Italian-born Tiziana Finzi is to leave her post at the Locarno Film Festival team after nine years citing 'personal reasons.'

A graduate in Architecture and History of Cinema at the universities of Venice and Trieste, Finzi joined Locarno in 1999 when she became the chief programmer for the Filmmakers of the Present, Video Competition and In Progress sections.

In 2006, she became Head of Programming, a delegate of the Artistic Direction, and the director of the Play Forward sidebar.

Last week, festival president Marco Solari announced that the board had decided unanimously to appoint Oliver Pere from Cannes' Quinzaine des Realisateurs as the successor to Frederic Maire as artistic director from September 2009.