Former Edinburgh Film Fest programmer Aida LiPera has joined New York-based Visit Films as manager of acquisitions and festivals.

LiPera is a native New Yorker who spent five years in the UK and co-produced Edinburgh's Mirrorball strand, curating a variety of cinemas programmes and live events.

In September 2007 she served as head of the jury for the inaugural MusicXine International Film Contest in Finland, awarding Eu10,000 to the best feature documentary. She has also worked stints at IFP Independent Film Week and the Hamptons International Film Festival.