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 – Co-Founder
Simona Muresan is a young professional born and raised in Romania. She earned her Master Degree in Finances & Financial Strategies of Companies from the West University of Timisoara, Romania. After a lightning start in the business world, Ms. Muresan decided to bring her talents to the United States. Embarking on a new journey through skills and professionalism led her to earning the position of General Manager at the real estate investment group H&M.
In 2015 Ms. Muresan came on board to formed the Hollywood Florida Film Festival and is an active member of the board, a position that helps her combine the passion for films with her remarkable skills as a business woman. Since the festival’s inception, she has been one of the key driving force to bringing amazing films to the community of Hollywood.
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.
Simona is dedicated to everything she does and extremely 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.) After graduating from University of Miami School of Law with cum laude honors she served as In-House Counsel to various companies and subsequently opened her own law practice, The Law Offices of Shannon Harvey, P.A., celebrating its 10-year anniversary this past April. Her office represents clients in probate and guardianship matters as well as clients in the film, modeling, nightlife, and television industries in matters ranging from copyright/ trademark registration and infringement issues to film investment disputes, defamation, publicity rights and more.
The Law Offices of Shannon Harvey, P.A. has also had the honor of representing the United States during its multi-year term as Private Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice, Southern District of Florida.
Shannon further combines her legal experience with her strong interest in Entertainment and the Arts with her unique web series “Legal Fox TV™” which highlights entertaining & real legal cases with a provocative and humorous twist. The YouTube series has won several Web Fest awards and has been referred to as the “Lighter Side of the Law.”
Ms. Harvey is honored and pleased to assist HHHF with its legal needs.