Meet the CMF Distinguished Filmmakers who were selected for their ideas to creatively produce alternate endings to Lenovo’s short "Seize the Night" video.

Joshua Lipworth - University College London

Joshua is a recent graduate from University College London, having completed a degree in Anthropology. Originally from Scotland, he now lives in London where he is about to start a job in Advertising. He started out producing music for brands such as Dior, Jaguar and Dunhill but recent shifted his focus towards film. This will be the third short that he has directed and produced, including a forthcoming video for Skrillex. He really likes dogs.

Megan Laws - University College London (Currently at London School of Economics)

Megan Laws was born in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa in 1989, and moved to the UK in 2004. Megan spent two years studying photography and film before spending three years reading Anthropology at University College London with the aim of combining photography, film and anthropology to produce ethnographic films. Aside from competing and winning numerous photography competitions, including being 1 of 6 shortlisted for The Times Young Photographer of the Year (2012); she has won various photography awards, had her work displayed in numerous London based exhibitions, National Geographic and on the BBC website. As of September, she will be starting a four year PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science to further her studies in Anthropology and pursue her interests in ethnographic film-making.

Radek Sienski - Bucks New University

Radoslaw Sienski was born in Gdansk, Poland in 1987. After completing high school, he decided to move to England to pursue his passion - filmmaking. He signed up for a Video Production course at Bucks New University in 2007 and graduated in 2010. Since then he went on to win a few awards for his short films (such as Yobi Filmmaker of the Year 2010 and Best Short Film at the 2nd annual Soul 4 Reel Film Festival 2011) and worked as a vfx supervisor on comedy/horror feature 'Kill Keith'. His enthusiasm for storytelling in film and the interest in editing as a device to stimulate audience perception led him to start an editing course at the National Film & TV School in January 2011.

Adam LaPrade - University of Central Florida

Adam started his film career when he directed a Campus MovieFest favorite "The Importance of Playing Yardball", a film that made it to the 2007 Campus MovieFest International Grand Finale. After attending the University of Central Florida, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked on awards shows like the Emmy Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Academy Awards. 5 years later, he’s moved back to Orlando to start his own production company. Lenovo’s "Seize the Night" production will be the first project under his new company, Splice of Life Productions.

Xavier Burgin - University of Alabama

Xavier Burgin is a recent graduate of The University of Alabama and in the spring he'll be attending USC's Cinematic Arts Program. As a filmmaker, his aspirations began after he attended The Cannes Film Festival. He was a student across the world in one of the world's largest filmmaking venues. He was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of individuals within the industry. Many students he met during his tenure in Cannes boasted resumes some professionals could not present. The experience was overwhelming and made him realize to progress in this industry he had to take himself seriously even as a college student. He began his first site, Que The Lights, as a means to display his growth as a filmmaker. Now, it’s become a station for any artistic endeavor he pursues. Since it’s inception Xavier has freelanced as a photographer for The New York Times, been featured on Rick Sammon’s Digital Diaries, written for photography tutorial giant, Digital Photography School, been featured on F-Stoppers (along with fellow FMH creator Kevyn Bryant), and won the first ever student 3D film festival with his documentary, Portrait of the Storm: Tuscaloosa, AL.

Shannon Schnittker - University of Southern California

Shannon grew up in the middle of the rolling hills of northeastern Kansas, which inspired her wild dreams. She found musical theatre and dance at a young age, which later developed into a keen sense of space, light, movement and photography. She attended the University of Southern California where she was honored with the Global Fellow Scholarship placing her in Hong Kong as the US intern at Salon films Ltd. Shannon created 16 short films at USC before graduating with a degree in Film Production with an emphasis in Cinematography. Shannon is an avid traveler and hopes to bring a sense of optimism and openness to her future projects.

Kelly Li - UCLA

Kelly has already had a busy career since relocating from his native Ohio. An award-winning filmmaker with works featured nationwide on platforms such as MTV and Virgin America, Li is a firm believer in telling personal stories with universal themes. His last piece of work premiered at the Directors' Guild of America at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Currently, he's finishing development of his first feature film.

Anthony Bui - University of Southern California

Anthony was born and raised in Los Angeles, so it seemed like destiny that he'd end up in the film industry. After deciding from a young age that he wanted to pursue the visual arts, he crafted a road to USC where he studied film production. Upon graduating, Anthony immediately began working on building his portfolio by shooting promos, commercials, and music videos for both local talent and corporations. He's worked with the largest content creators on Youtube, Maker Studios, and has numerous viral videos to show for it. Although shooting branded content for the likes of Tide, Intel, and Panasonic have also been great, his passion is to direct feature films--something he hopes to do soon.

