Meet the NYFF61 Team

Presented by Film at Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, with the 61st edition taking place September 29 – October 15, 2023. An annual bellwether of the state of cinema that has shaped film culture since 1963, the festival continues a long-standing tradition of introducing audiences to bold and remarkable works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. 

NYFF61 Team

Dennis Lim, Artistic Director
Matt Bolish, Managing Director

Main Slate and Spotlight

Dennis Lim (chair), Florence Almozini, Justin Chang, K. Austin Collins, and Rachel Rosen

Currents

Dennis Lim (chair), Aily Nash, Rachael Rakes, Tyler Wilson;
Head shorts programmers: Aily Nash, Tyler Wilson

Revivals

Florence Almozini, Dan Sullivan

Talks

Devika Girish and Madeline Whittle, in collaboration with Dennis Lim

NYFF61 Advisors

Violeta Bava, Michelle Carey, Leo Goldsmith, and Gina Telaroli.

NYFF is produced by Film at Lincoln Center. See a complete overview of the staff and board here.

About the 61st New York Film Festival Programming Team:

(Pictured above, L-R: Dennis Lim, Florence Almozini, Justin Chang, K. Austin Collins, Rachel Rosen, Devika Girish, Aily Nash, Dan Sullivan, Madeline Whittle, Tyler Wilson, Violeta Bava, Michelle Carey, Leo Goldsmith, Rachael Rakes, Gina Telaroli)

