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Amir Chamdin, born 1974 in Stockholm, first made a name for himself as a member of the Swedish cult-band Infinite Mass. Directing and creating the visual world of the band gave him the stepping-stone to become a fulltime director. In resemblance to music composing, he gives full attention to the rhythm, phasing and structure, which is evident in all of Amir’s work. On set, he is known for creating a natural and relaxed environment in front of the camera, making sure he gets the best performance no matter if it’s an actor, model or artist.
In 2002 Amir became the third director of RAF (Renck Akerlund Films), he received an MTV Best Music Video Award 2 years later for The Cardigans video You’re The Storm. In 2006 Amir Chamdin made his cinematic debut with the film God Willing, which starred Nina Persson from The Cardigans and Amir himself. When seeing the film Jack White (The White Stripes) decided to give Amir Chamdin permission to record a new version of the song “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” which became the theme song of the movie. “God Willing looks like no other Swedish film of recent years. This melancholy love story about two would-be lovers during a moment in 1975″ Variety Magazine. In 2010 Amir Chamdin’s second feature film Cornelis premiered, the movie went straight to the No 1 at the box office in Sweden hitting a bigger audience not only in Sweden but also in Norway.
Amir Chamdin has been working very close to international fashion brands, directing over 100 international TVC’s and several outdoor and viral campaigns working with Gisele Bündchen, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Freja Beha and many others. He has also directed numerous commercials for Ikea, MTV, Adidas,The Andy Warhol Exhibition…
Jack Cole started his film career with a high profile comedy short “Practice makes perfect”, that immediately gained many awards and attention (London film festival award, "young director’s award" shortlist, Shots new directors reel…).
Boosted by this stimulating debut, he has developed a strong taste for comedy films, with a special knack for those involving a post that is so naturally blended in the history that you could swear it’s for real. In terms of ostriches, he is more into real ones than computer-generated ones because they are better comedy material.
He is also a passionate photographer with an eye for powerful compositions, atmospheres and visual storytelling. That may explain why his films are so visually striking. You may think he is American, but he is not, Jack is 100% British (or so we’ve heard), London based (that’s for sure).
His client list includes Reebok, Panasonic, Subaru, Stride Gum, Google or Sixt among many others.
Gal Muggia is an up-to date creative director, a pure product of the digital age. His unique visual perception is combined with a deep understanding of the post-production world.
His latest Coldplay music video, a montage of powerful and surrealist images alluding to contemporary issues, became a worldwide viral phenomenon upon its release in May 2016. It gathered more than 60 million views in just a few days.
Bred and educated in the music video world since he was 20 years old, Gal has since gained experience in advertising, series, content, piling viral film after viral film. Now in his 30s, identified by the “Up & Up” phenomenon, Gal is a rising star ready to bring to each film creativity, inspiration, and astounding visuals. He lives between London and Tel Aviv, and just so you know, he’s also a little Italian. And passionate about what he does. And impossibly nice.
Max is known for his stunning visuals, gripping storytelling, and his way of bringing his particular vision to films, making each piece unique. That's why he is one of the best commercial directors of the moment.
He started in the boiling 90’s, working in commercial and music with some great artists such as Madonna, Jamiroquai or Metallica. He perfected his craft and talent working as an assistant director with Jonas Akerlund, started co-directing with fashion photographer Robert Nettarp, and finally rose as a director on his own.
Recognition and awards came fast with a Cannes gold lion for his ESPN campaign. Awards have kept coming as Max’s filmography has developed with brands including Ikea, VW, Eurocard, Toyota or Carlsberg among others. As talented and prolific as he is, he directs DA, beauty, or comedy films, you name it, there is nothing that Max can't make even better than what you imagined in your wildest dreams.
Most recently, Max has directed an exhilarating interactive film for Carlsberg, "Where is the party". Engage in the interactive experience here: Where is the Party - interactive film
Felix Cooper is one of the rising stars that nourish and make the creative contents of tomorrow. At only 27, his exceptional drive, confidence in his eye, and passion for hard work and team work has led him to develop a genuine style of his own. He has a way of creating a slight twist in the image that you can’t exactly name but that makes each piece special. What he loves is to work with movement, to create a flow that strengthens the narrative.
Felix’s inspiration draws from his insatiable curiosity for fine arts: dance, cinema, classic painting, sculpture and of course photography. He still carries with him an old and torn Lartigue book that ignited his passion for the image, and his very first Pentax MX.
As a West London English school teenager, Felix spent his days in the darkroom, working on black and white photography. When the time came to choose a path, and his was supposed to be geography, Felix affirmed his will to embrace photography and fought for it. After having convinced his worried family to let him go to Parsons, things took another unexpected turn of events. Offered a job as an assistant photographer on fashion shots, he just fell in love with the whole thing and process. Again, he convinced his worried family to let him just learn from the best, collaborating with Mario Testino and Nick Hardow among others.
