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Sean Brown & Luke Gosling

Award-Winning Filmmakers


Sean and Luke began writing and directing together in 2012, making a number of short films including their short film ‘Athena’ (2015) which was among the official selection for the 40th Boston Sci-Fi film festival. It was at this stage that they decided that the time was right to make their debut feature film Blood Myth.

Sean Brown started his career working for ITV in post-production, working on shows such as, A Touch of Frost, BBC’s Life on Mars, and Bronson (2008). He continued making short films while working at the Northern Film School.

Luke Gosling entered the film industry as a model maker but after making a series of short films, writing and directing became his focus.


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Oldrich Antos

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Oldrich was born in Trebic, Czech republic, on the 29th of February 1984. During studies at secondary school he wrote and directed 2 stage plays. He finished University of economics in Prague and he spent more than 10 years in online business. He has been running his own online company since 2009. However his love has allways been film, so he spent another 2 years studying production at FAMU and then during a summer workshop in 2016 at Prague film school, he finally made his debut movie The Traitor, a short gangster movie.


Tonny Vanderavert

Award-Winning Filmmaker


As a self-taught filmmaker I spent my childhood goofing around with a camera, some toys and a scale model scenery I build with my father. For as long as I remember, the magic of filmmaking has always been a part of my life.

After a lot of trial and error I gradually learned a lot about films. Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, the Coen brothers and many others have inspired me along the way.

I decided to start making my own films after a few years working as a freelancer for television. I am looking forward to create many more films and become a better director and storyteller. 


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Shane Taylor

Award-Winning Filmmaker


My love of photography began as a teenager where I could be found taking pictures of pretty much everything imaginable with my trusted Canon FTb. Yes, it was still film in those days, and instant gratification was not a 'thing' discussed in photography circles.

It required learning the craft deeply, like film properties, shutter speeds, f/stops, depth of field, focal lengths, lighting, and a host of other technical aspects of photography, so that when you left the field or a client left your studio, you were confident you had what you came for. After many years of honing my eye and upgrading both my knowledge of the art, and my equipment, I became comfortable both in the studio and on location in commercial photography.

My current passion is the moving image; filmmaking in particular. Starting in 2007, and in cooperation with a local production company, I produced and directed a couple of commercials for a small business I own jointly with my wife. My interest only grew as digital cameras became more capable and affordable.

I started getting my hands really dirty about 6 years ago through personal projects and self-study of all aspects of filmmaking, from pre-production, through production, and post-production.

I'm passionate about learning, and am happiest when I am challenged to learn something new, or when expanding my expertise through intense self-study and hands-on experience. After spending many years working as a scientist, I've learned that, although just doing it can be a successful way of approaching things, attacking any new project with a solid foundation of technical knowledge has served me well.



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Ayman Tamano

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Ayman Tamano is a freelance Videographer & Director based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. After winning second place in a video competition conducted by Saudi Film Organization and Hyundai KSA in 2012, he decided to pursue a career in the Professional Film Industry & has directed over 50 corporate films (Advertisement, Event Coverages & Corporate documentaries) since then.

On his 4th year as a Film Maker, he was finally given the opportunity to direct his first feature film "Madayen."​


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Iannis Aliferis

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Iannis Aliferis studied Creative Writing at Middlesex University in London and has completed acting courses in Western Australia at the WAAPA and at The Bull Academy in London. He has performed on stage and in various independent films, most notably in projects for Borderline Shorts Ltd and Evergreen Media Europe Ltd. Acting and writing were followed by a large interest in the actual formation of film projects, so in 2009 Iannis completed various film-making courses at Raindance and also attending the Guerilla Film-making Masterclass Weekend course. In 2009 Iannis directed his short script 'Exodus', which was produced by Borderline Shorts Ltd, a film that won the Johnson Trophy for Drama in the same year and a BIAFF 4 Star Award in 2010. He followed that by writing, producing and directing the feature play 'A Priest in Love' which was performed in The Network Theatre in Waterloo. Iannis has produced various short movies since then, has written and directed 'Lady Crimson', 'Ambrosia', 'Ethel' and most recently the horror short 'Flesh'. He has directed 'Six Seconds To Die' and written and starred in 'Headz'.


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Marco Rosson

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Marco Rosson is a director born in 1984 in the little city of Voghera, Italy. After having attended the Cinema and Television Civic School of Milan, he debuts as a director with his first short film METASTASI which receives numerous awards including best director under 30. 
In 2012 he debuts with his first feature film NEW ORDER, a sci-fi movie starring Italian legend Franco Nero. The motion picture is distributed in the US and Asia by Midnight Releasing. 
In 2014 he shoots INSIDE THE WINE a documentary on the vinification process commissioned by the Italian Oltrepò Pavese wine district. The project is sponsored by the Consortium for the Protection of Oltrepò Pavese Wines. 
After having worked with music videos and commercials in the past years, 2016 marks the director's comeback into moviemaking with the horror feature film SHANDA’S RIVER.


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Steve Boyle

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Born in Brisbane, Australia, Steve has had a long and successful career in Special Makeup FX. His company, Steve Boyle Studios has created the FX for films such as Daybreakers, Predestination, Jungle, Guardians Of The Tomb, and most recently Winchester. Steve has continued his love for Filmmaking by moving into writing and Directing. AVULSION allows him to combine his love of writing, directing and Special FX. He is currently prepping his directorial debut, THE OPPRESSION. 


