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BFF STAFF

Executive Director

Marco Ursino 

Director of Development

Susan E. Mackell

Programming

Emilia Ferreira - Feature Narrative Programmer
Emilia FerreiraFeature Narrative ProgrammerEmilia Ferreira is a Brazilian-born-turned-New-Yorker-made-on-Earth filmmaker. Pragmatic about details and romantic about goals, her debut feature film, The Unattainable Story, premiered at the New Directors Competition at the Mostra – São Paulo International Film Festival in October 2016, where it was acquired by Europa Films for Brazilian distribution. The film is currently showing in the United States and international festival circuits. In 2015, Ferreira received the National Association of Professional Women’s VIP Woman of the Year award for outstanding excellence and dedication to her profession and the achievement of women. Besides feature films, Ferreira has directed a variety of purpose-driven content projects. Highlights include work for the Siddhartha School in India, commissioned by Go Campaign and featuring the Dalai Lama; Trip Transformadores, which includes nine Documentary-style short films for one of Brazil’s most influential pop magazines, TRIP; and Grey Advertising’s mission film for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a $12.8-billion integrated global nonprofit health enterprise. She was the feature programmer for the narrative section of the 20th Brooklyn Film Festival (2017) and an advocate for women in film as the co-founder of WIFT/Brazil. Ferreira is also passionate about preserving our oceans and is an ambassador for Project Zero, an ocean conservation nonprofit organization.

Barbara Vásconez - Feature Documentary Programmer
Barbara VásconezFeature Documentary ProgrammerBarbara Vásconez is the Program Manager at New York Women in Film & Television. Before joining NYWIFT, she held the position of General Manager at the Quad Cinema for three years. She has worked for a variety of film festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Rooftop Films, Hamptons Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and DOC NYC. Her spare time is spent programming Documentaries for the New York Latino Film Festival. In 2019, she launched and founded the Ville Film Festival in Somerville, New Jersey. In 2020, she joined the Ecuadorian Film Festival as Co-Director. Barbara has a degree in Film and Video Production from the School of Visual arts in NYC and holds a Business certificate from W.O.R.C in Philadelphia. Barbara resides in Easton, PA.

Michael Barringer - Short Narrative Programmer
Michael BarringerShort Narrative ProgrammerMichael Barringer is a writer, director, and educator based in Brooklyn. BFF 2022 marks his first year as narrative shorts programmer, and he couldn’t be more excited to join the team. Most recently, he directed the short films “Cathy” and “Lakeside,” both of which screened at festivals this fall, and “Backsiders” (writer/producer) is currently streaming on the NoBudge app. He teaches screenwriting and film production at ESRA International Film School and Atlantic Acting School, and he is currently pursuing his MFA in directing at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College.

Mara Bresnahan - Short Documentary Programmer
Mara BresnahanShort Documentary ProgrammerMara Bresnahan most recently served as the Accessibility Consultant for the Netflix documentary Crip Camp. In addition, she was the Festival Director for the Boston ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival from 2015-2019 and co-lead programmer for the 2018 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Currently, she is the Short Documentary Programmer for the Brooklyn Film Festival and the Senior Manager, Artist Development for the Points North Institute.

Sarah Bex Rice - Experimental Programmer
Sarah Bex RiceExperimental 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.

Julia Cowle - Animation Programmer
Julia CowleAnimation 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.

Santiago Nino – Programming Assistant (Feature Narrative)

Production

Galen Bremer – Production Manager
Alessandra Cronin – Production Coordinator
Troy Runge – Production Assistant

Public Relations

Lisa King – Public Relations Manager
Demetra Nikolakakis – PR Assistant

Digital Media

Allyson Morgan – Manager

Marketing

Claudia Murdoch – Marketing and Industry Coordinator
Olivia Ana Robertson
– Marketing Coordinator

Print Traffic

Rachel Mary Cox – Print Traffic Manager
Derek Klevitz – Quality Control Assistant

Kidsfilmfest

Julia Cowle – Director

Website

Alessandro Bragaglia – Developer
Mario Pego – Consultant
Don Rainwater – Production

Screeners

Eden Hadad
Taylor Edelle Stuart
Michael Barringer
Natalie Johnson
Aden Paris
Silvia Chen
Soheil Rezayazdi
Whitney Harris
Christopher Piccione
Amanda Rich
Eva Williams
Savannah Magruder
Rebecca Halfon
JP Olsen
Kate Lemberg
Azia Egbe
John Gallen
Shayna Warner
Madelyn Cardarelli
Solomon Peck
Fahim Hamid