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Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy welcomes Anna Möttölä as the new executive director, starting from 1st of March 2017. She is taking over from Sara Norberg who has been appointed CEO of Korjaamo Culture Factory.

Möttölä (M.A.) has been working in the National Audiovisual Institute for the past three years, where she has been in charge of the daily operations, special programming and marketing of cinema Orion. Möttölä has a degree in Cultural History from Turku University and has previously been working as an event manager in Lasipalatsi Film and Media Centre and taken part in variety of other events in the field of culture and design. Möttölä has also been working as a film critic for the biggest national newspaper Helsingin Sanomat since 2009. For the fourth consecutive year, Möttölä will join YLE Teema Oscar Awards Ceremony broadcast as a specialist commentator.

“Anna has a rare combination of vision, knowledge and experience, and she has good contacts in the cultural field. She is also familiar with the festival and our partners and appreciates our values and policies. Anna has proved herself to be very innovative in audience development and we are certain that under her leadership, Love & Anarchy will continue improving as one of the country’s most prominent film festivals.” -says artistic director and one of the board members Pekka Lanerva.

”It’s fantastic to get to conduct Love & Anarchy, a festival that has significantly enriched the Finnish film culture for audiences and industrial professionals alike and achieved international recognition. Company operations have been continually improved and the ambitious work continues. This year marks the 30th anniversary for the festival, and with the brilliant festival crew we aim to make Love & Anarchy an even better experience for the audiences”-says newly appointed executive director Anna Möttölä.

Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy association’s year-long activities include also spring event Season Film Festival, the industry event Finnish Film Affair showcasing Finnish films and productions, national Love & Anarchy Tour and the film literacy initiative Pulpettikino (School Kino).