The board of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) announced today that Al Cossar will be stepping into the role of Artistic Director. This follows Cossar’s term as interim Director while prior appointee Michelle Carey took maternity leave. Cossar will officially assume the role in October.
“I’ve experienced the festival as a square-eyed fan and film obsessive, as a volunteer, as its Programmer, and this year as its Associate Artistic Director,” Cossar says. “I am both thrilled and honoured to take up this new role as Artistic Director in an organisation that I love.”
Cossar was effusive in his praise of Carey, who is relocating to Germany after eight years at MIFF, saying, “I wish to recognise the extraordinary direction and dedication of Michelle Carey, who has driven the festival to new audiences, new initiatives, and across the board to new heights. Hers is a legacy that leaves MIFF with an incredible reputation; full of possibility.”
MIFF Board Chair Claire Dobbin said, “Having known and admired him as the festival’s Programmer and more recently as our interim Artistic Director, I’m delighted that Al Cossar is our next Artistic Director. Al’s encyclopaedic knowledge of cinema, deep understanding of festivals, his curatorial rigour and vision for the future of MIFF made him an irresistible choice.
This year’s Melbourne International Film Festival runs from August 2 – 19. For more info, head to the official site.