Director Biography – Rebecca Gardiner (TRANSMISSION)

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Rebecca is a film maker with a passion for intense and immersive storytelling. She is completing her masters in film specialising in directing and writing.
She creates compelling tales with cores of truth and dramatic sensibilities within the horror, science fiction, action, fantasy and thriller genres as she loves the visual freedom and complexity of sight, sound and emotion these genres allow.

Rebecca has taken on the challenge of creating the types of films and characters that she wants to see, creating powerful and multifaceted female lead characters within genre films that tackle matters which are relevant to the world today within futuristic setting that remain relevant to current issues.

Rebecca is currently refining her first feature script which she is looking forward to bringing to life.

Director Statement

With Transmission I wanted to tackle several aspects I personally find lacking in the film world. Strong female leads and tackling the sci-fi genre being a female writer and director.

I wanted to express my opinion of how we abuse our planet in a genre I find extremely exciting and challenging, Science fiction is often overlooked as not being as “worthy” as straight dramas, but any genre must have a core of truth and dramatic sensibilities if it will speak to audiences.
With all this in mind I set myself some rules, started writing and thus Transmission was born.

Transmission is about how we have destroyed our home and must find a new place, or resources to survive. But what they find on this new planet is a world that rejects us, fights us of as though we are a virus.

Right now Transmission only lives in this short film version, but I believe that it could be a quality production in either feature film or TV series delivery. My personal aim at this point is to take my short script and expand it into a feature length script to begin that development process.

I want the the short to have a life of it’s own in the sci-fi festival route as well as many of the women in film festivals. My hope is once created the short would even be able to stand up against the more dramatic fare that get play at the “big” festivals.

Once it has lived that life, I plan to use it as a taster for expanding the world to a larger scale.

Science fiction is an often underrated as a filmic art form, a point in case is The Martian winning best comedy at the golden globes. Yet it is a genre with a rabid and widespread fan base really to grab up new content that comes their way. I should know, I am one of them.

I want my home country to break from our current rut of horror or drama films, to look back and embrace our passion and freedom in making films, where we made the wildest films out there, and made them well. And I want to be one of the ones out front making these films.

Director Biography – Didac Gimeno (SATURN THROUGH THE TELESCOPE)

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Graduated in Veterinary Sciences in 2011, I have worked as a veterinarian mainly in the fields of cardiology and in clinical practice with exotic animals. In 2014 I graduated in Film Direction in the Cinematography and Audiovisual School of the Community of Madrid (ECAM) with the highest mark in my speciality.
Oscillation (2014), my end-of-course short film, has been selected in around fifty international festivals and has won several awards and nominations, among them, the Best University Short-film Award in the Nocturna Madrid Festival; the Lunartis Award in the Videmedeja Film Festival, Serbia; Spanish Radio and Television Corporation (RTVE) Award in the Hispasat 4K Festival; the nomination for the Silver Méliès in the Imagine Fantastic Film Festival or the nomination for the Gold Panda in China for the most innovative short-film.
“Saturn through the telescope” (2018), my last short-film, has won the aid for audiovisual creation from both the Malaga Film Festival and the Community of Madrid. Nowadays, it is at the distribution stage.

 

Director Statement

This shortfilm is about the desire of watching something that scares but fascinates you at the same time. Here, Max, a ten years old boy, discovers the pulsion of seeing a horror movie.
Altough is a fantastic genre shortfilm, it is deeply autobiographic. I remember when I was a kid and I ran out of bed at night for seeing horror movies on the television, even knowing I would had nightmares after. However I was fascinated by its disturbing but beatiful images, so that supposed the begining of my love for cinema.

Director BIO: Frank Prinzi (IT’S A MESS)

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Frank Prinzi ASC, is an Award winning filmmaker, who has been an active member of the New York Filmmaking Community for many years. He earned his Master Of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television from New York University, working early on with Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch, Ang Lee, Tom Dicillo, John Woo and Ed Burns among others. His eclectic cinematography credits range from feature films, television movies to episodic series, documentaries and commercials. Writing and directing “It’s a Mess” was a chance for him to make his own personal statement and to take more creative control as a storyteller.

 

Director Statement

 

IT’S A MESS is a fantasy but its themes are all too real: lonely, damaged, and defeated people, searching for any morsel of compassion and meaning. Finding purpose is rarely easy. If we’re lucky, we find someone to help open our eyes to it. A friendship, no matter how strange or unlikely, is still a treasured oasis for a lonely soul.
We’re all troubled by the state of our world: the glorification of greed and selfishness and the loneliness and alienation that result. Anyone who observes the world can see that it’s a mess… but it’s our mess, tragic and beautiful – something we all need to face in order to survive and change.

