The Vero Beach Film Festival is a non-profit arts organization that celebrates independent filmmaking and enriches our community, both culturally and economically. We love film because it introduces us to new places, touches our hearts, and can help us to find solutions in these challenging times.

We have hosted hundreds of filmmakers from around the globe and screened hundreds of films, from comedies and dramas to documentaries and shorts.  During the festival the coastal town of Vero Beach offers red carpet screenings, well attended parties and filmmaker events that support both the independent and student filmmaker.

And most important of all, the festival gives back to Vero Beach, with free community screenings and thousands of dollars in donations to local charities.  


Board of Directors

David Yakir – President

Anthony Aruffo – Treasurer

Gary Mastro – Secretary

Heather Stapleton

Xaque Gruber

Kelly Kite

Advisory Council and Team

David Yakir – Executive Director

Susan Horn – Co-founder

Herb Stratford – Program Director

Phil Osborne – Logistics Director

Charlotte Wagner – Event Planning Director

Tor Jones – Creative Director

Ken George – Media Director

Barry Shapiro – Lead Judge/Festival Jury

Heather Stapleton/Patti Lyons/Amy Alvarez
Volunteer Directors

Steve Hantzarides – Sponsorship Director

Gregg Casalino– Attorney

Steve Goff – Accountant

Elizabeth Borne – Finance

Elli Courtney – Technology

Jerusha Stewart, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus