2019 Judges

2019 Judges


We feel lucky that these three jurors will be making the difficult decisions in choosing the best of the best in ethically-made wildlife films. IWFF semi-finalists will be announced in March along with the full IWFF list of selections. Winning films will be presented with awards on Friday, April 19th during the 2019 Awards Ceremony.


Former Director at Mountainfilm and Blue Ocean Film Festival

After a decade based in the Himalayas (expedition leader/ photojournalist), Arlene returned to the States and has been immersed in various aspects of the film industry ever since. She has been a series host (PBS, ESPN, NBC), producer/director (ASCN), project manager (Sea Studios), stunt double/trainer/technical advisor (Universal Studios), and film festival director (Telluride Mountainfilm, Blue Ocean Film Festival). She has been a jury member at Telluride, Jackson, Banff, Torello (Spain), and Graz (Austria) and is currently on the advisory board of Telluride Mountainfilm and Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. She is now the Mayor of the tiny hamlet of Mosier, Oregon, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge.


Editorial Director bioGraphic

Stephanie Stone is the co-founder and editorial director of bioGraphic, a digital magazine published by the California Academy of Sciences that features inspiring stories about science, nature, and sustainability from around the globe. Stone leverages her background in anthropology and nearly 20 years as a science communicator to shape bioGraphic’s highly visual approach to science journalism and storytelling. The magazine publishes a variety of feature types, including media-rich immersive articles, photo essays, and short-form documentary films. It digs deeply into complex scientific subject matter and challenging environmental issues, but always with a clear emphasis on creating beautiful, memorable stories that highlight both the scientific process and promising solutions to environmental problems. In addition to overseeing the magazine’s content and editorial strategy, Stone also leads the development of bioGraphic’s growing network of editorial and distribution partners, which now includes more than 60 separate news outlets.




Shane Moore has been involved in the wildlife film industry in one capacity or another for more than three decades. His projects have appeared on BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, DisneyNature and others. He recently returned from twelve months of filming snow leopards in Tibet. His main passions are the elusive art of telling compelling, watchable nature stories and cinematography. He bought his first 16mm film camera while attending the University of Montana in 1985 and began filming mountain goats in Glacier National Park.