Joffrey Schmitt

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Joffrey Schmitt is a self-taught filmmaker. He has been passionate about graphic arts, japanimation, and American cinema, since childhood.


In the late 2000s, he worked as a freelance video reporter, and made a short film called "Starry Night", that won the "best director" award, at Troyes film festival (France).


"Revolution" is his third short film. His intention was to make something very action-packed, explosive, bloody, and also inspired by 80's B-movies. Except the sound mix and the score, he made the movie on his own (writing, camera, lighting, special effects, editing), during five years. Revolution" is 100% homemade, and is currently, his biggest work.


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Daniel Rimon

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Born in 1990 in Raanana , Israel . Since a young age tampered with cameras and produced short films .Choose to expand the cinema studies in high school and made documentary movies . Served in the Israeli army as a photographer and video editor. Immediately after, he began studying at Beit Berl Academic College majoring cinema , alongside a series of short films in the genre of horror , Daniel wrote and directed the short film "All In The Family" his First Fiction short film presented to an audience in March 29 in Tel Aviv, 2016, and won Best Foreign Short" in World Horror Con Film festival 2016.


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Ilene B. Benator

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


A board-certified Emergency Physician, Ilene B. Benator practices in the southeast and has a medical thriller soon to be published entitled, Schizo: Hidden in Plain Sight, and wrote the screenplay adaptation for Schizo, which won a Certificate of Merit in the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood Screenwriting Competition, and was finalist in two other screenwriting contests. Also, she is Associate Producer, "Flesh" (2016) Cruell World Productions; Morningstar Productions. The current short film was born as a prequel to the book/screenplay adaptation. After growing up in New York and leaving to attend Emory University for undergrad with a degree in psychology, she then went to medical school in Chicago, and returned to Atlanta to do her training; where she now resides. 

Her short, Excitable Eddie wins Bronze at the Spotlight Horror Film Awards.

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Michael Yurinko

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


In 1995, Michael Yurinko stepped out of the gate swinging with his first screenplay "Plainfield" placing as a semi-finalist in both the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and the Chesterfield Screenwriting Competition. Instead of film school, he took out a personal loan for $5,000 and went on to write and direct the short film "Retrospect" which is about the birth of a serial killer. After winning multiple awards for his commercial work, he focused on writing and directing "Fading", his first feature film. “Fading” gained critical praise during its theatrical run and played in several film festivals. Michael worked as the assistant director on the hit TV documentary show "Forensic Files" which is distributed to 140 countries but left the show to work on his next screenplay "For the Love of Jade". That screenplay won 1st Prize in the Fade In Awards and placed as a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowships - top 100 out of 6000
scripts.
His next writing/directing project was the psychological horror film “Entity” starring Holt
Boggs and Nick Mancuso. The film earned a profit being distributed on DVD and VOD platforms worldwide and also took home multiple awards and nominations from several
horror film festivals. 
Currently he’s in pre-production on IMPURATUS, a horror film set to be theatrically
released in 2018. Again, the screenplay for IMPURATUS has picked up several awards
and nominations.


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Hazal BayaR

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Hazal Bayar started her "horror movie lover" career with VHS tapes watching slashers and giallo thrillers at age 7. After her BA on communication, she made her way up to academia and had a PhD with her dissertation, titled "Female Hysterics in Horror Cinema".  Her film approach is influenced by her academic background. In her films she has a feministic point of view and she is a part of women's cinema. She is against the subordinations of patriarchy and through horror cinema she focuses on the topics "femme castratrice" and "monstrous feminine" as an oppose to male dominated system. 


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Craig April

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Originally from Chicago, Craig April is a Los Angeles based writer/director on the rise. 


His award-winning comedy short film Mystery Weight won “Best Microshort” at The Austin Comedy Short Film Festival and "Runner Up” at the All Sports LA Film Festival. It continues its successful run as an official selection of festivals all over. 


Currently, he is busy working on his next project, a feature action screenplay, to be followed by his next film - a horror short. 


Though a lover of all cinema, Craig has a special passion for the comedy and horror genres. He values relatable characters wrapped up in creative, unique stories. 

His latest award-winning short film, the horror-comedy Say No To Disco, is on its journey through the festival circuit.


