Andrea Passafiume

Silver Spring, Maryland, United States


Andrea Passafiume is a veteran film programmer, consultant and writer based in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. She is currently an Associate Programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival, Lead Programmer for the Seattle Deaf Film Festival, and Programming Associate with both the Sundance and Athena Film Festivals. Previous Programming positions include Head Programmer of AFI DOCS, Programming Consultant for Filmfest DC, and member of the Screening Committees for DOC NYC and Camden International Film Festival. Andrea has served as a judge for the Gracie Awards, a juror and moderator for a variety of film festivals, and a member of the nominating committees for the Cinema Eye Honors and IDA (International Documentary Association) Awards. In 2022, she was appointed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to serve on the Disability Committee for the Academy Foundation’s In Frame project.


Prior to moving to the Washington, D.C. area, Andrea was part of the AFI FEST Programming team in Los Angeles, where she coordinated screening events for the monthly Cinema’s Legacy and Directors Series, as well as AFI’s weekly 100 Years…100 Movies series. She has taught a variety of college film history and culture classes, and spent eight years at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta where she held the position of Media Services Supervisor for Turner Classic Movies.


Andrea received her B.F.A. and M.A. in Cinema Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Born with unilateral deafness, Andrea is Hard of Hearing and earned a Certificate in ASL (American Sign Language) from Montgomery College in May 2023.