Festival Staff

Ethan Van Thillo, Founder/Executive Director
Moises Esparza, Programming Manager
Juan Lopez, Exhibitions Coordinator
Rosana Marques, Marketing & Special Events Manager
Pilar Kuri, Sabor Latino – Food, Beer & Wine Festival Coordinator
Miguel Rodriguez, Festival Programmer
Larissa Vega, Special Guests Manager
Andy Gonzalez, Arte Latino
Saul Silva, Sonido Latino
Paola Hernández-Jiao, Festival Ambassador
Josi Guaimas, Web Programmer
Franko Rosas, Art Director
Greg Penetrante, Technology Associate
Helen Guzman, Will Call
Maria DiGregorio, Will Call

Film Jury


Interns / Volunteers

Christopher Floyd
Mai Fujimoto
Maritza Acevedo
Meng Hao
Roxana Gutierrez
Woojin Shim

Film Festival Selection Committee


Poster Selection Committee

Adolfo Ventura (MAAC Project & MACSD Board Member)
Alexis Emilio Contreras (Graphic Designer at Mindgruve)
Andy Gonzalez (La Onda Arte)
Armando Medina (Designer and Art Director at Mindgruve)
Franko Rosas (Graphic Designer at Studio Ecole)
Gary Benzel (Graphic Design Professor at SDSU)

Media Arts Center San Diego

Tracy Griffith, Bookkeeper
Anna Hayman / Operations Manager
Ryan Kuratomi, Media Director
Larry da Silveira, Youth Programs Coordinator
Marco Chavez, Cinema Associate
Gabriela Espinal, Cinema Associate
Kristian Perez-Franco, Cinema Associate
Grace van Thillo, Development
Shanna Trenholm, Development
Alex Wesser, Instructor
Nate Velasco, Instructor
Gabriela Espinal, Instructor
Mizar Martin, Instructor
Joshua Salaises, Instructor
Lizelle Lopez, Instructor
Karina Lizet Perez, Instructor
Keith Russell, Instructor

Media Arts Center San Diego Board of Directors

Daniel Cruz Gonzalez, Board President
Retired, City of San Diego

Paul Espinosa, Vice President
President/CEO of Espinosa Productions

Adolfo Ventura, M.A., Treasurer
MAAC, Director of Operations

Francisco Mata, Secretary
San Ysidro School District, Coordinator of Public Relations and Community Services

Linda Caballero-Sotelo, Director
Executive Director of the New Americans Museum

Gustavo Perez, Director
Senior Manager with Ernst & Young LLP’s Indirect Tax Practice, State and Local Tax

Vanessa Barron, Director
Marketing and Advertising Expert

John Kiladis, Director
Marketing & Communications, San Diego Gas & Electric

Gustavo M. Rios, Director
Construction Attorney & Project Advisor

Cindy Cesare, Director
Journalist and field producer for the network show, CBS News/48 Hours. Owner and President of CinCity Media, Inc.

Taina Berardi, Director
Holistic Health Entrepreneur