Montana International Film Festival | Billings, MT Sept 19-23, 2018


Babcock theater, Sept 15, 2018 | 3:30 PM

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panelist & Guests


Shaandiin Tome

Shaandiin is a filmmaker from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Trained as an editor and cinematographer, she is a 2016 Sundance Full Circle Fellowship alumna, 2016 Sundance Programming Intern, and in May 2017, she was selected for the Sundance Native Filmmaker’s Lab Fellowship with her shortfilm project Mud (Hashtl’ishnii). After making Mud (Hashtl’ishnii) (see it on 9/15/18 at the Babcock Theater at 11:30 am) it was selected to premiere in Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and is currently traveling the world on the film festival circuit. A recent graduate of the University of New Mexico with a BFA in Film and Digital Media Production, she graduated cum laude and through her filmmaking passion hopes to continue her career creating art. She currently lives in Albuquerque, aiming to bring resonating imagery in convergence with story, illustrating her perspective as a Diné woman.


Amrita Pradhan

Amrita Pradhan is an award-winning, Indian-born filmmaker. After receiving her MFA from the International Film School of Paris in 2010, she was selected for the Reykjavík Talent Lab where her thesis film was nominated for the Golden Egg prize. Her first feature film, WE WERE ÍSLANDS (2017) (see it on 9/15/18 at 2905 Montana Avenue at 4:45 pm), received a Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking from Portland Film Festival. Her body of work includes narrative feature, narrative shorts, web series, fashion film, lifestyle videos, music videos, and promos. She is currently developing her second feature film, a comedy-drama series, and two short films in addition to producing a feature film.


MaryAnn Tanedo

MaryAnn Tanedo is a Grammy award-winning American film and music video producer, who began her career in the early 1990s. Over the span of her career, Tanedo has produced music videos for a wide range of chart-topping artists including Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Juanes, Gwen Stefani, Moby, Enrique Iglesias, Faith Hill, Dre, Katy Perry, M.I.A., Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Ricky Martin, Maroon 5, Joss Stone, Pussycat Dolls, Eminem, Selena Gomez, and various others. Among the directors she has produced for are Joseph Kahn, Emil Nava, Marcos Siega, Darren Grant, Paul Hunter, the Hughes Brothers and Angela Alvarado.Tanedo’s early producing credits include music videos for Moby & Gwen Stefani’s "South Side" (2000) and the Grammy-nominated video for Jamiroquai “Feels Just Like It Should” (2005), both directed by Joseph Kahn.


Melanie Addington

Melanie Addington has worked with the Oxford Film Festival since 2006 in various capacities and became Executive Director in August 2015. She also directs, writes, and produces films and serves on the Mississippi Film Alliance as President. She co-founded OxFilm, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council's program to lend equipment to Oxford filmmakers.


Jenna Ciralli

JENNA CIRALLI, a Brooklyn based Actor, Writer and Producer, is originally from Great Falls, Montana. Jenna attended Willamette University and received a BA in Liberal Arts (Major: Theatre Arts, Acting, w/ Honors, Minor: English Literature). She is also a graduate of William Esper Studio's 2 Year Professional Actor Training program in NYC with Terry Knickerbocker, and works locally in film, tv, theatre and commercials. Jenna's short film "Willow Creek Road" (Producer / co-Writer / Lead Actor) is presently on the film festival circuit (Monmouth Film Festival - "Best Short Narrative," Chain NYC - "Best Cinematography Short," Best Performance of Fest, Actors Awards - LA, Big Sky Grant recipient - Montana Film Office), directed by Francesca Mirabella (Tribeca All Access Program, Modern Love).  She is a co-Creator of the viral video,  2017 Webby Award Nominee "Casting Call | The Project," a call to action for female driven content. Jenna's latest short film project "Amadi Comes Home" was a semi-finalist in the 2018 HollyShorts Screenplay Competition and is presently in pre-production. She currently has 3 short films and 1 feature in development.


Allison Whitmer


Allison Whitmer is the Film Commissioner at the Montana Film Office. The Montana Film Office is an award winning office of film and PR professionals. Originally established in 1974 as a central information source for on-location filmmakers, the office has been seated with a dedicated staff committed to serving the production industry and serving the citizens of Montana.