Jim Farmer – Festival Director of Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBTQ Film Festival
Jim Farmer is the festival director of Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival. He has served as a juror for several film festivals, including the head of the jury for the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival. Farmer is the recipient of the 2019 Business Man of the year Award from the Out Georgia Business Alliance and has been named to Atlanta Magazine’s Atlanta 500 Most Powerful City Leaders list both in 2020 and 2021. In 2018 Farmer and Out On Film were awarded the 2018 Luminary Award for Community Engagement and also in 2018 Atlanta Magazine bestowed Out On Film with a Best of Atlanta award for Best Support of LGBT Artists. In 2020, Out On Film became an Oscar® qualifying film festival. Also an Atlanta arts and entertainment reporter, Jim lives with his husband Craig and their dog Douglas.
Kat Setzer – Director of Programming at Image+Nation Montreal LGBT Queer Film Festival
Kat Setzer is the Director of Programming at image+nation, Montreal LGBTQueer Film Festival, a position they have held since 1999. During Kat’s tenure, image+nation has grown exponentially; gaining an international reputation for innovative, compelling programming to become a go to festival talent and content on the queer festival circuit. Under their leadership image+nation has developed numerous initiatives to foster and nurture Quebec queer filmmakers and filmmaking. Through these programs, image+nation alumni have gone on to produce multiple shorts and feature length projects, adding exceptional queer talent to the Quebec and Canadian cinema landscape. Originally from Vancouver, Kat Setzer holds a BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and an MA in Media Studies from Concordia University. In addition to their position at the Festival, Kat is a writer, producer, teacher and filmmaker, with titles that include the short film, TRUST ME that has screened at over 100 international queer film festivals as well as NYC’s Museum of Modern Art in their Canadian Video Showcase in 1995. During their time at image+nation, Kat has co-produced numerous LGBTQ cultural projects such as SIDAffiche, a public awareness poster campaign and film festival on the problematics of HIV/AIDS (1999) and more recently, My Queer Canada (myqueercanada.ca) an online grassroots Canadian queer history project that encourages intergenerational, interregional and intercultural dialogue and sharing. MQC launched in 2017 is ongoing. In 2020, Kat co-produced the first Canadian queer shorts film festival. I+N Courts Queer Shorts Film Fest will celebrate its second edition in June 2021. Kat is an invited guest lecturer at Montreal institutions including Concordia University, McGill University and Vanier College and sits on the Advisory Committee of Mediaqueer.ca, the Queer Media Database Canada/Quebec. Kat Setzer has served on juries at Frameline, San Francisco LGBT Film Festival, Inside Out, Toronto LGBT Film Festival, ImageOut, Rochester LGBTQ Film Festival, GAZE, Dublin LGBT Film Festival, on the TEDDY jury at Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival and the Premio Maguey jury at FICG, Guadalajara International Film Festival.
MEGHAN MIHALCHICK – Director of Distribution at Dark Star Pictures
With nearly a decade in the film entertainment industry, Meghan has a wide range of knowledge pertaining to multiplatform distribution, combined with a strong design background. Formerly the Art Director at Breaking Glass Pictures, she coordinated the creation of graphic materials, such as key art, adverts, video content, etc. A graduate of Rowan University, Meghan holds B.A. Degrees in both Art and Art Education
ALBERTO SIGARROA - Director of Partnerships for Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival
Alberto has been with the Festival for three years and in this role, he strives to bridge the gap between international independent cinema and corporations looking to support their presentations. He has a background in film and film production and is pursuing a master’s in Arts Management. He serves on the Program Committee for Miami Film Festival and as a juror for their International Shorts Film Competition. His favorite way to enjoy films is by catching a screening at Tower Theater Miami, where he can enjoy the cinematic experience while indulging in Miami’s vibrant and eclectic culture.