Horror Film Awards

Matt Thiesen & Justin Lee

Award-Winning Filmmakers


Graduates of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Matt Thiesen and Justin Lee are a writing and directing team specializing in subversive commercials and successful boundary-pushing viral content through their Glorious Internet production company. They are currently storming the castle of feature films in a quest to bend genres, melt hearts and blow minds.

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JB Minerva

Award-Winning Filmmaker


JB Minerva is a young Filmmaker who studied film and arts in Florence, New York and London. He currently lives in Mexico City where he dedicates most of his time working on feature films and series as a Director of Photography.


As a DP he has managed to understand the importance of working an atmosphere through light. Though a Professional DP, he has always felt the need to write and tell stories of his own.  In recent years he has written more than 20 short stories (mostly Fantasy and Horror).


In 2014, he made a short film called “ I am Candy” which made it to great Film Festivals and did very well winning Best short and best Director in both Feratum Film Fest Mexico and Macabro. Currently he is about to release two short Films and finishing the script to his  first Feature Film.

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Tony Waghorne

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Tony Waghorne, 21, is an award winning filmmaker born and based in the United Kingdom. 
Tony got into film late compared to most and made his first film earlier this year as part of a University assignment whilst he was studying at the University of Essex. The short has gone on to be selected in festivals around the world and has received multiple nominations and awards.
He aspires for a career as a camera operator working in TV and film but has a long term goal of writing and directing his own films to be shown on the big screen.


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Don P. Hooper

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Don P. Hooper is a Writer/Producer based in New York City. Festivals his productions have been featured in include: the New York Television Festival, Urban Mediamakers Film Festival and the Big Apple Film Festival. He is the author of the Coomacka Island children’s book series and releases regular poetry through the Madclownétry brand. Don P. is a co-founder of the Ase Academy, an academic and cultural enrichment program. He co-created and starred in Tokens the Series. Don P. has also been a featured evening performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC and has voiced several video games, documentaries and commercials, such as Grand Theft Auto V, PBS’ The Doc Squad and Legends: Oakland A’s The Forgotten Dynasty. He is a member of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA and is represented by Atlas Talent.



David Paul Scott 

Award-Winning Filmmaker


David Paul Scott is a Canadian writer, director and editor. He attended one year of film production at York University but received the bulk of his training in the 90's at L.I.F.T (Liason of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto), where he got hands-on experience using 16mm film equipment. He worked as a manager in a video store for ten years, where he studied film theory and got paid for it! He has written a dozen screenplays, made a 16mm short (“Clay Wish”) and a dramatic feature ("Denied", 2004). After wearing many hats on the shoestring-budget horror film “The Haunt”, he is developing “Cult of Nightmares”, a new horror movie set to shoot in 2017, again teaming up with producing partner James Bayliss.​


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Shiva Rodriguez

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Shiva began working in film in 2008 as a practical special effects artist.

In 2013 she sat in the director's chair for the first time on the feature film Predatory Moon. She has since directed several shorts and is currently in development for the feature film
The Family Way.


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Alan Deprez

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Alan Deprez has studied Cinematography at INRACI (2004-2007), a famous belgian film school based in Brussels. After getting his degree, he's worked on several projects (video clips, short films, TV films, ...) as 1st and 2nd assistant director, camera operator, electro, best boy, ...

Alan has directed a long feature documentary ("Princesse Mimi", shot in 2008 and still unreleased), some video clips (like "Je Ne Sais Quoi" for the swiss artist Genevan Heathen) and a couple of short films : "Ab Aeterno" (2010), "Erotomania" (2012) and "Cruelle est la nuit" ("Cruel is the night", 2017).

He's also a journalist and film critic, contributing to some well-known specialized and cultural magazines like Mad Movies, Lui, Hot Vidéo, Vivre Paris and CinémagFantastique (he's still writing papers for some of these).


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Claudio Laparade

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Claudio Laparade was born in Mexico City. He has written poetry, short stories and literary essays, as well as produced music for diverse independent projects. His interest in the arts drove him to study filmmaking at Asociación Mexicana de Cineastas Independientes where he wrote, produced and directed his first short film “Alive.” His work explores the depths of human psyche and emotion. Currently, he continues to work on the development of interdisciplinary artistic productions, with a special focus on literature, music and film.


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Huseyin Hassan

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Director Statement:
"I consider myself to be a massive film lover who lives, breaths and thinks about films. I bring my own unique style to my films. I write, produce and direct my own films. I am by no means a conventional film maker. All my films are written and made to offer audiences a new way of seeing and hearing film. I make films that other film makers are scared to make.​"


Eric E. Poe

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Eric E. Poe has been actively involved in film-making in Augusta, Georgia, since 2011.


After working behind-the-scenes positions on a number of projects, Eric found himself in front of the camera. He has acted in many movies, including roles in feature films, such as "Wretched," "Cabaret Diabolique," with Camille Keaton and Linnea Quigley, and "Strip Club Massacre," with Erin Brown. In addition to writing and acting in "Incubation Period," it is also Eric's directorial debut.


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Dr. John Scamehorn

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Dr. John Scamehorn is producer and screenwriter of Pax Masculina, a short science fiction alternate history film. He spent 40 years as a chemical engineer and a professor of chemical engineering at University of Oklahoma.


Since becoming an emeritus professor in 2007, he has focused on supporting theatre and film locally in central Oklahoma. He has been executive producer, producer, or associate producer of about a dozen film projects over the past five years and generally has a cameo role in these movies. Pax Masculina is the first film which he authored and is his passion project. He plans to turn it into a feature film. In the meantime, he is involved in producing indie horror feature films in Oklahoma.


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Jack Hunter

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Growing up in a small town, Jack always knew he was an outside the box type of thinker. Dealing with getting bullied, teased and other childish games, Jack knew that he was not going to be the stereotypical southern man.


