Edinburgh Film Festival appoint new Artistic Director

Edinburgh Film Festival appoints new Artistic Director

Film critic and programmer Mark Adams to head Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival has appointed Mark Adams as its new Artistic Director. Adams has been Chief Film Critic and Reviews Editor for trade publication Screen International for four years and is also a critic for the The Sunday Mirror.

With over 25 years experience as a programmer, journalist and reviewer, Adams has contributed to Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Moving Pictures International. Prior to his role with Screen International, he was Head of Programming at the National Film Theatre in London, was Director of Cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, and has programmed for numerous film festivals around the world.

Adams replaces Chris Fujiwara, who stepped down in September and also came from a film criticism background.

'I’m thrilled to be helping the Edinburgh International Film Festival develop and grow and am looking forward to bringing new, challenging, entertaining and exciting cinema to the city,' said Adams. 'This is a great festival that deserves its recognition and can only get better and better.'

Ken Hay, CEO of EIFF commented: 'We are delighted to have Mark joining the team. His passion for film, his fantastic experience as a programmer, journalist and critic, along with his reputation in the UK and internationally, make him the ideal choice to drive the future success of the Festival.'

The new director takes up his role as Artistic Director in March next year, leaving him just four months to integrate into the 2015 festival team.

If you want to find out more about Mark's taste, check out his Rotten Tomatoes page and follow @markadamsmirror on Twitter.

Edinburgh International Film Festival returns 17-28 Jun 2015.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.