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Lisa Savy was the producer and screenwriter of the indie film "Defying Gravity" (2008), a quirky dramedy which appeared in 11 film festivals and won 5 awards including Best Narrative Feature, Best Story/Writing, and Director's Choice. Additionally, she produced five short films, four of which she also wrote. In 2016 she wrote/produced the sci-fi feature film “Dead Redux” shot in and around Las Vegas. Her dramatic feature screenplay “Dreams I Never Had” (2016) was produced by Missing Peace Pictures, and featured Malcolm McDowell and Robin Givens. Her short film “The Principal's Bad Day” will be screening at the Las Vegas Black Film Festival in April 2017.

She is currently in development on a teen comedy feature film, with fellow judge Mahmoud Kamel co-producing and directing.

Mahmoud Kamel is a well known film director in the Middle East. He studied filmmaking Egypt, Italy, and the United States. His experience includes work in prominent and well known FX studios such as Proxima and Seuveus. Additionally, he worked as an Assistant Director for Italian TV on the renowned show "Roma."

Mahmoud attended many festivals across the world, including Festival De Cannes, Venice Film Festival, and Berlin International Film Festival. Mahmoud earned a Master's Degree from UCLA, in Independent Filmmaking and Production, which was granted to him by Fulbright Commission. After his graduation from UCLA, he went back to Cairo to continue his passion. He directed several popular TV shows in Egypt. He then moved to Dubia and worked with the country's largest network.

Mahmoud's filmography includes “Mekano” (psycho-drama), “Adrenaline” (thriller), “Adam's Village” (drama), “Triangles” (drama), and most recently, “Dreams I Never Had,” featuring Malcolm McDowell. In addition to winning Best Director – First Work at the 2010 Cairo National Festival for Egyptian Cinema, he recently won the Best Director award at the 2016 Brasov International Film Festival & Market.

NORA ARMANI was educated and trained in England and has appeared on stage
and screen worldwide performing in many languages. She has also directed a number of plays, a feature film and a short film (Super 8). She holds an M.Sc. degree from the University of London (LSE) and a BA from the American University in Cairo.

Nora's biography as an actress, producer, and director includes over 80 international stage and screen credits. She has acting awards from the Suinik Film Festival, Theatre Festival in Yerevan, and the Drama-Logue Awards (two consecutive years.)   She is founder and director of the Socially Relevant Film Festival, based in New York. Nora is also a consultant with the non-profit Arc/k Project.

As a child actor, Ron got his first movie role as an extra in "Odds Against Tomorrow" with Harry Belafonte and Ed Begley.

As an actor, he toured with Lauren Bacall and had the good fortune to Star in other peoples films: "Return of Captain Invincible" with Oscar winner, Alan Arkin and Christopher Lee. "On The Run" (with Paul Winfield and Rod Taylor), "Shark's Paradise" (with David Reyne) and many others.

He later learned Executive Producing from the best - Otto Preminger and Joseph E. Levine. Ron in his years as Actor, Producer, Director, Writer and Singer, has been privileged to work with many stars. His Feature film "1st Testament - CIA Vengence" (2001) and Documentary "Haitian Slave Children - Forgotten Angels (2002)" have won numerous Film awards.

As a singer he toured with the group the "Stylistics" as their opening act in the South Pacific. He also appeared at Carnigie Hall, New York City and had 2 top 40 hit songs on the charts.

Overseas where Ron lived for many years, he had the good opportunity to hone his Executive Producing, Writing and Directing skills by doing it all. In his feature films, "Diana's Perfect Life", "Will Pride - Buffalo Soldier, Master Gunfighter, "1st Testament - CIA Vengence", "Come & Get it", "The Legend of Billy Blue", "Say a Little Prayer" and "Black Diamond", he was writer, star, director, producer, wrote the lyrics and sang the title songs.

Author of best-selling making-of book "The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road," Abbie also wrote (with Tara DiLullo Bennett) "Fantastic 4: The Making of the Movie," did interviews for the books "The Guild: The Official Companion," "The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion," "Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing," "Serenity: Official Visual Companion," "Firefly: The Official Companion Vols. 1 & 2," "Firefly: Still Flying," "Firefly: A Celebration" and "Fangoria Vampires." She is a regular contributor to Assignment X and Fangoria.

Abbie directed and produced "The Making Of Robin of Sherwood" (three-hour documentary spread over the 26-episode boxed set), "The Making of 'Women' from 'Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights'," "No Such Thing as Normal: The Making of 'Defying Gravity'," and "Loving the Lunacy: The Making of Lovers, Liars, and Lunatics'."

Abbie wrote, directed and produced the narrative short films "The Next Word", "Overlords Incorporated Parts 1 & 2", "The Same Page," "The Rumpelstiltskin Incident" and "Inconvenience."

Dea has been a casting director since 2004, casting over 70 feature films, TV series, and short films. Because each of those assignments started with her careful analysis of a screenplay, Dea has probably read more screenplays that all her fellow judges combined.

Final Deadline is June 30, 2017!

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