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February 8, 2016

Sky Sitney, Veteran Head of AFI Documentary Film Festival, Moving On

Sky Sitney, festival director of the AFI Docs documentary film festival, and a long-time programming hand for its predecessor, the AFI Silverdocs film festival, is leaving her position at the end of the month.

Sitney, who was artistic director previous to her gig heading up the festival and signed on nine years ago at the documentary festival, will be joining the facult at Georgetown University’s film and media studies department as a visiting professor. She’s says she’ll be dabbling in “a variety of creative projects” according to her farewell note.

“After nearly nine years, the time has come for me to make a change and to make room in my life for new adventures,” she wrote, adding she plans to remain deeply involved in the film community.” She’ll be missed at AFI Docs by that film community, where her roots run deep. In addition to her long-time affiliation with the festival, she’s the daughter of P. Adams Sitney, a co-founder of the Anthology Film Archives in New York.

Sitney’s departure is just the latest in more than a year of big changes. First came the name change, from Silverdocs to AFI Docs. Many long-time fans of the festival were none too pleased, and viewed it as the Los Angeles American Film Institute heavies big-footing the Washington folks. The festival’s primo venues were moved to D.C., giving the festival more exposure but also leaving the impression that the AFI Silver’s Silver Spring, Md., base was being slighted.

All in all, it’s worth keeping an eye on things. This is unlikely to be the last notable change in the run-up to the 2014 festival this June.

  • adrian_spencer

    Well, this is the final nail in the coffin. Looking forward to the annual AFI Documentary showcase: 25 films on two screens over a weekend. AFI never believed in this festival and all of their moves prove it. In the words of AFI alum David Lynch, the whole thing is “TOTAL. FUCKING. BULLSHIT.”

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  • Melissa Montana

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