Programming Committee 2012
Anna Blackmer, VTIFF Board of Directors
Chair of Arts and Humanities at Burlington College. Poet, teacher, and freelance writer. Has been active in Burlington arts community for 30 years, involved in local readings, small press publications, arts reviewing, and programming literary and film events. M.F.A., Goddard College, in writing.
Graduate of Stanford University and MFA from Bennington. Studied film at FAMU in Prague, working with Academy Award winner Jiri Menzel. Her first short film Alexia, screened at festivals worldwide. Currently developing a script inspired by a true story about a prisoner in Alcatraz with an aptitude for math who forms an unlikely friendship with a mathematician working on the Hydrogen bomb. She is a screenwriter and storyteller, and teaches screenwriting at Burlington College.
UVM graduate – BA in Film & Television Studies. Lover of film, television, music, hot sauce, video games, comics, and the Force.
Mira Niagolova is an internationally recognized award-winning documentary filmmaker committed to telling socially conscious stories portrayed with sensitivity and compassion. Her latest film, http://miraniagolova.com/about_this_film.html Welcome to Vermont is premiered at this year’s Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase in VTIFF 2012 (selected by a different committee).
Orly Yadin Executive Director, VTIFF
Owns an international historical footage company, Footage Farm Ltd. Has produced documentary and animated films including the Academy Award short-listed Silence. She was on the program committee of the UK Jewish Film Festival, has served on juries for international film festivals, and has taught a range of film-related subjects in film schools in England and at Burlington College. Served on the Board of Directors of VTIFF before taking on current position.