‘Lucy In My Eyes’
A veteran actress having starred in dozens of feature films and appearing in several TV series, most notably six seasons as a series regular on the massive teen show, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" opposite Shailene Woodley. She most recently worked on "Room" with Brie Larson, "Central Intelligence" with the Rock and Kevin Hart and can be seen next as the lead in the feature film, "Deported" opposite Nick Swardsen and Uma Thurman's new TV series "My So Called Wife". "Lucy In My Eyes" was Megan's directorial debut and her first writing project. She has since written a TV pilot that was optioned by a major TV network and has two more in the works. She is writing a feature film for a major film studio and has several other projects in development as a writer/director.
'The Velvet Abstract’
James directed Tobias Menzies in his latest film, The Velvet Abstract, an environmental short produced on six continents featuring visual effect talents from Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar, Lost, Game of Thrones, The Martian, and many more. Scored by the world-renowned Composer Jean-Pascal Beintus (The Danish Girl, Argo, Harry Potter, The Imitation Game), the film was part of a recent BAFTA event where James was a panellist on stage for a live Q&A.
A professional freelance Director for the past 8 years Mark has wide-ranging experience in short drama, music video and documentary films. He has directed for clients across the US, Europe, Asia and Arabia, has had his work broadcast internationally winning him numerous awards for directing as well as cinematography from The New York Festival, Houston Worldfest, as well as having sold at the Cannes Film Festival and was also UK Music Video Award nominated in 2015.
‘There Was A Place’
Master in Filmmaking and Producing by the School of Cinema and Audiovisual of Catalonia ESCAC and BA in Communication Studies from the University of Seville, she is a screenwriter and director of music videos, documentaries, commercials and short films, among them ‘Tierra Estéril’ (2011) and ‘Me llaman Búho’ (2013), totalling a hundred selections and more than twenty prizes in national and international film festivals.
‘Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff: The Sound of Philadelphia’
Bayer Mack is an American writer, producer, director and co-founder, along with Frances Presley Rice, of independent production company, Block Starz Music Television which is best known for its critically acclaimed documentary film ‘Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood’ a film chronicling the early life and career of African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux (1884-1951), along with a documentary about the Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. (father of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and King family history called, In The Hour of Chaos’.
‘Rice Paper: The Eternal Treasure’
Serena is currently an eleventh-grade student at Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts and has lived in Hong Kong for many years. She actively participates in several art clubs on campus, including founding the school's first graphic design club as well as contributing to the school newspaper. She participated in the Shadow Willow Trees Summer 2016 Film Workshop directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard, her first film making experience, creating ‘Rice Paper: The Eternal Treasure’, a documentary about rice paper with three other students.
Dominique Othenin-Girard has directed over 30 motion pictures and films for television in the USA, UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Morocco, Algeria, Kenya, India, Cambodia and China and is best known for ‘Halloween 5’ and ‘After Darkness’
Ben Simon is a Brighton-based film maker & music producer who has just finished producing Republica's latest video for their single ‘Christiana Obey’ and who, with his wife Annelies, runs the production company, Media Brighton. He set about making Banana Pearl as an experiment into film making and a learning experience. Written by friends Ben Simon and Russell Turner, who plays ‘Deejay’, the film is set in Brighton and features a soundtrack which is largely made up of tunes written and produced by Ben himself.
Lives and works in Istanbul, studied Cinema (BA), Faculty of Communication at Galatasaray University, Cinema (BA-Erasmus) in Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle, and studies Philosophy (MA) Institute for Social Sciences of Galatasaray University. She is interested in experimental film and video making and also writes articles about cinema in several art magazines. Her first short fiction/experimental film ‘A Walk Under the Bridge’ participated in 68th Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner and 8th Sinepark Short Film Festival Experimental Film Finals.
‘The Things We Say’
Born and raised in London, Riccardo Servini is a Director and Editor with over 10 years of industry experience. After spending most of his career as an editor he is now focused on directing. He has tried his hand at many genres but is now mainly focused on strong visceral experiences and is starting to lean towards art house/experimental work that uses soundscapes to help explore nostalgia and memories.
