Director BIO: Jessica Chung (SUSHI MAN)

Director Biography – Jessica Chung

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Jessica Chung was born and raised in Brazil and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in 3D Animaiton and Visual Effects. “Sushi Man” is her first finished short animation where she worked from pre to post production.


Director BIO: Mischa Livingstone (CUBICLE)

Director Biography – Mischa Livingstone

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Director Mischa Livingstone’s award-winning films have screened at festivals worldwide and been added to the Smithsonian permanent collection. Festival screenings include the Berlin Intl. Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Seattle Intl. Film Festival, and Cinequest (Viewers’ Voice Award winner).

Mischa was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to Israel as a child. He studied at the Thelma Yellin School of the Arts before serving in the Israel Defense Forces and later moving to the United States. Studying at UCLA, he received a BA in Film Production (summa cum laude) and an MFA in Screenwriting. He is also an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus.

In addition to filmmaking, Mischa teaches film production at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.


Director Statement


Sometimes you have to seize an opportunity.

One day at work I happened to wander into an area of the third floor that I hadn’t been in before. Lo and behold, I discovered a recently abandoned office space looking like something out of the apocalypse. I had this immediate sense of hypocrisy, sensing the gulf between what such a large workspace promises (success, money, stability), alongside the reality of a business overextending itself and making false claims.

I knew I had to shoot something, and quickly. I gathered together my favorite collaborators, all of whom I knew would be game for anything, and set about making the
short film “Cubicle”, which expresses my sense of condemnation for shady practices that are rampant in the business world, albeit with a wink and smile.

Director BIO: S.J. van Breda (GREY)

Director Biography – S.J. van Breda

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S.J. van Breda was born on the 2nd of November 1991 in Durban, South Africa. She graduated Vancouver Film School with specializations in Directing, Post-Production and Cinematography. Before arriving at VFS, she studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town and worked in the aerospace research industry for two years.

She is currently in post-production for an experimental short entitled ‘Bound’, which she wrote, directed and produced. Her debut short film, Sentience, is currently on the festival circuit and is a semi-finalist at Los Angeles CineFest 2017. Sentience also won the Golden Ibex at KIFF 2017.

She is currently developing a short film and documentary which delves into the true story of transgender soccer coach Kaig Lightner and a feature length version of Sentience.


Director Statement


GREY is about difference. Though the script has a very strong, literal connection to the issues of racism and gender equality, the message behind GREY can apply to any situation where there are opposing worlds and ideas. As a short film of under 4 minutes, GREY will hope to show that our differences are merely social constructs, and we are more alike than we think.

There are many motifs in GREY, but the most important is the use of liquid. The liquid symbolises a transformation and a realisation. Both the WOMAN and the MAN have experiences with liquid of the opposite colour to their world. This liquid allows them to ‘see’ the other world for what it is and they both attempt to change their own world after this revelation. The use of eyes is also an important motif. This motif supports the message that the concept of difference is artificial and all that is needed for acceptance and tolerance is to change how one views the world. In both worlds, the changing of the eyes is brought about by the liquid.

Duality is a major motif in GREY. The use of black and white, and male and female shows that the concept of ‘otherness’ is a purely aesthetic value. In the grey void, the MAN and WOMAN have been stripped of their artifice and stand before one another as what they truly are. Here, the duality is blurred and contrasts against the definite divide that has been set up through production design and editing.

S.J.’s main goal in film is to affect an audience in such a way that they are different people when they exit the cinema, hardly recognizable from who they were before. She hopes to stay in Canada and continue to write and direct.

Director BIO: Niels Reinhard (NOVAA – MELODY OF NEED)

Director Biography – Niels Reinhard

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Award-winning music producer and director Niels Reinhard was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1987 and now lives in Mannheim. His creative spirit led him to directing his first short films at the young age of 15 and to starting his career as a DJ at 17. While studying digital media, Niels produced Germany’s very first social media based series in cooperation with a social networking platform for students. In 2010, he completed his bachelor’s degree and later that year, he was awarded the German Youth Film Prize for one of his short films. 2010 was also the year Niels and Tim Hoffmann started “Laserkraft 3D”, an avant-garde electronic music live act. Their hit song put the duo on the international music map, appearing on different charts around the world, and it received more than 50 million views on YouTube. The song also received several awards, including the “Goldene Schallplatte” (Golden Record, Germany), a VIVA COMET prize for Best Party Song (German music television award), and three prizes awarded by the German music magazine RAVELINE (categories: Best Newcomer, Best Track, Most Annoying Track). Furthermore, it was nominated for an ECHO (Germany’s most important music award) and the 1LIVE KRONE. Niels Reinhard and Tim Hoffmann toured Europe and played many of the most popular clubs as well as some of the biggest international festivals for dance and electronic music. In 2013, Laserkraft 3D was made the musical flagship act for Coca-Cola Germany’s summer campaign. In cooperation with Coca-Cola, they developed an interactive music video for the national ad campaign and were honored with a golden Effie Award in 2014. Niels is not only responsible for the duo’s musical output, but also produces and directs all of their music videos himself. Nominations for a VIVA COMET and an ECHO award for Best Video, as well as the jury award for Best Video at Frankfurt Music Fair (expert music award) are part of his success story as a producer and director. In 2014, Niels worked on the production team of an online TV channel named ‘’, which was founded by German TV legend Frank Elstner and his son Thomas Elstner in cooperation with Axel Springer SE in Berlin. Niels Reinhard is working on different musical and audio-visual projects. He is currently working with one of the most successful film production companies in Germany: Pantaleon Films.


Director Statement


I’m very proud of “Melody Of Need” because it was a free passion project and I had only 4 weeks to get the whole production (writing, designing, animating, directing, editing) done on my own only using Adobe Illustrator and After Effects. I needed 300 hours to get from scratch to a final product. The story telling is very classic but the secrets in this created world are much more complex. It’s the kind of joyful adventure I like.

Director BIO: Robyn Cooper (But…Sometimes)

Director – Robyn Cooper

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Robyn’s television work includes lead roles in Doctors (BBC1,) and Casualty (BBC1.) Theatre highlights include working with the National Theatre on Lady Boxers, an exploration of female fighters in the Victoria era and playing Princess Leia in Secret Cinema’s Star Wars.

Director BIO: Onur Atalay Senol (128)

Director Biography – Onur Atalay Şenol


Onur Atalay Şenol was born in İstanbul in 25th July 1990. His parents Nuran and Nazım Şenol are both from ancient Anatolian town of Kastamonu. Onur was graduated from Radio-TV section of Aydın Doğan Communications High School. He has been working in Television Series and Feature Films as an assistant director since high school.  He still continues his education in Faculty of Forestry at the Istanbul University.

He made a music video and an experimental short film . “128” is his fist short fiction film.

Director BIO: Riccardo Di Gerlando (PERFECTION)

Director Biography – Riccardo Di Gerlando

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Riccardo Di Gerlando is an Italian director who works in the world of disability for ten years.
He has made several short films, winning many national and international awards.
Since 2004 he is president of cultural association Sanremo Cinema