VHS 2019 Filmmakers


 

The Banshee - Donncha Gilmore - Dublin, Ireland

Donncha Gilmore is a Dublin born filmmaker. His 2015 short 'Bonsoir Luna' garnered a great deal of attention in the Irish media as it was the first Irish Language musical film. The film went on to screen in festivals all over the world. Since then Donncha has directed a number of online commercials for high profile clients, from Thrivent International to Dairygold. 'The Banshee' is an award winning concept short film for his feature screenplay of the same name.

Atomic Ed - Nicolas Hugon - France

Born in 1979, Nicolas Hugon is an autodidact who is trained to his passion by making movies with the family camcorder in the garden of his parents. In 2012, he decided to found his own production company with two partners: La Casquette Productions will produce two of his films: Game of The Dead and Seul à Seul, as well as a number of clips, teasers and commercials.

El Ayuwoki - Gary Ye - Vancouver, Canada

Gary Ye works in the animation industry in Vancouver. He really likes horror and is thinking maybe he should try learning how to do it some time.

Helsinki Mansplaining Massacre - Ilja Rautsi - Helsinki, Finland

Ilja Rautsi (b. 1979) is a writer and filmmaker who loves to play with genres, especially horror. When not bent double over brain-pain from his own scripts, he does script consulting for other people. He loves Hellraiser and Velvet Goldmine equally and has a strange cat.

The Helping Hand - Brenden Hubbard - Tuscon, USA

Brenden Hubbard aka BEAR, is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and producer. He has managed productions and festival runs for various films since 2012, including Fuzzy Logic's short film, Curfew and the subsequent feature, Before I Disappear (IFC Films). He has since been involved with over 40 other short and feature films including the winner of the 2015 Jury Award, Oh Lucy!, Cul-De-Sac (2017 Tribeca Film Festival) and most recently The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (A24). Hubbard studied audio engineering at Temple University and has toured internationally with bands including Stellastarr*, Father John Misty and Dr. Dog. The Helping Hand is Brenden’s directorial debut.

Let’s Go Down - Phil Davis - USA

Phil Davis grew up outside of Boston, and later attended the UNCSA School of Filmmaking where he studied Film Editing and Sound Design. He moved to Los Angeles in 2007 and has worked as an editor and animator there for the last decade, while also pursuing various creative projects including writing, directing, live music, painting, and illustration. In 2015 he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 2015 for Outstanding Picture Editing for his work on Key & Peele

The Third Hand - Yoni Weisberg - Manchester, UK

Yoni is a life long cinephile, from renting videos with his mum from Ritz Home Video to making his first films starring himself as Spider-man in his childhood, and eventually studying Film Production. Yoni has always had a drive for making films. His style is defined by education in multiple disciplines. Studying graphic design and art at University. He began his career as an editor, then becoming a junior after effects artist and finally a Director of commercials and online films for some high profile clients including Nike, Adidas and the BBC amongst many others. But his ultimate passion will always be cinema. He is currently represented for commercial work by Chief Productions based in Manchester, UK.

Hysteria  -  Daniil Rimachi  - Calgary, Canada  Daniil Rimachi started with small comedic short films. Over time he grew an appreciation for movies that carefully mess with the mind.  "Hysteria"  is his latest go at this style, working to engage the audience through suspense and brain-melting visuals. Daniil plans to continue creating work that makes people think harder about what they see on screen.

Hysteria - Daniil Rimachi - Calgary, Canada

Daniil Rimachi started with small comedic short films. Over time he grew an appreciation for movies that carefully mess with the mind. "Hysteria" is his latest go at this style, working to engage the audience through suspense and brain-melting visuals. Daniil plans to continue creating work that makes people think harder about what they see on screen.

Boo - Rakefet Abergel - Los Angeles, USA

A native Angelino, Rakefet Abergel is an award-winning American/Israeli actor, writer, director, and producer. Boo, which she wrote, produced, and starred in, is also her directorial debut which has already earned her two Best Director awards and one Best Genre Filmmaker. She works as an acting coach/mentor for kids and adults at Kid (F)Actor, a company she founded in 2010. Boo is the second production from Rakefet’s Cyclamen Films. She’s represented across the board at Bohemia Group in LA and New York.

Dance With A Demon - Mitch Bax - Vancouver, Canada

Mitch Bax has been a D.I.T in the film industry for over a decade, and in the spare hours between shows he directs and writes….mostly poetry, but once in a while he writes a script. Making Dance with a Demon was a very personal undertaking for Mitch. He was drawn to the subject of depression after a tragedy in his family. He realized the story he wanted to tell was about a family and how the monster that lives within affects us all.

