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Cine Gear Expo announces a rousing virtual lineup for their much-anticipated annual Film Series Competition to be held at 12 noon, Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Like the Expo’s successful in-person events, online guests will be treated to a full schedule of curated finalist films including Independent Shorts, Music Video/Commercials and Student Shorts with submissions from AFI, USC, & London Film Schools. Following the screenings, Cine Gear guest host, Jay Holben, will moderate a spirited online networking event, complete with trivia questions, prize give-aways, lively chat and more. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite film in each category that will be tallied with the selections of Cine Gear’s independent team of industry judges. Next comes the Award Presentation when winners will receive filmmaking prizes generously donated by top industry tech and services companies.

Independent Short Film finalists:

• Swimming, Director: Anna Chi
• Sound, Director/Writer: Tawan Bazemore
• Second Team, Director: Ria Pavia
• Stevie, Director/Writer: Eric L. Thompson
• Godspeed MC/For God and Country, Director: R.J. Hall
• Stormchaser, Director: Gretl Claggett
• Waves, Director: Jane Hae Kim
• The Entity, Director/Writer: Chi K. In

Music Video / Commercial Finalists:

• Nice Shoes, Director/Writer: Jonathan Lawrence
• Hey, Beautiful!, Director: Kenneth Ferrone
• Chasing the Horizon, Director: Sasha A. Logov
• Alive, Director/Writer: Carissa Dorson
• Oo La La, Director/Writer/Producer: Frank Rogala
• James Arthur feat. Travis Barker – You, Director/Producer: Timon Birkhofer
• Stellar Moto Brand Commercial, Director/Writer: Iggi Ogard
• About the Girl in the Trunk, Director/Writer: Lindsay Clift
• Slant – With or Without You, Director: Vez Visuals

Student Short Film Finalists:

• Día de Las Carpas- AFI Conservatory, Director: Joao Dall’Stella
• They Won’t Last- AFI Conservatory, Director: Portlynn Tagavi
• Natives- The Peter Stark Producing Program, Director: Ramon Farrier
• Tree #3- AFI Conservatory, Director: Omer Ben-Shachar
• Our Home Here- AFI Conservatory, Director: Angela Chen
• GROK SEE BLUE- AFI Conservatory, Director/Producer: Quinn Else
• A Guide to Being Herman- USC Film School, Director: Sergio Zaciu
• Furthest From- AFI Conservatory, Director: Kyung Sok Kim
• Time Difference- London College of Communications, Director: Xuqin Sun
•Pumpkin- CAL State LA, Television, Film & Media Studies, Director: Chris Collins

Join Cine Gear Film Series Competition October 3, 2020
Screenings: Noon – 5:17 pm PDT
After-Party: 5:20 pm – 6:20 pm
Free Registration and schedule:
Registrants will receive detailed instructions and online links to enjoy full participation in the Cine Gear 2020 Film Series Competition.

This year’s virtual festival is brought to you by Cine Gear Expo in conjunction with AutoDCP and Sunset Magicwerks, LLC. Sponsors include: Driving Plates, Litegear, Cush Light, Duclos Lenses, ENTTEC, Moss LED, OWC, Quasar Science, Azden, Grosso Kresser Vineyard, Band Pro Film and Digital, Fotodiox, InkTip, LA NY 411, Ledgo Technology Limited, Litra, Sigma and Matthews Studio Equipment. For more information, visit

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.