Andrew Ionides

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Andrew has written eight award-winning short films and has directed and produced four. In 2011, his directorial debut short thriller A BLINDED FATE was screened at BAFTA and nominated in several UK and US film festivals. Andrew has also worked as a Script Analyst for production companies 19 Entertainment, Kudos and BBC Drama. 
THE QUIET ZONE, Andrew's fourth film as a writer/director, recently won Best Short at this years British Horror Film Festival and was nominated for best short at the New York City Horror Film Festival and Leeds International Film Festival. 
Andrew currently lives in the UK and is developing two feature films and writing a new horror anthology series being pitched at Channel 4. 

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Levan Bakhia

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


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.


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J.R. Howell

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


J.R. Howell is an actor/director in Los Angeles, CA, known for Nightlight VR, a virtual reality horror film, and The Final Nights: The Proposition, an official selection at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (2015) and New Filmmakers Film Festival NYC (2015).
J.R. entered the film industry as an attorney advising filmmaker clients, A-list celebrities, and top notch talent representatives.  
In 2013, J.R. transitioned to the director’s chair with the comedy Out-N-In Burger, a spoof on the popular Southern California food chain.  
More recently, he wrote and developed The Final Nights, a multi-generational dramatic vampire saga with books available on Amazon.com and a webseries available online.  Additional cinematic projects are in development.
Based on the successful development of his previous works, Bold Management & Production selected J.R. to direct a horror film for the virtual reality marketplace, Night Light   Collaborating with Justin Patrick Meyer, creative director of the L.A. Haunted Hayride and the Great Horror Campout, J.R. worked with his cinematographer to develop proprietary technology to capture a fully immersive horror film for viewing on the Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, Youtube 360, and other VR platforms.
J.R. is represented by John Epstein of Global Talent Agency in Los Angeles, CA.

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Joseph I. Martinez 

Will Martinez

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS


Born and raised in Los Angeles the Martinez Twins each attended Art Center College of Design where Joseph majored in Film and Will in Illustration.
The Twins blazed a trail independent of one another working in television, film and theme park production around the world and have now combined their talents to create the awad-winning shortfilm, "Knock."
Their upcoming projects include the feature adaptation of "Knock" titled, "American Witch," and a short film about genetically modified food that has risen from the plate to eat mankind, "Food Zombies." 

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Michael Velasquez

AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER


In grade school, Michael routinely submitted assignments as narrative video essays rather than written reports. Fortunately, his parents and teachers encouraged this practice and he’s been in love with video and post production ever since. Michael’s work, including the award-winning film, Sleeper,  has screened in dozens film festivals nationally and internationally. He is currently producing a feature length Kung Fu film and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and son, who are both so beautiful it’s frightening.


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Izzy Lee

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Izzy Lee can't stop. She is an international award-winning filmmaker and provocateur. She never attended film school, but rather transitioned from writing, painting, film journalism, and festival programing to explore issues within our decaying society. She often uses horror to incorporate an outsider perspective. She has been awarded Best Female Filmmaker and the Audience Choice Award for her film PICKET at the Shawna Shea Film Festival; Best Short Screenplay from Monster Fest; and now the Silver Award for A FAVOR here from the Spotlight Film Awards.


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​Dick Grunert

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Dick Grunert is a staff writer on the Emmy Award-winning Cartoon Network series Adventure Time. He has also written and directed several award-winning live-action short films.
In 2003, he co-wrote T For Terrorist, produced by the Farrelly Brothers and starring Tony Shalhoub. The comedy about stereotypes in Hollywood played at several festivals worldwide and won awards in New York and San Francisco. 

Grunert followed that up with the short horror film Birthright, which he wrote, produced and directed. That film was an Official Selection at the 2008 Atlanta Horror Film Festival. In 2013, he wrote, produced and directed Scary Mask for the popular horror website Shock Till You Drop. 

His latest short film, the sci-fi/horror/comedy The Trap, has played at 24 film festivals in the US, Mexico and Canada, and has won 8 awards, including Best Director at the Milwaukee Short Film Festival and Best Short and Best Director at the Macabre Faire Film Festival in New York.


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Sean Melia

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


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.

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NICK BASILE

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Nick has produced and directed a series of independent films including Festival Award winners Rendez-vous,  Slasher Flick (closer at the NYC Horror Film Festival), Beyond Dreams, and The Man Who Knew Belle Starr (Best Director for short subject Atlantic City Film  Festival). In 2009 he directed the Original Off-Broadway Sci-Fi Rock Opera Fertility at the Players Theatre.

Basile most recently directed the feature documentary American Carny: True Tales From The Circus  Sideshow (in wide release through Koch Entertainment) which the Film Institute of Lincoln Center named among its prestigious Top 10 Documentaries of the Year. In 2010 the Documentary Channel listed the film as one of “The Top 5 Most Popular Programs”.

