Documentary Division Judges

Jason Soto

Jason Soto is the Founder Chief Executive Officer of Vision Vegas, an entertainment and technology company. In 2022, Vision Vegas, in partnership with Vu Technologies, built Nevada’s first virtual production studio, which is the centerpiece of a new 42,000 sq ft multi-stage facility that caters to the film and television industry.

Janella Lacson

Janella Lacson is a director, producer and editor from Las Vegas, NV. Her love for video started when she participated in Outfest Film Festival’s inaugural film-mentoring program called OutSet in 2012, where she created a short film that won the Audience Award for Best Dramatic Short Film at Outfest that year. Following her film festival debut, Janella graduated from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 2015. Janella dove into the world of commercial directing in Asia from 2016-2021 where she directed digital ads and video content with global clients such as Google and Toyota. Currently, Janella is a producer at the Las Vegas Raiders. She has won 2 NATAS-PSW Emmy Awards for producing long-form documentary series called “Behind The Shield.”

Nancie Kang

"Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and of Korean descent, Kang was introduced to various walks of life from an early age. Unable to pursue fashion school or study auto mechanics due to her obligation to the family’s business, she attained her degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Infatuated with all mediums of art, Kang began to revisit and pursue dancing as a hobby and later found herself in front of the camera. After transitioning to the production side, she gravitated towards the Grip and Electric Department, finding it satisfied her desire to work on cars. Above all pursuits, Kang finds joy in the collective filmmaking process and follows the fun and adventure first. Her most recent projects include Killers of the Flower Moon, as a Set Lighting Technician, and The Creator, as Best Boy Set Lighting Technician. She has recently broadened her endeavors to directing."

Doug Legore

Doug Legore is a nationally recognized, visual storyteller who has told stories from around the world and around the corner. He believes the size of the stage doesn’t mean the approach to memorable storytelling is any different. Doug’s won the NPPA’s National Photographer of the Year award, thirty regional Emmy Awards, and two Murrow awards. Doug also contributed to KUSA-TV winning back-to-back NPPA Station of the Year honors. As a consultant, Doug has led storytelling workshops with the American Forces Network in Germany, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. He’s shared his knowledge of photojournalism with aspiring journalists at Syracuse, Northwestern, Arizona State and Penn State University. Legore has been a photojournalist, executive producer, and director of photography with stations in Harrisburg, PA and Denver, CO where he employed the “Ted Lasso” leadership style. He now runs Doug Legore Media from Carlisle, PA where he continues to tell stories that matter."

First Round Judges, Documentary Division

To Be Announced!