About – Hollywood Florida Film Festival
Joseph Young founded the city of Hollywood Florida in 1920. HIs dream vision was to create a place that is similar to the famous “Hollywood” in Los Angeles. Mr. Young bought thousands of acres of land and named the new town “Hollywood by the Sea”. Of course that dream never materialized and the new film community never took hold on the east coast of Florida. Until now… “If you build it, they will come.”
We the organizers of the Hollywood Florida Film Festival (HFFF) are passionate about films and we will continue the legacy of Joseph Young’s early pioneer vision. The aim is to bring the visual arts of movies from around the globe to our beautiful community. This is a small step towards our ultimate goal of building studios along with the infrastructures where filmmakers can thrive.
“Rome wasn’t built in one day” and we have a long ways to go to achieve our objectives, but this is one tiny step toward the vision of cinema for the city of Hollywood by the Sea.
Minh Collins – The Founder
Minh Collins began his filmmaking career in 1997 on the independent feature film “Sparkler.” This positive experience prompted him to switch careers from the medical field to the entertainment industry. Never regretting the transition, he has created a list of notable projects on his resume.
In 2011 Minh directed the feature film “Hit List,” a dark-romantic comedy starring Joey Lawrence, Shirly Brener, Andrea Evans, Chris Owen, Curtis Armstrong, and Laura Wiggins which is currently being distributed internationally. Minh also directed two television pilots: “Bottom Feeders,” and “Venice Beach Sushi” in 2009. “Bottom Feeders” went on to win the Aloha Accolade Award for Excellence in Filmmaking during the 2009 Honolulu International Film Festival.
Minh directed the romantic comedy short “Gratuity” which made huge splash in several festivals in Los Angeles. He worked as a Recreation Producer on “Dark Art of Interrogation” and “Heroes under Fire” for the History Channel. In 2007, Minh served as line producer on “Man of a Thousand Faces,” a biography feature documentary film about the international mega star James Hong.
Minh is the CEO and Head of Production at OIC Productions, LLC. He is currently attached to direct two full-length feature film “Nightfalls” & “Undercut”. Mr. Collins is also in development of other notable films such as “Rene Felton’s Life Story” and “Mind’s Eye”. In 2014, Minh produced several high-end commercials for products such as Budweiser, Chevy, Doritos and Li Ning.
Simona Muresan – Executive Director
Simona Loredana Muresan is a young professional born and raised in Romania. Coming from 10 years of experience in economics and management, she is an expert in domestic and foreign accounting, auditing, and customer coordination. She earned her Master Degree in Finances & Financial Strategies of Companies from the West University of Timisoara, Romania, after which she went on to work for both multinational companies Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and Valeo Lighting Assembly. While working for Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, she was sent to France for a special training in accounting, after she which she returned and implemented new practices in the office in Romania.
She embarked on a new journey when she decided to move to US and her amazing skills and professionalism led her to earning the position of General Manager of the real estate investment group H&M Development LLC, while also serving as the Director of Beacon Tower of Aventura Commercial Condominium Association.
Simona is also the Director of Hollywood Florida Film Festival, a position that helps her combine the passion for films with her remarkable skills as a business woman.
In addition to her professional success, she is proficient in five languages — Romanian, English, French, Spanish and Italian — and was a silver medalist at both the 1997 and 2003 Romanian National Chess Tournaments.
She has always been passionate about the film industry, media, and entertainment and to pursue this passion she took on multiple TV hosting classes with MTV & TV Talent, Constantin Academy, and The Actor’s Workshop of South Florida. She also served as a radio host and the Host of the first edition of Hollywood Florida Film Festival in 2016 and Romanian International Festival in 2015.
Simona is dedicated to everything she does, very professional and hardworking. Her determination makes her an excellent leader and an example to the people she connects with, managing to put together great teams for whichever event she is organizing. One of her favorite quotes that reflects her position on work and ethics is “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success” – Henry Ford.
Shannon Harvey, Esquire – Legal Counsel
Shannon Harvey, Esquire brings extensive legal experience to the Hollywood Florida Film Festival (HFFF.) Since graduating from University of Miami School of Law with cum laude honors she has served as In-House Counsel to various companies, has opened her own Law Practice, and serves as Of Counsel to Parron & Associates, PL , a well-established entertainment law firm. Ms. Harvey has also had the honor of representing the United States during her multi-year term as Private Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice, filing a large volume of civil lawsuits on behalf of the United States.
Shannon intertwines her long-standing interest in Entertainment and the Arts with her legal skills by representing clients in the film, modeling, nightlife, and sound production industries in matters ranging from copyright and trademark registration and infringement issues to film investment disputes, defamation, and publicity rights. She is also the principal talent in “Legal Fox TV” and an active member of the Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law section of the Florida Bar and is pleased to assist HHHF with its legal needs.