Gustavo R. Aparicio

Gustavo R. Aparicio

Managing Director, Spanglish Movies

Gustavo R. Aparicio was born and raised in Argentina, and later moved to California to pursue degrees in Marketing and Political Economy from UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. Following his time at 20th Century Fox, where he managed various territories, Gustavo founded Spanglish with the goal of bringing high-quality content to underserved Latino diasporas.
Today, Spanglish has a diverse portfolio that includes its own Production Unit, the largest theatrical distributor of Spanish-spoken films in the US, a licensing unit with a catalog of over 2,500 hours of premium content, publish FAST Channels, and have ventured into the programmatic advertising arena with an innovative new initiative.
As the head of Spanglish's growth initiatives and Board Member of the FAST Alliance, Gustavo is proud to be part of a dynamic team that strives every day to make a meaningful impact on the US Hispanic community.

Maria Elisa Ayerbe

Maria Elisa Ayerbe


Maria Elisa Ayerbe, a Latin Grammy-winning engineer and multi-nominated producer, engineer, and songwriter from Colombia, boasts an impressive track record working on Grammy and Latin Grammy awarded and nominated albums. With over 15 years of experience in recording, mixing, and music production, Maria Elisa has collaborated with renowned artists like Brandy Clark, Mary J Blige, New Kids on the Block, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Laura Pausini, Juanes, Kronos Quartet, Paula Arenas, Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others.

In recognition of her exceptional performance as a professional and socially conscious woman in the arts and entertainment fields, Maria Elisa received the Leading Ladies of Entertainment award from the Latin Recording Academy® in 2019. She has also served as a Trustee and Governor of the Recording Academy, Florida Chapter, and actively participates in empowering organizations for women in music, such as We Are Moving The Needle, She Is The Music, Women in Music, and Soundgirls, among others.

Since 2007, Maria Elisa has been imparting her knowledge and expertise as a university professor, teaching courses related to audio and music in Colombia, Chile, Cuba, the USA, Mexico, and Spain. She's also moderated and participated in panels and discussions for various events and organizations, including LAMC, Grammy U, Music Expo, IMSTA Fest, and The Recording Academy.

Maria Elisa had the privilege of hosting seasons 2 and 3 of the Emmy-nominated TV music show called "A Tiny Audience," which aired on HBO in the US and distributed in Latin America by DirecTV.

Rick Beasley

Rick Beasley

Executive Director, CareerSource South Florida

Rick Beasley has served as the Executive Director for the South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB) dba CareerSource South Florida (CSSF) since August 2005. In this position, he oversees workforce programs in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties with an operating budget of $75 million. He is in charge of one of the nation’s most dynamic “melting pots” – a diverse socioeconomic region. His vision for CareerSource South Florida is to create a model for the nation by establishing a world-class talent supply chain that fosters economic growth. CareerSource South Florida’s overarching strategic priority is to support economic development that leads to higher –skilled, better-paying jobs that improve South Florida’s quality of life and strengthen the economy.

Mr. Beasley has provided leadership for a number of important workforce initiatives including the development of an On-line Balance Scorecard, deployment of the CSSF Mobile Workforce Assistance Centers (five mobile units), development and implementation of the Miami-Dade County First Source Ordinance, the South Florida Workforce State of the Workforce Report. CareerSource South Florida is one of the few Local Workforce Development Boards that sponsor career development offices on the campus of partner colleges and universities including St. Thomas University and Florida Memorial University as a way of increasing the talent pool and gaining early access/exposure to college graduates.

Prior to joining CareerSource South Florida, he was the Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Division of Workforce Development. In this position, Beasley was responsible for managing Missouri's workforce development system and advising key policymakers on a broad range of workforce and economic development issues. In total, Rick oversaw more than 500 employees, while administering a $250 million budget to provide employment and training assistance to Missouri job seekers and employers.

Under Beasley's leadership, the Department of Economic Development-Division of Workforce Development received the Governor's Award for Quality and Productivity in recognition for outstanding work. He led the development and release of, the state's new job bank and case management system. The system proved so efficient, the agency expanded it to incorporate all employment and training programs. Beasley was also instrumental in revamping the organization's structure, providing better service delivery and more efficient program coordination.

Craig Bernstein

Craig Bernstein

Agent, Physical Production, Paradigm

Veteran agent Craig Bernstein oversees the Physical Production department at Paradigm Talent Agency. He represents multiple award-winning production artists of the film and television industry, including directors, cinematographers, production designers, editors, costume designers, visual effects artists, stunt coordinators and other production professionals.

A member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Bernstein began his career working in production for several of the most-respected producers in the industry, and has since worked with companies including A3, UTA, and ICM Partners. He is a graduate of Syracuse University. Bernstein is based in Los Angeles, CA.

Julio Reyes Copello

Julio Reyes Copello

Music Producer, Composer and Pianist

Julio Reyes Copello is a highly accomplished musician, songwriter, and producer who has made significant contributions to both Latin and mainstream music scenes. He has won a combined 14 Grammy and Latin Grammy awards, including the prestigious Producer of the Year in 2022. Reyes Copello's career spans over two decades, during which he has worked with a diverse array of artists and projects.

He has produced and written songs for numerous renowned artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Natasha Bedingfield, Nelly Furtado, Alejandro Sanz, Laura Pausini, Brian May, Juanes, and many others. Reyes Copello has also composed and produced music for various multimedia projects, including the soundtrack for the VR experience Mars 2030 in collaboration with NASA, Fusion, and NVIDIA. He has also composed for films like Koati, an animated feature produced by Sofia Vergara, the Zorro series produced by Secuoya Studio and the TV series Hawthorne produced by Jada Pinkett and Will Smith.

In 2021, Julio Reyes Copello established the Art House Academy, aiming to nurture young talent and innovate music education. He also brought the Abbey Road Institute to the United States, offering state-of-the-art training in music production.

Julio Reyes Copello's versatility and influence in the music industry, coupled with his commitment to education and innovation, have solidified his reputation as a prominent figure in both Latin and global music landscapes.

Juan Carlos Coto

Juan Carlos Coto


Juan Carlos Coto has been writing television for three decades, most recently as an Executive Producer and director of the ABC series 9-1-1. He was the Showrunner/Executive Producer of From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. Coto was also an Executive Producer of the internationally acclaimed spy series, Nikita, and has written and produced for Heroes, Journeyman, Invasion, 24 and The Pretender.
Coto, a Cuban-American, was a consultant on the Emmy-winning HBO film, For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. He has created several pilots and developed the series Mortal Kombat: Konquest. A former computer game designer, Coto worked on Spycraft: The Great Game, which was named Macworld’s game of the year in 1995. Coto started his writing career at The Miami Herald.

Tulio Cremisini

Tulio Cremisini

Film & TV Composer, Recording Artist, Record Producer, The Miami Symphony Orchestra

Tulio Cremisini is a multi award-winning film and TV composer, recording artist and record producer.