While in college, Jack and his hometown friends started an independent, low budget film company called, P-CON Productions, in which they produced a couple films. Two of the most notable films from the Louisiana area were called, 'Whiteboy' and 'Body Temperature'. After gaining a bit of local fame, the friends parted ways and moved on with their lives in other areas; tho Jack never let that feeling of 'creating' leave him.


A man of many talents that include a vocal range of 5 octaves , the ability to play over 6 instruments (without learning to read music) and having an ear to produce music of any genre, Jack has an eye to see what things can be. He has a vision that can only be accomplished with the help of The Southern Sykos Production Team. With an eye to see talent, Jack has brought together one of the best teams in the independent film industry. He sees their talent and he knows their potential. Forming SSP with co-founder, Chad Clinton Freeman, they knew that with the right people, you can accomplish anything with a great team. Ideas start with a thought , and a dream begins with a vision.


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Lee Patrick Robinson

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Lee Patrick Robinson is a writer, director and editor based in UK.

Over the past 5 years he has created a number of short horror films for the Portmanteau web series “A Horrorshow’. He is currently working on a horror anthology comic book series as well as developing his first feature film.



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Drew A Giles

Award-Winning Filmmaker



I practice the art of storytelling. From Co-starring along-side Noah Taylor on Sony’s Playstation Network Powers The Series as an Actor to creating my own original narratives as Producer, Writer, & Director.


My experience ranges from theatre performing, on camera-acting, and creating my own projects including the Award Winning Short Film Redneck Zombie, which I produced, wrote, and directed.


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Savion Smith

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Savion hails from Miami, Florida. He knew at age 7, that he wanted to spend a life in the theatre when he saw a production of “Noise N’ Funk” featuring Savion Glover and he got to take a backstage tour. He obtained his BFA in Musical Theatre at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. In his spare time Savion attends to his hobbies which include, Web Design and Programing, Aerial Circus Arts and updating his own website (www.savionsmith.com).


Savion enjoys going to live theatre and films and spending time with the people that mean most to him: his family and friends. Above all, Savion is committed to a life in theatre as an artistic means to create a healthier and more aware society. Savion is an alumni of New World School of the Arts where he graduated with Cume Lade and Presidents Honors. Savion is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.

Savion was recently featured at the Thespis Theatre Festival Awards Ceremony, where he was choosen to sing a selection from his new show, I WILL. He is currently working on the Netflix Original Series "The Get Down".


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Freddy Chávez Olmos 

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Freddy Chávez Olmos was born in Puebla, Mexico and a graduate in Special Makeup Effects in Los Angeles and Film Production & Visual Effects in Vancouver, Canada. Freddy’s digital work has been featured in various films such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Chappie, Sin City 2, Pacific Rim, District 9, Tron Legacy, The Dark Knight and Elysium. He has been part of high caliber vfx studios including Industrial Light & Magic, Double Negative and Image Engine. He has been the recipient of several international awards for his first short film entitled "Shhh” as co-writer and director, which Guillermo del Toro praised for having "Strong Visuals and Solid Atmosphere!!!". Freddy is the co-founder of Facet School of Visual Effects and El Diablo VFX studio in Mexico. More recently, Freddy has completed work on "Leviticus 24:20", his newest film as writer/director.


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Gary Heady & Scott Jordan

Award-Winning Filmmakers


This is the first film from Gary Heady, Jr. and Scott Jordan, longtime friends collaborating on the unique film, Prudence Drive.  They share a passion for movies and both have backgrounds in music and production. Gary is from Spirit Lake, IA and Scott is from Omaha, NE.

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Lorenzo P. Adams

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Lorenzo P. Adams is a writer, director, and producer based out of Washington, D.C. While studying Mass Communications and Journalism at West Virginia State University, he developed a strong interest in film. This passion combined with his love for the horror movie genre created an urge and calling to create the films that are inspired by his love for the genre.


His goal is create films as a horror fan first, and filmmaker second. Influenced by the likes of Dario Argento, Alexander Aja, John Carpenter, and Alfred Hitchcock, Lorenzo is set to release the indie horror-thriller and his directorial debut "Rotary" in 2017.


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Michael Paul

Award-Winning Filmmaker


An Iowa native, Michael received a BA in Film/Animation from Columbia College in Chicago in 1994 before joining arcade game company Midway Games as an artist, developing the look and feel of several video game projects over the next 7 years. He met his wife and future filmmaking partner, Anne, on the set of one of his video game shoots.

After Midway he and Anne, moved to Los Angeles where Mike joined the legendary visual effects house Digital Domain, to work on effects for the Dreamworks film, “The Time Machine.” In 2005, Mike and Anne moved to his home state of Iowa and shortly thereafter founded Dead Weeds Pictures and began production on their first feature film, "Roman's Bride," while Mike attended school for his MBA. "Roman's Bride," was awarded Audience Favorite at the Phoenix Fear Film Festival, and was called "The Iowa Chainsaw Massacre," by the New York Post.

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Psycho Magnet," a comedy/horror is Michael and Anne's second feature film. It was shot and directed by Michael who also handled the final edit and visual effects. At the Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards it won Best Picture, Best Original Score and Best Visual Effects. It was also nominated for a Best Visual Effects Award by the Maverick Movie Awards.


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David Jeffery

Award-Winning Filmmaker


David Jeffery is known to his colleagues as one of the hardest working Producer/Directors in Hollywood. When he's not working on "Bones," the quirky forensic series on Fox (225 episodes, including the pilot) or co-producing the upcoming -event mini series, "Prison Break," (also on Fox), Jeffery thrives in the indie movie world, as an award winning filmmaker.

