Jeanine Jeo-Hi Kim is the Founder of the Women & Fashion FilmFest, the Girls Film Festival and the WomenFashFilm Webfest. The Women & Fashion FilmFest and the WomenFashFilm Webfest bring together members of the fashion, entertainment, and media industries to foster discussion on issues affecting women, to nurture social responsibility, to examine industry issues, to support the creative development of women and youth, and to honor leaders in these fields for outstanding artistic, societal and communal contributions. Past speakers include legendary Vogue Editor Andre Leon Talley, Oscar nominated and Emmy Award winning costume designer for Sex In the City Patricia Field, President of Sundance Productions Laura Michalychshyn, Vimeo President Dae Mellancamp, Star of The Chew on ABC Carla Hall and many others.
Prior, Jeanine founded the Metropolitan Arts League to support artists by spreading word about their work through live events and an online forum. For the Metropolitan Arts League, Jeanine organized numerous special screenings of independent films, performance gatherings and talk-backs. Notable participants include actors John Leguizamo, Ethan Hawke, BD Wong, Natasha Lyonne, Marisa Tomei, Wally Shawn, Frank Whaley, Daphne-Rubin Vega, and Gordon Clapp among others.
Before founding the film festivals and arts organization, Jeanine worked in equity research covering Interactive TV, Cable and Entertainment, and in project finance. She worked with institutions such as UBS, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. These positions have allowed her to work in New York, Hong Kong and London and to travel extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Before moving into the private sector, Jeanine worked with the World Bank in Washington DC in the area of privatization. She also worked as an Editor, Researcher, and Speechwriter for the Deputy Prime Minister of Korea and an Editor and Speechwriter for the President of the Republic of Korea. She helped prepare speeches in English for the President of The Republic of Korea for numerous international diplomatic missions including those presented at the US Congress, the British Parliament, and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Currently, Jeanine also serves as Acting US Chair of Maritage International, a United Nations driven independent non-profit platform dedicated to empowering women through training and employment in the arts and artisanal industries. Jeanine received a B.A. from Yale University and M.B.A. from Columbia University. Jeanine has also taken independent study of film, writing and design at the New School, the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She speaks French, Spanish and Korean. She is married to a technology and media entrepreneur and investor, and Co-Founder of WireImage and ImageLocker. Despite her numerous makeovers, art and storytelling have always been Jeanine’s passion. She is currently working on her film projects. Jeanine also continues to be strongly interested in exploring the interrelation between media and society.
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Twitter: @jeaninejeohikim, @womenfashfilm