Hey, I'm Irene!

Providence, Rhode Island

As Founder and Director of the Venezuelan Film Festival (launched in New York City in 2013), Irene
Yibirin is a tireless advocate of the arts and their importance in everyday life. Aside from her leadership
role at the Venezuelan Film Festival VEFF, where she spearheads the festival’s creative vision and
direction, she is also Co-Founder and Director of Development at Maravilla, a New York-based
organization dedicated to raising public awareness of South America through film and the arts.
Before VEFF, Yibirin acquired her own skills and experience working as an Audio Visual Coordinator and
as Film Festival Coordinator at the Iberoamerican Festival of Short Films VIART, and the National
Venezuelan Film Distributor Amazonia Films, respectively.
Irene's production experience lists her as Associate Producer for the suspense-thriller film Refuge (2013)
directed by Andrew Robertson (USA), Producer of the Tribeca and Pink Apple winning short film SALTA
(2017) directed by Marianne Amelinckx (VEN), and Production Assistant for the Oscar-nominated (2011)
and Sundance Film Festival-winning (2010) documentary GasLand directed by Josh Fox (USA).
She studied Cinematography at the Central University of Venezuela and Production Design at the
School of Visual Arts in New York City.

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