Who We Are

Jim Farmer 
Festival Director
Angie Short
Events
Ed Welly
Technical Services
Brandon Bostian
Print Traffic and Exhibition 
Eric Needham
Operations
Carolyn Williams
Events
James Rex
Marketing and Operations
Katie Vallance
Intern

Jurors

Board of Directors

Craig Hardesty
Chair
Steve Cochrane
Treasurer
Joshua D. Lorenz
Member
Belinda Hernandez
Member
Jim Anderson
Member
Jonathan Shapero
Member
Jim Lunsford
Emeritus Member

Programming Committee

Alfredo Claro
Chris Mason
Eric Needham
Angela Short
Carolyn Williams
Craig Hardesty
Chris Lott
Chanel Haney
Miko Evans
Dennis Kemp
Justin Brown
Jeff Frank
Scott Hinson
Abbott Brannon
Miles Reliford
Dave McElroy
KJ Mohr
Mark McCray
Lynn Barfield
Alex Watson
Phenizee McElroy

The Team

Justice Obiaya
Marketing Manager
Alex Watson
Graphic Designer
Cathe Payne
Events
Trent Farrington
Festival Manager

Jim Farmer has served as the festival director of Out On Film since 2008. He has also served on several juries since 2010,  including the head of the jury for the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival. Under his leadership Out On Film was named a Grand Marshal in the 2017 Atlanta Pride parade and received the Beacon Award for Community Engagement from the ArtsATL Luminary Awards. Farmer won the 2015 Guardian Angel Award from  the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) Award and in 2019 took home the award for Businessman of the Year. An Atlanta-based arts writer, he is a member of five regional and national critics organizations.

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Edward Adams

Edward Adams has been culture surfing around Atlanta for over 15 years. The former award-winning digital manager and film critic for Creative Loafing Atlanta has also written for Huffington Post, Living Intown magazine, Collider, and Essence to name a few.  He was the lead writer for the Martin Luther King Jr Inaugural Memorial Gala, The Reverend Joseph Lowery’s 90th Birthday Celebration, and contributing writer and designer for the stage production, In The Midnight Hour: The Music of Wilson Pickett.

Edward is an Atlanta native and proud member of the African American Film Critics Association where he has contributed to several projects including Kaleidoscope Reviews, The AAFCA Roundtables, and The AAFCA Podcast as host and producer of the show. When he’s not writing he enjoys gardening, animation, discussing politics, and making craft cocktails.

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Joe Bilancio

Joe Bilancio has been in the entertainment industry in some capacity for more than 30 years and is currently the Director of Programming for OUTshine Film Festivals formerly known as The Miami International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.  He is also currently the Director of Programming for DC Shorts. Prior to his current positions he spent 16 years in the same position at the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival.  Other programming positions have included Reel Affirmations, The Washington, DC International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, OUTFEST, The Los Angeles International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, HotDocs Documentary Film Festival in Hot Springs Arkansas and Short Night Out in Garnerville, New York.

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Lisa Cordileone

Lisa Cordileone is an actor, writer, and producer based in LA focused on telling stories about women, LGBTQ+ community and STEM industries. She is currently developing her next feature inspired by a true story. The Feature Comedy Freelancers Anonymous Screened Internationally - Premieres: Inside OUT Toronto & Frameline42 (Castro Theatre).  Selected as one of 22 films earning the ReFrame Stamp, a mark of distinction demonstrating success in gender-balanced productions. Easy Abby (Abby) 50 Million views, available on Revry TV - featured in Deadline, The Advocate, OUT Magazine, Buzzfeed & Huffpo. Lisa is a graduate of ECU with a BFA in Acting and The Second City Chicago Improv and Music Improv Conservatories. 

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Rich Eldredge

With lengthy stints at both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Atlanta magazine, Richard L. Eldredge has been covering Atlanta’s arts, entertainment, political, dining and charitable fundraising scenes since 1990. In 2015, he launched Eldredge ATL, a daily digital magazine dedicated to the city’s ever-evolving arts, entertainment, cuisine and cultural landscapes. Since 2011, he has worked as senior editor at VOX Teen Communications, supporting Atlanta’s next generation of journalists. In recognition of this work, Eldredge received the Atlanta Press Club Impact Award in 2015.

