EAST HAMPTON, NY (November 28th, 2012) – The Hamptons International Film Festival announced today the appointment of Anne Chaisson as the new executive director. Chaisson, who has long been associated with the Festival, serving as Advisory Co-Chair since 2003, will begin her new post at the end of November. The festival has also promoted David Nugent to artistic director. Nugent has served as director of programming at the festival since 2008. He has also been teaching Documentary film history, and American Independent film history at The New School since 2004.
Over the past decade, Chaisson has spearheaded the corporate fundraising efforts for such organizations as The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Nantucket Film Festival, as well as the Hamptons International Film Festival. She has worked with a multitude of Fortune 500 companies including Salomon Smith Barney, MasterCard International, American Airlines, Bentley, HBO, Royal Bank of Canada, BMW, Stella Artois, Elie Tahari, Tissot, and Nestle. She also produced the annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards (2010-2011). Chaisson possess a strong affinity for film education, co-founding an independent film school called The Reel School (1996-2000) and continuing to produce a student film workshop each summer in conjunction with the Hamptons International Film Festival and Guild Hall in East Hampton. She is a member of the IFP Producers Group and New York Women in Film and Television.