Tribeca names Cannes’ Frederic Boyer artistic director

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The Tribeca Film Festival has named the Cannes Film Festival veteran Frederic Boyer to its newly created position of artistic director. Boyer had previously run Cannes’ directors’ fortnight program, serving as its artistic director and head of programming.

Tribeca’s move comes in the wake of the departure of its longtime director of programming, David Kwok, earlier this month. As part of the reshuffling, the organization has promoted senior programmer Genna Terranova to the director of programming position.

In announcing the Boyer hire, it also said that Geoff Gilmore, the Sundance veteran who for the past several years has served as chief creative officer of Tribeca’s parent company Tribeca Enterprises, will now ”take on a more active role in overseeing the [Tribeca] program.”

Tribeca, which was created in 2002 by Robert De Niro and producing partner Jane Rosenthal, takes place every spring in New York and showcases a range of documentary and feature programming. Over the years it has been a launching pad for independent-film hits such as ‘Let the Right One In’ and ‘Transamerica.’ Boyer is expected to bring a world-cinema bent to the festival’s slate.



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