Caroline is a New York City-based documentary filmmaker and editor with a background in environmental science. Her observational eye and boundless curiosity lead her to obtain an undergraduate degree in Marine Science where a portion of her studies included field research on Massachusetts’ Marshlands and laboratory work in a windowless room in which, over time, the soil samples began to talk to her…
Since her decision to pivot careers she has been involved in production for docuseries that are currently screening on Netflix and Apple TV +. Most recently she was an assistant editor for an independent feature documentary currently being submitted to festivals.
Caroline has directed and edited two documentary shorts of her own. Both are influenced by her love for the environment and hopes that her affinity for visual storytelling will inspire thought and change for a more equitable future.
Mauro John Capece
Film producer and director.
The international experience and the set have perfected the instinct in the choice of the productions to be undertaken.
He currently controls Evoque Art House, a company founded in 1996, focused on the production and co-production of genre films that follow the tradition of European cinema.
Evoque Art House’s productions have been sold and distributed (theatrical; television; V.o.d.) in the following countries: Italy; Canada; China; Japan; United States;
The films produced and directed by Mauro John Capece have been repeatedly selected and awarded by important national and international Film Festivals.
Co-Executive Producer/Co-Creator/ Screenwriter/Music/Social Media
Danielle Johnson is the founder of her own Music/Social Media company “deejayandcatsproduction”, a musician, mix engineer, music producer, a Digital Media Content Creator for end-user/audience in specific contexts, and Co-Executive Producer/Co-Creator/ Screenwriter of her first scripted drama series known as Jillian’s Peak with her lifelong partner Charzette Torrence. She has been an advocate in the Industry for the diversity of African American women in screenwriting, music, television, and streaming. Their script, Jillian’s Peak, was officially selected in two major film
festivals in 2018 in N.Y. and LA and vote one of the top 10 scripts in 2019 for the LGBTQ Toronto Film Festival. She is a member of NYWIFT, IFP, and SAG-AFTRA New Media Project. Danielle and her partner have been casting, screening, review rating, and voting on films for IFC New York, LA, and the Gotham Awards for the past six years. This spring, they will be filming a short trailer for Jillian’s Peak with a well-known African American female producer making her directorial debut. They are the newest upcoming creators of content for streaming and television media. https://www.deejayandcatsproduction.com/
Shizico Yi is an award winning documentary filmmaker, she holds PhD in Fine Art. She is also a painter and installation artist; the Curator and Editor of No Barking aRt , a non-profit art organization based in London supporting independent artists and filmmakers worldwide.
Co-Executive Producer/Co-Creator/ Screenwriter/Fine Art Photographer
Charzette Torrence has always been a spokeswoman for making a change in diversity in the photography, film and television industry. The project Jillian’s Peak which is an episodic drama series made for television and streaming with her Domestic Partner Danielle Johnson. Jillian’s Peak script was officially selected in two major film festivals in 2018 in N.Y .and LA, and voted as one of the top 10 scripts in 2019 for the LGBTQ Toronto Film Festival. She is a member of NYWIFT, IFC, and SAG-AFTRA New Media Project. Charzette and her partner Danielle have both been casting, screening, review, rating, and voting on films for IFP New York, LA, and the Gotham Awards for the past six years. This spring they will be filming a short trailer for Jillian’s Peak with a well-known African American female producer making her directorial debut. They are the newest upcoming creators of content for streaming and television media. https://jillianspeak.com/
Pierparide Tedeschi is an Italian journalist, writer and filmmaker. Finalist at the national screenwriting award I Girasoli promoted by the Cultural association Cesare Zavattini with the short film Una storia così, he was assistant director of Giorgio Strehler at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. He wrote and shot the video Arte in villa (Gori collection in Pistoia) for Condé Nast Editions and he directed Beuys frames. The film it was presented on 2014 at New York City Independent Film Festival, at Buddhist Film Festival Europe 2015 in Amsterdam, at Kunsthaus in Zurich and in many Italian and international cultural institutions including Renzo Renzi Library of Cineteca in Bologna. He has been the curator of several exhibitions of contemporary art, photography, and set design.
He wrote Metamorphosis of a Life. Lucrezia De Domizio Durini:International art, culture, and society from the 70’s to the present (Rizzoli Electa, 2018).
