Horror Film Awards

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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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(Cindy) Zixin Zhang 

Award-Winning Filmmaker



(Cindy) Zixin Zhang is studying her BFA degree in the School of Art Institute of Chicago with the focus in film and sculpture as a merit scholarship recipient. She has exhibitions about film, photography, painting and sculpture installation held across the world, including the United States, Spain, China, India etc. In the past, she had experience as the director, writer, editor, cinematographer, art director, gaffer, and grip in the film production groups. She had shot her own feature-length documentary in the Antarctic with the scientific group. Her short film The Bloody Glove Box is released at the end of 2017. The personal video she shot and edited wins her the Best Talent Award in Beijing, China from the votes of tons and thousands of citizens. It was broadcast on one of the most viewed television Beijing BTV Youth Channel. Her short film Time Gaps is selected by GardenCity Film Festival, Shorts-in-Fest, 2016 Great Lakes International Shorts Festival, 2016 Director Circle Festival of Shorts Selection and Aword - Independent Film Festival & Screenplay Contest. Her own short film Library Whim, which is about a peculiar piano experience was broadcast on Chicago’s public access network CANTV(Channel 21). She is also a participant of Until Justice Rolls Down Like Waters, Martin Luther King, Jr. Mural Competition at Hostelling International Chicago, aiming to express social justice and equality. With her background in sculpture, photo, film, and visual language, she believes she could produce more creative and meaningful work in the future.


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Brinke Stevens

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Brinke Stevens has been involved in the film business since 1981, with her acting debut in Roger Corman's "Slumber Party Massacre". Since then she has appeared in 170 movies. She served as the editor of two national magazines, "Weird Tales" and “Monsterland”; wrote and published her own comic book series, "Brinke of Destruction” and a sci fi novel called "Dangerous Toys”; and wrote the screenplay for a feature film, “Teenage Exorcist”. Brinke has co-produced two documentaries about the horror industry, "Shock Cinema" and "Something to Scream About”. She also narrates and produces audio books such as the “Darkness Unbound” series. In addition to writing and starring in “Personal Demons”, it is her directorial debut. 


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Gilberto David Vázquez Gómez 

Award-Winning Filmmaker



In the year, 2012, Gilberto David Vázquez Gómez graduated from the Notre Dame High School in Caguas, Puerto Rico. In 2017, he completed a Bachelor's Degree in Audiovisual Communication with a concentration in Film at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus. Currently, he began his post-graduate studies to complete a Master's Degree in Cultural Management at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.

 He completed acting trainings for the AT Fashion Models and Talents camera competing at IMTA Convention in Los Angeles, California. He obtained a Business Leadership certificate from the Puerto Rico Leaders' Congress and another from The Film Foundation for taking workshops with Juanma Fernández-París. He completed the Creative Writing Course with the renowned Puerto Rican writer, Dr. Mayra Santos Febres, where he published two stories in the anthology Lying the Truth. He was the winner of one of fifteen scholarships to participate in the Second International Workshop on the Development of Island Film Projects in Ibero-America: isLAB, Cine en Red. There he obtained personalized advice in the areas of rewriting, production, co-production and film distribution.

​He was a film teacher at the Catholic College Notre Damewhere he taught to students of twelfth grade. Covering topics such as script development, lighting, camera shots, editing, film analysis and its components, among others. The final evaluation of the course was the development of a short film. He was in charge of supervising the students' performance in it.

​He is the multimedia producer at National University College Online working with various departments such as: instructional design, editing and graphic design. He was also in charge of the audiovisual part of important projects such as the online courses of the Puerto Rico Police.


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Angel Rosa

Award-Winning Filmmaker



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



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Tony DiResta

Award-Winning Filmmaker



I am the Graphic Designer at News 2. 
Before that, for several years I had been employed as Commercial Producer at WCBD News 2. This job required me to write scripts, light, shoot, and edit commercials. I do all with proficiency but my favorite area is post production. I was born to edit. You could say it's in my blood. 
My father was President of Merchandising and Licensing for MGM and my mother was a television actress. I made my first series of films when I was nine years old, (shot and edited on Super 8 film). I graduated with a BFA in Film/Video from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. During those years after college I worked as an Editor for Al Stahl's Animated Productions Co. (one of the original Popeye artist/animators). I also did freelance work for Ogilvy and Mather. Family responsibilities caused me to move to Charleston SC and pursue other professions. I have owned and operated successful businesses over the years but nothing has ever made me feel as fulfilled and proud as editing a film. 


