FESTIVAL TEAM

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Nora Armani Founder, Artistic Director, Curator 

Nora Armani is an award-winning actor/filmmaker with extensive International stage and screen credits.

She has curated, guest-curated, and organized film events, and festivals internationally since her debut with the

1992 Tribute to Armenian Cinema at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Center in Washington,

D.C. Sherepresented the Ministry of Culture of Armenia in the Film Division from 1991-1993 organizing numerous

film eventsand retrospectives on Cinema worldwide. Under her Paris-based film production company Parev Productions/SquareMango Films, read more

Graduate of London School of Economics.Visiting Fellow, Southampton Solent University, U.K. Professional actor, writer and musician. Member, Crime Writers Association,U.K. and Mystery Writers

of America.

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Dirk Robertson Film Selection
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Michael Claes Outreach/ Promotion, Partner/Sponsor relations

Executive Producer/Producer. Two current projects in development, "Nara's War" - a romantic thriller taking place in Syria and "The Edge" - a television drama on the club scene in NYC in the 1990s.

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Sandra Ouvrier Assistant Manager, Jury and Filmmaker Realtions

Sandra is a French Masters' Degree student at Manhattan Institute of Management - Focusing in Arts Management

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Emma Briançon Communications and Outreach

After her Master's Degree in Communication, Emma decided to challenge herself and spend six months in New York to improve her English skills. She is now an accomplished communicator, and outreach speocialist. 

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Lucie Tripon Script competition, Video/ Photo 

Member of the SR family since its inception, writer, loves films, acting and theater.

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Ching Juhl  Q&A and Moderating - Videography 

Musician/educator/filmmaker, has appeared in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center & Victoria Hall. She has performed with the Jade String Trio, Phoenix Symphony as well as touring with Rod Stewart & Perry Como.

Juhl taught music at St. Joseph's College and she directs the Music Studio Manhattan. As a filmmaker, she has produced more than 600 videos/films. 
Her film My Yang Gang Diary won the Best Documentary Feature at Rome International Film Festival 2021. www.juhlmedia.com

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Linda Selman Film Selection, Outreach/ Promotion, Q&As
Playwright, Director, Actor, Producer, Author and Museum Curator. Chair of the Theatre Committee at the National Arts Club Web Site: lindaselman.com  
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Peder Smith Trailer, media clips

Filmmaker, writer and recent graduate from the University of Tampa. Member of the film selection and editing teams. https://vimeo.com/wiseguysproductions

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Donna Heffernan Film Selection, Filmmaker Q&A, Outreach/ Promotion, Panels and Workshops

Donna Heffernan is a seasoned Creative Director and multimedia specialist. She is currently working
on her first documentary and has survived her son's remote learning classes since March 2020. https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/kjWoRdqeTrZCPMRNA

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Yao He Film Selection, Social Media, Partnership/ Sponsorships

A film and digital media recent graduate who recently moved to New York from California, Yao loves attending film festivals and is excited to be part of one! And finds it important to show perspectives aside from the mainstream media by contributing different cultures and communities in the process of filmmaking.

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Arpiar Elmayan Film Selection

Born in Istanbul, Arpiar enjoyed a long and successful career in electrical engineering and construction in

New York City - but, his true passions have always included cinema, art, history, human rights, environmental and landmark conservation. He currently lives in Huntington, N.Y.

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Manvel Saribekyan Film Selection Consultant—Armenia

Founder, Director of Man Pictures Production, Armenia

Author and producer of a number of film projects. He is the author of the idea and general producer of the project Map of Gratitude and two films of this project – Map of Salvation and American Good Samaritans.

They helped us... we thank them!

NADINE ASMAR • KECHU HUANG  •  ANNA ANTONOVA  •  DALIA KASPARIAN-SEMERDJIAN  •  MARION AVRIL  

ARAXI MARDIRIAN  •  VALENTINA BARTOZZI  •  ARAM SPENDJIAN  •  JOSEPHINE MADINIER  •  KYLE PERRY 

 HELENE THOMAS GALLIÈRE  •  SHIRLEY ZHENG  •  ALEXANDER VOROBYEV •  GREG KARAKASHIAN

 MIA ASOUAD • MARINE MARCENAC  •  CLARISSE SCHNEIDER  •  DELPHINE MILLOT •  CONSTANCE DUBOIS

CONNIE AREVALO  •  MARTIN ARUSHANYAN  •  SEAN JUHL  •  PEY YING CHI  •  SARAH MEANS

 SALMA MOHAMMED • LAURA LEMUS ZAPATA  •  MADDALENA CROSTI  •  TEMANA ANSQUER  •  .CONAN MAGEE 

 CHIARA SPAGNOLI GABARDI  •  AUDE LAMBERT  •  YIFU QIAO  •  TALEEN BABAYAN • SOPHIA BENZ

JENNIFER FLETCHER  •  MICHELLE PURDY  •  LUCY FINE  •  ELIAS GEB • NATALIE GOLOGORSKY • TOM HELBERG