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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.



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.


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 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.


Natalia is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University where she majored in Sociology and Film. She has previous work experience at a talent agency and a documentary production company. As an Account Coordinator at Filmocracy, she supports the festival team and helps manage acquisitions.  


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