Creative Director Accelerator – Starfish


Alesia Weston is currently the Creative Director of Starfish, an accelerator for US based Creators of Color. And a Curator for the New Zealand Film Festival. For a decade, she ran Sundance Institute’s International Feature Film Program where she spearheaded the labs and grants program for emerging filmmakers from the Middle East, Latin America, Europe and Asia. 

She also shepherded US writers and directors through the Sundance/NHK and Sundance/Mahindra Filmmaker Award Programs. Weston was Executive Director of the Jerusalem Film Festival, the Jerusalem Cinematheque and National Archives where she oversaw the international film festival, grant and educational programs for artists and year-round 

programming. Thereafter, Weston served as Special Advisor and Programmer for the Beirut International Film Festival. She is a founding member of the Advisory Boards of the Torino Film Lab and Jerusalem International Film Lab.