London Film Festival Head Clare Stewart Taking Yearlong Sabbatical

Clare Stewart P 2012

Deputy head Tricia Tuttle is stepping up as interim artistic director, while Anne-Marie Flynn will become interim managing director.

Clare Stewart, head of festivals for the British Film Institute and the artistic director of the BFI London Film Festival, is taking a yearlong sabbatical from her position, it was announced Friday,

In her absence, a management reshuffle will see Tricia Tuttle, currently deputy head of festivals and the head of the LGBT-focused BFI Flare, become interim artistic director, while head of business and industry Anne-Marie Flynn will become the fest's interim managing director. 

Stewart has headed up six London Film Festivals, helping transform the event and bring about dramatic audience growth by reinventing the program, shortening the festival, adding U.K.-wide screenings and more headline galas and overseeing the recent introduction of a new temporary cinema at Embankment Gardens. 

“Delivering both our festivals has been a truly collaborative team effort, and I am fortunate to work with hugely talented colleagues on LFF and Flare," Stewart said in a statement. "Anne-Marie and Tricia have been instrumental in successfully implementing changes, which have dramatically increased the reach and impact of LFF and Flare. I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved together and I am entirely confident they will provide strong leadership for BFI Festivals in the year ahead."