The Team

Deirdre Evans-Pritchard / Executive Director and Programmer spent many years integrating digital media and arts into higher education. Recent projects include: Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media Conference & Festival (2009), DC Meets Delhi Film Festival (2007), documentaries for A&E and The Learning Channel, and programming for Channel 98.  Years ago she was 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.

Wells Carter / Social Media Coordinator is a freshman at George Washington University studying marketing and film. With zero theatrical talent she spends her time appreciating other people’s artistic pursuits. She hopes to purse a career in the film industry with hope of one day heading her own independent production firm.

Maria Datch / Director of Press & 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.

Alison Dooley / Director of Submissions is from the Isle of Wight in England and came to Washington, DC in 2011. She volunteered at DCIFF in 2013 and joined the Submissions team in 2014. She has worked on several local film productions in various capacities and is a current film student in Maryland.  She previously worked in Dublin, Ireland creating software for film production companies.

Holly D’Zmura / Print Design just finished at the University of Maryland, College Park, studying Graphic Design. She has always had a fascination with film and dreams of becoming a graphic artist on a movie set. She is excited to be a part of the DCIFF team and learn more about the art of filmmaking through her work.

Daniel Erichsen-Teal / Filmmaker Relations & Blogger teaches high school literature classes hoping to instill an appreciation for the power of well-told stories. Out of the classroom, he supports film making for the accessibility and impact it gives to great stories. Having lived, studied, and taught in England, China, and multiple regions of the U.S., he cares especially for stories that help people to cross borders of culture and experience.

John Wakeford Francis / Print Traffic Coordinator & Photography is a television editor and documentary filmmaker. His narrative and promo work has been featured on The Discovery Channel, Discovery ID, Nat Geo Wild, BBC America, and more. He lives in DC with his wife and three young kids. He is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, and holds an MFA in Film Production from Florida State University.

Matthew Harmelin / Director of Social Media  Since coming to DC in 2005 to study Film and Video at American University, Matt has accumulated professional media production experience, starting as an intern at the 2008 SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival (PR, press, outreach, programming and sponsorship).  Next he worked in post production with such organizations as NAHB Production Group, Durrin Productions and American Abroad Media. More recently Matthew has been a freelance production assistant, assistant camera and assistant grip on local feature films, television shows, music videos and webisode series: including America’s Got Talent, MasterChef, Nickelodeon’s Day of Play, BBQ Pitmasters and Plugged In for Ford Motor Company.

Hannah Jayanti / Website & Design is a Brooklyn based documentary filmmaker. She loves that DCIFF is a festival for filmmakers and filmgoers alike, and that its indefatigable volunteer staff are so supportive of emerging talent. Her work can be found at

May-Mei Lee / Volunteer Coordinator graduated from George Washington University with a degree in Dramatic Literature. She has worked on short and feature-length films in various roles including writer, production assistant, and script supervisor. As a supporter of film festivals, she has been involved with Tribeca, Tropfest, and DC Shorts.

Karin Longren / Balloting, Awards  and VIP relations. Karin Londgren brings with her nearly 10 years of experience managing audience voting for nearly 150 features and shorts for the Los Angeles Film Festival. She rounds out her experience in the entertainment industry having worked for both Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox; as a producer for E! Entertainment Television; as assistant to a feature film producer and two network television producer/directors; and for a live music and events venue in the heart of Hollywood.

Shoshana Rosenbaum / Filmmaker Relations Shoshana Rosenbaum is a writer/director and educator based in Washington, D.C. Her award-winning short film THE GOBLIN BABY has screened at festivals around the U.S. and internationally. Her short film HIDE AND SEEK is poised to begin its festival run. Her screenplay THE GOBLIN CHILD was named to The 2017 Bitch List. She was a finalist in the 2015 Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition. Her screenplays have been finalists in the Nashville Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, DC Shorts Film Festival, and Asian Pacific American Film Festival. She is an Associate Artist at the Digital Institute for Early Parenthood.

Madeleine Voth, Leila Schorno and Chiara Schorno/ High School Competition Coordinators