Claudette Godfrey is the Short Film Programmer & Operations Manager for the South by Southwest Film Festival & Conference in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Claudette began her career at SXSW in 2006 as an enthusiastic volunteer. Currently she is responsible for the curation of the 10 short film programs the festival screens each year, overseeing film submissions to the festival, and managing the organizational big picture for the event. A University of Texas Film graduate, Claudette previously worked as a Corporate Relations Coordinator at the CineVegas Film Festival and served as a Shorts Programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest from 2010-2012. Notably, and perhaps most importantly, she does a mean karaoke version of Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Hypnotize.’
James Jefferies is the Programmer and Program Coordinator for Aspen Shortsfest, one of the top venues for short films in the United States, and the Aspen Film Fest. Before joining Aspen Film in 2014, James covered local stories and wrote social media content for the non-profit Downtown Tucson Partnership, while he co-directed, wrote, and produced an animated pilot for cable television’s Adult Swim, after successful stints at Mandeville Films and CONAN. He also produced a Foto-Kem New Filmmaker Award-winning thesis film to cap a year in which he was named the School of Theatre, Film & Television’s Outstanding Senior at the University of Arizona, upon graduation in 2011.
Herb Stratford is a resident of Tucson and the Director of Film Fest Tucson, which will take place October 20th – 23rd, 2016. He’s also a film critic in Tucson, Arizona, with a weekly presence in print, on the radio and on television. Herb is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, a Critiwire critic on IndieWire and a freelance writer and artist. Prior to all this, he restored and ran the The Fox Tucson Theatre, a 1,200-seat, 1929 art deco movie palace.