have stepped up to the task and will be selecting this years iF3 winners. Without further ado allow us to introduce the 2013 iF3 Judges!
Jeff Schmuck has been around the block and back a few times. He is a sea-worn industry veteran, certified rockstar and can be counted on to deliver judicial justice during the deliberation of this year’s awards. Though Schmuck has been a fixture at iF3 since the early days, this year marks the first time he will sit among the judges. After five years as the face and voice of Newschoolers, Schmuck recently left his post to take the reigns at SBC Skier as managing editor.
Vincent Gagnier carved his name in the bark of the ski industry with his one-of-a-kind tricks. Despite his young age, Gagnier has broken free of the mould that encapsulates many of his peers on the road to contest success—not that he hasn’t found competitive success. Gagnier most recently took the top spot at the 2013 World Skiing Invitational Big Air event and dropped a summer edit indicating that he will likely climb atop many big air podiums in the near future. Young but wise, Gagnier’s out of the box thinking landed him on the panel of judges again this year.
Neil Sotirakopoulos returns to the judges panel for the fourth time, adding his experience at iF3 to his already stacked résumé which includes work with Level 1 Productions and Poor Boyz Productions. With over 10 years of work in the ski industry as a videographer and editor, Sotirakopoulos brings huge experience with him to the judges panel.
Guillaume Lahure owns 1997 Media, which, in turn, means he owns and operates skipass.com, Zapiks and other online action sport properties relating to snowboarding, mountain biking and surfing. Within action sports, Lahure’s reach is long and influential. Based out of Grenoble, Lahure brings international and multi-sport flavour to this year’s judicial panel.
Darren Rayner has created some of the most entertaining videos in skiing with his work for Voleurz. From filmmaking to marketing, he has strolled almost all avenues of the industry. Though he is more accustomed to receiving awards for his work from the likes of ESPN and iF3, Rayner will make his iF3 judging debut in Montreal this year. Rayner is also part of the team bringing iF3 to Whistler in October.