Writers and directorstraining body Moonstone International has appointed Fiona Kinsella as managingdirector.

Kinsella, who replaces TaraHalloran, was most recently a project advisor at the Irish national filmtraining body FAS Screen Training Ireland and has 10 years experience in thefilm sector. She takes up the position at Moonstone this month.

Jonathan Olsberg,Moonstone's chairman, said that a key part of Kinsella's remitwould be to expand the body's activity in the newly-expanded Europe.

Moonstoneruns screen labs for experienced directors and screenwriters with the SundanceInstitute. The organisation is funded by sponsors such as BBC Scotland andEuropean subsidies, including the European Union's MEDIA programme.