Rotterdam co-topper joining Illuminations

Field to produce series of film's for Vienna celebrations

ROTTERDAM — Simon Field, co-director of the Intl. Film Festival Rotterdam, will become director of the U.K.’s Illuminations Films after he steps down from his current slot when the 12-day fest shutters Feb. 1.

Arthouse TV-film outfit Illuminations is run by Keith Griffiths and John Wyver.

On the front burner, Field is set to act as executive producer, along with producer Griffiths, on an ambitious new series of films to be commissioned for the city of Vienna’s celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart in 2006.

Films will be part of a series of new commissions in music, architecture and film being made under the artistic direction of U.S. legit luminary Peter Sellars for his anniversary project New Crowned Hope.

Illuminations has produced films by, among others, Jan Svankmajer, the Quay brothers, Chris Petit and Patrick Keiller.

Field will, however, remain tied to IFFR as a member of the selection committee of the Hubert Bals Fund, a grant pool that supports non-Western pic development, post and distribution.

Field was head of the film department of the Institute of Contemporary Art in London prior to taking up his current post in 1996.

Sandra Den Hamer, who has been co-director with Field for several years, will become general director of IFFR on March 1.

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