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Christophe Mavroudis

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Developing a passion for fantastic, science fiction, fantasy, B-movies since childhood, Christophe Mavroudis joined the specialized magazine "Science-Fiction Magazine" at the age of 23. Co-founder in 2005 of Mefamo, a non profit organization born in the wake of a parodic amateur film he produced and directed, he has participated in several institutional films, while organizing film screenings and workshops. 
Specialized in genre films, he adapted "Voisins", a violent, gory, dystopic short film, from author Renato Lazzaroni's short story in 2012. 
While contributing to the Offscreen Film Festival, he regularly takes part in other independent film productions (“Les bêtes aveugles”) and gives speeches on digital images. 
His current work includes, among other projects, a collaboration with Antoine Bours (the "Public Enemy" series) on a fantastic anthologic show based on famous author Jean Ray.


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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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John Powers

Award-Winning Filmmaker



John Powers, writer-director, creates shocking projects that draw from turbulent events in our society and yet are grounded in personal and familial relationships. He grew up in Los Angeles and studied drama at USC. He has shaken hands with Cesar Chavez and Daniel Ellsberg, and he has kissed Anais Nin. He is married to DeBorah Green.



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Max Johnson

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Max has been making animations and short films since he lost his self-confidence in high school. Having spent most of his life in front of a fuzzy television screen, Max's brain now has the consistency that of a thick chowder soup. He owns one blazer jacket.


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Ken Cohen

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Ken Cohen grew up in Michigan and has been making films since 2001.  He started with comedies and dramas but more recently ventured into the horror genre and never wants to go back.  "Skin Baby" is his first horror film and won the best homegrown horror award at the Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival in the city he currently lives in, Charleston, SC.


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Paul M McAlarney

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Paul M McAlarney aka "The Mad Scientist" has been a staunch fanatic of all things controversial since birth - possessing, practicing, and celebrating the belief that anything taboo or controversial should be magnified and displayed in an effort to desensitize and liberate society in order to pave the way for necessary social change. Taking a violently Nietzschean offensive against the notion that there are "sacred" elements or icons of culture and society, Paul uses writing, film, and other forms of media to convey his beliefs and attitudes and aims to make the world a more socialist-minded and altruistic global community through his art, an ultimate goal that might shock anybody who has actually seen or read his art. Paul was nicknamed "The Mad Scientist" by Ungovernable Films co-owner Dave Sullivan due to his unflinching ability to create and maintain offensive, twisted brilliance in almost any art or communicable form. 

Born and raised in Melrose, MA, Paul has spent his entire life living in New England, primarily in Eastern Massachusetts. Writing has, since birth, been his absolute passion, and he has developed his unique voice since then, always augmenting and adjusting it upon the introduction of any and all new influences. After realizing that a college degree in architecture would be too expensive and being rejected from the music school at UMASS Lowell, Paul scrambled to find an enticing college he could afford and wound up at UMASS Amherst, where he began by studying business, then sociology, then psychology and sociology, and was then suspended after a series of criminal charges and infractions resulting from a worsening drug and alcohol problem. 

Paul picked himself up by the bootstraps, got sober, moved to Brookline, then Allston, then relapsed, then moved to Somerville, then had a nervous breakdown, then pulled himself together more seriously, got into filmmaking by co-creating, co-writing, and directing the web-series Super-Townie with hetero-life-partner Greg LaVoie. After graduating from UMASS Boston with a degree in Sociology, Paul moved back to the north shore and continued work on Super-Townie and writing several self-published novels, but gradually made the transition to writing and directing primarily exploitation films. Today, Paul co-owns Bloody Hammer Films and Ungovernable Films, as well as Baby Drip Productions and Super-Townie, moderates and writes for the Boston Independent Film Review, is a regular panelist on and co-founder of Ignorant Radio, and is currently co-founding a software patenting company, all while working full-time at a mental health clubhouse south of Boston.


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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.​


Jordan Breveleri

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Jordan grew up in Rosendale close to the city of Boston Massachusettes. He is experienced in both the technical side of film with experience with grip, gaff, and electric. As well as the creative side with work as a director and a director of photography. Now he focuses on action, sci-fi and thriller projects.

