OUR MISSION

  The Universal Film Festival was founded in 2007 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, and has evolved into an internationally touring hybrid festival which includes both a live and virtual interactive festival hosted by our festival partner Filmocracy. 

Each year Universal Film Festival will take place in a different city and country and include both live and virtual interactive festival options and events, in addition to a “Global Village Showcase” experience unique to each host city and country. 

Universal Film Festival is in the top 100 Film Festivals with over 300,000 followers and 5,000 publications distributed globally throughout social media, print, and more.

  Universal Film Festival’s mission is to increase the audience and prominence of independent filmmakers and provide excellent career-changing opportunities to network and promote their films via our live and virtual festival events, through our social media and festival partners, and within our year-round streaming platform.

  Universal Film Festival’s goal is to provide a credible and accessible venue for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to experience and interact with talented independent filmmakers and unique art and cultures from around the world.

Ben Bahmani

Founder & CEO

 

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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
Lindsay Rose
Kiahna Beard
Jospeh Allen
Tom Raithel
Amir Ardebili
Pegi Prescotte
Kevin Walsh
Milton Jeffries
Amy Baker
Zoran Savic
Stephen Bahmani