Seth Ingram has spent over a decade as an independent producer, screenwriter and director for film and television. One of the founding members of Atlanta-based Moonshine Pictures, Seth currently serves as the Head of Development, working as a script and story consultant for both network and independent productions. 


 Associate Director

Melissa Simpson was born and raised in the state of Georgia, and has a Bachelor of Science in Film & Digital Media from the University of North Georgia. She was a founding director of the Georgia Film Festival, has worked as the Creative Director for TERMINUS Conference + Festival, and will be joining the Rome International Film Festival for a second year. In her spare time, she is involved in many organizations in the Atlanta film community, and works as a production coordinator. Melissa also was a former film projectionist, has a house full of rescue pets, and once won a hoola-hoop contest when she was eight.


Greg Bishop

Greg is a film festival programmer, content manager and filmmaker. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Film from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has worked for the Atlanta Film Festival, Y'allywood Film Festival, Rome International Film Festival, and more! 


April Brown
 Programming Director

April Brown is a Georgia native with a passion for film and a penchant for photography. She has been with The Rome International Film Festival since 2015 in a variety of roles including programming coordinator, shorts programmer and filmmaker liaison.


Jesse Bishop

Jesse Bishop is President of the Board of Directors of RIFF. He serves as an Associate Professor of English and Dean at Georgia Highlands College. He has been involved with RIFF on the board of directors for the past three years.


Katherine Dudley

Katherine Dudley is an educator and award-winning filmmaker. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications/TV Broadcasting (1999) from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP), Master's Degree in Trade & Industrial Education (2005) from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Master's Degree in School Administration (2008) from UNCP, and recently in Florida a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Film Production (2016) from Full Sail University.

Katherine is the writer, director and producer of a Bronze Telly Award-winning short documentary, The Perfect Selfie. She is also the writer, director, and editor of an award-winning short comedy, The Bet. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies/Digital Production at Shorter University in Rome, GA. She also works on local film projects in the Georgia area when she’s not teaching.


AnNa Garner
 BOARD Treasurer

Ann Garner is serving her second year on the RIFF Board of Directors, and her first year as treasurer.