Director Biography – Txemi Pejenaute (TAKE IT)

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Bachelor of cinema at the University of Navarra. He has worked as an assistant director in film, television and theater in Spain. He has recently written and directed his first play “Desde el cerco (Dance of Death)”. In 2019 he also has directed his first short film “Take it” and the art installation “Look” during the film workshop mentored by the iranian filmaker Asghar Farhadi in Navarra (Spain).

Director Statement

“Take it” was a surprise. It was hidden in the bottom of my mind, waiting. It was needed to came to the isolated but also full of life valley of Baztan (in the mountains of Spain) and be moved by the contagious filmmaker Asghar Farhadi to take her out. It was worth it.

Director Biography – Sunny Wai Yan Chan (GODSPEED)

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Sunny is born and raised in Hong Kong. After finishing his bachelor’s degree in Surveying at The University of Hong Kong, he decided to pursue his dream in animation. He is currently an animation student based in the United States, studying Master of Fine Arts in Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design, focusing on 3D character animation and layout.

Director Statement

Through Godspeed, I want to bring the audience close to the internal thoughts of the main characters – Emma, the mother, and Wayne, the son. The motivation for me to create Godspeed is that I want to show the kind of love that is less direct and less obvious. Whenever we feel frustrated towards our family because of the lack of expressive love, we must re-evaluate ourselves and learn to care about love that is more than superficial. Love exists in all kinds of ways.

Director Biography – Gray Hodgkinson (COLOUR ME FREE)

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Gray Hodgkinson is an animator and associate professor of animation and game design at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Gray has been developing animation education for 20 years, and has been instrumental in creating links between tertiary institutes and industry in New Zealand and internationally. Gray has presented papers and workshops on animation research and pedagogy at Melbourne, Germany, the U.K., Portugal, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea. Starting with a degree in Fine Arts (Graphics) in 1983, and a Masters in Design (2005) Gray has sought to use media technology to explore creative opportunities. In recent work, Gray has been exploring the narrative potential of game engine technology and VR. Together with his education career, Gray continues to produce original works that deal with meaningful topics and convey stories of significance.

Director Biography – Lisbet Byler, Grace Wagner (AFRAID)

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First-time directors, Lisbet Byler and Grace Wagner, reside in Lancaster, PA where they work for MAKE films, a film company producing commercial and original content. At MAKE, Grace works as Coordinating Producer and Lisbet as Studio & Marketing Manager. The two bonded over their shared love of true crime podcasts and dogs (dachshunds in particular). Lisbet and Grace hope to continue to make films that impact, inspire, and captivate audiences.

Director Statement

AFRAID gives viewers a real life glimpse into the anxieties women face everyday. In AFRAID, Anna’s anxieties are personified as a hooded figure to show what she is dealing with mentally. For Anna, her anxieties are as real as the hooded figure. In the end, viewers are left wondering…was there someone in Anna’s car? Or, was it all in her head?

Director Biography – Sofia Streisand (ONE TWICE A DAY)

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Sofia’s career path and her background provide a unique segue into the film business. She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and started working in theatre at the age of 14. She has worked virtually every backstage job. Her career developed quickly and by age 25, she had already produced and directed a number of theatrical productions in some of the most prominent Russian theaters. She then accepted a position to head the Production Department at the Mikhailovksy Opera theatre, the second biggest opera house in St. Petersburg. She has worked internationally in some of the most prominent theatrical venues including the Metropolitan Opera (NY), the LA Opera, the Mariinsky theatre (Russia), the Coliseum theatre (UK) etc. and has directed one of the best selling musicals in St. Petersburg (“Master and Margarita”) as well as other successful shows. But when Sofia moved to Los Angeles she discovered a new passion – for filmmaking – and decided to start from scratch. She received 2 diplomas of excellency (Producing and Directing) at UCLA. Her film “The Gift of the Magi” (written, produced and directed by Sofia in 2018) received immediate attention by the creative community and has already won several awards. Sofia is a member of AGMA, Alliance of Women Director and Women In film. In her free time Sofia produces and directs festive and theatrical events of all kinds and scale.

Director Biography – Erin Collins (THUNDERBIRD)

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Born and raised in Fort William FN Ontario, Erin Collins began working with Wapikoni in May 2017, in order to further explore film from an Indigenous perspective. Having recently graduated from the film production program at Confederation College, Erin is passionate about filmmaking and hopes to pursue a career in postproduction.

Director BIO – Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi (LOUD AND PROUD)

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Director Statement

I’m 24, a post-graduate filmmaker, amateur rapper and crisp-crunching enthusiast.
Recently I saw an advert for gendered crisps for women that don’t crunch – because women apparently “don’t like crunching in public”.
I disagree, I love crunching crisps. I wanna be unapologetic about it.
I’m gonna be LOUD AND PROUD. So I decided to make this film!
I’ve experienced a range of work, including music/theatre performance, and working at the IBC for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. I recently made a hip-hop protest film with media co-op, called Tax on Me.
My dream is to live on a boat and establish a production company of my own, making awesome films and travelling round the world.
Check out my work at my website http://www.kkreative.co.uk – coming soon – and my #Spinraza4all campaign!