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New York Film Festival ups Eugene Hernandez to director

Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) has named deputy executive director Eugene Hernandez as director of the New York Film Festival. Hernandez (pictured right) will be responsible for the strategic vision and ...
February 19, 2020

Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) has named deputy executive director Eugene Hernandez as director of the New York Film Festival.

Hernandez (pictured right) will be responsible for the strategic vision and direction of the event and serve on the festival’s selection committee. He takes up the role in addition to his current duties, which include leadership of FLC’s Artist, Industry and Education initiatives and serving as publisher of Film Comment.

The organization also expanded the role of Dennis Lim (left), FLC’s director of programming.

As director of programming for the festival, Lim will lead the event’s programming strategy, chairing the committee that selects the Main Slate among other sections, while continuing to oversee year-round programming for FLC.

Hernandez joined FLC in 2010 as the director of digital strategy before being promoted to deputy director in 2014, leading strategy and special programs for the organization.

Previously, he was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of IndieWire. Hernandez has also served as a juror at Sundance, SXSW and the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The executive has worked as a consultant for nonprofits such as the Creative Capital Foundation, and serves on the board of advisors for SXSW, SeriesFest and Art House Convergence. He is also a programming consultant for Key West Film Festival.

Lim joined FLC as director of programming in 2013, leading the organization’s year round curatorial strategy. During his tenure, he has co-chaired the New Directors/New Films selection committee, launched FLC’s annual Art of the Real festival and organized numerous programs.

He was previously the film editor of the Village Voice and the editorial director of the Museum of the Moving Image, and was the programmer of the 2010 Flaherty Film Seminar. He has served on multiple festival juries, including Sundance, Cannes Critics Week, Locarno, and San Sebastián, and is an advisor for the Berlinale, the Mumbai Film Festival and the Thessaloniki Film Festival.

Lim has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Artforum and Film Comment, and taught film studies at Harvard and arts criticism at NYU.

The 58th edition of the New York Film Festival runs Sept. 25 to Oct. 11.

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