Patrick De Bokay is to succeed Nicole Guillemet as director of the Miami International Film Festival. Guillemet had announced last year that she would be leaving the festival after this year's event which finished yesterday (Sunday).

French-born De Bokay's career has principally been in film marketing and advertising and has held jobs such as director of marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Theatrical in Paris and as vice president of international marketing for Turner Pictures Worldwide Distribution in Los Angeles.

He was also executive director of the first Bangkok International Film Festival in 2003. Most recently he ran his own global marketing consultancy from Los Angeles and Paris.

'I am extremely pleased and honored to serve as director of the Miami International Film Festival which is renowned worldwide and has so much potential for even greater prominence,' said de Bokay. 'It's wonderful to accept a position with such a great Festival team in place and an acclaimed college, Miami Dade College, as its home.'

'I look forward to continuing the strong programming that Nicole and the team have put in place over the last several years,' said de Bokay in a statement. 'I also look forward to bringing the Festival even closer to the dynamic community where it resides.'

Guillemet meanwhile has moved to New York where she is resuming her career in consulting with festivals, film-makers and film productions.

'I am proud of what we have all accomplished in the last five years,' she said. 'The international reputation of the Festival, the quality of the competition categories, the Encuentros program, and the Knight Grand Jury cash awards have served to elevate MIFF to one of the best festivals in North America.'