Henry Steedman

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Henry Steedman is 37 and lives in Reading, UK. He is an award-winning Director with a background in photography. After studying Fine Art he went on to teach himself camera work and editing, becoming self employed as a film maker in 2010.
He works mostly in corporate films – working for the likes of Microsoft, Cisco and other global brands, making case studies and marketing films.
He also directs and edits commercials and music videos, with over 2m views on Youtube.
With a passion for films, especially horror, he has written, produced and directed The Scottish Play – a short film based on a script he has written for a feature length version. He is also working on scripts for a drunk werewolf film and a chiller set aboard the Marie Celeste. Influences include John Landis, Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi, for their blend of dark humour and visceral horror. 

Rory Douglas Abel

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Rory Abel has worked on a variety of projects from internet videos and independent films to public and cable television. He’s worked for companies such as iVillage, IGN, Lifetime Television, NBC Universal, IPG Mediabrands and A&E Networks. He's currently employed by Us Weekly Magazine as their Senior Video Editor and Motion Graphic Designer.

His feature horror film "Phobia" is available on DVD and streaming services from RLJ/Image Entertainment. His short documentary, “In Glass,” which dealt with a fused glass artist’s struggle with throat cancer, won Best Documentary at the Mad Dragon Film Festival and took 3rd place in the Best Documentary category at the Firstglance Philadelphia Film Festival as well. His short horror films “Love Story” and "Apathy Breeds Contempt" have screened across the United States in numerous festivals. "Apathy Breeds Contempt" can currently be seen on the digital cable channel American Horrors.


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Nick Barrett

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Nick Barrett is an independent film maker living and working in London. His previous film Pearl had a London cinema premiere at the Crouch end Art House and Mild Mannered has recently had several succesful London screenings. His recently completed third project, Devil Town, is clocking up the international festival screenings and awards and garnering many excellent reviews across the web. 


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2017 Filmmakers in the Spotlight

Erik Bloomquist

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Erik is a two-time New England Emmy® Award winner, eight-time nominee, and former Top 200 Director on HBO's Project Greenlight. His tongue-in-cheek, film noir-infused television series, The Cobblestone Corridor (for which Erik serves as showrunner and lead actor) is the winner of three New England Emmy® Awards and recipient of nine nominations. Recent theatre directing includes The 39 Steps (Connecticut Critics Circle nominee) at the Ivoryton Playhouse and Footloose at Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, MO.

Film and television acting credits include The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements (PBS), Secrets of the Arsenal (American Heroes Channel), and Sorority Nightmare (Lifetime). Recent theatre productions include the American premiere of Calendar Girls, the world premiere of Rear Window (starring Kevin Bacon), and Tony-winner Darko Tresnjak's celebrated mounting of Hamlet at Hartford Stage.

Erik has served as adjunct faculty at Trinity College and Artist-in-Residence at Avon Old Farms School. Erik graduated cum laude from Trinity and is an alumnus of the London Dramatic Academy in London, England. Upcoming work includes debut feature, Long Lost.


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Michael Trainotti

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Director / Writer / Editor Michael Trainotti is an industry professional specializing in production, post-production, and technical operations. He began his formative years in the production department at Lightstorm Entertainment, diving into every imaginable area of the filmmaking process.

As a firm believer to always keep pushing forward and stretching boundaries to learn and grow, Michael enjoys the complexity and nuances of the filmmaking process with family and industry friends. Whether writing and/or directing personal projects, helping people get their projects to the finish line, or working with his sons on their projects, it’s a passion that keeps life interesting and highly creative.




Marcos Muñoz Flores

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Marcos Muñoz Flores was born on March 17th, 1982 in Mexico City. He studied Graphic Design and specialized in Marketing at Universidad Tecnológica de México. For 10 years now, he’s been the general director of DomiStudio agency. In 2013, he started Voyboy Animation and made his first independent animation series. 
During the years 2014 and 2015, he studies a one-year intensive Film Career at Asociación Mexicana de Cineastas Independientes (AMCI). 
He has taken part in the short documentary film “La Casa Cósmica” as the Sound Recording Man and in the short fiction film “El Arte de Vivir como Sofía” as the Director’s First Assistant. 
The short film “El Carroñero” (a.k.a. “The Scavenger”) is his first horror short film production where he used several technical processes.


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Mitchell Vincent Slan 

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Mitchell Vincent Slan was born and raised with an undying love for the horror genre. A true horror geek at heart, Mitchell has been writing and directing horror films for the last 3 years and has begun to find his place in the horror community.

"Balloon" is currently playing at film festivals internationally and is finding incredible success in the horror festival circuit.


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Nate Schrader

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Nate Schrader is a senior film student and will be attending his last semester at Stevenson University, this fall. The horror genre has always interested Nate since he was a lad, growing up with classics such as Halloween, Night of the Living Dead and Psycho to name a few. Nate hopes to break into the horror industry and create new macabre stories to send chills down peoples' spines.

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Brian Conley

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Brian Conley is the founder and principal of The Conley Company, LLC. The Conley Company is a multi-media production and entertainment company headquartered in Pasadena, California. Current projects in development include the feature films, A New York Christmas, The Basement, Us, and The Vanishing (at Cape May).

