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Al Kalyk is a Croatian-Australian film director, photographer, and writer.

Al grew up in the suburbs of Australia, and the countryside of Assisi, Italy. He completed studies at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), the Australian Film, and Television School (AFTRS), and The University of Sydney (BA, Fine Arts and Film Studies). Since beginning studies at AFI, Al has completed five short films, on subjects ranging from murderous religious cults to a young boys experience of the holocaust.

While working in commercials and music videos at Collider Film and Design, Al exhibited a film on memory and death at the prestigious Carriageworks art space, film festivals around the world, as well as being published in Art and Australia magazine, Financial Times London, and Vice Magazine.



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Thomas Hartmann is a graduate of DePaul University with a degree in Communications. From a young age, Thomas was drawn to films and their ability to transport the viewer, for a brief moment, into other worlds and characters.

He is currently pursuing an MFA in Producing at the AFI Conservatory where he aims to create films that trigger conversations, particularly about subjects that are often not touched upon. During his first year at AFI, he produced seven short films, and is currently producing a film for Crypt TV while completing his thesis film.

In working on a variety of projects, he enjoys the freedom that imagination allows through intensive and fruitful collaborations.

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Bella Gonzales is a Los Angeles based cinematographer/photographer. She was practically raised on sets and now considers each set a second home. Bella is drawn to projects that involve her showing the beauty in tragic events in our society. Bella has shot music videos for artists such as The Plain White T’s, Travis Atreo, and The Band Camino and has worked on features such as SHOTCALLER and SAVING FLORA as apart of the camera department. She has also worked for the company Chrome Hearts with featured artists such as Slash.


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Kristen Budke holds a BFA in Stage Design from the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music (CCM). She worked as an Art Department assistant on the Independent film G oat by director Andrew Neel (Sundance Film Festival 2016, Dramatic Selection and the 66th Berlin International Film Festival). She has worked as a freelance scenic painter for the Cincinnati Opera and for the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

She has also worked as a Properties Assistant at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for the National Puppetry, Musical Theater and Playwrights Conferences.


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Mengchao Lin was born and raised in Beijing. She is a graduate from Beijing Film Academy, with a Bachelor's in Digital Film Technology. She also studied in School of Visual Arts MFA program, majoring in photography, video and related media. She has shot several short films as a director, but most of time served as an editor and colorist.

Mengchao participated in post-production for film SUMMER SECRET, won Wolfgang Langsfeld Award at the 34th Munich International Festival and also been nominated in the Wide Angle section at the 19th Busan International Film Festival.

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Yumiko Fujiwara is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with concentrations in Screenwriting and Visual Arts. Much of her work revolves around tranquil and still qualities that are often unseen, drowned out in bustling urban environments. Born 1992 in Tokyo, Fujiwara moved to Johannesburg at the young age of two, to Mexico City at nine, to Rome at 15, to New York at 18.

She is currently pursuing an MFA in screenwriting at the AFI Conservatory. Professionally, she has written for a variety of formats in the film medium, including music videos, art videos, short films, pilots, commercials and promotional web films.



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