Rebecca Yeldham is officially set to take the reins at the Los Angeles Film Festival, as recently announced by Film Independent. Yeldham takes over from interim co-directors Rachel Rosen and Sean McManus, who presided over the search for a replacement for the festival’s original director, Richard Raddon.
Raddon had left his post as director over the controversy surrounding his support for Proposition 8, the law banning gay marriage in California. His replacement, Yeldham, has the complete support of her colleagues.
‘Rebecca has a wide range of experience in the industry and she’s an inspiring leader,’ said Film Independent’s Executive Director, Dawn Hudson, in a recent statement. ‘She has been intimately involved in the building of this festival and the organization over the last nine years as a Film Independent Board member.’
‘There is such a desire to come together and celebrate our unique city, community and industry, to bridge differences and champion great filmmaking and film-going experiences,’ Yeldham said in a recent press release from Film Independent.
Before accepting directorship over the LAFF, Yeldham had spent several years serving as a board member, organizer and a judge for other film festivals, and had programmed the Sundance Film Festival from 1997-2001. Yeldham still works as an independent film producer, with her recent work including such films as The Kite Runner, The Motorcycle Diaries, and the Canadian heavy metal doc Anvil! The Story of Anvil.