LFF Artistic Director Sandra Hebron Leaves Her Role

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The BFI has announced that Sandra Hebron is to step down as artistic director of the BFI London Film Festival. One of the most highly regarded festival directors in the industry, Sandra has worked on the BFI London Film Festival and the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival for 14 years.

Commenting on her decision, Hebron said: "Heading up the BFI's festival team has been a privileged and pleasurable role. I'm very proud of everything we’ve achieved, and indebted to the many filmmakers and industry professionals who have helped us develop and raise the profile of the LFF. Leaving the BFI at such an exciting time has been a tough decision, but I’m keen to develop my skills. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to presenting this year's LFF."

Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive at the BFI, said: "Sandra has transformed the BFI London Film Festival into the most exciting two weeks for film in the UK's cultural calendar and her departure is a great loss to the BFI. But she leaves behind a fantastic legacy; a festival with an outstanding international reputation and a highly skilled and creative team. I know that she will make our 55th BFI London Film Festival her best yet and a wonderful parting gift to all of us who care about and love film and we wish her every success for the future."

The 55th London Film Festival will take place from Wednesday 12th October until Thursday 27th October 2011.