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Andrea Wolanin

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


At conventions, I often stand out as a mixed-race Latina who loves to make Horror films. Horror is a genre that allows me to discuss the difficulties and trials of society and modern culture. I incorporate themes of feminism, domestic violence, and the anonymity of city-life into my films. In addition, I draw inspiration from my heritage, as marked by the magical realism and powerful female characters in my work.
To date, I have written and directed three short films. M IS FOR MUNDANE was one of the top 20 films for the ABC's of Death anthology open call in 2013. PENTA took runner-up for best New England Film at the Boston Underground Film Festival, won Best Horror Short and the Audience Award at the Shawna Shea Film Festival, and the Best Horror Short at the Genre Celebration Festival. Currently, it is still touring international festivals. My third film, CLEANING HOUSE, has just started making the festival rounds – I'm delighted to receive the Silver Award for it here at the Spotlight Film Awards. In addition to my directorial work, I have produced five films for other first-time writer/directors, focusing on female artists and films with strong female leads. Presently, I am fundraising for my next film, an interactive short titled GLASS HOUSES. 

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TJ Sanson

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


TJ Sanson was born in Baltimore, MD, and lived most of her life in Atlanta, GA. She studied art and theatre in high school and went on to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art. After working professionally as a graphic designer and web designer, she decided to pursue acting full time. TJ has over 40 stage credits including "Complete Works of William Shakespeare", "Dracula", "Boeing Boeing", "Henry V", "12 Angry Women", "A Christmas Carol", "The Importance of Being Earnest", "Diary of Anne Frank", and the Southeast regional premiere of Eric Coble's "The Dead Guy", about a twisted reality show where the "star" has to die after one week. Film credits include "Test Group: The Movie" produced by Otherside of Georgia Productions, "Inheritance, Italian Style" by Laughing Cow Productions, and "Sinister Visions: Mother Knows Best" directed by Kim Sonderholm. TV and Web credits include "Suspension of Disbelief" a game-based series produced by Headgames Entertainment, and "Primrose Tales", produced by her own production company, Sawdust and Tinsel Productions.

TJ is an professional designer, artist, and photographer. She has written, directed and produced a short film called "Annaliese: A Love Story" completed in 2012.


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Shiva Rodriguez

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Shiva's idea of being a “triple threat” is by being a writer, director, and special effects supervisor. She got her start writing and doing costumes and practical effects for live theatre in the late 1980s and then made the switch to doing special effects for film in 2008.
She often jokes that she's a professional serial killer since she often works the practical effects on gory, slasher-type films. She loves working with small indie horror productions that offer her both challenges and a bit of creative freedom as a special effects artist. She's worked on films such as Dangerous People, One Night of Fear, Sitter, Rough Cut, The Housewife Slasher, and HorrorScapes.
In 2013 she was coaxed into the director's chair for Predatory Moon While directing wasn't something she'd ever considered doing before, she quickly found that she had a knack for it. Well, that and it allowed her to try something she'd always wanted to do as an effects artist: a fully practical werewolf transformation sequence.
A couple years later she directed “The Figure” , a short horror-comedy that she and her husband D. Duckie Rodriguez wrote that pokes fun at the slasher genre.
Shiva is currently slated to direct two more short films this year and is in development for a truly unique horror film that she hopes to direct in 2018.

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Derek Frey

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Filmmaker Derek Frey has a long and successful working relationship with director Tim Burton, joining Tim Burton Productions in 1996 and having run the company since 2001. Frey is currently serving as Executive Producer on the upcoming fantasy/thriller Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Previously Frey executive produced Big Eyes, for which Amy Adams received a Golden Globe. In 2012 Frey co-produced Frankenweenie, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Picture. That same year he produced the music video Here With Me for The Killers.

