Guests of the Fest

Tammy Bannister

Tammy is the director of programming for Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth (Vancouver)

Tammy’s curatorial practice pre-supposes a lens of intersectional justice in promoting media literacy and critical dialogue to a new generation. In addition to her work at R2R, Tammy is responsible for the MODES Program at the Vancouver International Film Festival, as well as coordinating, writing, and consulting for the International team. Tammy has been involved in program selection with both Vancouver’s Queer Film Festival and DOXA (also serving on the Canadian Jury for the Colin Low Award in 2017) and was a long-time Associate Member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, where she also trained as an Assistant Director. Tammy has worked on several films, music videos, and television shows in many capacities.


Eric Bilodeau

Raised in Rhode Island’s family theater business, Eric Bilodeau has programmed cinematic venues for over thirty years. His experience spans the film exhibition horizon, including advising and booking for multi-screen commercial cinemas, small art house theaters, a multitude of international film festivals and programming his own traveling pop-up, Cricket Cinema. Running Providence’s beloved Cable Car Cinema for 18 years also sharpened his skills in a broad range of film genres.

After selling the Cable Car, Eric was the director of programming for the Newport International Film Festival until joining the Providence Children’s Film Festival in 2010. Eric is also the children’s film programmer for the The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival and a festival advisor for the International Kids Film Festival of India.

About the Providence Children’s Film Festival
The annual Providence Children’s Film Festival takes place in February at multiple venues within walking distance of downtown Providence, with over ten days of screenings, filmmaking workshops, and free activities, along with post-film conversations that help deepen the film-watching experience and foster critical thinking skills. During the festival, PCFF screens an average of 18 feature-length and over 100 short films—including live-action, documentary, and animation—made by filmmakers from around the world. Since 2014, PCFF has included the Youth Filmmaker Showcase, a juried program of films made by youth, followed by an opportunity for young filmmakers to talk about both the fun and the challenges they face during the creative process.


Ulrik Birkkjaer

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and trained at the Royal Danish Ballet School, Ulrik is a principal dancer since 2017 at the San Francisco Ballet. He created roles in Marston’s Snowblind (Ethan Frome), Millepied’s The Chairman Dances—Quartet for Two (2nd section), Peck’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, Pita’s Björk Ballet, and Rhoden’s LET’S BEGIN AT THE END. He danced principal roles in Balanchine’s Serenade (Dark Angel); Bournonville’s La Sylphide (pas de deux excerpt); Peck’s Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes; Robbins’ Fancy Free (pas de deux Sailor); Scarlett’s Frankenstein (Victor Frankenstein); and Tomasson’s Nutcracker (Grand Pas de Deux Prince).

As a guest artist, Ulrik performed with Lithuanian National Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, and Japan’s Inoue Ballet, and at many galas. He produced a tour, “Bournonville Celebration,” to New York City and London in 2015, and a benefit performance, “Dancing for UNICEF,” in Denmark in 2011. Ulrik won the award for best male dancer at The International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto, Canada, in 2006.

Ulrik will introduce the program
Dance for Life which includes the film When I Dance, about children training with the Royal Danish Ballet
Sunday, January 27 at 7 p.m.


Julio Benito Cabrera

Born in Manila, Philippines. Writer, Producer & Director of short films “Naco”, “Mine” , “La Mesa”, “Quique’s Guiro (El Guiro de Quique)” and the animated short film called “Dead Bug,” co- produced with US-based production companies, short film “Frailty” and feature film “Rogue Saints”.

Wrote the script for short film “Naco” as a student of a Graduate School of Scriptwriting. His script won first place at a local film festival and the Puerto Rico Film Commission sponsored the production of the short film.

Traveled extensively to many international film festivals where his films were official selection and received awards. He is Co-Director of the Rincon International Film Festival & Co-Producer of the 48 Hour Film Project San Juan.

Julio’s film Danae is in the short film program Unstoppable,
Saturday, January 26 at 5:30pm &
Wednesday, January 30 at 10:30am


Enrique Delzer

Enrique Delzer is an animator living near Seattle. Born in 2005, he has been learning how to create animations as a homeschool student for the past 4 years. Enrique dreams about owning his own animation company someday. He wants to make films that are fun and entertaining.

Enrique’s film Robbie’s Fears plays in:

No Bullies Allowed
Saturday, January 26 – 7:00pm
Sunday, January 27 – 1:30pm


Giselle Geney

Giselle Geney is a filmmaker/producer/teacher passionate for creating audiovisual content with children and for children. She graduated from the ‘International Television and Film production for children’ course from the Universidad Santiago de Cali in 2015. She has worked as a documentary filmmaker for public children’s television during the past 6 years in TV shows such as ‘Te Re-Creo tus noticias’ (‘I so believe you’), which won the Unicef Prix Jeunesse award in 2014; and in ‘¿Qué harías tú?’ (‘What would you do?’) which was selected in 2018 Fan Chile Children’s Festival.