Prior to founding The Conley Company, Conley was founder and principal of Apollo Creative Group, a multi-media holding company that has owned and operated numerous online, marketing and newspaper interests in the US, UK and Canada.

A published novelist and screenwriter, Conley is the founder of the Brian M. Conley Young Writer’s Institute at the University of Tennessee. He has served on numerous philanthropic boards, including the Board of Visitors of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, his alma mater.


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Gary Reich 

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Gary Reich has produced and directed numerous short films and television series for the BBC, including 'How Not To Live Your Life'. He also directed the low budget feature film 'Uncle David' which was distributed by Peccadillo, played at 12 film festivals and won Best Film and Best Actor at the Cheries Cheries festival in Paris. 'Wytch' was shot over 2 days with no script , every word improvised and every scene shot once in one take. 
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Pete Jacelone

Award-Winning Filmmaker


PETE JACELONE was in born in New Jersey in 1953. His initial involvement in independent film making was as an actor in Timothy O’Rowe’s GHOUL SCHOOL (1990). He played various small parts in JR Bookwalter’s POLYMORPH (1996) and BLOODLETTING (1997), as well as in several “Seduction Cinema” productions including TITANIC 2000 (1999), and PLAYMATE OF THE APES (2002). His directorial debut was PSYCHO SISTERS (1998). He subsequently produced and directed DEAD STUDENTS SOCIETY (1999), THE EROTIC MIRROR (2002), BEEF: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT (2007), SCULPTURE (2009), CREEPY CLOWNS (2016), as well as numerous short films.
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René Ashton

Award-Winning Filmmaker


René Ashton is a woman of multiple talents and interests. Her passion for acting has landed her more than 100 commercials and dozens of network television shows. 

Not only does René act, she writes her own material. Her first film, the romantic comedy, BE MY BABY starring herself and Lacey Chabert is available on DVD and television worldwide. In 2010 she had three features optioned which lead her to form her own production company, Abundant Media, LLC. Since then René has joined the WGA and written and produced three spec television pilots. MILF MONEY, starring herself and Missi Pyle, won 10 out of 13 festivals entered. SPERM DONOR stars Alan Thicke, Missi Pyle, David Liesure, Simon Rex, and René. ACTORS ANONYMOUS, stars herself, Sally Kirkland and Lorenzo Lamas, it won the 3 festivals entered, including an offer for a development deal w/VH1. Her romantic comedy, SHRINK-ISH was just optioned and René will star in the film in 2018. But wait, there's more...her comedic drama, BOY’S NAME, is next in the pipe line. 

Directing seemed to be the next natural course of things, so René wrote, produced and directed the short film, SERIAL DATER and most recently completed writing/directing/producing/acting in the web series, 40’S AND FAILING. 

René has taken another direction with her writing skills, penning books. LIGHTS, CAMERA… YOU! MAKE MONEY DOING TV COMMERCIALS IN LOS ANGELES OR ANY TOWN, USA and HOW TO STOP HATING YOUR EX SO YOU CAN CO-PARENT IN PEACE, are both available on Amazon and in various bookstores.


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Neil Ely & Lloyd Eyre-Morgan​
Award-Winning Filmmakers



Neil Ely 
Neil is a Manchester based writer/ director. He co-wrote and produced romantic comedy Three In A Bed, which won the Audience Favourite award at the Cinema Diverse film festival. The film was released on DVD, reaching No1 in the UK and US Amazon LGBT film charts. Recently, Neil garnered critical acclaim for writing/directing short film Mirrors, Mirrors was premiered at London’s prestigious BFI Flare LGBT film festival to rave reviews, and came highly recommended by the Iris Prize Festival for Best Short Film.

Lloyd Eyre-Morgan
Writer/Director Lloyd Eyre-Morgan trained at UCLA Film School his movies have received showings and release at: Picturehouse Cinemas London and Cineworld North West.

Lloyd’s movies have had large worldwide DVD Sales e.g.: Dream On – TLA Releasing 2012 – Best selling DVD in UK, with release Europe, USA

In 2015 Lloyd wrote and directed BAFTA accredited short film Closets which recently won the prestigious IRIS Prize Best of British – winning £14,000 to spend at Pinewood Studios on post production for his next film i.e. KILL PILL. (Closets is currently being developed into a feature film) .

Closet is set for cinema release by Peccadillo Pictures in July 2016 as part of a film collection and is to be released on DVD Worldwide and iTunes. Closets is also currently being shown around schools after winning the IRIS Youth Jury Award Prize



Leah Pollack

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Leah Pollack was born in Little Rock, Arkansas September 3rd 1992. From an early age she had a fascination with visual story telling through film and television but started out in traditional stage theater. She began film making in 2011 while attending the Parkview Magnet High School for Arts and Sciences. She started attending SCAD in 2013 for Film and Television and won the SCAD Narrative Thesis Award for her short film “The Scarecrow. She will graduate in Spring 2018 with a B.F.A in Film and Television


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Dan Sellers

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Dan Sellers is the President of Wreak Havoc Productions, a small film production company out of Greensboro, North Carolina. Dan started his career in filmmaking with the horror-comedy feature film, "Hank vs. The Undead" in 2014, which was followed-up with the short "Hank vs. Dracula." In 2015, Dan wrote and directed the short "Dark Heat" which was included in the feature film anthology "Witching Hour II." In 2016, Dan produced and directed the feature documentary, "Sammie the Comic Book Man," which has won several festival awards. Dan's latest short, "Midnight Shift" is a found footage style horror film about an exorcism caught on a police body-cam.