Frey has worked on numerous feature films, including as Associate Producer on Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Corpse Bride, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Other credits also include producer of the documentary A Conversation with Danny Elfman and Tim Burton; writer of the Frankenweenie-based short film Captain Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers; and editor of the comprehensive and award-winning publication The Art of Tim Burton.
In addition to his work with Burton, Frey has directed his own films and music videos, including The Ballad of Sandeep, which appeared in over 35 film festivals, winning 16 awards, including Best Director at the Independent Film
Quarterly Festival and Best Featurette at the Las Vegas International Cinefest. In 2013 he directed the comedic short Sky Blue Collar, which was awarded Best Director at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival and Best Picture at the International Film Festival of Comedy, Romance, Musical. Frey’s 2014 dark comedy, Motel Providence, also proved a success on the festival circuit being awarded Best Director at the Filmmaker of the Year Festival and Best Comedy at the ASF and Media International Film Festivals. His new film, Green Lake, is currently screening at film festivals world-wide.


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Zack Birlew

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER

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Zack Birlew began his filmmaking career making video projects in high school and has gone on to become an award winning indie film director and co-owner of his own film production company, Babs Do Productions, with his brother, Patrick Birlew.
Zack began his film education almost immediately after deciding to become a film director and read every book and magazine he could find on the subject. He attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas and took every opportunity to practice and experiment with making films of various kinds and styles. Zack later went on to become a graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts with a Master’s degree in Film Production and Sound Design.
In "The Review - A Fatal Frame Fan Film", Zack both directs and stars in the horror/comedy about a filmmaker's experiment with online videogame reviews turned unexpectedly into supernatural haunting. In addition, Zack divided production duties with his brother and co-star, Patrick Birlew, and handled post production as well as special effects.



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Amanda B. Goodman

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Amanda B. Goodman is a Queens NYC native Writer/Director/Actor whose goal is to change the way female roles are represented in the horror genre. Her first short film, the horror/comedy "Cori's First Horror Movie" (2015) established her cinematic style of blending biting dialogue with creepy and often grotesque situations. She's been writing horror stories and screenplays since she was a teenager, finding inspiration from great storytellers and genre filmmakers such as Stephen King, Wes Craven, Joss Whedon, Dario Argento, and Guillermo Del Toro just to name a few. Her latest film the vampire comedy "You Only Die Once" was her love letter to the great Hammer Horror films of the late 60's/early 70's.
She's an actress who's worked in the entertainment industry in voiceover, commercial, film, and TV (most recently she appeared in season 3 of Comedy Central's Broad City). She hopes to continue telling the great and weird stories that are always stuck in her head, whether they be about female vampire hunters who love pie or killer cats from outer space...ok maybe not the killer cats.

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Robert Howat

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


I made my first short film "Executive Killing" in Edinburgh Scotland in 2011. Since then I have continued to make short films usually funding them myself.


My last short horror "Sacred Birth" has almost completed it's successful run on the festival circuit with screenings in The USA, Canada and The UK.


My latest short film "Out Of His Tree" has just started it's festival run and I am delighted to have it as a Bronze Award winner in The Spotlight Horror Film Awards.


Being a great fan of classic horrors such as The Omen, Rosemary's Baby, Halloween and The Fog I prefer to explore dark psychological horror stories rather than full on gore, though a bit of blood here and there never goes amiss!


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Shane Wheeler

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Shane's passions have always been for science and storytelling. A biologist, he wrote his first screenplay while working on a fishing boat in the Bering Sea. Since then, he's written, directed, and produced a number of award winning shorts, as well as features Captive of a Death Mask (2012) & Stabbing with Frank (2016). Recently, Shane's project Beyond the Darkness was selected for the inaugural Shudder Labs.  

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Richard Hunter

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Born in the countryside, lives in London, swims in the oceans, scared of sharks. A complex, yet simple man, Richard loves to write, imagine and create cinematically inspired comedy work tangled in compelling narratives.


Having been all around the world making films; Richard has a strong grasp of both the airline business and the amount of hard work that goes into making a great story come to life. Collaboration is one of the most exciting parts of his job, and something that has helped create such unique pieces for clients such as Coke, Google, Made.com and E4.


His award-winning film, Evil's Evil Cousin is currently making rounds in the festival circuit.



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Ian Rayburn

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Ian is a award winning director, filmmaker, and actor based in Toronto. Born and raised in Hamilton Ian harnessed his hyperactive energy as a child by performing on and off the stage for multiple crowds and watching every film he could get his hands on.

