Arikian heads to Hamptons


After an eight-month search, the Hamptons International Film Festival has appointed Karen Arikian its new executive director.

Arikian will continue in her current role as co-director of the Berlin International Film Festival's European Film Market and the official U.S./East Coast delegate, preselecting U.S. indies for its official competition slate. Arikian also will continue consulting on film fest marketing for European Film Promotion.

She begins her new position in March and will attend events during this week's Hamptons festival, which begins today and runs through Sunday.

Ten-year HIFF veteran Denise Kassell left the position in January, followed by artistic director Rajendra Roy, who departed to head the Museum of Modern Art's film department.

Working with HIFF board chairman Stuart Match Suna, Arikian will be responsible for managing festival finances, fundraising and operations, developing board relations and implementing the HIFF Screenwriter's Conference. She has been an HIFF adviser for several years.

Before joining the EFM in 2002, Arikian headed the New York office of Berlin-based production outfit TiMe Film und TV Produktion, where she produced the features "Deeply" and "The Unscarred."

Her roots in the New York area go back to early positions at public television station WNET (for its "Great Performances" series) and the IFP, where she was market director and executive director. Later, she served as a development executive for film, TV and commercial projects at Bruce Weber's Little Bear Films and produced the indie feature "Long Time Since."