Stefanie Malone is an Emmy award winning producer with a successful history in public broadcasting. Most recently, Stefanie was with KCTS Seattle where she led national and local award-winning, multimedia projects; executive produced television programs; designed web content for PBS Kids; and regularly served on national advisory boards for PBS. She has had the pleasure of working on projects with prominent filmmaker Ken Burns, who has called her “focused, smart and creative.” Stefanie has her Master of Arts in Communication from Ohio University, where she was awarded a Public Broadcasting fellowship. Stefanie was formerly with WOUB Public Media. Outside of NFFTY, Stefanie is a freelance producer and enjoys documentary filmmaking.
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Jesse Harris is leading the next generation of young and talented filmmakers. Variety agrees, and named Jesse Harris one of 25 talents who transformed youth entertainment in 2009 for his work at NFFTY. Jesse co-founded the festival in 2007 and was the Executive Director until 2012. Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Jesse has always been a fan of film, art and culture. At the age of 17, Jesse wrote, directed, financed and ultimately secured multi-city theatrical release for the feature length drama, Living Life. Since founding NFFTY, festival attendance has more than doubled annually, currently at over 10,000 people. Jesse has secured many unique sponsorships and partnerships for NFFTY including: Volvo Cars of North America, Nike, Bing, Xbox 360, Expedia, TakePart.com, Virgin America, HBO and many more. In 2011, Jesse was named one of City Arts Magazine’s top 50 Culture Makers. Jesse is also a freelance commercial director.
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Like many aspiring filmmakers before him, Todd’s passion for film spawned at an early age as a result of his obsession for Star Wars and other classics. Todd joined NFFTY after crossing paths with it many times in previous years. He comes from working with KCTS Television, the Seattle PBS affiliate, in numerous capacities. While there he wrote, shot, edited and produced various projects and programs. His most notable contributions include co-producing the Emmy Award winning independent film series Reel NW and serving as the series Associate Producer in launching the first season of PIE, the station’s flagship arts and culture program. He is a strong advocate for the film community in the Pacific Northwest. As a NFFTY 2010 and 2011 filmmaker, he is proud to be able to give back to the organization that jumpstarted his career.
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The son of an acclaimed deaf actor, Seattle native Kyle Seago was raised with a visual eye and a creative mind. In high school, Kyle’s film projects earned awards at international film festivals. After helping co-found NFFTY, Kyle traveled to Los Angeles to attend film school at Loyola Marymount University. Shortly after, enticing job offers from MTV took him down the path of reality television, where he worked as a producer on shows such as CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” and MTV’s “The Phone.” As a TV producer, Kyle has produced over 30 hours of primetime television and traveled to Italy, Morocco, Greece, and Macau for international shoots. Since moving his home base back to Seattle, Kyle has produced commercials for Microsoft, including international campaigns for Internet Explorer 9, Windows 8, and Microsoft Surface. His recently completed projects include music videos for Alex Clare’s chart-topping song “Too Close” and Seattle-bred hip-hop artist Sol and a diverse range of short and long-form documentary films.
Kaleigh is a Seattle native that, though not a filmmaker herself, always finds ways to weave film into her life. While working toward dual degrees at Marquette University, Kaleigh chaired the planning committee for Marquette’s International Film Festival. She also covered film and the arts for The Marquette Tribune, which was named the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Publication in the nation by the Society of Professional Journalists while Kaleigh was an editor on staff. After graduating, Kaleigh interned with the City of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music, during which time she helped launch the “Commercialize Seattle” campaign to bring more commercial film production to Seattle. She then moved on to work as the Filmmaker and Outreach Coordinator for NFFTY 2013 and now returns as the Festival Manager for NFFTY 2014.
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Cecilia recently graduated from Wee Kim Wee School of Communications & Information in Singapore and is looking into entering the media industry as a producer or editor. Prior to graduation, she had already been involved in many Singapore productions including feature films, TV drama, variety show, corporate videos and commercials as editor, location manager and art department. Her passion for theatre and performance has led her to performing for annual school production, Paparazzi 2010 and 2 dance recitals put up by Singapore’s leading dance studio, Recognize Studios.