Meet the AFI FEST Staff: Jasmine Jaisinghani, Guest Services Director

Béla Tarr, Jasmine, and Festival Guest, Bernardo Rondeau How long have you worked at AFI FEST?

This is my fifth AFI FEST on staff! 

What is your job at AFI FEST?

Basically, my office brings our filmmakers and special guests here and keeps them happy!  This year Industry Services is also in Guest Services, so that should be added fun!

What do you enjoy about working at AFI FEST?

I love international cinema and AFI FEST showcases the best of cinema from the year. It’s a great way to catch up on everything that was the buzz from Berlin and Cannes to Toronto.  I love meeting and getting to know some of the filmmakers behind some of my favorite films and movements.  Just connecting with people from around the globe is the best.

What’s you favorite movie of all time?

Obviously this is the hardest question in the world for any film lover.  But I’m going to go with something that’s been on my mind a lot lately: DANCER IN THE DARK.  I love all and any Billy Wilder and old Raj Kapoor films.

What’s your most memorable AFI FEST moment?

Meeting and hosting seminal filmmaker Béla Tarr at last year’s FEST.  We showed TURIN HORSE, which he indicated would be his last film, so that was something. Having Béla attend our fabulous filmmaker karaoke party at the Roosevelt Penthouse last year was simply genius.  Also, 2008 was a monumental edition when our festival ran concurrently with Halloween, the Presidential Election and Prop 8 protests! 

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