KATHLEEN MCINNIS – DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING: ASPEN FILMFEST & ASPEN SHORTSFEST
As an international film festival programmer specializing in short film, Kathleen has over 25 years of experience identifying emerging filmmaking talent and bringing them to their audience. Well sought after on the festival circuit as a jurist, moderator, panel member, and strategic advisor, Kathleen was most recently invited to participate as a mentor at CineMart, International Film Fesival Rotterdam and at Berlinale Talents during the Berlin Film Festival. She was featured on the UK Film Council’s panel on Festival Strategies at the Cannes Film Festival (along with Cameron Bailey, TIFF, Weiland Speck, Berlinale, John Nein, Sundance and Marit van den Elshout, Cinemart–Interntional Film Festival Rotterdam) and presented a four-day long film festival strategies and project development workshop at Festiwal Młodzi i Film (Debut Film Festival) in Koszalin, Poland.
Through her festival strategies and publicity consultancy company, SEE-THROUGH FILMS, LLC, Kathleen provides premiere festival publicity campaigns and business development for world cinema filmmakers at top festivals and markets worldwide, including Toronto, Sundance, Berlin, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian and more. She also advises on film releases utilizing non-traditional distribution platforms, and foreign film Oscar campaigns.
Kathleen has been on festival juries at the Norwegian Short Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Seattle International Film Festival, Winterthur Film Festival Switzerland, SXSW, Indie Lisboa and Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, and has conducted classes and panels at festivals such as Götenburg, Krakow Off-Camera and Dublin, among others.
Kathleen’s previous film festival experience includes Slamdance Film Festival (Festival Director, 2004-2005) and the Seattle International Film Festival (Director of Industry Programming, Director of Publicity & Marketing, Lead Programmer, 1993-2004), as well as Palm Springs ShortFest (Festival Director/Film Curator, Director Industry Programmer, 2005-2014). Kathleen is currently a Short Cuts Programmer at the Toronto Int’l Film Festival.
Kathleen teaches festival strategies at UCLA School of Film, Television and Theater. She has previously taught film festival and exit strategies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts/Asia (Singapore, 2008-2014), and continues to guest lecture at Brooklyn College and USC. She is a member of the WGA-west and BAFTA-LA.