Our Judges

Our judges have personally selected the winners but will not all be able to be in Japan for the festival

Howard Kazanjian

Howard Kazanjian

Howard Kazanjian is the legendary award-winning producer of Star Wars-Episode VI-Return of The Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark and is a former Vice President of Lucasfilm, Ltd.

Gray Frederickson

Gray Frederickson

Gray Frederickson  is the Oscar-winning producer of The Godfather Part II, was nominated for his work on the film Apocalypse Now.

Ralph Winter

Ralph Winter

Ralph Winter is the award-winning producer of the films X-Men 2, Fantastic Four, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and others.

Kanjiro Sakura

Kanjiro Sakura

Kanjiro Sakura is a Japanese producer, who helmed a number of shows in Japan and internationally.His works include renowned films such as “Inception” (2010), “WASABI” (2001), “Tetsujin 28” (2005), “KURO- OBI ”2007,“ Detective Mitarai’s Casebook – The Clockwork Current ”(2016) and more.

Gerald R. Molen

Gerald R. Molen

Gerald R. Molen is the Academy Award-winning producer of Schindler’s List and has also produced the films Jurassic Park, Rain Man and Minority Report among many other notable films.

MarkJ

Mark Joseph

Mark Joseph is an award-winning producer who has been involved in some of the biggest films in history including The Passion of The Christ, The Chronicles of Narnia, Ray, and Holes.He was a producer on Max Rose starring Jerry Lewis, The Vessel starring Martin Sheen and is currently producing the films Reagan starring Dennis Quaid and Dark Horse starring Tim Allen.