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Staff, Italian American Arts and Cultural Association of San Diego (IAACASD)
Diana Agostini
Executive Director

Diana Agostini began her work in the non-profit education sector long before moving to San Diego in 2012. Her background in International Cooperation had her travel the world working on national and international projects for NGOs and smaller non-profits. In 2013 Diana joined SDIFF, where she combines her passion for cultural studies to the one for the arts, trying to find creative ways to promote critical thinking and inclusion. When not working on all things SDIFF, you can find her recruiting MBA students for the University of San Diego or running on trails. Diana holds an Executive Master in Management from SDA Bocconi School of Management, a Master's in International Development, and a Bachelor's in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation.

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.

Cristina Chacon
Grant Writing

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.

Jocelyn Jackson
Newsletter Coordinator

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.

Matt Alioto
Videographer

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.

Carlotta Addante
Partnership Manager

At the beginning of 2021, Carlotta moved to San Diego from Silicon Valley where she co-led "Italian Experiences", a female startup dedicated to creating events to promote Italian culture focusing on providing an accurate and current picture of today's Italy. Before relocating to the US, she lived in Milan where she built her experience in Events and Communications with 9 years of work in public relations, digital media and event organization. With a background in professional journalism, Carlotta spent 4 years in a multinational corporation (Vodafone), managing tech and economic journalists’ inquiries and leading successful press conferences. She is committed to sharing Italian culture and when not working you can find her dancing on swing and country tunes, doing yoga on the beach, enjoying wine and traveling.

Rosario Monetti
Music Producer

Music Producer Rosario Monetti supervises all musical aspects of the feStivale and our other projects throughout the season. Born in Naples, Rosario studied music and opera singing with renowned artists including Marcello Ferraresi, Sandra Lepore, Giovanni da Palestrina, and Katia Ricciarelli. After performing for years as soloist and member of the a capella choir Musica Antica all over Italy and Europe, Rosario moved to San Diego in 2009, and regularly appears at local venues and Italian festivals around Southern California. As a singer he performs in a wide variety of music genres from opera to jazz, swing, and more.

Sanjil Kumar
Operations Manager

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.

Stephanie Thompson
PR and Communications

Stephanie Thompson is the founder and CEO of Stephanie Thompson Communications, working with a range of clients that include nonprofits, performing arts, festivals, and touring entertainment. She is a communications professional and writer with more than 20 years of experience, including eight years heading San Diego Opera’s media relations department, and has also taught journalism, English, and humanities. She’s not Italian in any way but often wishes she was.

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.

Terry O’Quest
Accounting

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.