Carlos Enrique Tejera, also known as "Carluccio", is a narrative and commercial filmmaker, photographer, and painter born and raised in Venezuela, now based in New York City. Tejera served as the Ibero-American Competition Specialty Programmer at the Miami Film Festival for two years, curating international feature films for exhibition and competition. Simultaneously, he was a Channel Manager for Cinedigm, curating and scheduling VOD and OTT content for Cineverse.
After founding his production company, Sfumato, Tejera directed music videos for the songs “Así” by Obregon for RED Music of Sony Music Entertainment and “Me Arrepiento” by GioBulla for YahYah Music. Tejera received his B.F.A. from the Tisch School of the Arts (NYU) with a minor in The Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology. Additionally, Tejera attended Directing Intensive courses and 35mm Cinematography Workshops at other top film institutions such as the University of Southern California and New York Film Academy.
Jordan Sarf is an ambitious and talented producer of short films, and the founder of Ineffable Pictures LLC. At just 26 years old, he has already established strong relationships with hundreds of industry professionals and his work has been accepted into over 100 film festivals.
Jordan's goal as a professional is to become a problem-solver both on and off set. He has proven to be very organized, knowledgeable, and reliable when it comes to producing films within budget. He also brings a friendly attitude to all his collaborations, which makes him stand out from his competition. Jordan has the technical skills necessary for production but also the people skills needed to collaborate with directors. so their stories get brought to life in an effective manner.
Born in Romania and raised in NYC, Nona Catusanu is a cinematographer and visual artist. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Film and TV and went on to study in the Cinematography Master’s Program at The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) in the Czech Republic. She is a recipient of the ASC Vision Mentorship Award.
She is a member of Illium Pictures, an independent production company based out of Brooklyn, NY, currently serves on the advisory board for Pano, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the careers of women, non-binary, GNC creators in Film, TV & Media and is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG Local 600).
With a background in classical piano, Jake was drawn to the rhythm of a story. Before founding Citizen Films, he worked in screenplay development and line production and was featured in IndieWire as one of the first to shoot a feature film in Manhattan following the pandemic. Living between New York and Paris, he specializes in the development and international production of feature films, music videos & short films. He is most inspired by projects which emphasize the musical elements in film from score and soundtrack to tone and dialogue.
Violet is a New York-based Production Designer and Artist with a passion for the surreal and whimsical. She strives to create visuals that are informed by art history and serve as genuine reflections of characters and stories. Violet has designed post-apocalyptic homes, victorian era tea parties, zombie weddings, and everything in between. While Violet primarily designs narrative work such as feature-length and short films she also enjoys working on music videos, commercials, and museum exhibits having worked with clients such as Sesame Street, Nike, Spotify, and Condé Nast.
To create the timeless, ethereal world in Manicure, Violet worked with fellow department heads to build a visual style and color palette which defied a specific time period and instead encapsulated several key eras. She worked primarily with Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern, and Art Nouveau motifs to make a collage of props and set dressing that would accurately represent the gilded cage in which our main character is trapped. From the macro of creating a custom-lighted mirror as the centerpiece of the film to the micro of finding the perfect vintage art-deco cuticle cutters, Violet enjoyed crafting detailed, intentional spaces throughout the film.