Former EFM topper named exec director

Karen Arikian, co-director of the Berlin fest’s European Film Market, has been named exec director of the Hamptons Film Festival.

After attending Hamptons’ 15th edition, which runs today through Sunday, as an observer, Arikian will assume her new post in March.

Her presence answers questions about the event’s direction that have swirled since the spring departures of longtime executive director Denise Kassell and artistic director Rajendra Roy.

Prior to joining the EFM in 2002, Arikian was head of the New York office for Berlin-based TiMe Film und TV Produktion, a financing and production company. She produced two films for TiMe, “Deeply,” starring Kirsten Dunst, and “The Unscarred,” starring James Russo, and has other titles in development.

She also worked at WNET-TV, the Independent Feature Project and Bruce Weber’s Little Bear Films. In 1997, she independently produced the feature “Long Time Since,” with Julian Sands and Paulina Porizkova. It screened in Toronto in 1998 and as a special presentation at Lincoln Center the following year.

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