2016-2017 Board of Directors
Devon Cooke - Acting Chair
Devon joined the VSFF in 2006 in its second year when it was still the Vancouver Student Film Festival, and has worn many hats over the years, including Chair from 2015-2016. He is proud to have seen this humble student festival grow into a home for all of B.C.'s short films over the last 12 years.
In his professional life he is The Documentary Sound Guy, and he has produced seven short films and docs that have played at festivals worldwide, notably Tofu Meets Greens, A Delicate Summer, and Paragrinding. He has a special interest in combining film with other art forms, particularly dance. He was proud to have his film playing in the streets during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Bonnie Hay - Secretary, Administrative Director
Bonnie Hay is an actress who has a degree in Theatre from the University of Winnipeg and has performed in theatres across Canada. She currently resides in Vancouver and works in front of and behind the cameras in film and TV and also coaches actors to prepare them for their auditions. Bonnie has appeared in many short films so is delighted to be a member of the VSFF Board as Secretary.
Paul Armstrong - Industry Outreach Director
Paul Armstrong is an award-winning Vancouver film, television and theatre producer with over 25 film producing credits including both feature and short form. Paul is the founder, programmer and producer of The Celluloid Social Club, a monthly screening of short films, and is the Executive Director of Crazy8s, the 8 day filmmaking challenge running since 1999. In addition to 12 Crazy8s films, short credits include the record breaking 13 Leo Award winning Anxious Oswald Greene by Marshall Axani, The Money Pet featuring Alan Cumming, Monster & Everything’s Coming up Rosie starring Jodelle Ferland, The Bar starring Peter Deluise, Break a Leg, Rosie starring Carly Pope, and Mon amour mon parapluie with cameos by William Gibson & Douglas Coupland. Recent feature film credits include Lawrence & Holloman by Daniel Arnold & Matthew Kowalchuk and directed by Kowalchuk; Moving Malcolm by Benjamin Ratner starring Elizabeth Berkley (Showgirls); the Genie Award nominated See Grace Fly by Pete McCormack and Ill-Fated, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and in the US at Slamdance.
Robin Chan - Finance Director
Robin has been producing content for film and television for over a decade. He has produced short films, music videos, promotional videos and the feature films “Lucky Stars” (2002) and “The Hollow Child” (2016). His recent work includes: “Joanna Makes a Friend” (2011) winner of the Audience Choice Awards at TIFF.kid Toronto International Film Festival and “Anxious Oswald Greene” (2014) winner of the Best Short Film Award at the LA Comedy Festival and multiple Leo Awards. Robin is the principle of Like Minded Media (www.likemindedmedia.com).
Brian Whiteford - Director of Sponsorship
Brian is a diversified business management professional. His extensive and diverse career has bridged both the private and public sectors in Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia. Brian has put his expertise to work for a wide range of businesses, non-profits, communication, and policy groups as well as the Government of Canada.
He holds an MBA from Royal Roads University, and a Diploma in Management Consulting from the Grenoble School of Business in France. He has served as Interim CEO of the International Perfume Foundation, as a Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS); Vienna NGO Committee Regional North American Consultation on Narcotic Drugs – Vancouver, BC; a Director of the Pacific Parklands Foundation, Director of Cornerstone Technologies (VCC), and is a former President’s Distinguished Area Governor of Toastmasters International in Vancouver.
When he has spare time he enjoys golf, film, cooking and reading (what else) political thrillers.
Kate Senkow - Director of Marketing
Having always had a passion for storytelling and an appreciation of film, Kate was thrilled to join the VSFF Board of Directors in 2016 as the Director of Marketing. With a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Management, Kate has built a successful career in branding, marketing and advertising. Over the years she has worked with various clients from diverse industries to help them meet marketing and business objectives. As an actress, writer, and short film producer, Kate is currently building a portfolio of projects. She loves collaborating with talented and passionate creative individuals, and is excited about working with the VSFF board, staff, and volunteers to support and celebrate the film community.
Kristyn Stilling - Festival Co-Director
Kristyn Stilling is very excited to be joining the VSFF team as the Festival Director. Born and raised in the Lower Mainland, she is an alum of the Capilano University film program and comes from a long background of entertainment administration and festival work. She is currently the shorts programmer for the Whistler Film Festival and recently co-founded a monthly webisode film festival called VanChan.
Marena Dix - Festival Co-Director
Marena Dix is an award winning film producer from Victoria, BC. After graduating with a diploma in Entertainment Business Management from Vancouver Film School she has produced multiple short films and web series in Vancouver and the lower mainland. She has been involved in the short film festival since 2013 in varying roles and is very excited to move into the co-director role alongside Kristyn Stilling this year.