BFF STAFF 2023
Director of Development
Susan E. Mackell
- Feature Narrative Programmer
Feature Narrative ProgrammerMichael Barringer is a writer, director, and producer based in Brooklyn. By day he works as video producer for Sphere, and his short films have screened in festivals across the country and on NoBudge.com. Previously, he was the narrative shorts programmer at BFF, and 2024 marks his first year as feature narrative programmer. He holds an MFA in directing from the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College.
- Feature Documentary Programmer
Feature Documentary ProgrammerSam Plakun has over a decade of experience in the documentary film space, working primarily in programming, festival management, marketing and outreach. For seven years, Sam served as the Program Manager for The DC Environmental Film Festival, and has held positions with DC/DOX Film Festival and the DC Shorts Film Festival. Her industry experience has earned her a spot on award juries for numerous festivals, including the Bozcaada International Festival of Documentary, Indie Street Film Festival and the Green Film Network. Born and raised in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Sam earned a degree in Media Arts for Social Justice from Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Consortium in Southern California. Now a proud resident of Washington, D.C., Sam shares her love of film with her husband and two cats.
- Short Narrative Programmer
Short Narrative ProgrammerAniko Kovecsi is a New York-based film programmer and festival manager. She has worked with film festivals internationally as managing director, programmer, grant evaluator and screening committee member, including at Verzio Documentary Film Festival (Hungary), NewFest (New York), and New York Film Festival, among others. Aniko studied and holds qualifications in human rights, liberal arts and arts management from Central European University, Bard College and New York University. She has a passion for shorts and nonfiction film and is interested in the correlation of visual arts, difficult history, and memory, particularly in Indigenous and LGBTQ+ contexts. Aniko is also an art educator and has taught courses at the New York Historical Society and Blinken Open Society Archives.
- Short Documentary Programmer
Short Documentary ProgrammerNanor Vosgueritchian is a writer and film programmer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an M.A. in Cinema Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. from the American University of Beirut. She has worked in film distribution, literary editing, and programming for various festivals, including the Arab Film and Media Institute’s Arab Film Festival, Indy Shorts Film Festival, and Heartland International Film Festival. She is interested in stories of migration, nostalgia, and diasporic memories and hopes to see more of them in film and other media. Her work can be found in Rusted Radishes and the International Journal of Communication.
Sarah Bex Rice
- Experimental Programmer
Experimental ProgrammerSarah Bex Rice is a media archivist, writer and video artist that has worked in many different capacities with filmmakers and festivals both local and worldwide, including the Edinburgh Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival and Indie Street Film Festival. She has screened work at the Imperial War Museum Film Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Passionate about the preservation of media, Sarah has also worked hands-on within several archives, including the Moving Image Research Collections, Ralph Lauren, Viacom and currently as a Film/Video Librarian for NBC News. She holds an advanced degree in Film, Exhibition and Curation and is interested in the future of both archival and experimental practices in programming.
- Animation Programmer
Animation ProgrammerJulia Cowle is an Independent Filmmaker, Illustrator, and Comedy Writer based in New York City. She pursued her undergraduate Film and Television studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and studied at The Rhode Island School of Design. Her Animation work has screened throughout the US and Internationally, and her Illustrations have appeared in various magazines and exhibits. In addition to her animated films, Julia directs live action; her most recent production, 'Winfield Historical Times… And Other Oddities'. Julia interned at Columbia Records in the 'Video Production and Visual Development' department where she designed company-wide concert blasts for Columbia Records artists such as Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Little Mix, Russ and Leon and for concerts featuring Columbia artists including 'BET Hip Hop Awards' and 'CMT Crossroads.' Additionally Julia has worked in a wide range of curating capacities, as a jury member for the 'Scholastic Art Awards', Internationally as a Jury member for the 'CreActive International Open Film Festival' in Bangladesh and as a screener for 'Nantucket Film Festival'. She has also worked in literary curating as a staff reader for 'Spark: a Creative Anthology' and its two sister publications. Julia has programmed the Brooklyn Film Festival's Animation lineup for the past four festivals.
Luke Emery – Setup & Projection
Dylan O’Keefe – Breakdown & Projection
DOK Productions – Technical Supervisor/Projectionist
Lucas Corrubio – Sound Designer
Lisa King – Public Relations Manager
Marcie Dupont – PR Assistant
Allyson Morgan – Digital Media Manager
Rachel Mary Cox – Exhibitions Manager
Alessandro Bragaglia – Developer
Mario Pego – Consultant
Don Rainwater – Production
Claro de los Reyes
Julie Bridgham – Producer
Matt Rogers – Executive Producer
Johanna Schiller – Consultant