Deirdre Haj

Director, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

At Full Frame, Deirdre implemented free year-round screenings, the “Teach the Teachers” program and lending library, “The School of Doc” and the “A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy”. Under her leadership the festival is a PGA qualifying festival for long and short form documentary, and an Oscar qualifying festival for short form documentary.

She attracted the creation of the Full Frame Theater and new offices. She is Vice President of the Film Festival Alliance, serves on the board of the Durham Chamber of Commerce, and IFP Minnesota, and has participated in panel discussions and juries at several universities, festivals and conferences. She served on POV’s 25th Anniversary Board, and the Advisory Board for "Dangerous Documentaries: Reducing Risk When Telling Truth to Power" by the Center for Media & Social Impact, and as a mentor at SXSW.

She speaks often nationally about the relationship between filmmakers and festivals, at the IDA’s GETTING REAL conferences and IFP Film Week, and has been published in Indiewire and the peer-reviewed journal Synoptique.

Since going to Minneapolis, she delivered the keynote speech at the Flyway Film Festival and created/oversaw the “Cinema of Urgency” series co-presented at the Walker Art Center. Previously, she consulted for such organizations as the Motion Picture Association of America and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Her first film, the award-winning 2002 broadcast documentary Scene Smoking, starred Sean Penn, Ted Danson, Rob Reiner and other Hollywood leaders. She is a member of Women in Film, the Screen Actors Guild, and the IDA.