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IFP Announces Staff Changes

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire March 8, 2009 at 12:57PM

Michelle Byrd, Executive Director of IFP, the nation's largest membership organization of independent filmmakers, announced today that Mitchell Micich has been promoted to Deputy Director, Finance & Operations and Amy Dotson has been promoted to Deputy Director. Both will report directly to Byrd. Also announced was the addition of Jennifer Smith to the full-time staff as Producer of the Gotham Independent Film Awards.
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Michelle Byrd, Executive Director of IFP, the nation's largest membership organization of independent filmmakers, announced today that Mitchell Micich has been promoted to Deputy Director, Finance & Operations and Amy Dotson has been promoted to Deputy Director. Both will report directly to Byrd. Also announced was the addition of Jennifer Smith to the full-time staff as Producer of the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

Mitchell Micich, a nine-year veteran of IFP, was promoted from his previous position of Senior Director of Finance & Operations. "Mitch is a crucial member of the IFP executive team and has been for several years," John Schmidt, IFP Board Member and Treasurer, said in a statement. "He has managed the organization's finances with limited staff for many years, and with this promotion we acknowledge his hard work and dedication. His day-to-day fiscal oversight will help IFP survive this difficult economic period and remain a leading resource for independent filmmakers."

Amy Dotson originally joined IFP in 2006 as Producer and Managing Director of Programming. In this newly-created managerial role as Deputy Director, she now oversees the development and execution of all membership services and programs produced by the organization. "Amy has become my right hand in the strategic development and execution of IFP's programs," Byrd said in a statement. "The depth of her background and strength in both narrative and documentary films will ensure greater coherence to IFP's existing programs as well as those in development."

Jennifer Smith joined IFP full-time in September 2008 as Associate Producer on the Gotham Independent Film Awards. As of January 2009 she assumed the role of Producer on the independent film awards ceremony and its related public Gotham Independent Film Awards Series. "Jennifer's blend of event development and execution coupled with marketing, publicity and promotional experience will be a real asset to helping IFP bring value to its partners and sponsors on the Gotham Awards," said Byrd.