Mamoru Oshii

Filmmaker/Director. His animated masterpiece “GHOST IN THE SHELL” which was simultaneously released in Japan, U.S. and U.K. back in 1995, left a huge impact on many prominent Hollywood directors. His enthusiastic creativity led to directing live-action feature films such as “Avalon”. Other notable works include “Mobile Police Patlabor” and “The Sky Crawlers”. His latest film is “Garm Wars: The Last Druid”.

Stefen Fangmeier

Stefen joined the computer graphics department at Industrial Light & Magic in 1990 to work on Terminator 2: Judgment Day. During his 15 1⁄2 years at ILM, he worked on numerous projects that represent significant mile-stones in visual effects history.
In 1997, Stefen received a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for his visual effects supervision on Twister and again in 1998 for Saving Private Ryan. He won a third BAFTA for The Perfect Storm in 2000. He also received Academy Awards nominations for his work on Twister, The Perfect Storm as well as Master and Commander.
In addition to his visual effect supervision duties, Stefen worked as the second unit director on Galaxy Quest in 1998 and Dreamcatcher in 2002.
In 2005, he ventured into feature-film directing with Eragon, which grossed over $250 million in worldwide box office returns upon its release at the end of 2006. The film is an action-adventure fantasy with a budget of $96 million and was produced by 20th Century Fox. After directing Eragon, Stefen has been working as an independent Visual Effects Supervisor on a wide range of projects.

Ben Thompson

After graduating from Aberystwyth University in 2003 Ben left Wales to head to New York. Shortly after arriving he joined the Tribeca Film Festival. While there he discovered a passion for short form storytelling and creativity and began working with the programming team watching film submissions. In 2010 he became the Shorts Programmer for the festival. Ben is fascinated by the influence film has on our world and culture and travels to search out new stories from around the globe. He has watched over 8,000 short films for Tribeca alone.