Mystelle Brabbee Mystelle Brabbée, Executive Director
Before becoming Director of the Nantucket Film Festival in 2012, Mystelle Brabbée curated the festival program for sixteen years, ten of those as Artistic Director. Almost since its inception, she has stewarded the film program, including the line-up of as many as 75 feature, documentary and short films; As Artistic Director, she has been responsible for the overall creative direction of live programs, including the Screenwriter Tribute hosted by Brian Williams, the All-Star Comedy Roundtable Presented by Ben Stiller, the Staged Readings series, Late Night Storytelling, and the Teen View Filmmaking program. Brabbée has been the Senior Programmer for DOC NYC, a documentary festival at the Independent Film Center New York, and Director of Acquisitions for article27, a London-based film rights syndicator. In 2005, Highway Courtesans, a documentary shot in India that played over thirty-film festivals and garnered several awards along the way was released theatrically in the US. She has taught in the Graduate Film Department of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Bill Curran Bill Curran, Festival Producer
Bill oversees operations, marketing, staff management, and administration for the Film Festival and year­round programming. He has been on the NFF staff since 2010. Outside of NFF, he has worked at the Hamptons International Film Festival since 2009, most recently as an Assistant Programmer, and served on the screening committees for the Tribeca Film Festival and the Sarasota Film Festival. Prior to his Festival career, Bill worked in television production for Leopard Films, Inc. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Film/Video. In his spare time, he can be found in any of New York City’s repertory movie houses catching up on classic and foreign cinema.
BasilTsiokos-wntd Basil Tsiokos, Film Program Director
Basil Tsiokos is a film festival programmer and consultant to filmmakers. He is a Documentary Programming Associate for the Sundance Film Festival, Senior Programmer for DOC NYC, Film Program Director for the Nantucket Film Festival, and program consultant for Hot Docs and the Seattle International Film Festival. He is a regular contributor to Indiewire, serving as the publication’s curator for Hulu’s Documentaries page. As a visiting professor at Pratt, Basil teaches a course on film festivals and oversees the Wallabout student short film festival. In 2010, he co-produced the feature documentary THE CANAL STREET MADAM. Between 1996-2008, Basil was the Artistic & Executive Director of NewFest: The NY LGBT Film Festival. He offers advice and information to filmmakers on Twitter as @1basil1 and on his blog what (not) to doc. Basil holds a Masters degree from New York University in Cinema Studies and two undergraduate degrees from Stanford University.
Nicki Doyamis Nicki Doyamis, Development Manager
Nicki has been a part of the film festival world since 2010, starting right here at NFF as an intern in the Development Department. Currently she is the Development Manager, overseeing all sponsorship relations. She has worked at a variety of film festivals over the past four years, most recently at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival. Nicki is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film and Television. In­between film festival­hopping she still stays true to her creative side by being on a film sets whenever possible, as well as pursuing her own filmmaking dreams.
JessByers Jess Byers, Manager, Marketing & Operations
As Manager, Marketing & Operations, Jess manages advertising, promotional materials, and office administration for the Film Festival. An Oregon native, Jess hopped over “the pond” to study at The International Film School of Paris (EICAR), where he achieved his B.F.A. in International Film Production. Post graduation, he returned to the West Coast, interning at Outfest L.A. as a development and programming assistant. After finishing his contract, he packed his bags for New York where he found a job working for independent filmmaker and activist, Ira Sachs, as a social media and development assistant. Missing the festival world, Jess joined the NFF team in January 2013 to further pursue a career in non­profit arts administration. His favorite movie theater experience will always be, getting dressed up as a teenager to go to monthly cult film screenings at his local indie theater.
Beth Emelson Beth Emelson, Signature Programs Producer
Beth produces the Signature Programs for the Film Festival, for maybe 16 years. She is a theater producer and has been the Producing Director for Atlantic Theater Company, Classic Stage Company, and Naked Angels; and on the staffs of Lincoln Center Theater, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The New York Shakespeare Festival, and Folger Theatre, where she is currently. She has also produced several short films and a comedy series for HBO, and worked for the Tribeca Film Festival.
sspic2 Sarah Salovaara, Programming & Outreach Coordinator
As Program and Outreach Coordinator, Sarah manages the submission processes for the festival’s film and screenplay competitions, while coordinating social media and outreach efforts. She previously programmed First Time Fest with the Museum of the Moving Image’s David Schwartz, and currently serves as the Contributing Web Editor of Filmmaker Magazine. When she’s not watching or writing about film, she’s pinching pennies to make them. A native New Yorker, she graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2012, and lives in Greenpoint. 


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