Dr. Olympia Gellini

Founder
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Dr. Olympia Gellini

The idea to establish an organization that would truly celebrate and unite the film world began when Dr. Olympia Gellini, at 17, was a participant at the Berlin Film Festival. From there, Dr. Olympia took part in and attended a multitude of international film festivals, film markets, and entertainment industry events. The dedication and passion Dr. Olympia demonstrated over the years distinguished him in the international film community.

Dr. Olympia's efforts caught the renowned television production company Dick Clark Productions (DCP) in 1994. Dick Clark joined in Dr. Olympia's vision by agreeing to produce television awards for the World Film Institute (WFI), honoring the world entertainment community.

In 1995 Tichi Wilkerson Kassel, former owner, publisher, and editor-in-chief for The Hollywood Reporter and CEO of Hollywood Reporter Industries (publisher of over 70 magazines annually), became acquainted with Dr. Olympia through various international industry events and film festivals. A generous patron of the arts, Tichi, over the years, has promoted and recognized excellence in all areas of the entertainment industry. She founded Women in Film, the Hollywood Report Key Arts Awards, and Marketing Concept Awards, all of which benefit the entertainment and motion pictures industry worldwide. Tichi became aware of Dr. Olympia's vision and discovered that they shared similar interests and goals, so she agreed to assist Dr. Olympia in his lifelong quest. Dr. Olympia and Tichi established the World Film Institute as an official non-profit organization to recognize the motion picture industry's outstanding achievements. Tichi was made by the World Film Institutes President Emeritus and Dr. Olympia Gellini, its Founder and President.

In October 1995, the WFI held its very own film festival, the “Best of the Fest,” at Unviersal Studios, as part of the semi-annual “Creativity in America Expostion.” At the Gala festival dinner, the WFI honored Helen Harris for her work in the development of “Theater Vision,” an innovative technology designed to enhance motion picture experience for the visually impaired.

In April 1996, WFI presented its first scholarship to UCLA’s School of Cinema. At his Paramount Studios offices, WFI’s Scholarship Committee co-Chairman, Howard Koch made the presentation, generously accepted on the university’s behalf by Dean Gil Cates.

In 1996 Atonio Gellini, Dick Clark Productions (dcb) and Direct TV/Primestar produced the highly success Family Film Awards. This award show was attended by celebrities such as Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and many more.

Dr. Xiaoqiu Ma

Chair Person & president
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Dr. Xiaoqiu Ma

Madam Xiaoqiu Ma will be the Chair of 24th Family Film Awards. She is founder and President of China DYF Group, and serves as Chairman of the Board of the Hong Kong listed multi-billion dollar asset management firm (HK 612).

A self-made billionaire, her entrepreneurial spirit and the unique management style she brings to DYF (Ding Yifeng) is detailed in her bestselling book Autumn Dialogue秋言物语. The Company’s name translates to ‘prosperity and affluence’, and Ding Yifeng is one hundred percent rooted in China’s intellectual history.

For over a decade, many financial firms have set up business in China. They operate with sophisticated tools and mathematic modeling based on a Western business paradigm.

The tools primarily employed by China DYF Group are embodied in the ClassicBook of Virtues道德经 (571 BCE) andBook of Changes易经 (more than 5,000 years old). Its business model entails curtailing emotion and greed while developing a moral imperative based on patience and a long-term investment strategy.

In her book A CEO Diary, Madam Xiaoqiu states: ‘If you rush, you lose investors’ money. No one has the right to do so’. Her collection of eighty-one essays details the hurdles she overcame in the twenty years it took her to turn a one million dollar investment into a multi-billion dollar financial holding company. The story of Ms Ma Xiaoqiu is not only the story of one contemporary Chinese woman CEO, but also a narrative for Chinese women entrepreneurs who collectively enable growth and success in their employees and clients. A noted Hollywood producer is currently adaptingA CEO Diary for film.

Over the years, Ms Ma has invested in technology, health, travel and resorts, fashion, and beauty. Last year, together with the Board of Directors, she decided to invest in the film industry, and established the Beijing Lishi Film Group. Its aim is to co-produce and promote sophisticated, family-oriented movies for a universal audience.

