Paula Scarpellino

Development Team

Paula Scarpellino is a life-long film

buff and Italian citizen wanna be

(hopefully, soon to be). She runs her

own business, I Organize It!, and is

pleased to be part of the CineFesta organizing team.  Grazie to everyone for their support of this event. Have a blast and see you at the movies!

Our Team

cultural negotiations.  She has worked for large international banks, the Italian judiciary, and Amnesty International.   Always the happy traveler, Lisa had a peripatetic career working with small companies throughout Western Europe.  Currently, Lisa divides her time between Santa Fe, Boston and Rome. This is her fifth year devoted to bringing a little bit of Italy to Santa Fe through the medium of film.

Peggy Fino

Sales Director

Peggy ​is originally from NYC and grew up around the NY art and fashion scene. She received her degree in fashion design, interior 

Hon. Rosalba Maniaci

Italian Consular agent of

New Mexico

Born in Palermo, Sicily, Rosalba

Maniaci came to America in 1956. 

Building a life in New York, she met and then married Joseph Maniaci in 1963, starting a business and raising two wonderful children.  In 1974, when opportunities arose, the Maniaci family moved to New Mexico, eagerly seeking out and becoming involved with the local Italian community.  As longtime members of the Italian Cultural Club, the Sons of Italy, and Italian American Association Mrs. Maniaci had an opportunity to serve in leadership roles in these organizations.  She has served as President, Treasurer, and Board Member for the Sons of Italy and as President, Chairman of the Board, and is currently a Board Member for the Italian Cultural Club. She also has held teaching posts at the Santa Fe Community College and University of New Mexico Continuing Education in Albuquerque, teaching business courses in fashion design.   In 2009, Mrs. Maniaci was honored by her appointment by the Italian Consulate in Los Angeles as Corrispondente Consolare (Representative) for the State of New Mexico, an appointment she is privileged to continue in currently.  Because of her work in preserving and promoting Italian culture and language in the state, Mrs. Maniaci was recognized in 2012 by the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching with the Friend of the Profession Award.

Creative Director, Luca Ceccarelli with George R. R. Martin

2017 Silver Festival Sponsor Alfa Romeo of Albuquerque's Giulia in front of the Jean Cocteau Theatre.

Joseph Hohlfeld

Events & Volunteer


Joey is originally from Austin, Texas

and recently moved to Santa Fe to

Lisa Contarino

Executive Director,

CineFesta Italia

Lisa is a business consultant, specializing in international conflict resolution and cross-

design & marketing from FIT in NYC. After a long career in the fashion industry in Europe and NY, Peggy moved to Santa Fe, NM in 1982 and became a licensed real estate professional in 1988. She raised two children in Santa Fe until they left for college and she now has one grandchild. Peggy is an active community member, has sat on the Santa Fe Opera Board, was a Big Sister for many years, and worked with the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center as an advocate.

Director of the Santa Fe New Mexican, where she worked for an enjoyable 14 years.  She is retired, speaks Italian (thanks to the efforts of two great Italian teachers at SFCC) and spends part of each year in Italy.  She neither cooks nor gardens, but loves her Santa Fe home and friends.

From 2017 CineFesta Italia

finish his degree at Santa Fe University of Art and ​​Design where he is studying Business Arts Management. Joey was thrilled to be included as a part of the CineFesta Italia team as a student intern (our "Tuttofare") in 2016. This year, to our delight, he returns to take on more responsibilities as Events & Volunteer Coordinator.

Jeannie Hardie

Development Director

British Jeannie Hardie came to Santa Fe 25 years ago after living in both Chicago and San Francisco and is a former HR

Some of our wonderful volunteers & sponsors.

Phone: (505) 428-9297

CineFesta Italia is made possible with additional support from:

Eileen Street

Asst Exec Director &

Web Wizard

Eileen is a writer & producer and

Luca's partner in HDNM

Entertainment & EDGY Pictures.

She lives in Santa Fe and divides her time among screenwriting, picture development & producing and also provides website design & other business start-up services.


Luca Ceccarelli

Creative Director,

​CineFesta Italia

Luca is a director & producer. In

2004 he founded Santa Fe based

HDNM Entertainment, LLC, where his passion for production helped him quickly climb ranks from building development strategies, schedules & budgets to line producing & producing scripted television & film productions in New Mexico. Recognized as a local business leader, he was invited to sit on Mayor Coss’ Business & Quality of Life Committee to help bolster film production in northern New Mexico, where he spearheaded ShootSantaFe. He was founding president of the New Mexico Post Alliance (NMPA). Raised in Rome, Italy, he moved to Santa Fe in 1994, and currently resides in Los Angeles where he runs the HDNM shingle, EDGYpictures.LA.

CineFesta Italia of Santa Fe
c/o Consulate of Italy
58 S. Federal Place
Santa Fe NM 87501

creative working for international agencies in Europe and USA as concept creator, consultant, writer, VO director, video maker and linguist. In 2016, Francesca moves to Los Angeles, CA with an O-1 visa and founds Circle Entertainment, LLC, a creative lab that produces commercials, promotional videos, and whose stop-motion short videos and fanzines have and are still achieving resounding success at film festivals and zine fests in the USA and worldwide.

Susan Magestro

Event & Venue Decorator

Susan has worked in the film industry

for over 15 years and has designed

and decorated award winning shows

including Breaking Bad and Captain

Fantastic. She spent 6+ years in Florence and retains a strong connection to Italy, the language and the culture.
She is a Santa Fe local now and continues to work in the Film and Design industry. This is her 2nd year working with Cinefesta. 

Francesca Nobili

Los Angeles Coordinator

   14+ years of experience in adver-

tising and video production, senior

Cav. Lino Pertusini

Honorary Consul of Italy

Born in a small Italian village,

Nesso, on Lago di Como, Lino

comes from a family that has, for

generations, been trained and

employed in the finest restaurants and grand hotels of Southern Europe.  Following his formal training, summer internships, and positions in some of Europe's finest hotels and restaurants, Lino arrived in Santa Fe in 1976. He has owned several restaurants in NM, including the Palace Restaurant & Saloon, the Stakeout Grill & Bar, Osteria d'Assisi, and Pizzeria da Lino.  Annually, Lino returns to his home on Lago d’Como to relax and keep abreast of the latest innovations in Italian cuisine at exemplary restaurants in the area.

In 1997, Lino was awarded the Croce di Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Repubblica Italiana by the President of Italy, in recognition of his role as ambassador for the preservation of Italian gastronomy and culture in the world.  In 2014, he was designated il Console Onorario d'Italia in Santa Fe, which has resulted in the establishment of the first Consulate of Italy in Santa Fe.