IAFT does not hire career professors. We hire Mentors…
A Mentor is someone who believes in you, who sees your potential, and who wants to help you find your own path to success. We hire industry-experienced professionals that want to share their experience and knowledge of their craft.
We know that you want to be taught by those that have actually worked in the industry and have real working experience to share. IAFT Mentors are chosen from around the globe with careful consideration. Our Mentors have actual industry experience, instructional skills, and – most importantly – the ability to nurture you in your creative and technical aspirations.
Because we hire working professionals, we cannot promise who our mentors will be in any given term.
What we can promise is that all of our Mentors will be veterans of the industry with knowledge to share.
IAFT’s mentor rotation is a huge benefit to our students. There is no right or wrong answer – to anything. One person’s mistake is another’s artistic decision. IAFT tries to offer our students as many different views as possible.
The more points of view you are exposed to, the better you’ll become as an artist. And more than that, with every new Mentor, you expand your industry network. The more people you know, the easier it is to find work when you leave.
IAFT Mentors are here to guide you to success. They are here to show you how to create your own path and get you where you want to go.
More than just our Mentors, IAFT also routinely enlists top lecturers to give you unique, practical insights into the field.
Are you ready to take the first step? Apply now and let our Mentors guide you to success in the creative industry.
Alex Murphy’s professional acting career in film, television and theater has spanned the United States, Europe, and Asia. After graduating from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Performance, Murphy spent a few years performing in resident theatres in South Florida, and as a founding member and principle actor in the much publicized improv group, SCHOOL OF NIGHT.
Alex appeared in many OFF Broadway productions including LOU GEHRIG DID NOT DIE OF CANCER, DOPES, and FRESH MEAT at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York; THINGS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SAID at the West Bank Theatre; and BUCK FEVER and WHITE BOYS at the Westbeth Theatre Center, IRON TOMMY at Manhattan Punchline, THE SEA OF CORTEZ at the Workhouse Theatre, and THE AUTHORS VOICE and THE PRIEST AND THE ETHIOPIAN… by filmmaker Paul Weitz, at The Women’s InterArt Annex. In the early 1990’s was granted a coveted lifetime membership at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Murphy’s work in film and television in the U.S. includes ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ALL MY CHILDREN, MADMAN and GUTS; his European films include KILER, MLODE WILKI, MOLDE WILKI 1⁄2, SUKCES, and AWKWARIUM.
Doris is an MV and commercials director and cofounder of Dreamer Concepts Limited. She also works as a screenwriter and assistant director for Hong Kong commercial movies. Obtaining her MFA from Hong Kong Baptist University and BA (Comparative Literature) from
the University of Hong Kong, Doris is passionate about making films as well as studying and analyzing films. Her MFA graduation project J ourney has been selected in many film festivals around the world and received Best Director Award in Hong Kong, Special Mentioning of Jury
Award in Moscow and Best Cinematography in Hangzhou, China.
When it comes to the word “sound”, Gerard James M. D’lonsod is the guy. He is highly experienced with sound editing, sound mixing, musical scores, music production and so much more. He is a musician and he has 12 years worth of experience in producing music and touring with his band CDMC. He started his career as a Sound Editor turned Supervisor at Bigfoot Global back when the company was still young in 2003. Since then James has been garnering highlights, awards, and credits for films (whether it be in Cebu or outside the Philippines) that he worked on regarding sound production. He is now currently working on two feature films as Post-Sound Supervisor for “SUPERPSYCHOCEBU” and “MISS BULALACAO”. Both are to hit the screens this November and will go on tour on festivals for years to come. You check out his music credits in http://cooliedread.com/music/.
At the age of 10, Gilbert made a movie with his super 8 camera. His cast was all his toys. The movie was a stop-motion animation which he called “Iron Man”. Since then, everything he did was out of the creativity of his imagination.
Gilbert believes creativity is the heart of all aspects of life. “Whether you are in advertising or film, building your career or family, or just making sense out of our lives, we are always creating something out of nothing.”
