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INDUSTRY MOVES: Collet Departs AFI Fest

INDUSTRY MOVES: Collet Departs AFI Fest

AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival director of programming Nancy Collet is leaving her position, which she has held for seven years, the festival announced Wednesday. Collet first joined AFI as festival coordinator in 1997, and was soon promoted to program manager and, in May 2000, took her position as director of programming, overseeing seven AFI Fest editions. At her post, Collet secured the premieres of Oscar-winning films including the recent “The Lives of Others,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Tsotsi,” “Walk the Line” and others. “It’s been an extraordinary experience,” said Collet in a statement, “but I’m ready to move on and embrace new challenges. I’m excited about what the future holds.” “Under Nancy’s programming leadership, AFI Fest has grown into one of the most anticipated film festivals in North America,” said AFI Fest director Christian Gaines in a statement. “Nancy oversaw a steep increase in film entries, festival attendees, filmmaker programs and attention from the international media and film communities. We’re going to miss her, and we wish her well in her future endeavors.” [Brian Brooks]

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