Writer/Director. An award-winning director and two-time Film Independent Fellow, Los Angeles based Mike Miller is also an accomplished screenwriter and DP. His ability in each of these areas, coupled with an understanding of the role every part plays in the storytelling, informs his work as a director. That body of work has consistently garnered awards at a long list of the world’s major award shows, including The Cannes Film Festival, The New York Festivals, St Tropez International Film Festival and ‘Official Selection in Competition’ at The Sundance Film Festival.
Kodak Entertainment Imaging Awarded filmmaker and Film Premieres organizer. Mark has organized premieres such as Oscar's Awarded "Gladiator" (Russell Crowe), "Mission Impossible 2" (Tom Cruise), "Gone in 60 seconds" (Nicholas Cage, Angelina Jolie), "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (Jim Carrey), and much more. Mark is also a filmmaker; he has master's degree in TV and Film Production. His films were shown on film festivals in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago or Salt Lake City and also European countries.
A nationally acclaimed young director who began filming when he was 5; Marco is a Director who's experience and determination is way beyond his years. Already now, Marco has had his films and music videos screened all over the world and with commercials airing nationally on TV. Marco's enthusiasm, drive and passion towards filmmaking continues to be his heart and soul within every project he works on. "An Actor's Director" some have called him, Marco values his relationships with his actors in order to get their very best performance. Founder of Happy Tree Films, Marco has never ceased in making his production company bigger, better, and enforcing a 'Hollywood Professionalism' within his cast and crew.
Bulgarian Film Director and Producer. She has also a 10-years experience in financial, corporate and civil law while working as lawyer. She has Master Degree in Law from Law School of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Master Degree in Film and TV Directing from New Bulgarian University, also a Specialisation in Public speech on Radio and TV from New Bulgarian University, Sofia. Her debut in film-directing and producing starts in 2011 with her short film “Salty & Sweet”, created during her study in Film and TV Directing- selected and awarded worldwide at many International Film Festivals. She is also a Co-Producer of “The Judgement”, feature film of the director Stephan Komandarev- soon in theatrical release. She is also Director and Producer of her project for feature film “Yoan is going to Mecca”, writer Emil Spahiyski, financially supported for development from The National Film Centre, as well as Director and Producer of her project for feature film “Ego”, writer Aleksey Kozhuharov.
Before Yukilynn knew what acting or directing or producing was all about she fell in love with reading aloud in class which caused her to come out of her shell and explore a world of creativity that would follow her throughout her life. When she was eight years old she was so gripped by watching the actresses in "Steel Magnolia's". She fell asleep watching "Mary Tyler Moore" , "Dick Van Dyke" and " I love Lucy" on Nick at Night. She loved this world and wanted more than anything to be a part of it.Yukilynn's pilot "Off Leash" was the 2013 first place winner of the pilot competition at The Sunset Film festival and she is happy to participate this year as a judge as she has admired the films chosen in previous years. Yukilynn is currently living in North Hollywood,California with her husband and producing partner David Lloyd Smith.
Rodrigo Zan was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and since his early ages his passion for music, poetry, nature, new medias and mystery took him to many trips and journeys all over the world.
His films, photographs, and work are a cinematic reflection of life, his perspectives about the experience in life. The necessity to unleash himself from the institutionalization of the mind reflects the freedom that drives him to different ways to express his feelings and thoughts.
Fallowing the flow of the energy that inspires him, the mechanism, writing, directing, photographing are only ways to express the same thing, the perspective.
He directed three narrative short films already, “Moments”, “Blue Bird”, “Jimbo” and one short documentary “Seeking the Joy”. Now working on his first feature film.
LUCA CASERTA. Italian director, screenwriter and filmmaker. Raised in a family of directors and actors, Luca Caserta graduated in Filmmaking at Movie Academy of Cinecittà (Rome - Italy), majoring in movie direction and screenwriting with Carlo Lizzani. Founder of Nuove Officine Cinematografiche, he's author of short films and documentaries. Really in love with all the filmmaking process, he believes that the heart of Cinema resides in the pure craft of bringing it to life: the light, the camera, the troupe, the director, the actors and a story to tell... this is all we need to make the magic come true. His movies have been presented at many Festivals including Cannes Film Festival, European Short Film Festival (Berlin), Roma Cinema DOC, Miami Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles Cinefest, Hollywood Screenings Film Festival, Canada's World International Film Festival, where he won the Honorable Mention. His short film "Out of the Depths" is part of a trilogy about “the double”, which also includes “Inside the Mirror” and “The Other Side of the Moon”. “Out of the Depths” is distributed on demand in the U.S. and worldwide by IndiePix Films. Luca Caserta is now working on his first feature film. More infos at www.lucacaserta.com.
Matt is a filmmaker from Paris, France. He directed 1 feature film, 3 feature documentaries, 25 short films, and wrote 5 feature scripts and several series. He attended 35 film festivals with his film Man of the Past, which won number of international awards. Matt also got nominated or winning 8 times as a scriptwriter : once for Homeless, 3 times for 26 Miles, and 4 times for « Five Minutes with Mary » (trailer, and Facebook page), his latest installment listed by MTV.
He also founded the Paris Art and Movie Awards, the leading independent film festival in Paris, and runs the Talent Factory, a platform currently managing 5 international contests and festivals.
Kian Kavousi is a New York Actor born and raised in Germany and of Persian descent, living in Los Angeles. He had the privilege to work with some of the industries greatest coaches and performers. Back in New York he took master classes in acting with Vincent D’Onofrio, twice with Larry Moss and recently with the duo Kristof Konrad and Jean-Louis Rodrigue. One of his latest performance was in the Motion Picture 1st Born with Val Kilmer, Denise Richards, William Baldwin, Tom Berenger and Taylor Cole. Prior to that he worked on the Feature Film “Miles” with Missi Pyle and Paul Reiser and shot an international commercial for the brand Kiehl’s. He also starred in “Sarah Is Not Her Name”, which was officially selected by the Cannes Short Film Corner. Kian was seen on Off-Broadway in the award winning production Defendant Maurice Chevalier, in which he played two different roles, Double Meter and François Laporte. The play tells the life story of the famous entertainer Maurice Chevalier. Before his professional path, Kian performed in many theatre projects among which he played Marc in Yasmina Reza’s ART, two characters, Gary and David, in Dominic Viti’s Professionals, and most notably the role of Joe in a stage adaptation of Some Like It Hot. Kian speaks English, German, French and Persian fluently and has many skills ranging from playing the Piano to various Sports. In between acting he graduated with a BA in Interpretation and Translation Studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and a Master of Science degree in International Relations at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. He was featured in several Articles and Magazines and was invited for a TV Interview. Among his training, he graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York.
Laura P. Valtorta is an attorney and independent filmmaker based in Columbia, South Carolina. Her films, available on Amazon, include White Rock Boxing, "Disability," "The Art House," and "Queen of the Road." Her theme is a celebration of diversity in the American South.
Guy Renardeau is a multi-award-winning composer for film and television based in the Netherlands and Los Angeles.
After his master degree in composition, orchestral arrangement, sound design, piano and guitar from the
Hochschule für Music in Kõln Germany and the Conservatory in Amsterdam, he went to several countries in Europe touring with well-known musicians.
He recorded for EMI, Sony and film producers.
Since a couple of years, he has developed a successful and unique approach to his scores and film music productions, songwriting, games and trailers.
Guy was also a member of the Performing Arts Fund NL, which is the most important culture fund in the Netherlands.
In 2019 he was Jury at the Montgomery International Film Festival.
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.