After film school at the Art Center in Pasadena, California, Gilbert became a filmmaker and screenwriter in Los Angeles and Hong Kong. He was represented by The Gersh Agency. His movie credits as a director include the Sci-Fi Channel movie of the month: “Assault on Dome 4” and “Obsession”. Gilbert holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors in Film/Communication.
Gilbert began a second phase of his career in advertising with Foote Cone & Belding Hong Kong (2000-2005). His work has been recognized in The Hong Kong Tourism Board, Watsons Water, 56 Repulse Bay, Samsung, Air Canada, and the MTR.
Gilbert is now an independent creative director/filmmaker working out of his banner company Creative Dioxide, which provides advertising and marketing services in Hong Kong and internationally. Recent clients include Hong Kong Disneyland, Amway, Mercedes-Benz, and DBS Bank.
Jacqueline grew up with a love for cinema which became a passion when she started
studying video production and photography in Scotland 1993. She graduated with a degree in
Film and Photography from a film school Wales in 1997.
Since then she has worked as a production manager in the UK on Welsh TV dramas and
several short films and also as an assistant director on several commercials for Welsh TV.
After coming to Hong Kong she rediscovered her original passion for the camera and started
to pursue cinematography more seriously becoming involved in working with several other
indie filmmakers in the city, filming experimental works and music videos.
She continues to pursue & evolve her skills in the art of cinematography while working on
short films, music videos and corporate videos and has so far shot in 11 different countries
mostly in Asia.
James Wong studied for a dual major undergraduate degree in Film Studies and Sociology at Queen’s University (2001) in Canada, and then returned to Hong Kong for a MSc in Multimedia & Entertainment Technology at Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Design (2004). During his time at HK PolyU, James won a pan-asian game design competition hosted by Microsoft Xbox and spent the following years developing game projects for Microsoft’s Xbox systems. Several years and industry awards later, he decided to return to
filmmaking to work on a documentary passion project and the experience reawakened a dormant passion for filmmaking and there was no going back to the game industry. Since that time, James was been working as a freelance video creative – working on a variety of film
projects ranging from documentary to TVC projects. James’s primary research interests lie in the postproduction
realm, with a special emphasis upon film editing. His main current project is a documentary series focusing on Hong Kong’s
cultural intangible heritage sites and street culture.
Growing up, Jeff Wong spent time in Seattle and Hong Kong before settling in Vancouver. His
Chinese family had always hoped that their eldest son would become a businessman, marry a
nice Chinese girl, and raise 2.2 well behaved children. Their plans were derailed by an
introductory film class at Columbia University – soon afterward, Jeff quit his banking
internship and changed his major. While in New York, Jeff studied with renowned artist Tom
Roma and stepped into the city’s grand tradition of street photography. His black & white film
work was selected to appear at an annual Columbia University School of the Arts exhibit.
While at Columbia, he directed the documentary Doug . Profiling a high performing
campus drug dealer who was driven to crime by his pressure cooker Asian upbringing, this short film
was a Student Finalist at the USA Film Festival in 2008. Also an accomplished
cinematographer, Jeff recently won a Student Cinematography Prize at the 2014 Palm
Spring’s International Short Film Festival for his work on 9 0 Days , a short film about a
prostitute on her first day of work in Hong Kong. While pursuing his MFA in Film Directing at
New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Asia, Jeff spent three months in the mountains
of Vietnam with a local hill tribe embroiled in a desperate relationship with tourism. Inspired to
tell their story, Jeff directed H’mong Sisters, his latest short film, a coming of age
drama and thriller exploring cross cultural boundaries in a corner of the world where economic and
post colonial forces threaten to quash the modest dreams of women who dare to set their
sights beyond the hill tribe where they were born, only to end up being forced to grow up too
young. In pre-production,the Vietnamese community embraced his project, and he was able
to garner support and sponsorship from local professionals, students, and local activists alike.
H’mong Sisters premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and has played at
over a dozen festivals in Europe, Asia, as well as the Americas. Jeff’s directing work led him
to be recognized with Producing and Directing Awards from NYU’s 2013 First Run Film
Festival, and he was named as a filmmaker to watch at the 2013 Tokyo Talent Campus.
