2018 UMFF award Ceremony

Universe Multicultural Film Festival--2018
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 2018 UMFF  Award Ceremony 
Live Boardcasting; Live Performaces, Award Presentation, Food & Drinks 

Time: 5:00-9:30PM; April 8, 2018
Location: 735 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estate, CA 90275; Admission by Award Ceremony Pass



The Performers & VIPs: 

Aki Aleong, Actor, Singer, Writer, Producer
Aki Aleong's career has spanned more than 60 years as an actor, singer, writer, producer and activist. He has served on the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild, appointed National Chair of SAG'S EEOC and was a member of the President's Diversity/Affirmative Action Task Force. Aki has also been Executive Director of AIM (Asians in Media), Vice President of The Media Coalition of Los Angeles and President of MANAA (Media Action Network for Asian-Americans). Among Aki's numerous awards is an Honorary Doctorate from New Dimensions University in 2013. He is the winner of the life time achievement award at the 2017 Universe Multicultural Film Festival 
  Mark Justice, Actor, Host
Mark Justice is an American actor originating from McDermott, OH. Mark began theatre at a very young age, but as he grew older became more involved with sports. Wanting to continue his education, he took the opportunity to compete in both Soccer, Basketball, and even Baseball while attending college at Ohio Christian University.
After college, Mark found his way to Las Vegas, and rekindled what began at a young age when he connected with Gerald Gordon, former acting coach of Adrien Brody, Bruce McGill, and Joe Flanigan, soon finding his way into the lead role of Tony Nunzio Jr. in Tony ‘N Tina’s Wedding. During his tenure there, Mark crossed over into the film world where his career really excelled. Since, he’s worked with award winning and nominated filmmakers, from on screen to behind the camera, here in the United States and internationally. Although he has the chops and looks of the leading man, Mark thoroughly enjoys character roles and bit parts just as much.
Sonya Kreizman, Actress, Writer, Producer
Sonya Kreizman (aka Sonya B1ade) is a classically trained American actress, writer and producer of Ukrainian and Russian decent. She speaks fluent Russian and English, as well as conversational Italian. Sonya studied at the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory and is currently training with Anthony Abeson, respected acting coach in New York. She created "Sonya in Fur," a hilarious, no nonsense Russian speaking character who advises single women and men on modern romance while offering witty commentary on sexual taboos. If Borat and Carrie Bradshaw had a daughter, it would be Sonya in Fur. The series immediately went viral, with one video reaching over 15M+ views. She writes, films and edits weekly episodes with well-known NYC stand-up comedy writers. For Sonya's videos, visit her Youtube channel.During her last year of high school and throughout college, Sonya has worked in television & film production. She co-hosted several TV episodes during her internships at PBS & MTV Networks. After graduating from Fordham University at Lincoln Center, she started her own tech start-up of mobile dating apps. While she considers herself a passionate female tech CEO, acting has always been Sonya's biggest passion. A badass vixen with a killer punch line, Sonya is driven to star in a comedic production, either on television or in a feature film like Borat. Inspired by the female leads in True Romance and Kill Bill, her dream is to one day play a role in a film by director Quentin Tarantino.
MAGI AVILA. Actress, Host
Magi Avila co-stars Bruce Willis in recently released feature “First Kill”. She co-stars opposite Nicholas Cage and Willem Dafoe in Paul Schrader's "Dog Eat Dog". Sheappeared in Woody Allen’s “Café Society” and next to Oscar nominee Demian Bichir in Chris Weitz' "A Better Life". Avila captured the U.S. audience with "Fantasias" a film by Jorge Araujo distributed by Universal Pictures. Magi Avila guest-starred on "Training Day" with Will Paxton and "The Shield", with Michael Chiklis. Magi is in over 30 films.She is the producer, co-writer and costume designer of her one-woman-show, biography of Hollywood's star Carmen Miranda. Magi performed in several theater plays, in the US and Mexico.
Magi initiated her career during teenage years singing opera, for then president of Mexico Ernesto Cedillo. She did modeling jobs, print ads and television commercials. She was News Host for Televisa.
Danny Pardo, Actor
Danny is the son of European immigrants with a rich culture coming from Italy, Spain, Yugoslavia and Argentina. Speaking Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian fluently, Danny has had the chance to perform in these languages in Films, TV Shows, Commercials, Voiceovers, Hosting and Emceeing Live Events. In 2015, Oscar Award winning Director Juan Jose Campanella and Director of House, Law & Order, Colony and others, cast Danny Pardo to portray Father Martin on acclaimed Argentine TV Series ENTRE CANIBALES”; the show aired in the Latin American markets (Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, etc) and Israel and made Danny Pardo a star.
In 2014, Disney Studios's Animated Feature Film PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE. Danny is the voice over to Blackout, and Disney asked Danny to record his voice for the launch of the Blackout toy that has been flying off the shelves everywhere.
Danny has had strong Starring and Supporting roles playing opposite with star names such as Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Chiklis, Wentworth Miller, Susan Lucci, Armand Assante, Danny Trejo, Steven Bauer, Tom Sizemore, Richard Tyson and others. Since 2003, he has been playing nearly 90 films and TV series, plus numerous national commercials.
Vanessa Branch, Actress, Producer
Vanessa Branch was born in London. She is an actress and producer, known for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007). She has been in 55 films and TV series, Miss Vermont in 1994, the first spokeswoman for Wrigley's Orbit gum. Speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and French.
Sarina, Mongolian Actress
Sarina is a well established A list movie star, she was nominated for International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress at the 40th Emmy Award.
The jury member of the 54th Emmy award. At least won 13 national and international performance awards from her 61+ TV series ( total over 2000 Eposes ) and 12+ films.
Bean-Curd House, Wuxi Opera.
Perform by Dongliang Zhou, Mr.Zhou is the first rank actor in China,with the titles of Youth perform artist; Intangible Cultural Heritage Xi opera representative successor ; member of China Dramatists Association. He is the winner of China Drama Plum Blossom Award; Wen Hua Performance Award´╝îknown by “The Pearl Pagoda”; “Rain in July”; “Merry Champion”,”Jade Dragonfly”;”Exquisite Gril”; "Search for children", "nunnery admits mother"
Yunhua Dong; Ms. Dong is the president of Jiangsu Xi Opera Troupe, national first rank actress, member of China Dramatists Association. She won the best actress award at the 23th Shanghai Magnolia theater show; Best perfoemence award at the 7th China Drama Festival; Excellent award of the 6th Xi Opera Festival; etc. Representative works include: "Shuangzhu Feng", "double push mill", "jade dragonfly", "The Pearl Pagoda", "romantic champion", "exquisite girl", "search for children", "Shajiabang", "eat Noodle "," White Snake "," save the dust "," Double Cicada "," Moon Festival "and so on
Nityashetra Dance School: Disseminating classical Indian heritage
The Nityashetra Dance School of Southern California is dedicated to preserving and promoting the classical dance forms of both South and North India through instructional classes and professional performances. We teach, present, and perform Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance), Folk Dance (village dances of India including Kuruti, (a gypsy dance), Kollatam, Raas and Garba), and Bollywood (the modern beats of India) in and around Southern California
Wayne Collins Sr. Singer, Musician
Wayne Collins Sr. is not only an exceptional singer, but is also in constant demand as a studio musician, vocal coach, songwriter/composer, as well as.... get this!....a coach for youth football!! Yes, Wayne is the quintessential performer who gives back to his community as a devout Christian. Deeply introspective, Wayne believes strongly in family values, setting a fine example as a father himself, and working actively in the community as a football and basketball coach to mostly under privileged and at-risk youth. As he continues to entertain the masses, in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and beyond, he also continues to be a positive role model for many young men and women. Wayne's entertainment and music industry experience, longevity and stage presence, make him a very sought after entertainer. Mr. Collins, as a professional singer, drummer, composer, choreographer, songwriter and the former musical arranger for MJ Productions (Michael Jackson), from 1993 – 1996, puts on one heck of a show!
Miss Asia USA , Beauty Queens
Miss Asia USA is a 40 years old beauty pageant title that produced by Virginia production in Hollywood. The Miss Asia USA Cultural Pageant provide a solid foundation for women to enhance their image, increase their public profile, develop enduring self-confidence, improve physical and mental well-being, learn life-changing leadership and interpersonal skills, set and accomplish personal and professional goals and establish lasting relationships with successful women, thus enhancing a vast network.
Miriam Mayer, Composer, Musician
Miriam is devoted to helping content creators tell their stories with music. She works hard and digs deep to create the right music for creatives. She is a life-long musician, playing violin and viola professionally in the studios and concert halls of her hometown Los Angeles. She worked for John Williams on films including Saving Private Ryan, Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace, and The Lost World Jurassic Park. She is a proud member of the Television Academy