His latest award-winning horror feature, Dark, can be seen at film festivals world-wide


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Albert Melamed

AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER



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.


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July Allard

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Born in Grasse in the South of France, July Allard began art lessons when she was six years old, developing a particular interest in the medium of plastics. Having completed a Degree in arts in Aix en Provence, July became passionate about the world of cinema. At the age of nineteen she began an audiovisual course in Nice. 
In the same year she was honoured with a Diploma from the City of Mandelieu, in recognition of her work in plastics, and opened the first studio in Mandelieu for artists working in plastics. With a passion for astronomy, July decided to link her artistic abilities and interest in space with an exhibition and her first short film « O ». Her film was selected at many festivals, both in France and across the world, with July receiving numerous prizes including three Awards of Excellence in California. In addition to that, « O » was awarded Best Sci-Fi Short Film at the Berlin Short Film Festival. She has also established a film production company, HYPÉRIA, with director Youcef Mahmoudi.


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Emile Edwin Smith

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Emile Edwin Smith is a Director, multiple award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor and Writer with nearly 20 years of creative experience in the film, television and gaming industry, mostly focusing on the sci-fi / fantasy genre.
In addition to directing the Asylum’s “Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark”, “Age of Ice,” “Flight World War 2,” and an unannounced film being released in 2016, Emile also wrote and directed the short film “The Grove”, EA’s “Tiberium” spots and episodes of “Starship Troopers, the Roughneck Chronicles”. 
He led the VFX teams on television projects such as “Sharknado”, “Battlestar Galactica” and “Firefly” and feature films including “Serenity”, “Mimic 2” and “The Jackal”,  along with numerous commercials and music videos including the award wining, “Points of Authority,” video by Linkin Park. He also worked at Industrial Light and Magic on the films “Rango” and “The Last Airbender”. 
Emile won an Emmy and VES award (Visual effects Society) for “Firefly” in 2003 and a VES award for “Battlestar Galactica” in 2004 along with being nominated several other times.
Emile has been employed as a Director, Visual Effects Supervisor and Artist with such companies as Industrial Light and Magic, Electronic Arts, Zoic Studios and Foundation Imaging on projects such as “Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars” and “Medal of Honor: Airborne” for EA, and supervised various episodes of “Chuck”, “Reaper” and “Providence”. He has contributed his visual effects experience to such shows as “Charlie’s Angels”, “The Secret Circle”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and Star Trek “Voyager” and “Deep Space 9”.
Before his entry into the entertainment industry, Emile earned a B.A. from the University of California at San Diego in the visual arts (Media/Film).

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​Byron Conrad Erwin 

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Byron Conrad Erwin directed his first feature film, Inside Job in 1989, which brought him the opportunity to work with such prestigious clients as National Geographic Television and Discovery Channel. He then became one of the most successful television commercial directors for Comcast in the late 1990s. A string of memorable films made him a popular director. His first theatrical feature was released nationwide in 2009. 
Erwin has received many honors during his career, including an award for Best Director and Best Cinematography forMr. Lockjaw  (2015).


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James Kwon Lee

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


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.


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BEN STEINER

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


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.​


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Michael Lippert

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Michael Lippert is an award-winning editor and director.  He has worked on several major commercial campaigns and multiple documentary and narrative films. His web series, Funemployed, won the 2012 Chicago Pilot Competition. The series has been viewed by thousands of subscribers around the world since 2009. His award-winning short film, Reversal, is currently making festival rounds. Michael currently lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife, Kate, and their dog, Duke. 


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Kelly Ferguson


AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


While attending SCAD, Kelly gained a strong understanding of script writing, camera operations, editing, lighting, and sound techniques through her participation of various student films and commercials. Growing up around various film genres due to her mother’s interest in the silver screen, Kelly obtained a personal and unique love for German Expressionism, French Noir, and Japanese Thrillers. Her mother may have corrupted her at a very young age by introducing films such as Dead Alive and Monty Python to her, but in the end it became very beneficial. 
Due to her passion for film, she studied many classical and contemporary masters of the silver screen, including the Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, Louis Malle, and Sergio Leone. Although it wasn’t until she was 14 did she truly realize that directing was her passion after seeing Edgar Wright’s film, Shaun of the Dead. Wright became a director who influenced her to seek out and study various directors and films. It was then when she realized that she would create films that would inspire others like Wright had done for her.

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John-Paul Panelli

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


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. 


