Rebecca Yeldham heads L.A. Film Festival

Has served on Film Independent's executive board

Rebecca Yeldham has been named director of the Los Angeles Film Festival. She steps into the role vacated by Richard Radon, who resigned from the fest, presented by Film Independent, amid controversy over a contribution in support of Proposition 8 campaign.

Rachel Rosen, who along with Sean McManus, had been serving as co-director during the search for a new director, will continue in her previous position as director of programming, while McManus will continue in his previous post as senior director.

Yeldham, who has been serving on Film Independent's executive board, is filmmaker Walter Salles' producing partner and is developing a film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road and is in postproduction on the doc "Searching for the Road." Her credits also include Marc Forster's "The Kite Runner," Salles' "Linha de Passe" and "The Motorcycle Diaries" and Sacha Gervasi's "Anvil! The Story of Anvil."

Before becoming an indie producer, Yeldham was senior vp production at FilmFour, heading up its U.S. production wing.

She has also participated in several international film festival juries and selection committees, including the Spirit Awards, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and the Buenos Aires International Film Festival. From 1997-2001, she was the senior programmer of the Sundance Film Festival and associate director of the Sundance Institute's International Programs.

"Rebecca has a wide range of experience in the industry and she's an inspiring leader -- her many talents make her a natural fit for the Los Angeles Film Festival," Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson said. "She has been intimately involved in the building of this festival and the organization over the last nine years as a Film Independent board member. Rebecca shares our vision of expanding the festival within Los Angeles and the global film community by introducing audiences to unique filmmakers and their films."

The 2009 edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival will take place from June 18-28 in Westwood Village.