Screenplay Semi-Finalist

Under the Roots

A botched robbery has a young thief fighting for her life against a drug lord, parasites, and her estranged family.

Nik Benn

Nik Benn is a writer/director for film and television. Having sold his first television show in 2017, he has since placed as a finalist in the Slamdance Screenplay Competition, and gone on to write several feature films, web series, and shorts. As a director, Nik feels most at home in dark drama and horror, and credits his background as a cinematographer for his ability to translate his stories to the screen. His favorite book is Brave New World and much to the chagrin of his colleagues, he prefers bourbon over scotch.

Brian Quintero

Brian Quintero is a Canadian-Hispanic Actor/Director, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Over the past decade, Brian has worked on and produced numerous independent features, shorts, TV, Theatre and Commercial Work. After producing his successful short film Narcissistic, Brian found an appreciation to learn and understand film business, and hopes to pursue a career in directing and filmmaking. Some of his directing titles include, ‘Walk Away’, Ms. Dock’ and ‘Days Gone Bye’. Brian plans to continue his acting career and continue to tell his stories as a director, where he can represent his diverse community and cinematic culture.

Brendan Jones

Brendan is a writer and director based in Toronto, co-creator of the YouTube channel Goal Guys, and grateful for the opportunity to tell stories for a living.