EIFF loses another senior figure

Richard Bodsworth 15 October, 2010 0

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has lost another high ranking employee as festival chairman Iain Smith has resigned from his role.

The BAFTA award-winning producer whose impressive credits include Local Hero, The Fifth Element, Spy Game, Children of Men, and this year’s A- Team adaptation took on the role two years ago after spending a further two years on the board. He brought with him a wealth of experience, serving on many boards including the UK Film Council and Scottish Screen.  Smith is quoted as saying:

My growing commitments as a producer have meant my time is limited, so regrettably I have decided to step down as a board member for the film festival.

I will always have a place in my heart for the festival and will continue to be on hand to offer my advice and support. As a producer, I am always looking for new talent, and there is no question that Edinburgh is the place to find the very best.

It’s been a difficult few months for the EIFF as we discussed back in August. The announcement of funding cuts was followed by the resignations of both Artistic Director Hannah McGill and Managing Director Ginnie Atkinson since new parent body, Centre for the Moving Image, took control earlier this year. The company have recently recruited former festival director Mark Cousins and Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton in advisory roles.

Although Smith says he needs to spend more time on his film projects, following the festival’s recent announcements could there be more to the story or are we simply fishing?   Could this be a sign of further turmoil, or simply an indication of the festival heading in a new direction?

Source: The Scotsman