Horror Film Awards

Jason Berg

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Jason Berg is a Tacoma-based videographer and filmmaker who has been shooting and producing content professionally since 2011. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Electronic Media and Post-production in 2008, Berg directed, shot and edited several music videos for Jet Black Alley Cat, which have appeared on MTV Networks ("Electric Razors," 2016; "Poison," 2013; "Memphis Blues;" 2016). Some of his film credits include "Girls on Trapeze" (2012 documentary, director) and "Alice" (2015 short, director of photography). Most recently, he served as gaffer on a short film starring Vivica A. Fox ("Jason’s Letter," 2016) and managed not to get any drool on the Miss Fox. That feat made him proud, but not as proud as he feels about his first feature film, Black Holler.

He would like to thank Rachel Ward Heggen and Heidi Ervin for approaching him with the opportunity to "direct a short horror-comedy with a strong, African-American female lead and a bunch of silly, white people." That was almost 3 years ago, and thanks to an immensely talented cast and crew, the support of over 100 sponsors, 70 shoots, and 1000+ rewrites, we proudly present a feature-length horror-comedy that we hope you'll find "entertaining as hell!"


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Jonas Banks

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Jonas Banks has a Certificate in Directing from UCLA. He directed several short films for UCLA workshops before writing and directing his graduate film, Nothing Like the Sun, which has been accepted into over 30 film festivals. 
It’s a story about a vampire couple, married for over 200 years, who come to a crossroads in their marriage when one decides they want to become human again. 


The short film has just been picked up for distribution and a feature film is in the works. 
Most recently, Jonas has directed the music video, “Misery of My Company” by The Pictographs, a band currently working with the producer of The Ramones, Talking Heads, and Mick Jagger. It has already been accepted into film festivals in addition to airing on the television show, Sound Diego.



O.B. De Alessi

Award-Winning Filmmaker


O.B. De Alessi is a visual artist, director, writer and actor currently living in Paris. Born in Italy, she graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design and later from Central Saint Martins, London. 
O.B.’s videos, live performances, installations and drawings have been exhibited extensively in Europe as well as in South America, Australia and Russia. Recent exhibitions includeThe Primal Shelter Is the Site For Primal Fears at The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland. 
Also trained as an actor, O.B. has been involved in several theatre and film productions, including roles in Zac Farley and Dennis Cooper's Like Cattle Towards Glow (2015) and Permanent Green Light (2018). In 2015 she co-wrote, co-directed and performed in the play The Birthday State, which premierred at the Juan Barnabe Theatre in Lebrija, Spain. 
While often taking real events as starting points, O.B sees each one of her projects as an opportunity to create a self contained world which she can inhabit as a character, or several characters, of her own creation. Kuo’s Eyes, her first short film, was selected by the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia 2017. 


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2018 Filmmakers in the Spotlight

David Law & Aaron Little

Award-Winning Filmmakers


DAVID LAW is a filmmaker in the Los Angeles area who has been making small films and personal documentaries all his life. He practices medicine in southern California but is also pursuing his dream of creating cinematic content with vivid, captivating stories. inspired by his life experiences.

AARON LITTLE is a professional illustrator and graphic artist in Los Angeles who has created many stories and creative graphics for both competitive and professional purposes. He spent time in Ethiopia as a nationally-recognized graphic artist and brings his unique life experiences to the screen.

AARON and DAVID are childhood friends whose paths in life have now set them upon a filmmaking journey, on which they plan to bring some of their greatest stories to life! In their spare time, they are the founders of Strictly Poultry, a brass dance band in the Los Angeles area with regular gigs around the south land.