Tulio is currently composer in residence and principal timpanist with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, since 2008. His commissioned symphonic works include the 2022 world-premiere of ”Tre Episodi per contrabbasso lirico e orchestra”, “Katharsis” for violin and orchestra”, “Concerto for Guitar” and “Echoes” as well as his 2023 upcoming world premiere of “Intuiciones”. Tulio’s recent film scoring works include the 2022 animated short film“Above Ground” as well as the award winning French short film “Dévoilement”

Tulio won the “Best Original Soundtrack” award at the 27th Trieste Film Festival (Italy) for the feature film “Eternal Ashes”. He later released the film’s soundtrack album. Tulio is a fellow graduate from the prestigious “ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop” As a television composer, Tulio won 4 ASCAP film and TV music awards for 6 NBC/Telemundo international TV series: “Alguien te mira”, “La Casa de al lado”, “El Rostro de la Venganza”, “Santa Diabla”, “Sangre de mi tierra” and “Operación Pacífico”. He has also scored two TV Azteca’s prime time drama series: “La hija Prodiga” and “Desaparecida”. As songwriter, arranger and producer, he participated in 6 Latin Grammy winning or nominated albums and his original songs and productions are included in albums and videos by Luis Fonsi, Lola Ponce, Ricardo Montaner, Ilan Chester, Edina Nazario, Conjunto Primavera, Patty Manterola, David Bustamente, Alih Hey and Jaime Camil, all by major record labels such as Sony, Universal, BMG, EMI, among others.

Tulio composed the music for the award winning short film “Above Ground” which screened at 11 film festivals and has won 3 awards.

As a recording artist, Tulio released his solo guitar album “Momentum” performing his own 12 original compositions, to critical acclaim: “This entire collection is a welcome addition to the guitar repertoire – A Must Listen (and learn!)” Carlos Rafael Rivera. EMMI and Grammy winner composer for “The Queen’s Gambit”

gustavo ferrada

Gustavo Ferrada


In January 2022, Gustavo Ferrada joined MEDIACREST as Head of Scripted. Previously, after working for TVE as Head of the Film Department between November 2007 and June 2010, he founded CONVOY FILMS, from where he has produced and participated in several feature film projects. He also worked as Head of the Production Department and Film Producer at SOGETEL and SOGECINE from August 1996 to September 2007, as Head of Spanish and Independent Film Acquisitions at Canal + from March 1993 to July 1996 and as a free-lance director. He has been involved as producer or executive producer in more than twenty feature films by directors such as: Juan José Campanella, Sergio Pablos, María Ripoll, Álex de la Iglesia, Enrique Urbizu, Mateo Gil, Javier Fesser or Isabel Coixet, among others.

Mauricio Ferrazza

Mauricio Ferrazza

Chairperson, Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) at Miami Dade College

Mauricio Ferrazza has 25+ years of experience in broadcasting, animation, game dev and for the past 10 years he's been working in higher education as Chairperson at the Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex at Miami Dade College. In 2009 he founded MIA ANIMATION, LLC and launched the "MIA Animation Conference & Festival," the leading animation conference in the southeast of the United States, designed to be a forum for active networking and practical information exchange with strong commitment and emphasis in education while developing and nourishing new talent.

Today, MIA ANIMATION focuses on creating unique digital experiences in different platforms, elevating brands and engaging target audiences for several clients including The Make A Wish Foundation, The InterContinental Miami Hotel, and the City of Miami. In 2015, Ferrazza inaugurated the Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) at Miami Dade College, the first facility of its kind at a public higher education institution in Florida. Both academic programs “Animation & Game Art” and “Game Development & Design,” are industry focused, with a skilled training curriculum designed to fill jobs currently in demand by the industry.

In 2018, The Aspen Institute and the Siemens Foundation awarded the MAGIC program at Miami Dade College with the Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award, in recognition of the outstanding preparation and education the program provides students seeking careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In 2023, the MAGIC program was included in the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program’s newest guide: "Excellence & Equity in STEM Programs," which covers three strong suits of high-value STEM programs: Outreach and Recruitment; Onboarding, Advising, and Student Support; and High-quality Programs and Employer Partnerships. In 2021 the Miami DDA enlisted Mauricio Ferrazza to create and animate a state-of-the art 3D projection mapping display, showcasing Miami’s history projected on the exterior of the historic Miami Dade Courthouse on Flagler Street in downtown Miami; during Miami's 125th Birthday Celebrations.

Lissette García Arrogante

Lissette García Arrogante

Tourism and Culture Department Director for the City of Miami Beach

Lissette García Arrogante has over two decades of public, corporate, and nonprofit expertise in arts and special events.
As a seasoned arts and culture leader, Lissette has an in-depth understanding of the value of the artistic sector as an economic driver. She has the ability to leverage the economic impact of arts and culture by implementing arts-based strategies to engage and revitalize economic and community development.

Currently, Lissette is the Tourism and Culture Department Director for the City of Miami Beach, FL. Appointed by Mayor Gelber and Commissioners to oversee tourism, cultural affairs division, special events and film division, and The Bass Museum. The Tourism and Culture Department is also the liaison to the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Authority, and Art Basel. Lissette oversees Miami Beach Live!, a month-long curated activation of large-scale fitness and culture events in March.

Lissette's efforts in the local film industry include diversifying the City's Film Incentive Fund to allow flexibility to the requirements allowing to provide grant funding for film-related programming. Through Lissette's leadership, the City partners with Oolite Arts by commissioning local filmmakers to produce short films focusing on varying Miami Beach-focused initiatives.

Lissette also understands the film industry from her experience working freelance in the film industry as a stylist assistant for local music video and print shoots during her college years.

Marco Giron

Marco Giron

Film Commissioner, Film Miami, Miami-Dade County

Mr. Giron is the chief executive overseeing the growth of the entertainment production industry in the largest market in Florida. He directs the Office of Film and Entertainment’s governmental interactions with some 200 production companies, numerous sound stages and recording studios, three Spanish-language production facilities, and a multitude of businesses supportive or adjacent to the motion picture, TV, video, digital and still photography industries. He represents the County as the Chief of Film and Entertainment in fostering key relationships with studio executives, prolific filmmakers and key industry production media companies to attract projects with a mission of developing Miami-Dade as a top global destination for film production.   Since his appointment on February 14, 2022, he has led the economic recovery of the County’s creative industries. Under his leadership, Miami-Dade County created the largest incentive program currently in the State of Florida. He initiated and was successful in winning the bid to host the 25 th Anniversary Celebration of the Latin Grammys in Miami-Dade. Aside from managing Miami-Dade’s Film Commission Office — which offers a one-stop permitting system for projects filmed in the County and its many municipalities — Giron’s office also oversees the use of the High Impact Film Fund Program. A $10 million film incentive program to lure large-scale film projects to the County for the purpose of economic development.

