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About Us

The mission of the International Youth Film Festival is to help emerging filmmakers from high schools around the world reach the broadest possible audience and to generate international dialogue through cinema. The International Youth Film Festival (IYFF) is organized by high school filmmakers who are committed to creating a community of artists around this annual event.

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Founders & Organizers

Vasco Sousa

Vasco Sousa

Vasco Sousa is originally from Perú but currently living in Connecticut as a student at Greens Farms Academy. To Vasco, the art of Filmmaking has always been a immense part of his life, even as a child he found enjoyment…

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Lydia Picoli

Lydia Picoli is a passionate photographer and filmmaker. She became interested in photography when she was 11 years old and now she works on film projects that challenge societal norms, including creepy, horror-movie-type series. It was through photography that she began to make films that showcase her travels and document socially…

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Mary Louise Foster

Mary Louise Foster is one of the heads of the International Youth Film Festival. She is currently a junior at Greens Farms Academy and has been apart of the festival since it first started. She writes screenplays that have yet…

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Joe Bentham

Joe Bentham is an avid filmmaker and a sophomore at Greens Farms Academy. He moved to the United States from England when he was nine years years old. It was around that time that he became interested in filmmaking. He…

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Jack Sondag

Jack Sondag joined the International  Youth Film Festival team this year. He is an emerging filmmaker who is deeply passionate about film.  He is now a sophomore at Greens Farms Academy in Greens Farms, Connecticut.  He can be reached at jack@iyfilm.org

Judges

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Eliza Moley

Eliza Moley is a freshman at the University of Southern California studying both Communication and Critical Studies of film. She has spent the last few years exploring the realm of film by way of internships at Broadway Video Entertainment and…

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Ryan Schendel

Ryan Schendel is a student filmmaker from Fairfield, Connecticut. He is currently a freshman at UC Berkeley and he was one of the original founders of the International Youth Film Festival. He enjoys filming, editing, and producing films with friends. He…

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Tucker Bliss

Tucker Bliss

( idiot / creative director / director )

Tucker Bliss was raised in the woods of Weston, too far for anyone from GFA to pick him up for parties, which was the worst. He is now a director, specializing in advertising and music videos. He has worked with…

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Katy Byron

Katy Byron

( journalist / GFA alumnus )

Katy has 10 years’ experience working as a TV journalist for CNN, CNBC and ABC News. She has won 2 George Peabody Awards — one for CNN’s coverage of Arab Spring in 2011 and the other for CNN’s coverage of…

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Kyle Sauer

Kyle Sauer

( animator / director )

Kyle Sauer grew up in a John Hughs movie in his mind in nowheresville, Illinois and pursued filmmaking at Boston University, where he pioneered the new Production Design concentration. Outside of film, he designed and wrote for the stage, performing…

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Scott Perry

Scott Perry

( producer / GFA alumnus )

Scott Perry graduated from Boston University’s college of communication. After graduating he transitioned into a full time position at MTV working on various fake-reality TV programs, which was not something that sparked his interest. He then entered the freelance world,…

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Shelley Vidia Worrell

(chief curator/cultural entrepreneur)

Shelley Vidia Worrell is the founder of the Flatbush Film Festival, a four-year old event that has served as a platform for annual screenings as well as pop-up cinema series made possible through partnerships with with institutions including Tribeca Cinema,…

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