Festival Jury

Jurors judge the best feature and short films in the festival competition and choose the top film in each category, along with a Grand Jury award winner.


Alexander Jarman

Alexander Jarman became Manager of Public Programs at the San Diego Museum of Art in September 2008. Alexander received his B.F.A. in art history from Northern Kentucky University in 2006 and is currently finishing his master’s degree in art history at San Diego State University. Over the last five years, he has exhibited his own work as a professional artist throughout southern California, as well as curated and juried several exhibitions in the area. Prior to his time in San Diego, Alexander was Gallery Director for the Time Warner Cable Gallery at ArtWorks in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Christine Kwon

Christine Kwon joined the Center for Asian American Media in 2007 and became Managing Director of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival in 2010. She graduated from UC San Diego where she studied world literature and film, notably assisting with Jean-Pierre Gorin’s tribute to film critic Manny Farber during her time there. Christine has a background in journalism and film criticism and also works on the production end as a freelance writer and editor. Spurred by her interest in youth voices, she initiated SFIAAFF’s Student Delegate Program in 2009.


Mike Ott

Mike Ott is the director of the 2010 feature Littlerock, which has screened at over 20 festivals internationally and has won numerous awards, including a Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing in a Theater Near You.” In 2011, he won the “Someone to Watch” Spirit Award. Mike studied under Thom Anderson at the California Institute of the Arts, where he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Film/Video. Presently, Mike teaches film directing at the University of Southern California.


Phil Yu

Phil Yu is the founder and editor of popular Asian American news/culture blog AngryAsianMan.com, which the Washington Post has called “a daily must-read for the media-savvy, socially conscious, pop-cultured Asian American.” Mixing humor with criticism, Phil’s commentary has been featured and quoted in stories for the Post, New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, Los Angeles Times, and more. He worked previously at the Center for Asian American Media in San Francisco, and currently serves on the Board of Visual Communications and Projekt Newspeak, both in Los Angeles.