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2018 Filmmakers in the Spotlight

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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Lee Thongkham

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Lee Thongkham is a versatile filmmaker with penchant for bold storytelling. He was born in a small town in Thailand and moved to the states at the age of seven to reunite with his mother. from there he developed his love for film as part of a military family he has lived in many countries growing up including the US,Italy,Germany,South Korea. Lee obtained his Bachelor's degree in film production at Full Sail University in Orlando Florida.


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Cédric Dupuis

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Young self-taught director, Cédric Dupuis has completed many very amateur short films and in 2012 he directed the gore and trash feature "MAKING OFF". In 2018, he returned with "Like Every Morning" which won the Silver Award at the Spotlight Horror Film Awards.


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Anthony Presley

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Anthony Presley is a Fine Arts/ Conceptual artist who currently resides in Chicago. He grew up in Memphis Tennessee, where he discovered his interest in in the arts, specifically film. He later joined the United States Navy to pursue photojournalism full-time. Through his work, Anthony has had the opportunity to travel the world to share his vision and experiences with an international audience. He has had the opportunity to visit and create art in Dubai, Bahrain, France, Spain, and the States.

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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.



Timothy Ryan Driscoll 

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Tim’s first short film, ‘Nora’ has become an international hit while his feature debut, ‘The Lengths’ went on to win ‘Best Feature’ at the Berlin Independent Film Festival and the ‘Indie Spirit’ award at the New Hope Film Festival.


Driscoll is a Florida native who has produced and directed content for Food Network, Ford, Hyundai
and Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram as well as music videos for dance/electronic artist AF THE NAYSAYER, and country musician Karen Hornsby (best known for her performance on ABC’s Rising Star). Recently he co-founded the Essential Culture Podcast Network.


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Arif Khan

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Arif Khan is a German-born British film-maker. He was a narrative designer on WbML's Leviathan for over a year and i currently a Production Assistant at Warner Animation Group. He has been fascinated by films for as long as he can remember and has since turned his passion into his practice. He has been crafting short films for over eight years.


Prior to studying Film Production at theUniversity of Southern California, he earned his Masters inCreative Writing from the University of Cambridge. While attending, he wrote & directed for the Marlowe Society, one of Cambridge’s oldest and most prestigious drama societies.



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Zeke R Gase

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Zeke's lifetime dream to be a filmmaker finally came to life when he moved to America from a small Post Soviet Union country Azerbaijan in 2010. Zeke spends a lot of time editing different projects as well as writing and directing his own work. Zeke has a Bachelor's Degree in Film Production from Brooklyn College.


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Fábio Dellazzari

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Fábio Dellazzari is a director from Brazil. He has allways loved terror/thriller movies since he was a teenager.


He grew up in Jabaquara, a small district from São Paulo and still pursues his dream to tell stories and to scare people with his films.


He started his career in film editing in 2009 and was part of a feature film in L.A. back in 2017.



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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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Matthew Brdlik

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Matthew Brdlik is a narrative and documentary film director and editor from Chicago Illinois. His goal in film is to create unique and immersive stories that provide a different perspective on society and reality.  He's worked for companies such as Hootenanny Post production, Black Apple Media,  JJack productions and Fig Media. 



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Paul Hart-Wilden

Award-Winning Filmmaker



A lifelong love of films and film-making has lead Paul from his home town in the UK all the way to the spiritual home of the movie business: Los Angeles.


A published author, Screenwriter, Producer and Director; Paul has worked in film & TV around the globe on commercials, television and film productions.


A devotee of the horror genre, he has had four feature films produced from his scripts, shorts he directed have premiered at the Screamfest Film Festival and his latest production “For Old Times Sake” is winning awards in 2018.


Working alongside writing partner,
Asabi Lee, Paul has been a Nichol semi-finalist and is developing a number of film and television projects.



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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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Joshua Reale

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Joshua Reale is the owner of a unique style horror attraction in Utica, NY, entitled Cayo Industrial Horror Realm (Cayoindustrial.com). Joshua has created a series of films for this attraction, inspiring the series of short films called NECROPATH. It was created as an experimental trilogy film to move towards a passion for creating a derivative style of horror films and working towards the thought provoking, psychological horror icon film series.


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Anthony DeRouen

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Anthony DeRouen was born and raised in Redwood City, California. Anthony began writing short stories and fan fiction in 2008. He has published one novel and written two others in the A Show for the Gods series: Precipice, Diviner, and End of Dreams.

