Both a storyteller and lover of stories, real and imagined, Filomena is currently a Membership Representative with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and writing instructor at Humber College, Toronto. She also pre-screened films for the 2016 Reel Asian International Film Festival in Toronto. While living in Norfolk, Virginia, she co-organized the 2014 Colonial Italian-American Organization's Film Festival and helped make programming selections for the independent Naro Cinema. Filomena is also an enthusiastic volunteer with many Toronto film festivals, having held regular and specialized roles such as Filmmaker Host with TIFF. She is thrilled to be a part of JAYU's programming team for the 2016 Human Rights Film Festival.