Marco is a certified Protocol Officer trained at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. in diplomatic relations. He is an award-winning public administration media professional with extensive communications, film, and entertainment industry credentials. Mr. Giron has received numerous awards and accolades and was recognized as “The Achiever” by Miami Today. He is also a former Talent Agency Director, responsible for negotiating contracts and managing several high-profile projects, brand development, talent acquisitions and a large array of celebrity client portfolios in the entertainment industry.

  With extensive senior government experience, he has served as a director and legislative advisor for two of Florida’s largest municipalities which include the City of Miami, and the City of Doral. These significant senior roles in government public administration have garnered him a reputation in government as a trusted and reliable advocate for the film and entertainment industry.

He previously served as the Deputy Director of Communications and Film Liaison for the City of Doral where he managed the department staff and a multi-million-dollar annual operating budget. Prior to working with Doral, he was a senior level member of the City of Miami directing special projects in media and film on behalf of the Mayor.

Carla Gomez

Carla Gomez

TV Producer & Executive

Carla Gomez is a TV producer and development executive based in Miami, FL, with almost two decades of experience working in original productions for cable and streaming. Specializing in LATAM and US Hispanic content, Carla has been at the forefront of developing award-winning stories for this audience. Her projects have won multiple awards at the NAMIC Vision Awards, Imagen Foundation, Telly Awards, and the Kids’ Choice Awards.

Throughout her career, Carla has produced a diversity of formats and genres, including scripted series, unscripted shows, and films for media companies such as HBO, Nickelodeon, MTV, and NBCUniversal. Currently, Carla is the Director of Development for ViX, where she oversees an extensive pipeline of originals for the TelevisaUnivision streaming service.

Born and raised in Colombia, she moved to the USA as a college student. She holds a Master's Degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University and a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media Production and International Affairs from Florida State University.

Maria Gutierrez

Maria D. Gutierrez

Executive Director, Office of Postsecondary Career and Technical Education

Maria D. Gutierrez is a distinguished alumna of the University of Miami, holding both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Secondary Education. She further excelled by earning an Educational Specialist Degree Summa Cum Laude from Nova Southeastern University. Her career with Miami-Dade County Public Schools has seen her thrive in various capacities, including teacher, department chair, juvenile transition specialist, and assistant principal, always with a focus on elevating student achievement. Transitioning back to adult education in 2012, Ms. Gutierrez has significantly influenced curriculum development for ESOL and ABE, emphasizing data-driven decision-making, which has boosted enrollment, retention, and student advancement to CTE programs. She is the brain behind BluAppl-Suite, a transformative educational software now used district-wide.

Confirmed as Executive Director for the Office of Professional and Career Technical Education in 2022, Ms. Gutierrez collaborates with a wide range of partners to enhance IET, CTE, and apprenticeship programs, underscoring her dedication to improving education and career pathways. She has significantly grown M-DCPS-sponsored apprenticeship programs in program offerings, enrollment, and apprenticeship partners.

 Pierre Hachar Jr., Esq.

Pierre Hachar Jr., Esq.

Music Lawyer, Managing Partner, The Hachar Law Group

Founder of The Hachar Law Group, Hachar has been named one of Billboard magazine's Top Music Lawyers for six consecutive years. He currently represents many of the biggest artists in Latin music, along with several of the most prominent producers, songwriters, managers, and companies. He has extensively negotiated multimillion-dollar deals for his clients across various sectors. Additionally, he has built a team of lawyers and professionals who provide a range of legal services to the entertainment community. Hachar proudly serves on the Advisory Committee to the Latin GRAMMY Foundation.

He began his career as a musician at the Berklee College of Music, where he honed his musical knowledge, and subsequently graduated in Music Business from the University of Miami. Later, he earned his law degree with Cum Laude honors from St. Thomas University School of Law. In addition, he has amassed a large following on social media (@redcarpetlaw) across all digital platforms, where he shares knowledge and discusses topics related to the music business and entertainment law, and is an invited speaker at multiple universities and international organizations related to entertainment law and the music business.

 Karen Hall

Karen Hall

SCREENWRITER, SHOWRUNNER / M*A*S*H, The Good Wife, Judging Amy

Karen Hall is a veteran American television writer and producer best known for her work on the television series M*A*S*H., Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, Judging Amy, and The Good Wife. She also wrote and produced the mini-series The Women of Brewster Place.

She is also an author of both fiction and nonfiction. Her book The Sound of Silence: The Life and Canceling of a Heroic Jesuit Priest was released by Sophia Press on May 21, 2024 and is already a best seller.

Thiago Levy

Thiago Levy

Creative Director, Co-Founder, Team Legend Studios

Thiago Leyy is a seasoned cartoonist and animator, renowned for his visionary work as the co-founder and creative director of Team Legend Studios in Miami, Florida. With over 18 years of experience, Thiago has developed and directed an animated series for Noggin “PUPS”, produced several animated music videos for top bands such as Your Favorite Martian and Rare Americans and also alongside his team of legends produced many animated adverts. His creative talent extends to developing original IPs and working major projects like the upcoming "Henry Danger: The Movie." With extreme passion for cartoons, Thiago continues to push the boundaries of creativity, leaving a lasting impact on the industry.

Giorgia Lo Savio

Giorgia Lo Savio

Co-Founder Alacran Group, Jinga Pictures

Giorgia Lo Savio is co-founder at Alacran Group and founder of the independent production company Jinga Pictures, based in Miami. The group also includes recording studios and facilities in South Beach.

Over the past 25 years, she has worked her way through different aspects of the film business in both the United Kingdom and the United States. She co-produced the film by Andrea Pallaoro ‘Monica’, which had its world premiere in Official Competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2022 and was released in the USA by IFC Films in 2023. She also co-produced in the same year the film ‘Rebellion’ by Jose Luis Rugeles which won at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2022 and Malaga Film Festival 2023, and it is now playing on Netflix.

She served as executive producer of Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’, which was the closing-night screening for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Other films she has produced include ‘Only When I Dance’, ‘Algo Pasó en Alma’, ‘Los Viejos’, which have been shown in various festivals: Tribeca, Guadalajara, Munich, La Habana, amongst others, as well as well as aired in movie theaters and on television/digital platforms.

Helena Mackenzie

Helena Mackenzie

Head of Inward Investment & Business Development at Film London

Helena’s film career has crossed many paths including domestic theatrical distribution, international sales and film production.

Helena is currently the Head of Inward Investment & Business Development at Film London. She runs a busy department which includes the delivery of key industry events such as the London Screenings an annual 4 day showcase of independent British films, the Film London Production Finance Market, helping producers to raise part of the finance for their feature film productions and UPstream a discovery event of new IP for adaptation to film & TV drama.