He produced and co-directed the critically acclaimed feature documentary “Lesson Plan: The Story of the Third Wave” which garnered Jeffery two awards, Best Director and Best Feature Documentary at the 2012 Independent Filmmakers Showcase. After playing in dozens of film festivals around the world, "Lesson Plan" is now available on I-tunes distributed by Journeyman Films.

In his first professional effort, Jeffery wrote, produced and directed the horror/thriller “The Last Stop Café” which debuted at the Nashville Film Festival before becoming a popular short on the festival circuit. The film earned numerous awards including three Tellys, a CINE Golden Eagle and the Best Horror Short film prize at Shockerfest. Lead actress Christie Lynn Short received a best actress nomination at the Eerie Horror Film Festival.

David is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He began his career in New York City after receiving his BFA in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. An avid scuba diver, Jeffery resides in Los Angeles. 


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Daniel Robinette

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Daniel has been in the advertising industry for 20 years, serving as Creative Director for several agencies while amassing a range of industry creative awards in both broadcast and print advertising.

Currently he acts as Marketing Director for Triad Commercial and runs Griffin Creative, a niche design studio focusing on only a handful of clients with brand development and all facets of advertising.

Daniel is a founding member of 4 Leagues Media, LLC - a group formed to create and produce films. He serves as Director for the group, as well as the source for story development.


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Brad Watson

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Aside from Hallows Eve, Brad has 2 internationally released feature films to his credit and over 40 music videos, short films and promos. 

Having learnt his craft on 35mm and 16mm celluloid as a camera assistant then assistant editor on productions for Universal, Film 4, Icon Entertainment, BBC and ITV to name but a few, when stepping into the digital world of modern cinema, Brad has always kept a filmic sense and discipline forged in this tradition. 

Brad wrote and directed ‘Asylum Night’, an ultra low budget horror comedy in the vein of early Peter Jackson and Roger Corman, which won the Troma Award for Best UK feature film at the Edinburgh Festival and was released in the UK, USA and Canada. Knowing full well the market he was aiming for, Brad let his crazy and absurd humour run riot and the reaction was exactly what he intended with fantastic reviews from The Horror Channel and Empire Magazine. 

Next came 'Beacon77' (known as 'The 7th Dimension' in the UK), a thought provoking supernatural thriller that was picked up by Moviehouse Entertainment and sold around the world on VOD, DVD/BluRay and theatrically in cinemas in territories including UK, France, Australia, Japan, Germany and many more. 

Again, Brad’s knowledge for the intended market meant positive critical responses and the film was nominated for the Silver Melies Award twice, at the Brussels Fantasy Festival and the Leeds International Film Festival (having been chosen to open the horror festival there). 


Brad is currently attached to several feature films and a TV series in development and in 2017 has a new short film release and will be directing a segment of the anthology horror movie, 'For We Are Many'.


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Andrew Hamer

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Growing up in Virginia, Andrew was always fascinated by the power of film. He made several short films in his adolescent years before receiving a bachelor's degree in Media Production from Florida State University.

Shortly after graduation, Andrew made a period drama short set in colonial America ("The Shot") before moving out to Los Angeles to work in TV and Film production. Having worked as an Office and Writer's PA on several TV shows and indie features, he decided to go back to his independent filmmaking roots with the proof of concept horror short "Three Skeleton Key", based on the classic short story by George G. Toudouze.


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Caitlin Koller

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Caitlin Koller is an award-winning Australian filmmaker. She completed an Honours degree in Film and Television at Swinburne University in 2012 and her graduate film, 'Maid of Horror', has since played around the world. A lifelong devotee of genre filmmaking, she is currently developing scripts for her first feature film. 

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Phillip G. Carroll Jr.

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Phillip G. Carroll Jr. is an emerging independent filmmaker from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the founder of PGC Studios, LLC. At the young age of 10, Phillip began to notice the power of stories when he and his brother John first picked up their father's video camera. Soon, screenings of their latest shorts became a tradition at every family party. Phillip studied Film & Media Arts at Temple University where his film, Words of Atonement, won Best Undergraduate Film his freshmen year. Phillip strives to tell meaningful stories that capture the truth of the human condition, challenge society’s views and beliefs, and most importantly are a joy to watch. Through the collaboration of many talented artists, Phillip’s award winning films have been screened at festivals around the world, along with four of his films having been streamed on Comcast OnDemand. Among the subjects that are important to Phillip are mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, LGBTQ topics, life and the afterlife, spirituality, immigration, and homelessness. But most important to Phillip is that his films make you, the viewer, feel an emotional connection to the rest of the audience through joyful laughter, longfull tears, or suspenseful screams. Phillip's mission is to create movies that ultimately lift the human spirit, promote love, and encourage others to follow their dreams - all in an effort to help people realize that whether your life is like a drama, comedy, or horror film, you are never alone.


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Jason Michael Hooker

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Since 2012, Jason has been involved in various short film productions, within the roles of writer, director, producer, editor, and cinematographer. He has also directed films across many different genres, including crime, mystery, medieval, drama, and horror.


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2017 Filmmakers in the Spotlight

Timothy Collins

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Timothy Collins is an award-winning student filmmaker from Atlanta, GA. He is currently in his final year of the BFA Film Program at the Art Institute of Atlanta. His previous film, Kiss of Death (2015), was an Official Selection at over 60 international film festivals including the Cannes Short Film Corner, ultimately earning 40+ awards worldwide. His 2016 horror film, Blackout, is just beginning its rounds on the festival circuit.

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Benjamin R Dover

Award-Winning Filmmaker


My name is Benjamin R Dover. I am a lifelong musician/recording artist who is self-taught and also an aspiring Director. I started with a duel tape deck and a synth. Many years later after many experiments I met several underground film makers and started getting into film composition. Always looking forward to being re-invigorated with every new challenge, it's fun to help create new and unique audio/visual experiences. I also recently directed my first big film last year and I want to bring back the Campy Film genre with a vengeance. I have many films to come.


