Conceived by the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), the Staten Island Film Festival (SIFF) held it’s first 4-day festival in 2006. The SIEDC came up with this idea to help foster an artistic atmosphere on Staten Island as part of a strategy to draw visitors from New York’s other four boroughs and New Jersey. Festival-goers could be introduced in what Staten Island has to offer. 

SIFF succeeded in its first year by introducing independent and international films to a broad and diverse audience, and its endeavor is to develop and expand for many years to come. As the Festival grows, so does the community that supports it, in the form of sponsors, partners, staff, board members, volunteers and attendees.

SIFF Staff

Jeannine Marotta, Festival Director
Cesar J. Claro
Rob Leddy
Laura Bruzzese
Vincent Lenza
Maria DelPrete

SIFF Board

Michael Manzulli, Chair
President & CEO of Richmond County Savings Foundation

Alfred C. Cerullo, III, Co-Chair
President and CEO of Grand Central Partnership and member of the City Planning Commission

Richard Diamond, Jr., Co-Chair
Executive Vice President Penn Jersey Advance and son of the late Richard E. Diamond, publisher of the SI Advance

Brian Farley, Co-Chair
President of Staten Island-based Action Elevator

Sean Kelleher, Co-Chair
Director of Institutional Research sales and trading at Wall Street Access, an investment firm

SIFF Film Industry Board

Peter Guber, Chair
Gruber is the Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group, a production company of films and TV Shows. Mandalay finances and produces films in the U.S. and Peter is best known for independently producing films such as The Deep and the Academy Award-nominated film Midnight Express.

Armand Mastrioanni
Mastrioanni directed his first feature film, “He Knows You’re Alone“ continuing with Dark Shadows, Against The Law, Friday the 13th, and War of the Worlds. Most recently, he directed Gone But Not Forgotten, and The Celestine Prophecy, which showcased as an Staten Island Film Festival.

Patty McCormick
McCormick has appeared in Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, NYPD Blue, Sopranos, Heart of the Beholder, The Silencing. Currently, she plays a major role in the hit TV Series, What About Brian?

SIFF Committee

Al Curtis, Richmond County Savings Foundation
R. Randy Lee, Lee & Amtzis
Laureen Henry, Richmond County Savings Foundation
Borough President James P. Molinaro
Ed Burke, Deputy Borough President
Councilman Michael McMahon
Ken Mitchell, Councilman McMahon’s Office
Sandy Krueger, Staten Island Board of Realtors
Betsy Dubovsky, SI Bank and Trust Foundation
Gina Gutman, Time Warner Cable
Sari Kingsley, Kingsley Real Estate
Michael Motelson, Dome Property Management
Bob Moore, KeySpan
SallyAnn Bartels, KeySpan
Councilman James Oddo
John Alexander, Northfield Bank
Bob Cutrona, Project-One Services
Richard Travers, NRG Energy
Laura Jean Watters, Council on the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island
Brian Laline, Staten Island Advance
William Spiezia, Rogers Surveying
MaryAnn Rizzo, Hair Express
Dolores Morris, HBO
Sari Morninghawk, UR Music
Stanley M. Friedman, Staten Island Hotel
Michael Coppotelli, St. Joseph by the Sea
Angela Artale, Staten Island Academy
Carole Lavino, Wagner College
Christopher Catt, Snug Harbor Cultural Center
John Demoleas, Staten Island University Hospital
David Sorkin, The Jewish Community Center
Cheryl Armatage-Bergeron, The Jewish Community Center
Sean Sweeny, Community Board One
Dr. Ronald Sheppard