Hewison ankling Melbourne fest

Former marketing exec has not lined up his next job

SYDNEY- Melbourne Film Fest exec director James Hewison has announced the 2006 festival next July will be his last.

The former marketing exec with the Australian Broadcasting Corp and Palace Cinemas has not lined up his next job but does not rule out moving into production. He also intends to spend more time with his large brood.

“It’s a good time to move on, I want to keep being challenged,” he told Variety.

During his tenure at the helm of Australia’s leading film festival, Hewison oversaw growth in attendance from 130,000 to 170,000, introduced a fledgling marketplace and a program to foster budding Aussie and Kiwi filmmakers.

MIFF will advertise for a new executive director in coming months.

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