RFF Judges

Judd Taylor - RFF judge

Judd Taylor

Features Judge

Judd Taylor has developed an eclectic career in film programming, acquisitions, and script analysis, working with film festivals and worldwide sales companies including Tribeca Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Cordillera International Film Festival, Princ Films and Glass House Distribution. He programmed the feature film lineups for Cordillera and Chandler International Film Festival in 2020. For Princ Films, he’s acquired Crazy Samurai Musashi, Psychosia, True Fiction, All Roads to Pearla, and Billie and Emma. He was previously Associate Director of Programming and a Board Member for DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles and sat on the Screening Committee of Cleveland International Film Festival. He’s also worked in marketing at Cinema Management Group on Oscar nominated worldwide hit Loving VincentHe annually screens 400+ films and reads 100+ screenplays. This is Judd’s second year judging the Narrative Features for Reading FilmFEST. 

Kevin Hackenberg - RFF Judge

Kevin Hackenberg

Shorts Judge

With over 25 years experience in the film world as a DP, Director, and Producer, Kevin is a trusted source for any size project and is considered one of the East Coast’s premier DPs for his beautiful visuals, steadicam and drone work. Known for THE SIXTH SENSE (1999), THE BELOVED (2011), CHASING AMY (1997) THE WOODSMAN (2004), EQUITY (2016) and AS YOU ARE (2019). Kevin is also the creator of FUNNY & AMEN,  a series of shorts proving that Christians actually can have a sense of humor.

Patricia Finneran

Best Female Filmmaker Judge

Matt Fotis - RFF judge

Matt Fotis

Student Film Judge

Matt Fotis is the Director of Undergraduate Research and Chair of the Theatre Department at Albright College, where he teaches courses in Screenwriting, Acting for the Camera, and Improvisation. He is an award winning writer and performer, and his latest book Satire & The State: Sketch Comedy and the Presidencyexplores the relationship between comedy and power. He is currently working as the Head Writer and Director for Albright College’s virtual production of C’mon America, or, Hindsight is 2020, a sketch comedy revue about the 2020 presidential election.
Ann Gilette - RFF Judge

Ann Gilette

Best Actor Judge

Ann Gillette has worked in casting and as a producer on over 600 projects including: feature films, television, commercials, industrials and live productions.  Ann is also a highly-respected commercial/TV/ film acting and media coach.  Her coaching style focuses on the practical and ‘real-life’ aspects of auditioning as well as the realities and expectations required of an actor in the business.

Kelly DeVine - RFF Judge

Kelly DeVine

Best Documentary and Social Impact Award Judge

Kelly DeVine has served as the Artistic Director for the Global Peace Film Festival Artistic Director since 2006. Connecting story to community in action, the GPFF supports and amplifies the work of Central Florida civic, faith, educational and activist groups by curating film and media events to raise awareness and catalyze audiences. She has consulted on impact projects for award-winning documentaries such as BullyHow To Survive A Plague

Marty Mellinger

Best Music Judge

Marty Mellinger is a musician, music producer, arranger and composer. Owner of Cross Keys Productions Recording Studio, Mr. Mellinger has written and produced over 450 commercials and short film scores. He was nominated for a regional Grammy as Jazz Producer in 1988. Mr. Mellinger is also a highly sought-after pianist and has performed with Simone, Rick Derringer, Mary Wilson, Ray Parker, Jr., and Rita Coolidge (he was even asked by Bruce Springsteen to be the original keyboard player in the East Street Band). He recently composed the score for Finding Jenn’s Voice, an award-winning documentary feature. 

Meggan Kerber - RFF judge

Meggan Kerber

Made-In-Reading Judge

Meggan Kerber was named the Executive Director of the Berks Arts Council in August 2019. Prior to joining the Berks Arts Council, Meggan served the non-profit community for over 20 years in non-profit fundraising, marketing and special events. In addition, she spent several years in the corporate sector focusing on marketing for the restaurant industry and event planning.   She has served in the past with the Bethany Children’s Home, Director of Development; Olivet Boys & Girls Club, Chief Development Officer; Girl Scouts-Great Valley, Penn State Berks, and Easter Seals.

In 2005, she received her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) accreditation from CFRE International. Meggan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and an MBA in Community Service and Economic Leadership from Alvernia College.

With a passion for serving others, Meggan has also served as a Professional Fundraising Counsel within the State of Pennsylvania to provide consulting services to non-profits in donor database management, planned giving, annual campaigns and special events. She has worked with but not limited to Lebanon Valley Farm Exposition Center, Centro Hispano, The Historical Society of Berks County, Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County, Girls on the Run of Berks County and Laurel House. Most of this work is done pro bono.

Scroll to Top