Ben Bahmani
 Founder & CEO

An industry professional since 1990, Ben Bahmani is the Founder and President of American Artist Agency, Inc. As Founder and CEO of the Universal Film Festival, Ben Bahmani knows what qualities are needed to turn a dream into a reality; and from that, a reality into a success. His love for filmmaking began in 1994 when he co-produced his first feature film and documentary. Since then, the desire to get behind the scenes and create movies that move us has been his passion; movies that make us think, cry, and laugh. This is his vision for the festival.

Regina Johnson Executive Producer


The entrepreneurial spirit is what Regina thrives on! With a background of financial services, to owning her own business. Regina is up to the challenge of promoting a phenomenal film festival. Meeting, greeting and coordinating people are what Regina does best. Regina brings 20 years of massive marketing experience to the film industry both on a national and international level.

Lindsay Heather Rose Marketing Director 

Lindsay has a passion to help people succeed, which she has been doing in her business for nearly 20 years. She founded Love Potion IX in 1999 and has been highly successful at creating matches in the Kansas City area.
She is excited to bring her experience, professionalism, enthusiasm, and love of film to the Universal Film Festival and create fulfilling and long-lasting partnerships. 


Sara Madson Social Media Communications


Sara is a graduate of the University of Illinois with degrees in Marketing, English and French. Sara is a member of MENSA, as well as a member of  IRA and BOMA professional commercial real estate associations. She has 20 years real estate experience, and 10 years commercial property management. Aside from work, her many talents and interests include piano, viola, yoga, sailing, skiing and raising 3 teenagers. She also won first place in the Dallas marathon in her age group. We are lucky to have Sara’s contributions to our team. 

Christine Gilbert Public Relations

Christine comes to us with a host of talents. Her work as the Director of American Artist Agency launched her into a career in modeling, print, film, radio and TV. She has been in the industry for over a decade and most recently has filmed several commercials with top organizations in the country. Her entrepreneur spirit has given her past success in many business endeavors. Her most favored project yet is her current work as an Author and Publisher. Christine volunteers for various non-profit organizations and has received education in the areas of Business Administration and Foreign Language.

 Katrina Dawn Social Events Coordinator

Katrina has a strong background in International business services and is a highly successful Model. She has 20 years of valuable experience in the Modeling Industry and managed daily operations of a talent agency for over 10 years. She was crowned Ms. Missouri in 2008 and her daughter has followed in her footsteps as Miss Kansas Teen America 2014. Katrina has some exciting plans for this year’s social events, so plan on coming out and enjoying the party!

Jenny Hardie Graphic Designer

The Universal Film Festival is very privileged to have Jenny as our graphic designer over the last few years. She graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Graphic Design and Marketing in 2003. For the last 10 years, she has freelanced as a graphic designer, artist, model, and belly dancer. She won 2nd place in the Kansas State Belly Dance Contest in 2014, has danced internationally in Beirut, Lebanon as well as Jamaica, and starred in the independent Bollywood-style feature film called “Welcome to America” released this year. A former Kansas City resident, she is now based in Austin, Texas.

Stephen Bahmani  Assistant Director

A recent graduate from the University of Kansas where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies, Stephen Bahmani serves as our utility team member. He handles such areas as marketing and technical support by coordinating with local media outlets and filmmakers, maintaining social media presence, promoting, and judging film submissions. Moving forward, he plans to eventually work behind the scenes, aspiring to be on the production and creative development side of TV and film.