2017 JURY

Benoit Beaudoin

Benoit works in the field of interactive technologies and digital content since he graduated from Communication Studies at Concordia University.  As a designer, content creator, producer and consultant, he has contributed to hundreds of projects and titles over the years. He also worked as a content developer and educational technologist in large corporations such as Air Canada, the Canadian Space Agency, Bell and Hydro Quebec.

In 2001, Benoit became digital producer in the television industry.  His productions won several prizes such as best digital content, given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in 2006, 2008 and 2013.  

Since 2008, Benoit has been developing and managing digital activities at TV5 Quebec Canada.  His team is responsible for all television related interactive content and applications, Web and mobile platforms programming and original productions for learning and social media. He also created the TV5 Fund which made possible the financing and production of 55 original series.  Between 2010 and 2013, Benoit headed the Internet and Mobile Commission at CTF, an international association of public French broadcasters.

Muriel Aboulrouss


A multiple awad-winning cinematographer from Beirut-Lebanon, considered to be the first camerawoman in the Arab world. Her cinematography includes a great deal of award winning documentaries , such as Mercedes by Hady Zaccak , and feature films such as Michel Kammoun’s Falafel 2006 and George Hashem’s Stray Bullet 2010 for which she won best cinematography at Namur film festival.

As a teacher and lecturer she created & led film workshops within the Cine-Jam film lab. In 2014, she debuted as a director with documentary series Zyara , produced by her own production Home of cine-jam.

Steinar Ellingsen

 Steinar Ellingsen, lecturer in Journalism

Steinar Ellingsen is the Director and co-founder of Melbourne WebFest (MWF), Australia’s international web series festival. MWF was the fourth festival of its kind in the world when it was established in 2012, and it remains the biggest celebration of web series in the Southern Hemisphere. Steinar is the Head of Department of Communication and Media at La Trobe University. As part of his practice-based PhD, he created the award-winning documentary series The Inland Sea: An Australian Odyssey (2012). He has been teaching web series to undergraduate students at La Trobe for a number of years, producing the award-winning series Magnify Melbourne as part of the curriculum in the Bachelor of Media and Communication. Steinar is currently working on a collaborative study on web series with a team of researchers in Australia. He has given talks about web series at a number of universities and at festivals around the globe. Recently, he was part of the international jury for the Independent Production Fund in Canada’s latest round of funding for web series. 

Hanna Huge


After studying business management and working for publishing houses and online news companies in Germany, the US and Austria, Hanna co-founded Serienjunkies.de in 2008. As the managing director she developed Serienjunkies.de into the leading online publisher for fictional TV Shows in the German speaking market. She is an expert on media marketing for TV Channels and TV Shows. Hanna is also an avid critic member of the popular podcasts from Serienjunkies.de and the producer of the Serienbiz-Podcast.