A festival strategist/publicist (press agent) with more than 25 years experience, KATHLEEN McINNIS believes in employing long-range strategic planning and targeted publicity to help emerging world-cinema filmmakers cultivate new audiences and launch careers from the global film festival circuit platform.
Under her company banner See-Through Films, Kathleen has curated and directs a team of international publicists dedicated to those filmmakers premiering their work at such festivals as Sundance, Toronto and Berlin: The team uses strategic festival consulting to design premiere film publicity to ensure the films, and filmmakers, reach their goals*.
Kathleen previously has been Director of Programming at Aspen Shortsfest, Festival Director at Palm Springs ShortsFest, Festival Director at Slamdance Film Festival and International Programmer for TIFF ShortCuts. She is currently the Curator of Seattle International Film Festival’s New Works-in-Progress Forum for Documentary and Narrative Features.
Kathleen also has served as a festival strategist and project development mentor at BAL Labs (Buenos Aries Labs), Hot Docs International Film Festival (Canada), Koszalin Film Festival for Debut Filmmakers (Poland), CineMart (International Film Festival Rotterdam), Galway Film Fleadh (Ireland), and at Berlinale Talents during the Berlin Film Festival. Kathleen has presented keynotes at Winterthur International ShortFilm Festival (Switzerland) and Kreativni Evropa-Media’s Intelligent Audience Design (Czech), and has been on been on festival juries at the Norwegian Short Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Seattle International Film Festival, Winterthur Film Festival, SXSW, Indie Lisboa and Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival.
Kathleen was the inaugural Film Festival Specialist at Loyola Marymount University, and has taught Festival Strategies at UCLA School of Film, Television and Theater, as well as NYU Tisch School of the Arts/Asia-Singapore. She continues to guest lecture at Brooklyn College and USC.
IMDb-pro page: https://pro-labs.imdb.com/name/nm0570603/?ref_=sch_int
Professional affiliations: Film Independent-LA, BAFTA-LA, WGA-West
* Stardust included.