Roger Neal

Member of the Board, Lead-Executive Producer & Founder of Neal Entertainment
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Roger Neal

Roger Neal began his career in 1982 in the publicity department of MGM. He later joined a Los Angeles-based PR firm, a short time later he started his own PR firm, Neal Public Relations, where he worked with such clients as Tom Jones and Rudy Vallee. , and achieved immediate success, accumulating an impressive client list in less than two years, that was 38 years ago,  Roger has received a Grammy nomination for his creative contributions and organization of the Children Of The World, an album and video project that raised more than $500,000 for the USA for Africa Fund. During President George Bush Sr. term of office, Roger served as the President's Advance Representative in the Los Angeles area. Neal also would go on to make history for clients over the years.

 

Roger serves on two boards at the HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and helps to produce the HEROES OF HOLLYWOOD event for the chamber each year that helps give grants to non -profits in Hollywood helping those in need. Neal also serves on the board of the PPB now known as the HOLLYWOOD MEDIA PROFESSIONALS. In 2002, Neal started producing television specials.

 

The past 25 yrs Roger has produced Oscar events, 24 yrs ago Roger and his Wife Lynn started producing Oscar Beauty & Couture Suites, this 5 years ago evolved into an Oscar Viewing Dinner & Oscar Suite.

 

In 2018, Roger received 4 awards for his 37 yrs in show business: THE HEROES OF HOLLYWOOD award, the Family Film Awards founders award, the HOLLYWOOD APPRECIATION SOCIETY’S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT  AWARD,  and the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MOTION PICTURE COUNCIL presented by Oscar winner Margaret O’Brien.

 

Roger was on the original team that produced the FAMILY FILM AWARDS IN 1996, and in 2017 executive produced the Family Film awards again as an alive event, this year on March 24th, 2021, Neal will again be the Lead  Executive Producer the FAMILY FILM AWARDS and tape it for television that will air on the REELZ TV NETWORK on APRIL 22, 2021.

 

Today, Roger Produces TV and Film & still does publicity and personal management of stars and brands and produces.

Roger is excited to once again be on the producing team that will televise the 24th Family Film Awards.

Dr. Jeannie Jinsheng Yi

Member and Secretariat of the Board, Co-Executive Producer
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Dr. Jeannie Jinsheng Yi

Dr. Yi is the author of several influential business books on corporate culture and corporate governance. The Haier Way was recommended by the US Chamber of Commerce to American CEOs traveling to China, while Harvard and other prominent schools viewed The Haier Way as China’s first business case study. The book additionally received numerous favorable reviews, including in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, and Fortune. Another Dr. Yi publication, Wall Street Trilogy (in Chinese) pioneered a new business model just as China began its transformation to an urban economy with global aspirations.

Dr Yi has acted as an international consultant on entertainment and financial projects that bridge China and the West. Notably, she brought James Cameron’s company Digital Domain to China to pursue funding and acquire local movie studio partners. She also oversaw the formation of a strategic partnership between DHX, Canada’s largest animation company, and CCTV Children’s Animation. As a direct result, CCTV purchased 350 productions from DHX to broadcast in China, with the signing ceremony witnessed by the Prime Minister of Canada.

Dr. Yi has brought Twentieth Century Fox and Village Roadshow to China to create IP-based theme parks. The Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific also hired Dr Yi as its Investor Relations expert in developing Saipan into a film shooting base, with the added goal of attracting tourists as well as potential clients.

Dr Yi currently serves as Co-Executive Producer of The 24th Family Film Awards as it grows from its American roots and reaches a truly global audience.

She received her PhD in Literature from Washington University in St Louis.

Holmes Stoner

Member of the Board, Policy Oversight & Founder of PRBC
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Holmes Stoner

Stoner has spent the last 18 years as Founder and Chairman of the Pacific Rim Chamber of Commerce and the American International Business Council. His primary mission was to set up and administrate international business development, consulting services and business relations in the major emerging markets throughout the world. He personally manages the China National Tourism membership and the CCPIT (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade), KOTRA and JETRO and simultaneously assists in all other international operations of the company specializing in China and most of Asia and most of the Americas.

He has worked with most PacRim Governments closely setting up promotions for Trade, Tourism, Technology Transfer and Cultural Exchange Programs as well as financing programs.

Mr Stoner has been lecturing and giving workshops and seminars internationally for over 20 years and is recognized as an international trade expert in many business and government circles in the Pacific Rim Trade Arena.

Prior to this position, Mr.Stoner was the Senior Vice President/Founding Partner of Artesa Marketing Group based in Studio City, California. Artesa Marketing Group served over 50 major fortune 500 companies assisting them through their major advertising agencies and public relations companies in establishing communications and promotions programs with the exploding populations of ethnic groups in the USA. Companies like McDonald’s, AT&T, United Airlines, Philip Morris USA, Century 21 and Domino’s Pizza spent over $25 million annually through his company in their desire to reach these population segments. Other programs led to expanding into the international markets throughout the world in multimedia applications.

