New York Film Week
Jury

Michael Maxxis

Director

Michael Maxxis spent the first decade of his filmmaking career directing close to 100 music videos. Highlights include Elle King’s Ex’s and Oh’s, Kygo’s Here For You, and Orville Peck’s Dead of Night, the latter being selected by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the 25 Best Videos of 2019. Michael’s videos have won a combined of 11 MMVA’s, been nominated for two Junos, a Golden Frog, and several other music video awards. A live dance rendition of his music video for Elle King’s Ex’s and Oh’s was performed live at the 2017 Grammys.

Michael’s feature film debut, Puppy Love, which stars Hopper Penn, Paz De La Huerta, Cowboy Cerrone, Rosanna Arquette, Michael Madsen, and Wayne Newton has screened at several film festivals around the world, winning multiple awards.

Diana Srougi

Producer

Diana Srougi is a film buff and producer from Montreal, Canada. After having completed her bachelor’s degree in Film Studies, she moved on to work for various film festivals in Cannes, London and Montreal. She is now director of a photo and video production company specializing mainly in ads.

Naja Falhof Aastrup

Producer

Naja Falhof Aastrup is a Danish film and tv producer based in Copenhagen. She has a background from European Film College, and has worked on multiple film productions since 2013. In 2016 she was selected by Screen Talent Europe for a talent camp on the Faroe Islands. Currently she is finishing her bachelor in tv and media production at The Danish School of Media and Journalism. Naja has produced a number of short films, and is currently out with ‘As The Crow Flies’ that won Best Short at Berlin Film Week.

Maxime Feyers

Director, Actor, Producer

Maxime is a director and actor based in Brussels.
His latest short film CALAMITY, directed with Séverine De Streyker, has been selected in 300 festivals, won about 100 awards, and was broadcasted on 7 TV channels (Canal+, TV5, BeTV, RTBF, VRT…). It was also nominated for the Magritte for Best Short Film in 2019.
Maxime also worked as a consultant for festivals such as the Brussels Short Film Festival, Tokyo Anime Award Film Festival, and as an assistant director and director for Japanese television BsNTV.
He is the co-founder of Next Days Films where he has produced and co-produced a dozen short and feature films.