“Below is a selection of Fusion International Film Festivals Jury. It is made up of Film Professionals that includes; Directors, Producers, Scriptwriters, Film Festival Organisers and Film Enthusiasts. Our wider jury will vary at each festival which will allow for maximum consideration of each entered film and script.”
– Dan Hickford
Alex McCall is a member of BAFTA as well as a producer, writer and director behind a number of features, shorts and documentaries including Written by “Mrs Bach: Broken Silence”, “The Forensic Squad” & “Birthday”. He has also worked very closely with the BBC and we are delighted that he has supported “Fusion” from the outset.
Michael is an Academy member / Active member of the U.S ‘Motion Picture Sound Editors Association’ and a member of The ‘Society of Authors’. He partnered with Tony Scott during the late 80’s based at West London’s Film-Photo Design Studio, working on titles such as: ‘Aliens’ ‘Romancing the Stone’, ‘The Holcroft Covenant’, ‘Out of Africa’ and ‘The Whistle Blower’ before he wrote and directed ‘Katherine of Sinai’ with an all star cast: Peter O’Toole, Edward Fox, Steven Berkoff, Joss Ackland and Brian Blessed to name but a few.
Skip Shea is the founder and director of the Shawna Shea Memorial Film Festival, an international fringe ﬁlm festival, which is the major fundraiser for the Shawna E Shea Memorial Foundation, Inc. He is also the president of the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, Inc.
Kevin Bisbangian is an award-winning film producer/director/writer/poet.
As a writer and filmmaker, Kevin has been nominated and won many distinguished awards at the most credential film festivals all over the world. He is among the official judges at one of the greatest fashion film festivals in the USA and has mentored film students at Queen Mary University in London. He is a qualified chartered Engineer and holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from South Bank University in London. As a senior consultant he has worked for major companies such as BP, Channel Four and Shell UK. He writes poetry in English, Farsi and Spanish.
Lella Satie is an artist with acting, writing and directing credits. Upon completing her B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Western Ontario she pursued her passion for acting. Lella trained and worked as an actress in North America and Europe. One of her most notable roles is a one-woman-show portraying Frida Kahlo which she wrote and acted in, directed by her mentor and world renowned acting-coach Susan Batson.
Lenard Morgan Pugh, also known as Witch Hazel, is a soulful writer and visionary with an expansive, esoteric insight. He has a B.A. in English and Philosophy, a Masters in Occult Science and Masters in Oriental Medicine.
As an artist and activist, he specializes in writing and producing thematic Hip Hop scores for documentary directors dedicated to exposing social injustice.
Steven Allison is a Scottish freelance writer and cinephile currently based in London. After completing an LLB in English Law and a BA in Journalism, he travelled the world for several years, working as a freelance ghost- and content-writer. Steven then returned to the UK, where he continued in these roles before establishing himself as an entertainment writer, eventually specialising in not only film and television reviews, but also interviews with the creatives involved in both.
Thank you for inviting me to such a wonderful organisation. I love cinema. I’ve kept watching various films since my childhood. My starting point as a film lover was Western and film noir.
And now I’m genuinely interested in discovering good short films, they have unlimited possibilities and I’m looking forward to discovering secret gems here.
Steven Fischer is a two-time Emmy nominated writer/producer/director. His early career in cartoons and animation took off in London under mentors at Melendez Films and Bill Melendez Productions, producers of the classic Peanuts animated TV specials. Mr. Fischer has produced the critically acclaimed animated documentary Freedom Dance with Golden Globe-winning actress Mariska Hargitay, Old School New School with Emmy Award-winning actor Brian Cox, and a catalogue of creations for PBS/Maryland Public Television, TV Asia, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Nextel and many distinguished patrons throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
Pegah is Persian Australian award winning writer, director and producer, now living in Dubai, UAE. In 2011, Pegah co-found the media company ‘The Works Network’ and also heads it’s creative arm ‘Creation Works’ in Dubai, which predominantly makes films, commercials and visual content. In 2007 Pegah co-found the production company ‘New Wave Films’ in Iran, with a prime focus on women’s films and hiring women crew to empower more women in the industry. Both companies are active till present day.
