Alla Verlotsky Bio
A film scholar by training, Alla Verlotsky is a North American distributor and international film curator; founder and president of New York based Seagull Films as well as Artistic Director of Colors of the Nile International Film Festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
With experience and body of work in the US, Asia, Europe, Russia and Africa, Ms. Verlotsky is committed to expand borders for creative programming and film exhibition of international independent, innovative and art cinema.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Moscow State University, and a bachelor's degree in Central Asian and African film study from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography, VGIK.
Ms. Verlotsky moved to the US in 1991. After working as the freelance curator she established Seagull Films, a programming/distribution outlet which mission is to broaden and innovate exhibition of international cinema in its optimal viewing form celebrating moving images as the expression of visual art.
Ms. Verlotsky programming/curatorial work was hailed as an “Uncommonly bold blend of curatorial adventurousness and cultural excavation” - Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York.
Ms. Verlotsky also provides services to independent filmmakers creating unconventional strategies for marketing and distribution as well as festival placement world wide.
Ms. Verlotsky was an associate producer for Russian Ark, the award-winning film by internationally acclaimed director Alexander Sokurov and is currently producing a feature documentary "Red Fantasies" by the Academy Award Winning Special Effects Artists Robert Skotak.
She serves as the advisor to numerous US and international film initiatives & film festivals and is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, English and fairly proficient at French.