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Director Northwest Film Center
and Portland Art Museum Curator of Film and New Media


Amy Dotson is the newly appointed Director of the Northwest Film Center and inaugural curator of film & new media at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. She also works as one of the founding Group Leaders of the prestigious Venice Biennale College- Cinema program, as a story expert at the Venice Biennale XR program in Venice, Italy, and is the Head of Studies at Doha Film Institute’s Series Lab.

For thirteen years, she was the Deputy Director & Head of Programming for IFP; her responsibilities included the financial and creative oversight of all domestic and international programming, partnerships and memberships for the organization’s signature programs, assisting a whos-who of indie talent including Barry Jenkins, Cathy Yan, Garrett Bradley, Chloe Zhao, and Amy Seimitz move their projects and careers forward . She oversaw the yearly selection of over 150 fiction & non-fiction projects in development and oversaw eighteen international partners in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Canada, creating custom programming for their producers, showrunners and filmmakers throughout the year. She also managed the talent and juries for the IFP’s Gotham Awards, which kicks off US awards season each year and was one of three key staff leaders to help secure and open the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, a 22,000 square foot talent incubator for creators at the intersection of story and tech in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Before joining IFP, Dotson held the position of Programmer/Special Programs Producer for SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, The AFI Silver’s Latin American Film Festival and The AFI Silver’s The European Union Film Showcase in Washington, DC. Prior, Amy worked with producer Fred Berner (Pollock), as well as at Curious Pictures (Pee Wee’s Playhouse) and Miramax Films, where her responsibilities included a wide variety of production, development, administrative and business affairs duties, as well as extensive script and book coverage.

She is currently producing Bo McGuire’s Socks on Fire, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Non-Fiction at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. Dotson also produced Brad Beesley’s feature documentary, Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo (SXSW 2009; HBO and BBC), was a supervising producer for Matt Porterfield’s feature I Used To Be Darker (Sundance 2013; Strand Releasing) and worked closely with director Tim Sutton as a producing advisor on doc/narrative hybrid, Memphis (Sundance 2014; Kino Lorber).

She was the 2019 Keynote Speaker at BAM Cinemafest as well as at the 2015 Seattle Film Festival Catalyst Program. Dotson has served as a juror at a wide variety of festivals such as Atlanta, Ashland, IDFA, IndieMemphis, Istanbul, Karlovy Vary, Slamdance, Sidewalk, SXSW, Woodstock, and World Air Guitar Championships in Oluu, Finland.

She has also been a butterfly wrangler, fashion stylist, licensed welder, art director’s assistant and freelance writer for publications such as Filmmaker Magazine, Maisonneuve and BUST Magazine. She graduated from NYU with a Masters in Media Ecology where she studied the intersection of media, art and technology and holds a dual undergrad degree in communications and fine arts from Wake Forest University.

Amy Dotson