Michele Turnure-Salleo is a producer with over 18 years experience in the United States, Australia, France and Canada. As an independent producer, and later as a staff producer for Banff Center for the Arts, Associate Director of Film Arts Foundation, and in her current position as Director of Filmmaker360 at San Francisco Film Society, she has helped guide hundreds of independent filmmakers and film projects through development, production and distribution. As head of the San Francisco Film Society’s Filmmaker360 department Turnure-Salleo oversees major grants, residencies and project development programs. From 2009 through 2013, the Filmmaker360 grants program has provided more than 2 million dollars in funding to incubate and support innovative and exceptional films. During this short period of time Turnure-Salleo has worked one on one with filmmakers supporting them extensively and passionately in the creation of their feature films. Films include Sundance 2013 award winning film, Fruitvale (Station) which won the Grand Jury Prize (US Dramatic Competition) and the Audience Award (US Dramatic Competition). and the Avenir Award at Cannes 2013, the 2013 Academy Award nominated and Cannes 2012 Camera D'Or winner, Beasts of the Southern Wild. Beasts also won the Sundance 2012 Grand Jury Prize (US Dramatic Competition). Other films include the SXSW 2013 Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner, Short Term 12, as well as Bluebird, Mosquita Y Mari, Pearblossom Highway and Circumstance, which won the Sundance 2011 Audience Award(US Dramatic Competition). Feature documentaries supported include Sundance 2013 award winners Cutie and the Boxer and American Promise. Turnure-Salleo was associate producer on the Academy Award nominated Regret to Inform. Michele Turnure-Salleo holds a BFA in Film from the University of New South Wales and a MFA in Film from the University of British Columbia.