Joe Petricca is a filmmaker and educator. He was with the American Film Institute (AFI) for 25 years, where he served as the Executive Vice Dean for the past 14 years. Additionally at AFI, Petricca oversaw the unique and groundbreaking Directing Workshop for Women and Sloan Foundation-funded programs. As a screenwriter, he has had feature screenplays optioned, won screenplay competitions and adapted books and true-life stories for directors. Petricca has written for Robert Osborne on Turner Classic Movies and has taught/spoken at film festivals, trade shows and colleges around the world. As a film critic he wrote for the KCET website. He volunteer-taught screenwriting and filmmaking to at-risk Los Angeles teenagers for seven years. In 2007, he was awarded a Chevalier of Academic Palms from the French government for contributions in Los Angeles to French cinema.
His short film A MEDITATION, starring Harold Perrineau played at over 35 film festival globally and received five awards. His feature screenplay A TRIP TO ROME has won one screenplay competition and is honored to be selected by the Toronto LGBT Festival to have a scene performed and filmed.
Petricca holds an MFA in Screenwriting from AFI and a BFA in Film Production from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.