Director BIO: Gonzalo Cotelo (MAMMA)

Director Biography

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Trained as director and editor in Spain, Gonzalo has experience shooting for both commercial and independent projects. Further he worked on a number of short movies and music videos, allowing him to build a vast portfolio.
Gonzalo is currently based in Kuwait City, developing his career in advertising as director of photography and director.

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Director’s BIO: Hisanori Tsukuda

Short Film I & MYSELF Playing at the June 29, 2017 Under 5 Minute Film Festival

Director Biography

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Director / Creative Director of NHK (Since2004-)
Film Director

Recent representative work
[Drama]
“The Wife of Gegege”(2009)
“Clouds above the Hill” Season3 (2011)
“Taira no kiyomori”(2012)
“Garasu no ie”(2013)
“Housou Hakubutsukan Kiki-ippatsu”(2014)

[as a Creative Director]
“64”(2015)
“Manben”(2015)
“Sanada Maru”(2016)
“NHK SPECIAL” series

[as Film Director]
“Scandal!”(2010)
Platinum Award winner of World Fest Houston International Film Festival
“Humming” (2015)
Best film & Best Director and 6more awards winner of 48Hour Film Project
Screened at 69th Cannes Film Festival
Official selection of Jecheon International Film & Music Festival
Official selection of International Short & Independent Film Festival, DHAKA
Got 11 awards in JAPAN

Director’s BIO: Sewra G Kidane

Short Film Proclamation Punctuation Playing at the June 29, 2017 Under 5 Minute Film Festival

Director Biography

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Sewra G Kidane is a New York City based, award winning Commercial Film Editor, with over 10 years of experience editing with some of New York City’s top advertising agencies, networks and heavy hitters in the music industry. Her love for working with fashion and beauty based film projects lead her to want to direct her own and first fashion film.

The concept for “Proclamation Punctuation” came about from Ms. Kidane noticing how much she herself was using exclamation points in her correspondences. They were everywhere! There were exclamation points in business emails, casual emails, even serious toned emails! Yet, taking them out seriously changed the tone of what she was trying to convey. She’s a very sunshine type of personality and not having them in, just wasn’t staying true to who she was! So they stayed. An epiphany was had which sparked the idea and vision for “Proclamation Punctuation”, an homage fashion film to the exclamation point!

Noticing Black film and Black fashion missing from the fashion film circuit, Ms. Kidane decided to create her own lane and fashion film. Having been in the post production industry for upwards of 15 years, Ms. Kidane curated a select group of skilled and creative colleagues blazing paths in their own respective lanes to work on “Proclamation Punctuation”.

Creating stretches farther than just creative editing for her, and now directing. She is also an accomplished jeweler of her own jewelry line; Waist Beads by Sewra; http://www.WaistBeads.com, specializing in artistry beading and contemporary waist beads; an ancient tradition of adornment. Editing and beading go hand in hand, as one inspires the other to push forward. Waist bead designs, like edit cuts, start off as distinct separate elements, that in the end, come together to form a beautifully strung ensemble.

Director Statement

“My favorite word in the whole wide world is KUJICHAGULIA! It’s a Kwanzaa principle and it means self-determination. I love saying this word, I love hearing it and I love reading it! The spirit of the word has been a guiding force for me even before I knew what the word was or meant. It essentially means to create you own path and your own destiny. Your own way! Because I wasn’t working on the type of films I wanted to edit and because I didn’t see fashion films that reflected and spoke to me as a woman and to my Black beauty… I created my own.”

Director’s BIO: Jeff Draheim

Short Film THE SNOWMAN’S HAT Playing at the June 29, 2017 Under 5 Minute Film Festival

Jeff Draheim is known for his work on as an editor on Frozen (2013), Moana (2016) and The Princess and the Frog (2009). He currently works for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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Director’s BIO: Laura Malatos

Short Film FAMILY SHADOWS Playing at the June 29, 2017 Under 5 Minute Film Festival

Director Biography

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Laura Malatos is a filmmaker from Seattle, Washington. She’s established herself mainly as a writer/directed, but has additional experience in editing and cinematography. Her work captures the vulnerability of human emotion, often alluding to the beauty that comes from pain. Her films have been awarded and recognized on a national and international level, with her recent film, “Dear”, taking home the award for “Best Student Short” at the Celluloid Bainbridge Festival, following an earlier win at the Calgary International Festival.

Get to know the short film: FAMILY SHADOWS, 4min, USA, Family/Drama

Playing at the June 29, 2017 Under 5 Minute Film Festival

Family shadows 1 1 page 001Every Friday night at 7 o’clock, Carter walks into the forest, and every single time, his father follows him. While wandering through the shadows, they discover what it means to be family.

The film’s director was 17 at the time of filming and 18 at the time of completion.

  • Laura Malatos
    Director, Writer, Editor
  • Rick Stevenson
    Executive Producer
  • Rick Stevenson
    Key Cast
  • Noah Anderton
    Key Cast
  • Andrew Fisher
    Key Cast
  • Max Losee
    Key Cast
  • Zim Pawluskiewicz
    Key Cast
  • Johnny Valencia
    Director of Photography
  • Kevin Klar
    Special Thanks
  • Nery Cubias
    Special Thanks
  • Carol Nguyen
    Special Thanks

Get to know the short film: BEYOND, 4min, Italy, Drama/Mystery

Playing at the June 29, 2017 Under 5 Minute Film Festival

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Night. Anonymous suburbs. A woman lies on the floor in a pool of blood. Two paramedics of Saint Mary’s Hospital are beside her. She’s a victim of violence by a wanted man. From the beginning and throughout the entire short film we will only see fragments of reality and sense external noises from the limbo of unconsciousness.

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  • Manuele Mandolesi
    Producer
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    Producer
  • Claudio Braccini
    Producer
  • Roberta Mattei
    Key Cast
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