She originates in & outbound bespoke programmes to encourage and help facilitate international co-productions and collaborations with London based producers. She is responsible for promoting the capital as a world class filming destination and a creative hub for emerging and established talent and is currently working to deliver new film & TV studios to be built in London.

René Mantilla

René Mantilla

Assistant Superintendent, Office of Postsecondary Career and Technical Education

Mr. René Mantilla, a product of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, holds over 30 years of experience in the education profession. After graduating from Miami Jackson Senior High School in 1986, he proudly embarked on a career in education graduating with an Associate of Arts from Florida State University in 1989, a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies from Florida International University in 1992, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 1998. He has risen through the ranks from social studies advance placement teacher to school-site assistant principal, principal, executive director, district director; and currently, Assistant Superintendent for the Office of Postsecondary Career and Technical Education.

René actively began championing the Career Pathways Initiative in August 2011 and has systematically expanded career technical education opportunities for secondary and postsecondary students in Miami-Dade County ever since. René continuously explores non-traditional alternatives that provide a myriad of pathways to transition students from education to employment. He has contributed much to this endeavor by facilitating a career exploration and progress tracker for post-secondary students; by creating a live data dashboard that provides all adult education sites and technical colleges with critical information on student career interests, progress, and transition from one program to the next; and by actively partnering with local government, government agencies, local businesses, trade organizations and Workforce in order to create new Integrated Education and Training (IET), internship, work-based, pre-apprenticeship, and apprenticeship programs throughout the county. He is constantly exploring ways for employers to change the way they support and grow new and existing talent.

René is an individual who is committed to our local community. He has held multiple membership positions in various entities to include the Aviation Technician Education Council; the Board of Directors for Greater Miami Aviation Association; and Vice-president of the Aerospace Education, Air Force Association, 317th Miami-Homestead Chapter to name but a few. René is also a proud U.S. Veteran who actively served in Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and received the Army Commendation Medal.

Joe menendez

Joe Menendez

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER / Kung Fu, Star Trek: Picard

Joe Menendez is a multi-genre veteran of drama, action, horror, Sci-Fi, comedy, family and rom-com. He recently wrapped HENRY DANGER: THE MOVIE, his newest feature for Paramount Plus, based on the hit Nickelodeon series. Menendez has also directed episodes of STAR TREK: PICARD and EVIL for Paramount Plus, SNOWPIERCER for AMC, and QUANTUM LEAP for NBC.
Additionally, Menendez was the Co-Executive Producer/Director on The CW's reboot of KUNG FU, and was also the Co-Executive Producer/Director for Freeform's one-hour mermaid drama SIREN, and Disney's IMAGINATION MOVERS. He's also directed multiples of 12 MONKEYS, QUEEN OF THE SOUTH, EAST LOS HIGH, 12 DEADLY DAYS, and FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: The Series, including the final two episodes of the series. Menendez directed the action/comedy, LADRONES (THIEVES), which was released by Lionsgate and Pantelion Films and was the sequel to his 2007 Lionsgate feature film LADRON QUE ROBA A LADRON (TO ROB A THIEF), which opened at the time to a record-grossing opening weekend at the box-office for a Spanish-language film in the U.S.. Menendez has also directed several episodes of various Disney series: FAST LAYNE, ANDI MACK, STUCK IN THE MIDDLE, KIRBY BUCKETS, ZEKE AND LUTHER and IMAGINATION MOVERS. He has also directed multiples for Nickelodeon's 100 THINGS TO DO BEFORE HIGH SCHOOL, BIG TIME RUSH, TRUE JACKSON VP, JUST JORDAN, UNFABULOUS, NED'S DECLASSIFIED SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE, TAINA and THE BROTHERS GARCIA for which he won an Alma Award for OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A COMEDY in 2001. Menendez also directed multiple half hours of LOS BELTRAN, VIVA VEGAS and SOLO EN AMERICA for Telemundo. Additionally, Menendez directed (and edited) 215 ten-minute reenactments PLACAS, also for Telemundo. Menendez got his start directing reenactments for the nationally syndicated TV series: REAL STORIES OF THE HIGHWAY PATROL.
Menendez also wrote "Cinderella" and "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" for HBO's animated series HAPPILY EVER AFTER: STORIES FOR EVERY CHILD. He has added author to his eclectic career, having published his debut novel MINDSHOT, a Sci-Fi thriller, in January of 2013.

Marco (Mall) Molinet

Marco (Mall) Molinet

Producer, Creator, Founder

Marco (Mall) Molinet is the producer, creator, and founder of the Florida Film House(FFH), 1st Take Youth Film Program, Urban Film Festival(UFF), World Wide Urban Distribution(WWUD), and an executive with the Urban Digital Streaming (UDS)

Florida Film House is a film studio in Miami, Florida with a team of passionate filmmakers who have filmed over 1,000 productions together and specialize in making cost-efficient high-quality content. Marco has spent the last 11 years mentoring young talent, developing an in-house team of more than 30 filmmakers, and vertically integrating their business from service productions to their own six feature films.

The 1st Take Youth Film Program is an afterschool program dedicated to teaching underprivileged youth career and life skills through the hands-on process of filmmaking. The 1st Take Youth Film Program has become an outlet for underserved local youth with a new perspective to dream beyond the limited opportunities within their communities.

World Wide Urban Distribution (WWUD) is dedicated to propelling content that traditionally doesn’t receive mainstream exposure. WWUD is committed to providing the world with Urban Content to enhance the perception of individuals, primarily those who have been historically underserved by the media. WWUD is focused on getting the content out to the world through traditional and new-age contemporary platforms - AVOD, TVOD, SVOD, OTT, PPV, Communication Broadcasters, Apps, and Live Streaming. WWUD can monetize and market content directly to consumers while creators can manage their online visibility, and brand awareness, and measure their video assets.

Urban Digital Streaming (UDS) is an OTT streaming life and curated content via multiple devices maximizing the exposure of the content and the advertising revenue capabilities. While allowing consumers options of how they would like to screen the content; AVOD, TVOD, or SVOD. While also allowing the content creators the opportunity to choose how they want their content sold A La Carte per film and monetize directly through their secured wallet. UDS will be the connector between film enthusiasts and creators.

Urban Film Festival is a three-day event dedicated to educating, exposing, and providing distribution opportunities for the new generation of filmmakers.

Marco has vertically integrated from a filmmaker, educator, distributor, and streaming platform for the culture. Not only does UFF provide a voice for filmmakers with the addition of UDS, but their voices will also be amplified globally. Now is the time for these talents to be heard.


Patricia Motilla Bonías

Partner at Andersen independent tax and legal firm.

