FilmAid International has announced independent film veteran Liz Manne as its executive director.
The longtime studio executive and independent film producer co-founded Fine Line Features in 1999 and served as its Executive Vice President Marketing until 2007. Manne also served as the Sundance Channel’s Executive Vice President Programming and Marketing, as well as founding, co-founding and operating as a consultant for several organizations in the film industry.
Most recently, Manne was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, focusing her efforts on cultural diplomacy.
“I’ve been a fan of FilmAid since its inception, and greatly admire its mission and all it has accomplished,” said Manne. “Film has a unique power to connect and communicate with audiences on a deep, emotional level, giving it unlimited potential as a force for good in the world. Many of us first gravitated to the film business with a shared desire to tell stories that inspire and bridge our divides, and our collective skill set has never been more in need on a global scale. As I embark on this new adventure, focusing on expanding FilmAid’s already significant scope, my greatest hope is to encourage the participation of friends and volunteers from every corner of the film community.”
“Liz brings to FilmAid an unbeatable combination of leadership talent, film industry savvy and a long-standing commitment to social justice,” said FilmAid founder Caroline Baron. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have her at the helm.”