Lisa Ogdie is a Shorts Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival and also Membership & Talent Development Manager for BAFTA Los Angeles. She has been part of the Sundance shorts programming team since 2009, selecting the Sundance short film slate from over 9,000 submissions, and has moderated Q&A discussions and panels for BAFTA Los Angeles, Sundance, Toronto Film Festival and the American Pavilion at Cannes. With a keen eye for film, Ogdie has served on many festival juries including SXSW, Asiana International Short Film Festival in Seoul, Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad, Shnit International Shortfilmfestival in Switzerland, and The Smalls Film Festival in London.
Mitchell Harper is a curator, programmer, and project manager. He was the Assistant Manager of the Durban International Film Festival (2014-2017). He was part of the industry programme curation team of the 10th Durban Film Mart. He has worked on the exhibition and industry programs of European Union Film Festival 2018, DIFF 2018, Cape Town International Film Market and Festival 2018. He is the programmer of one of Durban’s biggest monthly events for Van’s First Thursday. Having on SA’s biggest country cultural festivals, he was a judge of the Durban leg of the 48hr Film Challenge 2015 and a reader screenwriting residency Realness (2019).
Nataleah Hunter-Young is a film programmer, media artist, and doctoral student in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She has supported festival programming for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Durban International Film Festival. Within each of these roles, she is fiercely committed to broadening the global audiences’ access to pan-African fiction and non-fiction film. Building on more than 10 years’ experience as a local and international youth worker, Nataleah has always merged her passion for community development with her love for film and media arts. This remains true in the case of her doctoral studies, where she is completing a research-creation PhD that explores the sociocultural impact of social media police brutality videos and the ways in which visual artists are navigating those themes in their work. More broadly, Nataleah’s research interests include visual culture, Black visualities, civic engagement, and documentary media. She holds a Master’s of Social Work from Ryerson University, and Bachelor’s degrees in Social Work and Sociology from McMaster University.
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