Patricia Motilla Bonías; Partner at Andersen and Head of Culture, Sports and Entertainment. She is also a European leader of Andersen's Media team.
Patricia Motilla has a degree in Law; A Masters in Business Legal Advice from IE, a Masters in Tax Advice from CEF, a Masters from the course on taxation of financial operations organized by the Madrid Stock Exchange. She is also a regular speaker at specialised conferences in Audiovisual.
At the same time, Patricia is a lecturer of master classes of Media’s Master at the most prestigious Spanish Universities.

Patricia is highly specialized in advising companies in the audiovisual sectors; cinema, theater and live shows. She is involved with projects from the production and financing phase until its completion.
Her financial background has allowed her to specialize in structuring financial products with tax profitability based on underlying assets such as Audiovisual Works and Performing Arts.
In addition, she has extensive experience in financing and taxing audiovisual projects, both national and international, and with foreign platforms, both in fiction and animation.  

She has been a member of the Spain India Foundation Board which has allowed her to have a wide knowledge of the audiovisual production in Bollywood.Previously Patricia worked at KPMG, PwC and Cuatrecasas.

Adri Ofman

Adri Ofman

COO and Partner at FlipaClip

Adri Ofman, COO and Partner at FlipaClip, has been a key player in the mobile company’s meteoric rise, recently earning accolades such as being named one of the top animation apps of the year, alongside industry giants like OpenAI and Spotify.

With a bachelor’s degree in business from Temple University and an early start at the Walt Disney Company working on projects like High School Musical, Adri has always had a knack for combining creativity with business.

Now making waves from sunny Miami, Adri made a bold leap from the entertainment industry to the tech world, driven by a vision to revolutionize how animated movies produced and consumed. This transition was fueled by a desire to empower creators with innovative tools and platforms.

A passionate advocate for app equality, Adri has presented several briefings in Congress, focusing on ensuring accessibility and fairness in the digital landscape. Adri's efforts have been recognized by the likes of Google for driving meaningful change and fostering a more inclusive environment for creators everywhere. Not too bad for a guy who started out writing scripts in his pajamas.

At FlipaClip, Adri envisions an animation industry where anyone with a story can produce a short movie, share it with millions of fans, and even make a living from it—all from the palm of their hand.

His favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is Michaelangelo.

Camilo Osuna

Camilo Osuna

Business Developer, iKartoons Animation

Camilo Osuna, a Business Developer for iKartoons Animation, has recently joined the dynamic team in Miami. For the past five years, he has been supporting the animation sector, bridging the needs of clients with the creative talents of artists. Camilo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and an MBA from National Taiwan University, reflecting his deep interest in Asian culture.

Following his post-graduate studies, Camilo engaged in international projects for private enterprises and NGOs, creating mechanisms to link the East and the West. After 12 years abroad, he returned to Colombia, where he joined ProColombia, the entity responsible for promoting Colombia’s brand internationally and facilitating trade, tourism, and investment opportunities.

Throughout his professional life, Camilo has been predominantly involved in the services industry, collaborating with talented minds in technology information services and content production. He is dedicated to identifying business opportunities and supporting entrepreneurs in their international expansion efforts.

At iKartoons, he aims to forge deeper connections within the US animation industry and create numerous opportunities to produce inspiring content for both kids and adults. His focus is on delivering the best stories and turning clients' dreams into captivating narratives for all audiences.

Camilo often spends much of his free time either cycling or playing soccer.

Jonathan Ovalle

Jonathan Ovalle

Technical Director, Co-Founder, Team Legend Studios

Jonathan Ovalle is a technical artist and animator with a career spanning over 15 years. He has contributed his skills to a variety of 3D and mixed reality projects for many high profile clients such as Disney and Chrysler. Jonathan is now the co-founder and technical director of Team Legend Studios. He is known for his innovative approach, particularly in developing a new 2D/3D hybrid pipeline for Noggin's Pop-Up Problem Solvers as well as alleviating any bottlenecks in a production pipeline without hindering the creative vision. Jonathan is also actively involved in the creation of original IPs, showcasing his dedication to pushing boundaries in the industry.

David Parfitt

David Parfitt

TRADEMARK FILMS / Shakespeare in Love

David has worked as an independent film, TV and theatre producer for over 30 years.  His film credits include Henry V, Peter's Friends, Much Ado About Nothing, The Madness of King George (BAFTA for Outstanding British Film), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Twelfth Night, The Wings of the Dove, Shakespeare in Love (winner of Seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and four BAFTA Awards including Best Film), Gangs of New York, (Production Consultant), I Capture the Castle, Chasing Liberty and A Bunch of Amateurs.  In 2010 he produced the BAFTA nominated My Week with Marilyn followed in 2011 by Tom Stoppard’s award-winning adaptation of Parade’s End for BBC and HBO. David also produced The Wipers Times for BBC2 and two BBC4 documentaries: Glyndebourne: The Untold History and Birth of an Opera.

David’s company Trademark Films co-produced the world’s first hand-painted animated feature film, Loving Vincent, which was nominated for both BAFTA and Academy Awards in the Animation category.

Red Joan starring Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson was released in 2019 and more recently, David produced The Father starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. The Father was nominated for numerous awards, winning two Oscars and two BAFTAs.

He recently produced a film of the one-act opera La Voix Humaine by Jean Cocteau and Francis Poulenc, starring Danielle de Niese and was Executive Producer on George Jaques Film Black Dog which premiered at the London Film Festival.

David was Chairman of BAFTA 2008-10 and Chairman of Film London 2010-17 and currently serves as a Governor at Dulwich College, London and as Chair of North East Screen.

Carlos Perez D’Anda

Carlos Perez D’Anda

Studio Manager & Chief Engineer, Alacran Studios

Carlos Perez D’Anda, also known as Big Red, is a Miami-based Grammy-nominated record producer, engineer, and music executive. Alongside his distinguished education from Berklee College of Music, he brings over a decade of experience crafting multi-platinum-selling music across a wide array of genres. His collaborations range from artists such as Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and Ariana Grande, to Swedish House Mafia, Camilo, Anitta, Luis Enrique, among many others.

His heightened sense for detail and innate talent for pushing sonic boundaries, coupled with his passion for artist development and direction, have firmly established his presence as a significant driving force in both the Latin and global music scenes.

Additionally, he played a key role in the design, planning, and installation of Alacran Studios, Miami’s most esteemed recording hub, which he has now led for four years as its Studio Manager & Chief Engineer.

Mark Pulaski

Mark Pulaski

Filmmaker, Producer.

Mark Pulaski is an award-winning filmmaker from North Miami, Florida. He has served many roles in the local film community, from writing and directing short films to serving various crew positions on larger projects such as RIDE ALONG 2, BALLERS, WAR DOGS and numerous commercials.
Most notably, he has served as a producer for the films HURACÁN and the biopic REEFA—both of which have been acquired by HBO—and LUDI which was the winner of the Oolite Cinematic Residency before being selected to participate in the IFP (now The Gotham) Narrative Lab, which screened at many festivals including SXSW.
Recently, he has continued producing alongside his creative partner Mariana Serrano with the short films UN PEQUEÑO CORTE—which won Third Prize in the Knight Made in MIA category at the 39th-annual Miami Film Festival, Best Florida Film at Sunscreen Film Festival and won the audience and jury prizes for the Filmgate Festival: Women's Director's Month—and their latest collaboration ARROZ, LECHE Y POWERBALL—a recipient of Oolite Arts & Miami Film Festival's The Family Commissions. He aspires to continue telling compelling stories in various capacities behind the lens.

