Des Buford, Frameline Director Of Exhibition & Programming, Departing Frameline After 41st Festival

Jun 6, 2017

A Message from Des Buford, Director of Exhibition & Programming 

Dear Frameline Family, 

When I started at Frameline as a bright-eyed Southern California transplant and seasonal staffer for Frameline27, I had no idea that my life would be forever changed by this organization. The passionate and deeply invested audience, the innovative and courageous filmmakers, the talented and tireless staff, and the amazingly fierce cinephiles of the Bay Area LGBTQ and film communities have had lasting impact. 

Now, as we approach Frameline41, I wanted to take this opportunity to let the Frameline community know that after nearly 15 years of service in a multitude of leadership roles, including the last six years as Director of Exhibition and Programming, I have decided it is time for me to explore new avenues and adventures in the professional world. So I will be leaving Frameline following the upcoming Festival, with both excitement for what lies ahead, and some poignancy as I look back on the amazing road we have traveled together. 

I have dedicated my professional career and personal life to improving the lives of LGBTQ people and ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression-and it has been an artistic dream come true to work towards this mission through the transformative power of the arts and identity-based film. It has been a huge honor, responsibility, and privilege serving this legendary queer arts organization and building upon the rich LGBTQ cultural histories and communities that the Bay Area prides itself on. 

I would like to express immense gratitude for the amazing filmmaking artists, donors, members, audience, colleagues, board members, sponsors and volunteers whom I've had the the pleasure of collaborating with over the years at Frameline. It is through my cherished relationships with all members of the Frameline Family that I have been inspired time and time again by this queer artistic community.  I have experienced immense joy and personal growth, and leave with curiosity about what the next chapter might bring to our community. 

I look forward to celebrating with you all during an exceptional Frameline41 Festival in the coming weeks!

Thank you,

Des Buford 
Director of Exhibition & Programming

A P.S. from Frances Wallace, Executive Director 

I've personally witnessed Frameline's growth under Des's incredible leadership, hard work, and the remarkable dedication she has demonstrated in her 15-year tenure here. In her previous operations position, Des became one of the true masters of festival event production, and in her current position has led Frameline's programming team with both outstanding artistic visioning and insightful decision-making. Her double-strength talents have taken Frameline and LGBTQ film to new heights, not just within our flagship Bay Area festival, but nationally and globally through our Completion Fund and year-round programs. On behalf of all of Frameline's staff, board and constituents, we wish Des the very best for the future and know she will always stand as one of Frameline's pillars, whose work has played a vital role in building its stature as the world's leading LGBTQ media non-profit. We all will miss her great talent, wit, dedication, and heart. As hard as it is to see Des move on, I'm sure as she embarks on new adventures that she will continue to have a significant impact both on the communities she so deeply cares about and in the world at large.  And although Des is simply irreplaceable, Frameline will begin a search shortly to fill this prestigious position, on which she has left an indelible mark.

My very best,

Frances Wallace 
Executive Director