ACMI appoints James Hewison to head up film programs

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by anonymous on Tuesday 15 March 2016.

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ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) has appointed film industry specialist James Hewison as its new Head of Film Programs.

Announcing the appointment today, ACMI Director and CEO, Katrina Sedgwick, said Hewison’s experience and drive make him an asset to ACMI.

“I’m delighted to be welcoming James Hewison to ACMI as our Head of Film Programs. James is one of the best film programmers around; he has a bold curatorial vision, extensive experience across the film industry and an exceptional track record of successes.”

“I have no doubt that with James at the helm of ACMI’s wonderful film program team it will be an exciting new era for our cinemas, our screen industry partners and our audiences.”

Hewison’s appointment to the Executive Team comes amid ACMI’s move into a new phase of its evolution with an ambitious strategy for extending its audiences, enhancing programming and strengthening engagement with the creative and screen industries.

On joining the leadership team, Hewison said: “I am really stoked to have the opportunity to be part of Katrina’s team at this moment in the evolution of ACMI. It is a dynamic cultural institution with film as the pivot on which it spins so it’s a dream role. I cannot wait to work with the team to create best cinema experiences for audiences and industry.”

Hewison has over two decades’ experience in the film industry in senior exhibition, production, distribution, marketing roles, but is perhaps most recognised for his role as the Executive Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival from 2001 to 2006. From 2007 to 2011 was the Theatrical Distribution Manager for Madman Entertainment managing the release of award-winning Australian feature titles such as Animal Kingdom (2010) and Snowtown (2011). He comes to ACMI from Curious where he was Head of Development and Acquisitions.

The ACMI Film Programs team includes Senior Film Programmer, Kristy Matheson, and Film Programmers Roberta Ciabarra, James Nolen and Spiro Economopoulos. Hewison succeeds Richard Sowada, who held the post for nine years before departing in September 2015. He commences as Head of Film Programs on 4 April 2016.

About James Hewison
James Hewison has over two decades experience in the film industry and is perhaps most recognised for his role as the Executive Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival from 2001 to 2006, where he delivered record attendances and dynamic, memorable programming. Prior roles included senior marketing posts at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Palace Cinemas. Since MIFF, Hewison was named the CEO of the Australian Film Institute and from 2007 to 2011 was the Theatrical Distribution Manager for Madman Entertainment managing the release of award-winning Australian feature titles such as Animal Kingdom (2010) and Snowtown (2011). A freelance film consultant, his clients have included Canal+ to Hobart’s ground-breaking Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).

As Associate Producer, Hewison was part of the team who took Clara Law’s Letters To Ali (2004), a documentary about the plight of refugees in Australian detention centres, to the 2004 Venice Film Festival. He is currently collaborating with Australian director, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, and LA-based director, Rick Charnoski, on Warm Blood.

Hewison has sat on judging panels for the Berlin and Melbourne international film festivals as well as the St Kilda Film Festival. He currently sits on the Causeway Films Advisory Board. He is also a freelance writer who has contributed to The Age and French newspaper Liberation.

He comes to ACMI from award-winning production and distribution company, Curious, where he was Head of Development and Acquisitions, overseeing the acquisition and distribution of the Academy Award®-winning Ida (2013) and more recently the winner of the Golden Bear at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, Fire At Sea (2016).