SHORTSFEST 2017 INDUSTRY GUESTS

John Anderson, Film Critic, Wall Street Journal / The New York Times. Anderson is a television and film critic for the Wall Street Journal, the movie critic for America magazine and a regular contributor to the Arts & Leisure section of The New York Times. He has written for Time, Newsday, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Film Comment, Slate and Village Voice. He is a former member of the selection committee of the New York Film Festival and a published author. He is a three-time chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle, and a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Inga Diev, General Manager, Ouat Media. Diev is responsible for the Ouat Media’s business operations and oversees all the film sales and acquisitions. To date, Ouat Media has represented ten Academy Award® nominated short films including three Oscar® winners: God of Love – Best Live Action Short Film – 2011; The Lost Thing – Best Animated Short Film – 2011; and Curfew – Best Live Action Short Film – 2013. Prior to joining Ouat Media, Inga spent over a decade working in film production and broadcast programming, most recently, at Sundance Channel Canada.

John Horn, Host, KPCC. Horn is the host of The Frame on KPCC (89.3-FM), a daily arts and entertainment program on the nation’s largest public radio station, and the co-host of the weekly podcast, The Awards Show Show. He previously was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, where he covered the film business. Before joining The Times, Horn was a senior writer at Newsweek magazine, a senior editor at Premiere magazine, an entertainment reporter for The Associated Press, and a television reporter for the Orange County Register.

Sam Morrill, Director of Curation, Vimeo. Since joining Vimeo in 2009, Sam has experienced Vimeo’s growth and evolution from a variety of different angles from customer support, to content acquisitions, to curating Vimeo Staff Picks. When he’s not watching videos, he’s probably traveling or working on his amateur golf swing. Sam resides in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

Sydney Neter, Founder, SND Films. Neter started out as a feature film production assistant 27 years ago in his hometown Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His first 1994 Sundance Film Festival coincided with the launch of international sales company SND Films, by picking up ‘Sundance’ shorts. Gradually the company moved into international documentaries as well, but the weak spot for shorts remained. A few of the titles in the last years are the 2017 Oscar nominated La Femme et Le TGV, the 2016 Oscar nominated Last Day of Freedom, the feature docs Rebels on Pointe and Never Be Boring, Billy Wilder. And other gems by Bill Plympton, Paul Driessen and many others.

Luke Rivett, Producer/Literary Manager, Anonymous Content. Rivett started as an assistant at Anonymous Content and has since moved up the ranks to a literary manager where he represents writers and directors. Under the Anonymous Content banner, he produced Everly starring Salma Hayek and directed by Joe Lynch. Previously, Luke produced Scenic Route, starring Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2013. Currently Luke is an Executive Producer on the television series Berlin Station directed by Michael Roskam starring Rhys Ifans and Richard Jenkins on EPIX.

Andrew Travers/The Aspen TimesAndrew Travers is the arts editor at The Aspen Times. He previously served as a reporter, columnist and special sections editor at the Aspen Daily News. Andrew began his study of film as a video store clerk at Video Dynamics in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Heidi Zwicker, Programmer, Sundance. Zwicker focuses on international feature films for Sundance and has been contributing to various Sundance Institute programs for over ten years, beginning with the Feature Film Program, International. Heidi was a Programmer at Palm Springs International Shortfest from 2011-2014. Originally from the north shore of Boston, she has a degree in English from University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth and an M.A. in Critical Studies of Film and Television from UCLA.