Believing in the transformative power of film, Jeff hopes to continue writing and directing films
that will serve underrepresented
communities around the world.
Joey Kan is the founder of VALKAN productions.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Joey went to Boston, USA at the age of 13 for schooling. He has stayed there for 9 years through highschool and university… Joey’s animation “Tomato Love” has won various awards at film festivals around the world, including “Best Animation” at Cinema Paradise 2005, Hawaii.
Joey began b-boying in the year of 2002. It has been a life changing experience adding layers of confidence and style in the way he views the world now through the unity of Hip Hop culture.
Joey has made two independent short documentaries about b-boying- “Break Borders” and “Break Borders 2″. They mainly focus on the lives of a few b-boys around Boston, HK, Macau and Australia. “Break Borders 2″ was one of the finalists for the 14th IFVA in Open Category. He has since created “bboyhk.com” an online portal for breakdance and hiphop related news and events in Hong Kong.
He has recently been involved as an editor and animator for a Discovery / TLC channel TV series and an Anti-Shark Fin film for an NGO named Bloom.
A well respected and experienced Instructor and Mentor, John Milton Branton is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School and holds an MFA from York University in Toronto, where he was also an Instructor. JM was one of the original Mentors at IAFT, teaching Screenwriting, Directing and Acting classes in 2004 and 2005.
An award-winning producer, director & writer, JM has directed, written and/or produced several multi award-winning shorts, two web series, and two feature films: Dark Power, which starred Sean Patrick Flannery, Kristanna Loken, and Morgan Fairchild; and Absolute Fear which was shot on location in Cebu and Samar. He co-produced & line produced Stealing Roses, starring John Heard & Cindy Williams, which won Best Film and Best Actor awards at the LA Comedy Festival; co-produced & directed 2nd Unit for the action film Special Ops, which also shot in Cebu & Samar; directed 2nd Unit for the Thailand shot horror, Pernicious; and was Production Supervisor for the Jean Claude Van Damme action thriller, Pound of Flesh, which shot in China and Manila.
He is Producer/Director of the horror thriller, Dark Souls, should be film in Bangkok in 2016, and developing Donor, an action thriller set in Myanmar; the action film, Relentless, set in Thailand; and the Cajun thriller, Devoted. He has several feature scripts optioned and recently adapted The Dalai Lama’s Cat for London’s Amber Entertainment and The Falconer for Sydney’s Vanguard Productions.
An accomplished actor, he has compiled substantial credits in film, television and theater, appearing on screen opposite Jean Claude Van Damme in Pound of Flesh, John Heard in Stealing Roses and William Forsythe in The Bronx Bull.
Jonathan Tejano, 3D generalist, VFX artist, Compositor and a musician. Has a working experience in Film and Broadcast media. Has worked on many broadcast motion graphics commercials for Fashionone and some local commercials in the Philippines. He became a VFX supervisor and 3D artist for some international Film projects one of which is Piranha 3D. His background in Print media for more than 10 years helped in producing stunning projects seen internationally.
Joshua Wolper is a theatre practitioner, filmmaker, and recording artist. He studied acting at
the Black Nexxus Studio in New York City and the Actors Center of San Francisco where he
worked under the tutelage of Shelley Mitchell, a student of legendary acting teacher Lee
After moving to Hong Kong Joshua has worked in theatre and film, both as an actor and
director. From working with Keanu Reeves on “Man of Tai Chi” (Keanu Reeves, Simon Yam,
Karen Mok) as voice talent, to being an Assistant Director for the documentary “Cinema Is
Everywhere” (Fruit Chan, Stanley Kwan, and Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton), Joshua has diverse industry experience, and continues to grow as an actor and
KM Lo is a filmmaker with years of experience. A dedicated film educator currently working as a director and cinematographer/DOP. KM Lo lectures on his creative experience of creating commercials films, feature dramas. documentaries, indie films, music videos and short films at NTU in Singapore, SAE, Chulalongkorn, Mehidol, Silpakorn, KMUTT Universities in Thailand and RUPP in Cambodia.
KM Lo established the not for profit film organisation ,Tuk Tuk Cinema, which provides youth in developing countries the career training they require to become filmmakers.
