Wheaton Film Festival


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Panel Discussions

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Festival Speakers

Maryanne Culpepper is an award-winning writer/filmmaker with extensive experience in developing, writing and producing documentary and nonfiction series. She is the former President of National Geographic Studios and served as the Executive Director of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Her most recent project includes writing and producing video and editorial content for Avatar: Discover Pandora, an international touring science museum exhibition based on the fictional world in James Cameron’s movie Avatar. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).

John Mason of WALA, Copyright Counselors LLC and Mason Literary, is a Washington D.C. based art, entertainment, and intellectual property attorney and literary agent. His practice focuses on copyright and trademark registrations and transactional matters, litigation, copyright infringement, publishing and media issues, defamation, licensing and contracts, and commercial matters relating to creative industries.

Chris Petracco is a senior digital media specialist and content creator with over 20 years experience in communications and media production, including over a decade teaching communications and media at the college level. Chris has a comprehensive knowledge of multimedia production, volumetric filmmaking, social media solutions, digital media production, and digital tools to create comprehensive media campaigns. Chris helps clients develop broadcast, cable, and online products. He is the founder of TrustedPhotoDC and TPA360 and now is known as a reality capture expert.

Amy DeLouise has built a career as a brand storyteller. She has produced more than 400 short non-fiction films for organizations and corporations, helped to create dozens of live and virtual events, and specializes in multi-platform content delivery to large screens, mobile and web. Amy also helps to train other storytellers as a consultant to leading corporations, as a Lynda/LinkedIn Learning author with multiple course, and through her books with Routledge Press: The Producer's Playbook: Real People on Camera (2016) Sound and Story in Nonfiction Film and Video: A Guide for Content Creators (2019). She has received more than 40 top creative awards for directing and producing, such as the CINE Golden Eagle, NY Festivals, DC Peer Awards, and Telly Awards. 

Paul Marengo has 28+ years experience in the area of development and program execution.  His experience includes a wide range of development activities including Corporate/Foundation/Government Support as well as Individual Giving.  Paul believes by empowering and providing the necessary tools to smaller non-profit organizations they can become competitive fundraisers.   Paul has worked with and trained many non-profits on alternative ways of thinking of how data and other items can be of use to their development strategies.

More to be announced.

Film Lineup (Subject to change)

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Awards & Prizes

"Levin Grand Prize"

Jury Award for Best Film in General Category

"Wheaton Award"

Jury Award for Best Community Story in Montgomery County Category

"Kamen Prize"

Jury Award for Best Student Film

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