FESTIVALDIRECTORS

FESTIVALDIRECTORS

 
SAM AVERY
SAM AVERY

Executive / Artistic Director Sam@Blackbirdfilmfest.com

MITCHELL ENSMAN
MITCHELL ENSMAN

Director of Event Operations Mitch@Blackbirdfilmfest.com

JULIE FICARRA
JULIE FICARRA

Director of Community Relations Julie@Blackbirdfilmfest.com

MAXWELL MONAGHAN
MAXWELL MONAGHAN

Director of Immersive Technology Max@Blackbirdfilmfest.com

SUNSETSUPERSTARS

 

ASSISTANTDIRECTORS

CLOE KING
CLOE KING

Blackbird 2019 & 2020

AMANDA LERCH
AMANDA LERCH

Blackbird 2019

JACKSON HINDES
JACKSON HINDES

Blackbird 2020

ANDY FAUVELLE
ANDY FAUVELLE

Blackbird 2020

JULIA NIEDZIELA
JULIA NIEDZIELA

Blackbird 2020

SHANNON DELANEY
SHANNON DELANEY

Blackbird 2020

NINA DINARDO
NINA DINARDO

Blackbird 2020

PARKER SENKIW
PARKER SENKIW

Blackbird 2020

ALYSSA MARLEY
ALYSSA MARLEY

Blackbird 2017 & 2018

SUNSET CINEMA
SUNSET CINEMA

Oct. 1st - 4th 2020

JACLYN ALOIA
JACLYN ALOIA

Communications & Press Relations

TAYLOR BAREN
TAYLOR BAREN

Media Promotions & Event Coverage

JAKE BENAQUISTO
JAKE BENAQUISTO

Media Promotions & Event Coverage

GABRIELLE BUENERD
GABRIELLE BUENERD

Public Relations & Community Development

CAILEY KEHOE
CAILEY KEHOE

Viral Marketing & Social Media

CLOE KING
CLOE KING

Festival Outreach & Engagement

EVENTCOORDINATORS

 
ANNA BRASTED
ANNA BRASTED

Media Promotions

NIAMH CANTWELL
NIAMH CANTWELL

Public Relations

JENNA CONTI
JENNA CONTI

Festival Outreach

MATTHEW CONTI
MATTHEW CONTI

Press Relations

EMMA CUSICK
EMMA CUSICK

Viral Marketing

SHANNON DELANEY
SHANNON DELANEY

Viral Marketing

NINA DINARDO
NINA DINARDO

Festival Outreach

MORGAN DUFFY
MORGAN DUFFY

Public Relations

RACHEL GUDOWITZ
RACHEL GUDOWITZ

Festival Outreach

ANDREW FAUVELLE
ANDREW FAUVELLE

Media Promotions

JULIA HARPER
JULIA HARPER

Public Relations

JACKSON HINDES
JACKSON HINDES

Media Promotions

SAMANTHA JULIA
SAMANTHA JULIA

Viral Marketing

KAILEY MERRILL
KAILEY MERRILL

Festival Outreach

JULIA NIEDZIELA
JULIA NIEDZIELA

Media Promotions

BRIAN O'CONNOR
BRIAN O'CONNOR

Viral Marketing

KELLY O'KEEFE
KELLY O'KEEFE

Festival Outreach

ANGELA PALUMBO
ANGELA PALUMBO

Press Relations

SAMANTHA SAVARY
SAMANTHA SAVARY

Festival Outreach

JOHN SEVERS
JOHN SEVERS

Public Relations

PARKER SENKIW
PARKER SENKIW

Media Promotions

DAVID VERRASTRO
DAVID VERRASTRO

Press Relations

BROOKE WARPUS
BROOKE WARPUS

Media Promotions

BLACKBIRD
BLACKBIRD

Event Coordinators 2020

 

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 @barbershopindiefilms a creative and audiovisual content company.

