Declan Quinlan, Class of 2017

Declan is an American born Irish filmmaker. During his formative years studying at Maynooth University, he worked many late nights in order to save money and move to the US to start his Masters in Directing at the School of Visual Arts NYC. This instilled in him a dependable work ethic and a desire to succeed. His versatility has seen him through many odd jobs over the years; from his humble beginnings as a cleaner in an Airbnb Cottage to a live-in caregiver in Silicon Valley; Or most recently, as on overworked waiter in TriBeCa. Declan displays recurring themes within his work such as personal isolation, questioning social norms and unconventional love. When not at work or in school you can probably find Declan happily drinking overpriced beer in any techno-driven nightclub. Movie Link

Rujiroj Thanasankittiwat, Class of 2017

Rujiroj Thanasankittiwat is a film writer and director from Thailand. His interest in storytelling began in the theater when he volunteered for the Makhampom Foundation. There, he produced community and educational theater productions. While an undergraduate studying Mass Communication, Rujiroj began acting and directing street theater. After more than 10 years on the stage, he began to experiment in film. Rujiroj has produced, written, and directed several short films. His short films, “Pui (2014)” and “The Eyes (2015)”, were screened at film festivals worldwide, including Slamdance Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Palm Springs International Short Fest, and Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival. He received his Masters degree in the MPS Directing program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Movie Link

Muse Li, Class of 2018

Miaosi Li is a female Chinese independent film director. She studied law at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law before completing a masters’ in film direction at the School of Visual Arts. Her filmmaking career began in Paradise Pictures Culture & Arts Company in China. Over the years, she has directed commercials, short documentaries and music videos. Her productions on new-media platforms have exceeded tens of thousand views online.  Miaosi will debut her first narrative short film, “Sweetie,” in North America in 2018. 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