ADVISORY COMMITTEE

AND ESTEEMED JURORS

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SILVIA NITTOLI

VMA's PRESS OFFICE COORDINATOR

Silvia Nittoli is an Italian journalist based in Los Angeles. After working six years in television in Italy, in 2014 she moved to Hollywood where she works as a correpondent for European media outlets like Badtaste.it and TéléStar. She has interviewed celebrities like Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford and Matt Damon, and has been covering events like the Golden Globes for the past five years.

SILVIA NITTOLI

DIRECTOR | PRODUCER

For decades, Zach Thomson has directed and produced countless film and video productions. His career in film started as a PA on productions such as “Independence Day,” “Dumb and Dumber,” and “Touched by an Angel”, then later worked alongside James Cameron on the film “Avatar” and the WETA Workshop team in New Zealand. 

HASHEM AL-GHAILI

DIRECTOR | PRODUCER

Hashem Al-Ghaili is a filmmaker, video producer, and science communicator who was born in Yemen in 1990. He obtained his master’s degree in Molecular Biotechnology from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany and currently works as a full-time science communicator.

He runs his own Facebook page “Science Nature Page” which has over 32 million followers and reaches around 400 million users per week. His videos on Facebook have garnered nearly 16 billion views. They cover a wide range of subjects: astronomy, physics, biology, medicine, nature, technology, and innovation. His science communication activities extend to YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Hashem also wrote, produced, and directed an award-winning short Sci-Fi film called Simulation, which he is currently writing as a full-length novel.

SILVIA NITTOLI

DIRECTOR | PRODUCER

For decades, Zach Thomson has directed and produced countless film and video productions. His career in film started as a PA on productions such as “Independence Day,” “Dumb and Dumber,” and “Touched by an Angel”, then later worked alongside James Cameron on the film “Avatar” and the WETA Workshop team in New Zealand. 

MICHAEL SCHILF

DIRECTOR | PRODUCER

Co-Founder of Lunar Door, an independent production company, Michael Schilf is an award-winning writer, director, and producer. A graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Schilf has penned twelve features, ten pilots, and over 100 advertising campaigns (including Nike, Volvo, Walmart, Ford, Target, Chrysler, Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes Benz).

Schilf’s acclaimed crime, thriller The Fixer, co-starring Danny Trejo, has earned 62 international wins and 24 nominations. Currently, Schilf is pitching the The Fixer series while in pre-production on his directorial feature film debut, based on his memoir The Sins of My Father, which explores growing up with an absentee, alcoholic, mentally ill father.

SILVIA NITTOLI

DIRECTOR | PRODUCER

For decades, Zach Thomson has directed and produced countless film and video productions. His career in film started as a PA on productions such as “Independence Day,” “Dumb and Dumber,” and “Touched by an Angel”, then later worked alongside James Cameron on the film “Avatar” and the WETA Workshop team in New Zealand. 

ZACH THOMSON

DIRECTOR | PRODUCER

For decades, Zach Thomson has directed and produced countless film and video productions. His career in film started as a PA on productions such as Independence Day, Dumb and Dumber”, and Touched by an Angel, then later worked alongside James Cameron on the film Avatar and the WETA Workshop team in New Zealand. 

Mr. Thomson now has a deep understanding of the film industry from initial development, finance, production, and on through to post-production, marketing, distribution, and merchandising. Mr. Thomson has directed and produced hundreds of commercials and shows, edited thousands of videos and has raised millions in capital for many of his own feature film projects, and has a vast network in the film and finance arenas. Mr. Thomson worked in Marketing and Distribution for 20th Century Fox and has since structured distribution deals throughout North and South America, Europe, and China.

KENNY HOTZ

DIRECTOR | WRITER | PRODUCER | ACTOR

Kenny Hotz is a producer and entertainer, former South Park writer, "Kenny" of the Comedy Central television series Kenny vs. Spenny, creator of the FOX series Testees and Triumph of the Will.

He has received numerous awards for his film, television, and digital content.

Hotz is an award-winning Vice contributor; who began his career as a photojournalist and war correspondent.

Google Canada lists Hotz's channel - top ten on YouTube. He is the co-owner of The Hoxton and the Dog & Bear restaurants in Toronto. He is Chair of the Comedy Advisory Board for Vegas Movie Awards™, Banff World Media Festival, and an executive consultant at Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. Hotz is the godson of folk singer Joni Mitchell.

HASHEM AL-GHAILI

DIRECTOR | PRODUCER

Hashem Al-Ghaili is a filmmaker, video producer, and science communicator who was born in Yemen in 1990. He obtained his master’s degree in Molecular Biotechnology from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany and currently works as a full-time science communicator.

He runs his own Facebook page “Science Nature Page” which has over 32 million followers and reaches around 400 million users per week. His videos on Facebook have garnered nearly 16 billion views. They cover a wide range of subjects: astronomy, physics, biology, medicine, nature, technology, and innovation. His science communication activities extend to YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Hashem also wrote, produced, and directed an award-winning short Sci-Fi film called Simulation, which he is currently writing as a full-length novel.