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Seth Adam

Award-Winning Filmmaker



2011 marks the commencement year of Seth Adam(s)’ journey from a lifelong fan of cinema to moviemaker. Helping on many productions, Seth has worked in a variety of projects and department roles; actor, director, producer, assistant director, to name a few.

No matter what genre Seth worked in or liked as a viewer, horror has the biggest impact. So there is no surprise in his tendency to add elements of horror in most of his stories. Seth founded Sublimation Sinema, his own production company, as a means to continue making movies, whether they are his own or others, and continues to grow and challenge himself as a movie-maker.   


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Craig Anderson

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Craig is a two-time AACTA award winner (Australian Emmy), first, for TV Comedy Double The Fist which he co-wrote, directed, and produced, and secondly for his work as a director on the Indigenous sketch show Black Comedy.


Over the past 15 years he has produced and directed over 20 hours of television and his work has sold to over 30 countries.


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Carles Jofre 

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Carles Jofre born in Palma de Mallorca. He graduated from ESCAC in 2013. 


After writing, directing and putting together several short films, he started his first Low Cost feature "Verano Rojo". A Mediterranean slasher. His debut explores this sub-genre of terror.


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Melissa Whitman

Award-Winning Filmmaker

Melissa Whitman is a lifelong lover of the macabre. She studied filmmaking at Columbia College Hollywood. There, she learned to craft films to scare the skin off of audiences In 2015 her film, Plastic Bodies screened at Screamfest Horror Film Festival. She's also been featured in Urban Death at Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre. Currently, she's working on crafting clothing and jewelry for fellow spooky girls.


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Chris Jopp

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Chris Jopp is a filmmaker based out of Minneapolis.


By day he works as a commercial Director and Editor and by night he is an independent filmmaker, capturing stories with a taste for the dark and whimsical.


He has created numerous award-winning ads and music videos and his short films have graced television as well as film festivals from Minneapolis to New York City. His current award-winning film is Meow.


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James C. Shahanshah

Award-Winning Filmmaker


James C. Shahanshah’s upbringing was relatively anything but straightforward or simple. On June 8, 1987 in Frankfurt, Germany, he was born into his parents quest to America. 9 years later, they settled down in Los Angeles, California. Raised in a strict learning household, Shahanshah enjoyed movies so much that he had seen 850 movies by the time he turned 18.

After high school, Shahanshah had to take a break in his studies after a horrific car accident that left him almost completely paralyzed. During his recovery Shahanshah continued to explore his interest in writing, fueled by a deep passion for cinema. His favorite horror movie is John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ and his most admired director is Stanley Kubrick.




Luke Ostermiller 

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Luke Ostermiller (born September 1st, 1995) is a director, editor and producer based in Denver, CO. His work is known for it's unique visual style and intricate blend of various storytelling techniques. As of 2017, he is credited for working on over 30 productions in addition to various side projects.


From an early age, Luke displayed interest in the filmmaking process. By age 12, he began creating internet videos as a hobby. Replicating what he observed in Hollywood movies allowed him to gradually expand his skill set and working knowledge of film production throughout his early teens. Luke studied video production for two years at Warren Career and Technical School and briefly attended the Colorado Film School before dropping out to pursue opportunities in freelance work.


In October of 2015, Luke founded his own production company, Loste Films. Within a few months, Loste Films was acquired by D&O Studios (now Parthian Enterprises), where Ostermiller works today as the director the Loste Films branch.


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Mia’kate Russell

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Mia’kate Russell has written, co-produced, and directed three multi award-winning shorts: ‘Auditioning Fanny’ (2012); ‘Swallow’ (2013), and ‘Death By Muff’ (2014).

Her forth short film 'Liz Drives' is a horror/drama short about two estranged sisters Liz and Ellie.

It is proudly female written, produced, directed and stars.

Mia’kate also works as a head of make-up and special effects artist. Credits include: ‘’What If It Works?” (2017); 'Pawno" (2015); 'Crawlspace' (2012); 'Red Hill' (2010); 'The Wheel' (2017) and 'Scare Campaign' (2015).

She has recently completed two feature screenplays 'Penny-Lane is Dead' and 'TOMMY'.


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Maritza Brikisak

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Brikisak is a fan of the fantastic and the human condition. She is an American/Canadian, born in South America of German & Native American descent. Brikisak has worked and lived in England, Canada, now resides and works in Los Angeles.

At a crossroads in her career she is offered the lead role of 'Cailean'. She felt so strong about the character that instead of just being an actress, she had to make the film.

"I spent 4 months co-writing an award winning script with Keith Rommel, I used my own funds. To focus on my acting I hired an old friend to film it for me. I spent the next 8 months editing nonstop. It's a labor of love and self-worth, the highest point in my professional career!! Thank you, enjoy the film!"


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Michael J Smith

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Michael is a Director, Producer and Writer who has completed a Diploma of Arts, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen Production) and Honours in Screen Production. He has worked on a number of successful film's such as Smashed, which has recently had it's world premiere in the Berlin International Film Festival, and the award winning, The Little Girl, directed by Hannah Sitters. Michael has worked with Feature Film and Television companies around Australia and is currently writing his debut feature film.


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Austin McEuen

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Austin McEuen grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and is a longtime hardcore fan of the horror genre. He loves ​horror films from Universal monster movies, to 80's slashers, to modern James Wan films.


He is currently working on his senior thesis film at the University of Central Arkansas. He will graduate with a Bachelors degree in Filmmaking. He plans to specialize in the horror genre and his lifetime goal is to become Hollywoods next big horror director like James Wan, Rob Zombie, Eli Roth, and many others.


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Chris Borgo

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Chris Borgo is a Canadian award winning filmmaker, born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. His passion for filmmaking started at a very early age, writing his first script at the age of 10 yrs. and directing his first short horror film at the age of 18 yrs. He graduated with honours from the Television / Broadcasting program at Confederation College.

