Anderson has been a film critic in New York since 2000, when she began writing regularly for The Village Voice. She was film editor and a film critic at Time Out New York from November 2005 to January 2009 and is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and a frequent contributor to Film Comment magazine.
'Melissa Anderson is one of the most perceptive critics writing in America today,' Pena said. 'She will, I'm sure, be invaluable to the New York Film Festival.'
Meanwhile The Film Society announced that the festival will return to its traditional home, the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall, for its 47th edition that runs from September 25-October 11.