MPI Announces Filmmakers Selected for Its Short Film Lab

March 3, 2022

The Moving Picture Institute is excited to announce the eight filmmakers selected to participate in MPI’s Short Film Lab. This Lab provides filmmakers with hands-on training and mentoring to take their initial film concepts through the process of developing an outstanding short film script for production.

Filmmakers accepted into the Lab receive fellowship grants and take part in screenwriting workshops followed by MPI’s Directing Workshop. After the workshop stage, MPI often acquires scripts to produce as MPI Original Films or extends additional development opportunities to select participants.

The Lab kicks off this week with the inaugural sessions of the screenwriting workshops. The eight filmmakers are split into two separate workshop groups, where they will hone their concepts through an intensive process of writing, revising, reading, and the giving and receiving of constructive criticism.

MPI filmmaker Toby Fell-Holden serves as the workshop instructor. Toby is a graduate of Columbia’s Film MFA program. His short Balcony won a Crystal Bear at the 66th Berlinale and was long-listed for the Academy Awards. Little Shadow, his thesis film, was long-listed for a BAFTA and nominated by the Casting Society of America for an Artios. 

MPI’s senior vice president Lana Link oversees all Lab workshops. Her producer credits include narrative shorts such as A Piece of Cake and Gringa (which she also co-wrote); feature documentaries Incarcerating US and Los Ultimos Frikis; and feature narrative Miss Virginia starring Uzo Aduba. She is currently producing MPI’s forthcoming documentary Project Home: 3D Printing the Future and narrative features Freedom Hair: The Melony Armstrong Story, The Kemba Smith Story, and Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game. Lana earned a certificate in independent producing from UCLA Extension. She is also an associate member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

MPI Original Films developed in the Lab include A Piece of Cake, Melons, Unloaded, and Infraction.

Below are the 2022 MPI Short Film Lab filmmakers:


Mark Apicella is a three-time Emmy winner and eight-time nominee. He has garnered two Emmys as a broadcast TV editor for VICE News Tonight (four nominations) and an Emmy win as senior producer/editor on Jay Leno’s Garage for (four nominations). He has worked across TV, features, and digital properties—including directing, producing, and editing branded content. His first feature screenplay, American Delinquent, ranked in the top 15% in the Nicholl Fellowship, and he was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant for Science on Film. He was also a finalist for the Sundance/Sloan Science Grant Fellowship (Nunca Mas) and the SHIFT Creative Fund. He previously participated in MPI’s Short Film Lab in 2020. Mark earned an MFA in production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BS in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Nick Delgado de la Camara felt moviemaking’s call at a very early age; when he saw Jurassic Park for the first time, he knew he wanted to tell stories for the rest of his life. After graduating from the University of Madrid with a BA in English literature, he attended USC Film School, which was the best decision of his life. While at USC, Nick had the incredible luck of being mentored by one of his heroes, director Robert Zemeckis. His thesis film, The Macabre World of Lavender Williams, a fantasy short starring Christopher Lloyd and John Lithgow, was screened in over 40 film festivals worldwide and took Nick on a tour around the world. Nick splits his time between directing branded content, being a storyboard artist, and developing features, including the horror drama Blood of My Blood, which got him a spot in the 2019–2020 Universal Writers Program


Rebecca Christian is a writer and director from San Diego, CA. She is the creator of the Power Ranger mockumentary web series No Nerds Here and is currently in production on a documentary shooting in the US and Ghana, West Africa. Rebecca’s scripted projects have advanced in the Sundance Development Track and the Austin Film Festival and she is an alum of artist development programs such as the MPI Short Film Lab, the MPI Moving Picturecraft Workshop, and the #Startwith8Hollywood program. Apart from writing and filmmaking, she maintains a practice as a doula and certified lactation counselor supporting birthing families in Southern California.


Will DeWitt had one dream as an undergraduate at Baylor University—to write professionally. But Will was also worried about paying rent and utilities, so he made the obvious choice for someone who wanted to write and also afford to live; he became a reporter in a small town in the middle of Texas. That lasted about a year before he went into the private sector, working in media relations at the American Football Coaches Association and as a contractor at Facebook. At Facebook, the dream came back in full force, and Will soon found himself heading out west to get his master’s in screenwriting at Pepperdine University. Since moving to Los Angeles, Will has worked as a production assistant on short films, web series, commercials, and feature films, many of which as an intern with MPI.


Alex Dee is a husband, father, and jack of all trades when it comes to storytelling. He has trained and pursued filmmaking and acting in New York City and Los Angeles since 2011. Currently, he lives outside of Boston and works for a Catholic ministry as their content creator and manager. He feels blessed to have developed a career both in front of and behind the camera and has a deep desire to tell stories of the extraordinary in the ordinary. His most recent projects include working on the inspiring documentary PRAY: The Story of Patrick Peyton.


Mariyam Temirova was always at the nexus of two opposite worlds. She was born in post-Soviet Union Kazakhstan but spent most of her formative years in the US. Mariyam is a London-based filmmaker attending Raindance Film School that hosts the largest independent film festival in the UK. She is interested in telling stories through satire and light existential comedy to illuminate the burdens of our collective human condition.


Trevor Klein is a filmmaker from Irvine, CA. He is a sophomore at Claremont McKenna College studying Government and Film. He wrote, directed, and shot Days Before the Dawn, a documentary about the history of protest in Hong Kong. The film has been featured in eight film festivals, winning awards in seven of them. Trevor completed MPI’s Moving Picturecraft Workshop last fall.


Viktorija Razevska is a fairytale enthusiast with a focus on dragons. When she isn’t occupied with searching for magic scrolls and convening with elves, she works as a film director in Los Angeles. She is currently directing a feature set in police station basements in 1984 as well as an art film series called A Study in Discovery. She is currently editing her two latest narrative short films and just wrapped principal photography for a slate of commercials. She has worked on over 100 film projects on networks such as HBO, MTV, and VH1 and has led film teams in countries around the world such as India, Ukraine, Serbia, Bosnia, and Poland.

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