The Galway Film Fleadh has promoted long-time staffer Gar O’Brien to be programmer of its 23rd edition.

O’Brien will take over from Felim from Felim Mac Dermott, who programmed the Fleadh from 2006-2010.

O’Brien, who is currently writing a PhD on cinema issues, said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to build upon the achievements of Felim and look forward to delivering an ever more varied and exciting programme for audiences both old and new.”

Miriam Allen, Managing Director of the Galway Film Fleadh, added, “I wish Felim all the best and thank him for his amazing contribution to the Fleadh over the past five years and I look forward to working closely with Gar over the coming months to deliver the 23rd Galway Film Fleadh. Gar’s passion for film is both inexhaustible and infectious and I am certain he will bring his unparalleled enthusiasm and devotion for all kinds of cinema to this position.”

The 23rd Galway Film Fleadh will be held July 5-10, 2011.