Hollywood Film Festival Recruits Slamdance, AFI Vet

This is a good move for the Hollywood Film Festival.

For years, the fall event has been synonymous with the stewardship of founder Carlos de Abreu. But by the time the 17th annual edition rolls around in late October, it will also bear the imprint of new executive director Jon Fitzgerald. The co-founder of Slamdance is bringing along with him CineCause, a philanthropic platform he launched last year to try and connect social-issues films with matching charities. From this morning’s announcement:

This year the Festival is pleased to be offering a select number of short films to Internet audiences, providing streaming opportunities to industry professionals and the online community.

“I’m very excited to have the chance to build on the success of the Hollywood Film Festival, and look forward to incorporating this and other new elements. Filmmakers will have opportunities to expand their connections, leverage entertainment to recognize important causes and broaden their reach to the online community, here in the film capital of the world,” says Fitzgerald.

In addition to co-founding and serving as the executive director of Slamdance, Fitzgerald has also helped mold AFI Fest and festival events in Santa Barbara and Abu Dhabi. This fall’s HFF will also include “Hollywood Network,” a segment designed to connect independent filmmakers with Tinseltown movers and shakers.