Meet Our Judges

Tally Shorts Film Festival gives out two judged awards every year. The Tally Shorts Favorite Award is given to the best overall film in the festival. The Florida Favorite Award is given to the best film originating from Florida. Each winner will receive wonderful prizes!

We’d like to give a big thank you to our distinguished panel of judges who had the unenviable task of picking the lone winners from an extremely high quality grouping of films.

2016 Judges


JudgeDave DAVE SCHMELING

Dave produced the award-winning 2011 documentary feature The “Other Side of Silence: The Untold Story of Ruby McCollum” and co-wrote “The Ballad of Ruby McCollum.” He is author of eleven feature film scripts and appears in more than forty-five short films, a popular Syfy Channel reality show, and serves as community liaison for the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts.


JudgeBettye BETTYE A GRABLE

Bettye is the president of the FAMU Faculty Senate and an Associate Professor in the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. During her 20-year career as a media practitioner, Grable has been a journal writer for the Florida House of Representatives, promotions director for WSRZ radio in Sarasota, FL, television host for the public affairs television show “FAMU Today,” and the director of public information at Manatee Community College. She is one of the Founding Editorial Board Members of the Journal for Case Studies in Strategic Communication at the University of Southern California.


JudgeFrank FRANK GUNDERSON

Frank is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Florida State University. He is a former music director of KAOS radio in Olympia WA, where he was involved with the NW independent music scene. It was here that he worked with “outsider” musician Travis Roberts, work recently culminating in a film co-directed with Bret Woods, “The Human Skab” (2012). He has conducted extensive fieldwork in East Africa, and has produced the CD “Tanzania: Farmer Composers of North West Tanzania” (1997, Multicultural Media). His recent book “We Never Sleep We Dream of Farming”: Sukuma Labor Songs from Western Tanzania (Brill Academic Press, 2010) was the 2009-2011 winner of the Kwabena Nketia Book Award for best monograph on African music.