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Executive Director

Marco Ursino 

Director of Development

Susan E. Mackell

Programming

Jason Stefaniak - Feature Narrative Programmer
Jason StefaniakFeature Narrative ProgrammerJason Stefaniak - Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jason Stefaniak received a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production at New York University, where he was awarded an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholarship and a Graduate Craft Award for Producing. Jason’s work has been recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has been featured on 20/20, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, Boing Boing, MoveOn.org, Upworthy, The Progressive, and has screened at the United Nations. His films have been viewed at festivals across the United States, nearly 1,000,000 times online and have generated an online community of over 7,500 fans. He is the producer of the award-winning short film, A Warm Spell (World Premiere – Clermont-Ferrand), and the Brooklyn Film Festival Audience Choice Award-winning feature film, But Not For Me, which co-stars Roger Guenveur Smith (Chi-Raq, Do The Right Thing) and is available via Flix Premiere and Amazon Prime. He is the co-founder of the collaborative production company, Impolite Company.

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 - This will be Natalie's 3rd 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 will be on the festival circuit in 2018.

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 three festivals.

Production

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

Marketing

Olivia Ana Robertson – Marketing Coordinator
Claudia Murdoch – Marketing Coordinator

Presentation

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

Kidsfilmfest

Lisa King – Director

Photographers

Lou Aguilar

Website

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Submission Manager

Kimberly Te

Screeners

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