About Us

Meet the Team

An elite jury of celebrities, industry leaders, and key festival personnel have determined the winners of several prizes awarded by Hoboken International Film Festival. The 2020 jury members are:

The Jury

Kenneth Del Vecchio

Critically Acclaimed Filmmaker, Bestselling Author, HIFF Chairman

Francine Del Vecchio

Ivy League Professor, Screenwriter, Producer

Julie McCullough

Growings Pains, Sharknado, Big Bad Momma

Julie Kimmel

Director, HIFF Vice Chair & Technical Director

Christie Napurano

Author, HIFF Talent Coordinator

Ken Hampton

HIFF Music Director, Film Score Composer

Mike Borao

Boxing Manager, Entertainment Attorney, Screenwriter

Dylan Bank

Director – Netflix Original Movie Get Me Roger Stone; Scavenger Killers

Sydney Houllihan

Filmmaker, HIFF Screenplay Competition Director

Nina Transfeld

The Life Zone, The Great Fight, Scavenger Killers, HIFF Vice Chair

Jeff Quinlan

HIFF Vice Chairman, Executive Producer

Martin Kove

The Karate Kid, Rambo, “Cagney & Lacey”

Charles Durning

Jury Member Emeritus Two Time Academy Award Winner, Four Time Golden Globe, Nine Time Emmy Winner & Nominee

The Organizers

Kenneth Del Vecchio – Founder & Chairman
Julie Kimmel – Vice Chair & Technical Director
Jeff Quinlan – Vice Chair Lisa Munjack – Marketing & Sponsorship Director
Christie Napurano – Talent Coordinator
Julie McCullough – Festival Ambassador
Sydney Houllihan – Director of Screenplay Competition
Kenneth Hampton – Music Director
Keith Balla (O’Connor Davies) – Accountant
JAM Productions – Webmaster
Pamela Harding – Assistant Director
Josephine Moon Bloomfield – Assistant Director
Nick Turco – Assistant Director
Theresa Teresi – Assistant Director
Francine Del Vecchio – Festival First Lady & Vice Chairwoman

The Founder

“As usual, Mr. Del Vecchio was larger than life.”
-The New York Times

Kenneth Del Vecchio is a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has written, produced and directed over 30 movies that star 100+ film and TV stars, including multiple Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees. His films are distributed through industry leaders such as Sony Pictures, NBC/Universal, Anchor Bay, Millennium Entertainment, Cinedigm, Screen Media Films, Vivendi Entertainment, Green Apple Entertainment, and E-1 Entertainment. He has starred in numerous movies, as well. Mr. Del Vecchio is founder and chairman of Hoboken International Film Festival, called by FOX, Time Warner, and other major media “One of the 10 Biggest Film Festivals in the World.” He also is the author of some of the nation’s best-selling legal books, including criminal codebooks published by Pearson Education/Prentice Hall and ALM/New Jersey & New York Law Journals. A best-selling criminal suspense novelist, he penned his first published novel at only 24-years-old. In addition, he is a frequent analyst on Fox News and other major networks, and he is the owner of the Criminal Law Learning Center, where he has taught thousands of police officers and lawyers…And he is a former Judge, who also has tried over 400 cases as a practicing criminal attorney.

Kenneth Del Vecchio’s filmography includes: The Life Zone, Scavenger Killers, An Affirmative Act, Price For Freedom, A Wrestling Christmas Miracle, A Karate Christmas Miracle, Rock Story, The Savant, Snapshot, Bleeding Hearts, Cries of the Unborn, Blue Lives Matter, O.B.A.M. Nude, Joker’s Wild, iMurders, Kinky Killers, The Grand Theft, Fake, Hospital Arrest, Renaissance Man, American Brawler, Puppets, Aberrant, Real Gangsters, Three Chris’s, Alone in the Dark 2, The Drum Beats Twice, Pride & Loyalty, The Great Fight, Tinsel Town, Here and There, The Crimson Mask, and Rules For Men. His novels are Pride & Loyalty, Revelation in the Wilderness and The Great Heist (his most recent novel). And his legal books include: Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide to the Penal Statutes (national criminal codebook), New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide to the Penal Statutes, New York Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide to the Penal Statutes, and Test Prep Guide to Accompany New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, with numerous others in the works.

HIFF Screening Committee Members

Pat Bianco
Salvatore Bianco
Matthew Caminiti
Frank Carr
Thomas Logan Crown
Francine Del Vecchio
Kenneth Del Vecchio
George Fear
Sydney Houllihan
Karen Iacobbo
Michael Iacobbo
Julie Kimmel
Danielle Lopez
Eileen Mahoney
Daniel Mihailescu
Sherri Ruggieri
Victoria Stevens
Theresa Teresi
Hope Wannermeyer
Dan Zarrillo
Frank Zarrillo