After graduating from College, he went to work on numerous big budget films at a post-production facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Several years later he moved back home, and wanted to start up his own production company, and make films of his own.

His first feature length film, “The Nanabijou Tapes” was made on a shoestring budget, and with the help of his close friends. The film went on to play at multiple festivals, and won an award for Best No Budget Feature Film at the TIFVA (Toronto International Film and Video Awards) in 2014. For his second film, “
The Hag: Bloodline” he worked in partnership with a local production team, and the film premiered at a movie theatre in his hometown. It is currently in the film festival circuit, and to date, the film has picked up 10 awards and 19 nominations.

He is the director of a local horror festival, while being a part of the film judging committee. When he is not making his own films, he enjoys watching other indie films from around the world.

Currently, he is in the final stages of completing his newest script, and production for his newest horror film will begin in the third / fourth quarter of 2017. He has multiple film projects lined up for 2018 and beyond.


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Nima Farahi 

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Nima Farahi was born in Tehran-Iran on Mar 21, 1985 to Mohammad and Soheila Farahi. After dropping out of Azad University early in his junior year, he began to pursue his life-long passion of theaters and movies by working as an actor and 2nd assistant in several films.


In 2010 he began studying and participating in separated fields in of cinema such as Acting, Editing, and Directing in a local free cinema studio in Tehran-Iran. It was there he met Shahram Mokir and began working for him as a Director’s Assistant for the first time.


The following years Nima was introduced and worked alongside some of Iran’s top cinema masters such as Abbas Kiarostami, Shahram Mokri, Golab Adineh, Amin Tarokh, and Mastaneh Mohajer. 

He has made several short films and they have shown in many internashnal festivals such as Cannes and Busan in South Korea. 


ZAR is his first feature film.





Joy Lin

Award-Winning Filmmaker



By day, Joy Lin is a math/science teacher, named "Innovator of the Year" by TCTA with an animated series “If Superpowers Were Real” on TED.com that received international media attention.  By night, she is a stand-up comedian featured in comedy festivals and a screenwriter/filmmaker with over a dozen awards from domestic and international film festivals.  On weekends, she hosts comic cons as the lead panelist all over United States, including the San Diego International Comic Con, and she is also a published author with a series of 4 books slated to hit the shelves in 2018 from Hatchette Book Group.

Lei Adeline

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Lei Adeline is an independent writer and director working out of Louisiana. A storyteller at heart, Lei focuses on creating contained tales that push the boundaries of microbudget filmmaking and explore the hilarious, perverse, and sinister truths underlying our relationship with art.

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Staci Layne Wilson

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Staci Layne Wilson was born on August 23, 1976 in Los Angeles, CA. She is an American writer and filmmaker. She began as a magazine journalist, then moved on to being a movie reviewer, celebrity interviewer, red carpet reporter, then making short films, helming music videos, and writing and directing features. She has won awards in a number of festival awards.


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Sara Eustaquio

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Sara Eustaquio, born in September 1999, is a Portuguese young filmmaker aspirant, who is finishing the high school (in arts), in Torres Vedras, a suburban city of Lisbon.

Passionate about photography and movies since the childhood, she shot at 14 her first short film, 'Elizabeth' (about teenage bullying), with a small digital camera. The project began as a simple artistic presentation for an English class in high school. The enthusiasm with which it was received led her to upload it on YouTube. Surprisingly, the homemade video reached over 10,000 views in the first days. See it
here

Since then, she has been involved in some local school and youth associations' video productions.

In May 2016, at 16, Sara released '4242', her first short fiction narrative film. So far, '4242' got 28 international awards, 23 nominations and was officially selected for 111 international film festivals in 30 countries. 


In August, she successfully completed an intensive summer program in filmmaking at New York Film Academy, in New York City, where she made her second narrative fiction, the micro short horror film 'Mirror'. So far, 'Mirror' got 40 international awards, 13 nominations and was officially selected for 88 international film festivals in 21 countries 

In November, Sara was awarded a medal of merit by the mayor of her hometown for her remarkable personal achievements in filmmaking. In January 2017, Sara was awarded another prize of merit by the board of her school for her remarkable personal achievements in filmmaking and inspirational path for Portuguese students.

In Fall 2017, Sara will move to Los Angeles, where she was awarded a scholarship by The Walt and Lilly Disney Foundation, to start her college studies in Film and Video at CalArts (California Institute of The Arts).


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Ben Tobin

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Ben Tobin is a filmmaker from Western Massachusetts. A graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, Tobin returned to Massachusetts to make documentaries about various artists living and working in the Hilltown region of the state. Ben is currently a student at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in Brooklyn, NY. 

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MICHELLE DANYN & EDWARD NYAHAY

Award-Winning Filmmakers


MICHELLE DANYN

Michelle is a Southern California native from Fullerton, Orange County. She studied Theatre and Art History at USC and has since then been active in various film, theatre, and modeling projects.

EDWARD NYAHAY

After graduating Magna Cum Lade from UMass, Boston with an Art Major, Theater Minor and film concentration, he landed his first job in the entertainment industry with writer/director, Zalman King, who literally taught him all aspects of pre-production, production and post.

Edward Nyahay studied on camera acting and voice from some of the best coaches in Los Angeles (Bobbie Shaw Chance, Richard Brander, Max Wasa, Kelle Rhoads) and has created his own techniques based off of everything he learned, and implements them into everything he does from directing film to theater and running Media Arts programs around the country.

