Arikian Leaving EFM Post to Head Hamptons Fest
Arikian with Berlinale chief Dieter Kosslick in 2008. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Hamptons International Film Festival executive director Karen Arikian is stepping down from her post at the end of November, the festival announced Tuesday. Arikian ran the festival for five years.

“I have been very fortunate to have led this wonderful organization since 2008,” said Arikian, “and I leave knowing that the festival is stronger than ever, having just completed its 20th anniversary edition.”

Though she now plans to pursue other opportunities, Arikian will continue in her role as U.S./East Coast delegate for the Berlin International Film Festival.

“Karen has successfully led us through five outstanding festivals, and we are grateful for her many contributions, which have helped make the festival one of the foremost celebrations of independent film in this country,” said chairman of the board of directors Stuart Match Suna. “On behalf of the board and all of the festival’s many participants and supporters, I thank Karen for a job well done and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”