Following his love for telling stories, Anthony began drafting horror tales. The first He Takes and Returns, will film in October 2017 while The Last Showing - a short film based off a feature length screenplay Anthony wrote - completed principal photography in August. Both films will be released in 2018.


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Tiffany Lee Nettles

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Tiffany Lee Nettles is from a small town in North Texas. She enjoys reading, writing, and making films. Her favorite genre is Horror. She has been making short films since she was a child, however wrote and directed her first feature length horror film, Massacre at Bluff's Ridge in 2015.


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Colin Campbell

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Colin Campbell is a writer and director for theater and film. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his short film, Seraglio. Seraglio also won Deauville’s Grand Prix and ran on HBO. His recent short film, Girl At The Door, played at numerous festivals, and has received write-ups on Dread Central (“Brilliant”) and Brutal As Hell (“excellent escalating sense of unease… Campbell shows real flair”), and was nominated for a 2013 Fright Meter Ward. He directed the feature film Guido, starring Alki David, Billy Zane, Armand Assante, Gary Busey and Lupe Ontiveros, which premiered on FilmOn.com. His production of “The Ballad of Ricardo Flores Magon” at the Ford Theater was filmed and broadcast by KCET. His production of his play, Golden Prospects was nominated for five LA Weekly awards and was Critic’s Pick in TimeOut NY, LA Times and LA Weekly. His supernatural horror screenplay, Harrow Lake was chosen for Film Independent’s Screenwriters Lab and was optioned by Paranormal Media. His supernatural horror screenplay, The Hive, was optioned by Dean Goodhill. Colin regularly writes and directs for Instant Films, where he’s won Best Writer, Best Director and numerous Best Film Awards. He has taught Theater and/or Filmmaking at Loyola Marymount University, Cal Poly Pomona University, Relativity Education, and to incarcerated youth through The Unusual Suspects.

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Emma Pitt

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Emma Pitt is a writer and director and is currently repped by Rebecca Watson at Valerie Hoskins Associates. She's had writing projects with a number of TV companies including ITV and Red Productions and was commissioned to write an episode of Jed Mercurio's CRITICAL for Sky1. The Ballad of a Haunted Man is her second project as a writer/director/producer.

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Rakefet Abergel

Award-Winning Filmmaker



A native of Los Angeles, Rakefet Abergel is an accomplished American/Israeli actress, writer/producer, and outspoken stand up comedian. One month after taking a stand up class, Rakefet won Best Comic and Best Overall Talent on the Tyra Banks Show. She appeared in the movie Superbad with Jonah Hill, and as Adam Sandler's sister in Just Go with It . She can also be seen in the films My Best Friend's Girl opposite Dane Cook, with Halle Berry in The Call, and alongside Eddie Murphy & Kerry Washington in the film, A Thousand Words. Rakefet regularly guest stars on TV shows including Showtime's Shameless, New Girl, My Name is Earl, Bella and the Bulldogs, and iCarly. For a laugh, check her out as the crazy lady who shoots up her own living room over a good deal, on the hilarious commercial for Kayak. She was also a series regular on two popular web series, Breaking Fat and Addicts Anonymous.
Rakefet has performed stand up comedy all over Los Angeles, including the World Famous Comedy Store and The Improv in Hollywood, as well as the University of Las Vegas and as a featured performer with Sweet, a women's travel company, in Mexico.
Recently, Rakefet wrote and starred in a dramatic/horror/thriller short film called Jax in Love, which she co-produced with executive producer & casting director Jory Weitz (Napoleon Dynamite). The film, directed by Oscar-nominated director Colin Campbell has been making the festival rounds and garnered Abergel Best Actress awards at Nightmare Film Festival and Oregon Scream Week. She was also nominated for Best Actress at two other festivals. The film won Best Horror Short at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival amongst a dozen other awards throughout the run so far.
Rakefet also originated the role of "Brooke" in the hilarious and touching play, The Furniture, written by Marc Warren (Even Stevens, Full House) and directed by industry veteran Joel Zwick (Full House, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), that premiered at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts.
She teaches sixth grade religious school and Hebrew in Los Angeles and also works as an acting coach and mentor for kids and adults at
Kid (F)Actor, a company she founded in 2010.


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Simon Ross

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Simon started his career shooting documentaries, including the flagship series, Cutting Edge, on UK’s Channel 4. During this period he also edited Hollywood movie trailers for iTunes. This mix of shooting and editing, along with his developed interest in CGI and VFX combined with live action work, led to directing opportunities on promos and commercials.