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Andria Wilson Mirza

Andria Wilson Mirza is the Director of ReFrame, the screen industry's gender equity coalition founded and led by Sundance Institute and Women In Film. The coalition leads advocacy initiatives in Hollywood including issuing the ReFrame Stamp, a mark of distinction for productions that demonstrate equity in hiring. From 2016-20, Andria was Executive Director of Inside Out, Canada’s largest LGBTQ film festival. There, she established the world’s only LGBTQ Feature Film Financing Forum, launched two development funds, co-founded the North American Queer Festival Alliance (NAQFA), and spearheaded a 4-year partnership between Inside Out and Netflix. Named ‘one of 15 Canadian women to watch’ by the CBC, Andria has been a featured speaker at festivals and conferences including TIFF, SXSW, Sundance, Greece’s Outview, Oslo Fusion, the Iris Prize Producer’s Forum, and Berlin’s European Film Market. With her wife Fawzia Mirza, she founded Baby Daal Productions in 2020, produced the shorts NOOR & LAYLA (BlackStar, Bentonville, Outfest) and THE SYED FAMILY XMAS EVE GAME NIGHT (TIFF 2021) and is in pre-production on Fawzia's feature ME, MY MOM AND SHARMILA.

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Christopher Racster

For 25 years, Christopher Racster has made an impact as a filmmaker, non-profit executive, and LGBTQ activist, leveraging storytelling to fight for the authentic representation and inclusion of LGBTQ communities in film, television, and the media.  Currently, Christopher runs a Los Angeles based consultancy focused on non-profit and media artsorganizations that support underrepresented and marginalized voices. Prior to this, Christopher served as Executive Director of Outfest, home of Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival. Under his leadership Outfest has secured recognition as the world’s preeminent LGBTQmedia arts organization, growing the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project LGBTQ Film Collection to an inventoryof over 40,000 works, creating industry-leading programs for trans creatives, and securing status as an Academy Award qualifying film festival. During his tenure, Christopher drove the organizations increased role in addressing the systemic issues faced by LGBTQ people of color in the entertainment industry, diversifying the Board, staff, and program participants, resulting in a standard of two-thirds of all officiallyselected films helmed by women, BIPOC, and trans filmmakers.

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Lisa Rose

Lisa Rose was appointed as Queer Screen’s Festival Director in May 2017 after having served on it's Board of Directors for over four years.  Founded in 1993, Queer Screen – based in Sydney, Australia – is a not for profit charity that produces Queer Screen's Mardi Gras Film Festival each February and Queer Screen Film Fest each September; as well as supporting Australian LGBTIQ+ filmmakers with industry initiatives such as Queer Screen Completion Fund, Queer Screen Pitch-Off and My Queer Career. An eager film buff, Lisa comes from a sales, service and marketing background and is a passionate believer in giving voice to all forms of queer entertainment, Lisa is focused on showcasing and championing diversity.

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Katharine Setzer

Katharine Setzer is the Director of Programming at IMAGE+NATION, Montreal’s LGBTQueer Film Festival, the oldest queer fest in Canada, now into its 34th year. Originally from Vancouver, they hold a BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and an MA in Media Studies from Concordia University. Kat is a writer, producer, teacher and erstwhile filmmaker, with titles that include the short film, TRUST ME, screened at over 100 international queer film festivals including MOMA’s (NYC) Canadian Video Showcase in 1999. During their tenure at image+nation, Kat has co-produced numerous LGBTQ cultural projects such MY QUEER CANADA (myqueercanada.ca) an online grassroots Canadian queer history project launched in 2017 (ongoing). In 2020, Kat co-produced the first Canadian queer shorts film festival. I+N COURTS QUEER SHORT FILM FEST celebrated its second edition July 15 – 17, 2021.

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Doug Spearman

More than 30 years of experience in television and film production. Doug is a writer/director/producer and actor. In the summer of 1983 Doug started as the one and only intern/assistant producer to Charlie Rose when Charlie returned to television with his national show.   From there Doug went on to writing, producing, and directing marketing and promotions campaigns at ABC, CBS and NBC.  He  also created and executed launch campaigns for Soapnet, UPN, and LOGO. In 1991 Doug moved to Los Angeles to direct for the legendary ad men Ray Jacobs and Stefan Gerber - Doug's first assignments included directing such stars as William Shatner, Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry, and Martin Sheen. After that he moved on to writer/producer and Creative Director positions at CBS, NBC, and ABC, and E! Entertainment Television. At the same time, Doug pursued an acting career with guest starring roles on Star Trek Voyager , The Drew Carey Show , The Huguley's, and Girlfriends and Chance in the ground-breaking LOGO series, Noah's Arc . Doug has starred in NBC’s Good News , the long-running Young and The Restless , and in Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. His stage work includes the American premier of T he Ice Pick , the Tony Award Winning South Coast Rep's premier of The Hollow Lands and the critically acclaimed production of The Bacchae , playing Dionysus, at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and the world premier of Salome at the Mack Sennet in Los Angeles. In 2006 he formed The Ogden Group Entertainment. Their first feature as a writer, producer, director a buddy-comedy entitled Hot Guys with Guns , was released in April of 2014 by Wolfe. The main title song, Something to Shoot For, written and sung by Mervyn Warren was short-listed for nomination for the 2015 Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asked to include the script for Hot Guys with Guns in the core collection.