Katherine Balsley

Ms. Katherine Balsley

Assistant Professor of Film

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Katherine (Kate) Balsley was born into a family of artists and had an interest in cinema from a young age. She attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee's fine art film program and graduated with a BFA in 2003. After spending some time in New York City and Barcelona, she attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and graduated with an MFA in mass communication and media arts in 2009.

Her creative work includes animation, experimental and most recently documentary and narrative. She often blends different forms together, such as animation with live-action. Her films and videos have been screened throughout the United States and abroad, in venues such as the Museum of the Moving Image, the Anthology Film Archives, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and  Court Métrage at the 64th, 67th and 68th Cannes Film Festivals. Balsley also screens her work locally, such as Atlanta's own Wonder Root: Generally Local, Mostly Independent series. 

Balsley also enjoys scuba diving, and has explored the ship wrecks of the Great Lakes and the coral reefs of the Riviera Maya. 


  • Master's of Fine Arts – mass communication and media arts – Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Bachelor's – film – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Academic Interests

  • Narrative, avant-garde, experimental, animation, underground, Hollywood, independent and international cinema
  • Film genre, history and theory
  • Film production and technology


  • Best Experimental Film (Athens Film and Video Festival)
  • Best Experimental Film (Rural Route Film Festival)
  • Best Experimental Film (Wildwood Film Festival)
  • Jury's Choice Award (Black Maria Film and Video Festival)
  • Jury's Choice Award (Cause and Effect: Georgia's Progressive Film Festival)
  • Jury's Choice Award (Milwaukee Underground Film Festival)
  • Jury's Choice Award (Kid's First Film Festival)
  • Director's Prize (Black Maria Film and Video Festival)
  • Golden Badger Award (Wisconsin Film Festival)
  • Artistic Achievement Award (Milwaukee Short Film Festival)
  • Best Comedy Film (Wildwood Film Festival)
  • Naturescapes (Honorable Mention)
  • Big Muddy Film Festival (Honorable Mention)
  • Houston Art Alliance (Purchase Award)
  • Flicker Grant Award (Flicker Film Festival)

Professional Affiliations

  • University Film and Video Association
  • Alliance of Women Directors