Fujiwara launched his tenure in 2012 to much praise after a 2011 edition that was largely vilified.
Under Fujiwara’s watch, Edinburgh admissions increased by 33%, reaching 46,000 in 2014. The popular Audience Award was reinstated, along with the Michael Powell Award for best new British feature film and the award for best documentary feature film.
“It’s been a genuine honor to work with the team in Edinburgh and contribute to the rebirth of EIFF over the last three years. However, I have decided to step down from my role at the festival to pursue other activities,” said Fujiwara in a statement.
The process of finding a new AD is already under way, with the intention of the new recruit to be in place for the 2015 edition, which will take place June 17-28. The programming team, led by deputy artistic director Diane Henderson will program the 2015 festival.