Carl Spence

Carl Spence began curating films and concerts during the grunge era at the University of Washington in Seattle. He joined the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in 1994, helping grow the Festival into one of the largest film events in North America over two decades. He spearheaded SIFF’s expansion into year-round theatrical exhibition—making SIFF the leading independent exhibitor in Seattle—with the creation of the SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center, the revitalization and purchase of the historic Uptown Cinemas and the acquisition and re-opening of the Egyptian Theatre on Capitol Hill. He most recently held the position of Festival Director and Chief Curator at SIFF prior to starting his own consulting film, CCS Arts in 2016. He previously held Director of Programming positions with the Palm Springs International Film Festival (12 years) and the San Francisco International Film Festival (2 years). In 2014, he co-founded the Orcas Island Film Festival as Co-Director and Chief Curator and is currently a Senior Programmer for the Miami International Film Festival. He spends most of his free time cooking, reading and watching films with his husband and two boys.