No One Will Ever Believe You - Frédéric Chalté - Montreal, Canada

Born in France in 1991, Frédéric Chalté followed a literary and artistic course that brought him to the field of audiovisual and editing. In 2013, he came to Montreal to study directing. Three years later, his final student short film «The Babysitter» was very successful in festivals. Still passionate about horror cinema, he presents today two new projects: «No One Will Ever Believe You» and «Le otto dita della morte».

Feast - Jake Pascoe - Vancouver, Canada

Jake Pascoe is a Vancouver based writer and filmmaker. Aside from directing movies, he's won fiction and stage play awards and has had stories published in nationally distributed literary magazines.

Make Me A Sandwich - Denman Hatch - Oakville, Canada

Denman Hatch is a Canadian-American writer/director. A horror enthusiast for years, he founded the Deformed Lunchbox brand and team and has speer-headed over 20 short films over the last three years. Deformed Lunchbox focuses on creating and sharing content that is Deformed in nature - everything from horror to dark comedy. We are a team of about 10 people based in Toronto. We have a writer’s room where we workshop scripts, a production company that has produced over 20 short films, and a fast-growing online community of over 25,000 followers across multiple social media channels. We are currently developing a series of long-format projects, including an action-horror feature film.

Love Bite - Xavier Nathan - Melbourne, Australia

Xavier Nathan is an aspiring filmmaker based in Melbourne. He has completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film and Television) at Deakin University, and is currently completing an Honours year at the same institution. His Final Year film, Hitched, has screened at the 2018 Toronto Short Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Short Horror Film. Outside of his studies, Xavier has worked occasionally with Melbourne Based Sketch Comedy group Aunty Donna. As a Camera Assistant and Editing Assistant he worked on the entirety of Ripper Aussie Summer, Breakfast Goat, Haven’t You Done Well: Halloween and a yet unaired Pilot entitled Chaperones. He also helped shoot the live show for their Album Tour.

Hysteria  -   Kila Price   - Calgary, Canada  Born in Cork, Ireland, Kila Price started his career in the camera department of such shows as Vikings Season 5, and Fargo Season 3, and shortly after, would make the transition into Directing. With multiple awards and festivals under his belt, Kila has made numerous commercials, music videos, and short films that continue to shock and stimulate audiences. Specializing in surrealism and horror, Kila has made a strong effort to ensure that " Hysteria"  will make its mark on horror fans.

Hysteria - Kila Price - Calgary, Canada

Born in Cork, Ireland, Kila Price started his career in the camera department of such shows as Vikings Season 5, and Fargo Season 3, and shortly after, would make the transition into Directing. With multiple awards and festivals under his belt, Kila has made numerous commercials, music videos, and short films that continue to shock and stimulate audiences. Specializing in surrealism and horror, Kila has made a strong effort to ensure that "Hysteria" will make its mark on horror fans.

#YouToo  -     Bjorn Pinxten     - Belgium  Bjorn Pinxten is known for his work on  #YouToo  (2019),  Girl with a Pearl Earring  (2003) and  Waternimf  (2002)

#YouToo - Bjorn Pinxten - Belgium

Bjorn Pinxten is known for his work on #YouToo (2019), Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) and Waternimf (2002)

Puppet Killer -   Lisa Ovies   - Vancouver, CA  Puppet Killer is my dream project and has been my passion for the last 3 years. It started as a bizarre idea after working as a casting director on a Horror movie and simultaneously producing a musical with puppets. I remember sitting on the stairs watching a musical number and thinking " What would I do if this was my project, my vision..." And from that moment, Puppet Killer was born. Puppet Killer pays homage to all my favorite old school horror films and honors the art of practical effects. True horror fans will love the recalls from their favorite films and the actors performances are truly brilliant. I am ecstatic to bring this film to audiences after such a long journey.

Puppet Killer - Lisa Ovies - Vancouver, CA

Puppet Killer is my dream project and has been my passion for the last 3 years. It started as a bizarre idea after working as a casting director on a Horror movie and simultaneously producing a musical with puppets. I remember sitting on the stairs watching a musical number and thinking " What would I do if this was my project, my vision..." And from that moment, Puppet Killer was born. Puppet Killer pays homage to all my favorite old school horror films and honors the art of practical effects. True horror fans will love the recalls from their favorite films and the actors performances are truly brilliant. I am ecstatic to bring this film to audiences after such a long journey.