Inspired by sketch comedy, horror movies and independent cinema, Ian began his acting and filmmaking career in his teens by creating and shooting short films, comedic sketches, promotional videos for companies, and music videos for local musicians. In 2007 IRAYBS films was born with Ian producing and directing his first full length feature film "Dream Harder" a comedic spoof on the booming adult industry in the 1970's. 

Upon completing a Television broadcasting degree and moving to Toronto, Ian continued to create, film and edit comedy, action, dramatic and horror films for various competitions and film festivals. His award winning horror anthology series "Pleasure Partners" has seen success with the first 2 episodes (Sextape and Muscles) playing multiple festivals worldwide and the third installment currently in post production.


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Emeline Castaneda

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Born in Paris, but with origins from all around the world, Emeline Castaneda  is a french filmaker working between London and Paris.  

After graphic art and visual effects studies, she first worked on sets and in the post-production field as a trainee and gathered all the experience she could while working with some major companies.

Having gained the necessary experience, she then started directing her first award winning film Kaddish! a genre short-film, which can be seen at festivals world-wide.

And as her directing debut transformed her, she started screen writing studies at the french Louis Lumière school in Paris and took a Directing summer class at the London Film School in order to complete her training. She is now working with various advertisement companies and musicians as a director and co-writing scripts for the cinema.

She is currently working on her first feature film. 


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Joseph D’Urso

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Joseph D’Urso is originally from Montreal, Canada. He is currently based out of Los Angeles California, working full time in reality TV and live events. He also writes and directs scripted material, with an exceptional interest in the Thriller/Horror genre. Joseph studied at UCLA focusing his studies in film production and producing.


Joseph’s most recent film, “The Head Collector” winner of the Spotlight Silver award, is a religious/horror that explores a nuns deranged ways to save people from their sins. Joseph feels blessed to have worked with such amazing talent, and thanks the Spotlight Film Festival for recognizing and promoting his work in the horror genre.


His love for entertainment started early on in his childhood. By the age of thirteen, he had already written, directed and starred in his first feature length movie. It was an internationally shot film with locations in Venezuela and Montreal.
  
Since then, he has written, directed and produced two feature films, over a dozen shorts and written eight feature film scripts and television series treatments.
His next film entitled “The Red Room” based on one of his features, is slated to film this summer, in preparation of the 2017 festival circuit. 


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Ross Morin

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Ross Morin is a filmmaker, cinematographer, editor and Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut where he teaches filmmaking and heads the film production curriculum and facilities. He is the co-founder of Kiltered Productions. His award-winning film work has screened nationally and internationally. He balances his time between teaching, filmmaking, and mountain biking. 

His award-winning film, A Wheel Out of Kilter, wins the Bronze Award at the Spotlight Horror Awards.


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Adam Thomas

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Adam Thomas began his acting career in 2003 when he attended the Acting for the Camera Program at Capilano University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Very shortly after graduation, Adam signed on with an agency and began booking roles in many of the television productions being filmed in Vancouver such as Smallville, Kyle XY, Killer Instinct, Fringe and Stargate Universe.  He also landed credits in some feature films which include Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief and Totally Awesome.

In 2006, Adam wrote, directed, produced and performed in a “Kids in the Hall” style sketch comedy group called “The Usual Degenerates”.  Their performances were held in local venues such as The Presentation House, Anza Club, The Havana, and the Scotia Theatre.  The group performed in the Festival of Plays in 2008 and won the Adjudicators Award from Dean Paul Gibson. Adam returned to the Festival of Plays a few years later and won "Best Supporting Actor" for his role as Michael in the comedy thriller "The Butler Did It".

In 2014, Adam wrote, directed, and co-starred in his very first short film; a science fiction/horror called “Seeing Red".  Currently the film has been accepted into 16 festivals across the world and has won 4 awards, including "Best Horror/Sci Fi" at the Fright Night Film Festival in Louisville, Kentucky and "Audience Choice" at the NorthWest Horror Show in Vancouver, BC.