Mathilde was raised in a multicultural environment, surrounded by her Russian grandfather, German grandmother, and Belgian parents. While growing up in the small city of Liège (Belgium), she took dancing classes for over a decade, trained in improvisation, and performed in a few plays throughout the years, coached by professional comedians.
Two months after graduating from high school, she took a leap of faith and made her way to New York City to pursue her dreams.
She first studied Meisner at The Acting Studio under James Price, then completed a “One Year Acting for Film Conservatory” at The New York Film Academy, and finally graduated with a “Two Year Acting Conservatory” diploma from The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.
As of 2019, she’s been portraying Amity in the J.J. Abrams & Stephen King series, Castle Rock.
Believing she’s a full storyteller, Mathilde finds much joy and inspiration in her writing.
She won The Strasberg Works Award with her full length play Snow White & The Beast, tapped for production Off-Broadway, directed by Renoly Santiago (Hackers; Con Air; Daylight). She then wrote, produced, and played the lead in Rhythm in Me, a short film which ended up at The Cannes Short Film Corner as well as at The Palm Springs International ShortFest.
Rob Lobosco is a Melbourne based Actor, Comedian, Writer, Author, Filmmaker, Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Film Judge.
Rob has had various roles in Australian TV (Halifax FP, Frontline, Blue Heelers and Neighbours-playing Doug Marshall and the infamous role of Tom Jones). He has had appearances in the Australian films Amy, The Interview, The Zone.
He funded/produced his first feature film ‘Groomless Bride,’ playing one of the main roles – Adam.
He released his series of three books titled, ‘Heal yourself with my learning’s, his romantic novel, “In love with love-not him,” and his Dramedy novel, “Tough Lessons.”
Rob produced/wrote/directed/acted the comedy stage play called ‘Dress to Hide,’ (2010 International Comedy Festival) and in Feb/Mar 2012, the Italian stage play, ‘Due Paesi, Due Cuori.’ He also wrote ‘Due Paesi, Due Cuori,’ to a feature film that same year.
Rob wrote, produced, directed and plays identical twins, Tony and Lewis, in the film, ‘FATE – It is what it is!’ This film was an Officially Selected film at the 2013 New York City Independent Film Festival, 2014 World Film Awards (Jakarta), 2015 Mykonos Biennale Film Festival, Best shorts film festival, the Accolade Global film competition winning four awards.
Anna Holter has won Best European First Time Director Awarded in Rome. She has worked as a choreographer and a dancer since 1997 all around the world, at Teatro alla Scala Milan, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, Queen Elizabeth Hall London, Bunka Kaikan Opera Tokyo to name some of the theatres. Through dance she also got involved with film, first as an actress and choreographer and then as director herself. Her short film series Moving Isolation – an artistic diary – about freelance dancers during the lockdowns of the pandemic recently won great international attention and was awarded first prize at the Feel Good film Festival at The Roses UK, shown here at NYIFF, as well as at festivals in Prague, Antwerp, Athens, Stockholm to name some. Spring 2022 she will be seen in the Austrian Cinemas as an actress and her film Moving Isolation will be broadcasted at more international festivals.
More information at www.annaholter.com
Daniel H. Jacobson
Daniel H. Jacobson is an American-Israeli filmmaker. Born and raised in Lancaster, PA, he moved to Tel Aviv, Israel in 2008 after graduating from Clark University in Worcester, MA with a degree in Government and International Relations.
After completing his military service in an IDF combat brigade, he worked odd jobs while exploring film schools, eventually landing at Minshar in Tel Aviv.
Dan’s 2019 Israeli short film, the Hebrew-language thriller “Down the River” won several awards for its cast and crew, including “Best Actress” for Heli Amaresh Sanka at the 2020 New York Independent Film Festival, where Dan was awarded “Best Screenplay”.
In late August 2020, mere days after he completed principal photography on his second film, “1805”, Dan was one of four featured panelists in the 2020 Bucharest International Film Festival’s special event “Socially United in Cinema”, where “Down the River” screened to wide acclaim.
In 2022, her latest narrative short film The Silent Whistle（FENG ZHENG) was premiered at the 75th Cannes film festival and selected for a bunch of Oscar-Qualifying and Bafta-qualifying film festivals.