Living and working in London, he is now working on getting his first feature made.

Simon graduated with an MA in Film and Television Production from Bristol University, after completing an MA in Politics at the University of Edinburgh.Director Statement



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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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Nathaniel Alexander

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Nathaniel Alexander is a Los Angeles based Commercial and Music Video Director. He grew up in a small meditation-soaked town in southeast Iowa and now lives in Los Angeles. He loves to create characters and stories that subvert the constructs of their worlds, and hopefully highlights the absurdity and beauty of our own.


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Rafael De Leon Jr.

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Rafael De Leon is an award-winning filmmaker born and raised in New York City. At the age of four, he broke his father's Beta cassette player due to watching "Masters of the Universe" repeatedly. Since graduating from Fordham University, his short films have screened at festivals such as South by Southwest, the Fantasia International Film Festival and Dances With Films. His new short horror film "Goodbye Old Friend" will hit the festival circuit in 2018.​


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Victor Cesca

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Victor was born in 1997. He spent his childhood brought up with cinema thanks to his parents moviegoers, who brings him up on Spielberg and De Broca. After a high school diploma in social and economics, with an audiovisual option, he started Cinécréatis, a cinema school in Nantes, in 2015. Attracated by screenplay and directing, he directed two short movies during his two firsts years of scholarship. In September 2017, he started his third and last year. Aller-retour is his first short movie achieved out of school. It is also the first time he writes and directs with his brother.


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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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Suraya Raja

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Suraya Raja is an animator and director, and a graduate of the National Film and Television School, where she completed an MA in Animation Direction. Her films tell stories of the absurdity of human behaviour, the internal and the tragicomic, influenced by her previous work in psychology and social issues, and also by her day-to-day observations of human behaviour.


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Matt McNevin

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Matt McNevin is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in the Washington, DC area and is an adjunct professor of screenwriting at American University. His films and screenplays have been recognized for excellence by festivals and contests across the country. Matt has never been possessed by demons but dated one once.


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Zachary Lovelace

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Zachary Lovelace is a writer/director from Atlanta, Georgia. Previously he has placed in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and the PlayStation Emerging Filmmakers Program. Nightbird represents his directorial debut.


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Andrew Dailey

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Andrew Dailey is from Kansas City, MO and has been making films since 2012. Filmmaking and music have been Dailey's passions for the majority of his life.

Markus Redmond

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Markus Redmond was born on February 5, 1971. He is an actor and writer, known for Fight Club (1999), This Is Now (2016) and The 6th Degree (2017).


Written and Directed by Redmond, 'Allen + Millie: A Short Romance' is an award-winning comedy, romance, horror film.


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Aidan Champeau

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Making award-winning independent films since eighth grade, New Jersey high school student and founder of No La Tengo Films Aidan Champeau has written and directed three award-winning shorts and a feature, all with his signature dark humor and surrealist energy.


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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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Jerzy Bojanowski 

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Born in 1963 in Szczecin, Poland. Director, screenwriter. His interest in movies lead to first experience in directing in a high school, working on own comedy TV program in school's tv studio. During studies of polish literature at Szczecin’s University filmed scene from "The Brothers Karamazov". Enroled on FAMU (1987-92) were he finished film and tv editing. Than postgraduate studies of film direction on WRITV in Katowice (1992-1996). At that time collaborated with Polish Film Neewsreel. In the 90-ties also collaborated with TVP, making documentary portraits for tv series “Usual-unusual”. Between 2000-2005 worked as a scout location and videoshooter, filming numerous commercial’s making-off’s and video recording of stage play "Stones in his pockets". In a 2006 won a screenwriters competition for a screenplay for young audience, with project of black comedy "Children of Argus". From 2012 collaborates as a screenwriter with animation studio production Studio Daniel. From 2009 till 2013 worked on long feature documentary "Baggage of fear". "Mroczne Zelazo" is his long feature debut


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Federico Torrado

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Federico Torrado is a Colombian Film Director and Producer whose diverse artistic influences include horror movies and South American literature. As a filmmaker, Federico strives to create dreamworlds that are grounded in magical realism, inhabited by surreal characters and emotions.