Chantal Eyong - Rutgers University

Chantal Eyong is an artist, writer, editor, and filmmaker. As a lover of creativity, passion, expression and people, she loves film because it incorporates different forms of media and ways to collaborate with others. Chantal has been involved in various projects, including the film, "Atlantic Crossing" as an associate producer, camera op, and assistant editor. The film has received numerous official selections at festivals, including the Chicago International Festival and the Hoboken International Festival. It has also been aired on PBS stations across the country, hitting over 10 million households. Chantal also led a documentary team to Thailand for the film, "Thailand Untapped," which received an official selection at the New Jersey Film Festival and aired on NJTV. Chantal is a coproducer, cinematographer, editor, and editing instructor at the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, housed at the Mason Gross School of Arts.

Matt Lincoln - NYU

Matt Lincoln is a New York based director, writer, producer, editor and composer. Since winning best director at the CMF International Grand Finale in 2010, he has been building a film production business in New York City catering to brands such as AT&T, Zappos, Intel, and Samsung. When not producing promotional material, Matt enjoys shooting movies with like-minded individuals, writing music, and generally having adventures

Jeremy David White - Emory (Currently at UCLA)

Jeremy is a writer/ director from Washington, D.C. and an M.F.A. directing candidate at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where his work has been distinguished by two MPAA awards and a Hollywood Foreign Press Association award. Jeremy's short films have screened at film festivals across the world, and he continues to direct narrative, documentary and branded content. Most recently, he directed "The First Hope" -- a short film about a young boy's first crush inspired by his experience of The Empire Strikes Back -- for which he received exclusive copyright clearances from LucasFilm as well as support from Panavision Hollywood and EFILM. That film premieres in January 2013. Currently, Jeremy is developing several feature film projects. Jeremy resides in Los Angeles where he's at work growing a full fledged mustache.

Kevin Walunas - Salem State University

Kevin Murphy Walunas (Salem, MA) is a filmmaker and stage director born and raised in Framingham, Massachusetts. He attended Salem State University, receiving his B.A. in Art + Design in 2012, graduating cum laude. Kevin directed his first stage production, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal in early 2012 at Salem State University. He also produced a number of digital ads for Salem State during his senior year, as well as directing and producing a 3D short, "Pitching". Since 2010, he has produced, directed and/or written 4 narrative shorts, multiple commercial projects and has worked on 11 theatre productions in various positions.

Garrett Wickman - San Jose State University

Garrett Wickman has a BA in Radio, Television, Film, and Theater from San Jose State University (SJSU). Although his main focus in film is editing, he has a passion for directing and writing. His short film “Hope” won Best Drama at CMF SJSU and was a finalist at CMF Hollywood. He also won Best Picture at SJSU Film Production Society Film Festival for his short film, “Ping Pong”. Wickman has edited for Cinequest, 1-Page, Blue Angel Vodka, and many more companies; and is experienced using Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Motion, Premier, and Photoshop among other programs. He consistently maintains the highest performance standards and commitment to every project.

Luke Berg - University of Central Florida

Luke Berg has been making short films ever since elementary school, when he would take his parents' lumpy camcorder out to the cornfield behind his house in Northfield, MN and shoot monster movies with his friends. Now Luke lives in Orlando, FL, where his childhood love for film has turned into a passion to do it professionally. In the past 3 years, he has submitted 3 short films to Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival, and has won Best Comedy and Best Picture awards in 2011 and 2012, respectively. In May of 2012, Luke Berg graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Cinema Studies.

Brian Borowiec - University of Arizona

A Film and Television Major at the University of Arizona, Brian has an interest in all things related to film and photography. He has been a filmmaker for 5 years and a professional photographer for 2 years. As an aspiring cinematographer, Brian believes that stunning an audience and changing the way they think is grounded in the narrative, but exemplified in the beauty of how it is portrayed. His love for visuals is what drives him and his passion for storytelling is what keeps him coming back for more.

Lanly Le - Arizona State University

Lanly Le is a fashion and beauty photographer and videographer. With a free spirit and a romantic eye, she hopes to instill passion and a bit of a love story in all of her images--whether they are moving or still. Le is based in Phoenix and also holds a heavy interest in rockclimbing, sushi, and betta fish.