meet the team

staff

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Anisa Raoof | executive director

Anisa has a passion for film, design, community, and education. She received her B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Painting, from the University of Rochester. After spending a few years researching what makes children stress resilient, she decided to explore her creative side by designing jewelry and home accessories and co-founding the Providence Craft Show. Blending her experience in design, an interest in working with others, a fascination with new technology and as a new mom wanting to find interesting things to do with her kids, she created the online parenting resource Kidoinfo. She also writes a seasonal column for Edible Rhody Kids, inspiring children to learn about their local food sources. She has partnered with numerous local organizations such as AS220, Greater Kennedy Plaza, the Partnership for Providence Parks, and the Providence Children’s Museum to create and support local family programming and activities. Anisa brings her entrepreneurial experience, collaborative way of thinking, social media savvy, and love for storytelling and moving images to her new job as Executive Director of the Providence Children’s Film Festival.

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Eric Bilodeau | director of programming

Eric was raised in the family movie business in Rhode Island (The Bristol Cinema, The Castle Cinema, The Meadowbrook Cinema and the Cable Car Cinema & Cafe). He developed a strong sense of film programming in both commercial and art houses. Running the Cable Car Cinema for 18 years gave him the experience to sharpen his skills in a multitude of film genres. After selling the Cable Car Cinema in 2007, Eric was hired as the Director of Programming for the Newport International Film Festival until he became the Director of Film Programming for the Providence Children’s Film Festival in 2010.

supporting cast

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Alyssa Biolchini | festival assistant + volunteer coordinator

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Kristin Walcott | program + outreach coordinator

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Elizabeth “Zim” Zimmermann | art + design work

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Mike and Beth Bell | video production

Where art and technology collide.
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Jake Camara | web development

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John Barnett and Isolde Maher | festival branding (2010-2016)

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Carissa Abitabilo | film workshop coordinator (@RISD)

Carissa Abitabilo was born in a rural West Virginia. She is a filmmaker and mixed media  animator. Her work explores internal and external processes centering around love of family and a deep compassion for animals. Abitabilo graduated with honors from RISD in Providence, RI with a BFA in Film Animation and Video. She currently works at RISD in the Film Animation and Video department as an Equipment Manager and Internship Coordinator. She is also a faculty member for RISD Continuing Education teaching classes in Animation. Her most recent animated work was shown at Brown Observatory and RISD Continuing Education Faculty Show.

She lives quietly with her son Isaac, brother Eli and a small menagerie of animals.

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Morayo Sayles | photographer

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Morayo Sayles is a RI Based Photographer specializing in Portrait and Event photography. Born in Chicago, IL and raised in Lagos, Nigeria; Morayo brings professional experience and multifaceted knowledge to her photography, to showcase the most poignant moments of human interaction. Morayo’s diverse background serves as a rich filter through which she views and captures life’s fun moments. Her quick eye for detail and beauty allows her to create gorgeous, candid scenes of your special day.

Morayo works tirelessly on all shoots to make sure special moments never slip by. With an excellent sense of humor, she creates a comfortable experience for all clients in front of and behind the camera. Alongside private event photography, she also works in the art community in RI to cover speaking functions and local events.