Caroline Libresco

A leading film curator, producer, and creative executive, Caroline recently wrapped 18+ years as one of the head programmers at the Sundance Film Festival, where she selected films in all sections and co-led documentary programming. She also founded and led Sundance Institute’s Women’s Program, and was founding director and chief curator of Sundance Catalyst, where she built a community of 100+ financiers– raising $31+ million for 89 films including Truffle Hunters, Writing With Fire, Crip Camp, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Social Dilemma, and The Witch.

Caroline is now co-executive director of Jewish Story Partners, a philanthropic film fund co-founded with Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation. In its first 3 years Jewish Story Partners has awarded $3 million in grants to 101 documentary films including David France’s At the Barricades, Prathiba Parmar’s My Name is Andrea, Maxim Pozdorovkin’s Conspiracy, and two Oscar short-listed projects: Luke Lorentzen’s A Still Small Voice and Ondi Timoner’s Last Flight Home. Prior to joining Sundance, Caroline was program manager at the Independent Television Service (ITVS), publicist at San Francisco International Film Festival, and associate director of SF Jewish Film Festival.

An active creative producer, Caroline’s credits include Sundance 2023 entry Food and Country (producer/story producer, Greenwich Entertainment); Peabody-winner American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (producer, POV); Tribeca-winner Sunset Story (producer, Independent Lens); Our American Family (executive producer, AMC/Sundance Channel), and the Netflix original, Disclosure (executive producer).

She consults on story and strategy to filmmakers and companies, and on program design to festivals and workshops. A frequent moderator, tutor, and juror, she served on the boards of IDA and Women Make Movies and is a member of AMPAS, including the documentary branch executive committee. She holds degrees from UCLA Film School (MFA), Harvard University (MA), and Oberlin College (BA).