While we continue to adapt to a world facing a number of challenges, one thing that remains the same is the power of creativity. Seeing our global creative community adapt and evolve their craft is a testament to how their passion adds kindling to the inspiration of others and provokes discussion. With this in mind, we asked 13 talented filmmakers from all over the world to produce a film in under five days with unlimited access to Adobe Stock footage, audio from Epidemic Sound, and Premiere Pro to show us what the future of creativity looks like.
Watch the 13 films from the first-ever Adobe Stock Film Festival.Watch the films here
Jasmine McCullough is a New Jersey-based editor and director who has worked on a multitude of projects including documentaries, web series, and ad campaigns. Jasmine recently made her directorial debut at Indie Short Fest with the music video/short documentary War Peace, which was nominated for 'Best Web and New Media' and 'Best Sound Editing.'
Vivek Vadoliya is a photographer and director based in London specializing in portraiture and fashion. Most recently he’s expanded his practice into documentary work, using a visual narration that seeks to elevate the stories of overlooked communities and unique subcultures.
Graydon Sheppard has directed, written, and performed in pieces starring President Obama, Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, and others. Best known for co-creating the viral video Shit Girls Say, Graydon has won several awards for his work including multiple Cannes Lions.
Yukihiro Shoda is a director based in Tokyo and Los Angeles who is known for his ability to weave Japanese and Western culture into stories unlike any others told before. Most recently Yukihiro received a Ciclope Festival 2019 Grand Prix award for his work on a video ad for Hecate.
Zae Jordan is an Atlanta-based actor, writer, comedian, and artist. In 2015, he left Savannah College of Art and Design to pursue acting and stand-up comedy. Since then he’s written two award-winning short films, co-created a livestream show for Adult Swim, and produced sketches and animation under his production company Wildsoul Films.
Daina O. Pusić is a multi award-winning writer and director based in London. Her short film The Beast won great recognition in film festival circuits, long-listing it for an Academy Award. She is currently working on her debut feature film with the BBC and BFI in the UK.
Daniel Koren is an Emmy nominated comedian and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. After his short films gained popularity, he began developing comedy shows for Comedy Central, Tru-TV, and Starz. He recently acted in the role of Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street.
Anthony Gaddis is a creative director and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, best known for co-directing Mac Miller’s Good News. Anthony firmly believes in the power of music and the arts to affect flow state and well-being.
Monica O’Hara is a freelance director and producer based in both Los Angeles and New York. Monica’s work revolves primarily around the fashion, beauty, and luxury sectors for clients such as Tom Ford, MTV, and Estée Lauder. Her debut feature film Block is set to release in 2020.
James Hurley moved to Los Angeles three years ago to pursue his dream of working in film and theatre. His most recent project was appearing as one of the leads in an independent film. James loves supporting local artists and has recently taken up learning guitar.
Pablo Fusco is an art director, designer, photographer, and T.V. filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His deep love for audiovisual language and profound capacity to remain curious allow him to stay in tune with stimuli that could enrich any project he gets his hands on. He devotes his work to storytelling that focuses on transformation from common to extraordinary.
Taylan Sinan Yilmaz is a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural creator currently focused on filmmaking in New York. His first short film Endless was selected by the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound magazine as one of the year’s best.
Kelsey Rath is a Canadian-born content creator who produces off-the-wall collage-style video art pieces, primarily by layering stock photos and videos. From the dark and strange to the wacky and colorful, Kelsey enjoys creating it all — the weirder the better.
Thomas MacVicar is a Californian-born content creator best known for his short film I Dream of Dogs. His approach to creating content is similar to the existence of an avocado — "It’s really ripe until it’s really not.” His favorite projects are ones he can think of, film, edit, and forget all in an afternoon.
In this moment of change, we explore how creativity continues to evolve and find ways to flourish.
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