Kristy Matheson Named New Head of BFI London Film Festival  

The BFI London Film Festival has a new head.

The British Film Institute has named Kristy Matheson its festivals director, a role that see her lead the U.K.’s largest film festival (set to take place Oct. 4-15), and the BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival from the 2024 edition. Matheson joins the BFI from her recent role as creative director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and previous to that was director of film at Australia’s national museum of screen culture ACMI. 

Matheson replaces Tricia Tuttle, who announced that she was stepping down as festivals director just ahead of the London Film Festival’s 2023 edition last October. Tuttle had been in the role for five years (and spent 10 working at the BFI).

“Festivals provide filmmakers, artists and audiences with a moment to commune on a grand scale to experience ideas, ask big questions and celebrate together,” said Matheson.

“The BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare represent the very best of this spirit, exploring the depth of UK and global cinema, nurturing new talents, profiling our screen industries and connecting audiences to innovations in the moving image. I’m honored and excited to be joining this team, to work alongside colleagues who are leaders in their fields and bring a passion for connecting audiences to the full breadth of screen culture.” 

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