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Jennifer Nicole Stang

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Director/Writer, JENNIFER NICOLE STANG was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has lived in England, Canada, the U.S., and Spain. Jennifer founded her film production company, Round Table Pictures (Formerly Heart Anchor Productions), with her brother, Emmett, in 2011. With her company, Jennifer has directed award-winning music videos and short films, and has produced videos for clients such as Sotheby's International, USC, and Jamie Nichols for Celebrate Dance, which is one of the "top 5 dance shows" in Los Angeles. Her short film, El Lago (The Lake) has received various awards, including Best Fantasy Film at the Mexico International Film Festival, and 1st place at the Honolulu Film Awards. El Lago is also featured on GAIA TV and Cinemakers. Jennifer directed Livvy Stubenrauch (young Anna from Disney’s Oscar-winning film, FROZEN), in her short film Les Nuages (The Clouds), which is part of The Dream Series on YouTube. Jennifer has also produced the web series, Englishman in L.A. starring Ashley Fink (Glee), Eddie Jemison (Ocean’s 11, 12, 13) and Cameron Moir (Non-Stop). The series received rave reviews from In Touch Magazine and Broadway World, and now streams on Amazon Prime. Jennifer is currently co-producing a feature film with Dark Matter Studios.


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Sierra Ellis

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Sierra is in her senior year at Montana State University and plans to top off her educational journey by directing “Kimmy for Dinner”, which she is extremely excited for, but is trying to be cool about it. She has been passionate about film for a couple decades and has devoted 75% of her life (thus far) watching films... especially comedy, horror and Point Break. She is excited to have had the opportunity to make a film that she is passionate about and is ready to make more...

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Catherine McCord

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Seventeen-year-old Catherine McCord hails from Lynchburg, Virginia, where she is currently on her Gap Year. For several years now, she has had a passion for filmmaking and storytelling. Catherine will pursue Film Production as a Director and Screenwriter in college and as a career. Though women are still a rarity as producers, directors, and screenwriters, she is ready for the challenges and opportunities that she will face in a film career.



Joshua Leonard

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Joshua Leonard's film journey began when he was 15 years old, taking his parents camera and filming movies with his friends. From here, he has progressed as a filmmaker, going to college to get a degree in film, working for a PBS affiliate, a news station, being a Director of Video Production for a local independent professional wrestling company, to owning his own Video Production Company. 
Joshua has won multiple, local awards for 48 hour film competitions and continues to enhance his skills as a Director and Filmmaker.​


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Cody Clarke

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Cody Clarke is a filmmaker and author from Brooklyn, NY. He has made three feature-length films (Shredder, Rehearsals, and Ramekin) and has written and published fifteen books, including ten poetry collections, two horror novels, two novellas, and one anthology of short stories.


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Sevgi Isabel Cacina

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Sevgi Isabel Cacina was born to an Arabic Muslim family in Istanbul, Turkey. She studied Management in Turkey’s leading university, Bogazici University in order to work in Marketing. After successfully completing her studies, she decided to dedicate her life to something more meaningful than promoting toothpaste and cars. Her search led her to fly to Los Angeles to write and direct films. She has grown in a family of oppressed women, therefore she wants to tell stories to encourage women and break the norms of male dominated world with prominent female characters and become an influencing example as a successful women who faced oppression herself. She has traveled to six continents in the world and her curious and loving personality enabled her to have a fun and interesting life full of stories to tell. She is interested in all genres but mostly writes and directs dark comedy and crime. 


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Diana Lee Woody

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Diana Lee Woody is an award winning screenwriter and film maker. She has also written several plays and radio plays which have been produced in the United States and Canada. She is also a physicist and artist. Diana is a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, Dramatist Guild of America, and The American Physical Society. She is a native of the east coast, hailing from Silver Spring Maryland.

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Aidan Champeau

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Making his first award-winning short at 13 and his first feature at 16, Aidan Champeau is an outside-the-box filmmaker who subverts traditional film norms.


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Josh Kaukl

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Josh Kaukl is a nurse,  writer and a new filmmaker from Columbus, Ohio. The award-winning 'Seed' is his second film.



Tim Earnheart

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Tim has lead projects from concept through delivery -- producing high quality content for Microsoft, AT&T, Boeing, Dell, Netflix, Warner Bros. and Crypt TV to name a few.

His background ranges from leading creative teams on software/apps projects, 3D/video/motion teams, to writing, producing and directing corporate video shoots -- both internally and managing external vendors. He can manage the entire production process from pre-production through post-production.

