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AFI FEST Festival Team

Malin Kan, Senior Programmer, Feature Films, AFI Festivals

Malin Kan is a film programmer originally from a small coastal town near San Francisco. She graduated with a BA in Film and Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and went on to obtain an MA from the University of California, Los Angeles in their Moving Image Archive Studies program. Now based in Los Angeles, she is a Programmer with AFI Festivals at the American Film Institute, where she has been since 2016. At AFI, her primary area of focus has been international feature films, though she has contributed to all sections across the festival and has overseen the Cinema’s Legacy section, partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, since 2018. In previous roles, she contributed to the George Eastman Museum and the LA Film Festival. She has contributed writing program notes and reviews to both Palm Springs International Film Festival and MovieMaker Magazine, has spoken on a panel at the Locarno Film Festival, and has served on juries for the Tacoma Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, Outfest and the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival.

Eric Moore, Senior Programmer, Short Films, AFI Festivals

Eric J. Moore has been working on the film fest circuit since 2002. A child of hippies, Boston-raised Moore was educated on psychedelic animations such as YELLOW SUBMARINE and art films that he was too young for like EASY RIDER, DR. STRANGELOVE and APOCALYPSE NOW. He has a BA in film from Emerson College, and a master’s degree in communication management from the University of Southern California.

Julia Kipnis, Programmer, Feature Films, AFI Festivals

Julia Kipnis is a film programmer based in Los Angeles. She is a Features Programmer at AFI FEST and Documentary Programmer for the Nashville Film Festival. She has screened for Outfest, Sundance, and NYFF among others and has collaborated with Alamo Drafthouse and Womxn in Windows. Julia received a BFA in Film from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Anna Li, Programmer, Feature Films, AFI Festivals

Anna Li is a film programmer and visual artist born and raised in Hong Kong. A graduate with a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, she worked in the animation industry before pivoting to the film festival circuit. Apart from her involvement with AFI FEST since 2018, she has contributed to Outfest LA, San Francisco International Film Festival and guest curated for OutMuseum. In her free time, Anna can be found working on various passion projects, such as spearheading an unofficial translation of the French screenplay of PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, or cataloguing her cherished physical media collection.

Nichole Young, Programming Coordinator and Associate Programmer, Short Films, AFI Festivals

Once the AFI FEST programming intern in 2018, Nichole Young has remained with the institute, programming for both AFI FEST and AFI DOCS. She has screened for Indian Film Festival Los Angeles and SeriesFest, acted as a student film judge for Pravets Film Festival, worked at Sundance, spoken as a panelist at Atlanta Film Festival, and has assisted in the success of hundreds of other film organizations while working at the online platform, Eventive. Nichole received a BFA in Broadcast Journalism (News & Documentary Filmmaking) from Chapman University and a Masters in Film & Media Studies from Arizona State University. She currently resides in Phoenix where she continues her arduous search for the state’s best breakfast burrito.

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