Demy-Geroe leaves BIFF

30 March, 2010 by IF

Press release from Screen Queensland

After 18 years at the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF), Anne Demy-Geroe has announced she will leave her position to undertake her PhD in Iranian cinema.


Ms Demy-Geroe, who will step down from her role at Screen Queensland from next month, initially began as the inaugural Artistic Director, before taking on the role as Executive Director of BIFF.

“After eighteen festivals I feel it is time to realise this long cherished dream to do my PhD,” Ms Demy-Geroe said.

“The artistic and financial success of last year’s festival makes it a most appropriate time.”

Screen Queensland CEO Maureen Barron said Ms Demy-Geroe had played a large part in the success of BIFF and other local film festivals.

“Anne’s passion for cinema is unquestionable and has resulted in initiatives such as BIFF, Cine-Sparks and the Queensland New Filmmakers Awards (QNFA) going from strength to strength,” Ms Barron said.

“Anne’s role is a key part of the Screen Queensland team; we are actively looking for someone to step into the position.”

This year BIFF will move to the end of the year and be celebrated from 4-14 November.

Cine-Sparks, the Australian film festival for young people will continue to be staged in July/August to work with the annual school calendar.

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