Mathew Ratner

Mathew Ratner

Director, Sports & Entertainment, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau recently appointed Mathew Ratner as director of sports and entertainment tourism after 10 years as the associate director. Most recently, Ratner organized successful bids for Miami to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2024 Copa America finals and 2026 College Football Playoff National Championships.

In his new role, Ratner will continue to spearhead the promotion of Miami and Miami Beach as a destination for major sporting events, conferences and conventions as well as supporting the Miami-Dade Office of Film and Entertainment and various municipal partnerships. “Mathew has been an integral part of our team for over a decade,” said GMCVB President and Chief Executive Officer David Whitaker. “He played a pivotal role in bringing renowned events to our destination, including Miami-Dade County’s successful bid for the FIFA 2026 World Cup.

These types of events generate significant economic impact, create jobs, support local businesses, and elevate our destination’s brand on a global scale as a premier sports and entertainment hub.” Ratner’s mission is to drive the growth of Greater Miami and Miami Beach’s sports and entertainment tourism industry to new heights. He holds a master’s degree in recreation and sport management from Florida International University and a bachelor’s degree in communication and leadership studies from the University of South Florida. With Ratner’s support, the GMCVB has fostered strong relationships within the industry by serving as a tourism liaison to all professional sports franchises in Miami-Dade County.

Amanda Renfroe

Amanda Renfroe

Head of Animation, Steamroller Animation

With nearly a decade of experience at Steamroller Animation, Amanda Renfroe has been an integral part of its growth from its early days with just two employees to the thriving community it is today, boasting a team of over a hundred talented animators.
Having served as a Production Manager, Lead Animator, and Co-Head of the Animation prior, Amanda possesses a wealth of experience and expertise in guiding teams to bring partners’ visions to life. Throughout Amanda’s journey at Steamroller, she has contributed her skills to a diverse range of projects spanning both the gaming and film industries. Some notable contributions include their work on renowned titles such as Spice Frontier (Steamroller project), Skytribe (in partnership with The Third Floor), Destruction All-Stars (in partnership with Lucid Games), Anthem (in partnership with BioWare), Cyberpunk 2077 (in partnership with CD Projekt Red), and Mortal Kombat 11 (in partnership with NetherRealm Studios).
Amanda Renfroe is a dedicated professional with a genuine passion for the craft and her team, Amanda is an approachable and compassionate leader who places the utmost value on their team's growth and well-being. Fearlessly embracing challenges, Amanda continuously strives to elevate the animation department as Head of Animation at Steamroller Animation to new heights. Amanda fosters a collaborative and supportive environment where animators thrive, empowering them to reach their full potential and produce outstanding results that exceed expectations.

Carlos Rafael Rivera

Carlos Rafael Rivera


CARLOS RAFAEL RIVERA is a Grammy and two-time Emmy winning composer and educator with a multifaceted career in Film, TV, and the Performing Arts. His work includes scores for Netflix’s GODLESS, for which he received a Primetime Emmy, THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT, for which he won his second Primetime Emmy and first Grammy Award, Universal Pictures’ A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, starring Liam Neeson, the hit show HACKS for HBO Max, Universal’s CHUPA, as well as the global hit LA REINA DEL SUR 3 for Netflix/Telemundo. 
This past year, Carlos scored the Apple TV series LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY, starring Brie Larson, for which he received two Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) nominations, including a win for main title sequence. His upcoming projects include the anticipated Netflix limited series GRISELDA, starring Sofia Vergara; Bleecker Street's EZRA, starring Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, and Robert DeNiro; as well as his continued collaborations with writer/director Scott Frank on AMC Network's MONSIEUR SPADE and the Netflix/Left Bank series DEPARTMENT Q.
A protégé of Randy Newman, Carlos was named TV Composer of the Year by the World Soundtrack Awards in 2021. He serves as Chair and Associate Professor at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music in Media Scoring and Production.
He resides in Miami, Florida.

Maggie Salas-Amaro

Maggie Salas-Amaro

Global Media Executive | Podcaster| 2023 Cynopsis Top Women in Media

Maggie Salas-Amaro is an accomplished media executive and award-winning producer. She is a recognized multi-platform strategist in the broadcast, cable, and streaming industries. Prior to joining Canela Media, she worked for some of the world’s most successful brands including Viacom, The Walt Disney Company, NBC Universal, FOX, Univision and Hola! TV, where she led content strategy for a joint venture between DirecTV Latin America, Hola publishing and Antena 3. During her tenure, the network reached the Top 10 ranking as one of DirecTV's most popular variety channels.

As Director of Canela Kids, Maggie Salas-Amaro oversees Canela Media's portfolio of children’s and family content including development and production for originals and co-productions featuring educational and family-friendly content that celebrates Hispanic culture. She was instrumental in the rollout of Canela Kids mobile app and seven FAST channels in the U.S. and Latin America, with content from Mattel, Moonbug, Wildbrain , Nelvana and local productions. In her role she serves as executive producer of originals, co-productions and partnerships including the award-winning animated series, ‘SuperEllas’ and developed along with StoryBook 15 vignettes for back to school and holidays.

Maggie is a frequent speaker on topics including the transformation of television, content and emerging media; serves as Adjunct Faculty at The University of Phoenix and Adjunct Lecturer for Journalism and Media at Florida International University; and has been recognized by Cynopsis Media as a Top Women Media and the Worldwide Women’s Audiovisual Association (WAWA), as an honorary member for her contributions in in media. Since 2021 she produced and co-hosts a podcast for Florida International University, Tech Conversations.

Julian Scott

Julian Scott

Animation Consultant, Film London

Julian Scott is a BAFTA nominated Executive Producer. He has been developing, financing and co-producing television in the international arena for over 20 years. He was introduced to the global market when he became Director of International Production for LA based Walt Disney International Television in the late 90’s; overseeing 33 branded shows across the globe, subsequent roles as Vice President, Creative Development and Group Vice President of European Operations at Sesame Workshop in New York and then London fine-tuned his skills. In the last few years he has overseen the development, financing and production of over 200 episodes of internationally successful series such as ‘Poppy Cat’ which airs in over 100 territories, ‘The Large Family’ co-produced with Paris based GO-N and airing in over 75 countries.

