Director Biography – Marc Saez (FOLLOW THE ARROW)

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Marc SAEZ First Short Movie.
Written, Directed and Produced by Marc SAEZ won 30 Awards in different American Festivals and a Special Mention In Pontaut Combaut ( France)
WINNER 2 GOLD AWARDS for Best Short & Best Director at the PRESTIGE AWARDS 2013 USA (Eureka)
WINNER 3 AWARDS at the BEST SHORTS Festival USA 2012

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Short Film: FOLLOW THE ARROW, 13min, France, Mystery/Romance

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A man, a Woman, a hunt.

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Director Biography – Lee Manansala (KHADIAH AND PAULINE)

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Lee Manansala was born in The Philippines, raised in San Francisco, went to film school in New York and now lives in Brooklyn. He is a narrative writer and director and editor, and he edits internet video content to keep the lights on.

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Short Film: KHADIAH AND PAULINE, 6min., USA, Romance

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On their 3rd date, Parisians Khadijah and Pauline discuss fashion choices, a grandmother passing, and coming out.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 4, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    France
  • Film Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
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Short Film: SAY YES, 12min., Sweden, Romance/Drama

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Julia is in love with her best friend Christian. Christian is in love with the single life. A film about the modern day relationship, being young, stupid and daring to say yes to love.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Säg Ja
  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 19, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Sweden
  • Country of Filming:
    Sweden
  • Film Language:
    Swedish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
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Director Biography – Ace Hicks (TAKE CARE OF ME)

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Ace Hicks is a filmmaker with over twenty years of professional acting experience, and over ten years as a professional photographer. She has a strong passion for authentic storytelling and bringing forth the raw, human and existential themes that connect us all. After studying acting on a full scholarship at Vancouver Actors Studio in Vancouver, BC, she attended Langara College to study screenwriting. She wrote and produced the short film, Sleep Buddy and Take Care of Me is her directorial debut. Acting credits include Getting to Know You, Hemlock Grove, Bitten, The Twelve Trees of Christmas and The Firm. Stepping into the directing arena has been one of Ace’s longest dreams and she’s excited to be expanding her role as a creative and filmmaker by moving into the directing landscape.

Director Statement

I wrote Take Care of Me with the intention of creating very authentic and raw characters. My goal was to show Grace and James true love for one another and show real intimacy between them. I also wanted an honest look into the panic and fear some young couples face when they find out that they are pregnant unexpectedly and don’t know how they’ll cope. It’s hard enough to even make rent, providing for another human being seems unfathomable. I set out to make Take Care of Me in a beautifully simple and grounded way, paying tribute to an older generation of films that I grew up inspired by that relies mainly on the relationships between human beings. Directing my real life partner, Julian Robino was an absolute dream come true with many laughs and tears on and off camera. And No, we’re not actually pregnant. 😉

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Short Film: TAKE CARE OF ME, 9min., Canada, Romance/Comedy

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Grace and James, an indie punk rock duo from Canada, have big plans for their upcoming album, but even bigger news is on the way.

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