Director Biography – Vanessa Matsui , Lindsay Mackay (GHOST BFF)

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Lindsay MacKay is a writer/director. Wet Bum, her debut feature film, premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival and was named a Top 10 Finalist in the prestigious Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition. It was nominated for Best First Feature and Best Lead Actress by the Vancouver Film Critics and won best debut at Alkino Film Festival in Poland, as well as Best Film by the international jury at CinéJeune de l’Aisne in France. Lindsay is a graduate of the Directing program at the AFI Conservatory, where she was granted the distinguished Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow and Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Awards. Her thesis film Clear Blue, won the esteemed College Television Award (the Student Emmy), as well as the Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award. Her work has screened at festivals worldwide including TIFF, SXSW, AFI Fest, and Camerimage. She is developing a feature version of Clear Blue (Mersea), which recently completed TIFF Writers’ studio 2019 and won the Post Control VFX Boost award at Cannes as part of the Frontieres Co-Production market. She divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles. (2019)

Short Film: GHOST BFF, 18min., Canada, Drama/Web Series

Ghost BFF is a dark comedy about two best friends–one alive, one dead–as they struggle to right past wrongs and find themselves following a suicide.

Ghost BFF tackles mental health awareness with humour to help break down stigmas surrounding depression, suicide, and anxiety.

Ghost BFF is now in its’ 2nd season, with season 1 amounting +4 million views online, and showing at LA Femme Film festival, Austin Film Festival, and many others.

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Director Biography – Kai Yost (UNLIKELY)

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Kai Yost is a recent graduate from The University of Georgia, where they studied Film Studies and Entertainment and Media Studies. A nonbinary, queer storyteller, Kai understands that every day is another step in learning about yourself. Kai has worked on several projects in various capacities, and they are honored to have been able to direct Unlikely and be able to bring Sara and Rayna’s story to life. Kai lives in Atlanta with their partner and dog.

Web Series: UNLIKELY, 12min., USA, Comedy/Web Series


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Sara, a college freshman, arrives at her university for the first day and discovers that her random roommate is a 60 year-old woman named Rayna. On top of their peculiar living arrangement, Rayna and Sara struggle with friendship, tattoos, drugs, and parties. Sara and Rayna learn to live with each other’s differences as they progress throughout their tumultuous first semester of college.

Director Biography – Joe Stanton Kelly (SASSY)

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Joe Stanton Kelly is a filmmaker based in Austin, TX. Growing up in a theater family in Rockford, IL influenced his ability to shine in front of an audience and tell a good story. Inspired by a literal dream to create an animated love story, Joe moved to Austin in 2013 where the film industry was growing. He connected with the talented actors and crew in Central Texas while selling movie cameras and he has written and worked on over 10 short films. Many of the films have won awards, including the 2017 Audience Award Winner for San Antonio 48 Film Project (Writer, Director). The short, SaaSy, is the first film Joe has written, directed and produced. He’s looking forward to directing more comedy films and ultimately completing his initial dream of producing a universal, animated love story, One Day of Love.

Director Statement

We tell stories to to evoke an emotional response in viewers. Characters must be relatable to the audience to make them feel. That is why I only make comedies and love stories. I want those who see my films to laugh and fall in love with people. That way, they are happier than they were when they entered the theater.


1st Scene TV Festival Script Reading: Guns & God, by Rain Story

A powerful Bible-belt family protects its gun empire, cultural traditions, and constitutional right to bear arms not only from the liberals next door but also from changing gun laws.

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Colton/Activists/Willie : Steve Rizzo
Activists/Radio Host : Allan Michael Brunet
Catherine : Hannah Ehman