Melissa Jo Peltier
Emmy Award-Winning Writer and Producer, Festigious Premier Judge
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Roy Zafrani
Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker, Festigious Director
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Julia Parker
Actress, Model and TV Host
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A two-time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, Ms. Peltier won her first Emmy at the age of 23. Since then, she has accumulated over 50 national and international awards and accolades for her work as a producer, writer, director and editor. As director and co-writer of the primetime documentary special, "Scared Silent: Exposing and Ending Child Abuse", hosted by Oprah Winfrey, she won the coveted Humanitas Prize. Following was the Peabody Award-winning "Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse”. In 1994, she was producer-director-writer of A&E’s four-hour special, "Titanic: Death of a Dream" and "Titanic: The Legend Lives On", then the network’s highest-rated program ever, which won two National Emmy Awards. Five more Writer’s Guild of America nominations for documentary writing followed, as well as five primetime Emmy Nominations as an Executive Producer of National Geographic Channel’s "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan”, also 2010 People's Choice Award winner.  From 1996-2011, Peltier was a partner and co-founder of MPH Entertainment, which created over 350 hours of original documentary and reality television programming, of which she produced, wrote or directed hundreds of hours. She also co-authored five New York Times best selling books with Cesar Millan plus two other non-fiction titles. 

 

Peltier’s dramatic TV and feature credits include writing the Lifetime movie "Nightwaves" and the story, "The Collector", for the hit CBS series, "Ghost Whisperer". With her MPH partners, she served as executive producer of the film "Men Seeking Women" (starring Will Ferrell) and co-executive producer of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” She produced the multi-festival-winning indie feature, "White Irish Drinkers", for Ovington Avenue Productions, of which she is also a principal with her husband, film/TV writer/director John Gray.  She has written a darkly comic novel, “Reality Boulevard,” named as one of Kirkus Review’s “Best Indies” of 2013, and serves as a production and story consultant for television and feature documentaries.

Diego Loreggian
Award-Winning Producer and Art Director
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Grace Parry
Award-Winning Actress
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Virág Gulyás
Founder at MissCareer/Less, Author
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Nami Melumad
Film, TV and Game Composer, Festigious' Coordinator
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Roy Zafrani is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, editor and educator. He has worked in numerous film productions within the creative industries since 1998, including cinema, theatre and television.

After graduating with a B.Ed in Filmmaking & Media, Roy has directed multiple award-winning documentaries, including: The Other Dreamers, On the Edge, On Tiptoes, Assi Dayan: Embittered, Until the End Amir and more.

Roy is the CEO of Magic Productions, an entertainment film production company, and the director and founder of two international film festivals: Top Shorts and Festigious.

Julia Parker is a successful actress, model and television host from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Having modeled in New York City for years for such labels as Catalina swimwear, Nike and others, Julia move to Los Angeles where she began a successful acting career that included roles in the Emmy-nominated television film “The Flight That Fought Back”, the series “90210”, “After Lately”, Matthew Perry's sitcom “Go On”, “Episodes”, the soon-to-be-aired “American Crime Story”, among others.  Her work also includes the feature films “Grace of God”, “Ribbons”, the award-winning films “ASHES”, “Don’t Let Them In”, “The Moment I Was Alone” and many others.  She was recently part of the prestigious judging team for the Top Shorts Online Film Festival along with being a presenter at the Golden Reel Awards.  Her upcoming film projects include “Maria De Luna”, “Bonds”, and “Death Before Dying”.  Julia is also recognized for her work as the host of a number of infomercials, red carpet events, her behind-the-scenes “Ride Along with Julia” vimeo channel and as a correspondent for many entertainment websites with her always entertaining celebrity interviews on the red carpet.

Diego Loreggian started working in 2001 as a graphic and motion designer for Hollywood features, such as: Hannibal, The Merchant of Venice, and The Italian Job. In 2005 he founded DNA Cultura, a company that deals with museum exhibits through the use of new media technologies.

Since 2008 Loreggian has produced several documentaries, short films and TV series. From 2010 he has worked as a visual effects supervisor and line producer on numerous productions that have been filmed in Italy (The Borgias, The Twilight Saga - New Moon, Avangers, Casino Royal...) and the movie Sole a Catinelle, which became the most commercially successful film in the history of Italian cinema. In 2015 he founded Lumen Production with director Laszlo Barbo, producing the short film/pilot "Doppia Luce", winner of 15 awards and 35 selections official worldwide. He's currently in pre-production with the TV series "Doppia Luce" and with the short-film "Hallucinaut" directed by Daniel Auber, co-produced by Terry Gilliam.

Grace Parry is an up and coming actress based in London. She has starred in several British independent features, shorts and online Web Series. She is best known for her role as mean girl ‘Katy Gilmore’ in the online series Night School; based on the international bestselling books by CJ Daugherty. She most recently filmed with James Buckley (The Inbetweeners) and Paul Kaye in new comedy movie The Comedian’s Guide To Survival. Grace recently won Best Actress Award in Thurrock Film Festival as Susie in comedy Run Far, Star Close. She can soon be seen in the highly anticipated online fantasy series REN.

Nami Melumad is an active Los Angeles based film composer. Having worked for Magic Productions Inc., Nami has scored numerous projects including commercials, trailers, animations and documentaries, which have been screened worldwide and won multiple international awards. She studied film scoring at the highly acknowledged Scoring for Motion Pictures and TV program at the University of Southern California (among her teachers were Bruce Broughton, Jack Smalley), and was mentored by composer Thomas Newman. Alongside film scoring, Nami has composed music for theater productions, video games and worked as a symphonic arranger.

Virág Gulyás is the founder of MissCareer/Less, a magazine dedicated to women who embrace change, and works as a freelance creative project manager. As a former ballet dancer, she faced the challenges of what it means to change a career and start a new life in a culture where success is defined in linear terms. Today, she is helping women to share their personal stories through which they empower others and gain clarity for themselves. She believes that the raw, honest storytelling is the new generation of (women) empowerment. Virág is an author, speaker, workshop leader with a strong commitment to causes she believes in.  As she reminders herself and others daily: "If you don't plan your life, someone else will; it's this simple." When she is not penning her next piece or crafting a project, she is teaching Pilates or strives to find peace on her Yoga mat.

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