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VAEFF 2018 Team
Dan Fine

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.

Mark Alpert

Mark Alpert

Board Member 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. 

Niccolo Montanari

Niccolo Montanari

Guest Curator Niccolo Montanari Born in Italy and raised in the UK, He have built his experience in fashion film as one of the founding members of Berlin Fashion Film Festival. Since 2016 I have worked with film directors, production companies and agencies to support them in the distribution of video content across online media and international film festivals. Learn More

Sarah Telesca

Sarah Telesca

Associate Curator and Artists Coordinator 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 2017.

Ellison Williams

Ellison Williams

Associate Curator Ellison Williams is a Production Assistant and art cinema devotee in New York City.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in English and Creative Writing from Montclair State University in 2013 and joined VAEFF in 2017.

Ahana Umesh

Ahana Umesh

Associate Curator living in New York . 
Graduate of 1-Year Screenwriting Program at New York Film Academy.
Graduate with Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication/Media Studies from Bangalore University. joined the VAEFF team in 2018.

Naomi Moser

Naomi Moser

Associate Curator Naomi Moser is an American video artist based in New York and Detroit. She received her BA in Media Studies from Scripps College in Los Angeles in 2013 and her MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2018. She has participated in Art residencies in Spain, Lebanon and New York CityNaomi joined VAEFF in 2014.

Neco Turkienicz

Neco Turkienicz

Creative Advisor and Board Member Neco Turkienicz is an international accomplished film director and editor, living in New York.  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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