Director Biography – Romén Rivero (NIGHT OWLS)

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Romén Rivero was born in Gran Canaria, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, in 1979. Without specific studies in cinema, he read filmmaking books and watched dvd’s special features as his only “film school”.

Romén is passionate about fantastic and horror genre since his childhood and has written, produced and directed three indie shorts related to this genres, including Volver a Casa (Coming Home, 2004) a post-apocalyptic drama; Thánatos (2008) a symbolist-surreal fantasy that brought his first director award in his homeland; and Noctámbulos (Night Owls, 2018) a horror neo-noir tribute to the 80’s cult classics, shot with a $500 budget, a dslr camera and without crew. Noctámbulos (Night Owls) has won 10 internationals awards including Best Foreign Language Short at the Hollywood Horrorfest 2019 in Los Angeles; and has more than 80 official selections in more than 25 countries up to date. Highlighting its official selection at the Macabro Film Fest 2019 (one of the MovieMaker’s 30 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World in 2019); the HorrorHound Film Fest 2019 (Indianapolis); the Atlanta Horror Film Fest 2019; and the just 10 shorts selection of the Texas Frightmare weekend 2019.

Also, he shot a 30 minutes indie drama in 2016, Babemba, semi-finalits at film festivals in Italy and Latin America; and wrote several unproduced short film and feature scripts. Currently he’s working on his feature debut, Night Birds, wich expands the Noctámbulos (Night Owls) story.

Short Film: NOCTAMBULOS (NIGHT OWLS), 8min., Spain, Horror

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In the middle of the night, a group of teenagers practice skateboarding without notice that somebody is watching them from the shadows. One of the girls separates from the group to return home through the lonely streets of the city and someone follows her.

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Short Film: S, 29min., Spain, Horror/Thriller

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Mary, a recent graduate, travels to Spain for an internship at a mental hospital. In addition to facing the difficulties of living in a foreign country, she will meet the first patient she must treat. This will affect her in a way she hadn’t expected.

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Director Biography – Bessy Adut (THE ESCAPE ROOM)

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Bessy is a film director, producer and screenwriter resides Los Angeles, California. She holds an MFA in Film Directing from CalArts as a Fulbright Scholar and a BA in Film & Television from Istanbul Bilgi University. Most recently she graduated from UCLA Professional Screenwriting program developing two feature screenplays. She has a passion for satirical comedy and likes to have diversity in her work.

She was a screenplay grant winner in Turkey, she wrote and directed “Tolerance” and “Strange Little Girl” screened in several international festivals in Los Angeles “Pasadena Art Center Film Festival winner”, New York “Brooklyn Art Film Festival” and Istanbul “Akbank Film Festival winner”. She directed and hosted an international documentary “Mysteries of Cinema” and “Inside the Lens” for V1VFX Studios. She has worked as a freelance Assistant Director, Script Supervisor and Production Assistant in commercials, independent films and Television formats. She also taught “Film Production” and “Film Editing” classes in University. She worked as a freelance videographer/photographer mostly for art events and promo videos.

She started her own business in 2015 and opened “Queen B. Film Hive” for all kinds of Film & Television productions. Her dream is to bring her original screenplays come to life and direct movies in Los Angeles. She directed and produced two short films in 2018 “Escape Room: Proof of Concept” for feature screenplay “Shadows in the Room” and a sequel filmed at Warner Bros studios won an audience award “Mask of Revenge” After working on a short film for over a year, she sent it out to film festivals and earned success. Her next dream is to attend Sundance Film Festival and one of Sundance Labs. She recently was interviewed by Shorts.tv about her distributed film escape room to be in the filmmakers spotlight in Europe and US.

Director Statement

We all have inner monsters to chase and traumas to deal with. The reason I chose horror as a directorial feature debut genre is because I grew up watching and loving horror films. I came a long way to make one. Flew to Los Angeles, learned Film Directing from the professionals, then developed my screenwriting skills. Worked on film sets as a script supervisor, assistant director. Wrote, directed and produced several short films and documentaries until I felt the confidence to make my bloody first horror film ESCAPE ROOM and now ready to give my 100% to my first feature film SHADOWS IN THE ROOM as soon as I get the greenlight. It’s been a hassle to make this film happen and I am hoping everyone cast & crew who put enormous, time and effort will enjoy the acceptance and awards from film festivals with me as it’s a much needed motivation for all of us on our career paths and to rewake our team spirit.

