He will leave his post as director of the Fribourg Festival after the festival’s 25th edition.

Edouard Waintrop, current director of the Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF), will be leaving the post after the festival’s 25th edition (March 19-16) to become the new director of the Centre d’animation cinématographique Voltaire (CAC Voltaire) in Geneva.

FIFF President Ruth Lüthi thanked Waintrop for “his excellent knowledge of non-European and minority filmmaking, his impressive instinct and his wide-ranging network” which he had brought to Fribourg since becoming its director in 2007.

November 7 has been set as an application deadline for those interested in succeeding Waintrop at FIFF from May 1, 2011.

As in previous years, the two-screen arthouse cinema CAC Voltaire is one of main screening venues for the forthcoming Cinema Tous Ecrans (Cinema For All Screens) festival which explores the synergies between cinema, television and new media.

The next edition running from November 1-7 wil be the first under the new festival director, the Swiss-American Claudia Durgnat. Apart from competition sections dedicated to feature films, TV series, shorts and new media, there will be a special focus on the French composer Alexandre Desplat.