Stefanie malone - executive director
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 as an interactive and education consultant for WETA (PBS – Washington D.C.) on programs such as Ken Burns' Vietnam, Finding Your Roots and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. Outside of NFFTY, Stefanie is a multi-award winning producer and documentary filmmaker. 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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KYLE SEAGO - director of programming & NFFTY 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 - 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, 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.
KEVIN CONNER - Festival Programmer & Program Coordinator
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.
ANNA BLINER - FESTIVAL & COMMUNICATIONS Coordinator
Originally born in Russia, Anna grew up in Germany and has a BA in Language and Communication from University of Marburg. Her interest for film was roused after watching “Night On Earth” by Jim Jarmusch at the age of 14 and being part of the Youth Jury KINEMA at the 25th International Film Festival in Brunswick. Since then Anna is a passionate cineaste, is interested in film history and collects films especially by international independent filmmakers. Anna already had training while her internships at a few film and theatre festivals and at the German second broadcasting channel ZDFneo. Traveling, discovering new cultures and languages, going to theaters, arts exhibitions and music venues evoke a lot of potential ideas for films Anna would like to put into practice after gaining practical experience at NFFTY and her upcoming MA studies in Producing Film and TV at Bournemouth University.
KRYSTELLE KURZ - HIGH SCHOOL FESTIVAL INTERN
Krystelle Kurz is junior in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program. She was born in Guam and moved to Seattle during middle school. Her mother was born in the Philippines and lived in extreme poverty for most of her life. Because of this she was inspired to use film as a means of telling the stories that people needed to hear. At the start of her freshman year in high school, she became interested in film production. Since then she has made films that address social and environmental issues. Currently, she is producing a documentary for IMAX and the United Nations about how climate change impacts the Northwest region. Krystelle plans to pursue film as a career after high school.
NICO BELAND - FESTIVAL & SCREENING COMMITTEE 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.
DAN HUDSON - HOUSE MANAGER & Festival Programmer
Dan Hudson started his nonprofit arts career in Seattle as a volunteer at the Grand Illusion Cinema. He has worn (and continues to wear) a number of different hats there, most recently as Assistant Programmer. His love of film led him to work at SIFF for the 2011 festival, where he has held such positions as Marketing/PR Associate and SIFF Cinema Uptown Manager over the course of five festivals and continues to screen. He has also worked in varying capacities with Scarecrow Video, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Northwest Film Forum—where he was Festival Director and Lead Programmer of Local Sightings 2016. In addition to being Outreach Coordinator for NFFTY 2015 and House Manager for NFFTYs 2015 - 2017, he is programming animation and music videos for NFFTY 2017. He dreams of being an AD/MD/ED for a major film festival or film center someday. Dan believes in the transformative power of the arts and their importance in developing empathy, and that none of society’s problems can be overcome without the collaborative spirit and creativity that a life filled with art and culture imbues.
todd kaumans - festival programmer
Todd Kaumans is an award-winning producer currently coordinating live productions for Microsoft with Mighty Media Studios. Todd has a long history with NFFTY as both an alumni filmmaker and staff member. He served on the NFFTY team for three years as the Program Manager, overseeing worldwide submission efforts, programming, and producing video content for the festival. Prior to NFFTY, he produced an Emmy® Award-winning season of PBS Seattle's independent film series REEL NW. Todd is a strong advocate for youth filmmaking and is proud to give back to the organization that jumpstarted his own career.