Magazine article Screen International

Amy Gustin, Deena Wallace Join BIFA

Magazine article Screen International

Amy Gustin, Deena Wallace Join BIFA

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EXCLUSIVE: Duo will take over the running of the awards from January following Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson stepping down as co-directors.

Raindance and BIFA founder Elliot Grove has announced that Amy Gustin and Deena Wallace will take over the running of the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) from January.

Events professional Gustin produced the last two editions of the Raindance Film Festival, while Wallace was previously head of film at BAFTA.

As previously announced, the current co-directors of the awards, Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, are stepping down at the end of 2014 following this year's ceremony.

Grove commented: "As Johanna and Tessa step down, having established BIFA as a high point in the UK film calendar, I am thrilled that Deena and Amy have agreed to pick up the baton. I have worked with both Amy and Deena over the years and am confident that BIFA is in incredibly safe and creative hands with them."

Speaking to Screen, Wallace enthused: "BIFA has a lovely, mischievous personality to it. I've had a great fondness for it as I've watched it grow and grow. There are lots of elements we want to make sure aren't lost. …

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