about us

Founded in 2001 at Brown University by David Peck '03 and Justin Slosky '03, Ivy Film Festival has become one of the world’s largest film festivals for students, by students. We are dedicated to showcasing student filmmakers from around the world, creating channels for students to learn about the industry’s emerging discourses and innovations, and building a network between today’s pioneers and the next generation.

our team

Ivy Film Festival is made up of 95 students from Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and divided into 9 different internal departments.

executive directors

Mackenzie Carlson, Matthew Jackett

managing directors

Jake Anderson, Misha Gehring


Coordinators: Becca Gever, Ginny Liberto

events & tech

Coordinators: Chelsea Cohn


Coordinators: Abigail Levy-Westhead, Sea-Jay Van Der Ploeg, Chloe So


Coordinators: Cristina Ballarini, Kripa Venkatesh


Coordinators: Daniel Wayland, Dominique Pariso


Coordinators: Zach Smolar, Chautauqua Ordway

new media

Coordinators: Adam Hersko-Ronatas


Coordinators: Nadim Silverman, Emma Margulies


Coordinators: Sean Segal, Ansel Vahle

past keynotes & advanced screenings


Screenings: Krisha, Remember the Artist
Guests: Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro & Trey Edward Schults


Screenings: The End of the Tour, Trainwreck
Guests: Todd Haynes and Jason Schwartzman


Screenings: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Guests: Wes Anderson, Ushio & Noriko Shinohara


Screenings: Searching for Sugar Man, Sons of the Clouds
Guests: Wes Craven, Mira Nair


Screenings: HBO series Girls, The Invisible War
Guests: Lena Dunham, Laura Linney


Screenings: The Social Network, Bobby Fischer Against the World
Guests: Aaron Sorkin, James Franco


Screenings: Waiting for Superman
Guests: Davis Guggenheim and Andrew Renzi


Screenings: (500) Days of Summer
Guests: Jack Nicholson and Robert Evans


People: Martin Scorsese and Michael Costigan
Guests: Lena Dunham, Laura Linney


Screening: Eagle vs. Shark
Guests: Park Chan-wook and Doug Liman


Screening: Brick, Half Nelson
Guests: Michael Showalter and Richard Heller


Screening: Murderball, The Aristocrats
Guests: John Hamburg, Ellen Kuras


Screening: Mean Girls, Supersize Me
Guests: Wes Craven and Adrien Brody


Screening: Roger Dodger
Guests: Tim Robbins and Julia Stiles


Screening: Harvard Man
Guests: Oliver Stone and Henry Bean

satellite film festival

IFF is working to inspire the next generation of filmmakers by bringing IFF’s Official Selection to campuses across the country. The 2017 IFF Satellite Festival is partnering with the rest of the Ivy League and other film-minded institutions, creating an intercollegiate network of emerging filmmakers.

Harvard University

Cornell University

Columbia University

University of Chicago

Wesleyan University

School of Visual Arts

Princeton University

Cornell University

University of Pennsylvania

New York University

Oberlin College

Prague Film School

Yale University

Dartmouth University

Northwestern University

University of California, Berkeley

University of Texas at Austin