Edward Nyahay has written and directed five feature films: BUG BOY ADVENTURES, KRUSH THE SERPENT (NY Film Festival 2002), MUST LOVE HORROR, THE WITCH CHRONICLES, THE WITCH CHRONICLES 2: SPIRITS OF AYAHUASCA, and a few short films including, but not limited to CHINA DOLL HORROR and DRAINED. The Witch Chronicles was picked up for distribution through Adler & Associates Entertainment. He is also the author of the novel WINGS OF FLESH: EXPEL YOUR DEMONS ENJOY THE FLIGHT, published through XLibris.

Also, being in the music industry and creating his own genre called GOTHOLIC, Edward Nyahay has 7 albums distributed through Tate Music Group (iTunes, Amazon…etc.), and brings his love for this medium into his projects. Edward Nyahay has mastered the skills of his own artistic expression and has inspired thousands of students getting them into top film schools around the country.

Edward Nyahay is an up and coming director that will leave you begging for more. 


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Magdalene Burger

Award-Winning Writer



Magdalene Burger is a writer/producer/production designer and aspiring director who wrote Smile, currently based in Austin, TX. She is also a short fiction horror writer and movie maker with a passion for weird and wicked stories.  


Francis Luta

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Francis Luta is an emerging Canadian filmmaker with works ranging from fiction and non-fiction.

His most recent film “Vivid” (2017) a short horror film, produced by Canon Canada for their launch of the EOS C700 cinema camera lensed by award winning cinematographer Jeremy Benning csc (The Expanse, Killing Lincoln) the story is a commentary on mental illness, about one woman’s rapid decline into paranoia. “Attention of Men” (2016) is a short drama about the inner battles with sexuality and religion which stars Adam Kenneth Wilson (Manson, Reign, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments). “Explorer” (2016) a short adventure documentary about modern day explorer Adam Shoalts which premiered at the Victoria Film Festival and Silveron International Film Festival. “The Legendary Mickey Parker” (2016) an introspective documentary about a 97 year old cancer and tuberculosis survivor which premieres at the Windsor Independent Film Festival. “Turbulence” (2016) a short dramedy about a breakup mid-flight which premiered at the Video Drunk Film Festival. “Butterfly” (2015) a short film shot entirely with a drone, explores the theme of grief and the supernatural which premiered at the Flying Robots International Film Festival. “The Story of 90 Sumach” (2015) a short documentary about the history of the CBC design building converted into one of the most iconic lofts in Toronto. “Wolf” (2015) a coming-of-age short mystery film about obsession and sexual urges which premiered at the Newfilmmakers New York Film Festival and archived at Cannes Short Film Corner. “The Hammer Band: Music Child” (2015) a short documentary about the organization that teaches kids learn how to play the violin in low-income neighborhoods of Toronto which won Best Music Video at the Toronto Short Film Festival. “Project Gelb” (2014) a 43 minute documentary about Asian-men-problems available on Amazon and Bell Fibe TV1 which premiered at the Equality International Film Festival in Kiev Ukraine, and “Seeing” (2014) a short film about blindness and revenge, lensed by powerhouse cinematographers Jeremy Benning csc and Adam Marsden csc (River, Hotline Bling Drake music video) produced by Cooke Optics.

With a background in fine arts and graphic design, Francis Luta has exhibited art works in Berlin Germany and Toronto Canada, shows include Toronto International Art Fair, Berliner Kunstsalon and Preview Berlin.


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Keith Martins

Award-Winning Filmmaker




Keith Martins is an award winning independent filmmaker in Michigan, USA. He has been crafting short films and a webseries for 6 years and is preparing to make his first feature this year. Much of his work can be found on the Official YouTube channel of JNP Films here

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Simone Kisiel

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Simone Kisiel is a NYC based filmmaker who graduated with honors from NYU-Tisch with a BFA in Drama and a minor in Creative Writing.


After graduation Simone worked at Stonestreet Studios where she directed two short films (one of which, Quietus, was an official selection at Manhattan Film Festival 2015 and won 'Best Short Film' and the other 'Fashion Nightmare' was an official selection at the Manhattan Film Festival 2016) and edited a feature film, a short and a full length pilot.


In May 2014, Simone became a freelance editor and indie filmmaker. A 12-episode webseries, HOUSED, directed and edited by Simone was an official selection of the Miami Web Fest 2015 and has been nominated for 'Best Mockumentary' and won 'Best Sit-Com'. Simone runs and operates Magic Dog Productions, a production company based in NYC that employs and empowers women and minorities in front of and behind the camera.


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Kevin Murray

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Kevin Murray loves telling stories — as a writer, artist, actor and filmmaker. He has worked on a number of independent films and productions shot in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.


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Jaxon Duron

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Jaxon Duron was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Northwest Arkansas. He graduated from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. He is an Actor/Director currently based in Atlanta, Georgia.


​'The Night Danny Got His Revenge' is his personal love letter to the old school horror genre.


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Anthony Williams

Award-Winning Filmmaker


The Dark Hunger is Anthony Williams' first foray into directing since graduating film school at Northwestern University. He's has written other short films such as Other, which premiered at SXSW, and BODY(S) as well as selling the screenplay The Miami Project to Mosaic Media Group. Additionally, Anthony works in advertising and has earned a Cannes Lion for his project The Unforgotten. 


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Rezwan Abir

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Rezwan Abir is a NY based award winning filmmaker. By training, he is a software engineer, who has a degree in Computer Science from Stony Brook. Besides his passion for technology, he is very passionate about the process of filmmaking and has taught himself the craft of filmmaking. Rezwan watches and studies films regularly. He has written and directed several short films, and publishes them at his website at www.rexonestudios.com.

Rezwan has been influenced by several directors, especially Yasujiro Ozu and Satyajit Ray. He is constantly improving and fine tuning his skill sets and he loves to switch genres. So far he has directed films of Suspense, Fantasy, Musical and Horror genre.

An interesting fact about him is that he has watched every single Oscar winning best picture from the beginning, that would be the year 1927. 


