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.
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.
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.
Gerard van den Broek
Gerard is a born Dutchman, with a vast TV career in his back pocket, working internationally as a journalist and TV program editor. In 2004 he started his own international film festival focusing on journalism: current affairs and sports documentaries. Fifteen years later that 10 person gig has grown into a two day 700+ audience festival. In 2012 he met Dennis and got involved in the NYC Independent Film Festival, first as a judge, since 2014 as the documentary curator of the festival. The NYC Indie Film Fest receives some 300 feature and short documentaries each year submitted from all over the world, of which some 60 docs make it to the golden selection. Gerard watches every single one of them to make sure he doesn't miss one single pearl of a film. For the NYC Independent Film Festival he also ran some of the venues independently and produced the 2018 Awards Ceremony in the SubCulture Club on Bleecker Street in NoHo New York. This year he started a brand new event, the Music Film Festival in the Netherlands. Dedicated solely to music, from Rachmaninoff to Rammstein, rap to gospel, jazz to world music. All on film for music lovers only.
Pati has an extensive career in marketing and communication, focusing on strategic planning, advertising and events. She has worked for advertising agencies and publishing companies, creating and developing innovative solutions. At the NYC Indie Film Festival she creates tailored opportunities for our sponsors, as well as contributes to the planning and formatting of the festival itself, providing sponsors and filmmakers the best exposure. She loves music, dogs, ballet, wine, soccer and, of course, indie films. Contact Pati and she will assemble the perfect sponsoring package for your brand.
Stefan has experience working with global organizations and Fortune 500 companies to build communities of leaders interested in sharing best practices with one another. He also has more than a decade of experience in creating sponsorship opportunities for organizations interested in using media opportunities to help drive awareness of their brands. As an advisor to the NYCIFF, Stefan provides feedback and advice to the festival team around sponsorship opportunities and creating a connected community of participants.