The AJFF Jury

Deliberated by an esteemed panel of filmmakers, journalists, students, and experts, each year, the Jury reviews select films playing in competition and picks winners across six categories:

In addition to the existing Audience Awards for Best Narrative, Best Documentary and Best Short, see the films eligible for Jury Prizes in these same categories.

An Emerging Filmmaker Prize will also be awarded to a rising creative talent, whose film shows exceptional skill and artistry. The Building Bridges Prize will honor the film that most exemplifies the mission of AJFF, informed by founder and partner American Jewish Committee, to foster understanding among communities of diverse religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Rounding out the list is the Human Rights Prize, awarded to the film that most powerfully captures the perseverance and strength in those whose sense of justice guides them in the face of bigotry, inequality and/or persecution.

2020 NARRATIVE JURY

Carol Littleton (Editor)
Jill Savitt (President & CEO, National Center for Civil and Human Rights)
Noah Washington (Student, Georgia State University)

Films in Competition

2020 DOCUMENTARY JURY

Barry Avrich (Filmmaker)
Rich Eldredge (Journalist)
Minnie Yang (Student, Emory University)

Films in Competition

2020 SHORTS JURY

Keisha Burnette (Attorney)
Steve Denker (Senior Director of Marketing, Turner Classic Movies (TCM))
Amarachi Smith (Student, Clark Atlanta University)

Films in Competition

2020 EMERGING FILMMAKERS JURY

Anita Busch (Journalist)
Jeffrey Stepakoff (Founding Executive Director, Georgia Film Academy)
Nate Johansen (Student, University of North Georgia)

Films in Competition

2020 BUILDING BRIDGES JURY

Shawn Guthrie (Senior Manager, Student Academy Awards and Grants, AMPAS)
Stephanie Guiloff (Deputy Director for Advocacy, American Jewish Committee)
Denver Edmonds (Student, Spelman College)

Films in Competition

2020 HUMAN RIGHTS JURY

Adam Greenberg (Cinematographer)
Mary Schmidt Campbell (President, Spelman College)
Gabriela Reyes (Student, University of North Georgia)

Films in Competition