Kristy Matheson Appointed New Creative Director of CMI and Edinburgh Film Festival

Submitted by edg on Wed, 23 Jun '21 10.42pm
Kristy Matheson - EIFF creative director

Scotland’s Centre for the Moving Image has appointed Kristy Matheson as its new Creative Director. 

Matheson moves from her role as Director of Film at Australia’s national museum of screen culture, ACMI, to lead the creative vision and voice of Edinburgh International Film Festival and Filmhouse Cinemas.

Matheson has over 20 years’ experience across distribution, film festivals and the museum sector. Prior to her role on the Executive Team at ACMI she worked at Brisbane International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival and Dendy Films. 

She has served on film festival juries and industry peer assessment panels. She is a regular reviewer on ABC Radio, Melbourne, a member of Screen Australia's Gender Matters Taskforce, and a recipient of the Natalie Miller Fellowship.

Here she is giving a review of Chinese documentary The Iron Ministry

Matheson will be responsible for the creative vision and strategies for the whole of the CMI, including its curated screenings programmes, and its audience development, community engagement, learning, talent and industry development programmes.

As the new Creative Director, Kristy will join CMI following the delivery of Edinburgh International Film Festival 2021 (18-25 August), and will lead the vision for the 75th anniversary edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2022.

Ken Hay, CEO of CMI, said: “We are delighted to announce Kristy Matheson as our new Creative Director. Kristy has an exceptional track record working across the film sector, and will bring a fresh creative vision to Edinburgh International Film Festival and the year-round work of Filmhouse and Belmont Filmhouse. We can’t wait to welcome her to Edinburgh later in the summer.”

Matheson said: “Across their rich histories, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Filmhouse Cinemas have ignited the filmic passions of generations of movie lovers. I'm looking forward to working with the team at CMI alongside storytellers and industry colleagues from the production, distribution, and exhibition sectors to create a dynamic programme that inspires and warmly welcomes audiences.”