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SFFILM bolsters leadership team ahead of 62nd annual festival

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) has bolstered its executive ranks with two major additions to the organization. Nion McEvoy (pictured left) has been elevated to the role of president ...
December 21, 2018

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) has bolstered its executive ranks with two major additions to the organization.

Nion McEvoy (pictured left) has been elevated to the role of president of the board of directors, replacing outgoing board president David Winton.

McEvoy currently serves as the chairman and CEO of San Francisco-based publisher Chronicle Books. Prior to this, McEvoy previously worked across the business affairs departments of the William Morris Agency and of Wescom Productions. Through Petaluma Projects, the executive has been involved with such acclaimed films as Chasing Coral, Dark Money, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor?.

Meanwhile, former Sundance Institute executive Elizabeth O’Malley (right) will join the San Francisco International Film Festival as its managing director ahead of the 2019 edition.

O’Malley brings 10 years of arts administration experience to SFFILM, having previously worked for such cultural institutions as Sundance, Skirball Cultural Center and Laguna Playhouse. Most recently, she served as executive director of San Francisco’s Roxie Theater where she was responsible for overseeing the non-profit cinema’s efforts toward sustained organizational growth and community funding in the Bay Area.

McEvoy and O’Malley will work alongside executive director Noah Cowan to help lead the SSFILM team ahead of the 62nd annual SFFILM Festival, running April 10 to 23, 2019.

Both postings will be effective in January.

“Nion is uniquely qualified to lead SFFILM,” said Winton in a statement. “He has deep roots in the film industry, and is a notable producer in his own right. He is also closely connected with the Bay Area’s filmmaking and creative community, and will ensure SFFILM continues to grow as one of the most dynamic cultural institutions in the country.”

“I could not be more delighted to welcome these exceptional individuals deeper into the SFFILM family,” added Cowan. “Both have a fierce commitment to the art and power of film. We’re very lucky to have Nion and Liz in the fold and I cannot wait to collaborate with them in building the future of SFFILM.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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