As an undergraduate, Federico was part of the first class to graduate from the Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano’s Film & TV program. His undergraduate thesis film, Fabúla, participated at the 53th edition of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias and was sold and screened by Cine Colombia, one of the biggest film distributors from Latin America.


Federico graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program in Film and TV production in May 2017, with his thesis filmThe Plague.




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Tony J Rivas 

Award-Winning Filmmaker




Tony J Rivas has worked with film and audio for most of his personal and professional life. His creative processes are often informed by his affinity for sound design. He grew up in Salt Lake City and currently resides in Los Angeles.


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Timothy Ryan Driscoll

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Tim’s first short film, ‘Nora’ has become an international hit while his feature debut, ‘The Lengths’ went on to win ‘Best Feature’ at the Berlin Independent Film Festival and the ‘Indie Spirit’ award at the New Hope Film Festival. 
Driscoll is a Florida native who has produced and directed content for Food Network, Ford, Hyundai and Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram as well as music videos for dance/electronic artist AF THE NAYSAYER, and country musician Karen Hornsby (best known for her performancse on ABC’s Rising Star). He also hosts a podcast (Dadpod: Zero Credentials, Unlimited Takes) and a web series (Stay Classy) between narrative endeavours. 


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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.



Tom Botchii Skowronksi

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Tom Botchii Skowronski is an award winning director specializing in dark, psychological thrillers that center around violent, personal stories. He believes in attaching heavy self experience into each story he tells. Raised as part of the only immigrant family in a small town, his very different upbringing lead to escapism through creativity.

He currently lives in Los Angeles surrounded by broken dreams.


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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.



Helen Baldwin

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Originally from Mount Vernon, NY, I studied at Indiana University and currently live in Columbia, SC where I teach Theatre and Speech at a local community college. My last short film, Saint Dee Dee, was a finalist and official selection in a number of festivals, including the Awareness Film Festival in Santa Monica, CA and the Mirabile Dictu Film Festival in Rome, IT.


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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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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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Andrew Dailey

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Andrew Dailey's influences may come from his background in music, painting, and photography. Through his films he attempts to channel inner perception, meaningful underlining messages of human nature, and social commentary. Born and raised in Kansas City, Dailey has been premiered two consecutive years at the Kansas City International Film Festival for previous films, one of those being a feature film. 


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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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Sean Gilligan

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Sean is an award winning filmmaker whose body of work spans film, music videos and documentary. He has directed over 40 music videos for many of Australia’s most acclaimed musicians including Missy Higgins, Silverchair, The Sleepy Jackson, The Living End, Tim Finn, The Birds of Tokyo and Gin Wigmore. Sean’s short films have won accolades and screened internationally with his latest, The Baby Whisperer, premiering at Screamfest LA in 2017. His feature documentary Fantome Island screened at The Brisbane International Film Festival, won Best Australian Film at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and recently received its first national broadcast on Australian television. It’s Sean’s passion for storytelling, performance and fresh creative ideas that keeps tickling his fancy.


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Aaron Patrick Lenyear

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Aaron Patrick Lenyear ia a writer and director from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2012 with a degree in Writing and Linguistics. The film, Absurd, is based on a narrative poem written by Lenyear in 2011.


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Clayton Thompson

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Clayton Thompson is a passionate storyteller and screenwriter that has been perfecting his craft for the last ten years. He has completed a total of eight feature-length scripts with several more projects in development. He graduated from Georgia State University in 2010 with a degree in creative writing and film.

On top of his love for storytelling, Clayton has been working in the film industry for the last seven years, during which he was inducted into the Directors Guild of America in 2015, and worked on many projects including Baby Driver, The Avengers: Infinity War, Stranger Things, and the Walking Dead.


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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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Al Harland

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Born and Raised in the North East of England, from the same town as Sir. Ridley Scott. 
Emigrating to the US in 2002. His passion for the movies came at an early age, growing up watching the Universal and HammerHorror Productions. 
He also has many stage productions to his name, both as an actor and stage managing several shows in Ohio. Then one day he decided that he wanted to make his own movie, not an easy undertaking with no formal experience to his name. Just the will and stubbornness to make it happen, wanting to make a zombie movie unlike anything that has been seen before, building his own sets, making the uniforms and filming in the iconic tourist attraction Loveland Castle added to the vision 
After 5 years later Uberzombiefrau is the result.


