John V. Soto is an award winning film director. John 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 Friday 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). John V Soto is the co-founder of Filmscope Entertainment, with Deidre Kitcher.
John has recently completed his latest feature film, a Sci-Fi Thriller titled The Gateway starring Jacqueline McKenzie (The 4400, Deep Blue Sea). The film has been selected for the 2nd largest film festival in Utah USA, FilmQuest 2017 which is a celebration of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror films. In addition The Gateway has been selected for the Austin Revolution Festival 2017 where it has been nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay. Previously John won Best Director at The British Independent Film Festival 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. John also won the Special Jury Prize for Needle (which stars Travis Fimmel and Ben Mendelsohn) at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2011. Needle was also selected for the US horror film festival SCREAMFEST, where it was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Film.