Victoria Westover

Director, Hansom Film Institute

Vicky Westover serves as the Program Director of the Hanson Film Institute at The University of Arizona (since 2004) where she is also an adjunct faculty member in the School of Media Arts. As the Program Director of the Hanson Film Institute, Vicky develops and coordinates diverse local and nationally affiliated media programs, including Native Eyes Film Showcase, in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian, and Tucson Cine Mexico, in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate, Tucson and Mexican Foreign Ministry.

A native of Washington, D.C. and a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Vicky received training in non-profit arts management through the National Endowment for the Arts and has worked in non-profit management for over 20 years. She has served on numerous non-profit boards, committees, and panels, including for the AFI in Washington, D.C., and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers).

Vicky served as the Producer of a six-part radio program with media critic Mark Crispin Miller; the founding Producer of Independent Eye on Maryland Public Television; the Executive Producer of the award-winning 2007 short film, Alma; a Producer of the 2008 feature Red 71; and the Producer of the 2009 short, My Father's Son, which is currently in post production.

As the Executive Director of the Baltimore Film Forum, Vicky directed numerous repertory seasons of cinema at The Baltimore Museum of Art; created, produced, and directed numerous international film festivals, competitions, and special programs; and appeared as a guest on Congressman Kweisi Mfume's television show on African-American filmmaking.

Vicky won numerous awards for her Baltimore organization, and she received a citation from the Governor of the State of Maryland for her work to promote filmmaking in Maryland. Over a ten year period, Vicky taught film appreciation courses at the Maryland Institute College of Art and other Baltimore educational institutions. She is the co-founder of a long running Baltimore City youth media program BYTV (Baltimore Youth Television.)