Even though the Sundance Film Festival officially concluded just weeks ago, there’s still a lot of action in Park City, Utah. The festival’s longtime director, Geoffrey Gilmore, has announced that he is resigning from his position as of February 28th. Yet he won’t be joining the ranks of unemployed Americans—he’s already been hired as the chief creative officer for Tribeca Enterprises.
Gilmore had been a part of the Sundance Institute since 1990. As the festival director, he has not only helped program the lineup for America’s premier independent film festival, but taken steps to improve Sundance as well. He embraced the festival’s world cinema program, recognized the importance of independent producers and expanded the Sundance Industry Office. Gilmore also pushed for the use of the latest presentation technology for the festival, which could be why he is so widely praised.
“I have both a personal fondness for Geoff that comes from working together for two decades, as well as a deep respect for his encyclopedic knowledge of and total commitment to independent film,” says Robert Redford, president of the Sundance Institute and founder of the Sundance Film Festival.
Along with his contributions to Sundance, Gilmore has also worked on international film juries such as the Saravejo and Berlin International Film Festivals. Before he landed in Utah, he worked as the head of UCLA’s Film and Television Archive’s Program for 15 years.
Now that Gilmore is joining the Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro team in New York, the Tribeca Film Festival just got even stronger.