Maria Alice Arida is a Brazilian genre director focused on female driven thrillers and horror films.

Her AFI thesis film INSTINCT has played in over 30 festivals and has won 12 awards. The short film had its world premiere at the BFI Flare in London and its American premiere at the Phoenix Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Latin American Short. In addition, INSTINCT has screened at AFI FEST and was selected as part of the 3rd annual CAA Moebius Showcase which highlights emerging directors from AFI, USC & CAL ARTS.

Before obtaining her MFA in directing from the American Film Institute (AFI), Maria worked in Brazil as an assistant director for renowned directors such as Hector Babenco (Academy Award nominee for KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN) and Eduardo Coutinho (EDIFÍCIO MASTER). Their passion for filmmaking inspired her to tell her own stories and pursue her directing career in the US.


Rosita is a Colombian directress and screenwriter who believes we all have a monster lurking deep inside us and, every now and then, an uncontrollable hunger forces us to surrender to that darkness and allow our inner monster to come out and play. The darkness in female sexuality, the perversion in the mundane, and viscerally penetrating emotional imagery are themes that are ever-present in Rosita’s work.

Rosita pursued a B.S. in Film and Television at Boston University where her film SOMBRA AZUL won first place at the Redstone Film Festival. After graduating, Rosita worked as Director of Production at Coliseo Films where she directed television, commercial and documentary work in Colombia. Rosita later obtained her M.F.A. in Directing at the American Film Institute Conservatory where she wrote and directed her thesis film LA SIRENA, a psychosexual fairy tale about a woman who surrenders to her inner monster to avenge her broken heart.

2010 - present
2010 - present


Jonathan Bloch is a Producing Fellow at the American Film Institute. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Drew University in Theatre Arts and Political Science. Upon graduation, Jonathan moved out to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Jonathan began as a creative consultant for Allied Artists, providing script coverage and rewrites on acquired properties. While assisting at Allied Artists, he rose to Casting Associate for esteemed casting director Fern Champion, working with her full-time for four years, on projects such as the Emmy®-nominated miniseries HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, the TEXAS RISING miniseries, and the m.o.w. BIG DRIVER. Jonathan is currently pursuing his M.F.A. in Producing, and in development on a few feature films.


Hannah graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA in Photography and the Psychology of Art. Her years studying photography led to an opportunity to work as a cinematographer on her first feature film, BENDER. Soon after completing the film she began to work as a camera assistant on television shows and indie features to further her knowledge of the craft. Hannah recently completed her MFA in Cinematography at the American Film Institute.


Jubilate graduated from the UNC School of the Arts, with a BFA in Production Design for Filmmaking. She has a Fine Arts background, studying painting and sculpture at both the Rhode Island School of Design and the College for Creative Studies. She has worked on over 30 short films ranging in positions from Set Decorator to Production Designer. Jubilate has designed various music videos as well as designed and art directed multiple feature films which have been apart of international film festivals in Amsterdam and London. Jubilate has worked with Yahoo, Ford,Fox, to develop creative content. Jubilate is currently pursuing her MFA in Production Design at the American Film Institute.


As a kid, Nick Lane grew up making stop-motion Lego movies in his small home in Northwest Arkansas. He is a graduate of Hampshire College, with a BA in Film and Theatre. Nick’s play, CHURCH STREET, won the 2009 5-College Denis Johnston Playwriting Award. He has traveled as an arts educator to thousands of students across the country, and has taught basic filmmaking courses to high schoolers. Currently, Nick is earning his MFA in Film Editing at the American Film Institute.