VUELA by Writer/Director Marianne Amelinckx and producer Claudia Lepage
Venezuela could have been one of the richest countries in the modern world, but ineffective government policies and corruption have made the country one of the most dangerous places to live. Vuela (Fly) tells the story of a chance encounter between Luisa and Monica just before they take off to different countries and leave everything behind them, including the opportunity to get to know each other.
Marianne Amelinckx is a Venezuelan writer/director whose passion for storytelling led her to write and direct Salta, a very personal short film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. Vuela is the second short film of the trilogy: Salta, Vuela, Corre. She is also currently working on ‘39 bedrooms’, a personal blog that might turn into her first feature film.
Claudia Lepage is an Executive Producer with academic and professional training in Caracas, Madrid and Rome, who has specialized in international co-productions. She is also a board member of AVEPCA (Venezuelan Producer's Guild) and member of the Venezuelan Film Academy.
WINGMEN by Writer/Director Nicole Emanuele
Sarah’s bachelorette party is all cigarettes and penis shots, until she and her best friend Marie get the call to report for active duty the next day. They’ve been training for years to be deployed by the US Navy, so they’ve got this, right?
Nicole Emanuele’s short film Love, Gina (2017) played at Cinequest and Rooftop Film Festival and was featured on The Playlist. She produced Not Waving but Drowning (2012) with Adam Driver, Lilli Reinhart, Megan Guinan and Vanessa Ray and is currently a development executive at YouTube Red overseeing series and films including Step Up: High Water and Doug Liman’s Impulse.
NO FAULT by Writer/Director Myna Joseph and producer Amy Lo
Following a near-fatal car accident, Lu wrestles with creeping invisibility as she approaches the second half of her life. On this long winter day, she finds her physical identity fractured, ignored, misunderstood, and judged – but with wry humor and stubborn resilience, she’s determined to be seen.
Myna Joseph’s short film Man screened at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight, Sundance, SXSW, and New Directors/New Films Festival. She was nominated for a 2016 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for The Mend, which was also nominated for a Gotham Award. Myna attended the Sundance Directors’ and Screenwriters’ Labs with her feature Charlotte XVI and is a graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University’s M.F.A film program.
Producer Amy Lo recently wrapped production on Nancy, filmed with all-female key crew, starring Andrea Riseborough, Ann Dowd, Steve Buscemi, and John Leguizamo. Other credits include War Story with Catherine Keener, and Gaby Dellal’s On a Clear Day. Previously, as Head of Development for InFilm Productions, projects included Rose Troche’s The Safety of Objects and the Oscar-nominated Carol.
SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT by Writer/Director Nikyatu Jusu and co-writer R. Shanea Williams
Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, finds it difficult to suppress her bloodlust when a new woman is brought around her estranged twin daughters.
Nikyatu Jusu is an award-winning Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker. Her screenplay Free the Town participated in the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Diverse Writers Workshop and was selected for both the 2013 Durban Film Mart and Film Independent’s Fast Track. Her short film, Flowers won the HBO short film award and is her third film acquired by HBO.
Filmmaker R. Shanea Williams attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program and earned her MFA in 2008. Upon graduation, she was honored with the Venable Herndon Graduate Screenwriting Award for Excellence. Partnering with producer Anthony Davis, she wrote and directed two award-winning short films Contamination (2013) and Paralysis (2015). Williams currently resides in Queens, New York.
GIRL WANTS MAGIC by Writer Director Anna Zlokovic and producer Heather Grehan
Manny, an outcast and bullied high schooler, finds her only friend in music. When her teacher, Mr. Hornby, is possessed by a violent, alien insect, Manny is forced to fight her biggest demon yet and discover her magic within.
Anna Zlokovic is an award-winning writer/director based in Los Angeles and an alumni of the USC Film & TV Production program. Her films and music videos have screened internationally at festivals including SXSW, Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival, Fantasia Int'l Film Festival, and Oberhausen Int’l Film Festival. She is a founding member of the Aporkalypse filmmaking collective.
Heather Grehan is a producer from Mamaroneck, NY. She is an alumni of the USC Film & TV Production program and currently works as a Creative Executive at Eighty Two Films in Los Angeles.