JAVIER RODES
JAVIER RODES

Javier Rodes is a cultural manager, producer and director from Spain. His documentary works explore new creative and minimalistic ways to tell stories and had won national and international prizes. Since 2016, Rodes is also the director of the Mequinenza International Film Festival.

DANIEL BYDLOWSKI
DANIEL BYDLOWSKI

Daniel Bydlowski is an award winning filmmaker. He has worked in many different genres and media, being in the forefront of virtual reality cinema research. He has been praised for his extraordinary ability in directing film and new media projects that can reach different audiences.

BRIAN LARSON
BRIAN LARSON

Brian is the Animation Program Director for the School of Film & Animation at RIT in Rochester, NY, and an award-winning independent animator and director. His films and lectures have been seen around the world in festivals, conferences and workshops. He is currently animating his next film.

OWEN PARSEGHIAN
OWEN PARSEGHIAN

Owen is the co-owner of Eleven Lakes Media, a media production company based in the Finger Lakes region. His video content has achieved millions of views on YouTube, Snapchat, and Facebook.

YASMIN MISTRY
YASMIN MISTRY

Yasmin Mistry is an Emmy-nominated animator and filmmaker. Her work has been displayed worldwide including showings at the United Nations, SXSW, Tribeca and DOC NYC. Films from her documentary shorts series about foster care have been featured in over 100 film festivals and won more than 30 awards.

FRIEDLI CÉDRIC
FRIEDLI CÉDRIC

Friedli is a self-taught director/screenwriter, mainly influenced by David Lynch and Ingmar Bergman. He has directed over 20 short films that received various international awards, notably with “Mr Pig," Friedli chose to focus his future projects towards the horror genre, with the intent to influence its codes.

IDO SHAPIRA / AMIT COHEN
IDO SHAPIRA / AMIT COHEN

Amit Cohen and Ido Shapira are an Israeli animation filmakers, visual artists and illustrators. They Graduated from the animation department at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, with focus on 2D animation. They Created the film “Hounds” and currently are working on their third film.

ROBBIE LEMIEUX
ROBBIE LEMIEUX

Robbie is a Producer based in NYC. As Executive Producer at Videofashion, Robbie oversees the production of an extensive slate of fashion TV and video content, distributed worldwide. He has produced and/or directed multiple short films, as well as music videos, plus marketing and branded content.

KRIT KOMKRICHWARAKOOL
KRIT KOMKRICHWARAKOOL

Originally from Bangkok, Krit Komkrichwarakool earned a degree in Communication Design, then moved to Canada to pursue a career in film as a writer, director and editor. His 2017 short film “Freefall” has won awards in film festivals including Best Short Film, Best Director and Best Original Score.

SUBMISSIONJUDGES

CJ ASCOLI
CJ ASCOLI
TAYLOR BAREN
TAYLOR BAREN
KASEY BERBARY
KASEY BERBARY
DANA BIATA
DANA BIATA
STEPHEN BUCHHOLZ
STEPHEN BUCHHOLZ
GABRIELLE BUENERD
GABRIELLE BUENERD
BLACKBIRD
BLACKBIRD
NIAMH CANTWELL
NIAMH CANTWELL
REMY CERAULO
REMY CERAULO
LAUREN COLLINS
LAUREN COLLINS
MATT CONTI
MATT CONTI
KERRY DONNELLY
KERRY DONNELLY
MORGAN DUFFY
MORGAN DUFFY
MICHAEL DRAXLER
MICHAEL DRAXLER
KILEY FLYNN
KILEY FLYNN
RACHEL GUDOWITZ
RACHEL GUDOWITZ
COLLIN HORAK
COLLIN HORAK
BLACKBIRD
BLACKBIRD
NICOLE LAMBERTI
NICOLE LAMBERTI
ALEX LOCKE-WRIGHT
ALEX LOCKE-WRIGHT
FAITH MCINTOSH
FAITH MCINTOSH
VINCENT MESSINA
VINCENT MESSINA
PARKER SENKIW
PARKER SENKIW
STEPHEN VANCE
STEPHEN VANCE