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Derek Horne

Program Specialist - Distribution Coordinator


Derek Horne is the Distribution Coordinator at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Prior to this he was the inaugural Film Festival Specialist at Chapman University’s film school for 11 years. Derek started his festival career in the Filmmaker Services Department at the Sundance Film Festival and has programmed for dozens of film festivals from coast to coast including Newport, R.I. to Newport Beach CA. He served as the Director of Programming for the Academy-accredited Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, and the Annapolis Film Festival. Previously Derek worked in short film acquisitions for early streaming websites,, and Atom Films and he was the founding editor of Kodak’s student filmmaker magazine, the Campus Beat, and has written for IndieWire and FilmInk.