Notable Alumni & Award Recipients

Notable Alumni

Terrell Sandefur – Keynote Speaker

Terrell Sandefur is a film & television producer, co-founding and managing director of, member of the board of directors of Film Impact Georgia, former president and marketing director of the Macon Film Festival, former Macon-Bibb County Film Commissioner and current honorary host of the Choose Georgia Event at the Sundance Film Festival.







Lisa Anders – Panelist

Lisa Anders is the Executive Director of Explore Gwinnett, Gwinnett’s official tourism agency and film office. Explore Gwinnett’s mission is to draw conventions, meetings, conferences and sports tournaments to Gwinnett’s facilities, hotels and venues, as well as destination marketing of Gwinnett County’s cities. Lisa is Gwinnett County’s Camera Ready representative, serving as Gwinnett’s industry liaison for locations, permitting and photography to the booming film and movie industry as well as to the Georgia Film Office. Lisa serves on the boards of the Aurora Theatre, Destinations International and Partnership Gwinnett PFE. She is a Certified Destination Management Executive, 2018 graduate of Regional Leadership Institute and a 2013 Leadership Gwinnett graduate.





Kristina Arjona Adler – Panelist

Kristina Arjona Adler is an Atlanta based filmmaker and owner of Jump Cut Collective, a production company focused on empowering women, POC, and LGBTQIA+ individuals in front and behind the camera. When she is not directing and producing with her company, she also works as 1st AD on features and short films, and is an actress who has appeared on shows like FX’s Atlanta and AMC’s Preacher. She is also currently working with Times Up and Women In Film to expand the reach of a safety protocol she created called The Color Code, used for filming sensitive material.







Paige Jarvis – Panelist

Paige Jarvis is a best girl and key grip with 18 years of film and television experience. An Atlanta native, gifted photographer, and proud member of IATSE local 479, Paige made a childhood dream come true when Hollywood came to town. Her experiences include Rob Zombie’s “Halloween H2”, “Hunger Games Catching Fire”, “Bad Boys for Life” and “Selma”. She has had the opportunity to work with and for some of the industry’s best.  As one of the state’s few female grips, Paige excelled in all aspects of her role. Within a short time this industry professional became the first female best boy grip, now also known as best girl, in the southeast. Most recently her love of the industry has led Paige to producing short films as well as continuing to enjoy her love of lighting as a key grip. She resides in Atlanta and when not on set she’s traveling the country capturing and inspiring others to travel.



Angelica Perez-Castro – Panelist

Cinematographer Angelica Perez-Castro, born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, has spent years honing an artistic sensibility. Though she has extensive experience with a variety of traditional cameras, she’s also a professional steadicam operator. With the unending goal of mastering her craft, she immerses herself in the field by continuously attending various workshops and training seminars throughout the country. Currently she’s a member of the Local 600 Cinematographers Guild, The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) and the Steadicam Operators Association (SOA).  Her credits include feature films, television shows, documentaries, shorts, commercials, live events, film festivals, and music videos shot all over the United States. Angelica is based in Atlanta but travels per project basis. Recently, she completed principal photography on her first independent feature film titled, Through Her Eyes. Release date is expected in 2020.





Lee Cuthbert – Moderator

Lee is a Location Specialist in the Georgia Film Office, which is a part of the Georgia Department of Economic Development—the state’s sales and marketing arm. In her job Lee sends custom packages of photos for projects based on script requirements, scouts with clients, updates and helps maintain the locations database, assists projects with finding crew and stages, and acts as a liaison with tourism to assist with film tourism projects. She joined the office in 2009 and is a graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis.







Pamela Workman – Workshop Leader

Pamela Workman is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Brenau University and Resident Costume Designer for Gainesville Theatre Alliance. She has worked as a costume technician, costume designer, and actress. Her degrees are Bachelors of Arts in Theatre and History from Morehead State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Design from The University of Oklahoma.  She teaches the costume design and many of the costume technology courses at Brenau along with giving lectures/workshops at High Schools. You can find more on Pamela’s work here.







Michael Lucker – Breakout Session

Michael is a writer, director and producer with twenty years experience creating film, television, animation and digital media. Soon after earning his degree from Boston University, he landed in Los Angeles working in production on series and specials for ABC, NBC, CBS and HBO before taking a job as production assistant to Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment. Michael then embarked on a career as a screenwriter, helping pen more than twenty feature screenplays for Paramount, Disney, DreamWorks, Fox and Universal. An opportunity to serve as creative consultant to Turner Entertainment took him home to Atlanta in 2007 where he went on to work as a writer, director and executive producer before launching his own production company, Lucky Dog Filmworks. In television, Michael has worked with Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, Travel Channel, History, Discovery, NBC, TBS, TNT, TLC, OWN, DIY, MSNBC and A&E. Michael presently serves as advisor to the Atlanta Film Festival, founder of Screenwriter School, Professor of screenwriting at Emory University and University of North Georgia and lecturer in Reinhardt University’s MFA Creative Writing program.




Award Recipients 

Best of The Fest

Hope Village

In the documentary, Lucy Hall, the founder of one of the nation’s most successful women’s treatment facilities, shares her story of generational addiction to help Georgia families. Mary Hall’s death launches her daughter Lucy into a journey of self-discovery. Lucy drops to the depths of self destruction with drugs and alcohol only to rise from the ashes and use what she learned to help other women like herself in their own recovery. HOPE VILLAGE: FINDING RECOVERY illustrates what it takes to survive addiction, one woman at a time.

Directed By: Ri-Karlo Handy

Best Feature Film

The Stalker

Who is he? What does he want? When will he strike again? These are the questions that haunt Steve and Wendy Hamilton as they race to get out of town after one mistake leads to the next. The man only known as the Stalker, is looking for them and their children. He is willing to kill anyone who gets in his way. Embark on this horror, mystery, thrill ride that takes you back to the classic horror films of the 80’s.

Directed by: John Giorgio

Best Student Film


A girl dealing with grief is visited by an old friend.

Directed by: Adam Breazeale

Best Short Documentary

The First

Abrar, a young Muslim American woman running for a school board seat in Fairfax County, Virginia, faces many obstacles during her electoral journey that make her stronger and push her closer to achieve her goal.

Directed by: Mohammed Saffouri

Best Short Film

No Joke

As graduation draws closer, a college student finds herself torn between a stable job and her passion and field of study: being a clown.

Directed by: Joe Youorski

Best Animated Film


Anacronte and the Sorcerers of Evil, without any emotion and fulfilling their destiny, they put to test humanity’s happiness in a struggle that, in short, has each of us as winners and losers.

Directed by: Mr. Bug

Best Music Video

Silver Shamrock

The music video by Billy Batts & The Made Men for the song, “Silver Shamrock”. The song is a punk version of the famous theme to the film, “Halloween 3: Season of the Witch”

Directed by: Jason C. Wilson



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