We're honored to invite these five directors to the 2018 StudioFest. They have demonstrated incredible skill and knowledge of visual storytelling, and we would be thrilled to partner with any one of them on their debut feature film. The public is invited to join us in a celebration screening of their works September 22nd at the Phoenicia Playhouse between 2:30pm and 5pm.
Rolv Lyssand Bjørø
Rolv Lyssand Bjørø (b. 1985) is a Norwegian director, editor and screenwriter. He has made numerous award winning shorts and documentaries that have been screened internationally. In 2013 he edited the documentary «Dødsdømt og forlatt i Kongo» that was nominated for Gullruten (Norwegian Emmy). Bjørø wrote and directed the highly acclaimed short film "Another World" in 2018. The fresh modern Fantasy/Adventure/Thriller pushes the boundaries of the otherwise «nordic noir» heavy Scandinavian cinema.
Millie Rose Heywood
Australian LA-based director Millie Rose Heywood started her film career as an actor, starring in TV productions including Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo and The Moodys for the ABC, and Hitlist for Netflix. She starred as the female lead in feature film Convict, directed by George Basha and David Field. Passionate about storytelling, Heywood decided to move behind the camera in 2014. She started her own production company Millie On Air Productions with intent to produce high quality content with an emphasis on boundary pushing, socially-minded, female driven narratives. Her debut short film Spirit Stones, which she produced, acted in and co-wrote with Richard Green, went on to receive critical acclaim as a finalist at Tropfest 2014, the world’s largest short film festival. It also screened at the 2015 Court des Iles Festival, and was picked up for distribution by TribalTV on TV4. Following this, Heywood directed a commercial for insurance giant CGU's 2016 campaign. Her latest short film Girl Falling, is about an innocent teenage girl’s search for love with devastating consequences. It seeks to explore the notions of respect and consent, and society’s attitudes towards women and sexual assault. Girl Falling had it’s Australian Premiere at Revelation Perth International Film Festival in July 2018, and was selected as a Coup De Cœur (Programmer’s Favourite) in the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival 2018. Heywood is currently directing the pilot for indie tv series Retrograde, an all female-led production about a coven of millennial witches who discover that awakening real magick can come with dark consequences.
Daniel V. Masciari
Daniel V. Masciari is a filmmaker and editor based in New York. He focuses his work on telling the untold stories of everyday life through its hidden moments. He uses ordinary places in and around buses, gas stations, diners and trailer parks, where he uncovers beauty in supposedly dull and mundane locations, while bringing characters to life. He has been honored by the Smithsonian, acknowledged in Filmmaker Magazine (2018), and in 2015, he was recognized in Variety Magazine's 110 student filmmakers to watch. In addition to filmmaking, he studied and taught the Meisner Technique at The Actor's Workshop of Ithaca, where he has met many long-standing collaborators. Daniel's most recent directorial work is a short film, Crawling to Paradise that has had festival exhibition, including the Syracuse International Film Festival and the New York State International Film Festival where it won best Drama. Daniel studied Cinema Production (B.S.) and Philosophy (minor) at Ithaca College.
Anna Mikami (三上杏奈) is a Chinese-Japanese writer/director and actress based in New York City. She has lived in both Tokyo and Hong Kong, and speaks fluent English, Japanese, Mandarin and Cantonese. Mikami holds a B.F.A. in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. in Journalism. She is managed by Invictus Entertainment and as an actress represented by Buchwald.
As the child of a Cambodian refugee, David grew up listening to his father’s countless stories of surviving the Cambodian genocide that claimed the lives of at least 2 million people. After graduating from the University of Michigan’s film school in 2015, David moved from his rural hometown in Michigan to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for filmmaking. In his heart and mind, he always knew that one day when the time was right, he would have the experience he needed to share his families stories with the rest of the world. After working in the industry for several years, David has gone on to produce several short films, along with working on numerous television shows, commercials, documentaries, and features. Making his own directorial debut, David Siev brings to life the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime and the resilience of Cambodian people in his film titled “Year Zero.”