2013 Awardees

Shiva Bajpai

Shiva Bajpai grew up in Delhi during a period of radical transformation in the Indian socio-economic fabric. This has inspired him to tell stories about the contradictions surrounding emerging India. His first short, THE SINGHS, was selected in the 2009 OSIAN-Cinefan Film Festival, and his next film, RAJU, has played at numerous film festivals including the prestigious 33rd Claremont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Shiva is currently pursuing  READ MORE

Shiva Bajpai grew up in Delhi during a period of radical transformation in the Indian socio-economic fabric. This has inspired him to tell stories about the contradictions surrounding emerging India. His first short, THE SINGHS, was selected in the 2009 OSIAN-Cinefan Film Festival, and his next film, RAJU, has played at numerous film festivals including the prestigious 33rd Claremont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Shiva is currently pursuing an MFA at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Filmmaking. His recent film, OUTPOST, has played at numerous festivals and has been the recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award, James Richard Janowsky Award, National Board of Review Student Grant, Hollywood Foreign Press Grant, and the Spike Lee Fellowship.

James Berry

James Berry is a writer/producer/director. He graduated from NYU’s undergraduate film program in 2012. His thesis film, I, HELIOS, starred actor Doug Jones best know for Pale Man in PAN’S LABYRINTH, as well as Abe Sapien in the HELLBOY movies.

James Berry is a writer/producer/director. He graduated from NYU’s undergraduate film program in 2012. His thesis film, I, HELIOS, starred actor Doug Jones best know for Pale Man in PAN’S LABYRINTH, as well as Abe Sapien in the HELLBOY movies.

Melanie Delloye

Melanie Delloye is a French-Colombian filmmaker based in Paris and New York. After a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Russian in the University of La Sorbonne, she recieved her Master’s Degree from New York University’s Graduate Film Program.

While at NYU, Melanie directed several short films that screened in festivals all over the world. ANNA AND JÉRŌME, her latest short film starring French award-winning actress  READ MORE

Melanie Delloye is a French-Colombian filmmaker based in Paris and New York. After a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Russian in the University of La Sorbonne, she recieved her Master’s Degree from New York University’s Graduate Film Program.

While at NYU, Melanie directed several short films that screened in festivals all over the world. ANNA AND JÉRŌME, her latest short film starring French award-winning actress Elodie Bouchez (THE DREAMLIFE OF ANGELS, WILD REEDS), won several awards including Best Short Film at the Miami International Film Festival, 2nd Prize at New York University’s Wasserman King, and aired on National French Television.

Melanie is currently working as a feature screenwriter, while developing her own feature film in France. Her latest short film project, THE MAN OF MY LIFE, has won many screenwriting awards for development, as well as the support of the prestigious French National Center of Cinematography (CNC).

Ben Federman

Ben is a New York based filmmaker who grew up in suburban New Jersey. He is a recent graduate from the School of Visual Arts’ film program. His SVA thesis film, INTERN: THE MOVIE, is a humorous action comedy about trying to break into the film industry. It was honored with the James Richard Janowsky Award and a nomination for Achievement in Editing at the 2013 Dusty  READ MORE

Ben is a New York based filmmaker who grew up in suburban New Jersey. He is a recent graduate from the School of Visual Arts’ film program. His SVA thesis film, INTERN: THE MOVIE, is a humorous action comedy about trying to break into the film industry. It was honored with the James Richard Janowsky Award and a nomination for Achievement in Editing at the 2013 Dusty Film Festival. He also won a Regional Jr. Emmy Award for a project he did in high school.

Since graduating from SVA, Ben has been hired to work at various post-production houses as well as working on major national commercial and feature film productions.

