Biography:  Katy Kavanaugh

Katy Kavanaugh  is Lead at Catapult Productions and Artistic Director of Screen 360: Films for Children of the World.  Her multi-disciplinary work incorporates the two “motion arts”, Dance and Cinema.  Educated in Dance and Physiology at San Francisco State University, she spent ten years performing in and creating Dance Theater before the same ten years of work in the production of international film festivals propelled her to get behind the camera. She has written about dance for and Dance Magazine. Her direction and programming established the now 11 year-old Children’s Filmfest at the Mill Valley Film Festival. She annually chairs children and youth programming selections at the San Francisco International Film Festival. She was an original delegate to the first Berlin Talent Campus in 2003 and produced a documentary, WHAT DOES YOUR FILM TASTE LIKE? at the Campus in 2004.

Ms. Kavanaugh began the dominant focus in her career with the international children's film market in 1993 when she attended the Berlinale’s Kinderfilmfest.  There she witnessed a 900-seat theater filled with children engrossed in a Belgian film dialogued in Flemish, with French and English subtitles, and simultaneous German translation—a rare scene in America. With a Turkmeni film, an American classic, Richard Fleischer’s THE FANTSTIC VOYAGE, and a Dr. Seuss retrospective, she produced her first program, FILMS FOR PEOPLE 4 AND UP named for the earliest form of the Kinderfilmfest, at the Mill Valley Film Festival. She then went on to coordinate America's most established children's film festival, The Chicago International Children's Film Festival. In 1995, she returned to Mill Valley to establish the CHILDREN'S FILMFEST with more international films from the Kinderfilmfest, American classics and film arts workshops. In 2000, Ms. Kavanaugh returned to the Kinderfilmfest to research the foreign perspective of the children's film market in America. (see Articles) When her findings also revealed that the state of American representation hadn’t differed in five years, she identified six directions for creating change and increasing U.S. awareness of the benefits of diversifying children's programming with international cinema.

She was honored to have served on the international juries of Kinderfilmfest at the Berlin Film Festival, The 41st International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Zlin in the Czech Republic and The Olympia Festival for Children and Youth in Pyrgos, Greece.
Ms. Kavanaugh is one of six children born to two teachers and raised with a front-door view of the world coming to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury in the 60’s and 70’s.
With a move to rural Oregon as a teen that offered a view of childhood from another extreme, Kavanaugh developed her sense of knowing childhood in America.


"Fliegen" (20:00 US/Germany 2005) writer, producer, director
"What Does Your Film Taste Like?" (18:00 Germany, 2004) writer, presenter
"Physiology of Familiarity" (5:00 USA, 2002) Writer, Director, Choreographer, Editor
"Egg" (29:00 USA, 2000), Writer, Director, Editor.
"Birth" (11:00 USA, 1997) Producer, Performer

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