Guests - SIFF 2023

Heidi Zwicker
Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival

Heidi Zwicker is focusing on international and U.S. Narrative Feature Films, Midnight and Shorts. She has been contributing to various Sundance Institute programs for over fifteen years, beginning with the Feature Film Program, International. Heidi was a Programmer at Palm Springs International Shortfest from 2011-2014 and is Senior Programmer at the Provincetown International Film Festival. Originally from the north shore of Boston, she has a degree in English from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth and an M.A. in Critical Studies of Film and Television from UCLA.

Sudeep Sharma
Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival

Sudeep is a Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival focusing on documentary feature films. Having started at Sundance in 2008 as a screener of international documentary features for the festival and a reader for the labs, he has previously been an Associate Programmer, Documentaries and Shorts Programmer for the festival. He is also Director of Programming for the Palm Spring International ShortFest where he has programmed since 2014 and served as Interim Artistic Director for the 2022 edition. Sudeep has worked in programming at many festivals including the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Aspen ShortsFest, LA Film Festiv Sudeep Nov 2020 edit al, AFI Fest, and was Director of Public Programming for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science. He has advised on funding and granting boards and served on numerous film festival juries including at the Toronto International Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, Dokufest, Hot Docs, and others. A native of New Jersey, Sudeep has a Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA. He has taught film and television history, industry and criticism courses at universities throughout Southern California.