John-Paul Panelli moved to Los Angeles in 2012 after living in the South of Spain. He has a BA in Advertising from SDSU.
Over the course of 3 years, he has written and directed 10 short films, including the award-winning, The Enigma of David Ellingham, and he's first feature goes into production Dec. '15. When not directing, Panelli travels abroad as much as possible...having visited 25 countries over 5 continents.
His latest award-winning film, Point of View, can be seen at festivals around the world.
Jason Tostevin is an American filmmaker in Columbus, Ohio, USA and founder of Hands Off Productions, an independent studio formed to create "irresistible films and enthralling media."
A longtime fiction writer, in 2009 Jason made the switch to writing and directing short films, beginning with thriller, horror and documentary shorts for sprint contests. He also starred in his first three shorts.
He has had success in narrative short and television work. In 2010 he directed and produced "Stones," which was named to the best-of list of the international 48 Hour Film Project for that year and screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
His current short film, A Way Out, can be seen a festivals world-wide.
Joshua Fraiman showed his passion for film making at a very early age. Winning his first award for cinematography at the age of 16, he has since graduated with honours from York University’s Film Production program, and received awards and nominations from Kodak Canada, William F. White's and the Canadian Society of Cinematographers.
After finishing a post-graduate course at Sheridan College's Computer Animation Program, he was hired at Arc Productions in Toronto, and has since worked as a director of photography in the feature film Night Cries and 2nd Unit Director of Photography on the Television series Dark Rising: War of the Worlds. Joshua's award-winning film The Man in the Shadows has been screening at festivals across the world.
After graduating with a BFA in Film from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Albert has been busy writing and producing original content for his company Red Clay Productions. He is based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He has produced music videos for such esteemed musicians as Leon Boulier (Spinnin' Records), short films that have played at the Cannes film festival, and his work has been seen all over the world.
Albert has worked with such fine talents as Danny Rossner (Bethune; Funkytown), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs; Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2) and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange; Mozart in the Jungle). Though his time in the spotlight has not been long he has shone brightly while maintaining his serious focus on creating one-of-a-kind content.
James is an LA-based writer-director who was born in England, lived in South Korea, and moved around the US, residing in a total of 11 different cities across three continents.
Realizing that filmmaking combines his passion for technological innovation and humanistic storytelling, he attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts for an MFA. There, he won the Thomas B. Bush Award for excellence in Cinematography and the Entertainment Partners Award for excellence in Producing. While attending school, he interned at Blumhouse Productions and Partizan, with heavy emphasis on conducting script coverage, as well as organizing files and contracts for the legal and business affairs department.
He has since directed numerous award-winning shorts, including Locksmiths.
Ben has been writing and directing short films for 15 years. At the time of writing, his most recent short, 'supernatural Noir' The Stomach, has won 25 awards (including Best Horror Short at Fantastic Fest 2014 and a Melies d’Argent) and been screened at over 150 festivals worldwide. He ‘s currently writing a feature version of The Stomach and has three other feature scripts in development with FUME FILMS, the production company of which he is co-founder.
Michael Steves is a 24-year-old writer/director from Houston, Texas. "Clinger", his first feature film, premiered at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival and won best horror-comedy at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival and Shriekfest. His second film - horror-western "West of Hell" - will be released in 2016 and stars Tony Todd (Candyman), Michael Eklund (Bates Motel), and Lance Henriksen.
Nathan Oliver has been making noise in the film scene of New England since a very young age. His short films have found audiences at the Tower of Youth Film Festival (Bus Stop to Nowhere), the Uovo Horror Film Festival in Naples (Uncomfortable), and many more. His first foray into long form film making played at the Portland Maine Film Festival and took away the award for Best Made in Maine (2011).
In his debut feature film Lady Psycho Killer Nathan has taken the reigns as not only co-writer with Albert Melamed (Lady Psycho Killer; John McAfee) but as director, guiding memorable performances from a star-studded cast including Michael Madsen (Donnie Brasco,; Reservoir Dogs), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Halloween), Ron Jeremy (Boondock Saints; Return to Nuke 'Em High Vol 2) and Daniel Baldwin (Homicide: Life in the Streets; John Carpenter's Vampires). He continues to write everyday and promises to bring more unique stories to the world.
