AFI Documentary Festival Director Sky Sitney Resigns

According to The Washington Post, Longtime AFI Documentary Festival director Sky Sitney has resigned from her position at the festival.

The reason behind her decision was the departure of a major sponsor, the Discovery Channel. The development has changed the whole idea of AFI. The change in location also results the end of AFI’s nationally recognized filmmakers’ conference and opens doors to a more political and social approach to promoting their nonfiction films instead.

“I just felt that I had given what I could to the event, and it was time for me to start exploring other things,” Sitney told The Washington Post. “It felt like a natural time, having seen [the festival] go through that challenging adjustment, to kind of pave the way both for myself to shift into new gears, and to create space for new leadership to come into the festival and take it into its next chapter.” 

Her resignation will not impinge on her other responsibilities, which include working as a visiting faculty member in the Film and Media department at Georgetown University and consulting with documentary filmmakers. 

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