Career and Film Festival Manager
School of Film and Television
Lex McNaughton focuses on film festival strategy, crafting sustainable career paths for freelancers and is a great resource for more information on fellowships and filmmaking labs. While CPD holds the relationships with larger networks and companies that are listed on Handshake, Lex grows LMU’s pipelines within the independent film world which include festival programmers, boutique production houses and executives.
Lex McNaughton is the Career and Film Festival Manager at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. In this role, she creates tailored career paths with students and empowers them to make smart choices when navigating the industry. She forms pipelines with key industry players to give students access to internships and jobs. Her specialty is working with students interested in freelancing, film festival strategy and Labs/Fellowships.
Previously she was the Film Education Manager at Film Independent where she produced high-profile panels on the business and craft of filmmaking, created classes for filmmakers and ran incubator labs for LMU, Screen Australia and the HFPA.
She spent a decade working at major film festivals across the country. She started at True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri as a volunteer and after seven years left as the Manager of Theater Operations and Volunteer Coordinator where she oversaw nine venues and 800+ volunteers. Other festivals she has worked include Sundance (along with two summers at the Sundance Labs), Telluride, SXSW, Tribeca, True/False, Rooftop, Milwaukee, Chicago International, and Hamptons International.
When not working on festivals, she worked in the production office for five seasons of America’s Got Talent and the first season of Celebrity Name Game with Craig Ferguson along with being in production on various other tv shows. She was in the wardrobe department on Chris Kelly’s film Other People which premiered as the Day One Film at Sundance 2016. She also toured as a stage manager with David Arquette in Sherlock Holmes and as Wardrobe Supervisor for the National Tour of Hairspray the Musical. After working as a freelancer for over a decade she is eager to help students navigate the entertainment industry and help them craft the career path that is right for them.
Associate Director, Creative Professions and Strategic Initiatives
Career and Professional Development
Elena focuses on what you can do with your major, how to land your dream job and how to apply to graduate programs. She is also a great resource for information on companies listed on Handshake.
During the spring 2020 semester, Elena will be using Zoom to hold drop-in virtual office hours and to host one-on-one appointments. You can access Zoom Web Conferencing via a web browser, or download the app to a smart device here. Visit Handshake, CPD’s internship, and off-campus job search tool, to see Elena’s current schedule for drop-in virtual office hours or to book a one-on-one appointment with her.
Elena joined the Career and Professional Development team in March 2017. For the LMU community, her role focuses on providing career coaching, building industry engagement experiences, and guiding the events and promotional standards strategy for the office. As a proud alum, she is excited to contributing back on the bluff as a resource for fellow lions interested in prioritizing their creative professional development. With over a decade of experience as an arts administrator, event producer (with 50+ multidisciplinary program credits), and cultural worker, Elena has cultivated a career dedicated to helping develop the next generation of creative leaders and “artrepreneurs.” Grounded in workforce equity and creative wellness, Elena holds an M.F.A in Theatre Management & Producing from CalArts and B.A. in Theatre Arts with minors in Dance and African-American Studies from LMU. During her formative years on campus, she was also a member of Belles Service Organization, Del Rey Players, and loved being an LMU Tour Guide!