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de Bokay Succeeds Guillemet as Director at MIFF
(released 3/20/2007)

Patrick de Bokay, a film industry professional with more than 30 years of experience, will succeed Nicole Guillemet as festival director. The announcement was made at the Shore Club in South Beach during the news conference for the closing night film and world premiere of The Heart of the Earth. Esteemed director Nicole Guillemet, after having announced her departure last year, is concluding her fifth and final Miami International Film Festival this year.

De Bokay brings three decades of experience to MIFF with a background in both film and marketing and advertising. During his film industry career, de Bokay has held several important positions including executive director of the first Bangkok International Film Festival, director of marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Theatrical in Paris, and vice president of international marketing for Turner Pictures Worldwide Distribution based in Los Angeles.

During his years at Fox and Turner, he worked on the releases of more than 100 films including Braveheart, My Cousin Vinny, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Speed. In addition, he coordinated publicity and talent tours for actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Duvall, John Travolta, Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, and Angelica Huston. He also spearheaded marketing efforts for Miramax and Sony Pictures.

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