MGFF2020 Festival Guests

MGFF2020 Festival Guests

Queer Screen loves welcoming international guests and local filmmakers to the festival. This year we have an amazing number of talented people coming to Sydney for the 27th Mardi Gras Film Festival.

Stay tuned to this post as we announce more guests!

Cédric Le Gallo

Co-Director: Shiny Shrimps

Cedric was a journalist, TV reporter (mainly for TF1, the first channel in France) and documentary director for 12 years, all whilst performing in his own theatre company. In 2015, he created the short fiction TV show Scènes de Culte for Canal+. A comedy show, it was a fake “behind the scenes” look at iconic movies. Cedric wrote, starred in, and directed all 20 episodes.

Click here for a quick, queer Q+A with Cédric where he talks to us about his real-life inspiration for his film and reveals which film he’d remake with a queer twist…

The Shiny Shrimps screens Friday February 14, 2019, at 6.30pm at Event Cinemas George Street featuring a Q+A with Cédric Le Gallo

Isabel Sandoval

Director: Lingua Franca

Portrait of MGFF20 Guest Isabel Sandoval

Isabel Sandoval is a New York-based Filipina filmmaker and MacDowell Fellow in film. She is the first transgender director to compete at the Venice and BFI London Film Festivals. Her three dramatic features (“Señorita”, “Apparition”, “Lingua Franca”) have competed and screened at prestigious international festivals including Locarno, Busan, Thessaloniki, Stockholm, Goteborg, Hamburg, Vancouver, Goa, Hawaii, AFI Fest and Palm Springs. Her work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, SFFILM, NYFA, MOME, IFP and Frameline.

Omar Zúñiga

Director: Los Fuertes

Omar holds an MFA from New York University’s Graduate Film Program, which he attended with scholarships from the Fulbright Program, Chile’s Ministry of Education and Tisch School of the Arts. He directed James Franco and Zach Braff in a segment of the feature film “The Color of Time”. He premiered his short “San Cristóbal” at the Berlinale in 2015, where it won the Teddy Award. His debut feature film “The Strong Ones” is currently taking him everywhere. He is a founding partner in Cinestación, a production company that creates bold auteur filmmaking from Chile and Latin America.

Emily Goss

Cast member: Season of Love

Emily Goss is a film, television, and theatre actress. She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Southern California and MA in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Film roles include Season of Love, the critically acclaimed indie romance Snapshots, and the psychological horror The House on Pine Street. She has guest starred on Castle, Criminal Minds, and Fameless.

Omar Zúñiga

Director: Los Fuertes

Omar holds an MFA from New York University’s Graduate Film Program, which he attended with scholarships from the Fulbright Program, Chile’s Ministry of Education and Tisch School of the Arts. He directed James Franco and Zach Braff in a segment of the feature film “The Color of Time”. He premiered his short “San Cristóbal” at the Berlinale in 2015, where it won the Teddy Award. His debut feature film “The Strong Ones” is currently taking him everywhere. He is a founding partner in Cinestación, a production company that creates bold auteur filmmaking from Chile and Latin America.

Danielle Jablonski

Producer: Season of Love

Danielle Jablonski is an Owner and Executive Producer of ClexaCon, DASH Productions and Tello Films. Danielle is also a founding board member of The Visibility Fund, a 501c3 non profit organization that aims to promote positive representation of underrepresented communities in media through making grants available to content creators. Danielle has produced events on two continents along with two feature films: Riley Parra and Season of Love. She is a graduate of Yale University and studied cello in Australia.

Ashley Arnold

Producer: Season of Love

Ashley is an owner and Executive Producer of ClexaCon, DASH Productions and Tello Films. She served seven years in the U.S. military before attending Penn State University where she majored in public relations and began working in social media and marketing. At college she was heavily involved in social outreach initiatives and continues to be passionate about supporting women, LGBTQ people and other underrepresented communities. Ashley is also a founding board member of The Visibility Fund, a 501c3 non profit organization that gives grants to filmmakers.

Ashley Arnold

Producer: Season of Love

Ashley is an owner and Executive Producer of ClexaCon, DASH Productions and Tello Films. She served seven years in the U.S. military before attending Penn State University where she majored in public relations and began working in social media and marketing. At college she was heavily involved in social outreach initiatives and continues to be passionate about supporting women, LGBTQ people and other underrepresented communities. Ashley is also a founding board member of The Visibility Fund, a 501c3 non profit organization that gives grants to filmmakers.

Danielle Jablonski

Producer: Season of Love

Danielle Jablonski is an Owner and Executive Producer of ClexaCon, DASH Productions and Tello Films. Danielle is also a founding board member of The Visibility Fund, a 501c3 non profit organization that aims to promote positive representation of underrepresented communities in media through making grants available to content creators. Danielle has produced events on two continents along with two feature films: Riley Parra and Season of Love. She is a graduate of Yale University and studied cello in Australia.