We are visionaries who believes in the possibilities of New York, the greatest city in the world. We have seen how film, as a powerful medium can make a direct impact on lives or facilitate change. We also have seen the unique diversity of New York's culture and its people. The city's appreciation for film and ability to make things happen. IFFM is committed in showcasing entertaining and diverse films in all genres and scope to equal the diversity of New York. It is also committed in exploring all opportunities to promote the artists, his work, his vision, and his cause if he has any, during the showing of the films and the events during the festival.
Co-Founder / Festival Director / Programmer
Luis Pedron is the co-founder of IFFM. He has been in a business of supporting artists from the Tri-State NYC/NJ/CT area and from around the world. He has Co-Produced International Events that has helped out the community socially and economically since 2004. As a Media Person, Luis Pedron has been a freelance film critic and journalist who has covered the NY Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, AsianAmerican International Film Festival (Asian CineVision) and NYC Horror Film Festival to name a few since 2004.
Luis Pedron owns the Multi -media company and PR Marketing firm - LFP International Production Inc. that produced international events and published Fanclubx.com, an online entertainment site (2004 - 2010), Planet Philippines NY NJ , an entertainment newsmagazine (2007 - 2009). He is also the Co-Producer of the International event, Queens Asian Fest (2010 - 2013). He produced the Fanclubx.com Filmmaking Contest at the ImaginAsian Theater NYC (2006 -2007). Luis Pedron was the Programmer of the Soho International Film Festival NYC (2009 -2011) which he co-founded in 2009.
Pedron is also part of the Hollywood, California artistic community as the Artistic Director of the Asians on Film Festival (2013 - present) and the Programmer of the One Filipino-American Film Festival (2013 - present).
Luis is also an award winning short filmmaker his films had played in film festivals all over the world. This include "Receptionist Smart" ( co-directed with Mark Levitt ) which won 3 awards and was screened as part of the International Festival of Cinema and Technology World Tour 2004 in NYC, Toronto, Canada and Brisbane Australia. Best Directing award and Best Documentary Video at the NYIIFVF for his documentary, "VIP Very Important Pinoys" honoring Filipino American seniors in Elmhurst Queens NYC. "Party Games" (co-directed with Mark Levitt) won the Best Director Award - Short at the NYIIFVF 2004. Luis Pedron is a co-producer of the Gerry Balasta Film, "The Solar Champion."
Luis Pedron is proud to be part of the marketing team of the successfully funded Kickstarter campaigns for: The Solar Champion and Adventures on the Tabletop: Game Design Documentary
Gerry Balasta- Co-Founder/ Executive Director
Gerry Balasta is the co-founder of IFFM. For years, Gerry Balasta has been involved in using films, media andthe arts to facilitate change. He founded The Mount Hope Project, Inc. (MHP) a philanthopic organization based in arts, media to help alleviate poverty. It started when he held an acting workshop (MHP acting workshop) for the scavengers of one of the biggest dumpsite town in the world (Payatas, Philippines). The graduates of the acting workshop acted in his award winning feature film THE MOUNTAIN THIEF which has become an agent of philanthropy and a plea for change. After a successful and multiple award winning, 20 + city festival run, a direct impact for the actors has been made through the film. Two of the children from the film, who lives in the dumpsite town had medical help and surgery and one had an academic scholarship.
Through MHP, a scholarship fund ws set up, and the children in the film and some of the children of teh actors of the film are now going to school. They are all residents of a garbage collecting town. It is with a vision of using films, media and the arts to facilitate change that he works (produce, write and direct) on different project to make a direct impact in lives through films and the arts. He is currently working on his second film called THE SOLAR CHAMPION a hybrid narrative-documentary with with an advocacy for renewable energy for people without access to electricity. Gerry won the SPECIAL JURY PRIZE at the 2010 San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival, The PRIX DU PUBLIC (Audience Award) at CciIFF, France and the GEORGE C. LIN EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD, IFP Narrative Rough Cut Labs. You can see his current work HERE.
ERIN MAIREAD O'KANE-Managing Director
Erin Mairead O’Kane is the Managing Director for the International Film Festival Manhattan. Erin has served as the Logistical Manager for the Indio Bravo Film Festival at the MOMA, Volunteer Coordinator for the IFP Film Week, and marketing campaigns for films such as “I’m Reed Fish”, Red Roses & Petra”.
Erin also worked on World Wide Motion Picture’s Academy Awards Nomination Press Tour where she was the Marketing specialist coordinating the logistical support for award winning Danish actress Paprika Steen.Erin has acted in a several independent films, web series, and shorts, and enjoys writing in her free time.
SUSAN HU- Communications/ Social Media Director
She is the Communications / Social Media Director for the International Film Festival Manhattan NYC (since 2011- present) with the responsibility of marketing the fest through Twitter, Facebook and all the social media outlets including word of mouth promotion.
Susan Hu works with Wtvnetworks (thewtv.com since 2010 - present) as Associate Producer / Celebrity Journalist . She has covered the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week NYC 2011 NY Film Festival 2010, 2011, Black Eyed Peas MTV Special Event 2011 and SAG Awards in LA 2011. Susan is also an actress who recently worked on the feature films: "36 Saints" and "Bourne Legacy." She recently done administration work for the " Chix 6" (Off Broadway Musical) in NY, "36 Saints (Feature Film) in NY and Justin Timberlake Open Golf Tournament in LA, CA 2011.
Erin Mairead O'Kane