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iW NEWS | Gaines Leaving AFI for Festival Directorship at Withoutabox

iW NEWS | Gaines Leaving AFI for Festival Directorship at Withoutabox

Christian Gaines is leaving his post as director of festivals at the American Film Institute (AFI) and will join The Internet Movie Database‘s (IMDb) Withoutabox team as film festival director. In the position, Gaines will oversee Withoutabox’s film festival business, including relations and business development on the festival circuit worldwide. As director of festivals at AFI, Gaines spearheaded the annual AFI Fest in Los Angeles. He was also involved with the establishment of Silverdocs, taking place June 16 – 23 in Silver Springs, MD, in addition to the establishment of the AFI Dallas International Film Festival in March. Founded eight years ago, Withoutabox launched the submission system with one of the largest communities of indie films and festivals on the Internet. IMDb acquired the company last January. “One of the reasons I feel confident in leaving AFI is that it is in capable hands,” Gaines told indieWIRE by phone Tuesday afternoon. “I’m impressed and proud how capable the team is and its ability to carry on…” [Brian Brooks]

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