  • Florence Almozini is the Senior Director of Programming for Film at Lincoln Center. Previously, as Senior Programmer, she served on the committees for the New York Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, and oversaw the programming of new releases. She has organized numerous retrospectives at FLC, including Walerian Borowczyk (2015), Anna Magnani (2016), Marcello Mastroianni (2017), Jiri Trnka (2018), Luchino Visconti (2018), The Female Gaze: Contemporary Women Cinematographers (2018), Agnès Varda (2019), and Wong Kar-wai (2020). As the Director of BAMcinématek, where she worked from 1999 to 2013, she presented retrospectives of Hong Sang-soo (2003), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2005), Manoel de Oliveira (2008), Arnaud Desplechin (2009), Nicolas Winding Refn (2009), Bong Joon-ho (2009), and Andrzej Zulawski (2012). In 2009, she launched the venue’s first ever film festival, BAMcinemaFest, where she served as Festival Director. She was part of the Selection Committee for Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2022, has served on juries for the Berlinale, Mar del Plata and Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as the Cinema Tropical and IFP Gotham Awards. She was awarded the Chevalier of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture in 2013.
  • Matt Bolish is the Vice President of Operations at Film at Lincoln Center and the Managing Director of the New York Film Festival.  He oversees festival partnerships for the organization including collaborations with the Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, New York Asian Film Foundation, Governors Island, and others. As Managing Director of NYFF, Bolish is intimately involved in all aspects of producing the annual event. Between 2010-2019 he curated Convergence, Film at Lincoln Center’s interactive program, which focused on immersive storytelling and the intersection between technology, audiences, and creators. Prior to joining Film at Lincoln Center, Matt worked at a number of film festivals and arts organizations including the American Film Institute, Outfest, and the Dallas Film Society.  Matt earned a BA in Political Science from Denison University.
  • Justin Chang is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR’s Fresh Air. He was previously chief film critic for Variety. He is the author of FilmCraft: Editing, a 2011 book of interviews with some of the world’s top film editors. He has twice been named film critic of the year at the Los Angeles Press Club’s National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. He was a member of the international competition jury at the Berlinale in 2019 and has also served as a juror for the Busan, SXSW and Los Angeles film festivals. Justin is chair of the National Society of Film Critics and secretary of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. An adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism, he lives in Pasadena.
  • K. Austin Collins is the film critic for Rolling Stone. He was previously the film critic for Vanity Fair and The Ringer. He lives in Brooklyn.
  • Devika Girish is the Co-Deputy Editor at Film Comment. Her writing also appears in The New York Times, Reverse Shot, The New York Review of Books, Criterion, Sight & Sound, The Village Voice, and other publications. She has served on the selection committees of the Berlin Critics’ Week and the Mumbai Film Festival, and on juries for CPH:DOX, Indie Memphis Film Festival, DocuDays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, and others. Devika’s work has been recognized with a 2018 National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award and a 2019 Southern California Journalism Award, and she is a 2022 Fellow of the National Critics’ Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.
  • Dennis Lim (Chair) is Artistic Director of the New York Film Festival. From 2013 to 2022, as Director of Programming at Film at Lincoln Center, he co-chaired the New Directors/New Films selection committee, co-founded the Art of the Real festival, and organized numerous programs, including retrospectives of Jane Campion, George Cukor, Christian Petzold, Raúl Ruiz, Agnès Varda, and John Waters. He was previously the film editor of The Village Voice and the editorial director of the Museum of the Moving Image, and was the programmer of the 2010 Flaherty Film Seminar. He has served on multiple festival juries, including Sundance, Cannes Critics Week, Locarno, and San Sebastián, and as an advisor for the Berlinale, the Mumbai Film Festival, and the Thessaloniki Film Festival. In 2018 he received the French Ministry of Culture’s Chevalier of the Arts and Letters. He has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, and Film Comment, and taught film studies at Harvard and arts criticism at NYU. His 2015 book David Lynch: The Man from Another Place has been translated into three languages. His latest book, Tale of Cinema (2022), is a monograph on the Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo.
  • Aily Nash is a curator and educator based in New York. She is a programmer at the New York Film Festival, serving on the selection committee for the Currents section, and is head of short films. She co-curated the Projections section of the festival from 2014–2019. She was a program advisor to the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s short film section from 2015-2022. She served as a Biennial advisor and co-curator of the film program for the 2017 Whitney Biennial and was head of programming for the 2018 Images Festival in Toronto. She has curated programs and exhibitions for MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Anthology Film Archives, SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries, REDCAT, Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Tabakalera Centre for Contemporary Culture, Doc’s Kingdom, FACT Liverpool, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Ghost:256, and others. In 2015, she was awarded a Curatorial Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation. In 2018, she had a MOBIUS Curatorial Fellowship at the Finnish Cultural Institute New York. She currently teaches at Bard College and Bard Prison Initiative.
  • Rachael Rakes is a curator, writer, editor, film programmer, and educator. She is the Curator of Public Practice at BAK basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht, an Editor at Large for Verso Books, and a Programmer at Large for Film at Lincoln Center, where she co-curates the annual festival Art of the Real. Recent exhibitions and programs include No Linear Fucking Time (Bak/Utrecht), Practing tactical Solidarities (BAK/Utrecht), Counter-Encounters (Centre Pompidou, Paris), DECODERS/RECORDERS: Steffani Jemison and Samson Young (De Appel/Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam), Relational Capacities (Frame Contemporary, Helsinki), On Watching Men (SAIC, Chicago), Uncontained Energy and Contained Fear (Tabakerlara, San Sebastian), CAMP: In Cameras Res (De Appel), The Health Show II (A.I.R., NYC), In Between: Tacita Dean (Centre Pompidou, Paris). Rakes has taught at Zine Ezkola, The New School, KASK, the New Centre for Research & Practice.and Harvard University. She is the co-editor of the books Toward the not-Yet: Art as Public Practice (BAK/MIT), and Practice Space (De Appel/NAME). 
  • Rachel Rosen is a San Francisco Bay Area based independent film programmer and awards consultant. She was Director of Programming for SFFILM for over a decade, overseeing curation of the annual San Francisco International Film Festival as well as year-round programs and events such as the annual Doc Stories festival. She previously served as Director of Programming for Film Independent and the Los Angeles Film Festival and as Associate Director of Programming for the San Francisco International Festival. She has worked in various capacities for New York’s Film Forum and TriStar Pictures and served as Directors Liaison for three editions of the New York Film Festival. She is a graduate of Stanford University’s Master of Arts program in Documentary Film.
  • Dan Sullivan is a Programmer for Film at Lincoln Center. At FLC he has organized or co-organized retrospectives of Raúl Ruiz, David Lynch, Jacques Rivette, Germaine Dulac, Pedro Costa, Jonas Mekas, Hong Sangsoo, Jane Birkin, and Charlotte Gainsbourg, among others, and various film series including “Going Steadi: 40 Years of Steadicam” (2017), “Heathcliff, It’s Me: Adapting Wuthering Heights” (2017), “Make My Day: American Movies in the Age of Reagan” (2019, with J. Hoberman), and “New York, 1962-64: Underground and Experimental Cinema” (2022, with Thomas Beard). He is currently a member of the New Directors/New Films selection committee.
  • Madeline Whittle is an Assistant Programmer at Film at Lincoln Center. A member of the year-round programming team since 2016, she has served on selection committees for New Directors/New Films, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, and Scary Movies, and as a juror at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. She has co-organized retrospectives of Mike Leigh and Dario Argento, among others, as well as thematic repertory series including “Joachim Trier: The Oslo Trilogy” (2022), “The Female Gaze: Contemporary Women Cinematographers” (2018) and “1977” (2017). Her writing on film appears regularly in Film Comment, and she has worked extensively as a freelance translator with a specialty in French film criticism. Her translation of Alain Bergala’s The Cinema Hypothesis: Teaching Cinema in the Classroom and Beyond was published by BFI/Austrian Filmmuseum in 2016.
  • Tyler Wilson is a Programmer at Film at Lincoln Center. He has played a leading role in the organization’s shorts programming since 2017 and new releases since 2020.  In addition to serving on the selection committees for New Directors/New Films and the Currents section of the New York Film Festival, he is a co-programmer of FLC’s new releases and has co-organized numerous programs including International Melodrama (2017) and retrospectives of Jane Campion (2017), Jacques Tourneur (2018), Agnès Varda (2019), Wong Kar-wai (2020), Kinuyo Tanaka (2022), and Dario Argento (2022). His writing has appeared in Film Comment and The Brooklyn Rail.

