Professional ​

I am passionate about film, enjoy creative problem solving, and I have a fondness for organization and spreadsheets. My goal is to find employment working in production where I can continue to learn and grow.

Associate Director | Rome International Film Festival

June 2018 - November 2018


Managed staffing, scheduling, programming, special events, web design & social media, as well as all filmmaker and presenter communication and travel.

Creative Director | TERMINUS Conference + Festival

August ​2017 - July 2018


As Programming Director, I handle all aspects of Scheduling, Film Submissions, Game Submissions, Conference Programming, Film Programming, Programming Strategy, and Expo Programming.

I also manage all presenter relations, including booking, travel, and lodging.

Producer | TERMINUS Conference + Festival

July ​2017 - July 2018


I am currently the Producer for TERMINUS Live that airs once a week. I organize and communicate with guests, handle scheduling, research, releases, and during the stream, I monitor the feed, assist in audience questions, and run the switch board.

Program Director | Georgia Film Festival

October 2016 - May 2018


Managed programming, scheduling, and assisted in the festival re-branding. I was also one of the festival’s founding directors.

Operations Manager | Rome International Film Festival

September - November 2017


As Operations Manager, I worked between venues to make sure that all events ran on schedule, coordinated with the Volunteer Coordinator, Box Office Manager, A/V & Projectionists. I made sure that the films started on time, Q&As ran smoothly, and volunteers were staffed where they need be.

Presenter Coordinator | TERMINUS Conference + Festival

​April - July 2017


As Presenter Coordinator, I managed all aspects of TERMINUS that interfaced directly with the presenters. This included communication with and management of the 80 presenters prior to and during the 2017 TERMINUS Conference + Festival.


Executive Director | Skyline International Film Festival

​October 2016 - June 2017


This position included the planning and execution of the three-day film & game festival hosted by the University of North Georgia, that highlighted students & filmmakers across North Georgia, the US, & internationally.

Other Experience:


Jurist of 2018 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Member of Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Community Outreach Committee 

Jurist of 2017 West Virginia FILMmakers Festival

Past Film Projects:
  • “Carnage” - Short Film

  • “Keep Moving Forward” - Documentary

  • “Out of the Woods” - Short Film

  • “Hunter v. Hunted” - Short Film

  • “Home” - Short Film | Official Selection of Skyline International Film Festival 2017

  • “South of Hope” - Short Film

  • “Cheftastrophe” - Short Film

  • “The Hunt” - Short Film

  • “Taking Chances” - Short Film

  • “Charm You Yet” - Music Video | Official Selection of Skyline International Film Festival 2017

  • “Where is Annie Overby” - Short Film | Official Selection of Rome International Film Festival, Franklin International Independent Film Festival, & Georgia Film Festival


Movie Magic Scheduling


Google Drive/Docs/Sheets/Slides

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Photoshop

Social Media Outreach

Event Planning & Management

Fundraising & Crowdfunding

Production Budgeting

Basecamp 3



Gantt Charts

Awards & Etc.

President’s List:

Fall 2015 - Spring 2017

GPA: 3.89

The Loyd Strickland Scholarship

University of North Georgia CMJ Scholarship Committee | May 2017


Member of:


Women In Film & Television Atlanta

Georgia Production Partnership

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society


14+ years of management & customer service experience

University of North Georgia

​2013 - 2017


Bachelor of Science Degree, 
Film & Digital Media

Graduated Magna Cum Lade

Associate of Arts, Media Studies | Spring 2015

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society | 2017 - Present

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society | 2013 - Present

Presenter at UNG’s 21st Annual Research Conference | Spring 2016

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© 2017 by Melissa M. Simpson


T: 770.380.0671

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