Out On Screen, producers of the annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival, announced today that Executive Director Drew Dennis will leave the position in July, prior to the start of the 2015 festival.
“Dennis has a long history with Out On Screen, beginning as the organization’s first full-time staff member in 2000,” say organizers in a press release. “Dennis oversaw 15 years of growth and expansion, including the founding and development of Out in Schools in 2004 — a personal and professional highlight. Dennis’ achievements have been central to the organization’s evolution from a small social enterprise to the cultural cornerstone in the arts, queer and trans communities that it is today.”
“In many ways Out On Screen has been a dream position for me and it has been an extraordinary opportunity and privilege to serve and build queer and trans communities,” says Dennis. “After 15 years of service, I am proud of what we have accomplished together. I care deeply about this organization and about making sure that Out On Screen is prepared for its next visionary leader and its next phase of greatness.”
“Drew has made such an enormous contribution to Out On Screen, working tirelessly to ensure we continue to evolve and thrive. Fifteen years makes for a long list of accomplishments and we wouldn’t be the organization we are today without Drew’s leadership,” says Out On Screen Board Chair, James Ong. “Our thanks and congratulations for the strong legacy Drew will leave behind. We wish Drew every success and plans are in the works for a public event during the Closing Gala to show our appreciation.”
The Board has established a transition committee to oversee this time of change and the process to identify a new Executive Director is ongoing. An expanded search will happen over the next few months to ensure all qualified and interested individuals are identified and interviewed.
No reason was given for Dennis’ departure.
The 2015 Vancouver Queer Film Festival runs August 13-23. Visit http://queerfilmfestival.ca for more information.