Berg’s current position as artistic director, BFI Southbank is set to disappear when it is merged with the artistic director, LFF position into the bigger “head of exhibition” role, to be taken over by Clare Stewart.

Eddie Berg has been appointed to the newly created role of director of partnerships at the BFI.

He will take up the role from September, leading the partnerships and new business opportunities teams, reporting to BFI deputy chief executive Tim Cagney.

Berg’s current role of artistic director, BFI Southbank is to be merged with the role of artistic director of the LFF role (currently held by Sandra Hebron) into one new position, head of exhibition. That post will be taken up by former director of the Sydney Film Festival Clare Stewart. Meanwhile Sandra Hebron has taken the decision to leave the BFI after her final LFF in October.

Berg has held the role of artistic director, BFI Southbank, since 2005, during which time he was responsible for the expansion of the National Film Theatre into the BFI Southbank. Prior to the BFI Berg was the founder and chief executive of FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool.

Berg said he was “thrilled to take on this new role which will be critical in extending the BFI’s reach and in enhancing its reputation for cultural and commercial innovation both nationally and internationally.’