He's also written, produced and directed thrilling short films that were accepted into a number of film festivals and won a handful of awards. He's managed the entire production process. Edited, sound mixed, and created VFX for all his short films.

Tim has been represented by agents and managers in Hollywood for film making and has had 3 feature screenplays optioned. He's currently working to set up his feature film debut from an original action/thriller/sci-fi script he wrote.


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John Hale

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Born in small town West Virginia, John Hale grew up as an avid movie fan. Throughout his childhood, he watched retro horror movies like King Kong, Godzilla, and Beast from 20,000 Fathoms with his father throughout his childhood. 
  
One fateful day John watched a movie that would forever change his life: Jaws. From that moment on John shifted from watching movies to making movies. His earliest projects included stop motion monster battles with his action figures. 
  
Later John would produce short skits and films during his college years, teaching himself the editing and VFX tools necessary to create his own content and stories. Since college, John has focused his work in television, working for the past 10 years for different local affiliates. In 2017, he was nominated for an Emmy Award on the children’s television show Abracadabra. 
  
It has always been John’s goal to return to the medium that gave him the same sense of awe and wonder that he felt when he saw Jaws at a young age. In 2017 John began focusing on his journey to become a filmmaker once again with the crowd-funded short film, “The Conduit.” 


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Laura Nash

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Laura is a Sydney based film maker with a background in acting. She graduated with a Diploma of Acting from Screenwise Australia and a Diploma of Editing from the Australian Film, Television & Radio School. Comfortable both in front of and behind the camera, she produced and directed her debut short film, David. Currently Laura is developing new projects for the screen.


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Andrew Paterson & 

Brandon Tyler Jones

Award-Winning Filmmakers



Andrew Paterson and Brandon Tyler Jones met incidentally one morning in a Lyft, where they bonded over their mutual love for stories. Not long after they began discussing the idea of making a short horror film using only a single take...and Phantom was born! They are so excited to share the project with the world, and hope that it makes hearts race and palms sweat everywhere.

Greg Vogt

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Current student at Point Park University. Self taught filmmaker, as well as free-lance around the greater-Pittsburgh area. Writer, director, cinematographer, and camera operator on all own films. Also a member of IATSE Local 489 Co-founder of a small production team: Blacksheep'd Productions.


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Billy Chizmar & 

Richard Chizmar

Award-Winning Filmmakers


RICHARD CHIZMAR and BILLY CHIZMAR are the father and son writing team responsible for the highly acclaimed novella, Widow’s Point, which will be released  as a feature film in 2019. They have written several original short films together including Gone and Murder House.

Billy’s recent directorial efforts include Gone, Murder House, and the forthcoming Trapped (which is based on a story idea by 
Stephen King and Richard). 

Richard is a New York Times bestselling author and the co-author (with Stephen King) of Gwendy’s Button Box. Billy’s short fiction has sold to numerous anthologies, including Dead Harvest, Fearful Fathoms, and the forthcoming Midnight Under the Big Top. He is a sophomore at Colby College in Maine.


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Matthew Brdlik

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Matthew Brdlik is a narrative and documentary filmmaker studying at DePaul University in Chicago. His mission in film is telling stories that give you a different perspective on society and reality.
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Christopher Ernst

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Christopher Ernst is an independent filmmaker, cinematographer and musician. Ernst’s original films and artworks have screened in numerous international festivals and venues – including Anthology Film Archives, the Tribeca Film Festival, Cine Lumiere–Institut Francais in London, the Toronto Urban Film Festival, the Antenna Festival in Paris, the Fargo Film Festival and the Fondazione per l'Art Contemporanea in Milan. His cinematographic works have screened at such venues as the Tribeca Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival. He has been the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including a New York State Council on the Arts Grant. He is a member of the instrumental post-rock band BELLS≥, whose album “Solutions, Silence, or Affirmations” was voted a top ten album of 2012 by The A.V. Club. Ernst has taught filmmaking and cinematography at several institutions, including the Department of Media Study at SUNY Buffalo and The New School's Department of Media Study. He is presently Assistant Professor in the Department of Film & Moving Image at Stevenson University in Maryland. 


