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Who We Are


What's On, June 2023



A nationally recognized, industry-leading cultural destination.

Our Mission

WIFF is a cultural, charitable organization that celebrates the art of cinema by showcasing Canadian and international film and filmmakers. Delivering exceptional experiences through film, WIFF strengthens and enriches community while promoting the creative economy.

Our Values

Diversity of Programming

Increasing the exposure of Canadian and international film to all audiences and offering programming which appeals to and is representative of people in our community.


Developing and nurturing respectful relationships with each other, our volunteers, audience, partners and the film industry.


Being a vehicle to increase knowledge of film and the film industry.

Quality Of Life

Contributing to the quality of life for Windsor-Essex residents that comes from having a vibrant arts community.


Operating under the highest standards that will ensure the continuance of the festival for years to come.

Urban arts community

Being part of a cultural hub and vibrant arts community in the downtown core.

WIFF Board Members

  • Marty Beneteau (Chair)
  • Katharen Bortolin (Secretary)
  • Matt Ciarma
  • Diana Kao
  • Dylan Kristy
  • Pat Papadeas (Vice-Chair)
  • Liz Pettapiece-Phillips
  • Mary-Ann Rennie
  • Renée Trombley (Treasurer)

WIFF Staff

  • Vincent Georgie
    Executive Director and Chief Programmer
  • Hayden Freker
    Managing Director
  • Erika Sanborn
    Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Austin Di Pietro
    Director of Operations & Special Events
  • Lana Oppen
    Technical Director
  • Jen Holson
    Director of Patron Services
  • Nuha Elalem
    Print Traffic & Digital Asset Manager
  • Asil Moussa
    Administrative Coordinator
  • Maria Cusumano
    Digital Creation Coordinator
  • Idriss Askour
    Assistant Technical Director
  • Shelby Johnston
    Social Media Coordinator
  • Jocelyn Levadoux & Danis Sharda
    Volunteer Coordinators
  • Emily Roe
    Merchandising Coordinator
  • Nathalie MacDonald
    Industry Relations Coordinator
  • Nate Parent
    Special Events Coordinator
  • Niklas Pizzolitto
    Assistant to the Executive Director
  • Dave Houle
    Graphic Design and Layout
  • Alex Bernier, Bryan Dutot, Emmanuella Omokhegbele, Igho Ogbobine, Andrea Saeid & Herschelle Pinto
    Venue Managers

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