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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 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.

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Niccolo Montanari

Guest Curator Niccolo Montanari built his experience in fashion film as one of the founding members of Berlin Fashion Film Festival. Born in Italy and raised in the UK, Niccolo is now a fashion film and video consultant.  From selecting relevant speakers and jury members, curating fashion film screenings and supporting the production of the annual event, Niccolò’s main focus lay in developing the communication and branding strategy of the festival. He has joined, hosted and organised several panels, workshops and presentations on the topic of fashion film, including London’s Telling Tales: Fashion Cinematic – Narrative in Fashion Film, Marangoni London – An Introduction To Fashion Film and Canadian International Fashion Film Festival 2016 –Defining Fashion Film.  His role as jury member has also seen him collaborate with several creative platforms including the Caribbean Fashion and Arts Feature Festival and the online platform Votd. Currently he works with brands and directors to support them in video content creation and distribution, as well as runs the London-based event The Commissioners, focusing on highlighting outstanding lifestyle-driven video content and the creatives behind it.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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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