With the departure of Wayne Carter after a decade as its executive director, the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival (FIN) has announced it is filling the position with the appointment of filmmaker Martha Cooley.
Cooley joins FIN from the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, where she was that organization’s executive director since 2013 and had oversight for the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival.
An alumnus of Dalhousie University and NSCC’s Screen Arts program, Cooley has sat on the boards of WIFT-AT (Women in Film and Television – Atlantic) and Screen Nova Scotia. She is also the current treasurer of the Independent Media Arts Alliance, a national umbrella organization for Canadian film co-ops and festivals.
As a filmmaker, Cooley produced her first feature film Murmur with writer/director Heather Young, featured at the opening night gala at the Atlantic International Film Festival in 2019.
“It’s such an exciting time to move into this role, as we regather in cinemas and outdoor screening venues, and I’m thankful for this opportunity to serve the film community in a new way,” says Cooley in a media release. “During my time at the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, I had the honour of being part of many filmmakers’ first experiences of filmmaking, and now at FIN, I’ll be part of how local and international films are recognized and celebrated with audiences.”
Cooley takes up the role on April 25 and will lead the organization with this year’s FIN Atlantic International Film Festival taking place September 15-22. Visit finfestival.ca for more information.