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Down Under recruit lands sweet gig at world’s biggest queer film festival

Down Under recruit lands sweet gig at world’s biggest queer film festival

Paul Struthers has just taken on the top job at Frameline the world's biggest queer media festiva

The world’s biggest and longest-running LGBTQ film festival and queer media exhibition has a new recruit and he’s planning to shake things up.

San Francisco’s Frameline festival has just announced Paul Struthers will be taking over the job as Director of Exhibition & Programming.

In his new job, Struthers will oversee the curatorial vision and execution of Frameline’s exhibition programs, special events, the Frameline Completion Fund. He’ll also oversee the signature San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Struthers comes from a 13 year history of film festival – especially queer film festival – experience.

He worked as the Festival Director for the Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival and the Queer Screen Film Fest. In his time there festival attendance increased three-fold.

Struthers also worked for eight seasons at the internationally renowned Sydney Film Festival. He worked in marketing for the festival where attendance doubled, thanks to ‘his instinctive, targeted campaigns around individual film programs’.

‘This role is a dream come true, and I wanted this job, as their mission reflects what I am passionate about, namely to “change the world through the power of queer cinema”,’ Struthers told Gay Star News.

‘More than anything Frameline does so much good in our community, from showcasing diverse queer media, helping filmmakers complete films, an outreach program to schools, and so much more, its perfectly aligned with what is important to me.’

Stuthers said he’s ‘truly excited’ to start his new role on 1 December. But he’s keeping a tight lid on what he has planned for next year’s festival.

‘I can’t say too much on that… and I would prefer to surprise you then,’ he said.

‘However I can say diversity will continue to be my focus, and I know that is something Frameline believes in, and does very well.’

Perfect man for the job

An extensive global search for the perfect Director of Exhibition & Programming led to Struthers’ recruitment.

‘Struthers comes with a commitment that is unmatched, in terms of artistic vision, an energy focused on social justice content, and a dedication to extend audience and queer representation,’  said
Frameline Executive Director Frances Wallace.

‘His appointment to Frameline is in perfect alignment with the organization’s trajectory to increase the impact of queer media worldwide.’

The 42nd Frameline festival is on from 14-24 June 2018.