Director of Programming
Landon Zakheim became director of programming for Aspen Shortsfest in 2018. In addition to his duties for Aspen Film, he is currently a short film programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, where he has worked since 2008; senior programmer for the Philadelphia Film Festival and interactive curator for the Denver Film Festival. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Overlook Film Festival, a four-day celebration of all things horror which takes place in New Orleans, May 30th – June 2nd. He programs The Wrap’s online Short List Film festival and was head shorts programmer for the final 4 years of the LA Film Festival. Zakheim formerly programmed the American Film Institute’s fall festival in Los Angeles, AFI FEST and has more than a decade of festival experience with such organizations as the Telluride Film Festival, San Francisco Film Society, CineVegas, Austin Film Society, Tribeca Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Society and Outfest. He has consulted for a variety of short-form based projects including First Look’s Topic.com, an online magazine of short films, Vimeo and Lexus Short Films, and has been a juror at such prestigious festivals as SXSW, BiFan, and Sitges. He once directed two short films that went on to play at over 60 prestigious festivals around the world, including Aspen Shortsfest.