Presenters 2013


 

Nacho Vigalondo

nacho-vigalondoIn addition to receiving an Academy Award nomination and a Best Short Film Award nomination at the European Film Awards, Vigalondo’s 2003 short film 7:35 de la Mañana received the Bronze Moon of Valencia at the Cinema Jove – Valencia International Film Festival and the Prix UIP Drama at the Drama Short Film Festival.

He finished his first full length feature filmLos Cronocrímenes (English title: Timecrimes), in 2007, which he also co-starred in.

Vigalondo revealed on his official blog that his next film would be a Spanish-language alien invasion horror entitled Extraterrestre. “Scifi Latino”translates the plot: “Vigalondo writes that this will not be like a War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise, where a regular person manages to somehow closely witness all major invasion events. He writes that most people will experience a global alien invasion without even knowing it has happened, by listening to rumors, or engaging in pointless activities. Hence Extraterrestre.”

Popular comic book blogsite Bleeding Cool reported in mid-2011 that Vigalondo was recruited to direct a silver screen adaptation of Mark Millar‘s Supercrooks.

 

 

Vivian McGrath

Viv McGrath – Chief Executive of Redback Productions – is a highly respected Documentary and Drama-Doc Executive Producer and Showrunner, with a solid reputation for delivering high quality programmes and high rating ‘hit’ shows, to all the major UK and many US broadcasters. She has a strong sense of storytelling and how to bring out the maximum drama and emotion out of any film she produces, regardless of genre.She now lives in Shanghai, China, and has set up Redback Productions with the aim of using her extensive experience and global network of contacts to help bridge the gap between Asia (including China) and the West. It’s a move back to the region, after a very successful ten years in the UK.Prior to the UK Viv spent 7 years based in HK, where she ran her own independent news bureau – one that represented networks across the globe. She was also a Foreign Correspondent for Seven Network Australia and later ran the Fox News Asia Bureau, covering major newsworthy events.Viv has strong relationships with a wide range of Commissioning Editors and Channel Controllers, both within UK and US Broadcasters and is highly respected by her peers within the UK production industry. She is currently working on a number of Documentary and Drama-Doc projects for UK and US Broadcasters. 

Vivian McGrath是一位受人尊敬的纪录片和戏剧执行制片人,在业界享有良好的声誉,她为英国各大主要广播电台,以及美国部分重要广播电台出品过高质量的电视 节目和高收视率的热门节目— 包括为Discovery, Animal Planet制作的系列纪实纪录片—<我不该活着>。

在英国取得成功之前,Vivian在香港工作生活了7年,在那里她运营了自己独立的新闻部门,该部门网络范围覆盖全球;同时她也是澳大利亚 Seven Network Australia的一名驻外记者;之后又负责Fox News亚洲部门,工作内容覆盖了亚洲具有主要有新闻价值的各个重大活动。

她现在居住在中国上海,在那里她不仅仅为自己的纪录片工作,还致力于用她广泛的经验和全球化的联系网络架起一座桥梁,连接起中西方广播电台和制作的同行。在英国取得10年的成功之后,她将阵地又一次转移到了亚洲。

 

 

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 Kevin T. Willson directed and co-wrote the 2012 Super Bowl commercial, Doritos’ “Sling Baby,” which won the #1 spot on the Facebook-USA Today Ad Meter out of all Super Bowl ads. Neilsen also rated it as the #1 “Most Liked” and “Most-Remembered” of the 2012 Super Bowl. Doritos has hired Kevin to create a new short film in collaboration with the Lonely Island guys, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, and has paid Mr. Willson and his team $1 Million for taking the top spot on that Facebook Super Bowl contest. Recently Kevin directed some comedy spots for Skechers and Siltanen & Partners, staring “Mr. Quiggly” (Skechers’ Super Bowl dog). One of Kevin’s commercials is currently on air and will continue to air during the Olympics.

This is Kevin’s third consecutive time making it to the Super Bowl with Doritos as a Top 5 Finalist in the “Crash the Super Bowl” contest. In 2010 he directed “Casket” which aired during the Super Bowl and was ranked by Neilsen as the #1 “Most-Recalled” spot. In 2011 the commercial he wrote and directed, “Birthday Wish,” ranked in the top 5 out of 5,000 submissions. Doritos purchased it, and it aired nationally. In 2012 Kevin signed with HELLO! & COMPANY as a commercial director. Levity Entertainment represents him for TV & Film and he has feature film projects in development. He recently became attached as the director to a studio comedy feature film.

