McGill exits Edinburgh festival

Artistic director to leave after four years

LONDON — Hannah McGill has ankled her post as artistic director of the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival.

The Scottish native took the post up in 2006 and curated her first fest in 2007 and prior to that she was a program consultant for five years with the fest and a pic critic at The Herald newspaper.

During her time with EIFF, McGill programmed award-winning pics such as “Control,” “Moon,” “Man on Wire” and “The Hurt Locker,” and Hollywood pics such as “Knocked Up,” Stardust” and “Toy Story 3.”

She also facilitated the fest’s move out of the August Edinburgh Festival season into its own standalone slot in June.

High-profile patrons such as Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle and Seamus McGarvey have all joined the fest during McGill’s tenure.

The fest said it will begin recruitment for her successor soon and McGill would be on hand to provide support for the fest until later in the year.

McGill said: “I love EIFF and have been privileged to be a part of it. I’m very proud of what the team achieved during my time as artistic director and I take away a great many happy memories. I wish the festival the very best for the next phase and I look forward to being in the audience.”

Iain Smith, EIFF chair, said the fest was “sad to see her go.”

This isn’t the first time the fest has seen a change in management this year: In January, the fest’s managing director Ginnie Atkinson ankled her post to pursue new projects.

The next edition of the festival will run from June 15 to June 26, 2011.

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