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Adam Chitayat

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Adam Chitayat grew up on Long Island, NY. He studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he started working with many of his longtime collaborators and made his first films.

He has since directed music videos, experimental films, shorts and commercials. He also works as an editor, cutting spots & music videos, and as an occasional producer.

He has his own production company, Rascal Filmworks, and is based out of Brooklyn, NY.


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Shervin Shoghian

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Originally from Tehran, Irán. He graduated from the University of Toronto where he studied film and animation. Shervin is a Visual Effects Compositing Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic in Vancouver and has worked on blockbusters such as Deadpool, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Chronicles of Narnia, X-Men 3, Tron Legacy, Men in Black III and District 9, and is recipient of a Visual Effects Society award. Shervin is a co-director and producer of the short film “Shhh” which won several international awards in film festivals. Shoghian is one of the co-founders at Facet School of Visual Effects and El Diablo VFX in Mexico. He recently completed work on "Leviticus 24:20", his newest film as writer/director.​


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Philippe McKie

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Philippe is an award-winning filmmaker born in Montreal, Canada. 


Since graduating from the Mel-Hoppenheim School of Cinema he has been living and making films in Japan. His films explore multiple genres ranging from psychological-dramas, to period pieces and science fiction. 


Beginning in 2010 with his short-film ARIA, made in his first-year at film-school, his films have been selected in festivals around the world and received multiple prizes and distinctions. 


Since 2011 he has been based in Tokyo, Japan.



David Jeffery​

Award-Winning Filmmaker


David Jeffery is known to his colleagues as one of the hardest working Producer/Directors in Hollywood. When he's not working on "Bones," the quirky forensic series on Fox (225 episodes, including the pilot) or co-producing the upcoming -event mini series, "Prison Break," (also on Fox), Jeffery thrives in the indie movie world, as an award winning filmmaker.

He produced and co-directed the critically acclaimed feature documentary “Lesson Plan: The Story of the Third Wave” which garnered Jeffery two awards, Best Director and Best Feature Documentary at the 2012 Independent Filmmakers Showcase. After playing in dozens of film festivals around the world, "Lesson Plan" is now available on I-tunes distributed by Journeyman Films.

In his first professional effort, Jeffery wrote, produced and directed the horror/thriller “The Last Stop Café” which debuted at the Nashville Film Festival before becoming a popular short on the festival circuit. The film earned numerous awards including three Tellys, a CINE Golden Eagle and the Best Horror Short film prize at Shockerfest. Lead actress Christie Lynn Short received a best actress nomination at the Eerie Horror Film Festival.

David is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He began his career in New York City after receiving his BFA in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. An avid scuba diver, Jeffery resides in Los Angeles. 


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Stéphane Lapointe

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Stéphane Lapointe is a celebrated film and television director and screenwriter from Quebec. He won the Genies Award in 2006 for his debut film "La Vie secrète des gens heureux" (“The Secret Life of Happy People”). He was also nominated for Best Achievement in Direction and Best Original Screenplay at the 27th Genie Awards.

He then went on to direct five seasons of the critically acclaimed TV Series “Tout sur moi”, for which he won the Gémeaux (equivalent of an Emmy) for Best Comedy Director in 2011 and 2012.

His second feature film is a dark comedy called “Les Maîtres du suspense” (“The Masters of Suspense”).



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Bob Sheen

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Seven year old Bob Sheen hails from a lineage of entertainers. The Rake marks his directorial debut. He has always loved the horror gene. He is an avid followers of youtube short films that focus on mythical villains such as The Rake and Slenderman. He is an avid horror video gamer and his favorites include Five Nights At Freddy's and Amnesia.


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Lauren Erwin

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Lauren Erwin is a Louisiana native and NYU Tisch School of the Arts alumna who is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Film Production from the University of New Orleans.


When she’s not writing and directing her own short films, she enjoys working in the production, casting, and camera departments, making promotional trailers for local businesses, and exploring the positive social effects of tabletop roleplaying games.


She is currently in pre-production for her thesis film Camp Shakespeare for Young Performing Artists, a quirky but dark coming of age story inspired by true events, which will be completed in May of 2018.


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Ozlem Altingoz 

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Ozlem Altingoz was born in 1996 in Turkey.


In 2015, Altingoz graduated Private Marmara Vocational High School (radio-tv).


In 2016, she started  New York Film Academy School in Los Angeles. She has shot many films while studying filmmaking. She joined in NYFA  as a director, producer, production coordinator, assistant and a writer. She's currently working on future short films scripts and other projects.

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Liam Nelson

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Liam Nelson is a 17-year-old filmmaker born in Atlanta Georgia. He made his first film at the ripe young age of 9. His influences are Tarantino, Hitchcock, and Kubrick. Liam learned the art of filmmaking from his filmmaking mentors, The Bontrager Twins and with them this year had a short in the Cannes film festival. Liam made "Late Night Television" as a one day project with a group of friends as a way to continue the development of his filmmaking skills. Liam is currently in the development stages of his first feature film, a documentary about Marfan Syndrome.


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Richie Moore

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Richie Moore was born in Portland Oregon USA and grew up between Los Angeles and Portland where he began working first on his father’s crew in 1991. Richie has continued to work as full time film crew for the past 27 years in the camera department with some of his latest credits including:
"Gold" starring Matthew McConaughey 
"Marco Polo" Netflix original TV series 
"No Escape" 
"Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" 
"The Hangover Parts II and III"

Richie has just completed his first feature film “Who’s watching Oliver” as Director.​


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Sebastian Lee

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Sebastian Lee is an Australian filmmaker who has been living and working in Los Angeles for the last 5 years. He currently works for NBCUniversal, and writes/directs horror short films in his spare time.


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Richard Lukacs

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Richard Lukacs is a director, editor, cinematographer and sound designer with a strong affection for surreal symbolism. 
Together with his wife, Samantha Lukacs (producer, production designer and star), he has made numerous micro-budget short films and music videos that have successfully played in the festival circuit.


