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Sarasota Film Festival Promotes Tom Hall to Director

Sarasota Film Festival Promotes Tom Hall to Director

Longtime Sarasota Film Festival programmer Tom Hall, who has served as the festival’s Director of Programming from 2004-2009 and Artistic Director since then, has been promoted to the position ofDirector.  Hall will now take on more duties related to the management of the festival. 

The Sarasota Film Festival has also announced that Magida Diouri has been named the festival’s Programmer, and Veronica Pastore will serve as the festival’s Associate Director of Marketing.

The complete release follows below…

The Sarasota Film Festival Announces New Director, Staff
Tom Hall, who has served the organization since 2004, named Director of The Sarasota Film Festival, Magida Diouri named Programmer, Veronica Pastore
introduced as Associate Director of Marketing

December 2, 2011— The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) announced today that Tom Hall, who has served the festival as Director of Programming (2004-2009) and Artistic Director (2009-2011), has been named Director of The Sarasota Film Festival. Effective December 1, 2011, Hall will take on an expanded role in the management and financial development of The SFF, reporting directly to The Chairman of the Board. In addition to his managerial duties, Hall will continue to work on the festival’s film and artistic programs.  

In addition, the SFF announced the appointment of Magida Diouri as Programmer and Veronica Pastore as Associate Director of Marketing for the 2012 Festival.  Diouri has worked with the SFF for five years and brings experience as a film booker, festival programmer and distribution professional to her new role as Programmer.  Pastore joins The SFF after running her own company for the last year, managing social media and event marketing for local entertainment-based businesses in addition to being a regular contributor to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.  Day to day operations will fall under the purview of Kathy Jordan who returns as the Managing Director.

Former SFF Director of Programming Holly Herrick will remain with the SFF as Director of SFF Women, a program designed to promote independent filmmaking, collaboration, awareness and film education among women and girls of all ages.

“I think it is important that The Sarasota Film Festival continue to thrive. We are committed to serving our core mission of celebrating the art of film continuing the tradition of serving both Sarasota and the international filmmaking community. I look forward to continuing my work with The SFF Board, our artists, audiences, sponsors and the tremendous staff at The SFF as we prepare for the 2012 Sarasota Film Festival,” Hall said.

“As the Sarasota Film Festival continues to grow, we recognize the importance of our staff as being critical to the continued success of our organization,” said Chairman of the Board and President of the Sarasota Film Festival Mark P. Famiglio. “The Board looks forward to working with our outstanding team to move The Sarasota Film Festival forward into our 14th year.”

The Sarasota Film Festival will take place April 13-22, 2012 in Sarasota, FL. Submissions remain open until January 13, 2012. The festival’s full line-up will be announced on March 19, 2012, with tickets on sale to the general public beginning March 23, 2012. Visit for more information.

About Tom Hall

In addition to his work with The Sarasota Film Festival, Hall serves as Programmer at newportFILM in Newport, RI (2010-present). Hall has also served as Artistic Director for The Newport International Film Festival (2009), Programmer at The Nantucket Film Festival in Nantucket, MA (2002-2005) as well as Director of New Media for Bravo/The Independent Film Channel (1997-2000). Hall has also worked in the Industry and Guest Services Offices at The Hamptons International Film Festival (2002-2003).   

Hall has served on the Nominating Committee for The Gotham Awards’ Documentary (2008-2009, 2011) and Not Coming To A Theater Near You (2010) categories, the Nominating Committee for Film Independent’s Someone To Watch Award (Independent Spirit Awards, 2011) and is a nominating and voting juror for The Cinema Eye Honors for Non-Fiction Filmmaking  (2008-present). In January of 2010, Tom was named one of Springboard Media’s 20 under 40 in Film. Hall has directed short films for Bob Mould’s Carnival of Light and Sound Tour and recently re-launched his blog The Back Row Manifesto ( after seven years as a member of the indieWIRE blogging community. A graduate of the University of Michigan (’94), Hall resides in Brooklyn, NY and Sarasota, FL.
About Veronica Pastore

Since opening her own marketing company in early 2011, Pastore has achieved spectacular results for a number of Sarasota-area dining and entertainment business. She previously worked for local firm Vision PR & Marketing as well as alternative-weekly newspaper Creative Loafing, and has continued writing her signature social/nightlife column as “The Scenestress” with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune since CL’s closing. Pastore studied graphic design at the Ringling College of Art + Design and earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Kansas. She is known as an early adopter in social media and events and has lived in Sarasota, Fla. for the last five years.
About Magida Diouri

Magida Diouri was General Manager of Burns Court Cinemas, Operations Manager for the Sarasota Film Society and the SFS’ Artistic Director for a number of years.  She had the privilege of programming and organizing Cine-World Film Festivals, Global Lens screenings, outreach programs as well as LGBT film festivals. Since leaving the Film Society she stayed very active in the film industry, as a representative for a European film distributor, through film festivals and film markets including The Cannes Film Festival, Toronto, The American Film Market.  She also worked with local filmmakers in their various projects. Through her company, broken rules llc, she created the Fabulous Independent Film Festival in August 2011, Sarasota’s first independent LGBT film festival.  This one day festival presented 7 films in its first outing.

About The Sarasota Film Festival

Running April 13-22, 2012 and featuring over 180 films and events, The Sarasota Film Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization and is one of the largest festivals in the Southeastern United States. Our Mission is to celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival and developing year-long programs for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of our community. The Festival supports and encourages the filmmaker by supplying indispensable networking opportunities and open dialogue with knowledgeable, creative and inquisitive consumers of film. The Festival attracts audiences from local, national, and international markets as well as promotes Sarasota, Manatee and surrounding Gulf Coast communities as cultural centers, which contribute to the financial and cultural success of our region.

The festival is one the largest in North America and draws over 45,000 ticket holders annually. The festival also draws national film industry attendees, including representatives from a wide array of film and media companies, as well as a great deal of national and regional press including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly,  Indiewire, USA Today, GQ, Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, and many more.

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