2020 Film Series Finalists

Independent Shorts


Director: Anna Chi
Producer: Ming
Writers: Anna Chi, Ella Lee


Director/Writer: Tawan Bazemore
Producers: Crystal Porter Bazemore, Tawan Bazemore
Executive Producer: Brandon Greene, Tawan Bazemore, Patricia Furnare, Armin Nasseri


Director: Jane Hae Kim
Producer: Meghan Weinstein

Second Team

Director: Ria Pavia
Writer: Anni Weisband
Producers: Robert E. Arnold, Anni Weisband, Mayon Denton, Julia Balayan
Director of Photography: Robert E. Arnold


Director/Writer: Gretl Claggett
Producers: Gretl Claggett, Pamela Cederquist, Sarah Donnelly, Etan Harwayne-Gidansky
Executive Producers: Gretl Claggett, Pamela Cederquist
Directors of Photography: Jeff Berlin, Ari Rothschild

Godspeed MC | For God and Country

Director: R.J. Hall


Director/Writer: Eric L Thompson
Producers: Eric L Thompson, Allan Apone Jr

The Entity

Director/Writer: Chi K. In
Producers: Logan King, Johwan I. Wallace, Chi K. In
Director of Photography: Tevin S. Teixeira

Music Videos / Commercials

Chasing the Horizon

Director: Sasha A. Logov
Producer: Oleksandr Novichenkov
Director of Photography: Oleg Shevchyshyn

James Arthur feat. Travis Barker - You

Director/Producer: Timon Birkhofer
Executive Producers: Jørg Kundinger, Jason Hale
Writers: Timon Birkhofer, Jørg Kundinger
Director of Photography: Daniel S. Williams

About the Girl in the Trunk

Director/Writer: Lindsay Clift
Producer: Jose Miller

Slant - With or Without You

Director: Vez Visuals
Writers: Munir Haque, Vez Vizuals
Producers: Munir Haque, Kerry Schwartz, Parvez Satter

Oo La La

Director/Writer/Producer: Frank Rogala

Stellar Moto Brand Commercial

Director/Writer: Iggi Ogard
Producer: Jeremy Alter
Director of Photography: Richard Briglia

Nice Shoes

Director: Jonathan Lawrence
Producer: Tommy Mack


Director/Writer: Carissa Dorson
Producers: Jacob Rosenthal, Shane Spiegel
Director of Photography: Carissa Dorson

Hey, Beautiful!

Director: Kenneth Ferrone
Writers: Nat Zegree, Eric Holmes
Producers: Greg Kamp, Sarah Ellis, MT Shorts

Student Short Films

Furthest From

Director: Kyung Sok Kim
Writer/Producer: Rex Reyes II
Director of Photography: Teck Siang Lim
School: AFI Conservatory

Our Home Here

Director: Angela Chen
Writers: Angela Chen, Yumiko Fujiwara
Producer: Xinlei “Summer” Yang
School: AFI Conservatory 

They Won't Last

Director: Portlynn Tagavi
Writers: Portlynn Tagavi, Brandon Gale
Producer: Richard Bailey
School: AFI Conservatory 

Time Difference

Director: Xuqin Sun
School: London College of Communications

Día de Las Carpas

Director: Joao Dall’Stella
Writer: Marika Kato Hoag
Producer: Jervis Li
Director of Photography: Bethany Michalski
School: AFI Conservatory


Director/Writer: Quinn Else
Producer: Marc Tarczali
Director of Photography: Ben Long
School: AFI Conservatory


Director: Chris Collins
Writer: Oscar Flores
Producers: Antionette Hicks, Hayley Seat, Jeffery Clark, Zachary Arrow Lomeli
Director of Photography: Alexander Hackworth
School: CAL State LA, Television, Film & Media Studies

Tree #3

Director: Omer Ben-Shachar
Writers: Omer Ben-Shachar, Sydney Meadow
Producer: Iris Yang
School: AFI Conservatory 

A Guide to Being Herman

Director: Sergio Zaciu
Writers: Sergio Zaciu, Oliver Zaciu
Director of Photography: Nicholas Bradford
School: University of Southern California


Director: Ramone Farrier
Writer: Hector Oliveras Garcia

Producers: Milana Edwards, Lucas Ford
School: The Peter Stark Producing Program

Gabriel Mays

AbelCine Director of Rental
As Director of Rental, Gabriel Mays oversees growth of Rental by nurturing business relationships and unifying the customer experience nationwide. In his previous role as the LA Rental Manager, Gabriel worked with producers, cinematographers, and assistant camera operators to provide the highest level of customer service possible. He also ensured that all their equipment needs are met on budget. Before coming to AbelCine in 2015, Gabriel previously worked as a Communications Instructor and Electronic Media Engineer at a private university. He taught various courses in electronic media, including film, broadcasting, and digital arts. Gabriel is an award-winning cinematographer, director, producer, and editor known for his innovative research and implementation of new film techniques. He was also one of the first to implement HDSLR cameras into filmmaking. He has been the cinematographer on dozens of independent films, documentaries, and music videos.