About Us

Katra Film Series spotlights new talent and provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to showcase their work in front of a live audience and to network with likeminded industry professionals. Every season we screen a selection of quality short films where the audience votes for one film to advance to the 2nd round competition. Regardless of who wins each season all works will be considered for the Year-End Grand Finale Event where the top films will compete for over 10K in prizes at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn, NY.

In partnership with Everyone Matters & Rhino Films, the 2017 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. We’ve also recently partnered up with the Red Digital Cinema, Focus Brands, Pond5, Backstage, International Screenwriters’ Association, Museum of the Moving Images, and more.

New sponsors include Digital Ocean, Goze Zone, Flyte Time, Moser Group, and Julien Dubuque International Film Festival.

GEOFFREY GUERRERO – FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
GeoffreyGuerreroBorn and Bred in NYC, Geoffrey Guerrero is an award-winning writer, director and producer. He was selected as a finalist for the 2006 National Film Your Issue Competition for his provocative short “Here to Stay,” where then Senator Obama served as an honorary jury member. In 2007 he guest directed a short film called “Rewind” and won Best Short Film “On The Edge” Award at the 2007 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival. His original short film “The New McCarthyism,” which he wrote, directed, and produced in was an Official Selection at the 2007 Long Island Latino International Film Festival. In 2008, his short film “Baile (Dance)” won the Best Short Film “Fruit of the Vine” award at the Vine Shorts Film Festival in Santa Monica, CA and screened at the 2009 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival and 2009 Babelgum Online International Film Festival. Guerrero’s film “J-1” premiered at the 2013 Coney Island Film Festival and went on to screen at the 2014 Socially Relevant Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival and made its European Premiere at the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival in London, Academy-Award Qualifying 18th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival.
Guerrero’s most recent film “Prerequisite” premiered at the 2017 Lighthouse International Film Festival and screened at the 2017 SOHO International Film Festival and was recently picked up for the Ocktober Film Festival and New York No Limits Film Series. 
In June 2012, Guerrero launched the Katra Film Series – a widely hailed international festival showcasing quality short-form content and feature films by emerging and award-winning Filmmakers. In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the Grand Prize Winner is awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

AMOS EFRAT – DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING  

In addition to writing film criticism, Amos Efrat, a passionate cinephile and filmmaker, is also the founder of Proxy Films a New York based film collective aimed at producing and distributing local independent cinema. He has also written, produced, and directed a short film, “Down Time,” that is currently available to rent on Amazon Prime and Vimeo-on-Demand.

 

 

COURTNEY CAMEROTA – FESTIVAL PRODUCER/PARTNERSHIP LIAISON

Courtney is a New York City based writer and producer who always had a knack for the film business. With guidance from Dov Siemen’s Film School and John Truby’s Story Masterclass, she quickly took to screenwriting and filmmaking. Courtney most recently completed the film Prerequisite which is slated to premiere in 2017. Last Pickup, which was her feature film debut, was selected as the opening night premiere at the Williamsburg International Film Festival in New York City. Courtney is a writer and producer of multiple genres and has several projects in development. One in particular is the comedy Dead Guy along with Academy-Award Winning producer Lynn Appelle and is slated for production in 2017.

JASMINE CLEMENTE – HOST

Multimedia Artist, Jasmine Clemente, is best known for releasing music singles in the dance scene. After gaining much popularity, Indie Film Directors began sending her scripts because of her rapidly growing social media presence. To continue building her brand, she accepted and played lead roles which expanded her entertainment career while the films she featured in began circulating several film festivals.

With a dual career both in music and film, she hosts the monthly Katra Film Festival. For more info, visit her website www.jasmineclemente.com

