NEW DATE: Art and Conversation: Programming the Portland International Film Festival

February 23, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Zoom webinar

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Due to recent weather and power outages, this program is now on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at noon.

We are excited to share that this month’s Art and Conversation is a special lunch hour edition that spotlights the Northwest Film Center’s 44th Portland International Film Festival.  Established in 1977, The Portland International Film Festival is a creative, multi-media feast spotlighting artists both around the corner and across the globe—embracing bold, original, future-forward storytellers making cinema in all its forms.  Join NWFC staff, Amy Dotson and Ben Popp, in conversation with PIFF Guest Curators Shrihari Sathe, Jim Kolmar and Gina Duncan for a fun preview and look into this year’s programming.  In an open conversation around stories that drive us, we will learn more about the work of the curators, as well as the planning, challenges and inspiration behind this year’s PIFF programming.

Amy Dotson, Director, Northwest Film Center
Amy Dotson is the 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.

Ben Popp, Head of Artist Services, Northwest Film Center
Ben Popp is a filmmaker and curator who oversaw the long-running Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival which was integrated into the Portland International Film Festival in 2020. He co-directed the Experimental Film Festival Portland along with the microcinema Grand Detour which focused on local and traveling artists working in experimental film, video, and new media techniques. In 2014 he screened 24 of his films at MUMIA, a festival of underground animation in Brazil. He is a recipient of the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship and currently is the Head of Artist Services at the Northwest Film Center.  

Jim Kolmar, Programmer, SXSW
Originally from Wales, Jim Kolmar is a Film Programmer and writer who, from 2009 to 2020 curated features for South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW). His primary interest is international films, with a particular focus on Latin America and Latinx films. Since 2010, he curated the SXSW Global section for international films, and led the Experiential Storytelling track as part of the Conference Program.

Shrihari Sathe, Internationally-renowned Film Producer
Shrihari Sathe is an Independent Spirit Award-winning producer. His credits include It Felt Like Love, Dukhtar, Screwdriver, The Sweet Requiem amongst others. His feature directorial debut, 1000 Rupee Note, won the Special Jury Award and Centenary Award for Best Film at the 2014 International Film Festival of India and has received over 35 awards. Sathe is a member of the PGA, IMPPA, and SWA-India. Sathe is a 2013 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor and Senior Production Advisor at Columbia University.

Gina Duncan, Curator & Producing Director, Sundance Film Festival
As the Producing Director of the Sundance Institute, Gina Duncan works with the programming team and leads creating strategic vision and decision-making on both the Sundance Film Festival and year-round public programs. Gina previously served as Vice President of Film and Strategic Programming at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and prior to BAM, was Director of Industry Engagement and Special Programs at Jacob Burns Film Center.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.