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

Gary Mastro, President

Anthony Aruffo, Treasurer

Jenn Kite, Secretary

Xaque Gruber

Kelly Kite Jr.

David Yakir

Advisory Council and Team

David Yakir – Executive Director

Susan Keller Horn – Co-founder

Christine Luethje, Assistant Director

Gary Mastro, Sponsorships, Fundraising

Herb Stratford, Contributing Program Director

Elizabeth Borne, Finance Director

Phil Osborne, Associate Director, Venue & Logistics

Jill A. Hargrave, Special Events Fundraising Coordinator

Angie Schepers, Event Planning Director

Morgen Reynolds (Beyond the Trend), – Marketing Director

Elise Mahovlich, Public Relations & Communications

Barry Shapiro, Film Jury Chair

Kenneth George, Media Director

James Fleck, Tech Director

Amy Alvarez, Volunteer Director

Doris Kwek, Festival Concierge

Gregg Casalino, Legal

Steve Goff, Accountant

Bob Stanley, Wine Director

Jerusha Stewart, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus