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Executive Director

Marco Ursino 

Director of Development

Susan E. Mackell


Emilia Ferreira - Feature Narrative Programmer
Feature 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.

Brandon Harrison - Feature Documentary Programmer
Brandon HarrisonFeature Documentary ProgrammerBrandon Harrison's search for the great stories in life has taken him around the country and the world. After stints in Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles, his story has brought him back to New York. A graduate of the UCLA School of Film and Television, Brandon values the technical intricacies of filmmaking but ultimately finds himself drawn to the underlying truths of life exposed on screen. Follow him @_brandonallen.

Natalie Gee - Short Narrative Programmer
Natalie GeeShort Narrative ProgrammerNatalie Gee - BFF 2020 will be Natalie's 5th year at the Brooklyn Film Festival as the Short Film Programmer. Natalie programmed a shorts retrospective for the 20th anniversary of the Bermuda International Film Festival and is a screener for Hamptons, Tribeca and Telluride. She also programs the short films for Indie Street Film Festival. Previously Natalie began in the industry as assistant to Oscar Isaac. Natalie is also an actor and filmmaker and her short film All is not Lost is in the festival circuit.

Mara Bresnahan - Short Documentary Programmer
Mara BresnahanShort Documentary ProgrammerMara Bresnahan is a documentary filmmaker, programmer, and festival director based in Cambridge, MA. She currently serves as the festival director for the Boston ReelAbilities Film Festival and as a lead programmer for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. She has worked in a variety of industry/guest relation capacities at prestigious film festivals including Sundance and most recently acted as artist programs manager for the Camden International Film Festival. She is currently in post-production on the short documentary Variation(s). A fan of all things non-fiction Mara is thrilled to be on the programming team for the Brooklyn Film Festival.

Melanie Abramov - Experimental Programmer
Melanie AbramovExperimental ProgrammerMelanie Abramov is a BFF award winning experimental filmmaker. Passion, creativity, leadership and evolution is what allows her to excel. She has 10 years of commercial experience and acquired skills as an art director, motion graphics artist, director and editor. Melanie loves to create imagery that is original and unique, push boundaries, impact media, and expand perspectives. Currently as a Sr. Director at Ralph Lauren, she manages & directs fashion content for the website and creates innovative online ad campaigns.

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.


Galen Bremer – Production Manager
Alessandra Cronin – Production Coordinator
Kate Lemberg – Venue Manager

Public Relations

Brian Geldin – Public Relations Manager
Léa Colla – PR Assistant
Lana Gaballa – PR Assistant

Digital Media

Allyson Morgan – Manager


Olivia Ana Robertson – Marketing Coordinator
Claudia Murdoch – Marketing Coordinator


Joe Quartararo – Technical Director
Jose Ramirez – Projectionist
Kim Garcia – Projectionist

Print Traffic

Rachel Mary Cox – Print Traffic Manager
Jacob Neuhauser – Print Traffic Coordinator

BFF Exchange

Johanna Schiller – Producer
Matt Rogers – Co-Producer


Lisa King – Director


Lou Aguilar



Submission Coordinator

Michelle Chu


Ryan Carmichael
Toshimichi Saito
Jillian Stricker
Galen Bremer
Jake Hirsch
Derrick Woodyard
Anita Brathwaite
Kiara Jones
Fran Zayas
Hasan Ali
Xiomelkiz Morris
Dominic Silva
Don Rainwater
Kelly Lake
Joshua Olejarz
Janell Rohan
Stan Wright
Kathryn Reilly
Ebony Bailey
Damasia Merbilhaa
Antonia Cereijido
Jelani Wyne
Olivia Robertson
Gabrielle Panganiban
Hao Zhang
Meryl Williams
Cyrus Cohen
Michael Barringer
Daniel Jaffe
John Hollands
Julia McGill
Dael Norwitz
Jodi Johnson
Chen Zeng
Lauren Zelaya
Megan Scanlon
Brian Landis
Catherine Kelleher
Luca Marcovici
Dan Lerman
Alexandra James
Gabrielle Panganiban