Director Biography – Patrick Lewtschanyn (PNEUMA)

Patrick grew up in rural Michigan and began making short movies with his cousins at a very early age. Film school was a natural choice for him. He graduated from from Columbia College Chicago with a focus in cinematography in 2005 and has began working for multiple production and post houses. In 2012 Patrick decided to go freelance and founded Loose Cannon Films. He has been recently focusing more on short films while maintaining an advertising career as a director and DP.

Director Biography – Alex Farias (ANIMAL HEADS)

ALEX FARIAS is a 23 year old Los Angeles based filmmaker and director from the Pacific NorthWest. At age 18 she turned down enrollment to Tisch for her Bachelor’s degree to backpack overseas for two years. Upon returning home she began working in production. Since 2016 Alex has transitioned into the camera department, worked on 10 feature films, completed a screenwriting certificate at the University of Washington and a summer screenwriting intensive at NYU Tisch, directed two short films (“Animal Heads” and “Tempo”) and wrote two feature scripts. One of those scripts, “Georgia” has been finalist (top 25) in the ScreenCraft feature screenplay competition and her other script, “The Other Side”, won best feature at the Harlem film festival. Alex is passionate bringing media and art to underrepresented communities. She volunteers with foster youth organizations shooting video content and most recently directed a stage show through HomewardLA with a cast of eleven actors which went up at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles as a benefit for the Midnight Mission on Skid Row. The organization raised 125,000 for the homeless community in the greater Los Angeles area.

Director Biography – Ilya Abulkhanov (ARXIV/ARCHIVE)

Ilya V. Abulkhanov is a Russian director, designer born in USSR, based in Los Angeles. While pursuing an auto-didactic approach in the attempt to consume / produce the world differently, he makes (dis)organized notes, (re)arranges desires and (dis)orientates expectations.

Most recently his work for Mill+ includes the music video, Rihanna ‘Sledgehammer’, the creative direction of the opening film title sequences for ‘X-MEN: Apocalypse’, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, as well as the ‘Zoolander 2 Trailer’ and the opening film for the video game ‘Destiny’. Some of his earlier work includes the 2009 OFFF Opening Film, creative direction of Display Graphics and Holographic Interfaces for ‘Iron Man II’, the opening title sequence for the film ‘Married Life’, as well directed live action broadcast packages for the MTV Video Music Awards, MTV-Movie-Awards-2009, the Movie Awards, and MTV Network Rebrand. He also collaborated on the design and animation of the opening credits for ‘RocknRolla’, ‘Iron Man I’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk’.

Ilya also draws science-fictional characters and takes pictures. Aside from contributing to the culture industry outsourced by Hollywood he applies a trio of cynical, hypocritical and ironic strategy to survive.

Prior to living in Los Angeles, Ilya studied media-theory & film and worked as an editor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 1999-2005.

Director Statement

Something is missing. Yet, I would briefly describe the film as a certain kind of delay; a delay of narrative, a postponed continuity. I was interested in making a film that is both orienting and disorienting, frustrating and welcoming at the same time. This, in turn, I suspect, would allow the audience to enjoy making sense of things, because far along down the line, I think, we find enjoyment in producing meaning. In this sense, the film is playing with desires.
Having said that, one would say that any meaning itself is directly connected with the imaginary as well as its capacity to relate and shape a meaningful reality. Ultimately, what we dream of and desire is a byproduct of the conditional surroundings we find ourselves in. Which perpetuate and manifest the various ways we imagine these dreams; whether or not they are dreams of exodus, utopian accomplishments or the defeatist aspect of the seemingly nightmarish banality of the everyday.
If we change our surroundings, perhaps our dreams would change as well. If we change what we dream for, perhaps our surroundings would change as a byproduct of our insistence on this imaginary environment.

I thought it would be nice to make a film in which a protagonist from a future, whoever it might be- would be forced to dream a little. What if, the brain would produce a dream, what if one neuron combines with another and produces a protein surplus that could be the beginning of something new. The real meaning of that surplus could hang in the unconscious, as the assembly of processes recorded in one form or another and stored in some kind of an ARXIV/ Archive. Regardless of the usefulness of the archive, there would also be a possibility to dream for another world.

