OUR MISSION

The Universal Film Festival was founded in 2007 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA and has now evolved into an internationally touring event. Our festival is honored to be one of the top 100 Film Festivals.  We are proud to have over 230,000 followers and 5,000 publications distributed globally through social media, print, and more.  

Universal Film Festival’s core philosophy is to increase the audience of independent filmmakers and encourage their unique cinematic vision and artistry.   Each year we will be presenting our festival in a different country in partnership with a selected local film festival.

We provide filmmakers and directors in all genres with an excellent career-changing opportunity to network and promote their films during our affiliated events and conference.  Our audience supports and encourages the international, independent, imagination promulgated by our filmmakers. A panel of judges made up of a variety of industry professionals select our winners. 

The Universal Film Festival mission is to provide a credible and accessible venue for these talented filmmakers, both with our international audience of all ages and backgrounds and with our partners within the industry.

Ben Bahmani

Founder & CEO

 

Universal Film Festival

Team Members

Founder & CEO

Ben Bahmani

Founder & CEO
Senior Executive Director

Pegi Prescotte

Senior Executive Director
Executive Secretary

Kiahna Beard

Executive Secretary
Director of Public Relations

Amy Baker

Director of Public Relations
Director of Marketing

Lindsay Rose

Director of Marketing
Director of Operations

Kevin Walsh

Director of Operations
Public Relations/Emcee

Megan Lenore'

Public Relations/Emcee
Director of Coordination

Neathasha Lee

Director of Coordination
Public Relations/Emcee

Abbie Santana

Public Relations/Emcee

Joseph Allen

Director of Photography Videography

Negar Vand

International Ambassador

Marjan Kia

Director of Social Media

Universal Film Festival

Board Members

Ben Bahmani
Pegi Prescotte
Lindsay Rose
Amy Baker
Kiahna Beard
Jospeh Allen
Neathasha Lee
Kevin Walsh
Abbie Santana
Stephen Bahmani