Our Staff


Kristen Evans

Executive Managing Director

A New Jersey native, Kristen has been with GPJFF since 2007. After majoring in Graphic Design at the University of the Arts, she attended La Salle University where she focused on nonprofit administration. An avid music enthusiast and film lover, Kristen previously owned and operated JAM Musical Industries, a one-stop-shop for independent musicians that served a booking agency, recording studio, video production, and tour management.

Olivia Antsis

Executive Artistic Director

Olivia Antsis has served as the Artistic Director of GPJFF for nearly 13 years. As the creative force behind the organization, Olivia began her career path at the Philadelphia Art Alliance where she served as the Director of Programs. After earning an MFA from the University of the Arts, she worked as the Site Editor for InLiquid.com. Olivia’s Russian-Jewish roots, concern for human rights, and love of the arts helped shape her artistic vision. In addition to her work at the festival, Olivia enjoys being behind the camera. Her videos and artwork have been exhibited in galleries, film festivals, and venues throughout the world.

Matt Bussy

Festival Manager

A Film & Media Arts major at Temple University, Matt has been obsessed with movies for as long as he can remember! On the side, Matt also works as a film studio representative for Allied Global Marketing, a full-service integrated marketing agency, assisting with advance screenings of upcoming films throughout the city for press and patrons. Judaism has improved his life on so many levels that he’s currently in the process of converting!

Ainyae Stratton

Development & Administrative Coordinator

Ainyae attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Communications Media with a concentration in TV/Film/Photography. She has acted in various short films and continues a career as an actress. You can catch her on her ongoing “Monologue Monday” social media series on YouTube and IGTV (Instagram: Yae Stratton) each Monday where she acts out different monologues from films and theater.

Board of Directors

Jacob Cohen


Phyllis Fischer

Chair Emerita

Judy Golden

Chair Emerita

Ruth Perlmutter

Chair Emerita

Debbie Fleischman

Vice Chair

Larry Rappoport

Vice Chair

Francine Tabas

Advisory Committee Chair

Sarita Gocial


Barbara Black

Betsy Filton

Libby S. Harwitz

Cathy Kaufman

Iris Drechsler

Judy Finkel

Edward Hoffman

Nadine Liez-Weiner

Francyn Sacks

Nancy Shein

Debra Felman

Seth Goldstein

Julie Jaffe

Elaine Lindy

GPJFF Screening Committee

Olivia Antsis

Elaine Culbertson

Judy Finkel

Edward Hoffman

Rob Levin

Larry Rappoport

Jessica Bayner

Iris Drechsler

David Frank

Mary Kahn

Nadine Liez-Weiner

Nathan Relles

Matt Bussy

Debra Felman

Libby S. Harwitz

Cathy Kaufman

Caryn Feuer Liss

Patricia Saddier Dana

Paul Waimberg

GPJFF40 Community Partners

Adath Israel Congregation

Congregation Adath Jeshurun

Drexel University Film & Television Department

Israeli Consulate of New York

Kehillah of Buxmont

Multicultural Arts Exchange

Penn Hillel

Temple Sholom in Broomall

University of Pennsylvania Russian and East European Studies Department

The Ambler Theater

Congregation B’nai Jacob

Gratz College

J.Proud LGBTQ Consortium

Kehillah of Old York Road

National Museum of American Jewish History

Philadelphia Film Society

Temple University Film & Media Arts Program

University of the Arts Film & Video Program

Bryn Mawr College Film Studies Program

Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir

Har Zion Temple

Jewish Federation of Delaware


Neshama Hadassah

Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (PICC)

Temple University Jewish Studies Program

Women of Vision

Bucks County Kehillah

Congregation Rodeph Shalom

Hillel at Temple University

Jewish Graduate Student Network

Middle East Center (MEC)


Swarthmore College Film & Media Studies Department

Tribe 12

The Women’s Film Festival

Chester County Kehillah

Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadelphia

Israeli American Council (IAC)

Kaiserman JCC

Millersville University Film Studies Program

P’nai or Jewish Renewal Congregation of Philadelphia

Swarthmore College Russian Program

University of Delaware Jewish Studies Program