Deputy Director & Head Of Programming – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)
Amy Dotson is the Deputy Director & Head of Programming for IFP, the 40 year old international organization focused on supporting the future of storytelling in all forms. Her responsibilities include the creative oversight of all domestic and international programming and partnerships for the organization’s signature programs including: IFP Film, Screen Forward Series, and Audio Story Labs, IFP Week & Conference, IFP Expanded International programs, as well as numerous year-round public and membership initiatives. Dotson & her team curate 150+ film, television, digital and audio projects a year from the U.S. and 20+ international partners in Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, helping industry discover over 350 new talents every year. She specializes in creating custom programming for their producers and creators, as well as selecting delegations of U.S. producers to attend worldwide workshops, festivals and programs.
She also oversees communications, marketing, social media and design initiatives related to programming year-round and curates the juries and talent for IFP’s signature awards show, IFP Gotham Awards and is an ongoing Group Leader of the prestigious Venice Biennale College- Cinema program since its inception in 2012.
Before joining IFP, Dotson held the position of Programmer/Special Programs Producer for SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, The AFI Silver’s Latin American Film Festival and European Union Film Showcase in Washington, DC. Prior, Amy worked with producer Fred Berner (Pollock), as well as at Curious Pictures (Pee Wee’s Playhouse) and Miramax Films, where her responsibilities included a wide variety of production, development, administrative and business affairs duties in film, television and lit.
Dotson also produced Brad Beesley’s feature documentary, Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo (SXSW 2009; HBO and BBC), was a supervising producer for Matt Porterfield’s feature I Used To Be Darker (Sundance 2013; Strand Releasing) and worked closely with director Tim Sutton as a producing advisor on doc/narrative hybrid, Memphis (Sundance 2014; Kino Lorber).
She was the 2015 Keynote Speaker at the Seattle Film Festival prestigious Catalyst Program and has served as a juror at a wide variety of festivals such as Atlanta, Ashland, IDFA, IndieMemphis, Istanbul, Karlovy Vary, Slamdance, Sidewalk, SXSW, Woodstock, and the World Air Guitar Championships in Oluu, Finland.
She has also been a butterfly wrangler, fashion stylist, licensed welder, waitress, pilates instructor, art director’s assistant and freelance writer for publications such as Maisonneuve and BUST Magazine. She graduated from NYU with a Masters in Media Ecology where she studied the intersection of media, art and technology and holds a duel undergrad degree in communications and fine arts from Wake Forest University.