Travis is a writer, producer and actor whose work has been seen in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and across the country. Recent work includes: BURY ME IN ARMOR, a short film starring Alice Kremelberg and featuring the late Ed Asner currently in film festivals around the country (2021 New York Independent Film Festival, San Jose International, Richmond, Garden State, Newport Beach, 2022 Mammoth Film Festival…). WEATHER OR NOT, an adaptation of a David Sedaris entry and TRAPPED IN MOTION. Recent performances include: Charles Bingley in Pride and Prejudice: A New Musical (Amazon Prime), the World Premiere of Prince of Egypt at TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley, Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Annenberg in Los Angeles (Dir. Michael Arden), and Kristoff/Hans in Disney California Adventure’s Frozen Live at the Hyperion. Travis is a graduate of UCLA. @travisleland20
Gaetano Nino Campolongo
Gaetano Nino Campolongo, an Italian guy born and raised in Naples, a beautiful city in the south of Italy. At a very young age, I discovered a passion for movies thanks to an old friend. Through the lens of some of the best directors, such as Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder and Roberto Rossellini I was able to better understand the art of filmmaking and I started to see what it meant to tell a story through a lens, a camera and an actor.
I started my career in Italy in 2009 as video assist and utility. In 2013 I moved to NYC where I had the chance to know and have a hands-on experience with various cameras systems from Arriflex 35mm and Aaton Penelope to digital cameras like Arri, Red and Sony.
The film set became my school, a hands-on way to expand my knowledge. As I worked through the different roles of Camera PA up to First Camera Assistant I have had the opportunity to operate different cameras but more importantly have had experience to work with amazing Directors of Photography and Directors whose ideas and insights into this world of filming I will carry as I continue pursuing my goal of becoming a filmmaker.
I’m now a Camera Operator, Focus Puller and Cam Assistant based in Tokyo, Japan, where I had the opportunity to work on different sets from narrative feature film to commercials from corporate to documentaries.
Meghan Shea is an award-winning Director and Producer who specializes in non-fiction storytelling. She is a founder of Persistent Productions where she is the head of documentary development working between Boston, New York, and Singapore. She draws from a background in the arts to create work that examines issues from multiple viewpoints and global perspectives. Her work brings an authentic and humanistic lens to subjects of great complexity. Her portfolio includes both feature-length and shorts that have screened and streamed on television, at museums, in numerous film festivals and as part of social action campaigns. Meghan received her Master’s in Fine Arts from The George Washington University during which time she was a fellow for EJS Women’s Leadership Program.
Siti Lu is an animation director, storyboard artist and animator from Los Angeles. After graduation character animation program from CalArts in 2021. She is been working as a storyboard artist at Cartoon Network and Netflix Animation. She is also part of the judge committee for the 48th Emmy award.
CHAN, Chitman (陳哲民)
CHAN, Chitman (aka Lester) is a seasoned actor and theatre director, prior to making his film directorial debut, APART《散後》, which won Champion in the 2nd First Feature Film Initiative (Professional Group) competition in Hong Kong. APART was selected for competition in the 15th Osaka Asian Film Festival 2020, and the 12th New York City Independent Film Festival 2021.
As actor, Chitman appears on screen and stage in U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China. His memorable performance as Frank the father in the Canadian film EVE AND THE FIRE HORSE won him a Best Supporting Actor Nomination in the 27th Genie Awards of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. He played the Bohemian lover, Raymond, in the Oscar-nominated Taiwanese film EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN《飲食男女》, and served as its acting coach. His American film debut COMBINATION PLATTER《拼盤》in which he starred as Sam the waiter won a FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics) Prize in the 18th Toronto International Film Festival. His TV drama debut in Hong Kong as Jeff the architect in Glass Wall《玻璃牆》 of Radio Television Hong Kong won a Silver Award in the 17th International Disability Drama Film Festival. His co-produced film Cure《金不換》also won a Best Asia-Middle East Film Nomination in the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival.
Bar Elyakim is a filmmaker, playwright and an actress based in Tel Aviv, israel.
Matthew Taylor is an American artist. For over twenty years he has worked in a variety of creative fields ranging from sculpture, fashion, technology and filmmaking.
From a young age, Matthew took an interest in art history and theory, and in the late 1990’s he embraced conceptual artist, Marcel Duchamp, and his ideas as a guiding principle for the 21st century. Drawing on Duchamp’s own journey, Matthew set out to make a documentary to explore Duchamp’s relationship to the 21st century. Marcel Duchamp: Art Of The Possible is a documentary that realizes Matthew’s vision to bring Duchamp to a broader audience and present him as a guiding light in an increasingly technological world.
