Judges

Garden Route International Film Festival

Actor and Producer

Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Ian Perryman

Soap Actor / Acting Coach

Jacques Gombault

Karen Cifarelli

Chairman – Garden Route Film Commission

Patrick Walton

Actor and Producer

Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Hakeem Kae-Kazim is a Nigerian-British actor and producer. He portrayed Georges Rutaganda in the film Hotel Rwanda and won a SAFTA for his performance in the film Riding with Sugar. He produced and starred in Man on Ground, for which he received two Africa Movie Academy Award nominations.

Ian Perryman

As supportive partner and judge in the festival since inception, Ian also is a local entrepreneur in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry, where he has strived for success with his Guesthouse, and enjoyed the local Garden Route lifestyle.

He served as a Director on the board of Knysna Tourism for 5 years till 2011, when he changed his focus towards uplifting people through education. Ian has also featured in local television series.

Over the years his time has been split between various business interests and supporting local community charities, schools, businesses and local community projects.

SedgeRise, Sedgefield Primêr School and Freshstart Recycling Programme are his current projects in development. This is the third year Ian will be judging for GRIFF.

Soap Actor / Acting Coach

Jacques Gombault

Youth Program Educator: Acting for Camera

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Dates: 3-5 August

After completing his BA in Drama (Hons) degree at Pretoria University, Jacques received a bursary to do his MA(Drama) studies at Pretoria University in 1996. It was, however, his experience on the film set of the American film “Operation Delta Force” as well as “Egoli” made him realise that his years at university did not prepare him for the demands Film and TV sets would place on him.

Years later, he has 19 years of experience in acting for film and TV and multiple productions under his belt. These include Song vir Katryn, 7de Laan, Generations, Binnelanders, and much more in the television industry. In addition, he has also starred in various films including District 9, Lien se Langstaan Skoene, Long Walk to Freedom, The Bang Bang Club, and the latest feature, Silverton Seige.

In 2009 he won the Best Afrikaans TV Actor Award and in 2020 he was nominated for Villain of the year at the Royalty Soapy Awards. He also produced five films himself. In 2015 his film, Khumbula – I will Remember, won the ICVM Silver Crown Award in Orlando Florida. His acting course focuses on preparing students for film and television specifically and was developed with the motto “If what I have to teach, really works, it first had to work for me!”

Karen Cifarelli

Karen Cifarelli has a BS in International Relations from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She is a two time recipient of the prestigious Grace Ford Salvatori Community Service Award. While attending USC she studied Performing Arts with renowned acting coach Eric Morris of the American New Theatre.

Karen worked for Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope in the casting department and then in development and script analysis for the Jacobsen Company, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Studios. Some of the projects she supported during this time were Mission to Mars and My Friend Joe.

Since 2009, Ms Cifarelli is the owner of the Cifarelli Talent Consulting firm where she manages multi-lingual international actors for film, TV and theatre productions. Ms Cifarelli is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and official juror of the 40th International Emmy Awards.

Chairman – Garden Route Film Commission

Patrick Walton

Topic1: The Garden Route – Endless Possibilities

Summary:

Time: 12:00

Date: 4 August 2023 | Friday

Patrick is a longstanding member of the filmmaking community in South Africa he wears many hats, including that of producer and stuntman.

Producing credits include both local and international work including commercial, documentary, TV, reality TV. He is a driven and motivated producer, dedicated to the growth, sustained development, and efficacy of the industry. A member for the International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences (Emmy’s), Patrick’s connection and commitment to the film, commercial and television production industry is a real benefit for his clients.