Shelley Gillespie

Successfully Submitting to a Film Festival -
15:00 pm 10/15/2019
Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

Submitting a film to a festival isn’t just: “Go online, send your movie and money in.” There is more to it. Come find out from festival directors and runners what makes a successful submission.

Shelley Gillespie, Executive Director of Copa Shorts Film Fest (CSFF), is the idea person behind the festival. Her love of film, coupled with a desire to create a great event for filmmakers and film lovers, is the motivator behind CSFF. In addition to collaborating on Saving Liberty, the quarter-finalist- placed screenplay winner in the American Zoetrope contest, Shelley’s multi-faceted background includes years as an award-winning journalist (The Communicator, Arizona Republic), an educator and adjunct professor (CAC, NAU), writing coach, marketing consultant and author (Hiking for the Couch Potato: A Guide for the Exercise-Challenged). She’s assisted a national nonprofit in raising $9.3 million, increased membership for a Girl Scout group by 70%, developed and coordinated training programs for a 2,000-employee government, and managed a shopping mall and created their marketing programs”. Shelley holds a BA in English from Vassar College and an MS in Educational Administration from State University of NY at Albany.