The festival closed with a panel discussion, which featured Short of the Week co-founder and Vimeo Curator Jason Sondhi; Art + Commerce Executive Producer and Film Agent Ziggy Levin; and Vimeo Curator, festival programmer, and VICE contributor Jeffrey Bowers.
VAEFF 2014 Panelists
A filmmaker, writer, and short film expert, Jason Sondhi joined Vimeo as a Curator in 2011. Intensely interested in the nexus between traditional film worlds and the internet, he has been a leading voice for online short film since 2007 as co-founder of the influential website “Short of the Week”. Honored as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Film” in 2011, Jason believes that short filmmaking is uniquely positioned to expand the definition of storytelling in our digital era, and endeavors to grow the audiences that can sustain these new innovative voices.
Ziggy Levin is Executive Producer and FIlm Agent for Art + Commerce as well as a faculty member of the MPS Fashion Photography Department at SVA. Her clients include Prada, Dior, Hugo Boss, Balenciaga, Sony, Universal, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce. She has worked with publications like Dazed, Another Magazine, W Magazine, Vogue, and Document.
Jeffrey Bowers is the Senior Manager of VOD Curation at Vimeo. He has been a programmer for three different New York film festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival and Rooftop Films. For the last two years he has written and curated a weekly short film column for VICE called “I’m Short, Not Stupid.” In his free time he still watches movies, but also bikes and paints.
Mark Alpert (moderator)
Mark Alpert is the author of the international bestselling novel Final Theory and its sequel, The Omega Theory. A longtime journalist who has worked for newspapers, magazines and television, he focuses his writing on the connections between science and art. He is a graduate of Princeton and Columbia and currently a contributing editor at Scientific American. His books have been published in more than twenty languages.