This is an undergraduate student film. It was filmed in its entirety over three days including a night shoot in Gloucestershire and is Phil’s first film.
Born in Italy with Sicilian father and Polish ancestry her influences come from this cultural mixture. In 2009 she graduated from in Multimedia Art and Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan and after spending the last year of studies in Barcelona, she developed her passion for black & white film photography. She moved to Berlin and with the Brazilian photographer, Fernanda Mattos, started a visual art project called False Manners. In craving for new challenges and life experiences she moved to Beijing in 2015 to attend the Film Directing University career at Beijing Film Academy.
‘The Barbers Cut’
Mark has been working in the film industry since 1990 starting his career in 2D animation working on features for Disney, Warner brothers and Spielberg among others. In 2003 he entered the field of CG animation at Framestore, London, where he was supervising animator on films such as Narnia ‘The Dawn Treader’ and ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. He was nominated for a Bafta for his work as animation director on the TV series ‘Primeval 2’. Mark started writing and directing short films in 2008 ‘The Double Cross’ in 2013, Best shorts winner, and ‘The Barber's Cut’ in 2015.
Born in Barcelona Ivan is an experienced writer of film analysis articles for various film press until 2008 when he graduated in film direction, screenplay and production for Bande a Part Cinema School of Barcelona in 2011. His first professional short film, ‘Refugio 115’ was shot in 35mm and was selected at more than 200 film festivals winning over 30 awards, including two times nominated as Best European Short Film at Melies d’Argent Award. ‘Mr.Dentonn’ is his second short film.
Tom has been directing both theatre and film for many years, directing over 40 short films and 15 theatre productions and he likes to experiment and push boundaries. He also likes to cast non actors as well as actors in order to get that raw sense of what is going to happen next and the unpredictability when working with untrained actors. This type of dynamic can work and does work and when it works well the results are magical.
Ruggero Dalla Santa
Son of a writer and a comic book artist, Ruggero moved to Beijing in 2005, after obtaining a BA in Oriental Languages from Venice Ca' Foscari University in 2005, and enrolled in a one-year course at the Beijing Film Academy in 2007. In 2008 he was accepted at East 15 Acting School in the UK to study World Performance. Thanks to this original course that focused heavily on the creation of new material, Ruggero developed his passion for both acting and directing. After leaving East 15, Ruggero started producing and developing showreels from scratch for actors under the trade name 'One Foot in the Door Showreels'. ‘Creation’ was shown at the Cannes film festival last year.
Ella is a London-based independent filmmaker. She has been working in the television and advertising industry for over 6 years successfully producing independent short and feature films. Her years of experience have earned her a solid reputation as a highly creative storyboard artist and designer and ‘Night Drive’ is her directorial debut.
He graduated from De Montfort University in Leicester with a Fine Art Degree and it was during his studies that he found he had profound passion for film. His film, ‘His Haunted Laughter’ was rescored live on stage by ‘The Cabinet of Living Cinema’ during Whirlygig Cinemas ‘Making Tracks’ festival in London. His set niche is now stop motion animation with ‘Manbun’ having been screened at events in Coventry and London prior to its appearance here. His next animation release ‘The Day My Gran Rode A Rollercoaster’ has been selected to be screened at ‘The Winter Gardens Film Festival’ in Blackpool and he is thrilled to be part of The Muybridge Film Festival.
Born in Badalona, a city near Barcelona, and wrote a short film ‘Get Stuffed’ on 2011 which was nominated in the category of best short film at the Gaudi Awards. After this he wrote, produced, and directed his first short film, ‘El beso del Astronauta’ (The Astronaut's Kiss) shown at 44 festivals around the world and also screened on national television. In 2016 he directed two plays for theatre ‘El Viaje’ (The Journey) and ‘El Amor en Tiempos de Tinder’ (The Love in Times of Tinder). He is now working on his third play, a musical inspired by ‘Moulin Rouge’. His latest short film ‘Croissant’ has been accepted by festivals all around the world.