Veteran film festival specialist Nancy Collet leverages her 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry for every client. She launched Cinema Collet in 2007 after her 10-year tenure as Director of Programming at AFI FEST. Located in Beverly Hills, Cinema Collet provides strategic consulting services to independent filmmakers, film festivals, universities, distribution companies, cultural institutions, and conferences worldwide. The extensive offerings include film festival strategy and advocacy; representing films and securing distribution for filmmakers; publicity; marketing and website development; creating and launching new film festivals; festival programming; large-scale event management/production/marketing; and acquisitions scouting.
Collet has launched numerous film festivals around the world including The ShortList Film Festival in partnership with The Wrap News, the Cabo Film Festival, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Infinity Film Festival, Beverly Hills, the Audience Awards Film Festival, and the La Costa Film Festival. Cinema Collet conceived and launched a national showcase for emerging Latino filmmakers for NUVOtv called Nu Point of View. Nancy also spent four years producing TheGrill, the Wrap News’ annual Media Leadership Conference in Beverly Hills.
Additional clients include the USC Shoah Foundation, New York University, The Toronto International Film Festival, The Guanajuato Int’l Film Festival, The Whistler Film Festival, The French Consulate, Ketchum, Sports and Entertainment, Off Plus Camera Film Festival, The Canadian Film Centre and Telefilm Canada.
Collet has covered the major film festivals and markets around the world since 1997, and also served as a juror and panelist for numerous events, including the AFM, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, Panama Film Festival, Romania International Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, Palm Springs Shorts Fest, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Bahamas Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Kansas City Film Festival, Sonoma Film Festival and Ashland Independent Film Festival.
From 1997 to 2007, Collet worked for the AFI FEST, and in 2000 was promoted to Director of Programming. She secured premieres of dozens of Academy Award winning films and hundreds of celebrities. She created partnerships with the AFM, Kodak, ArcLight Hollywood and the Skirball Cultural Center. During her tenure at AFI, the festival more than tripled in size and firmly established itself as a world-renowned event.
Nancy is a 1989 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and has a dual degree in Marketing and Psychology.
She grew up in New York City and started her career in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency.
Tuuli Sandvold is an Assistant Film Festival Strategist. She joined Cinema Collet in 2021 after graduating from Northwestern University Summa cum Laude with a degree in Film Studies. Outside work, you can find her at the movie theatre.