Dan is also the Director of the Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival, a venue for international shorts and feature films in the horror genre. Also, Dan is the co-host of the Wreak Havoc Film Buffs Podcast with his producing partner, Sammie Cassell, and is the producer and host of the upcoming, Carolina Haints Podcast. Dan is currently writing his next feature film, "The Boogeyman of Black Mountain.


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Robert Kelley

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Founder of Rogue Route, collaborating on my first short with Adam Ragsdale. We want to bring a realism to our films without sacrificing production value. There's nothing I enjoy more than taking an long kept idea from a script to the screen.


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Todd Redenius

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Todd Redenius a Seattle based movie maker and musician. His experience so far includes 14 movies ranging from horror,drama, thriller, comedy/horror and suspense. These movies range from 2 minutes to 70 minutes.


'My goals are simple, do it yourself and shoot everything your way and have fun doing it. You don't need a studio or millions of dollars to make a movie. You can make movies and learn the technical aspects as well as honing your story telling skills. There's nothing wrong with developing your talent that way, just buy a camera and go make the movie you want to make.'

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Justin T. Bowler 

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Justin T. Bowler is an award winning film producer and theatre director. While earning his BFA in Theatre at UCSB, Justin got his professional producing start working under an Academy Award winner in Santa Barbara. During his career at the production company, he cowrote and coproduced edutainment videos for developmentally disabled adults. Shortly thereafter, he moved to LA. As a writer, he has written/cowritten countless edutainment videos, a few short films (two currently making the rounds on the Film Festival circuit) and a feature. Most recently, he produced the award winning short, Touch, which was accepted to over 30 festivals, and won 6 awards.

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Caleb Turner

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Caleb is a 19-year-old aspiring filmmaker, credited with making dumb videos with his friends. The Projection is his first attempt at a professional looking, cohesive short film, and he's excited to hopefully continue to make more like it!


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Angel Dillemuth & 

Nectarios Leonidas

Award-Winning Filmmakers


Angel Dillemuth (Producer, Director, Writer, Actor) was born in the Bronx, New York. He received his B.A. in Acting at Lehman College and M.F.A. in Acting from the Actor's Studio Drama School, primarily studying under Susan Aston and Elizabeth Kemp. Upon graduating with his M.F.A. Angel worked with his coach Nico Hartos, until he passed away. Currently, he is studying with Paul Calderon and Catherine Calderon. 
   
As an Actor he has been blessed to work with established veterans such as, but not limited to Jim Caviezel, Michael Ealy, Tim Guinee, budding new stars, Shawn Brown, Winston Duke, Jas Anderson and more. His credits include Off-Off Broadway, Off-Broadway, short films, indie films, Television shows including Power, The Blacklist, and Person of Intrest. 
  
He is a new director/screenwriter in film and co-directed his first short horror film "Night Runners". His next writing/directing projects include "Don't Wet the Bed" and series "The Dark". He has also recently been cast in an episode of a hit Netflix Television show.

Nectarios Leonidas (Co-Director) was born in Rhodes, Greece and studied at the University of Connecticut. In the mid 90s, he moved to New York City to pursue filmmaking, where he attended the School of Visual Arts. After SVA, he continued his training on high profile films, like “Basquiat” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces.”

As an award-winning filmmaker in his own right. His shorts, commercial and feature film, “Black Site,” have appeared in numerous film festivals, and broadcast markets around the world. He has worked with different musical artist and brands to bring their visions to life.

As a video editor with over 10+ years experience, he has worked on independent films like “Blueprint,” which was nominated for an IFP Gotham award for best film in 2007 and “Salud,” which won Best Screenplay at the 2009 Beverly Hills Film Festival. Most recently, he worked on the award-winning shorts, “Redeploy, ” and “Paper Wrap Fire.” Additionally, he helped craft the rough cut and teaser trailer, for the award winning feature, “Front Cover.”

He has freelanced on different documentaries, news shows, non-profits, web series, corporate and promos for a variety of clients ranging from broadcast to high-end corporate and government agencies. In all the videos, his focus is on telling a compelling story to the target audience.


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Robert Howat

Award-Winning Filmmaker


I am a director and writer based in Central Scotland. I draw upon various sources including history and mythology for inspiration to create character driven stories and engaging visuals. I am particularly interested in a strong feminine presence in film.


Films include:

​Career Opportunity: The Protégé 2017 (Short film. Director, producer, writer) 
Robber Girls 2016 (Short film. Director, writer) 
Career Opportunity 2016 (Short film. Director, producer, writer) 
Junction 2016 (Short film. Director, producer, writer) 
Out Of His Tree 2016 (Short film. Director, producer, writer) 
Chalice 2015 (Short film. Director, producer, writer) 
Sacred Birth 2014 (Short film. Director, producer, writer) 
The Prayer 2012 (Short film. Producer, writer) 
Executive Killing 2011 (Short film. Director, writer)


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Jarno Lee Vinsencius

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Born and raised in Sweden, Jarno Lee Vinsencius began his passion for film making when his Indonesian father brought home a Super 8MM projector. Jarno's first movie he experienced was the original King Kong from 1933, a 20-min version. He was then mesmerized by the magical world of motion pictures when Star Wars was introduced 1977.

