Film Mentors: Programming: Documentary - Basil Tsiokos
Basil Tsiokos is a consultant for filmmakers and film festivals. He is a Documentary Programming Associate for the Sundance Film Festival, Shorts & Panel Programmer for DOC NYC, and a Documentary Programming Consultant for the Seattle International Film Festival. He is a regular contributor to Indiewire covering film festivals, and also serves as the publication's curator for Hulu's Documentaries page. As a visiting professor at Pratt, Basil teaches a course on film festivals and oversees students as they organize the Wallabout student short film festival. He co-produced the feature documentary THE CANAL STREET MADAM (World Premiere, SXSW Competition 2010). Between 1996-2008, Basil was the Artistic & Executive Director of NewFest: The NY LGBT Film Festival. Basil has served on numerous film festival juries and panels, including Atlanta, Atlantic, Berlinale, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, DOC NYC, Fantasia, Full Frame, Hot Docs, IDA, IDFA, IFP, International Film Festival Summit, Lone Star, New York Film Festival, Outfest, Paley Center, Russia's Side-by-Side, Silverdocs, SXSW, Transylvania, and Tribeca. He can be found on Twitter as @1basil1 and on his blog what (not) to doc offering advice and information to filmmakers. Basil holds a Masters degree from New York University in Cinema Studies and two undergraduate degrees from Stanford University.