SUSAN CARTSONIS (WIFF Chair)
Susan Cartsonis is a Producer and President of Storefront Pictures.
The Hollywood Reporter named Susan Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year for her box office record-breaking film, What Women Want (Paramount), and Where the Heart Is (20th Century Fox). Recently, she produced the teen hit, Beastly and executive-produced No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Cartsonis, an executive at 20th Century Fox for nearly a decade, rose from script reader to Senior Vice President of Production. During her tenure at Fox, a few of the many films she supervised include Nell, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, For the Boys, Dying Young, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Cartsonis often makes films from the female perspective that men like too.
Cartsonis is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She serves on the Independent Producers Committee of the Producer's Guild of America and has recently joined Digital Hollywood’s Women’s Board. She is on the Advisory Boards of Wilkes University’s Creative Writing Program founded by Norman Mailer, and Chapman University’s Dodge School of Film and Television. Cartsonis teaches Advanced Producing at USCʼs Graduate Producing Program in the School of Cinematic Arts and is an annual guest speaker at NYU’s TischAsia Singapore campus. Recent speaking engagements include The Catalyst Awards and 50th Anniversary Conference in New York City, and recent publications include the New York Times online Room for Debate “Finance, Track, Research and Promote”. This year she served as a judge for the Motion Picture Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships and the National Woman’s Political Caucus Exceptional Merit in Media Awards.