Ninoska Carolina grew up in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. Ninoska is a proud alum of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. She received her Associate’s in Business Administration at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and her Bachelor’s at the City College of New York (CCNY) in Public Relations and Advertising. As a true New Yorker, her dream was to attend one of the world’s most prestigious schools, New York University (NYU). There she obtained her Master’s in Corporate Communication and Public Relations.
After five years of a successful aviation career, Ninoska founded the Mott Haven Film Festival (MHFF). She wanted to help her changing community the best way she knew how; event planning—influenced by another strong woman, a film enthusiast, writer, producer, and director. Ninoska felt the best way to bring the community together was by creating a much-needed film festival. During the inaugural year of MHFF, the COVID-19 pandemic took over the world. However, Ninoska persevered and was relentless in raising funds via Pop-Up shops throughout The Bronx and New York City. Ninoska describes the Mott Haven Film Festival as “we are Bronx based but not Bronx exclusive. The Mott Haven section of The Bronx, just like all of NYC, is inclusive, which is why MHFF will forever include all types of genres in their film festival.”