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Experts Panel
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Mr. Phipps 

Began his professional career in the 1990's as a graphic and digital artist working on publications such as X-Men and GI Joe comics. His passion to grow and create a well-rounded foundation for himself led him to another pivotal decision, authoring a children's book titled "Hergbert: The Not So Scary Monster".  During the drafting phase of his second book, Mr. Phipps decided to take a break from writing, a decision that would change his life forever.

As an avid lover of film and the filmmaking process, an opportunity presented itself in the form of directing an independent film. He found the passion he had been looking for all along and the rest they say is history. Kevin's directing and assistant directing projects, to date, include a slew of independent feature films, music videos, and nationalcommercials. Most notably his recent work on the feature film ”Grief “ "Coyote Requiem", the TV pilot "H.O.P.E", several commercials such as Kellogg’s, Vanish in London, Oil of Olay, Cigna, Canal+ which is now C-More, Quest, Head and Shoulders to name a few.

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Ruben Angelo 

(Producer/Actor) has worked in and out of entertainment for the past 25yrs.  His career spectrum includes work in many different areas such as music, film, television, and international business. Innovative by nature, he has held many hats throughout his life in order to better understand how to consistently bring success to projects that warrant the opportunity.  Being raised in a family with a history of strong work ethics and an affinity for the arts, it was natural that he would eventually gravitate towards starting his own company.

As an actor, Angelo has acted in close to 30 narrative and short film projects to-date that have garnered several critical acclaim write-ups and independent awards.  In 2011, and after many years of acquiring international business and marketing experience he formed his own production company, Rangelo Productions.  


Helen Haxton-Stepheson

Emmy Award-winning producer/director who has been in the film and video business for over 30 years. She is an Arizona native and received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Radio/TV/Film and her Master’s Degree in American Media and Popular Culture from Arizona State University.

Helen began her professional career in the news department at KTTV Los Angeles, later establishing her own production company.

Helen is the Founder and Executive Director of the Prescott Film Festival, where she provides vision and direction. She is also the Managing Director of Operations at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center and the Director of the Film and Media Arts Program at YC.

In 2018 she won an Emmy for producing and directing “Campus Safety During an Alien Invasion” in the Educational/Instructional category, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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George Nelson

George Nelson started in the Stunt/Entertainment business in 1987 in Los Angeles, CA. performing in live action shows as a stuntman. Over the past 30+  years George has produced, directed, and coordinated over 50 live action stunt shows in Europe, Asia, Bermuda, and the United States. During that time George also worked on various film and television projects as a stuntman/stunt coordinator. 

Experts Panel

Mitesh Patel

Mitesh Patel is the Founder and President of Applied Art Productions. Patel graduated from M.S University for a Masters in Applied Arts. After graduating, he decided to open a business focusing in advertising and design. Later developed into a production, distribution, and VFX. With his experience, Patel continues to bring his combination of creative solutions and management skills ensures success of each production. Patel holds extensive knowledge to establish creative and professional partnerships with talented writers, directors and producers.

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Jeff Reynolds


Jeff Reynolds is the Founder and CEO of Jeff Reynolds Productions, and is here to support and inspire others to create their destiny.  Reynolds is also the Owner of the Shady Chalet Cabin in Pinetop, which serves as a Sanctuary for Artists and Filmmakers. As a producer, Jeff Reynolds is involved with multiple projects for the 2023 season. Past projects include, Hashtag Blessed the Movie (Co-Executive Producer), Woman in the Maze (Executive Producer/Actor), and Fortis Femina (Executive Producer). Jeff is a Partner of the Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival. When he isn’t involved with one of his current projects, Reynolds loves to spend time outdoors golfing, kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking. Jeff enjoys taking people out on wildlife tours in the White Mountains, and resides in Chandler, Arizona.


Lovinder Gill

Lovinder Gill is an award-winning filmmaker and has written four produced feature-length screenplays. He's been a college professor for over 20 years and has taught screenwriting to over 2000 students. He is also the host of the acclaimed podcast, Scriptcake. Lovinder will be judging all screenplays at the 2023 Chandler International Film Festival.


Lisa Rockoff

Lisa is a Chicago native who graduated from Northwestern University. She has taken classes with film critic Roger Ebert and for decades has viewed all genres of movies. As an advocate of watching films  in theaters, Lisa attends over a hundred features  a year.  Her  favorite yearly event is to see the Oscar nominated shorts and documentaries before the awards. She is excited to be involved in this festival that promotes new filmmakers.

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