Meet the Judges – 2023

Tailyr Irvine smiles at the camera for her headshot.

Tailyr Irvine

Tailyr Irvine is a Salish and Kootenai journalist born and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana. Her work focuses on providing in-depth representations of the lives and complex issues within the diverse communities that make up Native America. Tailyr is a co-founder of Indigenous Photograph, a global database dedicated to support the media industry in hiring more Indigenous photographers to tell the stories of their communities and to reflect on how we tell these stories. Other commissioned work includes the New York Times, Washington Post, the Smithsonian and the Wall Street Journal.

Deia Schlosberg

Deia Schlosberg made national news in 2016 when she was arrested and charged with 45 years’ worth of felonies for filming the #ShutItDown pipeline protest in North Dakota. Deia’s directorial debut, THE STORY OF PLASTIC (Mill Valley/Discovery) won a 2021 Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Documentary. In 2020, the feature fim was recognized as the Best program in the IWFF Sustainable Planet category. Previously, Deia produced Josh Fox’s, HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD… (2016, Sundance/HBO), and co-produced both AWAKE, A DREAM FROM STANDING ROCK (2017, Tribeca/Netflix) and THE RELUCTANT RADICAL (2018, Big Sky/PBS). Deia earned an MFA in Science & Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State, where she directed and produced BACKYARD, which won two student Emmys. She was named one of DOC NYC’s 40 under 40 in 2019 and a Film Independent fellow in 2021. Deia’s background is in Earth science and visual communications, as well as expeditioning, having been awarded a 2009 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award for a two-year, 7800-mile through-hike of the Andes Mountains.

Andy Maser

Andy Maser is an Emmy Award winning director and cinematographer with 16 years’ experience making documentary, commercial and branded content films. An equally able director and cinematographer, Andy brings a unique combination of cinematic aesthetic, character sense and documentary style to his films. Experienced filming in the world’s most challenging and remote locations, Andy, 2019 IWFF selection and audience favorite Great Bear Rainforest, where he spent 120 days living and shooting by boat on BC’s northern coast. This IMAX film recently won the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) Award for “Best Cinematography”. He also was the Director of Photography for the 2022 selection The Beautiful Undammed. Andy resides in Portland, OR, where he loves to surf, play in the mountains, and eat great food. He works as a director and cinematographer for hire in addition to managing his own production company, Maser Films.