Giselle wrote and directed 3Feet, which is part of the official selection in 2019 Children’s Film Festival Seattle in the programs No Bullies Allowed and Para Picar: Historias Cortas en Español.

At this moment, Giselle is working in her first live-action feature film for children called “Diego, the singer”, and as an editor for the children’s sports documentary, “Ramón” shot in Mexico.

3Feet is included in the following CFFS programs:
No Bullies Allowed
Saturday, January 26 – 7:00pm
Sunday, January 27 – 1:30pm

Para Picar: Historias Cortas en Español
Wednesday, January 30 at 1:30pm
Saturday, February 2 at 3:30pm


Vivian Hua

Vivian Hua is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer who worked with NWFF in various capacities before stepping into her role as Executive Director in October 2018. She first came to the organization as the Co-Founder of the national film and civil rights discussion series, The Seventh Art Stand, and then as the organization’s Design Lead, where she led rebranding efforts. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of the socially conscious arts publication, REDEFINE, since 2004, and much of her work unifies her interest in the metaphysical with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society. She is currently working on a documentary about a former coal mining town in rural Appalachian Ohio, as well as setting out to release her narrative short film, Searching Skies, about Syrian refugee resettlement in the U.S.

Vivian’s film Searching Skies is in the CFFS program
Borders Boundaries and Home
Saturday, January 26 at 5:30pm
Wednesday, January 30 at 3:30pm


Andres Montaña

Andres Montaña is the Sound director and co-producer of the children’s short film 3Feet, which is part of the official selection for Children’s Film Festival Seattle (2019).

He has been the sound designer and production sound mixer for various feature films, short films and web and TV series. His work has been featured in film festivals such as Cannes, Havana, Oberhausen, Toronto and Cartagena. Last year, the film ‘Wandering Girl’ in which he did the production sound mix, won the best feature film award at the Tallinn Black Nights Festival in Estonia.

For nearly ten years he has been an educator on various film schools in Colombia, and he also continues to work on music production both for films and his personal projects.

He has recently been working in animations and contents for children, aiming to create exciting and detailed soundscapes.

3Feet is included in the following CFFS programs:
No Bullies Allowed
Saturday, January 26 – 7:00pm
Sunday, January 27 – 1:30pm

Para Picar: Historias Cortas en Español
Wednesday, January 30 at 1:30pm
Saturday, February 2 at 3:30pm


Khenrab Palden

In 2015, Khenrab initiated the 1st ever Himalayan International Film Festival in Seattle with support from the Tibetan community and Seattle Center. He envisions to creating a platform for young filmmakers and in particular filmmakers from the Pan-Himalayan regions where they can showcase their work and talent through art, films and storytelling. Every year, #himiff brings breathtaking views and poignant stories from countries like Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan at the Seattle Center’s Armory Loft in Seattle, WA. Khenrab believes a festival like this is long overdue in the Seattle Art scene. The 4th Himalayan International Film Festival (Aug. 25 & 26, 2018) highlighted on A Collection of Tibetan Movies and brought to our community award winning movies including Pema Tseden’s Tharlo and young and upcoming French Tibetan filmmaker Tenzin Dasel’s Royal Cafe.

Professionally Khenrab works for Tasveer, a non profit based in Seattle where he has been filling in the role of Sponsorship Coordinator since 2016. Tasveer organizes the largest South Asian Film Festival in the United States.

Khenrab’s most recent short film, Lucy and Tenzin (2018) is included in Finding Myself, Finding a Friend
Sunday, January 27 at 3:30pm
Wednesday, January 30 at 1:00pm


Tatiana Skorlupkina

Tatiana Skorlupkina is a musician, artist, composer, director, animator, screenwriter, and creator of a new ‘art of the screen’. Her innovative cinematic works lead viewers into a world come alive where genres are transformed and interwoven- images are music, music is images, and literary works both ‘vibrate and narrate’.

She studied harp at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State College, and performed with several Russian philharmonic orchestras and theatres. She continued her education at the distance learning school of the Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatory. Tatiana graduated from the Herzen State Pedagogical University with a degree in Fine Arts. In 1992, she joined the Artists Trade Union of Russia under the name Fedor Sever (pseudonym) – producer and writer.

Tatiana’s three films, Living Pictures, Visitor, and Bunny, Getting to Know Dad, were added to the Multimedia Director curriculum of the Faculty of Information Technology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education. Tatiana’s work has been displayed at personal, national and international exhibitions.

Read about Tatiana’s workshop, Friendly Rhythms of the Planet
Saturday, January 26 at 1:30pm (ages 8-11)
Sunday, January 27 at 1:30pm (ages 11-14)

Tatiana’s new film Dachshund in a Picture Frame plays in the shorts program
Ordinary to Extraordinary
Saturday, February 2 at 1:30pm