Hollywood Hills News
Film Festival Appoints New Executive Director
By Kyle Maloney
Mar 25, 2013 - 1:18:07 PM

HOLLYWOOD—The co-founder and former executive director of AFI Fest, Slamdance and other highly acclaimed film festivals, Jon Fitzgerald, was heralded the new executive director of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Festival.

According to Carlos de Abreu, founder of the Hollywood Film Festival, Jon’s “experience in the online, film festival and worldwide film communities will be a great asset to the growth and new direction of our Festival.”


The Hollywood Film Festival was created to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community, according to its website, along with the prospect of “discovering embryonic filmmakers.”
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Executive Director Jon Fitzgerald. Courtesy Alex Farnum.


This year’s festival will implement a new “bridge,” one that will serve as a more viable platform for independent filmmakers. The Hollywood Network program will permit a series of conferences between independent filmmakers and professionals of the Hollywood industry. Along with this, the festival plans to merge Hollywood Gives Back with CineCause, two showcases that honor filmmakers who have supported causes around the world.


One of the pioneering components to this year’s festival is the element of online streaming for a few privileged short films. This will present Internet viewing opportunities to industry professionals and the online community.


Fitzgerald will be collaborating with Abreu in the oversight of the festival although he will be in charge of development, artistic direction, programming, marketing and the Hollywood Gives Back/CineCause Project.


“I’m very excited to have the chance to build on the success of the Hollywood Film Festival,” Fitzgerald said. “Filmmakers will have opportunities to expand their connections, leverage entertainment to recognize important causes and broaden their reach to the online community, here in the film capital of the world.”


The 2013 Hollywood Film Festival will take place October 17-21 at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood.


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