Wei Tao, Class of 2019

Born in China, Will Tao is a New York-based film director. Before becoming a filmmaker, Will was the creative director in advertising. He has won international advertising awards including five Cannes Lions, five CLIO Awards, four D&AD Pencils and two ONESHOW Pencils. In addition, he was invited to the jury panels at the New York International Advertising Festival and ONESHOW Great China. In 2018, He moved to New York to study Directing at SVA to realize his dream in filmmaking. As a director from a diverse background, Will zeroes in on people’s Universal experience and emotions in unique situations notwithstanding their different backgrounds. Movie Link

Mateo Marquez, Class of 2019

Mateo Márquez is a director, writer, and producer from New York City. His body of work includes narrative, commercial, and music video content that have garnered attention in the U.S and abroad. He holds a Masters in Directing from the School of Visual Arts and a BA in Film from Hunter College. He was a 2015 BAFTA Scholarship recipient and 2019 School of Visual Arts’ Alumni Scholarship Award winner. Mateo challenges perceptions of inclusion and isolation in storytelling. He is currently in development of his first feature film. Movie Link

Pam Nasr, Class of 2018

Pam Nasr (b.1991) is a Director from Lebanon. Since graduating from London College of Fashion in 2014, with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Styling and Photography, she moved back to the Middle East to reconnect with her roots and embark on her career as a Stylist and Creative Director. After making a name for herself as a progressive Beirut-based Stylist and Creative Director, she was able to fulfill her aspiration of inspiring change by teaching a course of Styling at the Lebanese American University. This transformative experience allowed Pam to first-handedly participate in the shift of how culture through fashion is perceived in the Middle East. While working on sets, her practice has organically shifted to documenting passerbys, whilst observing the cultural contradictions found in her hometown; leading to the exploration of film-making as one of her creative channels. Her intention is to expand on these themes with her filmwork. Exploring and dissecting the complexity of family, the intimacy of relationships within households, and how they affect the behavior of generations to come. She is completing her Masters in Directing at SVA where her debut short, Mukbang, will be screened later this year.
Pam Nasr (b.1991) is a Lebanese Film Director. Movie Link Website Link

Seungwon Park, Class of 2019

Seungwon Gio Park is a film director and production designer based in NYC. Originally from South Korea, he has his bachelors degree in Technical Theater and Design from Brooklyn College and is currently working towards his Masters in film at the School of Visual Arts. His production design work includes SUNNYSIDE (Best Fiction, Cannes Short Film Corner), Picnic (Manhattan Film Festival, Brooklyn Short Film Festival, Korea American Film Festival), HOLE (CUNY Asian Film Festival). His main goal is to tell challenging, visually diverse stories with his unique and refined style set in both The US and Korea.