Tom Botelho has been named the new executive director of the Denver Film Society, the organization which produces the annual Denver International Film Festival announced today. The appointment is effective immediately. Botelho returns to the position he held on an interim basis for six months in 2008. He also served as a member of the board of directors of DFS for 12 years, including one term as board chairman in 2003. The film festival’s head, Britta Erickson, had been serving as interim executive director following the abrupt departure of the group’s previous executive director, Bo Smith after a messy breakdown with DFS staffers earlier this year.
Botelho, a 30-year veteran of the advertising industry, began his career in Los Angeles at BBDO International. After working in Chicago, he moved to Denver in 1984 joining advertising outfit Tracy-Locke/BBDO where he served as vice president of account service on a $26 million Mountain Bell account. In 1988, he teamed with four other partners at Thomas & Perkins to build the agency to $45 million in annual billings. The Denver Post hired Botelho in 1996 to lead the newspaper’s marketing efforts. Six years later, Botelho became the Denver Newspaper Agency’s senior vice president of brand marketing.
“Coming back to the Denver Film Society is a tremendous honor and opportunity for me,” said Botelho in a statement. “This organization has a 32-year track record for producing industry-renowned film festivals, exceptional programming at the Starz FilmCenter and innovative educational offerings. And, looking ahead to the 32nd Starz Denver Film Festival, we’re preparing to deliver one of the strongest programming lineups in years, including a focus on Mexican cinema featuring emerging fimmakers. In today’s economic climate, the challenge is to keep moving forward and expand programming while also generating incremental revenue associated with these new initiatives.”