Edinburgh film fest boss steps down

Ginnie Atkinson to leave after 15 years at the helm of EIFF

LONDON -- Longtime Edinburgh International Film Festival managing director Ginnie Atkinson is parting company with the event she has produced for 15 years.

Atkinson also steps down as the CEO of the Scottish capital's independent cinema Filmhouse, a standalone theater venue that has become the home of the festival.

Atkinson told THR her departure to pursue new projects was down to timing and the fact she wanted a change after 15 years at the helm of the EIFF.

The company established to manage the festival and the FIlmhouse will likely restructure with Atkinson's old roles united as a standalone job.

Both the EIFF and Filmhouse have management teams and vibrant brands on which they will continue to build.

Atkinson said: "Edinburgh is a very special film festival and it has been a real privilege to work with the hundreds of staff that make it happen every year and in particular the four artistic directors in their turn and the core teams. Bringing the Filmhouse and the EIFF into closer partnership over the last few years has been an exciting and creative job and this is a perfect juncture at which to pass the baton on and to widen my own horizons."