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Neil Warren

AWARD-WINNING ANIMATOR


Neil has been a stop motion animator for most of his life. He has worked on educational film series, children's programming (internationally) and commercials, as well as music videos. He is now working on a series of horror shorts in clay animation, and the award-winning, 'Bluatsauger' is the second. The first, 'The Monster Infant' won Award of Excellence at the 2013 Canadian International Film Festival and for Animated Film at the Canadian Independent Film Festival 2015.
Neil is now in pre-production for the third film which is the most ambitious so far!


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Daniel Baker

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Daniel Baker, writer/director, was born in Red Deer, AB, Canada to middle class, hard working parents, Janet and Curt Baker. They were and continue to be extremely supportive of Daniel when he decided to put a pause to his college degree and pursued his dreams of filmmaking. Graduating from film school in 2012 where he completed a few short films, Daniel sought out to get a job in the industry to grow his skills and make his own projects. Working on film sets and in VFX on such films as “Goosebumps”, “The Finest Hours” and “Suicide Squad”, Daniel has taken that experience and applied that to making his directorial debut award-winning film, 'The Wall". 
“The Wall” was a film Daniel had written 4 years before going to camera and is something he is very proud of. With a strong production and creative team along side him, Daniel was able to grab the words from paper and finally put them on the big screen. He is incredibly grateful to those who stood by him and helped him fulfill his dream. The whole team of “The Wall” have been celebrating the recent screenings of their short film at The Atlanta Horror Film festival and most recently at The Whistler Film Festival where it was very well received by audiences.


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Greg Kovacs

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Greg Kovacs is a professional animator who has worked on such shows as The Backyardigans, Handy Manny, Bubble Guppies, Babar, Franklin, and Mike the Knight. To balance things out and keep himself sane he enjoys making horror movies with his friends. Greg lives in Ancaster, Ontario.

His film award-winning film, O Come All Ye Zombies, can be seen at festivals around the world.

Remington Smith 

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Remington Smith earned his BA in History from the University of Louisville, where he was the university's Film Chair, programming the campus movie theater for two years and bringing independent cinema back to Louisville.

In 2009 he moved to Edinburgh, Scotland to earn his MA in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 for his thesis, "Unsafe Horrors: A Critical Analysis of Horror Cinema, Torture Porn and the Unsafe Horror Film".

While attending the University of Edinburgh he made his first documentary short, Last Good Thing, which spurred his eventual interest in pursuing an MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa, which he earned in 2014.

His award-winning short, The Woods (watch it now with password: THEWOODS2015) can be seen at festivals world-wide and his MFA thesis film, Rubbertown, is now the feature length doc about a woman who escapes the environmental hazards of nearby chemical plants. He is developing a feature film, Land Lord, and is in pre-production for his next feature documentary, The Derby, which will focus on the class and racial division at the Kentucky Derby.


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Ivan Bradara

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Ivan Bradara is one of Australia’s finest up and coming producers and actors. Ivan has dedicated himself to his craft. He has trained at some of the most prestigious and esteemed acting schools both in Australia and Los Angeles. From acting stints in popular Australian television shows such as Neighbours, to making his first major television debut in the outstanding BAFTA, Emmy nominated, AACTA and Logie award- winning eight part mini series - The Slap, based on the 2008 best-selling book by Christos Tsiolkas. 
Ivan has also starred in several successful renowned International short films such as Look My Way, which was officially selected at Flickerfest.. Other films, which have gained International recognition, include Shiny Thing, where Ivan starred alongside Australian comedian Tom Ballard and Shoplifting, which was directed by award winning Australian director Neil Triffett.

Ivan has currently finished starring in Liar, a film that he also produced under his company I.B. Entertainment, where Ivan has several projects in development. His resume as an actor continues to grow which has given him a passion for the arts and dedication to finding compelling stories for both film and television. This dedication in front of and behind the camera has allowed Ivan to alternate between his acting commitments and step into producing.


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Goran Spoljaric

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Goran Spoljaric was born on March 5th, 1985 in Kutina, Croatia. He lives in Melbourne, Australia. He is a writer, producer, editor, and director known for his work on Deadhouse Films' A Night of Horror Vol. 1 (2015), The Priest (2015), and Enclosed (2010). His work has featured in festivals in the USA, Australia, and England. His film, The Priest, won the Best Victorian Short Film award at Monster Fest 2015 and was nominated for Best Intl. Short Horror Film at the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival 2015. He owns Wrathful Deity Films.


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Amadeu Artasona

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Amadeu Artasona was born in Barcelona, Spain. He began his film career in television of Catalonia, and he is currently preparing his second feature film.