In addition to this film on Duchamp, Matthew has made over 100 short films, worked with ballet dancers to create contemporary multimedia installations, and undertaken extensive travel photography around the world. He directed the short film series This is New York in 2021 and directed the film, Invisible Hand, which is making its way through film festivals around the world.
Malcolm Green is an international award-winning writer and director. Passionate about creating content that challenges, entertains and surprises, Malcolm makes highly creative, emotional, impactful and effective films, documentaries and commercials.. He is also dedicated to introducing audiences to those human stories that usually remain unseen or unheard.
Amongst his prizewinning films are ‘Finding Abraham’, ‘EDEK’, ’Pearls’, ‘The Bee Queen’, ‘SEFA’ and ‘The Salmon Sisters’.
Malcolm is currently developing a musical documentary in collaboration with young UK prisoners.
Malcolm Green is based in London UK. His recent work can be seen at LoveFromMalc.com
Wayne Yu is an award-winning director, writer, and DP based in Boston. He has worked extensively in the field of short films, many of which dealt with social issues and marginalized communities. His most recent short film, Breathless (2021), was a finalist at the USA Film Festival and received the Boston International Film Festival’s award for best cinematography.
Leann Barna is an award-winning screenwriter, story analyst for Disney, film festival programmer, and instructor at Transformation Film Institute. She holds an M.A. in Cinema/Screenwriting and in Biblical Studies. Leann owns Mining Company Media, which helps screenwriters tell their best stories and takes on select production projects.
SangJin Ko is an Award-winning film director, screenwriter, and producer from Seoul, Korea.
His films have been selected for more than 130 Film Festivals over 23 countries around the world.
He majored in law at the university and performed military service in South Korea.cThen, he decided to follow his dream and moved to the United States to study filmmaking. After he completed Master of Fine Arts Degree in Filmmaking, SangJin has started his career as a filmmaker.
Since 2014, SangJin has been participating in New York City Independent Film Festival as a Jury member.
Independent film director and cinematographer, based in Greece and UK. His short film ‘The Violin and its Shadow’ was shown in festivals worldwide, including New York City Independent Film Festival. It has been awarded in Vienna for Best Art Direction, and in Montreal for Best Cinematography.
He is a member of the Club for Unesco Art-Literature and Science of Greece, and also an award-winning photographer who has participated in thirteen photography and mixed-media exhibitions, collective and personal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree in Photography, Video and Digital Imaging. During his photography studies, Greg Babalas was selected to join a mentoring scheme as Director of Photography, with Oscar-winning producer David Puttnam, and additionally to his degree, he has been awarded with the Puttnam Scholars Prize. In 2019 University of Sunderland awarded him with a scholarship, and in 2020, he received a Master of Arts degree in Media Production (Film and Television), with Distinction.
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Esteban Celi, has a BA in Cinema and Television, and received a Master in Communication. He is currently a research professor in Film Analysis and Film Theory at the Universidad Tecnológica Israel and a PhD candidate at the University of Palermo Argentina.*
Erin Babbin is a documentary filmmaker who believes in keeping it real. Her work centers around elevating true stories from real people who exist in the margins of the mainstream. Erin continues her family’s tradition led by her great grandfather’s home movies, her grandmother’s photography and her mother’s filmmaking. In 2011, she co-founded the Chicago based film and photo production company On The Real Film, which creates social justice and art centered work. On The Real Film has had films distributed by Fusion network and screened in festivals internationally. Babbin has sat on the pre-screening committee for the International Documentary Awards and is on the jury of Slamdance 2018-2020, and the NYC Indy Film Fest 2016-2020.
Bruno Brejt – director, screenwriter, editor, born in Warsaw. Graduate of Warsaw University Department of Law and Administration and the Warsaw Film School.
He has produced over a dozen of short films, for which he gained recognition during international film festivals in Europe and the United States. Creator of music videos and founder of a collective of film artists called The Film Ensemble.
Currently, he is wrapping up his feature film debut entitled “Contract” and editing a documentary called “Saints of the Nineveh Valley”. The document tells the story of ordinary people touched by the drama of the Iraq War. Working on documentaries allowed the director to obtain the skills required to undertake the role of a feature film creator – patience, sensitivity and the ability to acutely observe human behavior.
