The 2022 BFI London Film Festival – which kicks off in two days – is losing its director.
Tricia Tuttle, who has led the festival for the past five years in the role of BFI Festival Director (which also includes overseeing the BFI Flair LGBTQUIA+ Festival), has announced that she is stepping down from her role at the British Film Institute after 10 years. .
Tuttle will deliver this year’s edition – which begins with a world premiere on October 5 Matilda The Musical by Roald Dahl – and remain in his post until early 2023 while the BFI searches for a replacement.
“I have loved my time at the BFI and as our Festivals Director. It is a profound and genuine privilege to lead the BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival, and makes me a passionate film fan and a senior leader in an organization that works professionally in film,” said Tuttle. . “I took the role knowing that I believe in cultural revival. I quickly came to influence with the aim of opening up our festivals to more people and then passing the baton. And I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished in these 5 years, especially given the absolutely wild challenges we’ve faced! I am leaving on a high and with a lot of love for the people and the work of the organization. “
Under Tuttle’s leadership, he laid out a five-year strategy for the London Film Festival, which saw audiences grow by 76 per cent from 2019, while the event expanded across the UK, compared with 39 per cent of audiences coming from outside London in 2021. to 10 percent two years ago. The festival has moved from Leicester Square to its new gala venue at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.
“Tricia has been the driving force behind the transformation of the BFI London Film Festival over the past five years and it couldn’t be more important and vital right now,” said BFI Chief Executive Ben Roberts. “I want to thank the LFF and BFI for their creative leadership in embracing the LFF and BFI flair in the face of huge external challenges, creating a truly UK-wide reach physically and digitally, putting us on the international stage and bringing incredible film to audiences. Experiences. Most importantly Tricia is a super smart, A generous and collaborative leader and colleague, she leaves behind an incredible team and we celebrate her success at her final festival this year.