Berlin & Beyond Director

Photo Credit: Barak Shrama

Sophoan Sorn, 36, is a Cambodian-American film festival director, curator, and programmer. Born in a refugee camp in 1985, he emigrated to the US with his family in 1991. He is in his 12th season as Director of San Francisco’s Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, America’s leading festival of contemporary German cinema, which will present its 26th edition in March 2022.

He expanded Berlin & Beyond’s programming with the Autumn Showcase series, the Honolulu tour, the Career Achievement Award, the Spotlight Award in Acting. Amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic, he produced two virtual festivals, Berlin & Beyond in Focus (November 2020) and the hybrid 25th Anniversary Berlin & Beyond Film Festival with drive-in, in-cinema, and virtual programming (May 25-June 6, 2021).

He was also the Founder and Director of 10 editions of the San Joaquin International Film Festival in Stockton.

Through the years, he has worked as a portrait photographer, documentary videographer, and graphic designer. He also studied cinematography at the Academy of Arts University, was a classically trained pianist, is an avid gardener, and has traveled to 75 countries around the world.