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Amanda Fleming

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Amanda Fleming Born Manchester, was first introduced to acting via her father Ian Gillatt, at the time a well know former band member from the 60's group "sunshine".

Amanda Graduated in 1995 from the Arden School of Theatre a drama school in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester's most renowned and respected of Professional National Theatres.

Since leaving Drama School, Amanda has worked with some of the world's most prestigious television, Film and Theatre companies

As well as producing and directing her very first film "what a drag" in 2015, Amanda is also Known for her work in Cold feet, Making out, Titans of Newark, and is a respected actress amongst the independent film and Theatre community.

Amanda is enjoying her continued success both in the UK and the United States where she contributes her versatility and unique brand of class and humor that she brings to her work on all levels. 


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Angel Rosa

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Angel Rosa was born on January 30, 1969 in the city of Danbury, Connecticut. His parents, Luis and Mercedes, moved to the mainland from the island of Puerto Rico when they were teens, settling in Danbury where they met and eventually married. Angel lives in Danbury, pursuing a career in writing and film-making while raising his daughter as a sole custody single parent.


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Timothy Burke

Award-Winning Filmmaker


As a visual effects artist TJ has contributed to over thirty feature films. He loves making pretty pictures whether behind the camera or behind the computer.​


Nathan Ragland

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Nathan Ragland is an up and coming filmmaker from Georgia. Born on May 15, 1996, Nathan is currently studying Mass Media at Valdosta State University to make his dream of being a filmmaker possible, filming or helping with several student films. He's an award-winning director, winning the Spotlight Bronze Award for Grammar Nazi Killer in the December 2017 Spotlight Horror Film Awards. He hopes that his films one day will inspire people in some way, whether that be the message of the film for the audience to try and follow or some aspect of the productions that inspires others to be creative with what is presented. Nathan posts most of his works on his YouTube channel, where you can see a wide arrange of films directed by the young filmmaker.


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Charlotte Cayeux

Award-Winning Filmmaker


After getting a Master of cinema at the University Paris 3, Charlotte Cayeux directed 5 short movies since 2011 : "Scene", "Resurgence", "Tapi's three new adventures", "Nassara" and the award-winning, "Those Who Can Die".​


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Neal Tan

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Neal Tan is multi-talented award winning Director in the Philippines. Most notable work is Atual: For Rent, where it won Best Story and Screenplay in 2008 FAMAS award. The movie was also nominated in Kerala International Film Festival 2007. Neal has directed over 30 movies in all genres, and has worked with the finest cast and crew in the Philippines. From writing scripts, production design, art direction and casting, there is nothing this man cannot do. Neal enjoys painting, playing piano and cooking when he is not making movies. 

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Shiva Rodriguez

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Shiva started her career in film-making as a practical special effects artist and screenwriter in 2008. Five years later she took the director's chair for the first time with a feature film called Predatory Moon.

She went on to direct several short films, including the multiple award-winning "The Family Way: Coming Home", which was released in 2017.


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Duncan Peake

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Duncan Peake is a film director, writer, and editor, born in Nambour, raised in Brisbane, Australia. He begin filmmaking when he was seven years old, where he made home-made films with his uncle and brothers. Throughout high school, he continued to make short film projects for school assessments including music videos and short films. After high school, he studied at TAFE Queensland with a certificate III in media. After a year at TAFE, he began studying at Griffith Film School.He directed his first University based short film in 2015 called Under the Bridge, a story about a man who loses everything after his wife discovers an affair with another woman. Throughout his first two years at Griffith, his skills in editing and sound design increased, where editing became a high motivation skill and passion but directing and writing was always the first priority. His second short film ‘Replacements’ became his first non-uni directed project and first horror film. In 2018, he made a short dark horror comedy called Bloody Maria. His favorite genre of filmmaking is horror and plans to continue making projects in that genre.



E.K. 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 decided to pursue a career in film, completing 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).

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