In the late 90's J.L.V. moved to United States where he attended film school. After graduating he returned to Sweden where he started his own production company, JLV Pictures. Jarno has directed and produced several successful music videos. Currently, Jarno is finishing his first feature film, Evil Rising, which he wrote, produced and directed. Evil Rising will be released early 2017. Darkness Falls was written, cinematography, directed, edited, and produced by Jarno Lee Vinsencius.


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Adam O'Brien

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Adam is a multi award-winning film and television Director/Producer in both live action and animation. With more than 16 years of experience he has established himself as a capable and seasoned veteran with a strong understanding of visual effects, motion capture and 3D.

It is with a constant attention to rhythm and aesthetics than Adam approaches his craft. As a story-teller first and foremost, Adams goal is to engage the viewer, take them on an enjoyable journey through the use of original and unique narratives - regardless of the style or genre.

His critically acclaimed short films have screened at over 50 international film festivals including Fantasia, Film Quest, Shriekfest and RI International film Festival.


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Damon Rickard

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Damon's directorial debut, The Tour, premiered at festival giant Fright Fest in London's West End. It went on to play some of the largest genre festivals in the world such as Screamfest in LA, Horrorthon in Dublin and Rio Grinde in Canada. 
The film also went on to pick up numerous nominations and awards whilst also being nominated for best horror short 2014 by The Fright Meter Awards. 
His follow up, The Package, premiered at the Fright Fest Halloween event, opened Horrorthon and won best short at The Weekend of Horrors in Germany. The Package was nominated for best horror short for 2015 with The Fright Meter Awards. Damon is the only short filmmaker to have been nominated two years in a row. 
Dissociative, his third short film, also premiered at Fright Fest and went on to win Outstanding Horror Short at the Dazed 4 Horror festival. Dissociative was filmed as part of an ambitious project where Damon filmed three short films in one weekend. The other two are currently in post production. 
In early 2017 Damon was asked to be a part of the Soska Sisters (American Mary) annual “Blood Drive PSA” where select filmmakers are chosen to submit work to a chosen them. For the 2017 release, the Soska’s commissioned a music track to which each filmmaker did their own video. The end result was an edit of selections from each video, with each filmmakers full video being released on the back of it. 
His latest short, Stolen is getting its World Premier at the prestigious FilmQuest festival in Utah.


Doug Wilder​

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Doug Wilder is a filmaker from the Washington, DC area. He is currently the education director of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and the founder/Director of Crash of Rhinos Productions, a film and theater collective in Washington, DC.

After failing out of medical school, Doug went into a life on the stage. In 13 years in the Washington, DC area, Doug performed in and directed a combined total of 163 plays and musicals, including several original works. Doug has been nominated for three Helen Hayes awards for excellence in acting for the stage, winning the 2014 Helen Hayes award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in 'One Man Two Guv'nors.

Doug began transitioning to a life in the film industry in 2011, and has now directed and written over 50 short films. Like many aspiring filmmakers, Doug got his start in the local 48 Hour Film Project, which he won in 2014 and 2016. He has won several smaller film festivals in the United States, including the Grove Film Festival for his short film 'The Situation Room', and the Christian Film Festival in Newport News for his short film 'St. Miranda'.

Lying Dormant is Doug's first feature film as a director, having previously written and acted in the feature film 'Life as We Know It', which is planning a 2018 festival run of it's own.

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Matthew E. Robinson

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Matthew E. Robinson was born and raised in the melting pot of New Orleans. With a Colombian mother and his family's distinct cultural influence, Matt's sense of normal was different than most. As a result, he was drawn to films and filmmakers that went against the grain. Matt makes films that engage audiences, and challenge them to think critically. He uses genre to tell personal stories. After graduating from Colgate University, where he won the Film & Media Studies Award, Matthew Robinson worked in the local film industries of New Orleans and Austin for two years. His work included commercials, television, and feature films, including "Midnight Special," "Kidnap", "Into The Badlands," and "Our Brand Is Crisis." He graduated in 2017 with an MFA in Film Production from Florida State University, with a specialization in Directing. 



Joshua Cleave​

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Born in Gloucester, Joshua has always had a Passion for film and animation. He was always playing with vhs cameras and remaking his favourite films as a teenager. 
He began his working career as a car mechanic working along side his dad at his car garage. 
He then became fabrication welder, which he still works as today. 
It was later in his twenties that he finally decided bite the bullet and pursue his love of writing and directing and handed in his notice and moved to Leeds to study film and television production at the Northern Film School, where he specialised in script writing, cinematography and directing. 
Since then he has written and directed several award winning short films (the Lolly Ranger 2014 and Time 2015) as well as continuing to work full time as a welder.



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Amriy Ramadhan

Award-Winning Filmmaker


I am a director and writer based in Central Amriy Ramadhan is a self-taught director, who also learned the knowledge of filmmaking through film workshops and from his experiences in working for TV commercials industry since 2010.

