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Dan Fine

Director and Chief Curator

Dan Fine is an award-winning artist who lives and works in New York City.  He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts and has exhibited work in the United States, Germany and Israel.  Fine founded Videoart.net in 2005 and currently serves as its director and chief curator.  In 2010, he established the Video Art & Experimental Film Festival in New York City.

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Mark Alpert

Board Member, Editorial Advisor and Panel Moderator

Mark Alpert is the author of the international bestselling novel Final Theory and its sequel, The Omega Theory. A longtime journalist who has worked for newspapers, magazines and television, he focuses his writing on the connections between science and art. He is a graduate of Princeton and Columbia and currently a contributing editor at Scientific American. His books have been published in more than twenty languages. Alpert currently serves as the host and panel moderator for VAEFF.


Rebecca Louise Tiernan

Publicity and Assistant Curator
Rebecca Louise Tiernan is an Irish-American film and video artist based out of New York City. She has exhibited several of her works internationally including the Cornwall Film Festival UK, Back_Up Film Festival in Weimar Germany, AXW Film Festival, IMC Lab + Gallery NYC, Gowanus Open Studios in Brooklyn NY, Fester Festival LA and The Armory Center of the Arts in Pasadena CA.

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Jay Jihyun Kim

Web Visual Editor and Assistant Curator

Jay Jihyun Kim is a Korean video artist working in New York City. She received her Film/Video production MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and since then has worked on short films, documentaries, and promo videos for commissioned as well as video art projects. Kim has contributed her work to institutions and events such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), NY Fashion Week , and The Korean Society. She has served as Web Visual Editor and Assistant Curator for VAEFF since 2013.

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Eleanor Findlay

Assistant Curator

Eleanor Findlay is an Australian who holds a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Sydney. After living and working in New York City, she now lives in Sydney, working in editorial and print production. Eleanor has worked for various festivals, on local film productions, and writes regularly about local arts and film events. She has served as Assistant Curator for videoart.net and VAEFF.

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Neco Turkienicz

Creative Advisor and Board Member

Neco Turkienicz is an international accomplished film director and editor, living in New York. Born in Brazil and graduated from the Tel-Aviv University’s Film & Television School, Neco has worked for more than 20 years in broadcast and cable television in Israel and in the US. He directed and edited seven documentary films for Israeli television and has served as Creative Director in two major animation companies in New York. He has been a board member and creative advisor at VAEFF since 2010.

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Carolina Mandía

Associate Curator Carolina Mandía is the Director of BravinLee Editions, from the gallery BravinLee Programs in Chelsea, New York and designs textiles for Ralph Lauren, the MoMA, and The Metropolitan Museum at Echo Design.  She joined the curatorial team at VAEFF in 2017.


Gina Ginsberg

Associate Curator Gina Ginsberg is a storyteller and filmmaker from Seattle, Washington. She studied Journalism at the University of Oregon where she started making short documentaries. She currently lives and works in New York, where she works in production, hosts variety shows in Manhattan featuring performance art, comedy, and short films and is a contributor to BRIC TV.

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Sarah Telesca

Web Editor and Social Media Manager Sarah Telesca received her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and French from the University of South Florida in 2014. She is a film aficionado living and working in New York and joined the VAEFF team in early 2017.