His first film as a writer/director is the award-winning, Don't Speak, a film about a group of friends are having a party on a boat. In the distance, a small town watches them in silence. Suddenly, one of them is seriously injured and the group approach the village for help. No one attends, the few inhabitants they find order them to be quiet and disappear into the darkness. The group split for help and strange and terrifying things start to happen, some of them are killed in terrible circumstances. Those who still live, increasingly terrified, discover the reason for all these murders. If they want to leave the village alive and the house where they are locked, they will have to survive in absolute silence. See the trailer here

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Alexandra Nicole Velasquez

AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER


Alexandra Nicole Velasquez is an ambitious journalist with a background in television broadcasting and production. Velasquez has a bachelor’s degree in Communications-Journalism from Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Her career began as a sports anchor for Laredo Fox News, leading to production and producing. 
Her interest in journalism began with a passion for reporting and improving communication through all angles. She gained experience in live reporting events, advertising, and business communication while interning at a local  Fox News station in San Antonio, Texas. Also serving as a contributing reporter for the Mesquite, the award-winning online student news site. Her passion for journalism and producing continues in her work toward success.


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Justin Harding

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


It was during his time at the York Region School of Fine Art that Justin Harding discovered his passion for filmmaking and after winning various awards for his short films Justin developed the original comedy series Keys to the VIP for The Comedy Network and was hired to direct all three seasons. Justin has since been hired as a director or challenge producer on a wide variety of programs for multiple networks,

In 2011 Justin launched Harding Films Inc a full service video production and VFX company which produces visual effects, motion graphics, TV commercials and viral marketing films. Justin has always focused on hyper-creative, off-beat content and eye popping visual effects with a fresh eye for creative storytelling and rich visuals.

His latest award-winning film, Point of View, can be seen at festivals around the world.


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Michael Steves

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


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. 


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Jon Paul Burkhart

AWARD-WINNING WRITER/PRODUCER


Jon    Paul    Burkhart hails    from    Dallas,    TX and    has    his    BFA    from    The  University  of Oklahoma.        In    the    last    few years    Jon Paul    has    written and/or produced    several award    winning    short    films:        STIGMA (Frameline,    Nashville,    Boston,    St. Petersburg,    Time    Warner VOD),    Burial (Chicago,    Hollyshorts) and    HENRY    TOY(Beverly    Hills,    Big    Easy    Fest,    Madrid Int’l FF...*won    best    supporting    actor   Award).  He also    co-produced    A    2nd Opinion (Cannes, Big    Bear),    The    Contract,    Biology (IFFCA), The   Boot (PBS), WINNER and Le  Contrevenant. As    an   actor...on    TV,    Jon    Paul    has appeared    in:        Rush    Hour,    Major   Crimes, American    Horror    Story,    Parks    and Recreation,    The    Middle,    How    I Met  Your  Mother,    ER,    Bones,    Back    in   the Game,    Castle,    Terriers    and    Dog   with   a Blog.        Film    roles    include:        Jersey   Boys, Mr.    Brooks,    Bulletproof    Bride,    Spirit   Camp and    Fright    Flick.    Favorite    theatre   roles include:   Amos,    Chicago;    Jamie,    The   Last  Five    Years;    Sparky,    Forever    Plaid; Mozart,    Amadeus.    Jon    Paul    is  represented by    J.D.    Sobol.  See More


Nathan Oliver

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER



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.


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Edward James Anderson

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Edward James Anderson is a New York-born filmmaker. As a child who loved Stephen King novels, comic books, and horror films, his knack for storytelling became apparent early. At the age of 11, he won the ‘Nassau County Young Authors Contest’ with a short story which was reviewed in “Highlights” magazine in 1993. 

Edward graduated from film school in 2002, and soon signed a two-year screenwriting contract with a New York Literary agency. In 2011 Edward started his own production company, "MSCUI Films, LLC."


His latest award-winning film Death: A Love Story is currently making rounds on the festival circuit.


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Jason Tostevin

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


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.


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The Clemens Bros. 

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS


In 2006, inspired by their father Brian Clemens; Sam and George Clemens embarked on their first short film, as writers/producers/directors on ‘Gone Fishing’, which gave birth to The Clemens Bros. 

Their second short film ‘The Lighter’, starred Sir Roger Moore, Stephen Wight, Sarah Armstrong and Sean Knopp- Their last short ‘Dress Rehearsal’, is a musical drama about love and loss. 


Brian Clemens sadly passed away in January 2015 and their latest short ‘Surgery’ was Brian’s last idea. They decided to pay tribute to their father by making this short. 

They are currently in development for a horror feature film ‘The Still’, their father’s final screenplay. 


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John Portanova

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


John Portanova is an independent filmmaker based out of Seattle, WA. In 2011 he founded the production company The October People alongside Matt Medisch and Jeremy Berg. 

John acted as a writer/producer on The October People's first two films The Invoking and The Device. His directorial debut, the creature feature Valley of the Sasquatch, is currently traveling the festival circuit.


