Tricia Tuttle Named Permanent Director of London Film Festival

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Tuttle replaces Clare Stewart, who has decided not to return after a yearlong sabbatical.

Tricia Tuttle has been appointed director of British Film Institute festivals, taking over from Clare Stewart, who departs after six years. 

The news was announced before the world premiere of Stan & Ollie on the closing night of the 62nd BFI London Film Festival, which Tuttle had led as interim head after Stewart announced she was taking a yearlong sabbatical after the 2017 edition. Stewart's decision not to return will see Tuttle step into the position — which also encompasses the BFI's LGBTQ+ film festival Flare — in December. 

”I congratulate Tricia Tuttle on her new role,” said Amanda Nevill, BFI CEO. ”She has done an astounding job leading the BFI London Film Festival this year with great skill and imagination and she has delivered a truly world class festival. I’m very excited to see where she takes the LFF in future years.”

Tuttle previously spent five years as the BFI's deputy head of festivals, and prior to that was at BAFTA for five years. 

Added Nevill: "After six amazing years at the helm, Clare Stewart has completely transformed the festival at home and internationally and I want to pay tribute to her energy and vision. She has been a force of nature and I wish her all the best with her next adventure."

Alongside Stewart, the LFF's managing director Anne-Marie Flynn is also stepping down.