Photo: Tess Steinkolk
Nora Armani is an award-winning actor/filmmaker with extensive International stage and screen credits in many languages. She has curated and organized film events, and guest-curated film 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. She represented the Ministry of Culture of Armenia in the Film Division from 1991-1993 organizing numerous film events and retrospectives on Cinema worldwide. Under her Paris-based film production company Parev Productions/ Square Mango Films, she has also organized film events with The Pompidou Center in Paris, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) London, The British Library, Cine Lumière London, Edinburgh Film Festival, Kerala Film Festival India, Birmingham, Inverness, Cardiff, and The Silver Lake Film Festival as guest curator. She has produced films that have screened at International film festival official selections such as Cannes, Rotterdam and Berlin. She often presents papers at conferences such as Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) at Harvard University and Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and LSE Media Studies, on Sergei Paradjanov, Cultural Identity in Cinema, and Socially Relevant films and their importance is promoting positive social change. She holds an M.Sc. degree in Sociology from The London School of Economics (LSE), and a BA in Sociology and English from AUC. For more information see full bio and filmography on her website or on IMDb.
Nora is currently based in New York after many years in Los Angeles and Paris.
Founding Artistic Director - Festival Curator
THE FESTIVAL TEAM
NORA ARMANI: Founding Artistic Director
LUCIE TRIPON: Panels Assistance
NATALIE GOLOGORSKY: Sponsorship/ Communication
JENNIFER FLETCHER: Film Submissions/ Filmmaker relations
JILLIE THOMAS: Script Selection/ Director Table
ARED SPENDJIAN: Art Director/ Branding
MICHAEL CLAES: PR/ Marketing/ Sponsorship
ARAM SPENDJIAN: Sponsorship/ Marketing/ Social Media
LUCY FINE: Social Media/ Festival Trailer
MICHELLE PURDY: Volunteer Coordinator
SR WEB Services: Website Update/ Media Channels
JOHN BENNETT: Marketing/ Promotion
DIRK ROBERTSON: Film Selection advice
THOMAS SIMON: Doc Film Selection advice
ARIANNA KAMINSKI: Short film Selection advice
CHING JUHL: Video/ Photo Coverage
GEORGE DAY: Video/ Photo Coverage
ARMEN SPENDJIAN: Press Assistance
LINDA SELMAN: Outreach
ELIAS GEB: General Assistance
Panels / Producer
A French native, Lucie has been with the festival from the beginning. She writes plays and sketches. She was part of a French-Colombian women duo (Yorkville Theater) with Nadia Menco which wrote and performed plays around New York and then produced in 2015 a short film called Pink Dolphin that made it to several international festivals including the Cannes short corner. She is currently working on a play and a poetry project.
Ching Chen Juhl
Video and DIY Filmmaking
Filmmaker Videographer and Viola player par excellence.
Art Director and Branding manager
Grants Writer, Marketing & Social Media Guru
A recent graduate of Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in Television and Radio, Armen is passionate about music in all its forms, specifically dance music. His mixes and compositions have been played by DJ's internationally. He is the SRFF resident DJ when not doing social media and promotion.
Sponsorship communications and outreach
Film Submissions and Filmmaker Relations
Social Media and Festival Trailer
Event and Volunteer coordinator
SR Ambassador in Russia
SR Ambassador in Vienna
SR Ambassador in Florida
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Helene Thomas Galliere
Pey Ying Chi
Laura Lemus Zapata
Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi