The Global Film Initiative, an international organization which focuses on promoting "cross-cultural understanding" by funding and distributing films from developing countries in the United States has moved its offices from New York to San Francisco. The Initiative aims to capitalize on the emerging technologies coming out of the Bay Area. As part of the move to San Francisco, the Global Film Initiative has hired key new staff members, including new executive director Kristin Wiederholt, Sheila Cadigan who takes of the role of director of acquisitions, development and marketing and Santhosh Daniel who will serve as the new director of granting, logistics and strategic technologies. [Brian Brooks]