The Curators


Lila Yomtoob is a New York based writer and director. Shortly after receiving her degree from NYU film school, she went on to direct the “perfectly honed” and “razor sharp” (Variety) feature film High Life. Her current short, America 1979 is travelling to film festivals now. She has directed several digital shorts including branded content for Nintendo, Plinko and other entities.

In addition to directing, Lila is the executive producer of Largesse Media, a boutique firm specializing in marketing and outreach for independent film. She also works in post production on films by directors such as Spike Lee, The Coen Brothers, Mary Heron, and John Cameron Mitchell. In 2006, Lila received an Emmy Award for sound editing on the HBO documentary Baghdad ER.

Her films have screened at festivals such as San Francisco Indiefest, Reykjavik International Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, New Filmmakers, Pop Montreal and Noor Iranian Film Festival. She has written several award winning grants and has been written up in Variety, The SFist, The Examiner, The Jewish Journal, and the Montreal Gazette amongst others.

Sara Zia Ebrahimi is a curator of film, visual art and new media and for over a decade has produced film screenings and exhibits in the Philadelphia area. She has worked as a consultant with Independent Television Service (ITVS) and with individual independent filmmakers on their engagement and outreach campaigns. Currently, she works as the Program Director at the Leeway Foundation, which funds women and trans* artists in the Philadelphia region who are using their art as a tool for social change.  A MFA graduate of Temple University, her own short films have screened internationally and been awarded grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures, Rooftop Films and the Leeway Foundation. Her recent work includes Bailout, a web series which she wrote and directed, and The FBI Blew Up My Ice Skates, an animated short film co-directed with Lindsey Martin, and as a producer of Resistance: the battle of Philadelphia and Recurrence Plot: The Family Circle.