Saturday, May 25, 2024

New lead for Sydney Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival today announced the appointment of Frances Wallace as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Ms Wallace, a global arts leader who has worked in film festivals and cultural organisations in Melbourne, San Francisco and New York will be returning to Australia after 20 years offshore, including six years spent as Executive Director of San Francisco’s Frameline film festival.

“After an extremely competitive recruitment process, we are delighted to welcome a leader of Frances’s calibre to the Sydney Film Festival team. Frances has presented the Board with an exciting and energetic vision of future opportunities for the organisation,” said SFF Chair Deanne Weir.

“he combination of Frances, plus our internationally admired Festival Director Nashen Moodley, leading a passionate and dedicated SFF team, will allow us to deliver a compelling 70th Festival in 2023 and build an exciting future in the years ahead.”

Ms Wallace said she was “beyond thrilled” to join the prestigious Sydney Film Festival.

“I strongly believe in the power of film festivals, especially in these challenging times, to build communities and ignite discussions that broaden the audience’s perspective. It is certainly my honour to be named to this post, especially on the advent of SFF’s 70th edition,” she said.

Ms Wallace will commence her role on 4 October.

The Sydney Film Festival will celebrate its 70th birthday next year. The 70th Sydney Film Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Screen NSW, the Federal Government through Screen Australia and the City of Sydney Council.

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