Sky Sitney upped at Silverdocs festival

Exec named artistic director of Washington-area event

Sky Sitney has been promoted to artistic director of the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival, which runs from June 15-22 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in the Washington area. She will lead the fest's programming, strategic development, partnerships and overall artistic vision.

Sitney joined Silverdocs, which focuses on documentary films, as director of programming in 2005. She was formerly programming director at the Newport International Film Festival. She also served as the film programmer at the New York Underground Film Festival and was co-founder and curator for the Fresh Film Series at the Anthology Film Archives in New York. Sky has also held industry positions at C-Hundred Film Corp. and Fine Line Features.

"Sky's deep knowledge and appreciation of cinema, her track record for spotting emerging talent and her leadership skills make her a natural fit to lead the festival," AFI Silver Theatre director Ray Barry said.