His latest award-winning film Death: A Love Story is currently making rounds on the festival circuit.
His award-winning short, In Extremis can currently be seen at film festivals world-wide.
Chris is a writer/director based in Austin, TX. He loves genre movies. His favorite place is the Alamo Drafthouse. His favorite food is queso. Favorite music is metal. Got an MFA degree from UT Austin. He currently works as a director/editor of commercials for such clients as Sprite, 7-Eleven, Phillips 66, Allstate and Ford. He watches an average of 180 movies per year.
Chris is the director of the award-winning film, Bad Guy #2. His next project is a werewolf horror comedy currently in the writing stage.
Blake Rice is the award-winning director, editor, and producer of Meridians - his first film. He is a sociology graduate who enjoys the visual exploration of transgression and voyeurism.
Blake states, ¨For me, the goal of filmmaking is to explore new ways of doing things for the rest of your life, to continue to grow, and to keep making provocative content that moves audiences. The moment you lose your fascination with the world is the moment your work becomes stale. I will continue to push envelopes and deliver raw human emotion in film, without ever compromising excellence for mediocrity. Film is my life and I have a responsibility to maintain my integrity while delivering something audiences will feel passionate about.´
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Jeffery Wang wrote his first script in middle school. It followed an American platoon through the Battle of the Bulge, and the writing of it was so consuming that he imagined himself on the wintry battlefield with his characters. Jeff’s parents returned home to find the air conditioning at full blast, and their son shivering under a thin blanket as he completed the script. Rather than committing him to intensive therapy, they were encouraging of his newfound hobby.
He now lives in Los Angeles and continues to pursue his passion for film and television. As a filmmaker, Jeff still escaped into his imagination to become an African child soldier, a televangelist that turned into a demon, and a dying fortuneteller. His award-winning short, Lifeline is being screened in film festivals across the globe.
View the trailer for John's award winning film,
Sean Melia is an emerging writer / director living with his young family in Brooklyn.
His first film, You Don't Know Me (2008) won the Audience Choice award at the 2009 NYC Downtown Short Film Festival, Honarble Mention in the 7th Annual Indieproducer.net Short Film Contest and was featured as an Editor’s Pick on Openfilm.com who called it “... a handsome production that benefits from all the right choices… ... for a first time director, Sean Melia sure knows how to ratchet up the tension”. This was followed by What Goes Bump In the Night? (2009) and The Administrator (2010), both of which were featured as "Editor's Picks" on Openfilm.com.
Sean's recent award-winning film, Hank Boyd is Dead, has been screening at festivals world-wide.
Bio rhymes with Ohio. Jason Kupfer is from Florida. There is a village in Henry County, Ohio named Florida. Coincidence? Very much so. The 246 people of Florida village almost certainly watch films, some of which possibly (though not necessarily likely) Jason, himself, has directed. These may include the short experimental film "Work Farm" as well as the considerably less short and experimental “The Sleuth Incident” and the award-winning Invaders.
Jason has also directed music videos for Matt Pond PA and has supplied substantial music donations to the Florida-village-approved outfits Vostok, George Walker’s Closet, and The Pauses. He currently co-manages 45 Year Old Productions, is a Composer and Sound Designer for Deeb Studios, and enjoys standing behind people who read his bio until the moment just before they read the last word, “pipe,” then sneakily pretending to be some random dude standing nearby all unrelated-like, possibly smoking a pipe.
His latest award-winning horror feature, Dark, can be seen at film festivals world-wide
Levan Bakhia is film director and producer born on 12th of August, 1979, in Tbilisi, Georgia. . Founder and CEO of the largest production company in Caucasus region Sarke Studio.
Since 1998, he has been producing and directing commercials. In 2011, Bakhia made his directorial and writing debut with a feature film - 247°F, and followed up with the highly successful, Landmine Goes Click.
He Graduated from European School of Management in 2000. In 1998 he founded the advertising agency - Sarke. Part of Sarke Group Companies, Sarke Studio is today considered not only being the largest production and rental company in the territory, but also as the company responsible for developing the production industry in the country overall.