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Staff, Italian American Arts and Cultural Association of San Diego (IAACASD)
Antonio Iannotta, PhD
Artistic Director

Antonio Iannotta received his PhD (Dottorato di ricerca) in Communication and Media Studies from University of Salerno (Italy). He has published essays on cinema, TV series, comics, theory of media, and two books: a monograph about Samuel Beckett (Lo sguardo sottratto - Samuel Beckett e i media) and a study about Sound and Image in the Film Experience (Il cinema audiotattile - Suono e immagine nell'esperienza filmica). He worked as Communications Director for a number of International Festivals in Italy. In San Diego, he has taught Italian Cinema at UCSD and SDSU. He is Adjunct Associate Professor of Italian at University of the San Diego.

Sanjil Kumar
Managing Director

Sanjil Kumar graduated from The Art Institute of California - San Francisco with a B.S. in Fashion Marketing & Management. Before joining the San Diego Italian Film Festival, he worked with several companies in various industries building his skills in digital design and marketing. In addition to his work with SDIFF, Sanjil also works for a software company expanding his skills as a digital marketer. On his spare time, he likes to travel and spend time with his family.

Brooke Welling
Project Manager

A longtime patron and lover of the arts, Brooke Welling received a Bachelor’s degree in Italian and the History of Art from The Ohio State University, and a Master’s degree in Italian from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has studied abroad in Siena, Italy, and has taught English to children in Milan and the region of Brescia. Brooke joined SDIFF in 2019, focusing on membership and audience services and partnership outreach and development. Outside of SDIFF, she works in the tech industry, supporting teams, clients, and users working with platforms.

Rachela Fey
Marketing Specialist

Rachela is a San Diego native and has been a long-time follower of SDIFF. She recently graduated from SDSU with a degree in International Business and a minor in Islamic and Arabic Studies and just completed an internship for the San Diego Chamber of Commerce focusing on policies within the San Diego-Baja California region. She is fluent in Italian, and also studied Arabic and Spanish; her love for languages is as big as her passion for traveling and she is especially fond of her Italian heritage. Prior to managing SDIFF's social media accounts, Rachela was in charge of social media presence for other organizations including that of her SDSU sorority. She creates original designs to meet SDIFF digital needs through a variety of different editing and creative platforms. In recent years Rachela has mentored and coached youth through the Girls on the Run San Diego chapter.

Jocelyn Jackson
Newsletter Coordinator
Cristina Chacon
Grant Writing
Matt Alioto
Videographer
Terry O’Quest
Accounting
Jack Han
Photographer

Jack Han is a student at The Cambridge School, graduating class of 2021. He found his love for photography in middle school when he began taking photos on his old iPhone. He is one of his school’s photographers, as well as the founder and president of an after-school photography club. In his free time, Jack likes to listen to music, binge Netflix, and hang out with friends.