Empire Visual Effects represents a unique value proposition to our clientele-the chance to work domestically with a world-class partner partner and achieve the cost efficiencies required for the high-risk nature of the film business. Empire Visual Effects is envisioned as a company that helps filmmakers realize the high level of creativity, efficiency, innovation and collaboration required to bring a singular vision to life.


Benjamin Porcari is the founder of IBC Digital, Inc., an award winning production company located in Buffalo New York. Under his leadership over the last 25 years, the company has grown to become a leading provider of design, animation visual effects for commercials, feature films, and broadcast television. Benjamin has been a pioneer of animation, producing the first
animated broadcast series and feature film visual effects in the upstate New York region. He is a currently a board member of the Post NY Alliance.

Pete Conlin is currently one of two managing partners at Sixteen19, a post­-production leader in data ­acquired and digitally delivered feature and television projects. Pete has served the New York City and Hollywood post­production communities for the past 20 years. In that time he has worked on some of the largest feature film and television projects, including The Chronicles of Narnia and Men in Black Trilogies, The Bourne Identity Series as well as over 1000 hours of programming for HBO and Viacom channels.

Marcelo Gandola Managing Partner of Self Evident films. He has been in the content creation business for over 30 years. Most recently as Senior Vice President of Deluxe Creative Services. He has many credits from Production Manager to Executive Producer.

He has been President of the Post New York Alliance and now sits as Co­Chair.

Jonathan Hoffman is a managing partner of Sixteen19, He has been an integral member of the NY and Hollywood film-making community for
over 15 years. He has overseen digital solutions for productions worldwide. Some of the recent films Jonathan has worked on include The Blind Side, The Devil Wears Prada, The Hurt Locker, The Wrestler, Black Swan and Men In Black 3.