NY Shorts Fest



Joe Bateman

Joe Bateman is the Head of Content & Acquisitions at SF4U.com, a mobile platform for short format content.  He has over 16 years experience in film festivals and programming/adjudicating on many panels for film festivals, including London Short Film Festival, Encounters Shorts and Animation Film Festival, Kodak Short Film Competition, and Aesthetica Magazine Film Competition.

Matthew Jacobs

Matthew Jacobs serves as associate entertainment editor at the Huffington Post, where he covers movie, music, and television news.  A lifelong pop-culture buff, Matthew graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in English literature.  After abandoning the South for New York City, he became a copy editor at Metro U.S.

Andrew Mer

Andrew Mer is the Senior Vice President of Content Partnerships at SnagFilms, a site that offers viewers carefully selected video content and teh chance to discover, watch, and recommend high-quality content from its extensive online library.  SnagReleasing acquires distribution rights to distinctive film festival favorites and distributes them across a wide variety of movie-viewing platforms.
Vadim Rizov

Vadim Rizov is the managing editor of Filmmaker Magazine.  Rizov has authored dozens of film reviews and interviews for international film magazine Sight and Sound, British film magazine Little White Lies, Dissolve, and Indiewire.  You can also find him posting reviews at Letterboxd.
Sarah Salovaara

Sarah Salovaara is the Contributing Web Editor at Filmmaker Magazine and a programmer for the Nantucket Film Festival and First Time Fest.  Her short film Google Ambien, starring Eleanore Pienta and Joanna Arnow, recently premiered at the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival.  She graduated from Johns Hopkins University and tweets at @sarahsalovaara.
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