MICHAEL SCHILF

DIRECTOR | PRODUCER

Co-Founder of Lunar Door, an independent production company, Michael Schilf is an award-winning writer, director, and producer. A graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Schilf has penned twelve features, ten pilots, and over 100 advertising campaigns (including Nike, Volvo, Walmart, Ford, Target, Chrysler, Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes Benz).

Schilf’s acclaimed crime, thriller The Fixer, co-starring Danny Trejo, has earned 62 international wins and 24 nominations. Currently, Schilf is pitching the The Fixer series while in pre-production on his directorial feature film debut, based on his memoir The Sins of My Father, which explores growing up with an absentee, alcoholic, mentally ill father.

SERGIO BARBASSO

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR - VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS™

Founder and Festival Director of Vegas Movie Awards™, Sergio Barbasso is an award-winning director, producer, writer, and animator.

After producing and directing an award-winning animated TV Series called "SuperHillCool™" and other projects he decided to devote himself to changing the Film Festivals industry and offering talented filmmakers a prestigious platform that would really make justice to their hard work.

His entrepreneurial vision and stubbornness, combined with skillful teamwork, allowed him in just two years to make the Vegas Movie Awards™ the most popular Film Festival in Las Vegas and one of the most sought-after Film Festivals worldwide, regularly attended by Oscars®, Emmys®, Golden Globes®, and Bafta® awards.

RONNIE F. LEE

PRESIDENT - VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS™

Ronnie F. Lee is the founder, President, and CEO of several corporations operating within the field of entertainment, currently engaged in the growth and oversight of Vegas Movie Awards™.

After serving his country as a soldier in the US Army, Lee’s experience in the music industry flourished during his 10- year stint in Europe where he was entrenched in every aspect of the entertainment industry including production, publishing, manufacturing, distribution and sales.

He has 29 years of experience managing and promoting artists, as well as developing business strategies, corporate structuring, brand expansion/management, cost savings analysis, risk management strategies, and a host of other business development and management services.

Lee is a dynamic, out-of-the-box thinking business innovator with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of corporate structure, the strategic organization of business entities, and a broad understanding of the business side of art.

DANETTE TULL

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER - VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS™

Danette Tull is the Film Resource Coordinator for the Nevada Film Office, a division of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). 

Ms. Tull’s work focuses primarily in the area of Public and Community relations; however, her passion for the local community keeps her involved in all aspects of the operations. Working closely with major productions, Danette directly has a hand in films, television series, and commercials featuring Las Vegas and Nevada, driving economic benefits, tourism, and promoting our state. She works closely with student filmmakers and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Film School, College of Southern Nevada, and Nevada State College to ensure that the next generation of Nevada filmmakers has all the possible opportunities to become successful. Danette also recognizes the under-representation of women in the film industry and has worked closely with on-campus groups such as UNLV Cinefemmes.

EXTRAORDINARY TALENTS

SOME OF THE AMAZING WINNERS

WE HAD SO FAR AT THE VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS

INDIE CINEMA AT ITS BEST.

VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS™ HAVE SO FAR AWARDED ACADEMY AWARDS®, GOLDEN GLOBES®

AND BAFTA-WINNING ACTORS AND DIRECTORS, BUT MOST OF ALL, HUNDREDS OF

FILMS AND SCREENPLAYS MADE WITH HEART.

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SKIN

DIRECTED BY

GUY NATTIV and JAIME RAY NEWMAN

ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER

BEST SHORT FILM - LIVE ACTION

Starring

JONATHAN TUCKER, BASHY, ZEUS CAMPBELL

BEST OF THE MONTH

AUGUST 2019

WE WELCOMED THOUSANDS

AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO DISCOVERING AND RECOGNIZING

THOUSANDS OF AMAZING NEW TALENTS.

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AWARDS OF VALUE

WE PROUD OURSELVES ON OFFERING SUPERIOR AND SOPHISTICATED REWARDS

ABLE TO LEAVE OUR WINNERS AND THEIR CAST/CREW SPEECHLESS

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A UNIQUE

STATUETTE

BIG, HEAVY, OF GREAT VALUE.

Not an ordinary trophy that anyone can find and purchase online for cheap, but an EXCLUSIVE prestigious golden metal statuette, designed in Italy.
 

A collector's piece, shipped in an elegant black box, that uniquely identifies your win at the Vegas Movie Awards, with our festival’s name engraved on the golden base.

 

The VMA’s Original Statuette IS NOT FOR EVERYONE:

only our Winners are entitled to pre-order it. 

MASSIVE EXPOSURE

WE GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE SURE OUR WINNERS

GET THE GLOBAL RECOGNITION THEY DESERVE

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

PROFESSIONAL MULTI-LANGUAGE INTERVIEWS TRULY TAILORED TO YOU AND YOUR FILM,

PROMOTED MASSIVELY THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA AND MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS

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GLOBAL ENDORSEMENT

A FEW TOUCHING WORDS FROM SOME AMAZING FILMMAKERS

WHO ALREADY TRIED THE VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS EXPERIENCE.

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FESTIVAL NUMBERS

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2,860

Submissions received

54

Countries of our filmmakers

1,675

Hours of films watched
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