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Àlvaro Rodríguez Areny

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Alvaro was born on a snowy day in 1991 in Encamp (Principality of Andorra). His fondness for cinema started when he was a little boy, but he was not aware of it until later. Due to his love for the movie, “Jurassic Park”, Alvaro had always wanted to become a paleontologist. After changing his mind several times in regards to his career, he later realized that he did not want to study that, but instead dreamed of being able to tell stories like those. After graduating high school with a degree in Arts and Communication, he decided to study Direction and Screenplay at the school of Barcelona, Bande à Part.

Alvaro is currently the Director of both music videos of the andorran music band PERSEFONE and the Director of the third music video of the also andorran band, NAMI. He recently produced his first professional short film ”WOLVES".


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Chris Angus

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Chris began dabbling with animation in 1993 as part of the commercial arts course that he was taking at that time. Becoming fascinated with the animator’s craft, he began attending workshops held by the Manitoba Society of Independent Animators (MSIA).


Chris received funding from MSIA in the form of space and equipment usage and set up shop in MSIA’s studios working on his first film “The Urge” when time permitted. “The Urge ”was completed in the spring of 2001.


In 2008 "The Urge" was picked up as a greetings card for a popular website, which inspired the production of the Christmas greetings card entitled "Christmas Band". This short film was completed in the Fall of 2009.


After several years of production Chris completed The Urge 2 - It Lies Within. During this time, Chris, taught an animation course at the Winnipeg Art Gallery - Studio Programs, worked on several small animated commercials and began working on a screenplay for a feature film.


Chris is currently working on his next short animated film as well as taking an Audio/Visual course at Red River College in Winnipeg, Canada.


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Bradley Stryker

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Bradley Stryker is a multiple time Award-Winning Director for his work on LAND OF SMILES and UNEXPECTED GUEST. He is also a Final Draft Big Break Top Three Winner for his screenplay SILENT HERO; while THE DRAGON RUN, ALISON, and TWISTED GAMES have placed in numerous other contests.
He has been involved in over fifty Film and TV productions as an Actor over the last fifteen years – paving the way for a seamless transition to behind the camera.
“For fifteen years I have been studying all aspects of film. It’s always my intention to take what’s been done and expand upon it. To heighten the art of storytelling in cinema to highest level that I am capable of. For me that starts with the screenplay; then lives itself out through my actors; and ultimately is realized as we put the final product together in the post production.
LAND OF SMILES brought Bradley back to the place where he decided that in order to live his life to the fullest, he must follow the impulse to tell his own stories and adventure behind the camera.
“Directing my first feature film in Thailand completes a circle of life for me. My definitive decision to become a filmmaker happened on Khao San Road in Bangkok, it makes perfect sense that this is the place where my cinematic voice is finally shared with the world on a grander scale.”
Bradley has optioned SILENT HERO and is attached to direct the film. While THE DRAGON RUN is currently in negotiations for option as well.


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Simon McKeon 

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Simon studied Film and Television production for a year, while doing this course, he came up with the concept of what would become ''Christmas At Dracula's''. In the process of making this film, Simon has produced and edited several short films, including ''Bad-Guy" and "They Only Come Out At Night". "Christmas At Dracula's" is his directing debut. He is currently one of the director's with El Diablo Productions. They are currently in pre-production for a short comedy film, ''The Milk Run'' and also another feature, ''The Midnight Assassin'', a Noir style murder-mystery. Simon has written a pilot for a TV series to be shot in 2017, ''Exile On North Main Street''.


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2016 Award-Winning Filmmakers in the Spotlight

AJ Gordon

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


AJ Gordon is an organized and reliable film-nerd evoking the entrepreneurial spirit. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon as a fan of the outdoors, film, live music, film, sports, film, and movies... After earning a bachelor's degree in Digital Media Production, he immediately moved to LA to pursue a career in entertainment. Gaining years of professional experience on national commercials and A-List special events before re-relocating back to Portland to be involved in its ever-growing motion picture community. 


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Izayah Davis

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER

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Izayah Davis is a talented 16 year-old filmmaker who aspires to be a writer/director of films because he enjoys being able to ignite emotion in my viewers.


''I enjoy the creative aspect of film making because it gives me the opportunity to let my viewers see the inside of my imagination through my creations.'


