Den Hamer quits Rotterdam fest

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AMSTERDAM -- International Film Festival of Rotterdam director Sandra den Hamer has quit the event, organizers said Wednesday.

Den Hamer is leaving to take the reins as director of the Filmmuseum here beginning Sept. 1.

The IFFR board is expected to start exploratory talks with candidates to replace den Hamer at the helm "soon."

A spokesperson said the board will look for a successor both in Holland and abroad.

Den Hamer has been working at IFFR since 1986 and was first appointed by festival founder Huub Bals to lead the parallel CineMart, the market for sales agents, funding bodies and distributors in order to find co-financiers.

She kept this position under Marco Mueller, who led the festival for two years and now leads the Venice Film Festival.

By 1991, Den Hamer had risen to the post of deputy director at the IFFR, and from 2000, she co-directed the IFFR with Brit Simon Field. She finally took charge in March 2004, when Field exited.

"The importance of Sandra den Hamer's contributions to the success of the festival can hardly be underestimated," organizers said. "Through the years, she determined and realized a clear artistic and business course for all festival activities in close collaboration with many international partners and the festival staff."
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