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Ramfis Myrthil

Beast of the East Productions

Ramfis Myrthil is a New York-based filmmaker who loves applying a city-grown work ethic to the

world of film and media. He has made his name producing films made by people of color,

women, and the LGBTQ community, and seeks to promote themes of passion and integrity in all

of his work.

A founding partner and President of Beast of the East Productions (BOTEP), Ramfis has built a

successful and proven body of work as a producer. His most recent achievement, a feature film

entitled Cicada (2020), won awards at several film festivals around the world and was

purchased by Strand Releasing for North American distribution. Cicada was also sold to several

distributors in the UK, Germany, Switzerland,France, Ireland, and several other regions for

theatrical release in Fall 2021.

Ramfis got his start in the film industry when he premiered his short film Love and the Small

Print (2012) at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival, where it was picked up by Shorts

International for worldwide distribution. He then went on to produce a music video entitled “Any

Other Way” for the legendary rock group The Zombies. After that, Ramfis got behind the feature

film entitled A Boy, A Girl, and A Dream (2018), which premiered at Sundance and was acquired

by Samuel Goldwyn Films for theatrical release.

More recently, Ramfis found great success in the Tribeca Film Festival Creators Market with his

project entitled 5150 (2021), which explores mental illness in the black community. The film was

executive produced alongside David Oyelowo.

Ramfis has joined as an advisor for Sundance Film Institute’s Sundance Collab producing

program. There he works with a diverse group of worldwide filmmakers, develops and shares

works in progress, and helps elevate the voices of independent storytellers.

Ramfis’ continued success in the film industry has earned him several accolades around the

world. He was named to Stars' 2018 40 Under 40 list in 2018 and served as a recognized

panelist across a variety of film festivals. Ramfis is a regular speaker at the Cannes Film

Festival, the UK’s Raindance, and is an established speaker and mentor at South by Southwest.

Ramfis' passion for film is matched only by his drive for sharing his knowledge with the next

generation of students, artists, and creators. In this pursuit, Ramfis has served as a judge for

the 2018 BAFTA Student Film Awards, a member of PAC (Program Advisory Committee) at Five

Towns College, and as an acclaimed speaker at NYU, Columbia University, Hofstra University,

and HBCUs across the country. Ramfis’ dedication to giving back is reflected by his international

masterclasses taught around production, financing, development, diversity, and social justice.

Ramfis also volunteers with Mythic Bridge, The Parity Project, The "I Can Still Do That"

Foundation, Teach for America, Schools That Can, Hofstra University's Youth Film Day, and

Blacks on Wall Street. Ramfis continues to share his experience by mentoring students on both

coasts as well as working with NPower, a nonprofit

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Events featuring Ramfis Myrthil

Mar 17, 2021
3:30pm — 4:30pm