The veteran producer and Film Independent board member replaces Rebecca Yeldham, who stepped down recently for personal reasons.

Allain will work closely with festival managing director Gloria Campbell, artistic director David Ansen, associate director of programming Doug Jones, senior programmer Maggie Mackay and programming Coordinator Jenn Wilson.

“Stephanie has served on the Film Independent Board of Directors since 2007 and been involved in many aspects of the organisation,” co-president Sean McManus said. “She’s chaired the Spirit Awards nominating committee and been a huge supporter of Project Involve, as well as our year-round educational programmes.”

McManus added: “We so appreciate all that Rebecca has done to grow the Los Angeles Film Festival into what it is today, and usher it into its new, vibrant home downtown. Rebecca’s creativity, taste, and warmth attracted top-notch filmmakers to the festival, and she departs with a world-class curatorial team in place.”

“My passion for Film Independent has only grown over the years, and I couldn’t be happier to become even more involved in an organisation that puts filmmakers first and supports them in specific and tangible ways,” Allain said. “The Los Angeles Film Festival is a unique celebration of cinema and a hub for filmmakers and film lovers, especially for those of us who live and work in the film industry. I can’t wait to dive in and develop creative ways in which we can expand the festival and its programmes.”

Allain produced Hustle & Flow and Hurricane Season, among others, and is a former svp of production at Columbia Pictures