2019 Filmmaker Panels and Industry Guests

Our complete list of Official Selections for the Eighth Annual American Documentary Film Festival is now finalized.

We have a record 200+ Official Selections this year, with many World and North American premieres.  Please see the 2019 program and film list. 


PANELS: All Film Panels are located at the Camelot Theatre Upstairs Lounge at 2300 East Baristo Road in Palm Springs.  Please note, seating is limited, so arrive at theatre no later than 10 minutes for schedule panel start.


Saturday, March 30:   9:45 a.m. How do you decide whether your film is a short or feature, what is better for the story and the audience?  (With Festival Guests )

Saturday, March 30:   11:30 a.m. Everything Legal with AmDocs advisory Board Member, Attorney at Law and Filmmaker, Paul Szynol.

Sunday,    March 31:   9:45 a.m.  Editing, the three act structure (With Festival Guests)

Sunday,    March 31:   11:30 a.m. Self selling versus traditional distribution (With Festival Guests)



AmDocs takes pride in creating an environment of collegiality for all, where filmmakers and industry guests see films together and socialize together.  Except where there are issues of judging ethics, we hope that all have access to each other, where dynamic creativity and vision are actualized.  Please see our guests for 2019.

                                                         Geoff Callan is an award winning director, producer, and accomplished actor with over 25 years of experience in film, television, advertising, and New Media.

                                                         As Senior Manager of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, Adam Montgomery has overseen the selection process since 2005, with over 14,000 submissions received annually. In addition to programming feature films and documentaries for the Festival, he also lends his past experience in television development to Sundance’s newest Festival program, Indie Episodic. Prior to joining the Institute, he spent five years at Imagine Entertainment, where he worked on acclaimed series such as Arrested Development and 24. From 2014-2017, he served as Director of Programming for CIMMfest, a film and music festival based in Chicago.

                                                         Nita Deda is the Director of International and Short Film Festival DokuFest, the largest cultural event in Kosovo. Previously she was the Head of Communication of the festival and programmer of the music program of the festival DokuNights.





                                                        Shannon Miller is a motivational speaker and former Olympic Hockey Coach and 5 Time NCAA Championship Women's Hockey Coach.  Shannon is currently working on a new Hollywood and documentary biopic on her experiences fighting gender discrimination.








                                         Dale Knorr received his BA degree in Radio/Television/Film from Temple University’s School of
Communications and Theater. His career in motion picture and television production spanned 35 years, where he worked in both the public and private sectors, as well as many network TV broadcasts and independent freelance projects. Dale currently teaches documentary film history and critical analysis at the Life Long Learning Institute, Cal State University San

                                          Rezeta Veliu was born in Prishtina, Kosovo. She is an actress, known for Rezeta (2012), Girls (2012) and Voices.









                                         Bruno Chatelin co founded filmfestivals.com which regularly partners with the largest festivals and
markets (Cannes, AFM, Toronto, Locarno, Venice…) and has served over 6.000 festivals  worldwide and a community of 370 000 unique monthly visitors, and newsletter subscribers base of 193 000.

                                       Guy Kennedy is a serial entrepreneur, co founded filmfestivals.com - innovator, founding director of AB01 a digital Media and communication company in London Operated in Europe Based in London / Geneva

                                      Tom White is editor of Documentary magazine, the print and online publication of the IDA, and
he has written for several other publications.

                                      Craig Prater, President of Heartland International Film Festival joined the 28-year old
organization in 2016.  Previous to his current position, he served with entertainer Sonny Bono as the Executive Director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, co-founded the PS International Short Film Festival and co-founded the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival.

                                      Dr. John Osborne has worked on AmDocs programming for seven years running, traveling the world in search of matches for our audiences and industry guests.  John taught college English, religion and film studies for over 30 years prior to his retirement in 2014.

                                     Dion Eusepi is a technology industry veteran focused on innovation in the delivery and distribution of digital media content that changes the landscape of filmmaking in the 21st century.  His work includes comprehensive platform solutions for digital content distribution, delivery, and marketing that exploit the emerging multiscreen entertainment eco-system. His efforts with Synimatica enable technology tools and platforms that help fundraisers, festivals, and independent filmmakers shape the future on screens of all sizes using multiple technologies to seed projects and reach modern and globally diverse audiences.

                                     Throughout her career Summer Helene has worked with Mountain Pictures, Moon River Cinema, Discovery and Paramount Pictures, as well as working with award winning directors Owen Land, Michael Burton, Emmy Award winning writer Dev Ross and composer Vasily Shumov. While working with Dev Ross (The Land before Time, Darkwing Duck), Summer Helene spearheaded a new television format with “The Rocks.” a groundbreaking television series supported by the City of Sedona, Arizona. Using this new format Summer Helene has helped celebrities and filmmakers bring their dreams to both the big and small screen.