He has won a few National/Local short video and music video contests, and has also participated in some of National and International short film competitions. His recent achievement was in 2016, taking 3rd Place Winner in Festival Iklan Bukalapak (Bukalapak’s Commercial Festival) in a 30 second video titled “Pahlawan Keluarga”. But he is best known for his work in “Sandekala”, as his first debut in directing and writing a horror short film -- that has achieved an award as Audience’s Choice Winner in XXI Short Film Festival (2016).

Now, this 27 year old young man, would like to present another short horror film titled “Rep-Repan: A Demonic Visitation.” -- with the hope to once again scare and at the same time, entertain the audiences.


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Andrew Bassett 

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Andrew Bassett grew up in Montana and went to film school in Bozeman. After traveling through Europe and living in LA for the film scene, he is back in Montana and working at a local production company in Missoula. Loon is the first movie he has directed, written and shot on his own.

Lilian Langston grew up in Montana and went to school for journalism and film in Missoula. After being a local news reporter in Missoula, living in Washington DC for a few months striving to work in politics, she is back in Montana and working for a local Missoula production company. Lilian helped a bit on the movie "I'm A Patriot" in 2014 as an associate producer. Loon is the first film she has co-directed, written and produced.


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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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Jeff Lyon

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Jeff Lyon is an experienced filmmaker, writer and long-time horror movie aficionado.

His short films have appeared in several festivals, including the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Tortured Artists, and Undershorts. He was co-producer and Director of Photography on the House That Jack Built (short) (2009), which screened on the 2009 Halloween Episode of Director’s Cut on PBS and in the 2010 Phoenix Comicon Film Festival.

Jeff’s fiction has been published in The Best Underground Fiction: Volume One, next to writers such as Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), and Elizabeth Crane (All This Heavenly Glory).


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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.




Matthew Mark Hunter Jr

Award-Winning Filmmaker


I am a 17 year old boy in the 12th grade that goes to Garfield Heights High School and Cuyahoga Valley Career Center for film. My first film was in 7th grade called Puppets Of Darkness and then my next was Cricket Boy in 9th grade but Apples is the one short film I am most proud of as a start of my career. Now this is one big project to do that I had an idea for since I was 12. I am happy to bring back some actors from Apples. I am also in the indie film She was so pretty: Be good for goodness sake with Dirt Candy Productions and I played Christian Miller. I love all the 80's horror films, especially the really weird ones are the best. I am very proud of everything I have done and can't wait to expand it.

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Tanuj Chopra

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Tanuj Chopra’s first feature film PUNCHING AT THE SUN about South Asian teenagers coming of age in Elmhurst, Queens premiered at Sundance, Tribeca and won the grand jury prize at the San Francisco International Asian American Film festival. Variety called the fiery debut “a display of talent that's distinctive, original and iconoclastic.”

Tanuj's recent award winning feature films GRASS and CHEE AND T were both acquired by genre leader Comedy Dynamics. CHEE AND T premiered at 2016 LAFF (comedy award) and played at Urbanworld, San Diego Asian American film festival (Best Picture) Cinequest, Outfest, Omaha, Atlanta, CAAMfest and VC film fest. Grass also screened at CAAMfest, VC film fest (best editing) and Austin Asian American film fest (best picture).

Other award winning titles he's directed include BUTTERFLY, CLAP CLAP, and 2 ITVS Futurestates films TEACHER IN A BOX and PIA about a runaway genderbending android. He is also the co-writer, director, and editor of the popular episodic female comedy mini-series NICE GIRLS CREW. 


In his downtime, he facilitates the NEW VOICES FOR YOUTH filmmaking initiative, a program dedicated to empowering creativity and civic engagement for teenagers. He holds a BA in Art Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA in film direction from Columbia University where he was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship.

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Connor Strader

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Connor Strader is an aspiring horror-comedy independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. He has a record of unique experience in the film industry and has worked on and off set in various production roles. He currently works full time directing game capture footage to be used in trailers and advertisements for major video game titles. His short films have been official selections of the Famous Monsters of Filmland Film Festival (2014) and the Scare-A-Con Horror Film Festival (2012). His work is available on Vimeo and YouTube.

Alex Goyette

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Sixteen years ago, he picked up a camera, and never stopped creating. 85 shorts and 2 movies later his work has been featured on Netflix, Nickelodeon, MTV and The Today Show. Last year, he wrote and directed "Expelled" which topped the digital sales charts to become the #1 movie worldwide on iTunes. In 2013 his Ford commercial won the "Best Commercial" award for the Fiesta Movement campaign. His passion for filmmaking has garnered him experience in many fields but to him these are just tools to service the most important part of the story; the characters.


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Jax Price

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Jax Price is an aspiring filmmaker from Boca Raton, Florida. His interest in theatre and film started in high school when he was cast in various roles in productions such as Guys and Dolls, The Wizard of Oz, and Shrek the Musical. In 2014 he co-starred in the movie The Town Inside with veteran actor Gregory Alan Williams and caught the "director's bug" while working on the project. In 2015 he began writing and producing his own short films, focusing on horror and science fiction. He will pursue his passion this fall as a freshman at Lynn University where he is majoring in film and cinematography. Caution: Spikes is his first film festival entry.


