The Provincetown Film Society today announced that filmmaker and festival consultant Mitch Levine has been selected as their new CEO. Levine replaces Gabby Hanna, who retired from her post last summer. In his new position, Levine will also serve as Executive Director of the Provincetown International Film Festival, Waters Edge Cinema at Whalers Wharf and a new Institute of Cinema Arts.

Rick McCarthy, President of the PFS Board of Directors stated, "We are so pleased and excited to have Mitch as our new leader. We have every confidence that with Mitch's extraordinary experience and business acumen, he will lead the Festival and Society to new heights. His scholarly knowledge of cinema, his genuine love for his fellow artists, and his deep appreciation for the historical and cultural traditions that make Provincetown such a special gathering place for artists set him apart as a true friend to the art form."

PIFF's resident artist and presenter of its Filmmaker on the Edge Award, John Waters ("Pink Flamingos"), added,

"Mitch Levine comes to Provincetown with experience, a new found energy and a will to make movie going all over town an even better experience than ever!"

Levine founded The Film Festival Group -- a global consulting firm for fimmakers and the festival community -- after serving as CEO of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. He currently produces First Time Fest in New York. He has produced and directed countless film festival tributes, and has worked alongside George Clooney, Sean Connery, Brad Pitt, Clint Eastwood, Tony Bennett, Dustin Hoffman, Halle Berry and many others. Before his directing career, Levine was a former Special Representative to the United Nations.

The 16th Provincetown International Film Festival runs June 17-23.