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Michael P. Vidler

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Michael P. Vidler was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. At a young age Michael took a fervent interest in film and storytelling, writing short narratives from his bedroom in the attic, and casting unsuspecting friends and family member to act in said narratives. He is a creative and enthusiastic filmmaker who enjoys exposing the unexamined moment. He likes to explore the meaning behind the unremarkable gesture, thought, silent or unspoken word. .

He went on to complete a degree in Digital Film and Video at the Art Institute of Vancouver. Later Michael also completed a master degree in film through Raindance. His award-winning short Mine can be seen at festivals world-wide. He continues to write and direct short films and is now in the process of developing his first feature film.


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Ed Bates

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


THE WEIGHT OF WATER is Ed Bates’ first outing as a director. Bates is a successful film, television and documentary producer. His first films were Sundance participants THE LAST TIME I COMMITTTED SUICIDE starring Thomas Jane, Keanu Reeves, and Adrian Brody and Mickey Roarke’s FALL TIME.

In addition, he produced Fox Searchlight’s Gospel infused KINGDOM COME starring LL Cool J and Whoopi Goldberg.

Also, Bates executive produced KINGDOM COME’s award winning soundtrack, which was produced by Kirk Franklin.

Recently, he produced the acclaimed documentaries: FIX and ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL EXPERIENCE. On the tv front, Bates produced the ABC Family mini-series FALLEN, staring  Bryan Cranston and Paul Wesley. FALLEN earned a #1 ranking the nights it aired.
Bates will direct his first feature, THE PITCHER, in 2016.


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Ryan Brookhart

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Ryan Brookhart has been involved in the world of film, art and graphic design for the majority of his career.
TRACEserves as Brookhart's screenwriting and directorial debut. Seeing the opportunity to fold the traditional ghost story with elements of “tangible, relatable science,” TRACE plays, as Brookhart puts it “like a constantly evolving rorschach test on your perception.” 
As an independent designer, Ryan has created over one thousand pieces of key art and movie campaigns for studios and distributors ranging from small to large including PARAMOUNT, UNIVERSAL, IMAX, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT, ARIZTICAL ENTERTAINMENT and DISCOVERY CHANNEL. 
He is currently in development for several new feature film projects.

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Anthony Engelken

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


The    bastard    son  of  a  noble   family, Anthony Engelken    chose    a    life    of   hard    duty in  the    Night's    Watch    to    earn    his    own   honor.    He    always    had   issues    with  being   a  bastard,  and  at  times felt alienated, 

contributing   to   his    eventual decision    to   direct    Henry   Toy.    One   time,   a    ghost   lead    Anthony  to   a    mound   where    he   found    a    cache    of   dragon   glass    wrapped   in    an    old    cloak.   He  distributed    the    glass   among    his  sworn   brothers    of    the    Watch,   but    they    did not   prove    helpful    in   defense   against  the  White   Walkers.   Anthony    is    a    skilled   swordsman   and   horse    rider,    and    also   has    a    pet   wolf."

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Joshua Fraiman

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


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.


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Richard Karpala

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Richard Karpala is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received a BFA in Film Studies and won the prestigious Grillo and Goldfarb awards for short filmmaking. In addition to his previous two short films, DEADBOX (2012) and IRIS (2015), he is the screenwriter of the feature film AMOK, a crime drama slated to shoot in Poland early 2016. A co-production between Poland, Germany and Sweden, AMOK will be directed by Kasia Adamik (JOLANTA) and executive produced by Agnieszka Holland (ROSEMARY’S BABY, IN
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Gregory Crosbie

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Gregory Crosbie has been making films of various
types since his youth and has worked as a pop promo director in London. As well as attending film-schools in Denmark and the UK, he has also received training in performance direction at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

He has several feature projects at developed stages and hopes to be in production with one of these soon.

His award-winning short, In Extremis can currently be seen at film festivals world-wide.

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Ricardo Uhagon Vivas

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Ricardo Uhagon Vivas is a Spanish-American short film, commercial and music video director and producer. He was born and raised in Madrid but in 2005 he traveled to New York City and started working as an assistant on various film sets, mostly with french helmer Michel Gondry. It was Gondry who inspired him to start a career as a director. Ricardo co-founded Watergun Films, a production company and director´s collective based in Madrid and London.  After a 5 years co-directing numerous commercials and music video projects, they decided to part ways and Ricardo moved to Los Angeles where he now resides.

After graduating with a Masters in Broadcast Cinema at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Ricardo started collaborating with screenwriter and producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa in various short film adaptations. At present he is developing his first feature film project, and his award-winning short, Witch Girl, can be seen at festivals world-wide.


