Melbourne fest names Carey artistic director
Moves from head of programming; replaces MooreSYDNEY -- The Melbourne International Film Festival’s head of programming Michelle Carey has been promoted to artistic director it was announced Monday.
Carey has been working alongside MIFF executive director Richard Moore as co-coordinator of the Accelerator program and as head of programming at Australia’s largest film festival for the last four years.
Moore announced earlier this year that he was stepping aside from his position at MIFF, after the festival board said it would split the role into two. It appointed Petrina Dorrington as general manager at the start of this year's festival in late July, and announced Carey’s appointment Monday.
“We are thrilled to appoint Michelle as the artistic director – she has extensive experience in film programming, and has been a member of the MIFF programming team for the last four years. She understands both the festival’s diverse audiences and the ethos of the festival as a whole,” Dorrington said.
As well as her MIFF role, Carey is currently the president of the long-running Melbourne Cinémathèque and editor for film festivals at online film journal Senses of Cinema. She is also a scout for Australian cinema for the Rotterdam International Film Festival and has been on juries at Rotterdam and the Indie Lisboa film festival in Portugal.
Moore meanwhile relocates to Brisbane this month where he joins Screen Queensland as the organization’s new head of screen culture, a position which includes oversight of the Brisbane International Film Festival.
Under Moore’s four-year tenure MIFF’s Premiere Film Fund, supported by the Victorian government was introduced and its 37° South Market and Accelerator program for emerging filmmakers were expanded.
Moore also saw record audiences and an international controversy rage over the Chinese government’s displeasure at the festival’s screening of a documentary on Uighur leader Rebiyah Kadeer in 2009, and a 6% increase in ticketing revenue at this year’s edition of the festival.