Magazine article Screen International

Sean McManus to Leave FIND

Magazine article Screen International

Sean McManus to Leave FIND

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Board chair Mary Sweeney said on Wednesday [24] that McManus was stepping down as co-president after 15 years at Film Independent to pursue other opportunities.

McManus served as co-president alongside Josh Welsh since January 2012. Effective immediately, Welsh will become president.

"Upon the close of our terrific 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, it felt like a natural time to look ahead and I've realised that this is the perfect time to make a change in my own life," said McManus.

"As a result, I have decided to step down as co-president. My immediate plans are to take the next few months off and explore some options. In the meantime, I want to express my deep gratitude to all my friends and colleagues throughout the independent film community for their artistry, inspiration and support."

"Sean McManus has been an important and highly valued member of the team at Film Independent for 15 years, first as a transformative director of development and for the past 18 months as co-president with Josh Welsh," said Sweeney.

"His skills, determination and signature enthusiasm have been instrumental in the tremendous growth of Film Independent during those years. We are deeply grateful to him for all his contributions, and he shall be missed. We know that he will move on to even greater accomplishments, and he has the continued full support of the Film Independent staff and board of directors."

"Josh Welsh is an integral part of Film Independent," added Sweeney. …

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