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Anthony Cooney

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Anthony Cooney is the writer and director of horror/comedy films, Leaf Blower Massacre 1 (2013), Leaf Blower Massacre 2 (2018) and Dirty Sanchez (2013). Anthony also worked as producer and actor on the Faux Pas Films production, Candie's Harem. Most recently, Anthony has teamed up with Cheevies Film Productions on their films, The Clown Dies at Midnight, Mutilation Massacre, The Lazy Werewolf and Eyes of Deception. Anthony is also teaming up with Cheevies on their upcoming projects in 2018, Redder and Guardian Angel. 


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Duncan Peake

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Duncan Peake is film director, writer and editor. He was 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 film 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 looses everything after his wife discovers an affair with another woman. Throughout his first two years at Griffith, he skills in editing and sound design increased, where editing became high motivation skill and passion, but directing and writing was always a first priority. His second short film ‘Replacements’ became his first non-uni directed project and first horror film.

Duncan is an avid film buff, with horror being his favourite genre and determined to make more genre films in the future. He is also long distance runner, in which he has completed many fun runs and marathons.


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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Christopher S. Hubbard

Award-Winning Filmmaker


Christopher S. Hubbard was born on June 19, 1991 in Tallassee, Alabama, and is a completely self-taught filmmaker. Hubbard developed his passion for movies early on, experimenting with various cameras and cinematography styles at the age of 8. He was known affectionately by his peers as 'the kid that watched the Evil Dead trilogy and From Dusk 'Till Dawn every day'. 
In rural Tallassee, filmmaking was viewed derisively as a kind of fool's errand, and this view of moviemaking as some unattainable dream was no different for Hubbards' peers growing up. Because of this attitude towards cinema, it seemed extremely unlikely to Chris at the time that he'd ever achieve his goal of acting and directing. 
Throughout his teen years, however, Hubbard continued to study and practice film religiously, until life's demands coerced him to quit his passion and enter the workforce. The years passed, and Hubbard grew conflicted. Feeling that he wasn't living his purpose, he yearned for the 'break' where he could continue focus on his filmmaking. 
After his mother passed from cancer , Hubbard finally realized that life is too short to not do what he loved; he'd 'rather live in rags than throw his dreams aside', and with this newfound dedication, he returned to his dreams. He used his passion for film to help him deal with the grief of his mother's death, as well as overcome various traumas from his youth. 
Driven by his passion and unwilling to give up on his dream, he took a chance; packing his bags, he left for Los Angeles, only to feel the revolving door that is show business. Unable to find work, he grew distraught, and returned to Alabama. Feeling crushed, he refused to quit, carrying the motto, "If no one will help me, then I'll just do it myself." Studying for months on end, he saved up and purchased film equipment, including a Sony A7S2. Hubbard set out on various productions to hone his craft, performing almost every job on set, from lead acting and editing, set design, sound engineering, and cinematography. The result was his first professional short, titled "The Door in the Dark" [2017]. 
He has now started his own production company, Divine Limited Productions, and has since developed a core and growing following. This journey that is Hubbard's life began with a dream, and through his dedication, the support of loved ones who never stopped believing, and by never giving up on himself, he is now a successful cinematographer, director, actor, and producer well on his way to making his dreams a reality.


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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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Suraya Raja

Award-Winning Filmmaker



Suraya Raja is an award winning Animation Director, and graduate of the National Film and Television School.


Originally from the Liverpool area of the UK, Suraya studied Visual Communications at Leeds College of Art & Design. She worked as a freelance artist on residencies and in education, before becoming a puppet fabricator and model maker working in commercial animation and film studios. With a strong desire to tell stories Suraya returned to the National Film & Television School to develop her skills in writing and directing. 


Her films tell stories of the absurdity of human behaviour, the internal and the tragicomic, influenced by her previous work in psychology and social issues, and also by her day-to-day observations of human behaviour. she mixes animation techniques with live action, her curiosity often leading to new and playful ideas.


Her latest film, Don't Think of a Pink Elephant, premiered at Leicester Square Picture House, and has since been showcased at over sixty festivals.
Since graduating, Suraya has been working at Aardman Animations, and is currently developing her own TV series.



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Nick and Jim Zounis

Award-Winning Filmmakers



Nick and Jim Zounis raised in South Australia have had a passion for film-making since childhood, producing a string of short films over the years in several styles & genres. 


Their desire and passion for the art resulted with several awards from local and international film festivals. More recently the Horror/Comedy genre has been the focus of their work.


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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