Mitchell Block

Expert in documentary, live action, and animated short films

Adjunct Professor, Peter Stark Producing Program, USC School of Cinematic Arts


  • film distribution and production
  • documentaries and documentary shorts
  • animated shorts
  • live-action films
  • the film and TV industry
  • the economics of filmmaking
  • independent filmmaking
  • festivals
  • theatrical production and distribution
  • film and television education

Additional Information

  • President, Direct Cinema Limited
  • Distributor of films that have earned 71 Academy Award nominations and 25 wins
  • Author, Block’s Guide to Documentary Film Distribution
  • Adviser to U.S. State Department film program
  • Founding Member: British Academy Film Television Arts L.A., IDA, AIVF, IFP
  • Elected Member: British Academy Film Television Arts London
  • Life Member: International Documentary Association, University Film and Video Association
  • Member: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Short Films and Animation Feature Branch; Executive Committee, Short Films Branch; Scholarship and Grants Committee, Academy Foundation; Documentary Awards Nomination Committee; Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Nonfiction Branch

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