Vladimir de Fontenay

Vladimir de Fontenay is a director based out of New York City and Paris. His latest short film, MOBILE HOMES, received 1st prize at the Wasserman Awards—NYU Graduate Film School’s top honor—as well as the National Board of Review award. His films have screened at over fifty festivals around the world including SXSW, Clermont-Ferrand, Slamdance, Winterthur, Montreal, Hong-Kong, Uppsala, winning awards at the Seattle and Guanajuato film  READ MORE

Vladimir de Fontenay is a director based out of New York City and Paris. His latest short film, MOBILE HOMES, received 1st prize at the Wasserman Awards—NYU Graduate Film School’s top honor—as well as the National Board of Review award. His films have screened at over fifty festivals around the world including SXSW, Clermont-Ferrand, Slamdance, Winterthur, Montreal, Hong-Kong, Uppsala, winning awards at the Seattle and Guanajuato film festivals, and has been distributed by major European cable networks including RTI Mediaset in Italy and TV channel France 3. He studied filmmaking at the Scuola Civica di Milano and is an MFA candidate at NYU Tisch’s School of the Arts, where he is a recipient of the prestigious Faculty Fellowship and the 2013 Spike Lee Production Fund. Vladimir is currently in post-production on a feature film entitled MEMORIA starring Oscar-nominated actor James Franco, Keith Stanfield, and Thomas Mann; a new short film narrated by filmmaker Chantal Akerman; and working with Danielle Lessovitz on a feature script inspired by his short film MOBILE HOMES.

Alexandre Paul Ilic

Alexandre was born in Cannes, France, and raised in Miami, Florida. He obtained his BA in Film from Hunter College in New York City. Although the bulk of his work is in screenwriting, Alexandre has experience as a director, producer, cinematographer, editor, boom operator and sound mixer, working with both digital and 16mm film. In 2011, Alexandre served as the social media specialist for the web series THE LOUISE LOG. Currently, Alexandre is working towards getting his MFA at Columbia University. In his first-year, he was the only student of his class to be credited for writing a thesis film, which screened at the Columbia Film Festival.

Jeremy Jensen

Jeremy Jensen is a writer, director, story artist and animator. A graduate of NYU’s film program, his films have garnered praise for emphasis in storytelling and character. Along with winning the James Richard Janowsky Award for his short, ARAIGNÉE, his most recent project, GOODNIGHT BOON, was a regional finalist in the 41st Student Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Jeremy Jensen is a writer, director, story artist and animator. A graduate of NYU’s film program, his films have garnered praise for emphasis in storytelling and character. Along with winning the James Richard Janowsky Award for his short, ARAIGNÉE, his most recent project, GOODNIGHT BOON, was a regional finalist in the 41st Student Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Jacob Kafka

Jacob Kafka is an animator living and working in New York, and the son of a rabbi and a seismologist. He grew up in Massachusetts and has been making movies since he was five years old. He is better at it now than he was then. He graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2012, where he studied film and animation.

Jacob Kafka is an animator living and working in New York, and the son of a rabbi and a seismologist. He grew up in Massachusetts and has been making movies since he was five years old. He is better at it now than he was then. He graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2012, where he studied film and animation.

Robert Kornstein

Robert first started making cartoons to make fun of his cousin Barry for being so bad at Mario Kart. Once he discovered how much he enjoyed it, he practiced and honed his skills, eventually attending the film program at New York University, from which he graduated in 2012. Robert now lives in Los Angeles, working as a freelance animator. In his free time, he enjoys eating many different types of cheeses, and rides his bicycle around the San Fernando Valley. By the end of his life, he plans to have visited all seven continents, and outer space.

Bruce Li

Bruce was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and lived in Shanghai, China, for six years before going to high school in Fort Worth, Texas. His love for filmmaking began in high school when he directed and produced a 40-minute comedy that screened at his high school, and raised $1,300 charity for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

He is a recent graduate from New York University’s Tisch School  READ MORE

Bruce was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and lived in Shanghai, China, for six years before going to high school in Fort Worth, Texas. His love for filmmaking began in high school when he directed and produced a 40-minute comedy that screened at his high school, and raised $1,300 charity for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

He is a recent graduate from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ film program with a focus on directing. His undergraduate thesis short, CAUGHT, was a regional finalist for the 2013 Student Academy Awards. He is currently in development on his first feature.

Jacob Sillman

A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jacob is a Co-Founder of the New York based Production Company, Whiteboard Pictures. While at NYU Jacob focused on the craft of cinematography, shooting dozens of short films and commercials, before turning his sights on directing. His short film, THE PALE OF SETTLEMENT, has played all across the world and has won several awards from a number of festivals. Jacob has directed commercials for brands such as LG, the ASPCA, and Taglit-Birthright Israel.