At some point it was time to take a leap of faith and develop a brave new style of his own. Photography work came quickly but also film, being commissioned from his first steps by Vogue, or River Island. Felix now collaborates with Diesel, Eleven Paris, Numero, Vogue, Topshop, CR Fashion book, Asos among others. And his family is not worried anymore thank you very much. If what you are looking for is creativity, great personality, energy and a fresh style that doesn’t look like anything else, Felix is your man.
Steven has a thing for exalting the natural, infusing it with style, narration and energy. He is an alchemist of sorts. He infuses each film with substance and personality, making it unique and memorable. With a wicked sense of rhythm.
Born in the 80s, Steven is an early bloomer. In 6th grade, he starts capturing the world with his camera in a summer camp. Fascinated by the process, young Steven buys a bunch of photography books at Barnes and Nobles and analyzes them frantically. He builds his first dark room from scratch in 8th grad from a closet and a bathroom sink.
Inspired by the work of Magnum and street photographers, he gets his BFA in photojournalism and starts working for Bloomberg news. Soon, he shifts to photography, working with NYc top photographers and winning the Art and Commerce festival of emerging photographers in 2011. But Steven really finds his call in directing lifestyle narratives and fashion and beauty films, soon building a distinctive style with a sense of movement and humor that pervades through his whole work.
What makes his film special is the way he approaches them, the way he looks at the world. Most of the time what goes through his head is “how things would look as pictures. Basically, I think about making pictures in a world of pictures.”
His most recent obsession: trying to touch his toes. The last thing he googled: fake teeth for dogs. The key to his work: inspiration.
Steven is based in New York, but will go anywhere to work with his clients, them being Hermès, Converse, Vogue, Nike, Sony, Columbia, working with Elle Fanning, Amanda Seyfried, Jason Schwartzman, Gigi Hadid or Georgia May Jagger. What Steven does is capture a spirit, a story, inspired by his subject, background and objects. Brahms is THE rising star and director to watch in 2017.The one that gives each film that “je ne sais quoi, that extra sparkle that you can’t explain but that makes you crave for more.
Rodrigo has a lot of passion in him. What he is most passionate about is filmmaking, and collecting Cannes Lions. In 2013 he was recipient of a Lion at the Cannes Lion Festival for the 5th year in a row. Oh, and there was also one in 2015 for Man and the dog. And obviously one in 2016 for Tecate.
So there you go, Rodrigo is a passionate storyteller, a champion for subtle and right to the point acting. He can make a silent face speak. He can make a dog move you. He can make skittles emerge from eyebrows.
It all sort of started with his father who was a photographer. He took his film studies anywhere seemed relevant, Mexico University Center for Film Studies CUEC, New York University NYU, San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba. That’s probably why Rodrigo always captures the human in a way that just transcends culture and frontiers. It is just plain good. Plain funny. Plain moving you to tears.
Rodrigo has worked on award winning campaigns for such brands as Sprite, Toyota, Skittles, Burger King, as well as, Coca-Cola, Nike, Budweiser, AT&T, Powerade, Kraft, Mercedes Benz and P&G. Hop in and you won’t regret it.
Benjamin’s body of work always transcends reality, re-imagining it, taking it to a whole new level: captivating, cinematic, profoundly human. A fresh blend of the beautiful and the bizarre.
Ben has the ability to mesh together subtle post-production, striking visuals and powerful storytelling. Whether it’s absurd comedy or a twirl of emotions, Ben will get you there no matter what. It’s more than just film, it’s a journey, a whole new world.
Ben Steiger Levine has been dreaming about escaping from a very young age. That’s why he got into cinema studies right on, at the Concordia University and Institut National de l’Image et du Son (INIS) in Canada, getting grants and scholarships early on. His shorts, music videos and commercials got him award after award, S&S director showcase, Grammy nomination, Bronze Lion Award at Cannes in 2015 for his Samsung animated short presented on 74 screens, and many more.
Ben has put his flourishing imagination and exponential skills to work for brands such as Sprite, Kellogg’s, Samsung, Coca Cola, McDonald’s… He now lives between LA and Montreal, impatient to get to a new adventure, looking ahead for the next provocative, challenging project. Hop in, Ben will take you to wherever you wanna go and even beyond.
Based in Los Angeles and London, Brit director Jason Smith’s ever-present desire for developing new narratives and techniques has resulted in an award-winning body of work that spans many genres. Always at the core: a unique and bold visual style that he combines with strong performance, often effortlessly blended with complex post.
Jason spent his childhood growing up in countries as diverse as Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan and Greece. Travelling and exploring different cultures has always been an important focus of his life that truly ignited his career. After sailing across the Atlantic, Jason’s directorial debut was a documentary about local life in the Caribbean and his subsequent short film on Barcelona sold to MTV.
