Betsy Walters has spent over 15 years working for and with industry nonprofits and festivals to curate innovative media content and develop programming for emerging and professional media makers. As the former Executive Director of CINE, she shepherded the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest to over 600% growth in global participation since its inception in 2012. She has presented to film students at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, American University’s MFA in Film & Media Arts, Howard University School of Communications and NYU Washington DC. For the past two years, she has served on the international jury of the Ekotopfilm/Envirofilm Festival in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Betsy is currently an MFA student in Film & Television Studies at Boston University’s College of Communication, putting her experience to work researching the industrial sites and discourses of prestige — including film and television festivals and awards — within the modern film and television industry. She recently presented her original paper “A Netflix Original: The Unexpected Journey of Orson Welles” at the UFVA Conference and the New England Graduate Media Symposium. This fall, she will present a paper on the evolution of the true crime TV genre at the Backward Glances: Reboot conference at Northwestern University and the NEPCA Conference in Portsmouth, NH.