2019 HAAPIFEST Judges

Ravi Brahmbhatt

Ravi Brahmbhatt is the Director of Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship for Houston Community College since 2015. With over eight years experience in the educational sector as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Business, his passion for teaching carries over into his philanthropy/mentorship work. In addition to teaching, he is an accomplished web and digital marketing developer. Certified in Apple iOS, Adobe, and Microsoft, he also is a Certificated Google Partner, and Facebook Developer. He is also the current Board of Director for TiE Houston four the past four consecutive years.

Yi Liu

Yi Liu is an English-Chinese (Mandarin) bilingual actress who has worked across China and the United States. She obtained a masters degree in Journalism from Fu Dan University and trained as an actress in NYC. She is known for her leading role of Angel in the feature film In A New York Minute, which world premiered in Newport Beach Film Festival; and her leading role of Lucy in the feature film Destiny’s Smile, which was theatrically released in China nationwide in Nov. 2018. She also played the principal role of Shen Juan in feature film Confetti. The short film Joy Joy Nails, inspired by Plitzer Prize nominated article “Unvarnished”, starring Yi Liu, world premiered at Tribeca International film festival in 2017, and was played at Seattle international film festival, Palm spring film festival, and NBC Universal short film festival. The short film Bargain, starring Yi Liu, world premiered at the Santa Barbara film festival in 2018 and was selected by YouTube-Omeleto. The contemporary art film, Li-Yan, directed by world-renowned French artist Philippe Parreno, starring Yi Liu, was exhibited at the Gladstone Gallery in New York and the Australian Center for the Moving Image in Melbourne. HAAPIFEST is truly honored to welcome Yi back for a second year as judge!

Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Houston Cinema Arts Society. Michael received his BA is Film and Anthropology from Rice University. He previously working in Arts Education for Society for the Performing Arts. He currently also volunteers with QFest: Houston's Int'l LGBTQ+ Film Festival where he serves as the Co-Artistic Director.

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