Commercials were quick to follow. That same year he was nominated for new director of the year at Cannes. He has since gone on to direct many commercials for clients including Nike, Coca-Cola, Mitsubishi, Ford, Audi, Sony amongst others. His Nike and Audi Campaigns have won the prestigious AICP award and have featured at the MOMA in New York. Jason has also won numerous Cannes Lions, BTAA, and has received many D&AD nominations.
"She radiates a fresh and distinctly female voice in film, with a touch of throwback faithfulness to the classic Hollywood greats."
"Choreographer of the moment." Vogue Magazine
Celia Rowlson-Hall graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Modern Dance and Choreography. She immediately moved to New York on a fellowship from the Lincoln Center Institute for choreography and also began her career as a professional dancer, earning a prestigious Bessie Award for her performance.
She quickly moved into choreographing for film and television, working with directors such as Gaspar Noe and Lena Dunham. She has also choreographed VMA award winning music videos for bands such as MGMT, Chromeo, and Sleigh Bells and for fashion publications Vogue, Vanity Fair and Glamour.
Bringing her experience of choreography and performance to the screen, over the past few years Celia has written and directed over fifty short films and videos. These videos have garnered several awards including an Emmy nomination and have been screened at festivals such as SXSW, SFIFF, MFF, Rooftop Films, Glasgow, Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, and art fairs such as the Armory Show, Performa, and the New Museum. Her feature film debut, MA, which she wrote, directed and stars in will have it’s World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September. She was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine, 2015.
Mathieu came to international fame with La Haine, critically acclaimed and awarded at the Cannes film festival and French Cesars. Following the worldwide success of Les Rivieres Pourpres, a dark thriller with Vincent Cassel and Jean Reno, producer Joel Silver asks him to direct Penelope Cruz, Halle Berry and Robert Downey Jr in Gothika. He then directed Babylon A.D. and more recently L'Ordre et la Morale in which he starred.
On top of directing, Mathieu is also a sought after actor who has worked with great director such as Steven Spielberg, Jean-Pierre Jeunet or Costa-Gavras. He is now considered to be one of the most talented directors and actors of his generation and has succeeded in reaching the top of the box office while being critically acclaimed.
Joan Sfar is a unique talent of his generation. Because he can take you beyond what you’ve seen in your wildest dreams. Because each and everyone of his visuals is exceptionally conceived. It’s a world in itself. It’s a journey. It transcends reality. It’s like nothing you’ve experienced before.
Joan was born in Nice in 1971, son of pop singer Lilou and renowned lawyer André Sfar who occasionally played piano in jazz bars. As soon as Joan could hold a pen in his hands, he started drawing. At 15, he was already sending one comic each month to all the editors in Paris. To please his dad, he got a Philosophy’s master’s degrees. He went to Paris’ Beaux Arts but soon decided to go and develop a style of his own, inspired by Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine, Hugo Pratt, or Fred and André Franquin among others. At 23 he was published for the first time.
He is now considered one of the most important artists of the new wave of Franco-Belgian comics, a major and singular voice. Joan is a genuine artist, prolific and not afraid to explore new forms and subjects that never fail to get attention and awards (Angoulême, Césars…). Joan draws, paints, writes and directs. His first feature film “Gainsbourg, Vie Héroïque” was critically acclaimed and awarded all over the world.
Joan is the incessant and ultimate creator, inspired by his vast culture, profound passion and philosophical search. Everything he touches inevitably turns into gold. He’s the philosopher stone of directors.
Nick Losq probably developed his taste for creating “slightly irreverent or larger than life” films being educated by a roving band of skateboarding warrior monks in Palo Alto.
A deep passion for scifi, comics, x-mens and ninja turtles gave him the urge to become a reference as an animator and visual effect supervisor. From Motion Theory to MPC in LA, he became one of the best in his field for features, commercials and video games. But Nick loves a new challenge and felt the need to direct, to create characters of his own, making up those traits or quirks that turn scripted character into real people.
He has since developed a reel as a director with an artful combination of humor, great cast and cutting edge visual effect. Whether you need stylized or seamless visual effects, or even just straight good comedy, Nick is the man. Plus, he speaks fluent French. You’ve gotta love him.
Ellis Bahl writes and directs music videos and commercials under his stage name, Ellis Bahl. Over the past three years, Ellis has made mostly dark psychological thrillers that deal with time, death, and puzzles. In 2012 he won a UKMVA for making one of these types of videos. But, he also makes silly things about having fun with your friends to prove that he’s not like depressed or crazy or anything.
In addition to the music video grind, he’s been doing a bunch of cool stuff. He's directed some commercials, like a one-take with naked dancers for VH1, and also a dancer sized snowball pyramid dance number for UGG boots. He's acted in his sketch comedy series ‘Normal Days’, impersonnating equally perfectly a sad robot mum or an indecisive boyfriend. He is writing a screenplay about two robots on a spaceship who suspect each other of Sabotage! He lives and works in Los Angeles because in that city you can write screenplays in your backyard dressed in nothing but socks.