Edinburgh Film Festival Names Artistic Director

Mark Adams Edinburgh Film Festival

Mark Adams takes over from Chris Fujiwara

U.K. film critic Mark Adams has been appointed artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, taking over from Chris Fujiwara, who stepped down in September.

Adams has previously been head of programming at National Film Theater and director of cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, both in London, and has programmed for numerous international film festivals.

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"We are delighted to have Mark joining the team," said EIFF CEO Ken Hay in a statement. "His passion for film, his fantastic experience as a programmer, journalist and critic, along with his reputation in the U.K. and internationally make him the ideal choice to drive the future success of the Festival."

The 69th edition of the festival is due to take place June 17-28, 2015.