STFF SHORTS 2020 AWARDS
Irem Gokce Aydin
STFF SHORTS 2020 GRAND JURY
Director, Writer and Editor
Tifa Tomb is a Director, Writer and Editor in the Seattle area, who’s most recently directed short film, Retch, was an official selection at SIFF 2019, and awarded Best Film at Seattle Black Film festival 2020. She works as a Media Producer at the University of Washington. In 2017, she was a part of the Oculus LaunchPad group for emerging VR makers, and directed the short film, Party Goers, a selection at Local Sightings in 2017. She edits feature length non-fiction, and narrative work, as well as music videos, corporate, and non-profit projects. Her work as a writer was recognized by the San Jose Cinequest film festival – she was a top ten finalist in 2004, and a top 3 finalist of the Hollywood Black Film Festival for her feature film script, The Bridge Café. She is currently in post-production for her mixed media live-action/animated short film, CREAK!
Associate Professor at Seattle University
Onur Bakiner is Associate Professor of Political Science at Seattle University. His research and teaching interests include transitional justice, human rights and judicial politics, particularly in Latin America and the Middle East.
Writer, Poet and Teaching Artist
Samar Abulhassan is a Jack Straw Writer and holds an MFA. from Colorado State University. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of several chapbooks. Samar has worked with Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools since 2008. Nocturnal by nature, she often gets her best ideas at night, and is inspired by the ocean, music and dance. In 2016, Samar received a CityArtist grant to aid in completing a novel-in-poems reflecting on memory, longing, and the Arabic alphabet.