Julian has been very active within BAFTA over the years, chairing the Children’s Television, Games and Film Committee for three years and being deputy chair for two. He served as an elected member of the Television Committee for six years and the Education Committee for two. He acts as jury chair for both the television and children’s committees overseeing the judging for the annual BAFTA Awards. Scott has produced and chaired many acclaimed panel sessions for BAFTA, The Children’s Media Conference and is regularly called on to speak about the UK animation sector at the British Screen Association as well as other organisations.

At Film London, his focus is generating inward investment for London’s animation studios, VFX producers and children’s production companies. He achieves this by matching London based animation and VFX companies with potential partners outside London and outside the UK who are seeking creative and financial soulmates, brokering service agreements, co-production arrangements as well as advising both newcomers to the animation world and experienced companies on the UK funding opportunities like the Tax Credits, BFI funds, corporate and private investors.

Mariana Serrano

Mariana Serrano

Writer. Director.

Mariana Serrano is a Peruvian-American writer/director based in Miami, FL. Her primary focus is exploring the human condition as it pertains to connection while working from a female-focused lens, and by crafting complex characters that amplify underrepresented voices within her narratives.

Most recently, her film Un Pequeño Corte was announced as a winner of the HBO (Max) Latino Short Film Competition and has been acquired by the platform. Her latest project, Arroz, Leche y Powerball! was selected for the launch of the Oolite Art's Family Commission initiative and premiered at the 40th Annual Miami Film Festival. She intends on showcasing the project’s viability for episodic development.

She has worked as a collaborator on numerous independent projects as well as on studio-led films and television shows – most recently serving as the assistant to the Line Producer on the upcoming Apple TV series Bad Monkey. She is currently in production working as the translator for the Netflix series Pulse Season 1.

Her directorial debut feature-film, Gator Boots, is currently in development and was selected as a finalist at the 2020 New Orleans Film Society - South Pitch Narrative Competition and was selected as part of the WEG & Untitled Ladies Script Club Development and Pitch Lab 2024. As she continuously expands her filmmaking ecosystem she hopes to build cultural bridges through her work.

Prashant Shah

Prashant Shah

Producer Director and Content Creator. Managing Partner, Director – Twickenham Productions,UK

Veteran Film and Television Producer Prashant Shah brings more than 25 years of experience from Technology, Media and Entertainment Industries. He is CEO of Bollywood Hollywood Production and the Managing Partner / Director at Twickenham Productions based at Twickenham Studios London, UK.

Mr. Shah has produced more than 40 blockbuster films for Hollywood, Bollywood and Latin America with budgets ranging from 3M to 100M USD. He has extensive experience leading teams of Executives in large scale operations, is highly skilled in execution, speed to market , and careful oversight of scheduling and budget management. His latest film, Jungle Cry won over a dozen film festivals, and screened at Cannes in 2023.

Kevin Sharpley

Kevin Sharpley

Founder, Kijik Multimedia, Xavatar

Kevin Sharpley is founder of Kijik Multimedia and a founder of immersive and experiential media company Xavatar. He has produced and directed projects including the documentary "Sove Nou" narrated by Danny Glover featuring Wycleff Jean, "Download for Good" narrated by David Lynch featuring Dave Stewart and Peter Gabriel and wrote, produced and directed the multi-platform project "The Beach Chronicles"(film/podcast/comic/VR/AR), featuring Tommy Flanagan, Michael Chiklis and Daryl Hannah, which debuted as an official selection of the Miami Film Festival. In addition, the animated film "The Incredibly Short Life Of Peter Panties" has been selected to many festivals including the Slamdance-Emergence Festival and has won eight awards in its festival run. His film Above Ground has been selected for several festivals, has garnered five award nominations and won three awards as it moves through the festival circuit. Mr. Sharpley is currently in post-production on a feature film he directed and co-produced "Deadly Night Out".

Mr. Sharpley is a Sundance Institute fellow after having his documentary "Purvis Young, Young Purvis" selected for the Sundance Miami story development workshop which is currently under development. He was asked to write an article about the experience by the Sundance Institute ( blogs/from-the-labs/ ask-yourself-these-question s-when-developing-your-documentary).

Kevin Sharpley holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami with a dual major in motion pictures and psychology in addition to an Associates of Arts degree from Miami Dade College. He was inducted into the Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2014.

Monica Sorelle

Monica Sorelle

Filmmaker and artist

Monica Sorelle is a Haitian-American filmmaker and artist born & based in Miami. Her work explores alienation and displacement, and preserves cultural traditions within Miami & the Caribbean with a focus on the African & Latin diasporas that reside there.

Monica’s feature directorial debut, Mountains (2023), had its world premiere at Tribeca Festival, where it was awarded a Special Jury Mention in the U.S. Narrative Feature competition. Mountains went on to have its international premiere at TIFF, receive awards from Miami Film Festival, BlackStar, Indie Memphis, New Orleans Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, New Hampshire Film Festival, Film Fest Knox, and Charlotte Film Festival, and screen at festivals around the world, including Glasgow Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and AFI Fest. Mountains was nominated for two Film Independent Spirit Awards, with Monica receiving the Someone to Watch Award.

Matthew Stein

Matthew Stein

Head of Development, G Unit Film & TV (Virtual Meetings)

Matthew Stein is currently the Head of Development for G Unit Film & TV, where he works in the scripted and unscripted space for hip hop artist, entrepreneur, and producer, 50 Cent. 50 currently has multiple TV shows on the air with Starz, including Ghost, Raising Kanan, Force, BMF, and content in development at Hulu, Amazon, Peacock, Paramount Plus, Discovery ID, BET, and more.

Matt’s producing capacity, (M.E.S. Productions), elsewhere currently takes him on a journey with Sony Pictures Entertainment, both at Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures International Productions, Live Nation, and the Warner Music Group. These projects vary in genre, but all have key attachments ranging from filmmakers to music groups. Prior, Matt was the SVP, Scripted Film/TV Production at Live Nation Productions, the entertainment division of Live Nation, the world’s largest live events company, where he oversaw a scripted team that developed and produced content in the music/film/TV crossover space. The overall division has executive produced the Warner Bros phenomenon A Star is Born, as well such documentaries as Love Lizzo, currently on HBO Max, and Lady Gaga 5 Foot 2, on Netflix.

Before Live Nation, Matt served as VP, at Sony Pictures Entertainment International Productions. This unique division developed English language television series, local language movies, such as My Best Friend’s Wedding in Mexico and China, and English language movies with heavy international appeal. He was also brought it to help produce the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost feature Slaughterhouse Rulez.

Matt has also executive produced Amityville: The Awakening for Dimension Films/Blumhouse, and served as an executive producer on Dimension thrillers Kristy and Piranha 3DD, as well as Image Entertainment’s The Houses That October Built. The first 12 years of Matt’s career were spent working for Dimension Films, where he ascended through the ranks to run production as Executive Vice President of Production. He oversaw all phases of production, development, and casting for the division, and was Executive Producer on such varied films as Scream 4, Halloween, Halloween 2, directed by Rob Zombie, Apollo 18, Hellride, and Superhero Movie.

