Mika Orr, Class of 2017

Mika Orr is an Israeli film director based in Brooklyn. She started her career as a film director at the age of 15. Right after finishing her army service as a lead cinematographer for the Israel Air Force’s film unit, she started working in the industry as a documentary cinematographer. She was the Lead Cinematographer on award winning feature documentaries (“Chronicle of a kidnap”, “Stains”) and she has had numerous documentaries broadcast on Israeli National Television in 2008. She established her own production company focused on documentaries and marketing videos for clients like Google Israel, Coca Cola, Yad Vashem, European Union, and the Jerusalem municipality. She will be premiering two fictional short film in the coming year. Recently Mika was awarded funding from the Gesher film fund for her next fictional film to be shot in 2018 and her latest documentary project “AMiNORMAL” will be supported by the prestigious French CNC Film Fund. Movie Link Website Link

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

Steven Cygan, Class of 2017

Steve was born in the small town of Paw Paw, Michigan. The eldest son of a computer programmer and a nurse, he was always fascinated by visual storytelling. His first attempts at filmmaking took place in high school, with a skiing documentary that entertained his friends, followed by a screenplay, which entertained no one. It was then that he knew that the Director's chair was the most appropriate place for him. After a break working in the "real world", he finished his bachelor's degree in film from Western Michigan University, and decided to double-down by enrolling in the Directing masters program at SVA. Movie Link

Miguel J. Soliman, Class of 2017

Miguel J. Soliman is a professional filmmaker from Jersey City. He is Latino-American, of Ecuadorian, Honduran, and Palestinian decent. Passionate and adventurous --Miguel sets himself apart by being an independent, international filmmaker. His work, as diverse as he, spans from comedies, to dramas, to horror films. Miguel has also written, produced, assistant directed and edited fiction films as well as documentaries in the US and abroad. Miguel earned a Bachelor of the Arts in Film Directing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2015. He earned a Master of Professional Studies in Directing from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2017. He also studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Movie Link