The 61st New York Film Festival Advisory Team:

  • Violeta Bava worked at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival (BAFICI) for 20 years, both as a programmer and the Co-Director of BAL, a leading co-production market for Latin American films. She has worked as a film consultant and production tutor for several funds, organizations, and festivals worldwide, and played a key role in the development of initiatives to support filmmakers and producers in the Latin American region. She was Professor of Cinema Aesthetics and Ethics at Centro de Investigación Cinematográfica (Buenos Aires) for more than 10 years. Since 2012, she has been the Latin American Consultant for the Venice International Film Festival and the Venice Market. She is also currently part of the selection committee at Visions du Réel and Head of Studies at the TorinoFilmLab’s FeatureLab. She is a founder of Ruda Cine, which has produced films by Milagros Mumenthaler, Martín Rejtman, Dominga Sotomayor, Andreas Fontana and Eduardo Williams. 
  • Michelle Carey is a Berlin-based film programmer and curator. She is a member of the selection committee for the International Film Festival Rotterdam and is a co-founder of The Red Balloon Alliance, dedicated to providing family-friendly solutions at film festivals. She was previously the artistic director of the Melbourne International Film Festival, on the selection committee for the Directors’ Fortnight and was festival reports editor at Senses of Cinema. She has also worked for the Melbourne Cinémathèque, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and the Adelaide Film Festival. She has served as Q&A moderator and been on juries for festivals including the Berlinale Forum, Jeonju, Hong Kong, CPH:DOX and Hamptons. She is a recipient of a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government. 
  • Leo Goldsmith is a teacher, writer, and curator based in New York. He is Visiting Assistant Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College, The New School, and has lectured on media and film at CUNY Brooklyn College, New York University, and Harvard University. His writing has appeared in 4 Columns, Artforum, Art Agenda, Cinema Scope, and The Brooklyn Rail, where he was film editor from 2011 to 2018. He is a co-author of Keywords in Subversive Film/Media Aesthetics (Wiley 2015), by Robert Stam with Richard Porton, and is currently writing a book about the filmmaker Peter Watkins (Verso Books). He has organized exhibitions and film programs with the Museum of the Moving Image, Los Angeles Filmforum, the Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, UnionDocs, and CAC/Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius, Lithuania). He received his PhD from the Department of Cinema Studies at NYU in 2018.
  • Gina Telaroli is a filmmaker, editor, and archivist. From 2010 to 2020 she managed the personal video archive of Martin Scorsese and is now working with The Film Foundation on their new online venture The Restoration Screening Room, where she programs their special features section and interviews film restorers, historians, and filmmakers. She recently contributed to The Criterion Collection’s releases of Robert Aldrich’s The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) and Henry King’s The Gunfighter (1950) and has a new image essay featured in the recently published book “Peter Liechti: Personal Cinema.” In the past five years, she has co-curated screening series devoted to the Swedish documentarian Mikael Kristersson and the poverty-row studio Republic Pictures. With her production company Duelle Films, she is currently in post-production on a new feature film entitled Don’t Let It Happen to You!. She is also a manager at Anthology Film Archives.