Stefanie Malone is the Executive Director of NFFTY, overseeing artistic and operational functions of this organization and its flagship program, the NFFTY film festival. Under her leadership, NFFTY has twice been named “One of the 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine and stands at one of the top rated festivals on FilmFreeway. Stefanie also serves as Executive Producer of NFFTY Creative, a production company that connects NFFTY filmmakers with companies seeking original content.
Prior to NFFTY, Stefanie had a successful history with PBS. She spent over a decade at KCTS (PBS – Seattle), serving as an Executive Producer and the Director of Engagement & Education. Stefanie continues to work with PBS, as an interactive and education consultant for WETA (PBS – Washington D.C.) on national programs such as Finding Your Roots and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. Outside of NFFTY, Stefanie is a multi-award winning producer and documentary filmmaker, boasting an Emmy® Award and work showing at festivals like Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival. Stefanie has her Master of Arts in Communication from Ohio University, where she was awarded a Public Broadcasting fellowship. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Seattle Women in Film.
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Director of Programming/Co-Founder
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.
Robert “Speewack” Bojorquez is a Seattle filmmaker and 2014 NFFTY Alumnus and has been passionate about filmmaking since his early days making home videos with his neighborhood friends in Spokane, WA. Starting with founding the annual 48-Hour Film Festival at Western Washington University, he continued into production management with companies’ Electric Shadow Films and Cinesaurus, coordinating film projects for brands like Google, Chevy, Wizards Of The Coast, and TYR Sport, as well as numerous award-winning short films and music videos. He runs his own music & film festival exclusively for music videos: Northwest Heat Music Video Festival in Bellingham, WA. He also collaborates with the geek-culture site Fanpup and with the fitness-for-editors zeitgeist Fitness In Post. In his spare time, he continues to make short films with his 48-Hour Film team, That Guy With The Beard Films, and searches the Pacific Northwest for the best Happy Hour nachos.
A Bay Area native, Kevin has held positions at SIFF, Sundance, and the Mill Valley Film Festival before signing onto NFFTY. He fell in love with the Pacific Northwest film scene as president of the University of Washington Film Club where he grew the membership from single to triple digits in under a year. His passion for cinema started with a dusty VHS copy of The Princess Bride, and the the rest has been inconceivable ever since. Kevin can be found most days at your local independent theater or dog park.
Screening Committee & Festival Intern
Nico Beland is a 23-year-old film enthusiast and reviewer who is heavily influenced by critics such as Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, as well as Nostalgia Critic. He frequently reviews movies on his blog, Moviewatchin’ Psychopath, which recently gained attention from Moviepilot.com and the Angry Video Game Nerd. When not watching movies, you can find Nico at events such as Seattle’s Emerald City ComiCon, Sakura Con, Portland’s Rose City Comic Con, and Retro Gaming Expo. Nico is extremely passionate and creative and is an enthusiastic member of the NFFTY Screening Committee this year, while attending school at Bellevue College.