Shane Danielsen joins Taormina festival

Former director of festivals in Sydney, Edinburgh

BERLIN -- Shane Danielsen, former director of the Edinburgh and the Sydney film festivals, has taken over as senior programmer for the Taormina Film Festival.

The festival has set June 12-19 as the dates for the 56th installment of the Sicilian event.

For the fourth time, the festival is being directed by The Hollywood Reporter's chief international film critic, Deborah Young.

More Berlin coverage  

Berlinale chief Dieter Kosslick has been confirmed as a member of the official jury, which will award the Golden Tauro and other prizes to films from the Mediterranean.

"I'm very proud to be working with Deborah and her team at Taormina, and grateful that she saw a use for the undiagnosed monomania -- the simple fear of missing something that might make my heart beat a little faster -- which finds me constantly watching movies, old and new, from all around the world," Danielsen said.

"I am delighted at the way the 56th festival is shaping up," Young said. "With Shane, we have assembled a strong new team, and will shortly announce a number of major films that will be debuting in Taormina."