O.I. - N'Cee Van Heerden - Vancouver, Canada

Born and raised in South Africa, N'cee started his career in theatre, writing, directing and managing productions. His focus was Berkoff inspired minimalist plays. This was where N’cee honed his skill and passion for directing and character driven stories.

In 2005 N’cee transitioned into film. He started at the bottom working in various departments. He worked his way up to field producing and filming EPK content. N’cee has worked on major productions including District 9, Avatar, Elysium, Chappie as well as many shorts, music videos and commercials.

N’cee recently finished shooting his 2nd short film titled ‘HUNTER’S CABIN’ and is busy writing his first feature film which will go into production early 2020.

Bloodbreed - Shawn Chiesa - Los Angeles, USA

A New York native, Shawn’s love for horror films started at a young age. With zero viewing restrictions as a child, his horror obsession quickly evolved and gave him the opportunity to explore all genres of film regardless of their content. Now living in Los Angeles, his passion broadened while working in the design department for the animated series, American Dad and surrounding himself with like-minded individuals and creative friends. Bloodbreed is the second short film written and directed by Shawn. He hopes to continue making films that will entertain, not only his close friends, but people all around the world.

Ouroboros - Melih Ozyilmaz - Istanbul, Turkey

Starting his professional screenwriting adventure at an acclaimed company, Yazi Odasi (Writer's Room: founded by Kerem Deren & Pınar Bulut) Melih Ozyilmaz moved on to work as a screeenwriter on popular Turkish TV series such as Poyraz Karayel, Anne and Vatanim Sensin. He also wrote the semi-documentary, 25 Litre, for National Geographic Turkey. In addition to lecturing screenwriting workshops, Ozyilmaz serves as a consultant and script doctor on film and TV projects.

Ouroboros  -   Umut Utku Serbetci     - Istanbul, Turkey  Born in 1983, Umut Utku Serbetci is living in Istanbul with his wife and two kids. Graduated from Anatolian University Film and Television Department in 2010. Started his career in camera department for commercials he moved onto movies such as the highly acclaimed Turkish arthouse film Zenne the Dancer and since he worked for various TV, film, music videos and commercial projects. As an avid horror genre fan, Umut is currently working on two other horror shorts and a feature horror movie.

Ouroboros - Umut Utku Serbetci - Istanbul, Turkey

Born in 1983, Umut Utku Serbetci is living in Istanbul with his wife and two kids. Graduated from Anatolian University Film and Television Department in 2010. Started his career in camera department for commercials he moved onto movies such as the highly acclaimed Turkish arthouse film Zenne the Dancer and since he worked for various TV, film, music videos and commercial projects. As an avid horror genre fan, Umut is currently working on two other horror shorts and a feature horror movie.

Hearth - Sophie B Jacques - Montreal, Canada

After completing studies in film direction at L’inis, Sophie won the Desjardins Radio-Canada grant for making the documentary "Dimanche nous verrons" in Belgium. She received SODEC funding for writing her feature film "Pyjama". In 2013 she directed a thriller short film named "Chaloupe", which has been selected in numerous festivals in Canada and internationally and received a Jutra nomination in addition to winning several awards (Best Screenplay Award at SPASM, Best Actor Award at the Festival Vitesse Lumière, Post Moderne award Gala "Prends ça court" and more).

Thirst Trap - Steve Flavin - Los Angeles, USA

Steve Flavin is a filmmaker, actor, and digital content creator in Los Angeles. In 2017, he wrote and directed the horror/comedy short BLOOD ORANGES, which screened at North American festivals including Another Hole in the Head, Vancouver Horror Show, Oregon Scream Week, and Die Laughing. He also co-founded the SpookFest film festival in San Francisco with producer Sam Haynor, currently in its third year.

#No_Filter - Michael Dupret - Antwerp, Belgium

Michael Dupret (born in 1980) is a French film, documentary and music video director. He's living in Antwerp (Belgium). He’s has been working as a director for 16 years now. He worked for many TV channels ( RTL Group, MTV, M6, FranceTV…etc), many brands ( Audi, Quiksilver, Red Bull, Universal Music…) and he also shot a lot of documentary portraits (Jimmy Carter, Alain Delon, Johnny Hallyday, Bo Van Spielbeeck, Benoit Debie…). Now he is moving to fiction and narrative stories with directing his first short movie : #No_Filter.

