<i>Variety</i> critic named director of programming

Robert Koehler, longtime film critic and freelance writer for Variety and other publications, has been tapped director of programming for this year’s edition of AFI Fest.

Due to assume his duties in May, Koehler will work as the fest’s No. 2 under artistic director Rose Kuo and will scout for possible entries at numerous international festivals, beginning in Cannes.

Dates for this year’s fest aren’t yet finalized, but the event will run beginning at the end of October or early November.

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