Judges Panel

A highly distinguished panel of judges selected this year’s films, and Rainforest Partnership expresses deep gratitude for their time and talents.

Richard Linklater

Richard has been the Films for the Forest competition Head Judge since the beginning of the competition. Born in Houston, Texas, Richard Linklater suspended his education at Sam Houston State University in 1982 to work on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. He subsequently relocated to the state's capital of Austin, where he founded a film society and began work on his debut film, “It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books” (1988). Three years later, Richard released “Slacker” (1990), an insightful, virtually plotless look at 1990s youth culture that became a favorite on the festival circuit prior to earning vast acclaim at Sundance in 1991. Upon its commercial release, the movie, made for less than $23,000, became the subject of considerable mainstream media attention, with the term "slacker" becoming a much-overused catch-all tag employed to affix a name and identity to America's disaffected youth culture. He directed other films include “Dazed and Confused” (1993), “Before Sunrise” (1995), “Waking Life” (2001), “School of Rock” (2003), “Before Sunset” (2004), “A Scanner Darkly” (2006) and “Before Midnight” (2013). Richard gained critical acclaim for his film “Boyhood” (2014), which took 12 years to film and won him a BAFTA for Best Director and Best Picture, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Movie Award. He also earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay.

Iwan Rheon

Iwan Rheon is a Welsh actor and musician. Iwan has been our judge at Films for the Forest for three years in a row. He is best known for his roles as Simon Bellamy in “Misfits” , Ramsay Bolton in “Game of Thrones” , and Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars in the film “The Dirt”. He has also acted in several films including “Libertador” (2013), “Hurricane” (2018), “Berlin, I love You” (2019), and series such as “American Gods” (2017), “Riviera“ (2017), and “Inhumans” (2017). Iwan has previously released various EPs. The first one, called “Tongue Tied”, was launched in 2010. In early 2015, he also wrote and recorded a full-length album, called “Dinard”, while filming seasons four and five of GOT. Since 2019 he has been an Ambassador for WWF UK, and in 2021 he joined WWF Cymru and Size of Wales, in an effort to have Wales become the first 'deforestation-free nation'.

Calum Worthy

Calum Worthy began his acting career at the age of nine and made his film debut in the BBC award-winning mini-series I Was A Rat. His most acclaimed roles include Hulu’s The Act, Netflix’s American Vandal, Eminem’s Bodied, and Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally. Calum is a vocal activist for the environmental movement and is currently working with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and Bono’s One organization. He has millions of followers across his social media platforms which he dedicates to educating and empowering his fan base on the climate crisis and gender inequality in developing countries.

Brenda Asnicar

Brenda Asnicar is an Argentinian actress, singer, dancer, and model. She began her musical career at 11 years old, and her first acting role was at the age of 16 in the acclaimed Argentinian Telenovela "Patito Feo" She is also known for her roles in Televisa's "Corazón Valiente" Nickelodeon's "Sueña Conmigo" and FOX's "Cumbia Ninja". Asnicar released her first music album “Vos Sos Dios”. In 2021 she released “Bandida Records” her latest studio album, where she reflects profoundly on diverse parts of her life and career. Since 2022 Brenda has worked hand in hand with other artists in building awareness for rainforest conservation.

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