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VSFF
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 Each year, Vancouver Short Film Festival is produced by a team of passionate film-loving organizers who donate countless hours to producing our annual celebration of Canadian short-form works, as well as year-round festival operations. 

 

Festival Co-Directors

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Emily Weldon

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Festival Co-Director

Emily Weldon is a passionate film event producer and independent filmmaker born and raised in the Vancouver area. She has worked in event production with some of Vancouver’s top film events, such as Crazy8s, VIFF, Whistler Film Festival, and many more. A staff member of VSFF since 2017, Emily has been a part of the festival’s growth and successes over the last five years, and is proud to continue to strengthen VSFF as a key platform for BC and Canadian artists to showcase their work. She is currently a Marketing Specialist with the TELUS Local Content team (STORYHIVE, TELUS originals), and is a graduate of UBC’s BFA Creative Writing program. 

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Nicolas Ayerbe Barona

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Festival Co-Director

Nicolas Ayerbe Barona from Colombia, has been working independently as a producer in Vancouver since finishing his studies in film at UBC and the CDM. He has produced several shorts like A-Yi (streaming now on CBC GEM), The Quieting for Crazy8s, commercials (like one with John Cena), and a feature film: Cadence, which won the Must See Audience Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2016. He regularly volunteers in the local chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada; and works at the National Film Board. He was previously in charge of Sponsorships at the VSFF. 

Board of Directors

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Kristyn Stilling

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Chair of the Board

Born and raised in the Semiahmoo Nation (White Rock, BC, Canada) Kristyn Stilling has immersed herself into the Canadian film community as an independent Producer who has produced over 17 short films including the 2021 Leo Award Winner for Best Short Film, FREYA. She just completed her first feature, Golden Delicious, which will be on the festival circuit Fall of 2022. Golden Delicious was one of the 2020 Telefilm Talent to Watch projects and also received funding from the Canada Council of the Arts and the BC Arts Council. Kristyn is also the Chair of the Vancouver Short Film Festival and has previously worked for such prestigious organizations as the National Film Board of Canada, eOne, Whistler Film Festival, Crazy8s Film Society, and Kickstart Entertainment. IMDB

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Forman Howes

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Secretary

Forman Howes teaches video production and animation at the Byng Arts high school program in Vancouver. For twenty years he has helped young filmmakers develop their skills and launch their careers. His student’s films have won awards at festivals all over North America, including the VSFF.  As part of his program he has written and directed four short films and one feature as a way to provide a mentorship experience for his students. He looks forward to  continuing the tradition of excellence at the Vancouver Short Film Festival.

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Robin Chan

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Treasurer

Robin has been producing content for film and television for over a decade. He has taken part in producing short films, music videos, promotional videos and the feature films “The Hollow Child” (2017) and “All-In Madonna” (2020). Short films include: “Joanna Makes a Friend” (2011), winner of the Audience Choice Awards at TIFF.kid Film Festival and “Anxious Oswald Greene” (2014), winner of the Best Short Film Award at the LA Comedy Festival and multiple Leo Awards. Robin also works as a post-production supervisor.

 
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Paul Armstrong

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Outreach Director

Paul Armstrong is an award-winning Vancouver film, television and theatre producer with over 75 film producing credits including both short form as well as feature films including Lawrence & Holloman and Cool Daddy. Paul is also the founder, programmer and producer of The Celluloid Social Club, an in-person screening series of short films, and from 2013-2022 was an Executive Director of Crazy8s, the 8 day short filmmaking challenge. Paul has been on the Board of the Vancouver Short Film Festival since its inception.

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Marena Dix

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General Director

Marena Dix is an award winning filmmaker from Vancouver, BC. After beginning her career 10 years ago in producing short film, she found her calling in Post Production and has since gone on to Supervise for Hallmark to Netflix. Outside of her day job she had the honour and privilege to Co-Direct the Vancouver Short Film Festival for 4 years before passing on the baton.

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Grace Chin

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General Director

Grace Chin produces, writes, edits, and acts. Based in Vancouver, BC's cross-cultural and creative industries, she co-founded the Pan-Asian Staged Reading Society and its script development platform, Scripting Aloud; is the Executive Director of Crazy8s; General Manager of Ruby Slippers Theatre; and is on the board of Vancouver Short Film Festival. She is a Playwrights Guild of Canada and UBCP/ACTRA member, and a marketing content specialist. She was Festival Director of Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Interim Managing Director of Women in Film and Television Vancouver, and has served on various boards, juries, and panels, including for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre. Grace is googleable.

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Javier Badillo

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General Director

Javier Badillo is a Venezuelan-Canadian film producer, writer and director, and owner of the production company Spitshine Flicks. He was the Director of Programming of the Vancouver Short Film Festival from 2012 to 2019. After directing more than a dozen short films, Javier released his feature-length debut, the crowdfunded war drama ROADS OF ITHRIYAH, in 2022. His second feature film as a producer is ENMANUEL (2023), a documentary which follows a Venezuelan refugee family in Colombia. Javier's newest project is a punk rock sci-fi comedy called LUPE Q AND THE GALACTIC EARWORMS, which was developed with the support of Telefilm, CreativeBC, and the Blood in the Snow Horror Development Lab in Toronto. In his free time, Javier enjoys long walks on the beach and saving kittens.

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Melanie Jones

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General Director

Based in Vancouver, Melanie is an award-winning filmmaker of over a dozen short films, including the Crazy 8’s Comedy, Shuttlecock. Melanie’s first feature FSM earned them a Leo nomination for Best Directing and they are an alumnus of numerous talent labs including the TIFF Writer’s Studio, Women in the Director’s Chair, and Reykjavik Talent Lab.

 

PROGRAMMING TEAM

LAURA ARBOLEDA
SENIOR PROGRAMMER

MATTHEW BROUGHTON
SUBMISSIONS MANAGER

AVI GLANZER
PRE-SELECTION

DANI RODRIGUEZ CHEVALIER
PRE-SELECTION

GRACE CHIN
PRE-SELECTION

JAMES DOUGLAS
PRE-SELECTION

DELLA HADDOCK
PRE-SELECTION

MICHAEL IOANNOU
PRE-SELECTION

CATHERINE MWITTA
PRE-SELECTION

 

STAFF

2022 TEAM

JACOB MCNEIL
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & PUBLICITY

MATTHEW BROUGHTON
PROGRAMMING MANAGER

DUNCAN CARR
SPONSORSHIP MANAGER

AVI GLANZER
 OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
 

JORDAN BOOS
GRAPHIC DESIGNER,
WEBSITE ADMINISTRATOR

ALLICE GRINBAND
BOX OFFICE MANAGER

CHARISSA WONG
VOLUNTEER MANAGER

ANDREA FELTRIN
EVENT MANAGER