Program syndication in sports, movies, and music were also very much a part of Mr. Stoner’s duties helping many large companies enter the international broadcasting and internet markets. Mr. Stoner originally started in advertising sales in foreign language radio and television and was a principal in the first Asian radio station in the USA, KAZN

AM 1300 in Pasadena, California as well as a pioneer in the International Channel on national television in the Americas. He worked closely with producers, production and post production people creating promotional campaigns for his clients. It was here that he made strong connections with foreign broadcasting network executives and advertising clients later expanding into IPTV and internet streaming programs.

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Dr. Ali Gooyabadi

Member of the Board, Chief Strategist & CAO/Provost of CMU
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Dr. Ali Gooyabadi

Dr. Gooyabadi is the Family Film Awads' board member as the chief strategist. He is a seasoned Ph.D. in System Automation and Control from the University of Colorado at Boulder, the U.S.A. with 30 years of experience in Megaprojects, including all aspects of Design and Analysis. He has experienced managing megaprojects, academic departments, and teaching as a university professor for more than 30 years from the U.S.A. to the Middle East. He also has managed significant projects at a national level ranging from national awareness campaigns, automation, control, and Information Technology to Strategic Management of Technological Innovation and Organizational Culture Development. He is considered an authority in Platform Ecosystem Value-Creation and the new technology strategy.


Dr. Gooyabadi is a firm believer in family values and tradition as the foundation upon which a better world could be built that is prosperous and sustainable. Art is often an indicator of what a civilization, society, or individual takes to be valuable or telling. Moreover, the film industry, which is the zenith of human art, could culminate the best of what human innovation can offer. As an edupreneur and innovative strategist, he has been looking into Volumetric video technology with quadrillions and quintillions of data points that allow us to create more than 30,000-pixel resolution moving environments captured on 6K Sony Venice Cameraenabling live performance in virtual worlds with traditional tools. He believes it is possible for anyone who is making any form of content to have access to the most advanced capabilities; technology is available for all content creators because if all have the ability to tell their story, we will all the better for it. Dr. Gooyabadi has a keen interest to steer the Family Film awards into the frontiers of the 21st century by supporting and propagating the latest technology, including Film 4.0, virtual reality, AI-based film making, gaming, esports, Film-based-education.


His professional life has started in engineering, moved into higher education, evolved into large-scale high-tech projects, and finally matured into the strategic aspect of high-tech and its assimilation from the business point of view. He firmly believes that although a revolution is said to have taken place in higher education in the past half-century, we are at a juncture when a fundamental reconfiguration of a university's concept is in order. Knowledge is the essence of the "knowledge economy" model of development, and as such, universities will have to outgrow their traditional status of standalone academic institutions and integrate into the digital-centric economy and e-Society.

Dr. Stan Foster

Member of the Board, Industry Relations & VP of CMU
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Dr. Stan Foster

Dr. Stan Foster is a multi-talented writer, director, and producer of stage and film.  He has produced and directed stage productions in the U.S., Canada, and Vienna, Austria. He has written, produced, and directed film and television productions in Hollywood and wrote and produced his first feature film which was directed by folk singer Pete Seeger’s son Dan before he was 24.  Stan has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1980. 


Stan produced two award-winning documentary films,  a series of educational videos, and wrote two educational videos along with twenty national commercials promoting a non-surgical alternative to back surgery.  Stan helped to lead the Film 3.0 revolution in Hollywood.  He was among the first to utilize digital editing (Avid, Final Cut Pro) systems and utilize digital post-production mixing on his projects.  He also was one of the first in the directors guild to utilize computerized budgeting and scheduling software (Movie Magic Budget and Scheduling) which help revolutionize the motion picture industry. 


Stan is known for bridging Hollywood production with education.  He has worked on major Hollywood productions such as 1941l, Die Hard, Throw Mama From the Train, and Suburban Commando as well as small budget projects.   He understands that producing a small budget production requires much greater pre-production planning and production and post-production planning and adjustments.  He shares these concepts with students and professionals alike. 


Stan has served on numerous arts and educational boards of Directors.  Stan is currently a member of the Board of the World Film Institution, the Family Film Awards, the Pacific Rim Business Council, the Miramar Foundation, I-Value Global, and Innovative Sustainable Living Corporation.