About Us...

Filmocracy Fest lives at the intersection of great storytelling, creative talent, industry professionals and film fans. 

Founded on the basis of these four key pillars, the Festival will create opportunities for industry professionals and audiences alike to discover truly new independent voices.

A better model, for a different time.

FESTIVAL TEAM

JON FITZGERALD – CO FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jon has 25 years of experience in the independent film, internet and film festival communities. As a filmmaker, he has produced a number of award winning documentaries; and as a consultant, he has guided many independent film projects through the maze of festivals and hybrid distribution models.

Previous works include co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival (1995), Festival Director for the prestigious AFI Film Festival in (1997). He later created a consulting business, guiding the launch of numerous film festivals (Bahamas, Lone Star, Orlando), directing several others (Santa Barbara, Naples and Abu Dhabi), and consulting to dozens more.

Jon has founded iGEMS.tv, as a guide to engaging movies and series and is currently working as head of Acquisitions at Filmocracy.

ERIN WILLIAMS-WEIR – DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING

Erin is an experienced International Sales Executive and Development Producer. As a former NCAA athlete with an honours degree in Cinema & Media Studies, Erin has worked in various roles within the industry including production and distribution. As a Sales Executive, she has represented features and television series at all major markets such as Cannes (Marche Du Film) , (MIPTV), (MIPCOM), Berlin (EFM), Budapest (NATPE), Toronto (TIFF) and Melbourne (MIFF).

Currently Erin is working as the Director of Acquisitions at Filmocracy while also co-producing for the awarding winning production company Projector Films.

PAUL JUN – CO FOUNDER

Paul is a serial entrepreneur and USAF veteran. He served as an intelligence officer and upon completing his service he moved to the film industry where he worked as Director of Sales and Acquisitions at Covert Media. UCSD and CSUF MBA alum.

He co-founded Filmocracy to help democratize the imbalance of opportunities in the entertainment industry for the independent film community.

PHILLIP JUN – CO FOUNDER

Phillip is an experienced startup founder and business developer with over 15 years of experience across multiple industries from physical to digital. He co-developed multiple apps and projects for Verizon Wireless, Nintendo, Next Block Group, and more. He combines creativity and technical skills to develop projects from multiple angles.

He co-founded Filmocracy to push the limits of technology and art forward in the entertainment industry.

HENRY ESHELMAN – FESTIVAL PUBLICIST – heshelman@platformgrp.com

As the Managing Director, PMG-Platform Media Group Henry works with the team to represent film festivals, films AT festivals, and do branded event activations at festivals. They currently represent MINT in Billings, Montana, returning for its fourth year in September 2021. They represented The Louisiana Film Festival several times over its seven year history. They’ve handled project work for America’s premiere graduate film institution, The American Film Institute and their AFI FEST Presented By Audi, as well as films and brands in the festival. Other historical festival action includes: The Sun Valley Film Festival; BendFilm in Bend, Oregon; the AMFM Film, Music and Arts Festival in Cathedral City, CA; and the 3D Film Festival in Los Angeles; and in the very distant past, Florida, Santa Barbara and the Hamptons. When they’re not promoting film festivals, they’re promoting films AT festivals, in production, and release, more than a dozen per year. 

Screening Committee

Tyler St Pierre

Munir Atalla

Dhane Taylor

David Ngo

Elizabeth Grupp

Molly Evans

Coordinators

Edward Tasi

Claire Wong

Sophia Mazzella

Olivia Pearce

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