Join Senior Short Film Programmer, Mike Plante and learn about the art and craft of making short films and strategizing for festival and distribution opportunities.
Senior Programmer, Sundance Institute
Mike Plante has been a film programmer for festivals since 1993 and is currently a Senior Programmer for Short Films at Sundance, where he has worked since 2001. He also helped run the CineVegas Film Festival from 2002-2009, and makes documentaries, including the feature GIUSEPPE MAKES A MOVIE (2014) and the short THE POLAROID JOB (2016).
Mariama Diallo is a writer and filmmaker who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her film HAIR WOLF won the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award for U.S. Fiction short film. Mariama’s previous work includes the short film SKETCH, which earned her the Fox Inclusion Emerging Artist Award at the 2017 BlackStar Film Festival. Along with director Frances Bodomo, Mariama co-wrote EVERYBODY DIES!, which formed part of the Collective: Unconscious omnibus feature that premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and which the New Yorker's Richard Brody described as "a sharply satirical parody." Mariama is also a writer and director on the upcoming HBO series, RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS, created by Terence Nance.
Francisca Alegría is a film director and screenwriter, with studies at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a MFA in Film at Columbia University. Her short film AND ALL THE SKY FIT IN THE DEAD COW'S EYE won Best International Short Award at Sundance (2017). She is currently developing two scripts THE COW THAT SANG A SONG ABOUT THE FUTURE, selected at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and later workshopped at the Directors Lab (June 2017), and THE MALL, set in New Mexico.
Anna Kerrigan is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker with a background in independent film, digital storytelling and theater. HOT SEAT, which she wrote and directed, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. She also directed THE CHANCES, a digital series written by and starring two deaf actors, which also premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival (Audience Award for Best Narrative Outfest 2017). Her Gotham-nominated digital series THE IMPOSSIBILITIES (2015), a comedy that she wrote and directed, follows the interwoven storylines of a magician and a daffy, lesbian yogi. The first season has been featured in such outlets as The Huffington Post, The Daily Dot, and Indiewire, is a Vimeo Staff Pick and was licensed by Studio Plus (Canal) for international distribution.
Bernardo Britto was born in Rio de Janeiro, grew up in South Florida, and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His animated short films, including YEARBOOK and GLOVE, have played numerous film festivals and won awards at Sundance, SXSW, AFI Fest, and others. In 2016, he premiered his debut feature film JACQUELINE (Argentine) at Sundance in the NEXT section.