"I'm not interested in a realistic look- not at all, not ever. Every film should look the way I feel" M. Scorsese


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Leandre Low

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Giving him a camera at 10 years old, Leandre's director father instilled a passion for production. From then, Leandre was unstoppable; finishing a cinema education in 2007, he started on film projects right out of the gate: post-production work on IMAX feature documentaries and directing web content and editing for the Montreal music scene. In 2012 he was hired by an internet media company as on-staff editor, and ended up creating over 300 original web videos. However, to follow his dreams, he returned to production and became a video producer at AskMen.com, where he created & directed over 50 original scripts and videos internationally, working with brands such Reebok, Monster, Mazda, & Guinness in the US and Europe. 

Yearning for freedom, he transitioned back to freelance, and continued commercial and cutting-edge projects with brands such as MVMT, Echo, Thirsty Buddha, Charlize Watches, Dress-to-kill magazine, and many more...
In 2015, Leandre finally directed his first short film, Canvas

Founding LowCutFilms in 2014, he continues to deliver top quality content for clients in Montreal and across the globe. 

In his free time, Leandre enjoys cooking, Jiu jitsu, and taking care of his cat, Chad.


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Reza Ghassemi

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Reza is the writer and director of "Bleed the Night." He started his filmmaking journey at a young age, using his parent’s home video camera to capture the stories around him. He quickly progressed and began shooting music videos and commercials, working with high profile talent, domestic and international. He retains the sensibilities for classic cinema and the meaning of film. His short film He is currently working on his feature film "Cherry Blossom Bloom." 


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Dan Swift

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


After a career in finance and entrepreneurship Dan Swift got to fulfill a lifelong dream founding ABI Productions to make the type of thought provoking, terror inducing and entertaining horror films he fell in love with as a kid.


Bringing a host of management and finance skills to the table Dan wrote, produced and directed his first feature Agnation guiding the film throughout the process. Wearing several hats at all times as is typical in low budget indie productions Dan thrived in the high-pressure long days of the movie making process. Taking an active role in every aspect of the production Dan gained invaluable knowledge that he looks forward to taking with him into his next production.

“The entire movie making process, from writing through editing was one long amazing thrill ride I can’t wait to repeat and apply the lessons learned to continually improve as a filmmaker.”


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Christina Carmona

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Originally from Bronx, New York, Christina Carmona is the C.E.O. of Bad Kitty Films L.L.C. located in Orlando, FL. Having been a performer since a very young age, she dabbles in a little of everything. She's gone from performing at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld, hosting a T.V. show with high profile guests such as The Travel Channels "Toy Hunter" Jordan Hembrough, to being an entertainment production coordinator and handling important high profile media events such as the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. When it comes to filmmaking, Christina's main focus' are writing & directing. Her award winning short film "The Conversation" was a great success and also screened internationally. In addition, "The Conversation" has earned Christina a bronze Telly Award as a writer and director. She has years of work behind the camera, including her certification from the Film Institute of Recording, Sound, and Technology. Christina is also no rookie to being in front of the camera. She has been featured in a few award winning films such as "TechSquad", "Dirty Justice", & "M-theory" and won Best Actress in a comedy for her role as Lavinia Agee in "Dirty Justice". This wouldn't be her last award!

Her latest project, "The 13th Hour" is already an award winner coming in 2nd place runner up for Best in Florida, best actor in a leading role, the Spotlight Bronze Award Winner, and once again receiving another acting award for best actress in a supporting role. Being able to play any part in the filmmaking process, Christina certainly makes herself a key player. As quoted from Brink Magazine's interview with her in 2013, Christina is certainly, "one to watch". Email Christina here

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Sean George

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Sean George is a director, producer, and puppeteer from Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. He studied Theater and Film at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he won the Michael S Roif Award for his short film, Ebb & Flo.


After living in Boston for several years, Sean moved to Los Angeles. He continued to develop as a comedy writer and performer, studying at The Groundlings, UCB, and Second City. It was at this time that he and long time friend, Charlie Nadler, started Heckler Films and produced their first web-series, Doommates. Since then Heckler Films has gone on to produce several shorts and series, including Samsa in The City, which he developed with Dickripper writer, Michael Chau.

Sean still lives in Los Angeles with his partner (DickRipper Star, Emily Churchill) and their cat Joe. Heckler Films is still going strong with lots more on the Horizon.

