Stefanie Malone is an Emmy award winning producer with a long, successful history in public broadcasting. Most recently, Stefanie was with KCTS Seattle as the Director of Community Engagement & Education. During her tenure at KCTS, she led national and local award-winning, multimedia projects, executive produced statewide television programs, and regularly served on national advisory boards for PBS. Stefanie has her Master of Arts in Communication from Ohio University, where she was awarded a Public Broadcasting fellowship. She formerly coordinated outreach at WOUB in Athens, Ohio. Outside of work, Stefanie enjoys making short nonfiction films.
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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 and 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 of the independent film community in the Pacific Northwest. Being a NFFTY 2010 and 2011 alumni filmmaker, he is proud to be able to give back to the organization that jumpstarted his career.
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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 has 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.