BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHAIR OF THE BOARD
Born and raised in the lower mainland Kristyn Stilling has immersed herself into the Canadian film community. She works full time as a Production Coordinator at the National Film Board Vancouver office and is also the Shorts Programmer at the Whistler Film Festival, Programming Director for the webisode festival VanChan, and the Chair of the Board for VSFF. Additionally for the past 2 years she has been a Co-Producer with Crazy8s Film Society, producing 12 short films all made within 8 days.
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” (2017). 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.
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.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Kate was thrilled to join VSFF's Board of Directors in 2016 as the Director of Marketing. With a BBA in Marketing Management, Kate has built a successful career in branding, advertising and design. Over the years she has worked with clients from diverse industries to help them meet marketing and business objectives. As an actor, writer and producer, this experience has complimented her foray into film. She is excited to help grow and expand the festival in showcasing the work of BC filmmakers.
Zlatina joined VSFF last year as Submissions/Tech Coordinator and is very excited to be returning this year as festival Co-Director. After completing her BA in Communications at SFU in 2012, she worked as a unit publicist for independent filmmakers until 2015. She recently forayed into writing and directing and has a few shorts and a web series under her belt. She is committed to giving back to the community and volunteers with Raindance Vancouver as
their Marketing Manager.
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.
Forman Howes teaches video production and animation at the Byng Arts high school program in Vancouver. For fifteen 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. As part of his program he has written and directed four short films, and one feature, while mentoring his students. He looks forward to helping continue the tradition at the Vancouver Short Film Festival.
Marena Dix - Festival Co-Director
Zlatina Pacheva - Festival Co-Director
Camille Crowther - Festival Secretary/Technical Coordinator
Robin Macabulos - Marketing: Social Media
Andrea Nirmala - Marketing: Social Media Assistant
Jacob McNeil - Marketing: Publicity
Nicolas Ayerbe Barona - Sponsorship Coordinator
Matt Baker - Submissions Coordinator
Stephanie Halber - Community Outreach Coordinator
Avi Glanzer - Outreach
Javier Badillo - Head of Programming
Sarah Pester - Programmer
Kent Donguines - Programmer
Emily Weldon - Programmer
Kate Bouchard - Programmer
Matt Baker - Technical Coordinator
Allice Grinband - Box Office Coordinator
Charissa Wong - Volunteer Coordinator
Emily Weldon - Event Coordinator