Frameline Appoints Paul Struthers Director of Exhibition & Programming
Nov 15, 2017
Photo: Jaclyn Paterson
Frameline, the world's longest-running and largest showcase of queer media, is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Struthers as Director of Exhibition & Programming. Joining the organization, Struthers will oversee the curatorial vision and execution of Frameline's globally-renowned exhibition programs, special events, the Frameline Completion Fund, and the signature San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, which will celebrate its 42nd year June 14-24, 2018.
Originally hailing from the United Kingdom, where he received a Bachelor of Arts from Royal Holloway University of London, Struthers has more than 13 years of experience, serving in a multitude of industry roles in the UK and on the film festival circuit in Australia.
Struthers was the Festival Director for the Queer Screen's Mardi Gras Film Festival from 2014-2017 and Queer Screen Film Fest from 2014-2016, where his vision lead festival attendance to increase three-fold, and ushered in programming that explored a broader representation of queer lives. Simultaneously Struthers worked in marketing for the Sydney Film Festival, where attendance doubled, partially due to his instinctive, targeted campaigns around individual film programs. Prior to Struther's festival career, he worked in London for 5 years in distribution, exhibition, and film sales, including positions with Revolver Entertainment and Renaissance Films.
"After an extensive national and global search, Paul stood out with his exceptional industry experience and sheer passion for film and queer programming," said Frameline Executive Director Frances Wallace. "Struthers comes with a commitment that is unmatched, in terms of artistic vision, an energy focused on social justice content, and a dedication to extend audience and queer representation. His appointment to Frameline is in perfect alignment with the organization's trajectory to increase the impact of queer media worldwide."
"Struthers stands in a unique and invaluable place, having worked in both community and industry environments," Frameline Board President and AT&T Global Enterprise Solutions Sales Vice President Michael Colaneri said. "He has a global LGBTQ film perspective and comes with outstanding collaborative skills to link audiences and partners alike in building support for the exhibition of queer media across multiple platforms. Paul is an authentic connector, with a trusted and respected international reputation that will help propel Frameline's mission into the future."
Struthers now relocates to the Bay Area to pursue this new opportunity with Frameline.
"I'm thrilled to be joining Frameline and working with Frances and the exceptional team," Struthers said. "Frameline is an organization that has always inspired me in their world-leading approach to showcasing queer cinema. I look forward to continuing and building upon this amazing legacy."
Struthers will begin his tenure in San Francisco with Frameline on December 1st, 2017.