Edinburgh Film Festival appoint 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.
Edinburgh International Film Festival returns 17-28 Jun 2015.