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2020 SIO Diversity Pass Recipients

In an effort to increase the diversity of film festival professionals, organizers and programmers with access to Sundance Industry screenings, FFA partnered with the Sundance Industry Office for the second year, to award 10 FFA members who identify with historically underrepresented communities with 5 comp and 5 half-priced SIO Passes. FFA is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2020 SIO Diversity Pass Program.

Of the 2020 recipients, all are women, four identify as queer, and the group represents African-American, Asian-American, Latina, Afro-Caribbean, Black-Canadian cultures, the Immigrant population, the over-50 population and the disabled community. Of the 10 recipients, 8 are first time Sundance attendees. We’ll see you in the industry tents!

Melanie Addington, Executive Director, Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, MS
Sabrina Avilés, Festival Director, Boston Latino International Film Festival, Boston, MA
Opal Hope Bennett, Programmer (Aspen ShortsFest, Athena, DOC NYC, Nantucket Film Festival; Consultant, March on Washington Film Festival), NYC, NY
CR Capers, Founder/CEO Harlem Film House, Hip Hop Film Festival, NYC, NY
Camille Johnson, Festival Programmer, Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
Wendy Keeling, Creative Director, Orlando International Film Festival, Orlando, Florida
Kiyoko McCrae, Filmmaker Labs Manager, New Orleans Film Society, New Orleans, LA
Shakira Refos, Education Manager, California Film Institute, Mill Valley, CA
Susan Sullivan, Founder and Executive Director of the Women Sports Film Festival, San Francisco, CA.
Brighid Wheeler, Director of Operations & Senior Programmer Indie Memphis Film Festival, Memphis TN.