Presenters 2015


Leah Warshawski

Leah Warshawski

Leah Warshawski specializes in producing/directing documentary-style features, television shows, commercials, and branded content in remote parts of the world. She has a BA in Japanese language from the University of Hawaii and her first feature film FINDING HILLYWOOD (2013) won six awards including the Critic’s Award (Sebastopol Documentary Festival) and the Audience Award (Napa Film Festival) and screened at more than 65 domestic and international festivals. Before developing FINDING HILLYWOOD, Leah worked in Hawaii in the marine department for major features and shows on the water including LOST and HAWAII. Leah is currently co-ep for a feature documentary about the “personhood” movement in America called PERSONHOOD (2016), and she consults with filmmakers about outreach, marketing and hybrid distribution plans. In addition, Leah co-founded (and currently manages) ““, a “LinkedIn” for Rwandan filmmakers and a tool to help grow the film economy in East Africa. This site is supported by a number of international partners including Bpeace (Business Council for Peace) and The Academy of Motion Pictures.

This year (2014) Leah served on a number of festival panels and juries including the Heartland Film Festival and received a “VERA” award for “Connector of The Year” from Bpeace. She was also named of the the “5 Women To Watch” by the JT News in Seattle (Oct. 2014).


Todd Soliday

Todd Soliday

Todd Soliday has directed, shot, edited and posted feature films, corporate brand films (Starbucks, Microsoft, T-Mobile, etc), and music documentaries for major networks and companies. Avid snowboarder, mountain biker, vintage collector, adventure-seeker, and world traveler, Todd’s true passion is documentary storytelling. Recent projects include FINDING HILLYWOOD (2013 feature doc), PLATINUM: THE MT. BAKER LEGENDARY BANKED SLALOM (2007 feature doc) and VOYAGE: ALONE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC (2006 series and pilot). He is currently editing a feature documentary about the lottery system in America called OUT OF LUCK (2015), and he animated graphics for THE BREACH (2014) that had it’s world premiere earlier this year. Todd is a production “jack-of-all-trades” with a background in broadcast journalism and outdoor adventure sports. For samples of his work please visit


Emmanuel Benbihy

benbihyProducer and Director Emmanuel Benbihy is best known for his Cities of Love franchise of films, which are visual love poems to the cities they feature. Each one contains at least 10 short films made by the world’s leading directors and stars. Starting with Paris, Je’taim and moving through New York, I Love You and Rio, I Love You, Emmanuel is currently in production with films set in various cities around the world, including Shanghai, Ai Ni. The Shanghai Student Film Festival board is proud to be working with Emmanuel and the Cities of Love board to help create a student edition of Shanghai, I Love You.


Olivier Staphylas

olivierOlivier Staphylas is a 34 year old native of France whograduated from Supinfocom with honors and a degree in Computer Graphics. In 2004, he entered directly into the third year of studies at the prestigious Gobelins L’Ecole De L’Image in Paris where he graduated first in his class and with a degree in Character Animation. Olivier was not only the first to graduate from two of France’s finest visual arts universities, but was also the first, and to date, the only student to accomplish the feat with both honors from Supinfocom and first in his class at Gobelins. In 2006 he began work on the Oscar nominated animated feature and box office success, Kung Fu Panda.

Olivier then worked on the movie How to Train Your Dragon (2010) on which he helped develop the Dragons characters. He was then promoted to Supervising Animator on the very successful Dreamworks Animation movie Puss In Boots (2011), on which he supervised and animated the main character Puss.

He was nominated for an Annie Award for best character animation in 2012, and was listed by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the rising stars of the movie industry.

He is now Head of Character Animation for Oriental Dreamworks, Dreamworks’ new branch in Shanghai, China, working on upcoming Animated feature films.

Rainerio C. Yamson II

rainA Filipino director of photography (cinematographer), he trained under JA Tadena and has been in the industry since 2004. He is a Gawad Urian 2011 nominee for best cinematography for the film Di Natatapos and Gabi (The Night Infinite) and PMPC Star Awards 2014 Movie Cinematographer of the Year nominee for Dance of the Steel Bars. He has worked with local and foreign for full-length films, commercials, music videos, documentaries and the like. A dog lover and a tennis fan, he is currently based at Makati City, Philippines.