The Copenhagen International Film Festival, which had its first run earlier this autumn, has appointed 35-year-old Lone Korslund as its new head of programming.

She replaces Michael Soeby, who decided to leave for personal reasons after putting together the first programme.

Korslund has worked as a manager at a number of cinemas in Copenhagen, including Scala, Dagmar Teatret and Kinopalaet. She has been a consultant to the festival since its beginning.

"Now that we are in the midst of laying the foundation for 2004, it is great to get such an experienced person as Lone on the team," says festival director Janne Giese.

"After the evaluation of the first Danish international film festival with our partners, we are happy to know that we have their backing next year as well."

The festival has yet to set dates for the event next year, but has taken into consideration that this year's festival didn't live up to the anticipated admission numbers.

"It is a new and exiting challenge to be able to work full time for the film festival," says Korslund. "Among other things my ambition is to put together a programme which can attract a broader selection of the Danish cinemagoers."