The technique in IT’S A MESS mirrors the story: dark, still, and quiet, with camera movement kept to a minimum. These choices seemed the ideal approach to reveal the themes of this strange little tale. IT’S A MESS is simple and classic in it’s style. No need for fireworks and overindulgent technique, just pure Cinema. The goal was to get to the heart and soul of the story with focus on the character performances and atmosphere, keeping it clear from lots of todays excessive visual and aural distractions. As Robert Bresson said,”Empty the pond to get to the fish”. I really hope you like our Film.

“There is some soul of goodness in things evil,
Would men knowing distill it out” -Henry V, Shakespeare

Director Biography – Robin Tremblay (FAEW)

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Robin Tremblay is an accomplished 3D animator, working for over 26 years in the field of education and  within Montreal VFX facilities.
He completed is Master in Digital Arts and he is now a freelance consultant for various VFX companies  both local and abroad . He is an active member of the Visual Effects Society of California.
He is one of the founding teachers of the NAD school in Montreal and still participates in the school’s success by working on its class curriculum and by teaching highly sought after CGI courses. His latest foray into the movie field is to act as director where he use his experience and eclectic imagination to push his bright students to act as an efficient team and go beyond what could be done in a normal education paradigm.
The FEAW short film is the result of Robin and his team of talented students.

Director Biography – Paul Charisse (UNCLE GRIOT)

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Paul has worked for a variety of VFX companies over the past 10 years Including work on the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy animating the character Gollum. He has also worked as an animator and pre-viz sequence designer on “Prince Caspian”, “Stardust” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ” ,”Zorro II”, ”Hellboy II” ,”Brothers Grimm”. He is presently Senior Lecturer in Animation at Portsmouth University and is currently directing his first feature film: “Stina & the Wolf” and his first short film: “Uncle Griot”.

Director Statement

As a filmmaker I’m fascinated by the spaces in between dreams and waking and how this can become a place to tell stories and experience ideas in a way that can that can plumb the depths of a viewer’s psyche. We all dream and inhabit the world of surrealism and symbolism nightly. I want to translate this experience through evocatively visual storytelling, exploring tales that are at once universal and at the same time, strangely unique.

Director Biography – Rosita Lama Muvdi (TABULA RASA)

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Rosita is a Colombian directress who believes we all have a monster lurking deep inside us and, every now and then, an uncontrollable hunger forces us to surrender to the darkness and allow our inner monster to come out and play. The darkness in female sexuality, the perversion in the mundane, and viscerally penetrating emotional imagery are themes that are ever-present in Rosita’s work.

After pursuing her B.S. in Film and Television at Boston University, where her film SOMBRA AZUL won first place at the Redstone Film Festival, Rosita directed commercial and documentary work, which screened in Colombian theatres, and has had her fashion photography work featured in major publications like Vogue Mexico, among others. After directing CREEP DATE, a finalist at Miami International Film Festival’s REEL Music Video Art Competition, Rosita moved to Los Angeles to pursue her M.F.A. in Directing at AFI, where she wrote and directed her thesis film LA SIRENA (Grand Jury Winner at Dances with Films) , a psychosexual fairy tale about a woman who surrenders to her inner monster to avenge her broken heart.

 

Director Statement

 

Growing up is never easy. And as hard as we try to keep some of that childish innocence alive, we know eventually we have to let it go. Whether we want to or not, consciously or not, one thing is true: it comes at a price. There is something we inevitably, and sometimes painfully sacrifice as we come of age and become suddenly aware of everything we were too happy to remain oblivious to. And no matter how hard we try to resist that darkness, we know we have to feed our innocence to it. We have to grow up. Even if it hurts.

Director Biography – George A. Velez (MR. E, P.I.)

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George A. Velez is a New York based filmmaker. He graduated from Pace University in 2015 with a degree in English. He has helped produce videos in collaboration with Warner Bros., NBCUniversal, and 21st Century Fox. Right now, he is rewriting his feature and working on short films.