Mr. Willson is a Southern California native and after graduating from Biola University with a filmmaking degree, he taught Special Education in Los Angeles. He left teaching to pursue his dream of filmmaking.  He has directed numerous documentaries for humanitarian organizations, including Acres of Love, Habitat for Humanity, and Free Wheelchair Mission. In 2009 his Free Wheelchair Mission film received a standing ovation at the White House. Kevin has filmed in 14 different countries including Peru, Cambodia, and Afghanistan.

In addition to winning over a dozen awards for his directing work, LionsGate also distributed his short film, “Beauty,” to National retail stores. Kevin loves creative collaboration and is involved in the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Improv comedy scene. In addition to directing, Kevin enjoys writing comedies and he has projects in development for the big screen. Kevin resides in Los Angeles.

Check out Kevin’s website

 

 

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One of the leading roles in the smash hit musical Miss Saigon, Robert Vicencio reprised the role of ‘General Thuy’, playing it in 10 cities all over the world including, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Scotland, Ireland, London’s West End and throughout the UK.

Having talents for both stage and screen, Robert made his first appearance on film with the Hollywood re- make production of the award winning Jesus Christ Superstar as one of the 12 Apostles. Immediately after, he landed his second picture and supporting role in the Hollywood / Spanish sci-fi co-production, Arachnid.

Using his great experience onstage and backstage, Robert produced and directed in 2000, All You Need Is?, the first and only commemorative concert dedicated to the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, bringing together the star’s original band, The Quarrymen, at the prestigious Palace Theatre in London’s West End and earning him an exclusive interview on BBC World News.

With his co-writer in London, Thomas Schönberg, Robert was commissioned by the Singaporean Government to write Singapore’s Sports National Anthem and later released once again with his co-writer, a Charity Single CD in London called Reach For The Stars benefiting the abandoned children in the Philippines.

Robert was the China Casting Director & 3rd Assistant Director for National Geographic’s documentary on Admiral Zheng He filmed in Heng Dien, China. He then returned in late 2006 to film his 3rd Hollywood movie, Marco Polo. Robert co-produced, co-directed and starred in a successful run of Musical Moments in Hong Kong and reprised his roles in his very own show in Shanghai entitled Robert Vicencio & Friends – Bringing The West End To Shanghai.

Close to the end of 2006, Robert was requested to be the Creative Director of Shanghai’s biggest Fashion Show of the year for Absolut Label. In 2007 Robert directed the 3rd production of Musical Moments in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s Concert Hall followed by once again being requested to be the Casting Director for National Geographic’s 2nd Production in China called “Legacy of China”.

In 2008, Robert made his debut as a writer, publishing his very first book entitled The IX Invaluable to Auditioning (&Succeeding). The book is bi-lingual, both in English and Chinese and will be the very first bilingual book published in China about auditioning.

Moving into television, in 2008 to 2009, Robert hosted his very own TV Show called Everlasting Favorites on ICS, Shanghai’s first International English Channel then during the same year, directed his first full length feature film; shooting in Kunming, Yunnan and with an international cast.

In 2010, Robert was invited as the Special Foreign Guest Lecturer for the graduating year of the Shanghai’s Conservatory of Music’s Musical Theatre Department and in 2011 was invited as the Guest Director at Hong Kong’s Independent Schools Foundation Academy.

 

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Sherwood Hu was born and raised in Shanghai surrounded by a creative and artistic family. Hu relocated to the U.S. to receive his Masters of Arts degree from New York State University and earned a Ph.D. in directing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Sherwood studied at The Public Theater in New York under Joseph Papp, and began his professional career directing theatre, including productions of Rashomon, Consant Prince and The Chairman’s Wife. He created The Legend of Prince Lanling, a lavish stage production which received an Honorable Mention from the Kennedy Arts Center, and which he later adapted into his first feature film, Warrior Lanling, an epic ritual film about ancient China. His second feature, Lani Loa, The Passage was executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola and Wayne Wang, and was one of the first U.S./China co-productions. Between his film and theatre projects.

Mr. Hu also finds the time to be a guest professor at the Shanghai Drama Academy where he supervises and mentors graduate students.