He does not use social media, he prefers to meet people directly. Cat lover, enthusiast of long evenings and old records.
Pedro Coutinho started his career as Assistant Director. In 2008, he directed his first short film “The Name of the Cat”. The film was selected for many festivals, including Shanghai International Film Festival. Between 2009 and 2012 Pedro attended Columbia University to pursue his MFA in film. “The Game”, his thesis short film, was selected for more than 50 festivals, winning prizes in many countries, such as: Brazil, USA, UK and Croatia.
In 2013, he started to direct commercials, making films for big brands, like: Coke, P&G, Harley Davidson, Bayer, among others. At the same year, he directed the second season of “Elmiro Miranda Show” a TV comedy series, for TBS. As screenwriter, he was the showrunner of the TV show “Me, she and One million of followers”, that aired in 2017.
In March of 2018, Pedro’s first feature, “All the Reasons to Forget” was released in theaters in Brazil. The film, a micro-budget dramedy, is now is available on Netflix, all over the world, and was nominated to the Brazilian Cinema Grand Prize, as comedy of the year.
Michelle Lambeau is an independent filmmaker, actor, voice coach, and simultaneous interpreter based in Sedona, Arizona. Her award-winning documentary, Lady Susan – Missing Masterpiece by Jane Austen, has been shown at Festivals in New York, Paris, Palm Springs, Texas, and Costa Rica. She is a regular judge for the Ethnografilm Festival, and has enjoyed reviewing this year’s submissions to the New York City Independent Film Festival for the fourth time. Find her on IMDb and the usual social media platforms. SAG-AFTRA
Leandro Goddinho is a Brazilian filmmaker dedicated to LGBTQ+ issues. He got selected for BERLINALE TALENTS 2018 and won more than 100 awards in Film Festivals around the world. In 2015, he was selected to the German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders sponsored by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to research and develop a documentary project on LGBTQ+ issues. His graduation Project DARLUZ (2009) won 38 awards and his 2016 short film Piscina (Pool) had its World Premiere at Palm Springs Film Festival, winning 46 Awards and being selected for more than 140 Film Festivals since then. Goddinho is currently lecturing Machinima and Screencast Films within the Master of Arts in Media and Visual Anthropology at the HMKW University – Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft Berlin.
William Saunders is a New York City based Director, Editor and Filmmaker and CEO of production company Fourth.Media.
Prashant Naik is an award-winning photographer and Filmmaker based in Atlanta, Georgia. For more than two decades, he has been documenting exotic locations and wonders of our natural world, that show human relationships with natural environments – from the Western Ghats in India to the deserts and mountains of the United States. His work has appeared in magazines and publications around the world. He has a keen interest in Astro and landscape photography, and over the years his work has gained international recognition in the field. His creations have been prize winners in global photography contests – such as the 2nd prize in International Photography awards 2022 and the Gold Award at the Moscow International Foto Awards in 2018 to name a few.
Mário Gajo de Carvalho
Eric P. Granger
“Top 50 up and coming screenwriters for 2018” – Roadmap Writers
A student of Robert McKee’s “Story” and Arron Sorkin’s “Masterclass”. Since 2000, besides screenplays, I have written, directed, and produced 4 murder mystery stage plays, and a full-length stage Musical (Book, Music and Lyrics), a collection of short stories on Kindle, and numerous magazine articles. I have won 2 “Grand Prize” awards for lyrics in Nashville and penned 20 original songs.
I have been a Judge for The Berlin International CineFest , the Lake Placid Film Festival the NYC Independent Film Festival. Now living in Lake Placid, NY and Costa Rica.
I have written eleven features, three shorts, and have four other features in progress.
Garnering 100 “Film Festival Screenplay Awards” in the past five years. 18 “BEST SCREENPLAY” * (eight different scripts) and 49 “Finalist” Awards. Including 3rd place at Cannes*.
Marcos Magario Filho
Marcos Magario Filho is a Brazilian award-winning Creative Art Director with 18 years of experience working for advertising agencies. He’s also a filmmaker, director and screenwriter in the spare time he gets between the creative conception of advertising campaigns. His short film “Inflatable Sex Doll” was part of the NYC Indie Film Festival’s official selection in 2021.