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Staff

Stefanie Malone
Executive Director 

Stefanie Malone is an Emmy award-winning producer with a successful history in public broadcasting. Prior to NFFTY Stefanie was with KCTS (PBS – Seattle) where she led national and local multimedia projects; produced television; designed web content for PBS Kids; developed engagement and education strategies; 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 continues to work with PBS, as an interactive and education consultant for WETA (PBS – Washington D.C.), working on national programs such as Finding Your Roots and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. Stefanie has her Master of Arts in Communication from Ohio University, where she was awarded a Public Broadcasting fellowship.  Outside of NFFTY, Stefanie is a freelance producer and enjoys documentary filmmaking.
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Kyle Seago 
Lead Programmer/Co-Founder

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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.

 

Todd Kaumans
Program Manager

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. Prior to joining NFFTY, Todd worked with KCTS 9 (PBS Seattle) where he produced and programmed the Emmy® Award winning program REEL NW, which exclusively featured independent film from the northwest.  In addition to his role as the NFFTY Program Manager, he serves as the Supervising Producer for NFFTY Creative, the organization’s in-house production company dedicated to connecting brands with the world’s best emerging filmmakers. Todd is himself a NFFTY alumni filmmaker and is proud to be able to give back to the organization that jumpstarted his professional career.
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Robert Bojorquez
Festival Manager

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.

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Emily Halvorson
Public Relations & Social Media Intern

Emily Halvorson is currently enrolled at the University of Washington and is planning on double majoring in English literature and communications with a possible emphasis in journalism. Having written a full-length novel and as a journalist for UW’s newspaper, The Daily, Emily has always fostered a love of stories and storytelling. With an English teacher mother, she grew up reading books and later expanded her interests to include the cinematic universe as well, falling in love with the complexities that arise with cinematography, character development, script writing, etc. She is currently engaged in an internal battle about whether she wants to go into literature, film, or journalism, but wherever she ends up, she will be telling stories.

PJ Hase
Filmmaker Relations Intern

 

Dan Hudson
Venue Manager

Dan Hudson is a lifelong film lover who believes movies are best watched on the big screen with other people, be it with a few cinephiles at a tiny art house theatre or at a jam-packed festival screening. He has been involved in Seattle’s film community since 2010, when he started out popping corn and tearing tickets at the Grand Illusion Cinema. He has since had a number of roles at the completely volunteer-run nonprofit, including public relations, blogging, and assisting in programming. You can see him there as projectionist on Saturday nights, where he loves threading 35mm film the old fashioned way—reel-to-reel. Dan started working with SIFF in 2011 as a Venue Manager, went on to do marketing and public relations for SIFF 2013, and worked as a theatre manager year-round at SIFF Cinema venues since the opening of the Uptown in October of 2011. He first met NFFTY in 2012 during its first year at the Uptown, and has since stepped across the aisle after working at the host venue for NFFTYs 2011-2014.

 

Joe Bailey-Fogarty
Venue Manager