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Carl Spence is the Artistic Director of SIFF (organizers of the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education) and has been curating film exhibitions, festivals and programs for more than 20 years. Previously, he held the positions of Director of Programming at the Palm Springs International Film Festival; Director of Programming at the San Francisco International Film Festival; and Associate Director at SIFF. He also worked in field publicity and promotions as a representative for Disney, MGM, and other major studios. He curated films, concerts and live performances at the University of Washington where he received his Bachelors degree in theatre with an additional emphasis in Japanese language and cultural studies. Additionally, he studied Film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. Carl continues to consult for the Palm Springs International Film Festival as their lead programmer.
Carl has traveled to festivals around the world from Rio de Janeiro to Pusan and everywhere in-between. He will offer tips, anecdotes, insight, and vital information for making your festival experience a success. As a special bonus we will announce the line-up of films debuting at the Seattle International Film Festival as part of the Northwest Connections program. Come join us on April 24 to hear Carl Speak about the festival experience.
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