The Dot Independent Film Festival of Los Angeles is a transmedia festival for a new generation of visual storytellers. It is a student led initiative to form collaborative relationships between film schools by using technology to develop an international community that embraces the evolving film industry. The festival is completely comprised of and led by students with an emphasis on innovation. It is necessary to change the way we think as filmmakers in order to reinvigorate the film industry. Originality is born from necessity.
: Highlight and showcase young filmmaker talent
: Promote collaboration and networking between students from different film schools
: Create a sense of community between film students
: Connect film students with industry professionals
I wish they had a festival like this when I was in film school.
— Zack Snyder
Greg Silverman is the President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros. Pictures. He has full oversight of Warner Bros. Pictures’ development activities, global production and budget. Prior to his current post, Silverman served as President, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures for two years, after various senior positions within the Pictures Group, including Executive Vice President, Creative Development and Production, where he shepherded the enormously successful and critically acclaimed 300, The Dark Knight, The Hangover and the global phenomenon Inception, among other films.
Tom Kuntz is a filmmaker who is most known for his unique television commercials and music videos, which either have colorful settings, time-lapse photography or wildly eccentric humans. He has enjoyed multiple nominations for the honor of ‘Best Commercial Director of the Year’ by the DGA (Directors Guild of America; 2007, 2009, 2010) In January 2010, Kuntz won the DGA Award and in August 2010, Kuntz’s Old Spice “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” spot won the Emmy for ‘”Commercial of the Year.”
Indian director Tarsem studied business at Harvard before attending the Art Center College of Design. He’s an award winning music video director of many notable celebrities including R.E.M.’s ‘Losing My Religion’. His films include The Cell (2000), The Fall (2006), Immortals (2011) and Mirror Mirror (2012).
Dylan Lee has been a writer for Wieden+Kennedy since 1999 and has been working on projects for Nike, Coca-Cola, Powerade, Target and many more.
Paul Guay conceived and co-wrote Liar Liar (1997), at the time of it’s release teh sixth-highest-grossing comedy in history, the second-highest-grossing film of Jim Carrey’s career, and Imagine’s highest-grossing film ever.
Eric Heisserer is a writer, known for The Thing (2011), Final Destination 5 (2011) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). He made his directorial debut with the film Hours (2013), starring Paul Walker.
Gan Chao has directed 5 documentaries and has received awards internationally amongst others was honored by the China’s Broadcast and Television Academy as Best Documentary Director of the Year. He is working as the senior director and producer at the Documentary Channel of Shanghai Media Group and general manager of the channel and DocuChina Co., Ltd.
Charles Unger’s filmmaking career began at the age of 12, when he wrote a spec script for the TV Anime series, Battle of the Planets, since then he has been working as a director, writer and editor. He has written, directed and produced two feature films. Mr. Lucke (2002) and Come Together (2008) and edited Farrah’s Story, the NBC TV documentary about Farrah Fawcett’s fight with cancer, which was the highest-rated prime-time documentary of 2009.
Manfredi Mancuso is an Italian Film Critic and Journalist with a MA in Filmmaking from The London Film School. He has been working as a member of the jury for collateral awards or as a film selection committee member on numerous Film Festivals around the world.
Stefan Pavlovic is a young and talented dutch director. After graduating from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Film and doing some personal work, he started working as Tom Kuntz assistant for MJZ.
Howard Heard graduated from UCLA with a BA in Motion Pictures / TV Production and has been a film editor for more than thirty years, working on forty-five features, including Risky Business and My Favorite Year, more than fifty hours of prime time episodic television including Beverly Hills 90210, pilots, miniseries, four documentaries, and other short films and commercials.
Rafael Francisco moved to LA at age 18 to pursue an acting career. He took on small roles while working for talent and casting agents. Rafael landed his break at Sony and Marvels Studios working on several projects such as Iron Man 2 and The Green Hornet. After a few years working in the industry he moved back to New York area to pursue a career in production.
Megan Webster has worked as an actor and teaching artist for American Players Theatre, Next Act, Theatre X, Shanghai Theatre Center and La Jolla Playhouse to name a few. Her creative consultancy firm, The Oddbird, coaches professionals in the business sector as well as film and television and has helped to cast over 400 commercials and films.
Rebecca Cremona is one of Malta’s finest young directors. After graduating with a BA from University of Warwick in Film and Comparative literature and a MA in Broadcast Cinema at Art Center College of Design, she was working in the development division of the prestigious Kennedy/Marshall company. Her short film Magdalene garnered a Directors’s Guild of America jury prize as well as other accolades.
Leslie Lucey is an award winning writer and producer, who graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design. This is were she produced the short film Magdalene, which won a DGA student Jury Prize, an honorable mention at the College Television Emmy Awards and was picked up for distribution by Shorts International at the Short Film Corner at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. Together with Rebecca Cremona, she produced Simshar (2014), Malta’s first ever Oscar submission for 2015 in the Foreign Language Category. At the moment she is a staff line producer at Digital Kitchen.