Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has appointed Al Cossar as its new artistic director from October 2018.
Cossar is the interim artistic director for this year’s festival while Michelle Carey is on maternity leave. She has spent eight years in the role and is now relocating to Germany.
Cossar has been involved with the festival for almost a decade, as a volunteer, programmer and associate artistic director.
“Both MIFF and Victorian audiences have benefitted from the extraordinary vision of Michelle Carey,” said MIFF board chair Claire Dobbin. “She brought unseen and unforgettable worlds to us all and we will miss her.”
“Al’s encyclopaedic knowledge of cinema, deep understanding of festivals, his curatorial rigour and vision for the future of MIFF made him an irresistible choice,” she continued.
“I look forward to continuing Michelle’s work in building MIFF as an incredible centre for cinema, a champion of Australian talent; a diverse, inclusive and a welcoming destination for audiences,” said Cossar.
Melbourne Film Festival runs August 2-19; the full programme will be revealed on July 10.