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Matthew Simonis

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Matthew Simonis was born in Ann Arbor Michigan, when he was 19 he moved to Milwaukee Wisconsin in order to attend  the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he was able to fine tune his craft as a filmmaker and earn a B.F.A. in Film Production.


His film and video experience includes working on a number of short films that have been screened both locally and nationally, Director of Cinematography of a local Milwaukee TV show and working as a freelance cinematographer and editor. Matthew is also the co-founder and Director of Media Production at Red Guerrilla Media.


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Nathan Ludwig & Chad Farmer

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS


Both film school grads, Nate's a military veteran and a former broadcast journalist and Chad's a former EMT. We're just working to be the best storytellers we can be through screenwriting and independent filmmaking.
This is the second film Nate and Chad have directed together. The first, Late Submission, made it into a handful of festivals during 2013-2014. This is an especially enormous feat since it's a black and white silent film shot on Super 8 about the murder of a film festival producer.
We're currently working on multiple short films and feature screenplays and trying to hone our craft as best we can. This is the only job that truly excites us.


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Greg Mazzola

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Greg Mazzola got his start in the industry just 5 years ago after graduating college with a degree in business. Since then, he has climbed the production ranks and currently works as a Line Producer for crime shows on ID-Discovery.  After realizing that no one else was going to grant him the opportunity to produce a film, he set out on a mission to or produce his own content and create that opportunity himself.
While helping produce a few independent short films in 2014 and 2015, Mazzola gained the necessary knowledge, resources, and connections to put together his own production team. After which he called former co-worker and current friend, Sean McDonough who had just released his horror novel “Beverly Kills" the year before. The novel was originally adapted from a screenplay McDonough wrote in 2011. Mazzola proposed the idea of adapting the novel and screenplay in to a short film, McDonough happily provided his blessing.
In the summer of 2015 Mazzola met, his now producing partner and Director, Eric Salberg. Together they adapted a short script from the novel “Beverly Kills” in to their first short film called “#whoisBeverly" which has already been accepted and awarded in multiple film festivals.
Although its only their first short film Mazzola, Salberg, and team have many projects on the horizon and a few already in the works.
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Domiziano Arcangeli

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Lauded European Film Star, Domiziano Arcangeli, who moved permanently to the U.S. in 2000, has not only acted in over 200 film and tv projects but also serves as CEO of Empire Films. His company was founded in 2009 and since then he has spearheaded the production of numerous genre films including science fiction and horror favorite "Virus X " (released by Lionsgate), the award winning cult film, “House of Flesh Mannequins” as well as the controversial art-house film "Travel Well, Kamikaze" that is slated to be release in late 2016.  With a dossier that includes winning BEST ACTOR awards at the TENEBRIA FILM FESTIVAL in Italy and at festivals in Hamburg, Germany, and Sidney Australia, he knows quality material when he sees it.  


Under his helm, Empire's list also includes, so far, "Lizzie," (with Gary Busey, Corbin Bernsen, Jay Swayze), author/director Mauro Borelli’s "The Ghostmaker," released by Lionsgate in 2012 and the multi-award winning horror/vampire/erotica cult hit, "Orgy of the Damned" just released in early 2016, a gothic, controversial homage to Dom's previous work in the 1980's horror and genre movies.  With a gift of understanding the importance of visual aesthetics in each of their unique films, Domiziano's vision for the production company emphasizes a film noir look in many of their titles.  Nowhere is this approach more apparent than in their newly announced productions of the supernatural thriller "Moriah," and the twisted and dark themes of "Darkness Become," where Arcangeli also leads as an enigmatic and mysterious character creating a thrilling and supernatural atmosphere for audiences and fans worldwide. 


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Jordan inconstant

AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER


Passionate about film and video from a young age, it is natural that I decided to study the craft. I graduated from ESRA (Superior School of Audiovisual Creation) in Parism and also trained as an actor.
I created my association "Tirak Line" to be able to frame my various personal projects. Thanks to that I produced and directed several short films with my team. These films are shown at various film festivals in France and abroad. With these experiences, I now offer my services in the audiovisual sector as a director, cameraman and freelance editor.


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