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John V. Soto is an Australian film director.
John V. Soto
Soto won Best Director for his film The Reckoning at the 2014 British Independent Film Festival, where the film had its UK premiere at Leicester Square on 9 May 2014. He has written and directed the feature films Crush (2009), starring Christopher Egan, Needle (2010), starring Travis Fimmel and Ben Mendelsohn, and The Reckoning (2014), starring Jonathan LaPaglia and Luke Hemsworth, which was released in Australia on 5 September 2014 after premiering at CinefestOZ on 29 August. The Reckoning had its Australian TV premiere on 7 December 2015 on Channel One (Network Ten). Soto is the co-founder of Filmscope Entertainment, with Deidre Kitcher.
Soto's latest[as of?] feature film, a sci-fi thriller titled The Gateway (2017), stars Jacqueline McKenzie. The film was selected for FilmQuest film festival in 2017, an event which celebrates sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films. The Gateway was selected for the Austin Revolution Festival in 2017 where it won in the Best Feature Director category, as well as being nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay. Previously, Soto won Best Director at the British Independent Film Festival in 2014 for his feature film The Reckoning, a thriller starring Luke Hemsworth. The film was also selected for the official line-up at Cannes Cinephiles des Antipodes where it screened theatrically in May 2015. Soto won the Special Jury Prize for Needle at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival in 2011, and was also selected for the 2010 US horror film festival Screamfest, where it won for best makeup effects.