Javier Badillo - Programming Director
Javier Badillo is a Director, Producer and musician with over 15 years of experience in the entertainment business in Canada, Malaysia and China. He has produced two independent feature films and directed ten short films, with screenings at Cannes, Toronto, and New York, among others. Javier started the Vancouver chapter of the UK-based filmmaking society Raindance and was also the moderator for the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF), headquartered in San Francisco. Currently, Javier is in development of his directorial debut feature film, a crime thriller called Punk Noir, and is also in pre-production for Bloor and Yonge, a feature length drama he is producing for director Adam Mezei in Toronto. Javier is also a performing musician with the Latin punk rock band Caracas, and will be recording the band's third studio effort in the Spring, as well as playing at the 27th Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival in June. This will be Javier's third year serving as Programming Director for the Vancouver Short Film Festival.
Natalie Kardum - Pre-selection
Natalie Kardum has served on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Short Film Festival since 2012, and was Festival Director in 2013. She has been a programmer for VSFF for 2012 and 2014 and will continue on for the upcoming 2016 festival. Natalie was also the Programming Director for the first Vancouver Web Festival in 2014 and has continued on as a programmer since. She has worked with the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival as well as the Birds' Eye View Festival in London, England.
Sandi Gisbert - Pre-selection
Sandi Gisbert is an independent film maker based in Vancouver, BC. Her short film, My Daphne, screened at festivals in 2014, including the Vancouver Short Film Festival.
Sandi is also an award-winning creator of corporate and branded content. She has written, directed and produced over 500 videos including TV commercials, web marketing and news magazine episodes.
Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Sandi completed her BA in English at the University of British Columbia. Her short screenplay for The Man Who Sleeps Too Much (Eunice Chen, Director) won best screenplay at the UBC Persistence of Vision Film Festival. She studied film at Capilano University, where she won the inaugural Motion Picture Production Program Award and was a founding member of the Capilano University Film Alumni Association.
She has been a programmer with the Vancouver Short Film Festival since 2012.
Kristyn Stilling - Pre-selection
Born and raised in the Lower Mainland, Kristyn Stilling 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 Whistler Film Festival shorts programmer, one of the Crazy8s Producers, and a co-founder of the monthly webisode film festival VanChan.
Zlatina Pacheva - Pre-selection
Zlatina is a film fanatic and spent the majority of her time at Simon Fraser University writing about movies. She has since put her BA in Communications to good use and spends most of her time social media strategizing with local artists and filmmakers, assisting Raindance Vancouver with their publicity, and helping out on set whenever she can. She is passionate about supporting Vancouver's local indie film scene and believes that everyone has an important story to tell.