In total, Matt has been the executive in charge of production on over 35 films in his time, and also held the positions of Senior Vice President, Vice President, and started his career as an assistant to the co-Chairman.

Matt graduated from The University of Miami, where he majored in Film/Political Science with a minor in Business. He is originally from New Jersey, lived and worked in New York City for years, and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Graham Winick

Graham Winick

Chief of Administration, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Graham Winick has over thirty years of experience in arts, culture and tourism public administration and nonprofit management, with specialties in film and television development and production, special events planning and coordination, grants management, human resources, and policy development and advocacy, all towards furthering cultural community and economic development. Winick serves as the Chief of Administration in the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, where he works directly with the Department Director and Deputy Director on all aspects of support and development of the cultural community, oversees personnel needs for over one hundred employees, manages County and State legislative processes, serves as liaison to the Board of County Commissioner- appointed Cultural Affairs Council, and represents the Department and the Mayor’s Office at cultural events and through community partnerships. Winick previously managed the Department’s Community Grants program, serving over one hundred artists and nonprofits annually. Winick helped lead the Department and community in hosting the 2019 Americans for the Arts’ National Arts Marketing Project. From 2002 through 2017, Winick oversaw the Entertainment Division of the City of Miami Beach’s Department of Tourism, Culture and Economic Development, managing all aspects of film and event production, including client services, intergovernmental coordination, and community outreach. Notable major events overseen included Art Basel Miami Beach and all related satellite fairs and installations, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Miami Marathon, Miami Beach Centennial, Orange Bowl Beach Bash and Super Bowl XLI and XLIV Fan Fests, as well as thousands of film, television and photography productions, including Burn Notice, Miami Vice, and Moonlight. Winick is Past President of Film Florida, the state’s nonprofit marketing and legislative support association for the entertainment industry. During his term as President, Winick led the collective initiative with Florida’s Governor and Legislature to design and, in 2010, pass the state’s first entertainment industry tax incentive, a $296 Million program, which was responsible for over $1.4 Billion in new entertainment production spending in Florida. Winick has a Master of Public Administration from Florida International University’s Green School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

James Woolley

James Woolley


James Woolley, the newly appointed Executive Director of Miami Dade College’s acclaimed Miami Film Festival (MFF), brings a wealth of experience and a dynamic vision to one of the city's most celebrated cultural events. With a career spanning nearly two decades, Woolley has been at the forefront of organizing and running major film festivals across the globe, from Sydney to San Francisco, demonstrating his expertise in festival management, programming, and marketing.

Born into a family with deep ties to the film industry—his grandparents were subscribers to the Sydney Film Festival, where his parents enjoyed their dates—Woolley's passion for film and the arts was ingrained from an early age. After earning a bachelor’s degree in creative arts from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, he embarked on a journey that saw him start from the ground up in the festival circuit. Over the years, Woolley has worked on more than 20 large-scale film festivals, including those in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, showcasing his ability to manage complex events and cater to diverse audiences.

In 2017, Woolley was named the head of marketing and customer relations at the Sydney Film Festival, where he played a crucial role in rebranding the organization and implementing strategies to increase attendance. His leadership skills and innovative approach to festival management were further recognized during his tenure as the Executive Director of Frameline, the world's longest-running LGBTQ+ film festival and one of the largest on the West Coast. There, Woolley demonstrated his ability to elevate festival profiles and connect with international audiences.

As the new Executive Director of MFF, Woolley is committed to enhancing the festival's international programming and furthering its reach to audiences in Miami and beyond. His experience in developing programming, marketing, and box office operations, coupled with his passion for film and the arts, positions him as an ideal leader to drive the Miami Film Festival into its next chapter.

Woolley's arrival at MFF comes at a transformative time for the arts in Miami, with the festival playing a pivotal role in the city's cultural landscape. With plans to nurture relationships with filmmakers, distributors, sponsors, donors, and the local film community, Woolley is poised to elevate MFF's reputation on the international stage, ensuring its legacy and prestige are recognized worldwide. His ambition to build on the festival's success and chart a new vision for the future reflects a deep commitment to enhancing the vibrant arts and cultural scene in Miami.


Adrian Wootton OBE


Adrian Wootton OBE is Chief Executive of the British Film Commission and Film London. He is a Programme Advisor to the BFI London Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and Noir in Fest, Milan, Founding Director of Shots in the Dark Festival, Nottingham and Curator of the annual Cinema Made In Italy programme, London.

Adrian is also a recognised authority on various film, TV and literature subjects (including Hollywood, crime and mystery and Italian Cinema) and regularly lectures, writes, broadcasts and curates programmes on these topics. In 2012, Adrian received an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts and was appointed Visiting Professor of Film and Media at Norwich University of the Arts. In 2014, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia and in 2017, was awarded an OBE for services to the film industry. As alumni of UEA, he hosts an annual mentoring programme for Film Studies undergraduates.

Adrian led the British Film Commission's work to develop the Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production guidance, as part of the BFI's wider COVID-19 Screen Sector Recovery Task Force. Most recently, Adrian has been working closely with the BFI, UK Government and Industry stakeholders to support the UK Screen Sector Skills Review and the development of the BFI Skills Strategy, including as a member of the Film and High End TV Skills Group. He is on the Board of the Creative Skills Academy in London, as the BFI’s Metro London Skills Cluster.

Adrian is a BAFTA and European Film Academy Member.

Viviana Zarragoitia

Viviana Zarragoitia

Senior Vice President, THREE POINT CAPITAL

Viviana Zarragoitia began her career in the entertainment industry working in production accounting at Millennium Films and Bold Films.

She then spent five years at Lionsgate, where she started working in the accounting department and segued into the finance division, specifically, profit participation. While working in profit participation, she oversaw the preparation of multi-million-dollar film and television distribution deals. She was then promoted to the group's audit division, where she managed film and television royalty audits of producers’ profit participation statements.

In 2013, she joined TPC (fka Three Point Capital), a boutique firm that specializes in senior lending for film and television. While at TPC, Viviana has been involved in the financing of over 150 independent films, and worked with such producers as Cassian Elwes, Robert Ogden Barnum, Anthony Bregman, James Schamus, Aaron Gilbert, Kimberly Steward, Nicolas Chartier, and Kevin Frakes, among others. As Senior Vice President, Viviana sources, structures, and negotiates film financing opportunities and helps manage the firm’s loan portfolio.

Viviana has received over 70 Executive Producers credits on titles she has financed. Viviana is a member of the Producers Guild Association, Film Independent, FEME (Female Executives in Media & Entertainment), and Women in Film. She is a mentor for LMU’s Entertainment Finance course through the Hilton School For Business, and is a frequent panelist for international film festivals and universities.

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