School Faculty

GENIUSQUEST FILM SCHOOL PRODUCTION FACULTY

The Film Production faculty are dedicated and successful working professionals in the Chinese Film Industry.

MAX SANDERSON – CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Max won ‘Best Director’ in the Guangdong / GZ Doc festival in 2017, for his feature documentary film on Chinese superstar Wang Feng. Having moved to China in 2009, Max Co-founded his own film company and has completed over 500 commercial projects in China and globally. Now heading up the Creative for GeniusQuest Studios – Max will provide students a real practical model on how to build their career successfully in film.

QUINN NEWELL – ASSISTANT PRODUCER AND EDITOR

Quinn has been in China for 3 years and really enjoys Chinese Culture. After completing his BTEC level 5 at the International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong, Quinn has decided to further his education and is on track to complete his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.

CONNOR MURPHY – CINEMATOGRAPHY

Connor has been living in Shenzhen for over 4 years. In 2017 he graduated from IAFT film school in Hong Kong. He has created 4 independent films including 1 music video.

LEO YU – MENTOR

Leo has studied in the Literature Department of Beijing Film Academy. He has worked as director and Producer in a major Chinese film and television company. He has worked on more than 100 commercials, videos and films.

Motto: “Tough times pass but images last forever!”

ANASTASIA KHVETTE – MENTOR

Anastasia graduated with a Master’s degree from TV and Radio Broadcasting University in Moscow in 2011, where she studied video editing, cinematography and theory and practice of film making. She has worked on several short and feature films, which were presented and nominated at various film festivals, such as Cannes film Festival, San Tropez International Film Festival and London Independent Film Festival. She has worked in different styles ranging from feature and short film to documentaries and TV shows.

ANNE HSIEH – MENTOR

Anne graduated from CUC (Communication University of China) with a Masters Degree. She has 7-years directing experience in films, micro films, commercials and promotional videos.She has won more than 40 international/domestic art awards as well as the Outstanding Film Award in the the California International Music and Art Festival with the film Golden Zodiac (short version). Anne has worked with brands such as Sony, Infiniti, CNPC, Da Peng Distric Government, Shenzhen, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Canon, CIAO,etc.

SUE LIU – PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Sue graduated from The National Taichung University of Science and Technology, majoring in foreign language. She served as the screen writer and director for variety shows at Guangdong Radio and Television station. She planned and directed various shows including I Am A Livestream Singer, New Year Countdown Party (GRT Satellite Channel), Yue Yun Feng Hua,New Year Countdown Party(Pearl River Channel)etc. Sue has also served as the Media Director for Design Alliance official WeChat account as well as independently planned and directed the charity reality show Dream Space.

GENIUSQUEST FILM SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE FACULTY

The following individuals serve on the GeniusQuest senior administrative team.

SEAN MURPHY – CEO AND FOUNDER

Sean has been in China for over 20 years. He has significant experience taking ideas and building them into something real. He has a passion for traveling, fast cars and most of all film. He is the chief visionary behind GeniusQuest Film School.

HUSEINA TYEBKHAN – CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER

Huseina is an educational leader with over twenty years of experience and specialism in managing vocational and post-secondary courses of studies. She is a curriculum developer, teacher, coach and mentor as well as education business manager. She has worked in Hong Kong, India, Canada and Sri Lanka. Within the local Hong Kong community, Huseina plays an important role by actively volunteering in education-related initiatives for ethnic minority groups. She completed both an Advanced Diploma in Education with Distinction from the Institute of Education, London, and a BSc in Management from the University of London. Huseina speaks fluent English, Cantonese, Gujarati and conversational Hindi.

SAM KWAN – COO

Sam has an industrial engineering background with over 20 year of experience in manufacturing and business management. Most of that time has been spent in Mainland China where he has taken the lead on many important projects.

Motto: “Teamwork makes the dream work”

Sam YU – Chief Marketing Officer, Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance

Sam YU is an adviser, academic and author. He has had more than 15 years’ practical working experience in different areas, including marketing, export, event management, accounting, finance, media management and academic teaching & research. Since 2013, he has been appointed as a Justice of the Peace (JP) for the State of South Australia and as an OzAsia Festival Ambassador.

TOM TANG – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tom has 10 years of overseas education experience and 10 years of management experience in China. He has previously worked at a well-known International School in Shenzhen.

Motto: “Become the one better than yourself”

JOHN DAVIES – STRATEGIC PLANNING

John has spent 26 years in Asia working in multiple startup companies. He speaks conversational Mandarin, has 3 university degrees and pursues diverse ingenuity, when not coaching little league baseball.

Motto “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there”