Carl Spence


More than just a film expert.The film industry is based on trust and a good old-fashioned handshake. Carl´s stellar reputation, deep experience, and extensive relationships and friendships set him apart from others.

Some of the more than 100 filmmaking talents along with their films curated, introduced, moderated and interviewed onstage by Carl Spence at Festivals and Film Screenings.

Carl Spence is the Artistic Director of the Sonoma International Film Festival. Concurrent with his position at Sonoma, Spence is the Co-Founder, Co-director, and Chief Curator of the Orcas Island Film Festival in the San Juan Island Archipelago, North of Seattle, Washington.

As a film festival subject matter expert, Spence serves as a consultant to key industry companies including Eventive, an enterprise solutions provider specifically for the film festival ecosystem; FilmFreeway, the film submission platform used by filmmakers globally; and other film companies, filmmakers and film festivals worldwide.

Carl Spence’s more than 28 years of experience in the film festival world includes longtime leadership roles with the Seattle International Film Festival as Artistic and Co-Director. During his 23 years with Seattle, the festival organization grew to be one of the largest attended and most prominent North American arts nonprofits, transforming from a once-a-year festival to a vital year-round presenting arts organization acquiring multiple cinema venues under Carl´s initiative and guidance. Other prominent industry positions include leadership roles with the Palm Springs International Film Festival; the Miami Film Festival; and with the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Al Pacino · Alan Cumming · Alan Rudolph · Alejandro Amenabar · Alexander Payne · Alexis Denisof · Andrew Ahn · Andrew Haigh · Ang Lee · Anthony Hopkins · Ava Duvernay · Ben Kingsley · Berenice Bejo · Bernardo Bertolucci · Bob Byington · Bong -Joon Ho · Charlize Theron · Chiwetel Eijiofor · Christopher Doyle · Christine Vachon · Clint Eastwood · Daniel Clowes · Danny Boyle · Debra Granik · Edward Norton · Ewan McGregor · Ferzan Õzpetek · Francis Ford Coppola · Francis Veber · Gregg Araki · Griffin Dunne · Gus Van Sant · Harriet Sansom Harris · Helen Hunt · Isabelle Huppert · Jason Schwartzman · Jean-Marc Vallée · Jeff Probst · Jeff Nichols · Jennifer Jason Leigh · Jessica Chastain · Jessica Biel · Joan Allen · John Cameron Mitchell · John Ridley · John Schlesinger · John Waters · Jonnie To · Josh Brolin · Joss Whedon · Margaret Cho · Megan Griffiths · Katheryn Bigelow · Kevin Bacon · Kyle MacLachlan · Laura Dern · Lynn Shelton · Maggie Gylenhall · Mandy Moore · Marc Turtletaub · Matt Ross · Lulu Wang · Mel Gibson · Michel Hazanavicius · Miranda July · Morgan Neville · Nichols Winding Refn · Pablo Berger · Parker Posey · Patrice LeConte · Patricia Clarkson · Paul Dano · Paul Feig · Paul Schrader · Peter Bogdanovich · Peter Greenway · Peter Saarsgard · Quincy Jones · Richard Harris · Richard Linklater · Robert Altman · Robin Wright · Ryan Reynolds · Sean Penn · Sofia Coppola · Sissy Spacek · Stockard Channing · Spike Lee · Stephen Frye · Taika Watiti · Tim Blake Nelson · Terence Stamp · Thora Birch · Todd Haynes · Viggo Mortensen · Warren Beatty · William Friedkin · Zoe Winters

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