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Entourage

Alexandra Nakelski

Because my resume is so vast, it would almost sound like I am making it up... so I am electing rather to speak of my vision for the festival. The following is a stream of conscious when I was asked what this festival means to me....

I use the word "entourage " in an endearing way....from living most my adult life in LA....I found that one can be fabulous, all inclusive and party while engaging in intellectual conversation simultaneously. At my festival there is no way NOT be part of the entourage...you are by default part of the mix...

What I noticed in my 15 -year tenure of working festivals is that tons of people get lost in navigating it all by themselves in a city they are not familiar with. I hated these experiences and vowed to one day start my own festival that focused on the camaraderie as much as the content.

The social aspect of the festival should never be exclusive. Everybody involved should all collaborate in discussing how the meaning resonated with them. The audience is a huge factor...almost as important as the invited guests...because in my academic research, spectatorship is what forms meaning and is crucial in understanding the film's role in the zeitgeist.

It is an experience....

To me, life is cinematic, and cinema is life. We've designed our festival to reflect that philosophy.

This is also a destination festival...we want you to experience the city as well as the films which is why I have a filmmaker canal cruise to open up the festival and the party at the famous EYE museum where the public is also invited to gather like-minded people to have a blast along the gorgeous sunset along the "IJ" (Amsterdam's waterfront). I never program films at the same time of this event...I don't want people to have to choose between the VIP party and a film, or for my volunteers to have to miss out...I also do not like when other festivals treat their volunteers like indentured servants!

This festival is like a gathering of nations. The common denominator being film. People come from around the world in this moment in time to share a collective experience. In that aspect, we create a community that carries on after the festival.

Networking doesn't even begin to capture what we do.

It's about the people. It's about the passion and just absolutely enjoying each other's company.

I will continue to keep the festival at a perfect size where we can continue to do so. I don't ever want to have a fragmented audience or guests.

We're gonna party our faces off, celebrate film, celebrate each other and be in the moment. We hope to see you Sept 2019 to create another epic memory!

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Alexandra Nakelski
Director of Programming

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Beth Reiners
Programming Support & Screening Committee
Beth Reiners

I’ve been interested in filmmaking since I was a teenager. I love the way movies can seemingly take you out of your world and into something completely different. The power of film to move and inspire people is a large part of the reason I find them so captivating. I live for documentaries, particularly those centered on social justice issues. I love to hear (and create) real stories about real people.

I attended Wartburg College for film and video production and now work as a commercial and corporate video producer at a marketing agency. Apart from film, I’m also interested in politics and social justice.


Amy Peterson

I appreciate any medium of art that takes you out of your current mindset and puts you in touch with emotions that are buried deeper under the surface. However, no medium is so entirely immersive as film. From the visuals, to the story, to the music, film has the potential to awaken inner fears, desires, regrets, and can actually motivate you to change aspects of your life. When I was nearing the end of my tenure as an undergraduate some ten years ago, wondering what the hell I would do with my degree, I watched Danny Boyle’s Millions - not his most celebrated work. By the end of the film, I had this deep burning in my gut and an urge to cry as I realized that my calling was in the water industry. Eight years later I landed a job as a wastewater operator, and I’ve never felt more fulfilled. I get to take something dirty and make it clean and useful again for my community. I’m so grateful for that wakeup call because the feeling I got from watching that film was something I could always (and still do) tap into to connect me to my greater purpose.

This is my third year as a film screener/programmer for Manifesto and will be my first time attending! We are a community of storytellers with diverse backgrounds coming together to support each other and share ideas about how we collectively and individually see the world. My guiding principle as a screener is to find films that will inspire you and help you tap into a deeper understanding of your place in this world.

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Amy Peterson
Documentary Film Coordinator/Assistant to Director

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Diana Nakelski
Submission Screening Committee
Diana Nakelski

I have been a film aficionado since my sister and I discovered the awe and magic of HBO when it first came out. We watched and re-watched films to the point of memorization. Cinema to me was and is still so important because of the bond it forms among the viewers. From quoting movie lines, to identifying shared experiences, it forms a camaraderie that I feel is unique to any other art form.