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Aleksander Szeser

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Born in Poland in 1980, Aleksander belongs to the last Polish generation which is old enough to remember the reality of life behind the Iron Curtain before it finally collapsed in 1989, paving the way for the remarkable political and economic transformation of Poland and other neighboring states. After completing all the stages of education and one year of military service, Aleksander graduated from the University of Economics in Krakow in 2005 and moved to Ireland in the same year and he has lived in Dublin ever since. Despite holding a degree in economics, Aleksander’s passion for film and storytelling inevitably attracted him to the screenwriting and filmmaking craft and, so far, he has completed five feature screenplays and a number of short scripts.

In 2012 Aleksander’s short comedy script “Temptation” was selected and filmed by Filmbase DFC students and a short script “The Good Father” won second place at 2012 Waterford Film Festival. Encouraged by those successes, Aleksander has written and directed four short films: a quirky comedy titled “A History of Amazement”, a period drama based on the Waterford Film Festival winning script “The Good Father”, a micro-budget horror “Ravenous” and a new short drama with a disturbing twist – “Look Closer”, currently in post-production. 
In the future, Aleksander plans to write and direct both new short films and features and he is currently working on a new low-budget thriller script as his possible feature debut project.


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Chris McInroy

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


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.


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Benjamin Moody

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Benjamin is a writer/director who’s obsession with movies began at an early age with Godzilla, Friday the 13th and 80s action films.

After dabbling with filmmaking in high school, Ben attended film school in New York until he dropped out and moved to Los Angeles. Ben worked in post-production there for 5 years and directed one short film. Then he moved to Austin, TX and over the course of 7 years, directed close to 40 shorts and one feature film.

Ben’s debut feature LAST GIRL STANDING premiered at Fright Fest in London and has gone on to play around the world and win himself (Best Director) and lead actress (Best Actress) a number of awards. Ben is currently writing his next film, hanging out with his toddler and playing Fallout 4… Lots of Fallout 4.

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Blake Rice

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


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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Eduardo Moreno

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Born in Mexico City, Eduardo found a passion for cinema at a very early age, with his imagination being nurtured by old James Bond films and constant visits to drive-in cinemas.


Wanting to write and direct his own stories, Eduardo tried and failed entering film school. Not giving up on his dream, he started working on film and TV production, getting the experience to direct “Mellow Yellow”, his first short film, at age 19. After that, short films like “She’s a Lady”, “Ghost Town” and “Symphonic Sound Machine” followed.


Currently, Eduardo is working on the post production of his feature film debut: the surreal drama “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep”.
His latest short, “Study Night”, has been screening at festivals worldwide.

Colin Korbelas

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Colin Korbelas has been making films ever since his grandfather bought the family their first VHS Camcorder back in the 80s.  As his passion for telling stories grew, he set out to expand his horizons by studying the craft of acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Ironically this taught him more about directing actors than anything else.  Shortly after graduating, he began working as a non-union extra on many movie sets.   
Colin got his first break in the industry reading screenplays for A-list actors and producers.  He worked as a reader for a few years before writing his own scripts.  In between writing features, he wrote, produced, and directed several short films.  His most recent movie - dOur - was filmed entirely on location in Tokyo, Japan.  Currently, he is in the process of writing another feature that he plans to direct next year.        


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2015 Award-Winning Filmmakers in the Spotlight

Brandon Ciarlo

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


After finishing his undergraduate degree in History at Purdue, Brandon quickly learned that this would not help him realize his creative potential. So, he decided complete an MS program for Business Technology Management at DePaul University, another miss. How about the MFA Cinema Directing program at DePaul? Bingo. 

When he's not busy sitting behind a desk in a Human Resources office slowly decomposing, Brandon is earning his MFA in Cinema Directing at DePaul University. As Brandon works on his thesis film, he continues to develop several live action and animated concepts. To date, Brandon has written two feature films for a Chicago based production company, wrote and directed several of his own shorts, directed a music video for his band, and produced a web series.

His latest award-winning film, Love and Zombies, is currently on the festival circuit.


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Roy Arwas

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Originally from Israel, Roy moved to London when he was 12 years old where he found his love for filmmaking. At the age of 15, Roy went to The New York Film Academy - Los Angeles to take the summer workshop in 16mm Filmmaking and has fallen in love with the techniques of filmmaking, which is what lead him to move to Los Angeles.
 
When Roy finished High School he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his filmmaking career and has won several awards for his films, including Blood Bath After having graduated from The Art Institute of Caifornia - Los Angeles, Roy has founded a company along with his college colleagues called Gearmark Pictures and is now in pursue to direct bigger and more challenging films to share with the world.


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Adam Goldhammer

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Adam Goldhammer is a Toronto-based filmmaker whose work has screened internationally and been nominated for numerous awards. Adam’s short films have played in festivals across the world and include 1-800-CHOICES, Worst. Day. EVER., Easy Girl, My Life in the City, and Jesse (a finalist on the CBC Short Film Faceoff). Adam works as a music video director, having directed music videos for numerous artists. He is a graduate of Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Centre's Director’s Lab.


