Emily Shapiro (Writer/Producer) is Co-Founder and Board Director of the New York International Children’s Film Festival, an Academy qualifying festival and the largest for children and teens in North America. For 14 years she was responsible for festival programming, operations, and management of 50-60 staff, interns and volunteers. Emily is on the creative team of GKIDS Inc., an animation distribution company which has garnered 8 Academy Award nominations in the past 7 years. Since 2011, Emily has directed multiple English-language dubs for Academy qualifying short films and assists with all aspects of English-language dubs on numerous award-winning features, including Ernest and Celestine, A Cat in Paris, Zarafa, and Mia and the Migoo. Prior to founding the festival, Emily ran the production office and assistant edited the Peabody award-winning documentary, Arguing the World, and she briefly worked for Henson Associates, creator of The Muppets. As a child, Emily performed on television onSaturday Night Live, The Chevy Chase Special, and Cos as well as in local theater.