Dennis Cieri - Executive Director

Dennis Cieri

Executive Director and Co-Founder

I am a native New Yorker, who had produced a number of film and TV projects throughout my carrier, focusing on social justice and environmental storytelling. My latest travel series, Beyond Moscow, which featured five undiscovered Russian cities through historical narratives interwoven with modern culture and social allure, has been acquired in 2017 by SES, a European TV network broadcasting to over 300 million homes worldwide. I also produced and directed a mini-documentary, Redesigning the Sanitation System for JSTOR Daily, featuring a novel waterless toilet system, piloted in Madagascar, timed for the UN World Toilet Day 2017. Prior to that, I produced a mini-documentary What's in Brooklyn Gowanus Canal? for the Hakai Magazine, about rare and unique microbes dwelling in one of the most polluted waterways in North America. Lastly, in my short, The End of Fair Trade, I investigated how Internet bots force consumers to settle for higher prices based on their perceived ability to pay, which is calculated using personal information gathered on the web. Additionally, as the founder and executive director of The New York City Independent Film Festival, which screens over 250 indie films yearly, I have created a collaborative and supportive environment for filmmakers from around the world, attracting enthusiastic New York City audience of indie film fans.

Email: info@nycindieff.com

Bonnie Rush

Bonnie Rush

Director and Co-Founder

New to the 'indie film world' in 2009, Bonnie was the co-founder of the festival and helped lay the groundwork for the festival's current success. She is also part of the original Cieri Media team and was one of the original creators of the 'egarage'. The 'Jersey transplant' has been active in the art world, working at small theaters and galleries. Her paintings have shown at galleries in Manhattan and Long Island City. She is currently employed by The Metropolitan Opera.

Email: info@nycindieff.com

Kim van der Sluis

Kim van der Sluis

Director and Legal Counsel

Kim is a legal professional who after completion of her LLM in International Business Law worked worldwide in the field of trade and investment law. Most recently, she moved from Tokyo to New York where her love for Indie films brought her to the NYC Indie film festival. She entered as a guest and stayed as a volunteer. Kim deals with legal questions, structuring the business organization as well as writing all grant applications.

Email: legal@nycindieff.com