Dan Bronfeld is an Israeli Director. He was a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory (AFI, Los Angeles) from 2015 - 2017. Previously, Dan majored in Film & Digital Media at the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design, Tel Aviv. Before that, he served as a documentary photographer in the Israeli Defense Force. Additionally, Dan worked with renowned Israeli director Amos Gitai as a photographer and production manager. Before his MFA at AFI, Dan had directed and shot two Documentaries "Apollonian Story" and "Mountain Men" which were screened at prestigious film festivals such as AFI Docs, Doc-Aviv, The Jerusalem International Film Festival, The Guangzhou Documentary Film Festival and were selected for distribution by the Israeli Documentary Channel. Dan is also a recipient of numerous awards and grants such as The Israeli Film Fund Grant, The Jerusalem Foundation Grant and The Haifa Film Festival Young Documentarians Accelerator.


Elena Aksenova is a graduate of UCLA, where she studied Film Producing and Business and Management of Entertainment. She has produced near a dozen short films that have played at film festivals throughout the world and won numerous awards. Elena is currently producing two feature films, a romantic comedy ‘Love on Tap’ (dir. Matthew Harrison, Sundance Jury Prize winner) and an American/Korean relationship drama ‘Blue. Then You’ (dir. Jaime Lee). In addition to producing, Elena works as a Director of Administration and Publicity at a Los Angeles based film festival, Film Crash. She is also a Senior Programmer and Board of Directors member at Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. 


Matthew Pancer is a writer/director/producer who is currently doing his Master of Fine Arts at the American Film Institute. His films have competed at a multitude of festivals, including the Austin, Oaxaca, and Cannes Film Festivals. He graduated with honors from Toronto’s York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Directing. Matthew has also been mentored by AWAY FROM HER’s acclaimed cinematographer Luc Montpellier and, while at AFI, was taught by dozens of prestigious filmmakers, including Billy Ray (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS), Anna Thomas (FRIDA, EL NORTE), and Asghar Fahardi (A SEPARATION, THE PAST). Matthew is currently working on the scripts for two feature films, a TV pilot, and three short films that he plans to direct after graduation.


Kaushal Shah is a Filmmaker/Cinematographer from Mumbai,India. He started assisting cinematographers in the Indian film industry at an early age of 17 gaining experience on commercials,feature films and television shows. Wanting to focus on narrative cinematography, he joined film school two years later, for a post graduate cinematography program. Post the school in Mumbai, India he started freelancing as a Cinematographer and worked in India for almost 3 years shooting commercials, Television shows, Documentary and primarily narrative shorts. He moved to Los Angeles, California post that, and is currently pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Cinematography at the American Film Institute. 


Gaby Zamora, an international student from Argentina, graduated from Washington and Lee University with a BS in Physics. After graduation, Gaby worked as a research assistant in the Biophysics Department at Washington and Lee University, where she contributed to two published papers on biophysics. While deciding whether to pursue a PhD in Astrophysics, Gaby completed a six-week editing workshop in New York City. As a result of that experience, she chose to forego a PhD in Astrophysics and to study Image and Sound Design at the Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires. Aspiring to work in the American film industry, Gaby decided to leave Argentina and applied to schools in the United States. She is now an Editing Fellow at AFI.


Vlad Aksenov is a Los Angeles based Production Designer and a recent graduate of UCLA working in film, television and new media. He holds a BA degree in Producing and Theater Arts from the Russian Academy Of Theatre Arts (GITIS). Vlad has twelve years experience in design and advertisement. His works were laureates of The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and other prestigious awards. Before joining the AKEDA team, Vlad has designed a variety of films, both features and shorts.

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