Campus Beat magazine where, for five years, he interviewed student filmmakers about their award-winning short film projects. Derek worked in the Filmmaker Services Department at the Sundance Film Festival for six years, and he was the Film Coordinator at Chapman University’s film school for over ten years handling the distribution of thousands of student films.
Our new Festival Manager and Director of Short FilmProgramming. Derek is a longtime advocate for short films, starting in the 90s when he worked in acquisitions for Atom Films, Shortbuzz.com, and iCast; curated short film programs at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City; and wrote articles about short films for
In 2001 he became the founding editor of Kodak’s
Derek has 20 years of experience programming film festivals coast-to-coast from Newport, R.I. to Newport Beach, California.