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.
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
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
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.
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.
His award-winning film, Evil's Evil Cousin is currently making rounds in the festival circuit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This page is under construction! More filmmaker spotlights coming soon!
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.
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.