Liz Manne, longtime independent film marketing executive, has been appointed executive director of FilmAid International. FilmAid, founded by producer Caroline Baron during the Balkan crisis of 1999, uses film to educate and bring hope to refugees and communities in need around the world.

Manne co-founded Fine Line Features with Ira Deutchman and later became EVP of programming and marketing for Robert Redford’s Sundance Channel and an adviser to HBO Films. She most recently was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, focusing on cultural diplomacy. She’s also on the board of directors of Mountainfilm in Telluride and is an AMPAS member. Her producing credits include 3 Backyards, The Heart of the Game and Lucky.

“Liz brings to FilmAid an unbeatable combination of leadership talent, film industry savvy and a long-standing commitment to social justice,” said FilmAid’s Baron. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have her at the helm.”

Said Manne: “My greatest hope is to encourage the participation of friends and volunteers from every corner of the film community.”