Magazine article Screen International

David Ansen to Depart LAFF

Magazine article Screen International

David Ansen to Depart LAFF

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Film Independent top brass announced on Thursday (10) a restructuring of the programming team as Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen steps down by mutual agreement and the role of Elvis Mitchell is expanded.

Mitchell now assumes the newly created year-round position of Film Independent curator, whereby all Film Independent's exhibition programmes - the Los Angeles Film Festival, Film Independent at LACMA, and all other programming initiatives - will fall under his remit.

"I'm grateful to David for bringing his critical eye and international taste," said Los Angeles Film Festival director Stephanie Allain. "Unifying the festival and our year-round programming under Elvis' remarkable vision will facilitate Film Independent's mission to support a community of diverse, innovative and unique-minded artists."

"These five years as artistic director of the Los Angeles Film Festival have given me great joy, and I'm very proud of the way the festival has grown since our nmove downtown," said Ansen, the former film critic who served there from 1977-2008. …

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