Festival Director and Founder

Jeremy Jed Hammel (Writer/Director/Editor) is an award-winning filmmaker and writer, as well as a film/TV crew member in the LA studio production and development worlds  (Tonight Show, ER, June Beallor Productions, etc).  Films he has produced or directed were Official Selections for over 65 film festivals across the nation and he has garnered 10 or so filmmaking accolades including: Best Comic-Related Film – Comic Con 2010 (producer), Best Comedy Screenplay – 2011 Action On Film Festival (screenwriter), and a Golden Kahuna Award for Excellence In Filmmaking – 2008 Honolulu Film Festival, (co-director/editor) for a video for artist Lo-Fi Sugar, who went on to chart a Number one Beatport song with Paul Van Dyk’s “So High”.

Hammel has produced projects for The American Film Institute, NBC’s national network show, “Later,” and has worked in the production offices for NBC’s “ER” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”  Hammel is the director of the charitable 4th Annual Filmshift Festival and DJ’s at clubs as DJ Tanner.

Hammel’s screenplays have won awards in 8 screenplay competitions across the country, including the 2008 Woods Hole Film Festival and the 15th Annual Fade In magazine/Writer’s Network competition. One of his screenplays even made to the Top 15% (out of 5500) screenplays for The Academy Award’s 2008 Nicholl Fellowship.

Hammel teaches video production at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts.  He is oddly proud of the fact that in 2011 in the span of 3 weeks, he lost both of his shoes in the mosh pit at a Dropkick Murphys show and then lost his shirt in the mosh pit at a Matt and Kim show.  He believes that we are all here to help each other and he says Yo often

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