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.  For questions please get in touch at: execdir@dciff.org.

Stana Benesova Kimball / Director Poli-Docs is a filmmaker/attorney who splits her time between Washington, D.C. and Prague, Czech Republic. Currently, her Prague-based production company Shining Pictures is shooting two documentaries in Afghanistan. Stana previously worked on several independent films by another Prague-based production company Jacket Bros., including the feature-length documentary Heaven Hell which had its U.S. premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX. In Washington, D.C., Stana recently produced a short documentary about the indigenous Mexican punk band Hamac Cazíim.

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 is a junior 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.

Isabel Present/ High School Competition Coordinator is a high school filmmaker who is excited to have the opportunity to work with DCIFF. She is hoping to have a positive impact on the festival and learn more about film.

Elise Felber / Press and Publicity is a student in the School of Communications at American University. This is her first year working with the DCIFF and is excited to learn as much as she can about the film and entertainment industry. She hopes to pursue a career in film production after graduating.

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.

Lauren Honesty / Filmmaker Relations Coordinator is a producer, videographer and editor living in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She currently manages the editorial video production for a business-to-business magazine publication 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 www.hannahjayanti.com.

Karin Longren / Balloting, Awards  and VIP relations. Newly relocated to Washington D.C, 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.

Andrew Tamburrino / Submissions Coordinator & Closing Night is originally from Baltimore, but spent time in Chicago studying at DePaul University before moving to Washington, DC. He is currently focused on international education and the Middle East, but he has just started his graduate degree in Media Management at the New School in New York. This is his second year with the festival.