KM was selected as a jury member for the Locarno International Film Festival ,Best Asian Film Category. His first feature film “Moto Thief” was screened at the Locarno Film Festival and his documentary “Homeless in Japan” won the Youth Jury Prize in FICA 2011, Vesoul, France
Kathleen Kenny: Bachelor in Fine Arts; Actor Training Center University of Utah. Ms. Kenney teaches the following classes in the Advanced On Camera Film Acting Program: AFA 104 Movement 101, AFA 204 Movement 202, AFA 102 Voice 101, AFA 202 Voice 202, AFA 302 Movement and Voice 301, IFA 102 Voice 101, IFA 104 Movement 101, IFA 204 Movement 202.
Kevin Reams career in the arts spans more than 20 years. He has worked in television, film, theatre, and other forms of live entertainment. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors in Acting. His acting has taken him all over USA with touring theatre, across the seas on cruise ships, and into China, Macau, Hong Kong, Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines. He worked as an acting mentor for IAFT Cebu from 2010-2012 and is very happy to return. Between that time he was artistic director of a professional theatre in Michigan. In the Philippines he has appeared in the film Le Marque, the TV show Everybody Hapi, and many web series including starring in the popular show Asshole Camp.
Khalid Saleem is a screenwriter from the U.S. Virgin Islands who has a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and a Master of Fine Arts from Full Sail University in Orlando Florida. Khalid also has attended the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting and is a part of Screenwriting U alumni group. He has a passion for comedy and writing children books. He has one book published to date called the “Circle.” He is thrilled to be part of the IAFT family and hopes that he can help nourish young aspiring writers.
Marc has made his first contact with the film industry as a teenager, both in front and behind the camera during a summer film program, producing a half hour short film.
From there on his passion for film making kept growing and he has directed and shot several short films throughout the years while getting his degree in logistics, eventually leading him to become a professional cinematographer and film maker to follow his true passion.
Marc has worked on a wide range of projects such as live broadcast, MV, documentary, and micro budget to full blown Hollywood features (i.e. Michael Mann’s Black Hat). As a cinematographer he has worked on several feature films shooting in many countries in Asia, North America and Germany.
With his independent production company Kinomagic.net Marc serves a wide range of clients including VW, Mercer and Edinburg Napier University to name a few.
Marc has been teaching photography, cinematography and editing to young professionals and adults on a private tutor basis.
His philosophy about learning the ropes of the film industry besides taking classes is to work and just doing it. In this spirit he has acquired his skills through self study and during real productions, learning from some of the most experienced talents in the industry but also through further education with selected film programs and courses.
Margaret is a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association for theatre performers and Union of British Columbia Performers/Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists. With over 20 years of performing experience, Margaret has played many roles both in front of and behind the stage including actor, director, teacher, producer, and casting director. Margaret has lectured at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Art School, the Hong Kong City University SCOPE Project Yi Jin, Hong Kong Institute for Education and Hong Kong Management Association; and numerous secondary schools in Hong Kong. She completed a Master of Drama Education degree at Griffith University and is currently a Doctor of Creative Industries candidate at Queensland University of Technology. She is a member of the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies as well as an examiner for the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and a certified ThinkBuzan MindMap instructor.
Michael Robinson has a broad range of professional experience spanning twenty years as an animation director, creative director and web designer. His animations have won national US awards, he has collaborated with Academy Award winners, and his work has been screened at festivals around the world.
He recently completed an end credit sequence animation for Sunrise, one of seven short films released on Facebook by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. Billed as the new voices of the Twilight saga that extend the Twilight universe, Sunrise got over 3 million views online in July 2015.
He also animated over twenty shots for the East L.A. Interchange Documentary, featuring 3D & 2D information graphics about urban migration patterns and demographic changes. It won the 2015 Downtown Film Festival LA Audience Award for Best Documentary, and is slated to screen at several upcoming festivals.
Before moving to Hong Kong, he directed and animated a series of story-driven spot IDs about college life for MTV Networks’ MTVU channel in 2009 & 2010. He has also directed, designed and animated for several commercial and independent projects.
