The Ivy Film Festival (IFF) is among the largest student-run film festivals in the world and offers students from domestic and foreign universities a venue to exhibit their work. Founded in 2001 by David Peck and Justin Slosky, the festival occurs annually in the spring, spans a full week, and is held at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Each year, filmmakers and enthusiasts from around the world flock to Brown to attend keynote speeches, panels and workshops by entertainment industry professionals, student film screenings, pre-release screenings, receptions and parties.

Past industry guests have included Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Wes Anderson, Adrien Brody, Laura Linney, Wes Craven, Park Chan-wook, Aaron Sorkin, James Franco, and Lena Dunham, among many others.

The festival features four separate student competitions, each with its own individual awards: the domestic undergraduate film competition; the graduate school film competition; the international film competition; and the screenplay competition.

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General Coordinators

The general coordinators are responsible for leading the Ivy Film Festival and organizing the various departments at a high level. General questions about submissions may be directed to director@ivyfilmfestival.com, while technical questions may be directed to webmaster@ivyfilmfestival.com. For information regarding the other departments of IFF, please refer to their respective sub-pages.



Executive Directors

Angela Guo
Solveig Xia

Managing Directors

Ryan Paine
Oakley Friedberg (Fall)
Sam Samore (Spring)

Outreach Coordinator

Elizabeth Lippman

Events Coordinator

Gus Esselstyn

Events Staff

Ian Sherman

Web Master

Erica Oh


The Business Department is responsible for raising the financing that enables the festival to operate each spring. Our funds are obtained through grants, corporate sponsorships, individual contributions and support from Brown. If you are interested in partnering with the Festival, please email us at iffbusiness2014{at}gmail.com.




Fran Whitehead
Asli Angin


Pom Bunsermvicha
Blair Langford
Jocelyn Caster
Doug Saper
Abigail Levy-Westhead
Ash Natarajan
Samantha Altschuler


The branding department is responsible for designing the face of the festival – everything from submissions posters to event tickets for festival itself.




Rebecca Broderick
Cecilia Bodin


Cedric Park
Margaret Barry
Nicole Cochary
Elizabeth Goodspeed
Koko Nakajima


The industry staff is responsible for initiating and maintaining contact with industry proffessionals, such as agents, managers, and filmmakers themselves. They work year-round to bring screenings and panels to our campus during the festival and in the months leading up to it.




Rachel Stern
Blake Nosratian
Madeline Chin


Zachary Smolar
Dylan Morrissey
Tal Frieden


The programming department screens and judges 300+ submissions received each year from festival participants. They are responsible for assembling a list of winners for the festival as well as organizing the 48-Hour Film Competition in the fall. During the festival itself, the programming staff welcomes visiting filmmakers to campus and coordinates their accomodations.




Nate Burke
John Palmer


Oliver Goodman-Waters
Cristina Ballarini
Angelica Johnsen
Matthew Jackett
Jacob Anderson
Luk Yean
Sarah Cheung
Marianne Verrone
Chloe Burns
Quinn Schoen
Sam Smith
Jesse Rapport
Ryan Miller
Ginevra Bulgari
Samuel Aguilar
Sophie Mateu
Akira Camargo
Querube Suarez-Werlein
Kripa Venkatesh
Paige Parsons
Andie Corban
Josh Wartel
Miles Campbell
Clarice Brough


The Publicity team coordinates festival publicity, both by soliciting film and screenplay submissions and by promoting the festival itself. Their responsibilities include publicizing the festival on campus and to local, national and international markets, developing and maintaining relationships with the film departments of colleges and universities, and developing new ways of promoting and executing the festival in order to reach new audiences. They work closely with the Graphic Design team to establish and expand the IFF brand.




Nadim Silverman
Keillor Irving
Alexa Effron


Kyra Goldstein
Katherine Chavez
Hannah Maier-Katkin
Zola Anderson
Rachel Montoya
Berkok Yuksel
Sienna Giraldi
Edward Jiao
Claire Sapan
Elizabeth Falkenberg
Christopher Barwick


The 13th annual IFF Screenplay Competition will judge short and long form screenplays written by students at the undergraduate and graduate level. A panel of qualified student judges will read each submission and select four semi-finalist screenplays according to an established set of guidelines. These criteria include concept, character development, dialogue, and story. Once selected, the finalist works will be sent to industry professionals (agents, producers, creative executives, writers, directors) who will choose the winning screenplay, to be announced during the festival in April. The winners for each category will receive prizes, and their work will be read during the festival. Submissions will be accepted from September through February.

This year’s categories are:

  1. Undergraduate Long-form Screenplays
  2. Undergraduate Short-form Screenplays
  3. Television Pilots
  4. Feature-Length Screenplays




Mackenzie Carlson
Nina Perrotta


Eric Song
Rex Provost
Blair Johnston
Sarah Dillard
Clementine Quittner
Becca Hansen
Dominique Pariso
Broghan Zwack
Eveline Liu
Isabella DeLeo
Jennah Gosciak
Brad Weekes


The Tech Department is in charge of all technical aspects of the film festival. We handle the audio/visual aspects of the festival and are in charge of all the screenings, panels, and discussions. We gain a thorough understanding of the technical layouts of Brown’s lecture spaces such as the Martinos Auditorium in the Granoff Center. In the Spring we receive all selected student films, format and compile them into student blocks, and then burn them to DVD. We make sure everything runs smoothly from a technical standpoint.




Tian-Mei Lee


Greg Carlin

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