Director Biography – G.S. Leitgeb (THE SECRET BOX)

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Having directed numerous music-videos and commercials, THE SECRET BOX marks the international Drama Short-Film Debut for Austrian creator G.S. Leitgeb – with his current feature film in development, pursuing the same vibe, pace & colour. Following in the footsteps of well-known masters T. Burton, G. del Toro and W. Anderson, G.S. Leitgeb combines his work as writer, designer and director – moulding a fictional world filled with adventure, fantasy & mystery. Garnished with a sense of slapstick-comedy as the cherry on top. Inside the Dublin & Vienna based World-Building Studio KTC®Slingshot, he’s leading a Team of Creatives formerly involved in The Hobbit, Alice in Wonderland, Penny Dreadful or A Series of Unfortunate Events – offering services for writing, design and directing.


Director Statement

This journey about discovering something hidden, ancient and buried, with its secrets only waiting to be unlocked, feeds our universal hunger for curiosity. Its stories, characters and objects move us back to the days where we used to hang out in treehouses and spent hours dreaming up dangerous adventures, only to come home late – dirty and bruised, but a tick wiser. Those happy days where fantasy and imagination ruled our world, and emotions were floating so effortlessly.

With its quirky designs, its eccentric characters and its twisted story-lines, THE SECRET BOX triggers our senses for retro, nostalgia and playfulness; inviting us to experience the world through the eyes of an innocent kid.

To go into great detail during the process of writing & development was vital for the creation of an authentic and wide-spread world. It doesn’t stop with the characters and stages. Fictional bodies, organisations and objects needed their own branding and identity – such as the ‘Peltzer Publishing Group’ – a fictional distribution company that runs a newspaper and is in cahoots with the secret Can Society. Or the company Straussman Werke Gmbh, which is dealing with all kinds of scientific gadgets in providing the equipment for The KTC® Time Jumper Program. When building a timeline from 1600 towards 1985, all of these things needed to be thought through to finally connect them with the events happening on The Secret Box.

The entire making of The Secret Box involved around 60 international Creatives plus 20 additional heads who worked as consulters in the back. For such a short format entertainment which is as complex as it is new, with all its different media-channels and story-parts, that is a lot of people to be held together. Right on top, you constantly have to keep an eye on not to loose focus of ‘the bigger picture’.

Director Biography – Joshua Sallach (MR. SUSHI)

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Joshua is an award-winning Los Angeles-based film and commercial director and producer. He was born and raised in central Pennsylvania, where he discovered his passion for visual storytelling, painstakingly animating his first 12-minute cartoon by hand when we was just 11 years old.

Soon after earning his degree in computer science from the University of New Mexico, Joshua began working in the film industry. Working for companies like Paramount and Warner Bros. in any capacity he could, he furthered his deep love of communicating through art. Joshua learned the ins and outs of production, has dabbled as a first AD, worked in post-production visual effects and compositing, and ultimately developed a strong interest in not only directing projects but also producing them.

Joshua has written, directed and produced 6 short films to date, as well as numerous commercials and videos. Joshua was nominated for Best Director at the Pasadena International Film Festival for his film “Mr. Sushi.” Joshua has also produced an award winning short that won best comedy horror at Dragon*con in 2011. Joshua lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. More of his work can be found at:

Director Statement

Mr. Sushi is a piece that I am particularly proud of and is very close to my heart. It not only spoke to us, as filmmakers, while we were making it, but also continues to speak to those who watch it. Its about passing the torch from the old to the new; embracing the dangerous and unknown future while holding true to the traditions of the past.

A few short months after finishing principal photography, I lost my dearest friend and mentor, my Mr. Sushi, to a sudden heart attack. I realized in retrospect, that the film was speaking to me directly, and really to all of us who have had someone positively influence their lives. I learned so much from my friend without realizing it, a wisdom quietly passed down through the ages. And its important to me that we continue to pass that wisdom on, even if unspoken, and “make the most out of every generation.”

Director Biography – Nathan Hong Fisher (HELLO, WORLD)

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Nathan Hong Fisher is an NYC filmmaker, originally from Seattle.

