Hannah McGill is moving on from her role as artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. She took the post in 2006 and curated her first festival in 2007.

Before that, Scotland native McGill was a consultant to EIFF for five years and also a film critic for The Herald newspaper.

EIFF said it will soon recruit for her successor.

During her time at EIFF, she programmed films including Control, Moon, Man On Wire, Toy Story 3, Stardust and Death Proof; and she also was part of the festival’s move from an August slot to June dates.

This is the second big leadership change at EIFF this year, following Ginnie Atkinson’s stepping down as MD of the festival in January 2010.

The festival is now under the parent umbrella of Scotland’s new Centre for the Moving Image, which is headed by CEO Gavin Miller.

McGill said in a statement: “I love EIFF and have been privileged to be a part of it. I’m very proud of what the team achieved during my time as Artistic Director, and I take away a great many happy memories. I wish the Festival the very best for its next phase - and I look forward to being in the audience.”

Iain Smith, Chair of the EIFF, said:  “We are immensely sad to see Hannah go, but wish her the very best for her future career. She has been a huge asset to the Festival and we thank her for all her hard work over what has been a significant four years for the Festival.”

The 2011 EIFF will June 15-26.