The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced last week it has appointed Anne Chaisson as its executive director. Chaisson has served as the advisory co-chair for HIFF since 2003 and began her new post at the end of last month.
The festival has also promoted David Nugent to artistic director. Nugent has served as director of programming at the festival since 2008. He has also been teaching documentary film history and American Independent film history at The New School since 2004.
“I am humbled and honored to be taking over the helm of an organization that I have been affiliated with for over a decade and in a place where I’ve worked, lived and played for even double that time,” said Chaisson, in a press release issued last week. “I truly consider the Hamptons home and look forward to working closely with the board, David in his new role, staff and most importantly, the community and long time supporters that have made the festival a success for the last 20 years.”
“Having Anne onboard seems like a natural progression of events.” Said Hamptons International Film Festival Chairman Stuart Match Suna. “She has been such an integral part of the festival for the past 10 years and we are thrilled to have her here full time. Anne’s broad background in production, business and film education make her an incredible asset the festival and I look forward to watching it flourish under her direction.”
Chaisson founded Dirty Rice Films in 2002 and has specialized in fundraising and development for many entertainment non-profits, as well as garnered awards as an independent film producer. Over the past decade, Chaisson has spearheaded the corporate fundraising efforts for such organizations as The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Nantucket Film Festival, as well as the HIFF. She also produced the annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards in 2010 and 2011. Chaisson co-founded an independent film school called The Reel School in 1996 and continued to produce a student film workshop each summer in conjunction with the HIFF and Guild Hall in East Hampton. She is a member of the IFP Producers Group and New York Women in Film and Television.