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Martin-Dominguez to head Seville

Festival is dedicated to European films

MADRID — Producer-director, journalist and longtime RTVE exec Javier Martin-Dominguez has been appointed artistic director of the 100% European Seville Film Festival.

He replaces Manuel Grosso, who reportedly fell out with the Andalusian regional and Seville town hall authorities over budgetary issues.

A Spaniard, Martin Dominguez brings a lengthy and cosmopolitan resume to the table.

He is a masters graduate in media from New York’s New School for Social Research University, served from 1979 to 1989 as the New York correspondent for Spanish pubcaster RTVE, has repped RTVE with the European Broadcasting Union, and lectured at European Union initiatives such as European Films Crossing Borders workshops.

Among top RTVE exec posts, Martin-Dominguez also worked as director of RTVE’s international theme channels.

The Seville fest includes a competish featuring Spanish preems of recent Euro pics. The European Film Academy traditionally announces European Film Awards noms at the fest.

Martin-Dominguez’s appointment isn’t likely to alter the festival’s main thrust as a European cinema platform, nor its November dates.

Focusing on contempo Euro fare, Seville has rapidly consolidated, proving a hit with local auds.

But a new management team, which will be officially presented mid-June, may allow the fest to broaden its base, its impact in Spain and abroad, and its industrial heft.

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