Dulce Hogar - Gio Olmos - Montreal, Canada

Gio Olmos was born in Mexico City in 1995. They immigrated to Montreal in 2006. Their work earned them a merit scholarship when they were admitted to the film production program at Concordia University. During their studies, they received several production grants. Their first film Mapou (2015), was screened in North American LGBT film festivals.Their second short, Silvia in the waves (2017) still circulates in festivals with more than 40 selections, a world premiere at the Festival du film Indépendant de Bordeaux and many acknowledgments, including a merit awarded by the Chicago Int’l Film Festival’s CineYouth Film Fest. Gio shot Dulce Hogar (Sweet Tooth, 2018), their first horror film in Mexico City, in line with the spirit of experimentation of guerrilla filmmaking. The dystopian narrative resulting from this exercise began its festival career at Fantasia International Film Festival.

Kaya; Consommé - Catherine Fordham - Brooklyn, USA

Catherine Fordham is a New York-based writer, director, and producer, originally from Colorado, raised in Nova Scotia. Her award-winning short film KAYA is currently on the festival circuit and enjoyed a three week run at Nitehawk Cinema in New York, opening for Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale.

Catherine’s short, Consommé, was licensed by AMC’s horror streaming site, SHUDDER, and screened at MoMA as part of The Future of Film is Female series. Best Thing You’ll Ever Do, a short-form mini-series she directed, won Best Short Drama at the HBO sponsored Independent Television Festival, among other awards. Catherine was selected to attend Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School in Munich, Germany 2016 (where she learned to pick locks) and will participate in Film at Lincoln Center’s 2019 Artist Academy during the New York Film Festival. She is represented by Girl Culture Films as a commercial director.

Vessel - Jeremiah Hutchens - Denver, USA

Jeremiah Hutchens is a Colorado native writer-director. He pursued a degree in ‘Film & Digital Media’ at UC Santa Cruz, and began working as a freelance content creator after college. Developing as a cinematographer on short films and music videos, Jeremiah refined his eye and style. Helping others create their vision encouraged him to begin work on his own material. He is currently developing a supernatural anthology, of which VESSEL is the first entry.

Hoarder - Peter Fiorino - Lethbridge, Canada

Red Moon  -  Thomas Chrétien  - Vancouver, Canada  Fascinated by storytelling since he was a child, Thomas Chrétien studied 2D and 3D animation in Montréal. Over the years he worked as a VFX artist, editor, CG generalist and director on various video games, animated shows and commercials. He was one of the three co-directors who made Le Gouffre, an independent, award-winning animated short film that was released in 2014. Red Moon is his first live action short film.

Red Moon - Thomas Chrétien - Vancouver, Canada

Fascinated by storytelling since he was a child, Thomas Chrétien studied 2D and 3D animation in Montréal. Over the years he worked as a VFX artist, editor, CG generalist and director on various video games, animated shows and commercials. He was one of the three co-directors who made Le Gouffre, an independent, award-winning animated short film that was released in 2014. Red Moon is his first live action short film.

Here Comes Eddie  -   Christopher Schrack   - USA  Christopher Schrack is an avid horror lover and has been making horror films for several years. His feature film  Backwater  had North American festival run back in 2013 and 2014 and is currently available on Amazon Prime Video. He gravitates toward anything supernatural and might have a slight obsession with  Evil Dead  and  Hellraiser . He currently lives in Washington DC.

Here Comes Eddie - Christopher Schrack - USA

Christopher Schrack is an avid horror lover and has been making horror films for several years. His feature film Backwater had North American festival run back in 2013 and 2014 and is currently available on Amazon Prime Video. He gravitates toward anything supernatural and might have a slight obsession with Evil Dead and Hellraiser. He currently lives in Washington DC.

Teen Aged  -   Brendan Mitchell     - USA  Brendan Mitchell’;s passion for cinema was fostered at an early age growing up in San Diego when his grandfather let him watch a number of questionably-appropriate films on VHS tape. From RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK to THE GODFATHER, Brendan’s knowledge of film serve him well later in life, both in trivia nights at the local bar to his time as a film student at Chapman University. Since graduating in 2011, he has worked for several film companies while developing his own projects. He currently works in development at 20th Century Fox.

Teen Aged - Brendan Mitchell - USA

Brendan Mitchell’;s passion for cinema was fostered at an early age growing up in San Diego when his grandfather let him watch a number of questionably-appropriate films on VHS tape. From RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK to THE GODFATHER, Brendan’s knowledge of film serve him well later in life, both in trivia nights at the local bar to his time as a film student at Chapman University. Since graduating in 2011, he has worked for several film companies while developing his own projects. He currently works in development at 20th Century Fox.