Oscar-nominated filmmaker and Student Academy Award® Winner, Gregg Helvey, brings a global perspective to his projects. He has traveled the world to film in countries such as Rwanda, India, China, Egypt and Kenya. He uses each experience to enrich his next project and reflect the world’s rich diversity.
Whether it's abroad or at home in Los Angeles, Gregg combines powerful storytelling with a passion for highlighting important issues. With an eye for taking stories to the next level, he recently founded Script Accelerator — a business that helps writers, producers, investors and heads of development get their scripts done better and faster. Recent clients include Jackie Chan, Liu Cixin, producers from Jerry Bruckheimer's team, and more.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) recognized Gregg’s passion for powerful storytelling and invited him to become a lifetime member of the Academy. In 2013, Gregg was appointed Chair of the Student Academy Awards. He also serves on the executive committee for the Short Film & Feature Animation branch, the selection committee for best International Film, and he votes in all Oscar categories.
Gregg wrote, directed, and produced Kavi, the 2010 Oscar-nominated short ﬁlm that also won the Student Academy Award® gold medal in the narrative category. Kavi was shot in Hindi, entirely on location in India. It's about a young boy who wants to play cricket and go to school, but instead is forced to work in a brick kiln as a modern-day slave. Kavi has played in over 100 festivals world-wide and has won over 50 awards. You can view Kavi here and get more info here.
Gregg received his M.F.A in film production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and his B.A. in English and French from the University of Virginia. Before enrolling at USC film school, Gregg worked briefly at National Geographic Magazine, followed by 3 years of teaching French, filmmaking, and photography at Wellington College, a top UK boarding school outside of London.