Dr. Zlatina Filipova
Dr. Zlatina Filipova is an executive film producer, writer and actress. Born in Burgas Bulgaria. She is also an eminent medical doctor of long standing in aesthetic dermatology. Based in Abu Dhabi, Malta and Bulgaria, she became a film producer in 2013 with an ongoing slate of films operating under parent company: GOLDAMAXFILM Ltd, which she founded, and with productions planned into the early 2020’s. Rumoured to be in (Pre) co-production on a UK/US/ Bulgarian spy thriller with Director Michael Redwood at Pinewood Studios due to commence early in 2020 with a star cast.Zlatina is now officially recognised as Bulgaria’s most prolific film producer; the first European producer to operate drone cameras.
Berrin Ilhan is an award winning writer and film critic with a multilayer education, who graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Communication from Radio, Television and Film department.
After building a career in the advertising field and film, she graduated at Istanbul Bilgi University with a Comparative Literature digress, along with a film and television minor, together with the master course in French cinema.
Maria Albiñana has an MA Acting Degree, Journalism and Classical Ballet Dance. She’s based in LA but she’s originally from Spain.
She extended her acting training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Moscow Art Theater School and Actors Studio, where she recently became Finalist.
Victoria graduated from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh with a BA in Stage Management and Theatre Production, before gaining a European Multimedia Master (EMM) with the Master Europeo in Gestioni di Impresa Cinematografica e Audiovisiva (MAGICA) programme.
Romanian born film director and film critic with a multilayered education and a complex professional background: from photography during his university years to management and eventually film making, Vlad has studies in humanities as well as economics and maths. He has won several international film awards and nominees.
A self confessed cinephile, Adam has been fascinated by all genres of film for as long as he can remember.
Possessing an annual Curzon Cinema pass he was proud to see all but one new release in 2018. With a particular love of animation and Asian cinema, he is excited to see the variety and quality of films submitted. He lists Werner Herzog, Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan in his top Directors list.
Cati Gonzalez is a Spanish-born NYC fashion and street photographer turned screenwriter, film director.
Her photography has been published in Photo (French magazine), i-D, Spin (magazine), Vogue (magazine), Colors (magazine), Vibe (magazine), Interview (magazine), Paper (magazine), Trace (magazine), Surface (magazine), Libération, El País, Mademoiselle (magazine), New York (magazine) and has worked with celebrities such as Director David Cronenberg, Russell Simmons, Notorious B.I.G., Pharrell Williams, The Ramones, David Byrne, Thurston Moore, Chloe Sevigny, Jaime King, Common (rapper), Beenie Manamong others. She has also worked on various music artists’s album covers for Sony, Warner Bros., and Atlantic Records.
Michael Gonzalez is a independent film producer, video editor and aspiring screenwriter from New York City. He is also the co-creator of the independent film companies, Tompkins Square Park Films and Cati and Mike Gonzalez Films, created in 2012. His first Independent Film ‘Ekaj,’ which he co-produced and edited, went on to screen at 65 Film Festivals worldwide. During it’s Festival circuit run between the years of 2016 to 2018, the film garnered 29 awards and several nominations. The film was officially released online in 2017 and is currently signed with Los Angeles distributor, Indie Rights.
Valerie Ng is a co-founder and managing editor of Australian film publication Rough Cut. Based in Melbourne, she critiques films for the aforementioned, as well as the ABC, The Big Issue, and 4:3.
Debbie Zhou is a freelance film and theatre critic, and a managing editor of Australian film publication Rough Cut. Her words also appear in Time Out Sydney, The Guardian, The Big Issue, Metro Magazine amongst others.