In 2017 he co-created the series TableTalk; distributed by Fullscreen Media. His film Backtrack received jury commendation at the 2016 Filminute festival and his upcoming work includes The 49th Day, Martin Eden, Sunlit Night, and the NBC series The Village.

He is also developing a series based in Backtrack’s universe and adapting his novella Human+ into a limited series.

Director Biography – Raúl Koler, Emiliano Sette (ANACRONTE)

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Raúl Isidoro Koler y Emiliano Sette

Raúl Koler is an Argentinean artist that has been developing a series of interdisciplinary projects since the 1990’s that include works in literature, photography and film.
Among his works we can find:
Mandato Familiar – Novel – 1996
Describes the ups and downs of two jewish families that, escaping the horrors of the first world war, settled down in the colonies created by Baron Hirsh in Basavilbaso, Entre Ríos, Argentina.
Trancoso – Novel – 1998
Set in the Brazilian northeast, it shows the impact generated by “the progress”, incarnated in the arrival of tourism to a little village defenseless to capitalism’s voracity.
La cadena de Huayna Capac – Historical Novel – 2006
Written with thorough detail and in ancient Spanish, tells the story of Francisco Pizarro, who in the beginnings of the 1500 conquers the Incan Empire. Simultaneously, Teodoro, a lawyer in our present time, denounces Spain in the international tribunals.
De aquí y allá – Photography Book – 2013
Set in the northeast of Brazil and in the city of La Plata, Argentina
Anacronte – Short Story – 2014
Describes the becoming of mankind in its eternal struggle to circumvent the designs of the Sorcerers of Evil that, in the form of an arrow, reward or punish effort or sloth.
Anacronte – Short Animated Film (3-D CGI) – 2016
A spin-off from his short story Anacronte. It’s a unique 3-D CGI animation piece in Latin America in technical quality and storytelling.

Emiliano Sette

In 2011 he is called upon to make the script for the television series “El payaso PLIM PLIM, a hero from the heart”.
He won the Martín Fierro Award in 2012 for Best Children’s Cable Program, and was nominated as Best Children’s Air Television Program in the 2013 edition of the Martin Fierro’s Awards.
Distinguished with a special mention for the category “child’s programs” in the ATVC Awards granted by the Argentine Association of Cable Television.
Winner of the “INFANCIAS INCAA Award” with his short animated film Reflejos.
Winner of the “Contest for the Development and International Promotion of Animation Projects 2013” organized by INCAA with his animation series Noticiero.
Director and screenwriter of the animation series Mili, winner of EXPOTOONS 2013.
Director and screenwriter of Náufragos, TV series distinguished by INCAA in the Federal Animation Contest.
Director and screenwriter of Transmedia contents in studios, production agencies and institutions such as Magic Gardens Animation Studios, Celeste Studios, La República de los Niños and Smilehood, among others.

Director Biography – Nicholas Muthersbaugh (ALORA)

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Nicholas Muthersbaugh is a Director/Producer for an owned and operated NBCUniversal broadcast station in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. In two years, he’s garnered over 10 top awards, including an Emmy for his work at NBC. “Alora” is his second short film, the first of which is “LFTA” (Look Feel Touch Adore), a thriller found on, and Vimeo. “Alora” is co-written, co-produced, and directed by Mr. Muthersbaugh.

Director Biography – Deeptanshu Sinha (SIEGE)

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Deeptanshu Sinha is a visionary director whose films portray out of the box visionary ideas with true to life characters. They are made on a large visual scale and are designed for the ultimate cinematic experience.

Deeptanshu has been in the field of filmmaking since the last 7 years. Starting off as a Screenwriter, he has 2 feature length spec screenplays to his name and has been a Screenwriter for over 20 short films. He further pursued Direction and has directed 22 short films in the last 3 years. He is also well versed with the technical aspects of filmmaking as he been an Editor for over 15 short films.

Deeptanshu holds a B.Sc. degree in Filmmaking with specialization in Direction from Whistling Woods International, India. He further specialized as an Editor and Director during his time at Vancouver Film School, Canada.

With strong grasp on script to screen execution, Deeptanshu aims to be a complete filmmaker who will raise the bar with every film he makes and change the way we experience films.