From screenwriting to fundraising, production to post production it’s been an overwhelming and exhausting experience for me as a director with limited resources however I believe, I finally made a film that surpasses all my previous short films and will earn the recognition it deserves.

Short Film: THE ESCAPE ROOM, 17min., USA, Horror/Thriller

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“Escape Room” is an award winning film (best screenplay, best editing, nominated for best film, best music score and best acting) about a brilliant student who is bullied in high school and suffers from OCD reluctantly joins her popular friends at a horror-themed Escape Room game. When the group realizes that a revenge-seeking Game Master has set them up in a custom-made deadly trap, the five teenagers start turning on each other. They have to join forces in order to get out of the room alive. The theme involves love, trust, teen issues and the importance of friendship. It is our hope to inspire audiences to pursue the idea of standing up for one another when confronted with adversities caused by a valued one.

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July Horror 2019 Film/Story/Screenplay Winners

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festival posterI’M SORRY, 4min., USA, Horror/Found Footage

festival posterSLASHED!, 8min., UK, Horror/Comedy

festival posterTHE MONSTER, 11min., Horror/Thriller

ACTORFEATURE SCREENPLAY: NANUQ, by Jessi Thind
July 2019 Winner

ACTORHORROR 1st Scene SCREENPLAY: PEOPLE OF MERRITT, by Adam Pottle
July 2019 Winner

ACTORHORROR BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: THE STAFFORD MULTIPLEX THEATER, by Billy Smith
July 2019 Winner

ACTORHORROR BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: DELPHINE, by Bill Bradshaw
July 2019 Winner

ACTORHORROR BEST SCENE SCREENPLAY: THE MEAT EATERS, by Danny Howell
July 2019 Winner

festival posterTHE DUMPSTER ROOM, 11min., USA, Horror/Thriller

 

 

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

HORROR Best Scene Screenplay Reading: The Stafford Multiplex Theater, by Billy Smith

During his last night on the job, a movie theater employee and his co-workers defend their tacky, outdated establishment during the onset of the zombie apocalypse.

CAST LIST:

Rodney – 11 – Sean Ballantyne
Krista – 16 – Andrea Irwin
NARRATION – Norma Dunphy
Emma – 26 – Laura Afelskie
Leo – 21 – Adrian Carter
Guy – 11 – Trevor Howes

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

HORROR Best Scene Screenplay Reading: Delphine, by Bill Bradshaw

As a child, Laura Brady was sent to live with relatives in Queens, New York. Her family in the UK was never discussed and no explanation was ever given to her as to why she had been abandoned by them. Now a successful author, Laura is informed that her biological mother is dying, and she travels to England in search of answers. She arrives in the rural town of Bracken Heath, North Yorkshire and attempts to establish her own history but in doing so, she learns of a dark force within the family.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Norma Dunphy
Girl – 6 – Laura Afelskie
Father – 3 – Sean Ballantyne

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Denissa Palmer, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Director Biography – Christopher Kadima (THE DUMPSTER ROOM)

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Born and raised in France, Christopher Kadima moved to the United State at 20 years old on a basketball scholarship. After a foot injury, he ended his basketball career and started to study film at the Brooklyn College Film Program in New York. Prior The Dumpster Room, he directed two short films, Demoniac, and Before The Fight

Director Statement

It was a really exciting experience to write and direct this film. We shot it over one night which is not a lot of time with a crew of four persons but we made the best out of it.

It is amazing all that can happen in one night, such as our location being surrounded by cops helicopter and cars as one of the neighbor called the police because they heard screaming in the garage during the scene where the lead actress gets attacked by the monster. Lucky enough their were cool cops and let us go on even tho the place was covered with fake blood!

It was a great learning experience. I’m really grateful to have had the chance to work with an awesome team, everyone was really involved in the project.
The most challenging part of making the film was the editing as my laptop kept crashing every 15min. But with a lot of patience and time the film finally came through.

I’m hoping to have the opportunity to show my film to some live audiences and get feed backs, good or bad. I think that it is one of the beauty of being a filmmaker is to see the reactions and comments of an audience.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Christopher Kadima

Short Film: THE DUMPSTER ROOM, 11min., USA, Horror/Thriller

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Gabi, a college student discovers a dead body in her building garage. Scared and confused she decides to drive away from the building not knowing that she has already become a prey.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 22, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color