FESTIVALDIRECTORS

SAMUEL AVERY

Executive/Artistic Director & Lead Festival Programmer

Email - Director@blackbirdfilmfestival.com

MITCHELL ENSMAN

Director of Event Operations & Assistant Festival Programmer

Email - Mitch@blackbirdfilmfestival.com

JULIE FICARRA

Director of Special Events & Programs

Email - Julie@blackbirdfilmfestival.com

 
 

ASSISTANTDIRECTORS

CLOE KING
CLOE KING

Assistant Director of Viral Marketing & Communications

DINORA MENDEZ
DINORA MENDEZ

Assistant Director of Public Relations & Community Development

VICTORIA OSPINA
VICTORIA OSPINA

Assistant Director of Student Outreach & Engagement

JOHN SWEDIN
JOHN SWEDIN

Assistant Director of Media Production & Event Coverage

EVENTCOORDINATORS

 
JACLYN ALOIA
JACLYN ALOIA
TAYLOR BAREN
TAYLOR BAREN
JAKE BENAQUISTO
JAKE BENAQUISTO
GABRIELLE BUENERD
GABRIELLE BUENERD
BRIANA CASE
BRIANA CASE
SCOTT DIDONNA
SCOTT DIDONNA
JOELLE ENCARNACION
JOELLE ENCARNACION
CAILEY KEHOE
CAILEY KEHOE
VANESSA LACHIANA
VANESSA LACHIANA
AMANDA LERCH
AMANDA LERCH
MICHAEL MARSICH
MICHAEL MARSICH
SEAN MCNIERNEY
SEAN MCNIERNEY
CAROLINE MCPARTLIN
CAROLINE MCPARTLIN
JORDAN MEDINA
JORDAN MEDINA
MICHAEL MIRABILE
MICHAEL MIRABILE
ALEXANDRA OLNEY
ALEXANDRA OLNEY
AMANDA POLITO
AMANDA POLITO
KALEN RUCKER
KALEN RUCKER
CHELSEA SACCENTE
CHELSEA SACCENTE
TRACY SINGLETON
TRACY SINGLETON
GRIFFIN SMITH
GRIFFIN SMITH
 

TOPAWARDJUDGES

ADRIAN ALONSO CORDONI
ADRIAN ALONSO CORDONI

Adrian Alonso Cordoni was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is Creative Director, Director of Photography and Filmmaker. He was a member of the jury at several international film festivals. Currently, he is co-founder of “Barbershop Indie films” a creative and audiovisual content company.

EVAN HUGHES
EVAN HUGHES

Evan Hughes is an award winning filmmaker from Australia. Hughes has been an avid film buff since an early age. Evan's first animated short film 'Balloon Ride' was a success on the festival circuit and received much praise for its raw intensity and focus on domestic violence issues.

LARS FUCHS
LARS FUCHS

Danish-born filmmaker and educator Lars Fuchs amassed over 25 years' experience as a film and tv editor before focusing on directing. His director's filmography includes several award-winning short documentaries and narrative films. He will release his latest short "Zugzwang" in spring of 2019.

NICK RONAN
NICK RONAN

Nick Ronan is an award winning actor, writer, and filmmaker. His short films have screened across the U.S. and internationally. His next short film and first feature are currently in development.

ANDRÉS GALLEGOS
ANDRÉS GALLEGOS

Born in Chile, Andrés discovered his passion for films at an early stage of his life. He has shot more than 20 short films and 6 feature films to date as a DP. He moved to California to earn his MFA at SFSU. His work has screened at Cannes, Raindance, Mill Valley, Valdivia and more.

ANNA ROZENGURT
ANNA ROZENGURT

Producer & Director, manages projects in Ukraine, Russia and Israel. She started the career in the film industry as a screenwriter, but very quickly turned to be a producer. Two last years she is researching and producing web series and on this basis conducting master classes in Kiev, Ukraine.

BRADLEY SILVIUS
BRADLEY SILVIUS

Bradley Silvius is the author of one published novel and several nationally recognized short stories. As a director and actor, his short films have garnered awards and Official Selections to numerous film festivals. Bradley has a M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and holds two US Patents.

BIJIAO LIU
BIJIAO LIU

Bijiao Liu is a filmmaker and vis-dev artist, originally from Beijing, now based on LA.

KRIT KOMKRICHWARAKOOL
KRIT KOMKRICHWARAKOOL

Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Krit is a graduate in communication design and has moved to Vancouver to pursue a film career. Using his experience in design integrating with filmmaking, Krit strives to become a better storyteller. His first notable work is an awards-winning short film, Freefall.

PERSEPHONIE ROSE
PERSEPHONIE ROSE

Persephonie Rose is an author and screenwriter working on her first novel, a dark epic fantasy. After earning her MFA, she moved to LA to intern at Paramount Pictures. After optioning her first script, she decided to trade the limelight for her laptop and has been happily writing ever since.

SUBMISSIONJUDGES

TAYLOR BAREN
TAYLOR BAREN
JAKE BENAQUISTO
JAKE BENAQUISTO
STEPHEN BUCHHOLZ
STEPHEN BUCHHOLZ
AMANDA CARIDI
AMANDA CARIDI
THOMAS DANNA
THOMAS DANNA
SCOTT DIDONNA
SCOTT DIDONNA
JAYNIE ELLIS
JAYNIE ELLIS
JACK FEY
JACK FEY
ALEX GENTNER
ALEX GENTNER
AMANDA LERCH
AMANDA LERCH
SEAN MCNIERNEY
SEAN MCNIERNEY
JOHN MORRIS
JOHN MORRIS
ALEXANDRA OLNEY
ALEXANDRA OLNEY
KALEN RUCKER
KALEN RUCKER
DARYN THOMAS
DARYN THOMAS
MICHAEL VIRDICCHIO
MICHAEL VIRDICCHIO