Director Biography – Bears Fonte

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Bears Fonté founded Other Worlds Austin after two years as the Director of Programming for AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL. His last short film, ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE, has been selected for 65+ festivals since October of 2015 including SciFi London, Lund International Fantastisk Filmfestival and Dances With Films. Bears also was one of the producers on the Sundance Jury-Award Winning short THE PROCEDURE. His short film, THE SECRET KEEPER, played 35 US Film Festivals 2012-14. His feature thriller iCRIME, which he wrote and directed, was released on DVD, VOD and streaming by Vicious Circle Films in 2011. Bears also self-produced two web-series which have been seen by a combined ten million viewers. Prior to arriving in Austin, Bears wrote coverage for independent producers and coverage services in LA and placed in nearly every single screenwriting contest out there including Screenwriter’s Expo, Final Draft Big Break, Page International, Story Pros and Austin Film Festival. Bears received his BA from Carleton College in British Studies and Theatre Studies and a MFA in Directing from Indiana University and has directed over forty plays.

 

Director Statement

 

Nothing brings a family to together like pregnancy, and nothing tears it apart like jealousy. This the foundation of PRENATAL, two sisters struggling to find the truth and someway to understand eachother, despite being seperated by mountains of beleif and resentment. Prenatal inspired by my friend (and lead actress)’s first pregnancy and the red state / blue state divide. Sara was actually 8 months pregnant when we shot the film!

Director BIO: Khris Burton (SO.CI3.TY)

Director Biography – Khris Burton

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Khris Burton is an award-winning film and commercial director, from Martinique, French West Indies.

He graduated at ESRA (Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle) , an high-end educational academy, located in Paris, which specializes in cinematography, TV broadcasting, scriptwriting and sound engineering training.

A music fan as a child, he went on to direct music videos. He quickly gained recognition in this industry, both from his peers and from the audience. In 2011, the French professional music association (S.A.C.E.M) bestowed him an award for his music video “Trêve de bavardages”.

Khris Burton has also been directing commercials for half a decade. In this field too, his work won awards.

Since 2013, Khris Burton’s international status has increased: his short movie “Maybe Another Time” won People’s Choice Award, Top Rated and Jury 1st Commendations at the 8th edition of Filminute, the internationnal one minute film festival. Becoming the most awarded director in the history of the festival.

The movie also got Best Narrative Ultra Short Award at International Film Awards of Berlin (IFAB 2014).

In 2015, His one minute short “Nanny” won People Choice Award and Jury 2nd Commendation at the 10th edition of Filminute, the internationnal one minute film festival.

Throughout all his achievements, one can notice how human emotions matter for Khris Burton and are central in his work. His ability to catch these emotions and his technical expertise have made him an highly skilled director who is always willing to push back his limits.

Director BIO: Yoson An (BETWEEN THE PARALLEL)

Director Biography – Yoson An

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Yoson started working in the film industry in his early 20s. Along the way he has had a few opportunities to work on some amazing projects and learned more about the process of filmmaking. Being around different directors have sparked a new passion in him to also become a storyteller. Thus, “Between The Parallel” was created.

 

Director Statement

 

“Between The Parallel” is about a young girl, seeking to find freedom from her reality by depicting herself as a goddess like being through her art.

Being someone of two cultural backgrounds (born in China and raised in New Zealand), I wanted to merge the two cultures through this film. I grew up watching a lot of Chinese martial arts movies, and I’ve also grown to love fantasy/sci-fi films that symbolically explores the spectrum of human emotions; but I’ve never seen the two overlap. “Between the Parallel” symbolically reflects a young girl’s inner struggles (or demons) through her art, where she depicts herself as a goddess-like being in Ancient China, fighting for her freedom. This was an interesting idea to me because I’ve seen many films projecting the idea of good and evil of a characters with biblical references, but I’ve never seen a Chinese version of it. This is how this film began, it is a story told through Elisa’s (the female lead) point of view.

This short film is an adaption of a feature film idea. Most of the story painted itself around what I have seen or experienced in life. The actors (Melissa Xiao and David T. Lim), producer (Amber-rose Henshall), cinematographer (Leigh Elford) and I worked together on the pre-production weeks before filming. Most of the time went into translating the dialogue in the ancient China world and also perfecting the martial arts choreography in the fight sequence. Even though it was a fantasy world, I felt it was important for it to carry an element of truth behind it. The words spoken by both David and Melissa were in close alignment to the way people spoke from the Han Dynasty.

I’m really inspired by films (and TV shows) that uses Sci-fi|Fantasy to take viewers on a (out of this world) journey which reflects a deeper understanding of our humanity. I also believe film is a beautiful medium where we can symbolically reflect our perspective of reality. I would love to be able to bring forth more of my ideas into the world one day (on a larger scale) through the medium of film and television.