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 offers over 20 awards in a variety categories, with special awards honoring social awareness, inclusion and diversity in the filmmaking industry.
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 film festivals in the world that offer film distribution opportunities 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 writer, director, actor and producer. His feature film “Revamped” which he wrote, directed and produced, is currently being distributed worldwide and 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 has has the pleasure of working with most of the major studios, television and cable networks. Jeff hosted and executive produced SFN: Science Fiction News for PBS, is a voting member of the Television Academy (EMMY Awards), and is the official spokesman for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films that produce the annual Saturn Awards. Jeff’s many years in the television and motion picture industry has earned him over 100 feature films and television credits on 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 served on The Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council for five years, supports other charitable organizations and committees and currently serves on the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission.
Tracey Bowyer – Vice President
Tracey Bowyer has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Business from Curtain University of Technology. She started her career in project management, public administration and policy before moving into software development and marketing then senior management in a number of high profile media companies. Having previously worked as VP of Product Development and Sales Enablement at TEGNA’s digital marketing division, Tracey now works as CMO/COO for Stop and reGrow, the first true cure for male pattern baldness. Tracey is passionate about independent film making and supporting the careers of independent filmmakers. She is Secretary for the Board and additionally provides strategic guidance in the areas of marketing, business strategy and sponsorships.
Sabrina Bell – Treasurer
Sabrina Bell started her career in finance working for a subsidiary of HSBC bank, becoming one of their youngest financial branch managers, her main specialism and concentration has been business lending and new client development. She has a Chartered Institute of Marketing degree, allowing her to manage and coordinate corporate financial budgets and reports. Skills include, client servicing, database management, customer relations and financial corporate communications correspondences. Today, she still continues with this work independently, working along side private investors and financial brokers to offer investment solutions for a variety of business projects. In addition, Sabrina is currently creating, developing and establishing her own crowd-funding platform for film, television and theatrical projects. Her hobbies include acting and dancing, is the owner and instructor for her own fitness/dance class and is currently writing her own lifestyle, health and fitness book.
Lana Ford – Secretary
Lana Ford blends her experiences of civic, corporate and artistic talent to join the impressive team of BIFF Board Members. Following a ten year career with fortune 50 company BellSouth Communications, Lana moved to LA to continue adding to her list of adventures, such as marketing manager for the Falcon Theatre (now the GARRY MARSHALL THEATRE) in Burbank, as an elected official serving 6 years on the Studio City Neighborhood Council, President of Phi Mu Alumnae-LA, President Southern California Council of Phi Mu Fraternity, Adviser to Phi Mu Sorority-CSUN, all while sprinkling area Theatres with performances in various roles, including KING ALFONSO in the TEMPEST and AMANDA in FOR WHOM THE SOUTHERN BELLE TOLLS. She currently works with independent casting director Aaron Griffith, is a Talent Executive for The Saturn Awards and served on the 2017 SAG Nominating Committee. She has written a civil war epic based on a true story.
Jolin Crofts – Director of Submissions & Programming
Jolin earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science as well as an M.S. degree in Telecommunications from the University of Pittsburgh. Jolin began her career as the project manager for multimillion dollar Telecom projects responsible for managing the budget, resources, contracts and negotiations. Her passion for creative story telling led her to Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking while taking screen writing courses at UCLA. Later, Jolin worked for The Simpsons and Fox Searchlight, was a casting director for several films and worked as a producer for MySpace. She currently sits on the Board of the Windsor Square/Hancock Park Historical Society, is a member of Film Independent and is the Director of Submissions and Programming for the Burbank International Film Festival.
Christina Lea – Director of Social Media
Christina has a BFA in Musical Theatre and graduated early with honors. She has always loved the theatre and film industries and is still pursuing her passion. She is currently works for the Murder Mystery Co., is cast in two original musicals, and is working on her own original show. Before graduation, she started her own networking company, and began hosting events. Christina developed a love for event planning at an early age, and it continued over into her adult life. She currently works as an event coordinator for Alternative Entertainment, a company that puts on events and provides networking opportunities for all forms of artists looking to build their brands. This will be Christina’s third year with the Burbank International Film Festival, but first year as a board member. She has a deep rooted passion for this festival and is excited to have a bigger part in it’s production.