I prefer dialogue and performance-strong films with clever writing: my top five would be The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Clue, Memento, Last of the Mohicans and Requiem for a Dream.

I have been a short film screener for various festivals for about 10 years now, since my sister recruited me, and I advocate awareness of this amazing format in the US, where the short film is not as accessible to audiences as it is Europe.


Boxie Van Gerrisheim

A self-proclaimed connoisseur of take-away pizza, Boxie has been a professional actor for over a decade, and a casting director for three. His love and passion for the art of film may or may not be loosely based on the fact he recalls falling in love with Elizabeth, Kim Basinger’s character in 9 1/2 Weeks at the age of 6.

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Boxie Van Gerrisheim
Screening Committee and Life of the Parties

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Agnese Krastkalne
Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS producer/Manifesto Filmmaker Liaison/Venue Manager
Agnese Krastkalne

Was it an accident? Destiny?

Has my involvement in short film festivals happened serendipitously?

As a teenager I shot experimental short films. And so it all slowly began. Looking back now, it seems if I hadn’t reached a certain short film, I couldn’t have found my way to this one. Like a trail of breadcrumbs…Right between all my job choices and life - there always was movies. I have not ever lost passion for them, watching them and sharing with others my thoughts about them. There is great difference in emotion viewing them in cinema /home or organizing others to watch films! And I know now - I really love the latter!! I love people in general, but most of my love I have for those who attend festivals. And the smaller and more friendly the festival, the nicer the people who visit it - like Manifesto!


Donna Kavanagh

After a childhood immersed in music composition, I released two albums and wrote my 1st symphony by the age of 13. I felt so strongly about music and film and I was fascinated with the sonic impact of motion picture on its audience, a secret I finally revealed when studying a bachelor of recording arts back in 2015.

Diving straight into a sound assist and trainee-boom op role on NZ’s leading prime-time soap opera Shortland Street, I continued working freelance on several films and documentaries, composing music and polishing the audio which have premiered at The Norwich Radical Film Festival - UK (2016), The New York State International Film Festival - USA (2017) and The Manifesto Film Festival - Amsterdam (2018)

While working in live television as a multi-skilled audio engineer I taught a masterclass at The Manifesto Film Festival Amsterdam on Sonic Vision where I met some incredible and inspiring individuals. After this I embarked on a new adventure in advertising as producer whilst continuing to collaborate on some new projects. I can’t wait to meet the fabulous and talented filmmakers at the next festival, and be captivated by their story-telling and adventures!

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Donna Kavanagh
New Zealand-born Composer, TV/Radio Producer and Audio Engineer

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Laura "the Brunette" De La O
Laura "the Brunette" De La O

Laura took my Late 20th Century American Science Fiction Film class at the University of New Mexico back in 2012 and the thrill to have a student-now-my- colleague is indescribable! If you want to have an epic conversation about everything from the Strand Theory, the Singularity, Quantum Mechanics …the basic time space continuum to Beavis and Butthead….look no further. Laura’s intelligence is matched only by her wit. Reunited after 7 years, Laura has offered her editing prowess and genius film reviewing savvy to our festival.

She has years of radio and television broadcast under her belt, is now currently serving as the Senior Promotions Producer at KNME-TV, and I have no doubt, world domination on her horizon…
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Tamara Vuurmans

We had the fortunate serendipitous meeting with Tamara at last year’s festival. An Amsterdam local, she has generously offered her film club as one of our major venues!

Tamara is a producer, writer and researcher for at the Nautilus this September!documentary film projects. Her company is called 9 Stories. Check out her work and meet her in person to chat about docs at the Nautilus this September!

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Tamara Vuurmans

Stichting Manifesto Film Festival

Jacques Veltmanstraat 15

1065 EG Amsterdam The Netherlands