Thomas Nolle

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Thomas Nolle is an Emmy Award-winning editor by trade, currently working at The Late Late Show with James Corden. He has worked all across Los Angeles and Chicago in varying jobs, from production to camera to post, and it has all helped him gain a larger perspective over the entirety of film-making. This is his 3rd short film he has directed in Los Angeles, and he is incredibly proud of the cast and crew for making this movie especially dark and funny.

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José L. Extremera

Award-Winning Filmmaker


José L. Extremera holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication and a Masters degree in Cinema.


In 2008, he was invited by the DAAD to the “Artist-in-residence” program in Berlin. Since 2013, he has been living and working in Paris. 


"El Rastro" is undoubtedly his most controversial film. It's a reflection on violence and the absurd and randomness of it, from a subject which unfortunately is kind of common in our society.


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Dylan Herin-Soule

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Dylan Herin-Soule is a writer, producer and director who directed Smile. Born in upstate New York, Dylan grew up in Indiana and finally somehow ended up in Texas to pursue a life in filmmaking.

Having an interest in filmmaking at an early age and a passion for telling unique stories that pack an emotional punch, he hopes to be able to bring at least a few of these ideas to fruition.

With over 8 years of film industry experience ranging from producing over a dozen short films along with the feature length Meet Me There, assistant directing on three feature length films as well as a commercial for The Houston Museum of Natural Science. He co-founded his production company A Place Pictures in 2011 with his friend and business partner Avraham Yehuda. He is currently finishing up his third feature length script Mahogany with plans to make it his directorial debut.


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Adam A. Losurdo

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Adam A. Losurdo is an American independent filmmaker living and working in Oslo, Norway. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1983. He moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1990 with his family when he was seven. He graduated high school and completed courses at Scottsdale Community College. He never learned about his lifetime dream as a filmmaker until he moved to Norway in 2010. He has been making low-budget short films for the last four years.

He likes to experiment with genre films such as horrors, thrillers, and sci-fi. He has written, produced, and directed his short films “Shifter” (2014), “Flicker” (2015), and “
Hope” (2016) which is currently ready for festival submissions. He has collaborated with other writers and directors and is currently in the process of writing his first full-feature, in the genre of Horror/Thriller. Adam also has education in Special FX makeup & Creature FX.


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Steven DeGennaro

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Steven DeGennaro’s short film First Date was voted "Best of Fest" by five festival audiences, won a jury award for directing, and was given a special commendation by United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He currently teaches sound design and mixing at The University of Texas at Austin. Found Footage 3D is his first feature.


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Michael J Smith

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Michael is a Director, Producer and Writer who has completed a Diploma of Arts, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen Production) and Honours in Screen Production. He has worked on a number of successful films’, including working as a Co-Producer and Production Manager on the short film Smashed, directed by Sean Lahiff. Smashed had its’ world premiere in the Berlin International Film Festival in 2017 and recently won 5 Awards including Best Film at the 2017 SASA Gala. Michael has worked with Feature Film and Television companies around Australia and is currently developing his debut feature film.

During his time as a filmmaker, Michael has gained significant knowledge of the industry, and has worked in contemporary genre filmmaking.  Michael’s debut short film, The Leaving, has had success both nationally and internationally, having been officially selected in festivals in Adelaide, Los Angeles, Washington, South Carolina and Toronto. 

In 2017 Michael interned with one of Australia’s largest Feature Film and Television companies, Essential Media and Entertainment, where he worked under Academy Award Nominated Producer Joe Weatherstone, and AACTA winning Director, Kriv Stenders on the Documentary Feature Film, The Go Betweens: Right Here. In June 2017, The Go Betweens: Right Here had its’ premiere at the Sydney Film Festival and will soon be screened on ABC TV. 

Michael loves the challenges within the film industry and strives to produce highly creative and engaging content for audiences.


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Dina Amr

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Hi, I’m Dina Amr. I’m half Egyptian and half Belgian. I was born and raised in Egypt and traveled regularly, starting at a young age. Upon finishing college I went to live in Paris before settling into my new home in Los Angeles. 


My directing journey began in 2007 when I began to work towards a bachelor degree in Mass Communication in Broadcasting at Modern Science and art university (MSA) in Egypt. Accordingly, my first experiences behind the camera were directing documentaries and news programs. After taking a few cinema classes my love shifted from documentary to film,  I realized that storytelling through film is a stronger way to spread my message and be able to bring people together to have an understanding of one another by the collaboration of diverse artists to bring a story to life that would reach people's hearts.


I then embarked on her 2-year journey towards a master's degree in Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. I fell more in love with Directing and more in love with other aspects of filmmaking like Writing and Producing. I worked on various projects award winning projects and looking forward to more.


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Kyle Farscht

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Kyle Farscht is an award-winning high school student filmmaker from Millburn, NJ.  "Slash" is his first true horror film and was thrilled that it received an honorable mention in the 2017 Spotlight Horror Film Festival.  He likes creating films with a little edge and is inspired by shows like American Horror Story and Black Mirror.  Most recently his film "Entree" won 2nd place for short narrative in the 2017 NJ Young Filmmakers Festival, "Soulfege -  The A Cappella Experience" won 2nd place at the 2017 Millburn Film Fest and was a finalist in the 2017 NJ High School Film Festival for documentary,  "Flash" was official selection of the 2017 Millburn Film Festival, "Watercolors" was an official selection of the 2016 All American High School Film Festival, and "Paranoid" was an official selection of the 2016 Millburn Film Festival. 


He continues to work on his craft and is going to be working on a commercial project for a beauty company this summer to help pay for more equipment. He will graduate high school in 2019 and hopes to pursue filmmaking in college and beyond.


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