About BEFF

Produced by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, the arts council for Sullivan County, the Big Eddy Film Festival aims to advance the traditional art of storytelling by showing the newest and best independent films from around the world and our own backyard.

Bethel Woods Terrace Stage

Each fall, the Big Eddy Film Festival in Narrowsburg, NY advances the traditional art of storytelling by screening the newest and best independent films from around the world and our own backyard. Produced by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, the festival draws filmmakers and film lovers to a picturesque Catskill Mountains setting with a unique creative upstate energy.

The picturesque “Big Eddy” in Narrowsburg, NY is the deepest and widest section of the Upper Delaware River 

BEFF Team

Tina Spangler, Festival Director

Tina Spangler helped launch the BEFF in 2012 after living and working in New York City in film and television for 10 years. In 2009, Spangler produced and directed Lucky Lake, a short documentary about Sullivan County’s little-known African American vacation spot. She lives in Narrowsburg, NY’s Luxton Lake community where she has built and restored several homes. She writes the Narrowsburg News column for the River Reporter newspaper.  When not working, Tina is usually managing her Airbnb rental cabin, swimming in the Ten Mile River with her young children, or sitting around a campfire.

BEFF Advisory Board

Tibor Feldman
Actor, Producer

Toby Poser
Writer, Director, Producer

Basil Tsiokos
Documentary Consultant, Programming Advisor

Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director, DVAA

Ariel Shanberg was appointed as the DVAA’s Executive Director in June 2017. Just the second director in the organization’s history, he brings over 17 years of leadership experience rooted in Upstate New York’s cultural community. As a curator, Ariel has organized exhibitions at such venues as the Dorsky Museum and the Center for Photography at Woodstock where he was director prior to joining DVAA. His writing on artists has been featured in several publications including Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art. When not at work, Ariel can be found exploring the region’s art and cultural happenings along its winding roads on his 1994 Honda Magna.

BEFF 2021 Selection Committee

Tina Spangler
Festival Director

Greg Triggs
Writer, Radio Host

Jan Jensen
Director, Producer

Crystal Tweed
Actor