Executive Leadership

Jatin Setia

Jatin Setia

Executive Director

Being a recent recipient of the '40 under 40' Award from MSP Business Journal as well as being named as one of the 'Real Power 50' by MN Business Magazine, Jatin has been recognized by the professional community as a business leader and an innovator.  With the Twin Cities Film Fest, Jatin seeks to bring the community together in a celebration of the arts it deserves. Jatin currently sits on the Minnesota IFP Board of Directors serving as the President as well as being a board member of the Twin Cities Actor Expo and the Twin Cities Film Fest. Being part of the Minnesota film community, he longs to give the Twin Cities an organization that highlights film-making as art.

Naomi Dahlgren

Naomi Dahlgren

Festival Manager

Naomi has been involved in the talent, video and film business for many years. Whether in front of the camera, on stage or behind the scenes, Naomi loves to be involved. She has worked as a production manager and assistant director on numerous projects and also wrote, produced and directed her own short film. Naomi is also the event manager of the annual Twin Cities Actor Expo.

Bill Cooper

Bill Cooper

Managing Director

Bill has been involved with the video, television and film business primarily as an actor for over 30 years.  He has a degree in Mass Communications from St. Cloud (MN) State University and studied acting at The Actors Studio in Minneapolis. Bill’s acting credits include 25 short and feature films,  200 television commercials and hundreds of industrial, corporate, print, and voice-over projects. Bill’s acting website is www.billcooper.info.

Steve Snyder

Steve Snyder

Artistic Director

In addition to serving as the founding artistic director of TCFF, Steve is a widely published film critic and former member of the New York Film Critics Circle. His writing on film has appeared in the pages of TIME, PEOPLE, Newsday and the New York Sun, and has been syndicated nationwide by Internet Broadcasting Systems. He has also lectured on film at the University of Minnesota, taught film criticism at the Gotham Writers Workshop, and served as a screener for a range of other film festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and the Milwaukee International Film Festival in Wisconsin. He splits his time between Brooklyn and Minneapolis and can regularly be found scouting films for TCFF at Tribeca, South By Southwest, the Los Angeles Film Festival and Toronto.

Danielle Palmer

Danielle Palmer

Development Director

Dani Palmer has been a community and event organizer since the age of 14 when she organized "Mountain of Youth"- a non-profit designed to cultivate the musical talents of underserved young women.  She has played an active, founding role in many festivals including the Twin Cities Film Fest, Candlelight Serenade music festival, Rocktoberfest, the annual Race Against Poverty in UT, the Global Citizen Festival in NYC, and numerous other events designed to support great philanthropic work, raising millions of dollars for excellent charities.
Dani's artistic passions lie in acting and singing, where she has established herself as a strong performer with a resume including 30+ short & feature length independent films, dozens of commercials, and multiple industrial videos. She is grateful to be part of the Twin Cities Film Fest which seeks to bring national attention to the incredible filmmaking talent found in MN and the Midwest

Support Staff

Angela Andrist (Associate Programmer)

Aaron Young (Festival Attorney)

Adam Lueck (Associate Programmer)

Andrea Hayft (Membership and Sales Coordinator)

Briana Lee (Marketing Coordinator)

Dallas Smith (Lead Photographer)

Greg Klimowicz (Events Director)

Holly Peterson (Event Facilitator)

Jodi VanDeRiet (Volunteer Coordinator)

Josh Dahlman (Lead Shorts Programmer)

Kirsten Gregerson (Hospitality Coordinator)

Krista Johnsen (Creative Director)

Lee Jordan (Head Concierge)

Matt Cici (Education Director)

Rachel Bjerstedt (Web Manager)

Robena Teneralli (Associate Programmer and Playback Manager)

Robyn Wenham (Executive Assistant to ED)

Rosa Garza (Office Administrator)

Ruth Maramis (Official Festival Blogger)

Russell Johnson (Social Media)

Stephanie Dillon (Senior Engagement Officer)


Anahita Ahrar (TCFF Internal PR)

Allied Integrated Marketing (Festival PR Agency)


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