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John Gigrich

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


“Hi, I’m John. I’ve managed to write, produce, and direct sixteen short movies that have been screened around the world. 

I was in Cannes earlier this year supporting a short movie we had in the Short Film Corner. Filmmaker tip: The Short Film Corner is in the Cannes Film Market, but if your movie is in the market you receive an accreditation to the Cannes film Festival.

My bio really should say “we,” because I did nothing alone. Also, we make movies with very little time and even less money, so be inspired to just make something, because it’s far better to make something instead of making nothing.

And although the future really doesn’t fit the definition of “Bio” I’m going to mention what’s around the corner.  It’s time to make a feature…    or at least a web series!   Have a beautiful day.”


View the trailer for John's award winning film, 

Bright Light and visit the Facebook page for Green Sea Productions


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Wayo Benavides

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Wayo Benavides is an award winning Director and Producer as well as an accomplished Writer and growing Videographer. His dedication for leadership and teamwork have always been truly evident in his work, but became obvious during his study at The Art Institute of Dallas where he thrived and has since developed into a remarkable filmmaker whose talents have earned him manifold awards, including a “Silver Telly” which was granted to him for his work with Camp Summit.
During Wayo’s time at The Art Institute of Dallas he revealed his “hands-on” nature by being capable of retaining the information and techniques shown to him by his professors and be able to immediately apply the new skills to any of his current projects. His energy is prominent in everything Wayo does, whether it be producing a film, writing a script, or simply having a conversation and creating new ties and connections with anyone he speaks with.
Wayo Benavides  has a strong passion for his art and wishes only but to create and share it with everyone he can. His award-winning film, Zangre, can be seen at festivals world-wide.


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Eli Klein

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Eli Klein is an award winning Director and the owner of Illusion 7 Productions.

Eli’s short film “I Dare You”  won “Best Foreign Short” at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival, and been shown at several festivals in the United States and many more festival acceptances are expected.

Eli has 15 years of experience in the TV industry directing international television commercials, music videos, corporate movies and more. Now he is focusing on his true passion: directing feature films and television series. Eli is currently writing a script for a new feature film project, developing a feature based on “I Dare You” and directing a sitcom web series. In addition to the listed projects, Eli is looking for other interesting projects.


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Gary Grant

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Gary Grant is an award-winning video director/producer working with many corporate clients. 
He recently began writing and directing short independent films.  His first film, an experimental short called "Furnace Keep," was well received by numerous film festivals winning "Best Experimental Film" at the Iowa Film Festival (2012) 
"1954" is his second indie film production. The short narrative film is a thriller that explores just how far people will go in their quest to be entertained. After witnessing a real haunting, it's time for two ghost tour hecklers to pay their respects.  It has been named an official selection of numerous film festivals including Gasparilla Film Festival, Sunscreen Film Festival, Skyway Film Festival and the Almost Famous Fright Festival (AZ). "1954" was awarded "Best Cinematography" at the Florida Horror Festival and is now pleased to have received a Silver Award from the Spotlight Horror Film Awards. 

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Guy Soulsby

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Guy began directing from an early age and after winning praise from the National Film & Television Museum he moved to London aged 22. A decade later he has worked in the UK, Los Angeles, Canada, Las Vegas, Europe and China; directing commercials and films for a whole host of brands including Nike, Vauxhall, Cadbury, Mitsubishi and O2 whilst working with agencies such as McCann, VCCP, BBHZAG and W+K.

He has also directed some of the world’s best athletes including, Wayne Rooney, Mark Cavendish, Mo Farah, Steven Gerrard, Paula Radcliffe, along with a few Hollywood actors, Mandy Patinkin, Anne Heche, Eric Dane, Ellen Pompeo and Jennifer Love Hewitt. 


His award-winning short, Devil Makes Work, can be seen at festivals world-wide.


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Nathan Hendrickson

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Nathan Hendrickson is the Cinematic Manager for a prominent local video game company and is responsible for the award winning cinematics in the game of the year Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Nathan previously worked as a game and cinematic designer for major titles such as Shogo, The Matrix Online, Aliens vs. Predator 2, F.E.A.R. 2,and Condemned, which he also created.
Before entering the video game realm, Nathan was a writer, producer and director for Lockert, Jackson and Associates where he won multiple local and national awards for his work. Nathan holds a B.A. in Broadcast Communications from Washington State University. Residing in Washington state, he actively works on building bridges between the local gaming and film industries and community. His directorial and writing debut feature film The Hollow One has been screening in festivals around the world and he is currently writing his next feature.

