The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) announced Thursday that Kyle Fostner has been appointed as the Executive Director of the organization.
According to a statement released by VIFF, the decision concludes an international search that follows an unprecedented 18-months for the organization during which Fostner served as Interim Executive Director.
Lucille Pacey, VIFF Board Chair said “The Board takes great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Kyle Fostner as Executive Director. The past year could have been devastating for VIFF, and yet against the pandemic backdrop we not only survived but thrived due to Kyle’s clear vision and confident stewardship.”
Pacey further added “Since joining VIFF in 2014, Kyle has proven himself to be a tireless champion of film; rapidly assuming increased responsibility and leadership within the organization. In a year fraught with uncertainty, Kyle astutely guided VIFF through the pandemic, spearheaded the pivot to a hugely successful digital film festival, and crafted a robust strategic plan that represents the ambitious and exciting future of VIFF. We’re confident Kyle’s wealth of experience and passion will further shape and deliver the organization to new heights.”
Fostner is an experienced cultural innovator and community builder with a demonstrated track record of organizational leadership, financial acuity, and artistic credibility. His journey in cultural management began at a grassroots level while performing, touring, and releasing records as a musician for more than 10 years.
A strategic thinker and natural leader, he has a long history in experimenting with new and innovative ways to support the industry, including owning and operating LFTTCKT from 2012-2017 – a web-based platform that offered promoters, venues, and musicians an inexpensive and simple box office solution.
Founded in 1982, the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit cultural society and federally registered charitable organization that operates the internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and the year-round programming at the VIFF Centre. VIFF produces screenings, talks, conferences and events that act as a catalyst for the community to discover the creativity and craft of storytelling