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.
Born 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, produced and acted 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 latest film “J-1” premiered at the 2013 Coney Island Film Festival, was an Official Selection at the 2014 Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival, 2014 Palm Beach International Film Festival and made its European Premiere at the 2014 Let’s All Be Free Film Festival in London, and was recently selected to the 18th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival.In June 2012, Guerrero launched the Katra Film Series – a monthly festival showcasing quality short content by emerging and award-winning Filmmakers. In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the Grand Prize Winner was 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 cinefile and aspiring 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.
LAURA DUMITRESCU – LEAD GRAPHIC DESIGNER
A Communications Intern at the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and Marketing, Media, and Communications Manager for NYC Virtual Enterprises of NYC’s Department of Education. She has previously worked and studied in Austria, Germany, Romania. Laura earned her Master in Communication Arts at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in 2016 with focus on Film & TV Production, Graphic Design, and Marketing.
Laura has a growing interest to work in educational & culturally-diverse environments and at the same time, explore new fields because such intersections stimulate her creativity and keep her curious and eager to learn.
Her experience ranges from conceptualizing, designing, and distributing marketing collateral for non-profits and educational institutions, managing websites, producing photographs, digital graphics and content for social media, conducting market research and interviews, writing press releases, and organizing cultural events to directing & producing promo and educational videos, and contributing to the production of news & entertainment shows for a web channel.
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
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.