Arikian heads up Hamptons Fest


NEW YORK -- After an eight-month search, the Hamptons International Film Festival has appointed Karen Arikian as 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 BIFF's official US/East Coast delegate, pre-selecting US indies for its official competition slate. Arikian will also continue consulting on film fest marketing for European Film Promotion. She begins her new position in March and will attend various events during this week's fest.

Ten-year HIFF vet 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, she will be responsible for managing fest finances, fundraising and operations, developing board relations and implementing the HIFF Screenwriter's Conference. She has been an HIFF advisor for several years.

Before joining the EFM in 2002, Karen 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 served as Market Director and Executive Director. Later she served as a development exec for film, tv and commercial projects for Bruce Weber's Little Bear Films and produced the indie feature "Long Time Since."