THE FESTIVAL TEAM

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
François Truffart

After completing a Master degree in Economics and Politics in Paris (Dauphine University), François Truffart was Cultural Attaché in charge of the promotion of French cinema and television programs at the French Embassy in Hungary (Budapest), Japan (Tokyo) and the United States (Los Angeles) from 1991 to 2001. In 2001, he joined the Cannes Film Festival to become Director of La Cinéfondation. From 2003 to 2004, he was the U.S. representative of the Cannes Film Market. He has been in charge of programming for The American French Film Festival since 2004 and has been assigned Executive Producer of the event in 2007.

He is the author of Le Guide des Televisions en Europe, published by Bayard Press in 1991. 

Francois Truffart was honored by the French government with the order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Anouchka Van Riel

Anouchka van Riel started her career in finance at Vivendi Universal’s gaming division where she was responsible for analyzing movie franchises (Ice Age 2, Scarface, Eragon…) and evaluating new publishing and distribution deals. She has worked at the The American French Film Festival to promote French artists and their films since 2004. She also produces independent films about unheralded subjects such as modern hula-hooping and the transmen community.

She graduated from ESCP Europe and studied at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

CREATIVE DIRECTION
Jérôme Curchod, The Bonus Room

Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, and living in Los Angeles since 1993, Jérôme Curchod worked for many years as creative director of a series of art and music publications (RayGun, Bikini, huH). He then focused his design interests toward the field of event promotion, working with a number of music and film festivals, including  The American  French Film Festival and HollyShorts, in Los Angeles, as well as Cinéma Tous Ecrans, in Geneva. He is currently designing a book on Switzerland, documenting its history as a set for film productions, dating back to painted backdrops of the swiss Alps in Laurel and Hardy silent features.

Senior Coordinator
Christiane White

Box Office:
Ticket Sales and Reservations Manager
Melanie Poehner

Box Office Assistants
Canelle Boughton
Nicolas Mison

Theatre Management and Volunteers Coordinator
Sophia LaPaglia

Press Relations
Patricia Frith

Talent Producer
Robin Reinhardt

Film Department
Laurence Ma

Film Notes Writer
Rosemary Ricchio

Website Design and Management
Bruno Rony, Cybird.com

Social Media Management
Jennifer Schofield

COLCOA TV
Loïc Pialat

Coordinators
Arthur Mc Millan
Sophie Galibert

Theatre Management Melville Theatre
Scott Baumgartner
Trae Delellis

Festival Photographer
Philip Guerette

Production Design
Scenic Designer
Jessie Chen

Production Manager
Rui Xu

Art/Technical Director
Jacob Whitmore

Lighting Designer
Pei-Yu Lai

Interpreters
Yolanda Gilot, Katherine Vallin

Transportation
Michael Sullivan
Dean Wong
Drew Hale
Tiffany Hughes
Shelli Monet-Newbolt

IN FRANCE

Festival Paris Office / FACF:
Églantine Langevin, Julie Garcia

Coordinator Talent Relations
Cécile Hokes

Press Relations
Vanessa Jerrom

ADVISORY PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Peter Debruge, Chief Critic Variety
Gwen Deglise, American Cinematheque
Taylor Hackford, DGA
Adeline Monzier, Unifrance US
Amy Nicholson, Critic

THE FESTIVAL PARTNERS REPRESENTATIVES
(Franco-American Cultural Fund)
Julie Garcia, SACEM
Jenny Hilscher, MPA
Eglantine Langevin, SACEM
Andrea Scott, DGA
Tiffany L. Slater, WGAW

THE FESTIVAL SUPPORTERS
Lucie Carette, French Embassy in the United states
Mathieu Debusschère, l’ARP
Julie Duhaut-Bedos, French Consul General in Los Angeles
Daniela Elstner, Unifrance

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