In addition to his animation work, he actively teaches Film, Animation and Design at IAFT Hong Kong, SCAD Hong Kong, and PolyU/Speed.
His creative career started in web design where he developed the look and feel of web site brands for Microsoft, Target Stores and MTV Networks (including Comedy Central and VH1). He earned his MFA in animation from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2008. His instructors included Robert Zemeckis and other Hollywood luminaries.
Mike Muschamp is a cinematographer of 30 years experience with 22 features to his name(soon to be 23!). He has worked all over the world, 9 years in Thailand (5-35mm features and many t.v.dramas), 3 years in Malaysia (8 cinema released features, 6 on 35mm,and 2 on the Alexa) and in the U.S.And the U.K.
He was originally trained by Magnum photographers (at Newport Gwent-2 year course),then moved into film and attended initially a 1 year course in video production(covering editing,directing and cinematography),then 2 years at The London film school(previously the London international film school,attended by British director Mike Leigh)where he specialized ,in 35mm cinematography,so he completed 5 years of training!.
He has also taught cinematography all over the world,and ran workshops in Thailand,and “master classes”for Finas(the Malaysian film board), along with teaching at various London film schools.
His work and I.M.D.B.linked c.v.can be viewed at www.enkiproductions.com
Monique is a multifaceted and energetic creative instructor with a gift for inspiring creative
teams to function at optimum excellence and efficiency. She profiles herself as an
accomplished theatre arts educator, and has over twenty years experience in private
arts based education and performance. As an acting and vocal coach, she emphasizes at all
times life acting skills and stage presence. Her other areas of expertise include theatre
directing, script and lyric writing for stage, stage technology and design, costume design,
studio recording, choreography, marketing and graphic design. She has directed and
authored/coauthored several notable musicals: Telema (2014/2013), The Secret of the
Manger (2010/2008), The Ghosts of Bethlehem (2009), and the hip hop musical The Love
Nicholas studied English and Drama at Brunel University before going on to train as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic
Theatre School. His theatre credits as an actor include T ime and Time Again (The Mill at Sonning), T he 39 Steps (West End),
The Fitzrovia Radio Hour (The Globe Theatre), The Perfect Wedding (Vienna’s English Theatre), Star Quality (No.1 UK Tour), T he Shell Seekers (No.1 UK Tour), Playing For Time (Salisbury Playhouse), Present Laughter (Blackpool Rep Theatre) , N orthanger Abbey (York
Theatre Royal), Vincent In Brixton (NT UK National Tour) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic).
Television and Film credits include Surviving Disaster (BBC), Band of Brothers (Ep. 4) and Nightfall ( EDKO
Nicholas has extensive experience as a theatre director, using diverse styles of direction on
productions including his own adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom, Our
Country’s Good, The Government Inspector, Roald Dahl’s The BFG, The Wind in the Willows,
Treasure Island, The Star Child, United Nations, Off Stage At Troy, Gulliver’s Travels, Totally
Over You & The Chrysalids.
Philip Muana, a TESDA certified trainer in 2D and 3D animation, was part of the pioneering batch of the video production team created by bigfoot when the company started back in 2002. He worked as the company’s in house video editor and motion graphics designer. He was also the Video Editor of the 2010 independent film, Ang Damgo Ni Eleuteria (Eleuteria’s Dream), that bagged awards in both local and international film festivals, and the Visual Effects Editor for 2011 Cinema One Originals’ Di Ingun Nato (Not Like Us) and My Paranormal Romance.
Seth Henderson is a screenwriter and director originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and currently based in Hong Kong. While still in the US, he worked on the camera crew for “Dawson’s Creek” television series before producing the PBS documentary “Confederate Goliath” in 2003. After living and working in Japan and Beijing, he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film, concentrating in Screenwriting and quickly sold two feature-film scripts. He has directed several short films, documentaries, web-series and commercials and is currently teaching several filmmaking programs.
Steven Ballantyne FRGS, Steven is one of the Hong Kong Film Academy’s senior mentors and brings with him over 15 years experience in managing, producing developing and directing a range of factual, reality and documentary television program’s and wildlife focused feature film ‘s.
