Mark Adams Steps Down As Edinburgh Film Fest Artistic Director


After serving as artistic director of Edinburgh International Film Festival for five festivals, Mark Adams is stepping down from his role on 30 November.

Rod White, director of programming for EIFF’s parent charity, CMI, is set to work alongside the existing team in delivering EIFF’s 74th edition in 2020 (17 to 28 June). Recruitment for a new artistic director is due to begin next year, the festival has said.

The event was unable to confirm to us the length of Adams’ contract. During his tenure at EIFF overall admissions reached 70,000 in 2019. Innovations introduced included the People’s Premiere and delivering immersive cinema experiences.

Former journalist Adams said, “It’s been a real pleasure to work with the team in Edinburgh and help deliver the growth and development of EIFF over the last five festivals and to be instrumental in re-establishing its international profile. I have decided it is time to move on and look to new and exciting opportunities.”

Ken Hay, Chief Executive of EIFF, said, “Mark has played an important role in developing EIFF over the last 5 years, introducing innovative programming and reaching new audiences.  We are sorry to see him go, but are excited and ambitious for the future of EIFF.”

Sandy Begbie, Chair of EIFF, added, “Mark has worked tirelessly to ensure that EIFF remained relevant to old and new audiences alike. As we look forward to the future, we are hugely grateful for all that Mark has done for the Festival.”

Hay added about future plans, “I’m delighted that Rod has agreed to oversee the curation of the screenings program of the 2020 EIFF.  Rod has led the programming team at Filmhouse for the past 20 years, delivering a hugely rich and diverse program for an increasingly broad audience, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for our 74th edition.”

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