Berlin & Beyond Director

Sophoan Sorn, 35, 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 11th season as Director of San Francisco’s Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, America’s leading festival of contemporary German cinema, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021.

He expanded Berlin & Beyond’s programming with the Autumn Showcase series, the Honolulu tour, the Career Achievement Award, and the Spotlight Award in Acting.

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 over 70 countries around the world.