Ex-AFI Fest artistic director Rose Kuo (who is covering Sundance with screenwriter husband Larry Gross for Movie City News) has been named co-executive director of the Santa Fe Film Festival with Michael Hare.
In addition, she and her former AFI partners have also created a unique film festival consultancy, Festworks, which will provide consultation and services for film festival operations, development, programming and communications. Rose Kuo, festival producer David Rogers, head of press and public relations John Wildman and the festival’s director of programming Robert Koehler will have less hands-on responsibility for running their own festival in this new venture which will allow festivals to profit from their long experience.
Never before has such an endeavor been made available to festivals, although the International Film Festival Summit is also instituting a festival training course.
“The four of us share a great passion for the art of film, for film-makers and especially for the unique film viewing experience and interaction with those film-makers that film festivals offer the public,” Wildman said. “It’s our hope that through Festworks, we can help enhance the way things are done that will benefit both film maker and filmgoer and improve a way of seeing films that we truly love.”