Meet our esteemed judges, Brett Phares, Steve Farrell, Lucia Fishburne, Mark Schnell, and Marieanne Khoury-Vogt, who will be serving on the panel for this year’s festival. Tickets are still available for this weekend – join us and see who our judges pick as Best of Show! Purchase tickets here.

Brett Phares is a visual artist working in computer visualization and installation, exploring attentional blindness in physical experience and timeshifts in simulated space. With 20+ years in interactive media, he has created innovative projects for prominent international brands, which inescapably informs the visual syntax of his personal work. He took his MFA at Hunter College in Integrated Media Arts, and MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism from SUNY Stony Brook. He has shown his work in North America and in Asia; has taught and written on various topics, including our pre-disposed blindness in everyday experience; and directs an artist residency and is curator of Alys Beach’s annual projected art festival, Digital Graffiti.

Steve Farrell is a Seattle-based creative professional working across the worlds of marketing, brand and product design. With over 20 years of experience in digital media, he has held tenure at industry leaders such as Publics advertising, MTV Networks, and most recently Facebook. Throughout his career he has served as a digital translator, maker and leader with an eye towards emerging platforms and the ever changing role of internet culture. He is currently working with several early stage VR start-ups and consulting.

Lucia Fishburne is a research associate and adjunct instructor in the Florida State University (FSU) College of Communication and Information (CCI), and also serves as the executive director of the Florida Book Awards. Fishburne is also Florida’s State Film Commissioner where she is responsible for leading the state’s efforts to build, expand and retain the film, TV and digital media entertainment industry sector. Lucia has previously toured as a professional singer/songwriter. “Algebra TV,” which she composed, performed in and produced, was winner of the Milia ’95 international multimedia conference in Cannes, France.

Marieanne Khoury-Vogt is a Town Architect for Alys Beach, along with her husband and partner Erik Vogt. Born in England, Marieanne has lived in and visited many different countries, and as a result, much of her creative inspiration is derived from her travels. Marianne studied in Paris at L’Ecole Speciale d’Architecture and holds degrees in architecture and urban planning from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. As the founding Town Architects for the new resort town, Marianne and Erik helped form and develop its distinctive architectural style and urban character, a melding of the white-walled simplicity of Bermuda with the verdant grandeur of Latin American courtyard homes. Since 2009, the couple has won over 16 awards for their work including the INTBAU World Congress, CNU Charter, Palladio, Addison Mizner, and Philip Trammell Shutze awards.

Mark Schnell is an urban designer based in Seagrove Beach, Florida. His firm, Schnell Urban Design, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014. Among the most prominent of the Schnell Urban Design projects is Cinnamon Shore, located on the Gulf of Mexico in Port Aransas, Texas. Mark is now leading the way for two additional new communities along the Texas coast, including Palmilla Beach and a location adjacent to a beautiful Arnold Palmer Golf Course. Mark is actively engaged in urban design education and outreach. He offers walking tours of Seaside, has been a guest speaker at numerous functions, and provides commentary for the “Seaside: The City of Ideas” episode of the acclaimed documentary series American Makeover.