The Hamptons International Film Festival announced Tuesday that after five years on the job, Executive Director Karen Arikian has resigned to pursue new opportunities.
“I have been very fortunate to have led this wonderful organization since 2008,” Arikian said, adding, “I leave knowing that the festival is stronger than ever, having just completed its 20th Anniversary edition.”
HIFF Board Chairman Stuart Match Suna said Arikian had led the festival through five successful years and he was grateful for her many contributions which helped make the festival “one of the foremost celebrations of independent film in this country.”
Arikian remains the U.S./East Coast Delegate for the Berlin International Film Festival and U.S. Consultant for European Film Promotion. Neither Arikian nor Suna revealed whether or not another job offer had prompted her resignation.