FESTIVALDIRECTORS

FESTIVALDIRECTORS

 
SAM AVERY
SAM AVERY

Executive / Artistic Director Sam@Blackbirdfilmfest.com

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MITCHELL ENSMAN
MITCHELL ENSMAN

Director of Event Operations Mitch@Blackbirdfilmfest.com

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JULIE FICARRA
JULIE FICARRA

Director of Community Relations Julie@Blackbirdfilmfest.com

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MAXWELL MONAGHAN
MAXWELL MONAGHAN

Director of Immersive Technology Max@Blackbirdfilmfest.com

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SUNSETSUPERSTARS

 

ASSISTANTDIRECTORS

CLOE KING
CLOE KING

Blackbird 2019 & 2020

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AMANDA LERCH
AMANDA LERCH

Blackbird 2019

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JACKSON HINDES
JACKSON HINDES

Blackbird 2020

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ANDY FAUVELLE
ANDY FAUVELLE

Blackbird 2020

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JULIA NIEDZIELA
JULIA NIEDZIELA

Blackbird 2020

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SHANNON DELANEY
SHANNON DELANEY

Blackbird 2020

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NINA DINARDO
NINA DINARDO

Blackbird 2020

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PARKER SENKIW
PARKER SENKIW

Blackbird 2020

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ALYSSA MARLEY
ALYSSA MARLEY

Blackbird 2017 & 2018

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SUNSET CINEMA
SUNSET CINEMA

Oct. 1st - 4th 2020

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JACLYN ALOIA
JACLYN ALOIA

Communications & Press Relations

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TAYLOR BAREN
TAYLOR BAREN

Media Promotions & Event Coverage

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JAKE BENAQUISTO
JAKE BENAQUISTO

Media Promotions & Event Coverage

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GABRIELLE BUENERD
GABRIELLE BUENERD

Public Relations & Community Development

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CAILEY KEHOE
CAILEY KEHOE

Viral Marketing & Social Media

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CLOE KING
CLOE KING

Festival Outreach & Engagement

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EVENTCOORDINATORS

 
ANNA BRASTED
ANNA BRASTED

Media Promotions

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NIAMH CANTWELL
NIAMH CANTWELL

Public Relations

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JENNA CONTI
JENNA CONTI

Festival Outreach

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MATTHEW CONTI
MATTHEW CONTI

Press Relations

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EMMA CUSICK
EMMA CUSICK

Viral Marketing

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SHANNON DELANEY
SHANNON DELANEY

Viral Marketing

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NINA DINARDO
NINA DINARDO

Festival Outreach

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MORGAN DUFFY
MORGAN DUFFY

Public Relations

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RACHEL GUDOWITZ
RACHEL GUDOWITZ

Festival Outreach

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ANDREW FAUVELLE
ANDREW FAUVELLE

Media Promotions

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JULIA HARPER
JULIA HARPER

Public Relations

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JACKSON HINDES
JACKSON HINDES

Media Promotions

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SAMANTHA JULIA
SAMANTHA JULIA

Viral Marketing

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KAILEY MERRILL
KAILEY MERRILL

Festival Outreach

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JULIA NIEDZIELA
JULIA NIEDZIELA

Media Promotions

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BRIAN O'CONNOR
BRIAN O'CONNOR

Viral Marketing

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KELLY O'KEEFE
KELLY O'KEEFE

Festival Outreach

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ANGELA PALUMBO
ANGELA PALUMBO

Press Relations

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SAMANTHA SAVARY
SAMANTHA SAVARY

Festival Outreach

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JOHN SEVERS
JOHN SEVERS

Public Relations

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PARKER SENKIW
PARKER SENKIW

Media Promotions

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DAVID VERRASTRO
DAVID VERRASTRO

Press Relations

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BROOKE WARPUS
BROOKE WARPUS

Media Promotions

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BLACKBIRD
BLACKBIRD

Event Coordinators 2020

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SUBMISSIONJUDGES

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