Sharon Badal is head short film programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival, screening over 1500 submissions annually. She has been with the festival since its inception and has produced special projects for various Tribeca entities since 1999. She is the author of Swimming Upstream – A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution. She previously held executive positions in motion picture distribution and marketing for United Artists/MGM, Warner Brothers, and Orion Pictures and has extensive live-event producing experience. Badal has been on the jury for the Calgary Film Festival, Galway Film Festival Ireland, Nordisk Panorama Iceland, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, the Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto, the New Orleans Film Festival, the Keynote Speaker for the Orlando Film Festival and Regional Juror for the Student Academy Awards. She received her B.F.A. in film and television production and her M.A. in cinema studies and business, both from New York University.