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 month we screen a selection of quality short films where the audience votes for one film to advance to the 2nd round competition. Regardless of whom the audience chooses all films will be considered for the Year-End Grand Finale Event where the top films will compete for great prizes.

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, 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.
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” 

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SEMI-ANNUAL ROUND JUDGES
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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.
DUSTIN CHANG is an occasional practitioner and adventurous spectator of all things cinema. After writing and directing a feature film in 2007, he switched gears and has been writing about films and interviewing filmmakers since 2009. Over the years, he interviewed the likes of Michael Haneke, Abbas Kiarostami, Jia Zhang-ke, Olivier Assayas, Richard Aoyade, John Sayles, Errol Morris and Clare Denis. His writings appear regularly on Screen Anarchy and International Cinephile Society website.

 

 
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.