Justin R. Merino
A world where like-minded individuals in different time zones and continents collaborate freely on a daily basis, enriching our lives with artistic, cultural and innovative visions. A world where we’re free to create independently, together.
That was the vision that set the wheels in motion for kulturspace: a LA & Berlin creative think tank + design and production collective—the first of many creative endeavours.
The kulturspace Foundation was founded shortly after, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit orginisation that uses creative arts and culture to foster social and environmental progress with an open collaborative approach.
In 2016 Justin founded the Berlin Student Film Festival (BSFF)—an annual gathering to inspire and encourage emerging filmmakers by showcasing their stories to an international audience of cinephiles and industry leaders.
More recently, Justin founded and produces the LA Fashion Festival (LAFF) which celebrates the emerging dynamic medium of fashion film while also promoting an inclusive, open society by using film and fashion influences to inspire meaningful interactions on cultural expression and creative individuality.
Justin splits his time between Berlin, Tel Aviv and his hometown Los Angeles as he continues to grow kulturspace’s international presence while seeking out like-minded creative brands for meaningful collaborations.
As Creative Consultant, Justin has worked with international brands such as KCRW, Henkel, Mercedes-Benz, Deutsche Telekom, Adidas, Dr. Oetker, Victorinox, Warner Bros., Frieze and others, harnessing the collaborative synergy between designers, strategists and creatives in bringing brands and ideas to life.
Justin is also a consummate speaker, having facilitated and addressed audiences at Frieze London, BSFF, Adobe Behance, WeWork, Squarespace, LAFFF and more.