DAILY NEWS: Guillemet Named Miami Fest Chief and Staff Changes in Toronto
by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE with an article by Karl Beck
>> Former Sundance Head Nicole Guillemet Named Director of the Miami International Film Festival
(indieWIRE: 06.06.02) -- Former Sundance Film Festival co-director Nicole
Guillemet has been named the new director of the Miami Film Festival, leaders of Florida International University, the organizers of MFF, announced
yesterday. Guillemet, who began work with Sundance in 1985, first served as
vice president of the Institute, managing its finances and operations and
became highly involved in the creation of Sundance programs in Europe, Latin
America, and Asia. Following her departure in February, Guillemet's counterpart
Geoff Gilmore became the fest's sole director.
Guillemet studied at the University of Utah followed by Universite de Grenoble in France and later worked in advertising before taking the position of general manager of the Repertory Dance Theatre company in 1986. After three years, she took on the role of associate managing director of the Utah/U.S. Film Festival,
which was the forerunner to the Sundance Film Festival. After spending many
winters in Park City as Sundance rose to one of North America's preeminent film
events, FIU president Modesto A. Maidique is looking forward to Guillemet's
move to eternally sizzling Miami. "Nicole Guillemet has been a central figure
in the growth and development of Sundance and her impressive expertise will
help us raise our festival to a new level," he said in a release. "As we
prepare for the 20th anniversary of the Miami Film Festival, we look forward
to benefiting from her leadership and vision."
Guillemet succeeds Dave Poland who served in the position for the event's
2002 edition. FIU external relations VP Dale Webb oversaw the international
search for a successor after creating a new business plan for the fest,
which admitted some difficulties including a drop of ticket sales this year.
MFF has been a launching pad into the U.S. for many in the international film
community including Pedro Almodovar, Antonio Banderas, Lasse Hallstrom, Fernando Trueba, and Atom Egoyan. For MFF 2003, Guillemet plans to build further on the festival's history showcasing international film. "The Miami International Film Festival has the potential to become a premiere event for
the exhibition of world cinema, with a focus on Spanish-language film," Guillemet commented in a prepared statement. "It will be a community celebration of film, and a place to discover new talent and new stories." Nicole Guillemet begins her new role on July 15 in Miami. [Brian Brooks]
>> Sanchez Joins TIFF As International Programmer; Other Staffers Promoted
(indieWIRE: 06.06.02) -- The Toronto International Film Festival announced
several staffing changes preceding this year's 27th International Film
Festival. Diana Sanchez joins the fest as international programmer and will
program the Spanish-language and Latin American films. She will also program
a tribute in honor of her predecessor, the late filmmaker and veteran
festival programmer Ramiro Puerta. The tribute will include Puerta's short
films and highlights of his contribution to the Toronto Fest during his
11-year tenure as programmer. In a prepared statement, Piers Handling,
director of the Toronto International Film Festival Group, said, "Ramiro's
contribution to this organization, both personal and professional is
immeasurable. We are so pleased that as part of his legacy he chose Diana as
his successor." Sanchez, currently based in Barcelona, had worked with
Toronto in a variety of positions since 1998.
In addition, Jane Schoettle, director of Sprockets, Toronto's family film
program held in April, will now also program international titles for the
main festival. "I am equally pleased to have Jane's programming expertise on
a year-round basis," said Handling.
Also, Gabrielle Free was promoted to director of media and public relations.
Free joined Toronto's press office in 1995 as a volunteer and eventually
became the manager of media relations. Free will oversee all PR for this
year's Toronto International Film Festival, which will run September 5 to
14. [Karl Beck]
>> WEDNESDAY IN indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Goldwyn Gets Tatou Film, Florida Fest Lineup and Gothams
(indieWIRE: 06.05.02) -- Samuel Goldwyn has acquired "He Loves Me, He Loves Me
Not," in a deal that was initiated at this year's American Film Market; The
Florida Film Festival will open with the East Coast premiere of John Sayles'
"Sunshine State" kicking off 10 days of American and international film
screenings in Orlando; And, director Ang Lee and U.A.'s Bingham Ray are to be
honored at this year's Gotham Awards."
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