The Team

Deirdre Evans-Pritchard / Executive Director and Programmer spent years integrating digital media and arts into higher education with projects like Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media Conference & Festival, documentaries for A&E and The Learning Channel and programming for Channel 98.  Years ago she was the program editor for the Anthropos Documentary Film Festival at the AFI in Los Angeles. Previously DCIFF’s director of the “Filmmakers on the Hill” Forum, 2012 was her first year as festival director. A Senior Fulbright Scholar in Communications to Lebanon, visiting faculty at the University of Southern California’s Center for Visual Anthropology and adjunct faculty at the USC Cinema School, she describes herself as a translator: between cultures, mediums and creative spaces.  She is developing an interactive exhibition on Civilization and the Screen and researches visual literacy. Contact at:

Maria Datch / Filmmaker & International Relations is a DC native, with degrees in the performing arts, literature and visual media. Over the last 20 years, she has held directorial positions in PR and Development for arts organizations such as Chicago’s ERC and Organic Theatre and Baltimore’s Theatre Project, in production for the NFL Baltimore Ravens, PBS, and independent and studio film/video productions in the mid atlantic and Chicago, and has freelanced in casting, production management, publicity, fundraising and special events. She is thrilled to be a part of DCIFF.

Susan Donnelly / Graphic Design & Branding is a DC area native with extensive experience in the fields of graphic design, editorial, marketing, and event planning. Her work over the last 20 years for major media outlets, including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, American Film Institute, and Simon & Schuster, has prepared her to handle just about any creative problem. After studying children’s television and media and gender, Susan earned a BA from Tufts University and a MA from Harvard University School of Education. She is currently producing a documentary, ALLIANCE, about the first Jewish farming colony in the United States.

Demetrius Webb / Print Traffic 

Max Berkey / Instructor & Web Coordinator is a freelance producer and filmmaker from Northern Virginia. He graduated from the Film Academy of Miroslav Ondříček in Czech Republic in 2023 and he spends his free time assisting film screenings and recording music events in the DC area. He is a part of the production team ZoomBoomBloom.

Miranda Waddy / Instructor & Videographer is a cinematographer and video editor native to central Virginia. She graduated from George Mason University in 2019, with a BFA in Film and Video Studies, and works as a freelance camerawoman and editor.

LV Taylor / Filmmaker Relations  is an attorney with a solo practice that focuses on entertainment, intellectual property, business and nonprofit law. She counsels creatives and entrepreneurs and helps them protect and bring their visions to life. She is also a film critic and journalist writing for We Live Entertainment and Musings of a Streaming Junkie.

Peter Voth / 2023 Festival Manager

Sidney Gayle: DCIFF 2022- 2023 Intern 

Amira Arora: DCIFF 2023 Social Media Coordinator 

Sidney Gayle, Paige Tasin and Patricia Braaten: 2023 High School Competition Coordinators