WHO WE ARE

Rahway International Film Festival, a Big Dreams and Silver Screens production, is a nonprofit festival run by a team of dedicated volunteers and is made possible exclusively through donations from individuals and local businesses. Our volunteers give countless hours of time to make Rahway International Film Festival possible. Most are film-lovers or filmmakers themselves and are passionate about sharing the world of film with others. 


​Interested in becoming a volunteer? Be a part of the team! We are looking for people with an interest in film, party planning, marketing and/or the entertainment industry. Send us an email at rahwayfilmfest@gmail.com and we can find a role for you! Check out our Volunteer page for available roles and descriptions.

As a women-led film festival in a primarily male-dominated industry, we are dedicated to showcasing an equal ratio of films by female and male filmmakers in a leading role (Director/Writer/Producer), in keeping with our mission statement of presenting films that promote equality, awareness, & open-mindedness. 

GINA MARIE RODRIGUEZ

Founder & Festival Director

 

Gina Marie Rodriguez is the Founder and Executive Director of the Rahway International Film Festival. She hold a B.A in Theater Arts from Rutgers University with a background in acting, writing, and directing. She has produced a number of her own short films and has most recently been awarded the "Best Female Filmmaker" Award at the 2017 Cosmic Film Festival.

STACY IGNACIO

Assistant Festival Director

Stacy Ignacio is the Assistant Festival Director of the Rahway International Film Festival. She is primarily in charge of marketing, website design & management, and is a member of the programming committee. She is an alum of Rutgers University & currently works in the online marketing industry in NYC.

BRIAN BORJA

Graphic Designer

 

Brian Borja designs concepts and artwork for the Rahway International Film Festival. He currently works as a successful industrial and graphic designer.



JOSEPH BROWN

Administrative Assistant

 

BILL DRUMMER

Lead Technician

 

RIFF 2017 FILM PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

 

Lilly Boruszkowski
Melissa De Leon
Bill Drummer

Stacy Ignacio
Albert Koleba
Zack Mueller
Alexander Paulino

Gina Marie Rodriguez
Denise Rolong
Alexander Stross

PAST VOLUNTEERS

Special thanks to the team members who have volunteered their time and efforts to us through the years!

COLLEEN ANTONUCCI

Festival Manager (2013-2014, 2016)

 

KATHERINE FLEMING

Editor & Consultant (2013-2014)

 

MAHOGANY REYNOLDS

In-House Publicist (2015)

 

DENNIS COMELLA

Editor (2014-2015)

 

JAMES MAGUIRE

Editor, Assistant Technician (2013-2014)

 

RON MACCLOSKEY

Youth Festival Host (2016-2017)

 

RIFF 2016 VOLUNTEERS

 

Albert Koleba
Alex Stross
Allyson King
Andrea Caleiro 
Andrew Palladino
Anna Nicasio
Anthony Dobeck
Bill Drummer
Brandon Murphy
Christopher Frees
Colleen Antonucci
Daija Robinson
Dale Clarke of PeaceMaker Photography & Graphic Design
David Schoner

Elizabeth Brown
Eugene Kim
Guiseppe Gelardi
Gyms Dunbar

Jai Simone
Janaiya Banks
Joseph Brown
JT Maguire
Julie Jacobs
Kenya Bullock
Kristian Comer
Lilly Boruszkowski

Lisa Vandever
Mack Williams

Mahogany Reynolds
Mark Singh

Mike Patten
Nora Mislan
Phil Lopes
Priscilla Kronus
Regina Simmons

Rick Sordelet

Robin Kampf

Ron Maccloskey
Sierra Pritcher
Tia Taylor
Tiffany Conyers

Will Fleming
Winnie Wade
Zack Mueller

& UCPAC Volunteers

ALEXANDRA BERGEN

Administrative Assistant & Festival Manager (2014)

 

FRANCESCA RIZZO

RIFF Q&A Moderator (2015)

 

TIM O'NEILL

Lead Technician (2013-2014)

 

CHRISTOPHER FROEHLICH

Editor (2015)

 

JOSEPH EULO

Editor (2014)

 

RIFF 2016 FILM PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

 

Albert Koleba
Andrea Caleiro 
Christopher Frees
Colleen Antonucci

Gina Marie Rodriguez
Joseph Brown
Lilly Boruszkowski
Mark Singh
Phil Lopes

Stacy Ignacio
Zack Mueller

RIFF 2015 VOLUNTEERS

 

Albert Koleba

Alex Stross

Andrew Palladino

Angel Chang

Anna Nicasio

Asha Bryant of Asha Bryant Photo

Bill Drummer

Christopher Froehlich

Corinne Smerdzinski

Dale Clarke of PeaceMaker Photography & Graphic Design

Dennis Comella

Elizabeth Brown

Eugene Kim

Ivana Melara

JD Hartman

Jean Kuc

Joseph Brown

JT Maguire

Lilly Boruszkowski

Loren Cherensky

Madeline Motyczka

Mark Singh

Nidhi Kathuria

Patrick Savoia

Richard Seissel

Samantha Huryk

Sharon Cosby

Sophia Strawser

Steven DiGiacomo

Tia Taylor

Vicki Hathaway

& UCPAC Volunteers

RIFF 2014 VOLUNTEERS

 

Lilly Boruszkowski

Raymond Capiral

Loren Cherensky

Dennis Comella

JD Hartman 

Eugene Kim

Jean Kuc

JT Maguire

Andrea Moore

Gustavo Pereyra of Red Amber Photography

Adriana Rivera

Joseph Rodriguez

Lori Roper

Mike Smanko

Tia Taylor

& UCPAC Volunteers

RIFF 2013 VOLUNTEERS

 

Adrian Dayrit

Albert Koleba

Anthony Guarracino

Colleen Antonucci

Corina Lombardi-Adamousky

Dennis Comella

Emma Leigh Waldron

Fran Whitney

Gino Mirasol of Photognic Studios

Katherine Fleming

JT Maguire

Lisa Hogya

Max Antonucci

Melodie Singh

Timothy O'Neill

& UCPAC Volunteers

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