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Sarasota Fest Sets Dates; Promote Staffers

Sarasota Fest Sets Dates; Promote Staffers

The Sarasota Film Festival has announced that this year’s festival will take place April 9-18, 2010. This year marks the festival’s 12th year.

“As the festival continues to grow, we have strengthened our commitment to the community,” said Mark Famiglio, President of the Festival, in a statement. “We have appointed executive board members with proven business acumen who will enhance the current leadership. These appointments, along with the new hires and staff promotions, will further solidify the organization in our community and the film industry.” Robert Warren, President and CEO of Warren International, has joined the Board of Directors as well as Terry McGannon, a Vice President of Fifth Third Private Bank in Sarasota.

The festival also announced the promotion of two of its long time staffers, Tom Hall and Holly Herrick. Tom Hall, in his sixth year at the festival, was promoted to Artistic Director. Formerly, Hall was the Programmer for The Nantucket Film Festival. Holly Herrick, who has been with the festival since 2004, takes over the Director of Programming position from Hall. Herrick, formerly Programmer for the Newport International Film Festival, has also worked as a programmer at the Hamptons International Film Festival. “I am looking forward to introducing new films and filmmakers to Sarasota,” said Hall. “We are maintaining our strong commitment to the community while creating a meaningful celebration of the art of cinema. We are excited about upcoming announcements of the exceptional films and talent that will be joining us this year.”

Gail Silverman has been hired as the new Marketing Director of the Festival. Gail was formerly the Executive Director of Marketing for the Tribeca Film Festival, where she created and built the sponsorship team, developing programs and platforms to enhance existing sponsorships as well as bring in new business. “Gail comes to us from one of the premier festivals, with a solid background in media and entertainment. We look forward to adding new important marketing partners and programs in the coming year,” said President Mark Famiglio.

“The Sarasota Film Festival enjoys strong relationships within the film industry,” said President Mark Famiglio. “Our team will nurture these relationships and cultivate new ones as we maintain our status as one of the leading regional film festivals in the world.”

The Festival will announce its full 2010 line up, special programs and panels at a later date.

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