CRISTINA MORRISON – HOST

Cristina Morrison is an actor, singer-songwriter & producer. Cristina was born in Miami and has lived between Quito (her mother being Ecuadorian), Miami, Los Angeles, Rome, Galapagos Islands and currently lives in New York since 7 years ago. Morrison had her debut on stage at age 16 and some years after she graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the mid 90’s she founded and held post as Executive Director of a 110-seat house, El Socavon de Guápulo Theatre Foundation in Quito, Ecuador where she also produced her own plays. As an actor, Cristina has three independent film releases coming up, Translucido (Thin Walls) by Leonardo Zelig, Nadie nos Mira (Nobody’s Watching) by Julia Solomonoff and Agujero Negro by Diego Araujo in 2017. Credits include: Best Actress ATI Award 2016 – The Winter of April Tabula Rasa Theatre Co,.New York. Agujero Negro by Diego Araujo – Actor & Executive Producer. Feriado (Holiday) by Diego Araujo – Berlinale World Premiere 2014- Actor & Associate Producer. Speaker TED x Galapagos 2015 – “My soul needs to leave an imprint”. Moderator & Jury member: The Havana Film Festival in New York & Latin Monologue Theatre Festival “Monologando Ando Contando” iTunes: http://bit.ly/CristinaMorrison_Itunes
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SEMI-ANNUAL ROUND JUDGES 
RANDY WILKINS is a three-time Emmy Award-winning director, cinematographer and editor from the Bronx, NY.  Shortly after receiving his B.A. in English from Franklin and Marshall College, Randy’s lifelong dream to play professional baseball was shattered after a significant injury. Under these tragic circumstances, he discovered a new passion: filmmaking. Befriending legendary filmmaker Spike Lee and by the director’s urging, Randy enrolled in NYU’s esteemed Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program where he earned a chair’s fellowship and a Masters of Fine Arts in 2009.
As a finalist in the ABFF/HBO Short Film Contest, Randy’s NYU thesis film, “Osvaldo’s,” earned an exclusive license agreement with HBO for broadcast as well as numerous awards and festival screenings. Professionally, Randy has been raised through the legendary Forty Acres and A Mule Filmworks beginning as an editorial intern on “Inside Man.” Randy has recently served as Lead Editor on Lee’s joints including “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” “Jesus Shuttlesworth” for ESPN, “The Greatest Catch” for ESPN, “Katt Williams Priceless” for HBO, “What Is The Triangle? A Spike Lee Orange and Blue Skies Joint” for the MSG Network, Andra Day’s debut music video “Forever Mine” and “2 Fists Up” for ESPN. In addition to his editing work, Randy earned two Emmys for his cinematography on the FOX 59 Promo “Indiana Made” and PIX 11 Promo “Lionel.”  As a director, Randy has enjoyed success with his award winning digital series “Docket 32357.”  Wilkins is currently in post production for Season Two of Docket, while in development for his first feature script “Pray for A Little More Spring.” Randy’s latest directorial effort is the ESPN 30 for 30/Lil’ Spike Joint “86-32” chronicling the controversial decision between Roy Jones Jr. and Park Si-Hun in the Light Middle Heavyweight gold medal match at the 1988 Summer Olympics. 

SANDY GARFUNKEL has been active in production for 25 years in New York City where she owns and operates a communications company. The short films she’s written and directed have garnered numerous awards, including a BAFTA New Talent, and screened at festivals across the world, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, BIFAN (the largest fantastic festival in Asia), Dances With Films, and SciFi London.

Her most recent script, “Unflushable,” an offbeat feature comedy, was a Second Rounder at Austin Film Festival, in the Top 6% at Shore Scripts, and nominated as one of the Top 12 for the Scriptapalooza Fellowship, making her a “Scriptapalooza Recommended Writer.”

Currently, Sandy is budgeting and scheduling “Unflushable,” which she plans to direct, and is hard at work penning a dramatic feature currently titled, “The Timeline of Dandelions.”

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CURTIS JOHN is a media-maker and writer operating out of New York City with a specialty in discovering and bringing needed attention to the work of talented filmmakers and artists of color. He believes in cinema as the most powerful means of sharing life’s stories and furthering people’s understanding of one another.Most recently, Curtis was the Festival Director of ActNow Foundation’s New Voices in Black Cinema, a film festival he helped create that takes place annually at BAMcinématek in Brooklyn. He has helped bring audiences the NYC premieres of such films as Neil Drumming’s Big Words and Alain Gomis’ Tey, among other highly notable works. Curtis is also the Film Editor for the culture website Bold As Love Magazine, a contributor to Shadow And Act, and Limité Magazine.As a filmmaker, his work has been shown internationally at film festivals as well as on various internet channels including iTunes.

 

 

 
OPAL BENNETT has spent the past four years working in various capacities for several film festivals. Beginning as a volunteer for the first Sundance London Film Festival, she has served as a screener for Tribeca, Hamptons, and Rooftop Film Festivals, and a programmer for the Nantucket Film Festival.  She also programs for DOC NYC and Montclair Film Festival A Columbia Law grad, Opal holds a Masters in Media Studies from the LSE, and received her B.A. from New York University. She loves Argentine wine, bunnies, and Hitchcock is her all-time favorite.