Executive Leadership

Jatin Setia – Executive Director

As a recipient of ’40 under 40′ Award as well as ‘MN Real Power 50’, Jatin has been recognized by the community as a business leader and innovator. With the Twin Cities Film Fest, Jatin has brought the community together in a celebration of the arts it deserves. Jatin currently serves as a Board Member of Discover St. Louis Park, SLP Business Council and the TC Actor Expo. Being part of the Minnesota arts and business community, he strives to provide a platform where social conversations, business, culture and arts can not only survive, but work collectively and thrive!

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

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.

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.


Support Staff

Aaron Young (Festival Attorney)

Anthony Perella (Lounge Manager)

Briana Lee (Social Media Coordinator)

Charlotte Kodner (Hospitality Coordinator)

Dallas Smith (Lead Photographer)

Eric Heskin (Technical Director)

Ellie Drews (Media Producer)

Greg Klimowicz (Events Director)

Jessie Zumeta (Asst. Playback Coordinator)

Jodi VanDeRiet (Volunteer Coordinator)

John Castro (Membership Coordinator)

Josh Dahlman (Senior Shorts Programmer)

Krista Johnsen (Creative Director)

Kirstie House (Media Producer)

Lee Jordan (Head Concierge)

Liz Oswood (Associate Programmer and Playback Manager)

Melody Gilbert (Associate Programmer)

Nickolaus Swedlund (Education Director)

Nicole Chamberlin (Education Assistant)

Rachel Bjerstedt (Web Manager)

Robena Teneralli (Associate Programmer)

Ruth Maramis (Official Festival Blogger)

Sabra Zahn (Office Administrator)


Allied Integrated Marketing (Festival PR Agency)