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David E. Munz-Maire

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Cosmopolitan in nature, David E. Munz-Maire is a Bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma recipient, and alumnus of the prestigious NYU: Tisch School of the Arts, earning his B.A. with honors in Film & T.V. and Minors in Producing for Film & T.V. and Psychology. This native Alpine's passion for directing led him to pursue a Masters in Directing at the School of Visual Arts under famed music video and commercial director Bob Giraldi, and has garnered dozens of laurels for his various short form projects under his AireBedd banner.

​His award-winning film, "Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir" can be seen at festivals world-wide


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Richard Anderson 

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Born in Montreal, Quebec, Richard Anderson studied theater until he was 18. He then made his way to Arizona at 21 to pursue a career in filmmaking. He attended Scottsdale Community College and has since worked on various film projects to date. Currently residing in both AZ and LA, Anderson continues to work at his craft in various positions in the industry. ‘This is Tomorrow’ will be the 3rd short film he has Directed.  


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Jason Kupfer

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


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.


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Mark Brocking

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Award winning director Mark Brocking has been working in the film industry since around 1990. 
He started his career in 2D animation working on features for Disney, Warner brothers and Spielberg among others. 
Around 2003 he entered the field of CG animation at Framestore, London working his way up to supervising animator on films such as Narnia "The Dawn Treader" and "Where the Wild Things Are". 
He was nominated for a Bafta for his work as animation director on tv series "Primeval 2" in 2003. 
Mark started writing and directing his short films in 2008 which has so far resulted in two films, "The Double Cross" in 2013 (Best shorts winner) and "The Barber's Cut" in 2015 (winner of 12 awards so far in 2015).  He is currently working on his third film which should come out in 2016.
He lives in London, UK with his wife and 2 children.

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WILL MORRIS AUSTIN CROSBY

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS


​Will Morris and Austin Crosby met in their Intro to Film class at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and have collaborated on over a half a dozen films. Together they have produced, fashion films, advertisements, music videos, and narratives. Their true passion though, is horror. In their free time, they focus on eerie experimental shorts that have come to influence their larger work.

The team co-wrote, Party Animals, their first narrative together. Inspired by Aesop’s fables and the murder dinner party sub-genre, this film uses animal roles to talk about societal and gender stereotypes. With plenty of fake blood along the way.

After graduation in the spring of 2017, the team hopes to continue their collaboration and make feature length films celebrating the medium they love. 

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Matt Killian

AWARD-WINNING ANIMATOR


Matt Killian is an award winning artist and director boasting 15 years of diverse experience in live action, visual effects, and feature animation. An animator by trade, Matt has traversed the professional landscape at world renowned studios such as Sony Pictures Imageworks and Digital Domain. Currently the animation instructor at the Digital Animation and Visual Effect School at Universal Orlando, Matt also remains a working professional in the industry, providing his students with a unique and invaluable perspective.

His current animated short The Brothers Brimm can be seen at festivals world-wide. 


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Phil Guidry

Simon Herbert

David Whelan 

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS


Phil Guidry, Simon Herbert and David Whelan met and graduated from the MFA in Screenwriting at UCLA, before forming the Massive Film Company.


Savageland – which has won eight awards on the festival circuit - is their first production as co-director/writer/producers. Savageland will be distributed by Terror Films in 2016. 


Phil is a three-time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer for the NFL Network; written projects for ESPN, Walt Disney Imagineering, NBC, Tapestry Films, National Lampoon and Fox. 


Simon is an award-winning writer, producer and script doctor; story analyst for Amazon Studios; Instructor for UCLA Advanced Screenwriting. He is repped by Management 360.


David is an award-winning writer and producer whose work has been seen on CBS, Showtime, and ESPN. Credits include Jim Rome on Showtime, ROME, as well as the nationally syndicated Jim Rome Show on CBS Radio.


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Lars Quickfall

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Kiwi    born    and    bread,  Lars  has  always  had a    passion    for    film    and    a  desire to create   moving    pictures. After    graduating   film  school in    2010 he  worked  freelancing  in    film and TV   until  being    employed    in   advertising  three years    later.    There    he    worked as  an editor  and    director    of    photography, occasionally    branching    off    as    a    one-man   band;   directing,    producing,    shooting,    editing.
In    2012    he    co-founded Red    Delicious   Films    Ltd,    for    the    purpose    of    creating short  films    and    corporate    videos.
In    late    2014    the    script    for    Night  Terrors was    completed    and    production    was underway,    the    film    being    completed in  2015 after    an    amazing    shoot!
Lars    now    resides    in    London    and is  itching    to get    his    next    project underway. The Award-Winning Night Terrors will be  another   rung    in    that    ladder    on   the    way    to    the  top!

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Horror Film Awards

Jeffery Wang

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


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. 


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