The Burbank International Film Festival Board of Directors is comprised of talented industry professionals and production executives who work within the studio system. Our festival judges, screening committees, and even many of our volunteers are respected professionals in the motion picture and television industry. Our festival awards categories mirror the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and The Annie Awards.
Our mission is to promote up-and-coming filmmakers by providing a gateway to expand their careers in the entertainment industry. We shine a light on the unknown talent of today, helping them become the celebrated filmmakers of tomorrow. Not only do we actively champion independent filmmaking, we are one of the few, if not the only film festival in the world that offers film distribution seminars to help filmmakers guide their cinematic vision toward profitability.
The Burbank International Film Festival is a California non-profit organization operating as a 501C3 tax-exempt corporation.
Board of Directors
Jeff Rector – President and Artistic Director
Jeff Rector is an award-winning filmmaker and actor. His feature film “Revamped” which he wrote, directed and produced, is currently being distributed worldwide and is available on DVD, VOD and other platforms including Google Play. Revamped is a feature length version of his first short film “Fatal Kiss”, which won awards for “Best Screenplay”, “Best Director”, “Best Picture” and was one of the first short films ever acquired by HBO. Jeff Hosted and Executive Produced SFN: Science Fiction News for PBS, is a member of the Television Academy, and is the official spokesman for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & and Horror Films that produce the Annual Saturn Awards. As an actor, Jeff has appeared in over 80 feature films and television shows including “How I Met Your Mother”, “The Bold & the Beautiful”, “One Life To Live”, “Beverly Hills 90210” and “NYPD Blue” to name a few. Jeff currently serves on the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission, served on The Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council for five years, and supports other charitable organizations and committees.
Simon Lutterbie – Treasurer
Dr. Simon Lutterbie is the director of LTRBe Inc, who help local businesses increase sales through integrated online marketing. He also coordinates IT strategy and development for the iOpener Institute, a UK-based human asset management consulting firm. Simon received his doctorate in social psychology from the University of Oxford and his BA in psychology & mathematics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. An increasingly active community member, Simon serves on the board for the Center for Living and Learning in Van Nuys, is a member of Leadership Burbank’s class of 2014-2015, and is the incoming President of the Burbank Chapter of BNI.
Michelle Goulet – Secretary
Michelle Goulet, Executive Administrative Assistant to the Chief Human Resources Officer at Parsons Corporation. She is responsible for high level administrative support to the CHRO and the Talent Management Team. She has over 30 years of experience working for private law firms, financial institutions and a Fortune 500 Company. She attended Eastern Michigan University and has completed numerous courses and training in the fields of paralegal studies, administration, secretarial and customer service. She is a current member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, Pasadena Chapter, and has served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and as Committee Chair for its Administrative Professionals Day events.
Pamela Alix graduated Magna Cum-Laude with a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She’s worked professionally in the industry for over 20 years as an actor, singer, voiceover artist, and director. She is also a motivation speaker, having traveled throughout the country inspiring America’s youth through a variety of topics including health and wellness, communication, and careers in the applied arts. Pam was instrumental in coordinating BIFF’s educational outreach program which offered informative industry workshops, panels and seminars free to the public. She’s also the owner of RentActors.com – a free social networking site for everyone in the Entertainment Industry. She is thrilled to be an active member of the board since 2012.
Reed Shusterman is the festival Director of Submissions and Programming and is currently serving his second year with The Burbank International Film Festival. Reed is a filmmaker and professional script reader originally from Baltimore Maryland. Since his move to Los Angeles, Reed has been reading scripts for possible development with a number of production companies and is currently contracted with NBC Universal, where he reads scripts for their Writer’s On The Verge Diversity Fellowship and Late Night Writer’s Workshop. He is the Vice President of Metapalo Investments LLC, a real estate investment firm based in Cost Rica. As a filmmaker, he has just completed production on his first big budget narrative film, “Goblin Queen”.