Siyi Sun, Screenwriter, Singer, Novelist
Siyi Sun is a screenwriter, novelist, singer from China, she has created 10+ novels and screenplays. Her masterpieces are “ The sky is a freezen ocean”; “ one centimeter”, “ Following”. She has been know from the popular songs “ because love you”, “ Two Worlds”; “ Happy Days” “ First Love Xixi Li”. . Her screenplay “52Hz” won the best foreign feature screenplay award at 2017 San Diego International Kids Film Festival

William Romeo, Actor, Producer
Albert Romeo Williams grew up in Houston, Texas where he flourished in the arts including dance, theater and martial-arts. William's hard work and tenacity earned him a 2nd degree Black Belt and won him various accolades in kickboxing. But, Houston could not tame William and he set his sights on traveling; splitting his time between Las Vegas and Australia, where he spent a few memorable years as a lead dancer, singer and professional model; appearing on various billboards, catalogs, and television shows
Jessica Lisette; Singer, Songwriter
Jessica Lisette is a Cuban/American singer and songwriter from Las Vegas, Nevada. Her music is a fusion of rock, pop, and Latin. Her latest single “Fly Away” is gaining traction in Latin America and USA having been been featured on the front page of Noise Beast Music Blog.
Also, as an accomplished music video director and editor, Jessica’s music video “The Other Side” was officially selected at last year’s Multicultural Film Festival and placed first at numerous Film Festivals in LA. She is currently recording her album. You can watch her music videos on YouTube and stream her music on Spotify.