Executive Director, mama.film • Wichita, KS

Lela Meadow-Conner is Executive Director of Film Festival Alliance and founder of mama.film, which was a Satellite Screen for the Sundance Film Festival in 2021 and presents the rePRO Film Festival for reproductive justice, presented by Bloomberg Philanthropies. She has more than 18 years of experience in independent cinema exhibition, with leadership roles at organizations including the Tallgrass Film Association and Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival.  She has participated in The Industry Academy, a program of Film at Lincoln Center and the Locarno Film Festival, has served on film juries including AFI and the NAACP Image Awards and is a frequent panelist for industry organizations like The Gotham and Columbia University. She currently serves on the board of Los Angeles’ iconic Vidiots Foundation, soon to relaunch in the historic Eagle Theatre. She is a co-prodcuer for Sav Rodgers’ documentary Chasing Chasing Amy, producer for Nitzan Mager’s Strange Love, and executive producer for Emily Christensen’s Feminist Foremothers podcast.