Paulo Biscaia Filho

Award-Winning Filmmaker


M.A. at Royal Holloway University of London. Professor at Faculdade de Artes do Paraná, Brazil for Film and Theatre. Head of Cinemateca de Curitiba for 9 years. Director and playwright for his company Vigor Mortis Mortis since 1997. Winner of 8 Troféu Gralha Azul (Paraná State Stage Award) for Morgue Story and Graphic. Winner of several international film awards for his feature films Nervo Craniano Zero(Best Director at New Orleans Horror Film Festival and Best Feature at Montevideo Fantastico, among others) and Morgue Story (Best Horror Feature at the International Illinois Film Festival)


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Wiro Berriatúa

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Wiro Berriatúa (Madrid, Spain, 02/03/1973) University Bachelor of Fine Arts. “Defuncionary” (2017) is his third short film after “The Old Man and the DustDust” (2015) and “Shadows of the Future” (2012).

As a cinematographer he has worked on feature films and several short films of Pablo Llorca, Fernando Merinero, Julio Diamante.


In film, video and advertising has worked as a filmmaker, production, camera, lighting, gaffer, electrician, art department, editing, sound, special effects… And also works on Spanish Cinema Research since 2001.


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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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Jose Andres Cortes

Award-Winning Filmmaker


José is a young photographer passionate about psychology and horror movies. Since very young, he developed a special fascination for the aesthetics horror movies involved and the psychological aspects that most of its characters might have. He believes that horror movies can contain interesting stories, having nothing to envy to dramas. José is Multimedia Engineer focused in Special FX from Colombia, while working in postproduction processes, he discovered that framing a story from the beginning with a creative atmosphere was what he found more interesting. He found in photography the chance of creating stories with one still image and with very few resources. Now days, he studying to become a cinematographer and continue creating all those atmospheres he made before, now for a real motion picture.


Tommy Groth

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Tommy Groth is a former resident of New Jersey, now an Atlanta based actor and occasional writer/director of short films. Represented by The Jana VanDyke Agency, he has appeared in television shows, films, and commercials.


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EK Scarfone

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Writer / Director / Producer, E.K. Scarfone was raised in California. She completed the certificate program in Screenwriting at UCLA Extension in 2001, but had to forsake the dream in order to earn a living. After many years as a Digital Strategist, she returned to the dream, currently halfway through an MFA program in Filmmaking and Producing. She started pursuing film race projects outside of school. After earning a Top 15 Finalist laurel on the 72-Hour Horror Film Race, her team’s film “Gratuity” won “Best Student Film.” A few months later, she directed the award-winning mockumentary, “Nawthwest Bounty Hunters.’ for the 48-Hour Film Project, Seattle (2017).

She is currently in preproduction on three short films, including a Sci-Fi/Horror “creature” film (short). Upcoming projects include a Sci-Fi/Horror feature film and a Sci-Fi TV series.

Antoine Osorio & 

Paul-andré Robin

Award-Winning Filmmakers


Antoine Osorio studied history of cinema at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris. He then graduated from DESRA (Diploma State School of Audio-visual Direction) in 2009, a French hands-on directing school where he learnt filmmaking. During five years, he worked as assistant director, unit manager or set designer for several movies and TV shows. Two years ago, he created the website Au Coeur de l'Horreur (In the Heart of Horror), where he shares his passion for horror movies. Au Coeur de l’Horreur is also an association of production of horrific short films. “Meat” is its first movie.

Paul-André is a director, writer, and steadicam operator. He gets the DESRA (Diploma State School of Audio-visual Direction) in 2009. Next, he directed his first short film, “Hat Story”, a thriller, and several other short films later. As operator and operator steadicam, Paul-André is always looking for new ways to frame, to stage and test their own vision of the scenography. He is an expert in different shooting : shoulder camera, aerial shooting (experience in a Helicopter), and vehicles (experience snowmobile and Quad.) His career has allowed him to meet many directorial feature films such as Olivier Marchal, Philippe Lioret, Fred Cavayé, Christophe Barratier, etc … These unique experiences have allowed him to expand his knowledge of acting, and direction of actor, and enable him to communicate fully with both actors and technicians.


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Michael Mortimer

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Michael Mortimer has written eight feature length screenplays, one of which he directed into a low budget film called IN THE DARK (view the award-winning trailer here: https://vimeo.com/28559282). He's also written several shorts, one of which he directed into ten minute film called NOWHERE MAN. In June 2016, he graduated from Wilkes University with an M.A. in Creative Writing/Screenwriting. His short screenplay CHIMERA was a finalist in the 2016 Shriekfest Horror Film Festival. His most recent project is the short film MOTION LIGHT. He's currently developing an idea for a limited tv series. 


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Michael Oshins

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Michael Oshins is a SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory graduate with four-plus years of experience on professional and commercial productions. He has worked on dozens of short films, features, commercials and industrials. Some of his most known work is lead animator of The Lumineers' "Submarines" (Official Music Video) and director/lead animator of Swear and Shake's "Fire" (Official Music Video). His senior thesis film, THAT OLD FEELING, received SUNY Purchase's prestigious Saul Turrell Award in 2012. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.


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Peter Hartsock

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Focused in lighting, set design, art direction, and post-production, Peter Hartsock is a multimedia artist studying film and animation at Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. Building darkly lit worlds he attempts to transport his audience into another reality more comfortless than our own; a reality that falls into the absurd.


