Meet our judges

Our 2019 Jury will be awarding our Best Feature, Best Short, and Best Student Film awards.


Prerna Bhat

Prerna is a second year Master of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she is focusing on conservation as well as environmental communication. Growing up in Austin, Texas, she was an avid childhood fan of the talking lemur Zoboomafoo and his PBS show – which she to this day credits with developing her interest in animals, the natural world, and eventually environmental work. Given this, she is excited to find ways of communicating the importance of environmental action for both nature and people more broadly through various media. Prior to FES, she spent time interning with a conservation center in Madagascar and exploring sustainable cacao and vanilla both there and in Southeast Asia. She loves exploring new places, attending cool events (and dragging friends along with her), watching Bollywood movies, geeking out about Harry Potter, dancing, and cooking/eating good food.

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Travis Carbonella

Videographer, producer, and above all story teller. Based in New Haven Connecticut, Travis Carbonella’s work centers around short form human interest pieces. Captivating audiences through narratives that promote social justice, activism, and undoing racism. Travis is a 2016 New Haven Art’s Council Award Recipient. His footage has been used for ‘Google’s Year in Review’, ‘The Washington Post’, and during Bill and Melinda Gates annual ‘Goal Keeper’s’ event.


Sam Register

Sam Register is a lifetime film, photography and nature geek, who dabbled in 16mm film making, editing and history at the Universities of Maine and Colorado. He holds a Masters in Library & Information Science from Simmons College in Boston and has plied his trade at the New York Public Library, CBS News, Newsweek, and now the New Haven Free Public Library.


Chris Raitford

Chris Raiford has over three years of experience in the environmental field, raising awareness and support for The Nature Conservancy's local and global programs.  In that same time, he launched a video production group specializing in mission driven content for both domestic and international audiences and organizations.  Today, he resides in New Haven with his hound dog, Mako.