Starting out as a International production fixer, Steven has developed a successful career and is now recognized world-wide as a respected Field Director and through his production company EPM Asia as the name to call on to manage complex shoots in some of Asia’s toughest and remotest locations.
Steven frequently works for a range of blue chip production companies and commissioning broadcasters, including, Discovery International, BBC Natural History Unit, Disney Nature, National Geographic, Tigress Productions and Brian Leith Productions.
Students benefit for Steven’s extensive knowledge and experience in areas of Pre-production, production development, producing and production risk management.
Steven Has recently completed work as Field Director and remote location manger on a new wildlife feature film for Disney Nature and is presently commissioned by the BBC Natural History unit to work with them in Tibet.
Terry has over 35 years experience inTV and video production as an editor and director,he most recently directed “Falling through the Ropes” for National Geographic that was nominated for a socially aware award at the recent Asian Film and Television festival.He now has been asked by them to pitch a new concept to be aired in 2015.
He has edited and directed numerous TV commercials in the UK,Australia,Taiwan ,Hong Kong plus major corporate projects for BAT,Modern Terminals (New York Film festival Award 2007) Dragonair,China Merchants,HKTA,Publicis -China,CSX(New York Film festival Award creative excellence2005) CyberPort,MGTO,Shanghai Tourist Board.
Terry also worked as Creative Director for China Entertainment Television(CETV) and at Centro Digital Picture as a Commercials Director.
He is currently developing two Macau based projects.1.The Architecture of Places. With Macau based Architect Carlos Merrious. 2 The flamboyant Mr Chinnery. A dramatized re-enactment documentary looking at the artist,s life and that of his subjects during the 1850,s.this starts production in June 2015.
Tom Nador: Over 20 year’s professional experience in the Filmmaking industry. Award winning, commercial DoP+Director with post experience. Experienced leader that can move a project from script-to-screen, Principal at award winning Production House, Laszlo Rain, with full service capabilities. Tom has produced and directed regional, national, and local commercials. Tom teaches the following classes in the Introduction and Advanced Filmmaking Program: AFM 102 Producing 101, AFM 103 Directing 101, AFM 104 Cinematography 101, AFM 105 Sound 101, AFM 106 Digital Film Production 101, AFM 107 Editing 101, AFM 202 Producing 202, AFM 203 Directing 202, AFM 204 Cinematography 202, AFM 205 Sound 202, AFM 206 Digital Film Production 202, AFM 207 Editing 202, AFM 302 Directing 303, AFM 305 Cinematography 303, AFM 306 Sound 303, AFM 309, AFM 310 Editing 303, AFM 401 Thesis Film Pre-Production 401, AFM 403 Thesis Film Production 401, AFM 404 Post Production 401.
Vincent is a professional Theatre Director, Actor and Education Practitioner with over twenty
years industry experience. He trained at the internationally acclaimed Guildford School of
Acting in the UK where he received a Diploma in Acting and a 1st Class BA (Hons) degree in
Theatre. Vincent’s acting credits include T he Rover, The Crucible, Fen, Scapino, Romeo and
Juliet, Macbeth, The Artist, The Exception and the Rule, The Canterbury Tales, Dick
Whittington and Children of the New Forest . Vincent directed his first professional
production D erek by Edward Bond in 1997 and since then has directed a wide range of
projects from new writing for the Fringe to full scale Broadway style musicals. Most recently in
2013 he directed the award winning production of H airspray at The Cultural Centre, Hong
Kong. Vincent also has an MA in Shakespearean Studies from King’s College London and
Shakespeare’s Globe Education. Passionate about the education and training of future
performing artists, he has designed and delivered theatre and performing arts programmes
and projects throughout the UK and Asia. Vincent began his time in Hong Kong as Head of
Performing Arts for The KG Group and Artistic Director of Face Productions, and was the
creator and leader of the highly successful Face Academy training programme. He is
delighted to be on the faculty of IAFT and to be mentoring and guiding the next generation of
professional actors on their pathway into the industry.