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Raquel Choy

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Raquel Choy holds a degree in public relations from the autonomous university of Barcelona as well as certifications in film directing and screenwriting from the Quincedeoctubre academy, where she directed the short film “Santa María” filmed in 16mm, and camera and photography directing from the IDEP School. In 2016, she completed her full-length film “La invasión de los cerdos simbióticos”, for which she was director, screenwriter and producer. The film was shown at the Film Festival of Jaén, the B-Retina Film Festival and Horrorvision in Barcelona and the Fantastic Gore Film Festival of Amposta, Tarragona. Previously, she was assistant director for the film “Memorias de Alicia”, presented at the Moscow Film Festival in 2012. She has carried out the directing, screenwriting, and production of short films including “Conspicación” and “La habitación blanca”, which was presented at the Soncinemad Music and Film Festival in 2006 and the Brigadoon section of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia in 2008. As a screenwriter, she developed the original idea, bible, pilot episode screenplay and storyline of the tv series “Ánima”, sold to Cuarzo Productions. She has written the screenplay for the full-length film “Mithos” (currently in the review process) and the short film “Bajo la tierra”, among others. She has just finished the screenplay for her first theater productions: “Los Manolos, The Musical”. She is also the director, screenwriter and executive producer of this short film “X” and the screenwriter, production director and executive producer of the short film “Entrañas” by Joan Manel Moran.


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Davide Melini 

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Davide Melini was born on April 9, 1979 in Rome. His career officially started up in 2004 and, until now, he has directed 6 short films: "Amore Estremo" (2006), "La Sceneggiatura" (2006), "The Puzzle" (2008), "The Sweet Hand of the White Rose" (2010), "Lion" (2017) and "Deep Shock" (2017).

In his career he has also worked as an assistant director in the TV series "Roma" (2005), "Penny Dreadful" (2016) and "Into the Badlands" (2017), in the movie "Baciami piccina" (2006) by Roberto Cimpanelli and in "Mother of Tears: The Third Mother" (2007) by Dario Argento .

Both "The Puzzle" and "The sweet hand of the White Rose" have won many international festival awards and they received excellent critics worldwide from USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Greece, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Malta, Hungary, Poland, South Africa, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Australia and Japan.

In July 2012, the well-known American website "Dr. Terror Blog of Horror", presented the "Italian Horror Week: The Rebirth of the Italian Horror Empire" including Davide Melini as one of the best Italian filmmakers of this genre.

In January 2013, the famous American website "Creepercast" presented the best director of horror movies around the world. "Creepy Horror Bites: The Independent Short Horror Film Director You Should Know Vol. 2" pays tribute to Davide Melini and his short films.

In November 2014, the popular Swedish website "Theatre of Blood" has paid a real tribute to the 'giallo' and the Italian horror films. In the article talks about Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino, Antonio Margheriti, Massimo Dallamano, Umberto Lenzi, Riccardo Freda, Lamberto Bava, Michele Soavi, Aldo Lado, etc., Many films are also analyzed, with a special eye about music (Ennio Morricone and the Goblin are mentioned). A complete tribute that spanning the entire history of Italian Horror. The article also talks about the new generation of giallo filmmaker and Davide Melini is considered as one of the most promising Italian horror directors.


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Will M. Chang

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Will M. Chang was born and raised in Queens. He began his career in business, but quickly caught the acting bug with influence from his brother (NYC actor) and mother (a stage actor in China).

He's been on Bull (CBS), Chinese puzzle, and off Broadway plays. He went on to produce a comedic web series, Campaign TV, and continuously shoots Indies with the local NY talent.

Much of his work is inspired through his personal hardships, from his brother's recent stroke and father's passing. He aims to create more content for the Asian community.


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Lindsay Serrano

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Co-Owner of Mass Grave Pictures, Lindsay has been a producer in the NY/NJ Indie Horror scene since 2008. Working with a number of Indie film crews as AD and/or Producer, she has worked on feature films Theta States, Blood Slaughter Massacre and Good Day, the TV series' Zombie Hunters City Of The Dead, The Attack Of The Brain People, and The SPIES Files, as well as over two dozen short films. Beneath is Lindsays first film as writer & director.


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Richard Stringham 

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Born in 1982 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Richard Stringham aspired to make films since he watched horror and exploitation films at a very young age. After screenwriting for seventeen years, Stringham finally pulled together funding for his first feature, "Close Calls", after quitting the heating and air industry, which he had been in since 2002. After the production of "Close Calls", Stringham immediately began networking with other indie filmmakers (such as P.J. Starks and Brian K. Williams) to get further involved with other indie projects in the genre.


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Brian Patrick Lim

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Brian Patrick Lim is a freelance cinematographer and director, based in Manila, Philippines. He often works closely with production house, Runaway Robot. He’s worked with clients such as Coca-Cola, Nestlé, L’Oreal, PLDT, Lady’s Choice, Merck, Unilab, Mondelez, Jollibee, and KFC. His short film, The Harvest, recently won 3rd place at a local film festival sponsored by one of the largest telcos in the Philippines called, The Globe Independent Film Festival. His feature, Chasing Fire, participated a the Fandependent Film Festival in 2016 and won best screenplay at the Barcelona International Film Festival in 2013. A short film he worked on as a production designer, entitled, Crossroads, premiered at Cannes Short Film Corner in 2015. He’s worked on a number of indie films, to name a few, Smile Baby, Straight from The Pole, Seeing Love, A Friend of The Devil, and Fantabulous.

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