Peterborough’s ReFrame Film Festival announces departure of festival director and creative director

Festival board seeking new festival director for when Jay Adam leaves in September, with creative director Amy Siegel staying on until late fall

ReFrame Film Festival creative director Amy Siegel and festival director Jay Adam pictured in 2019. (Photo: ReFrame Film Festival)
ReFrame Film Festival creative director Amy Siegel and festival director Jay Adam pictured in 2019. (Photo: ReFrame Film Festival)

The ReFrame Film Festival in Peterborough has announced both festival director Jay Adam and creative director Amy Siegel will be leaving the non-profit organization.

“All of us here at ReFrame are sad to say farewell to these fiercely wise, highly skilled, and beloved staff, and we are deeply appreciative of the vision and stability they have contributed to
the ReFrame Film Festival during their tenure,” reads a statement from the festival’s board.

“As with all things, change is inevitable, and we are honoured to have worked alongside Jay and Amy, and we wish them all the best in the next phases of their careers and lives.”

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Adam was the festival manager for the 2018 ReFrame Film Festival, and assumed the new role of festival director in August 2018 following the departure of festival executive director Krista English who, along with co-founder Carole Roy, launched the first film festival in 2005 as the “Travelling World Community Film Festival.”

A graduate of the Documentary Media MFA Program at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson University), Siegel was announced as the festival’s creative director in July 2018.

Adam will be leaving the organization in September, and the festival’s board of directors is now seeking applications for festival director. The position, which reports to the board, is the lead administrator of the festival that oversees finances, fundraising, community and outreach partnerships, and recruitment of contract staff and volunteers.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 2. For more information, visit reframefilmfestival.ca/careers.

Siegel will be curating the program for the January 2023 festival, together with the programming committee, before leaving in late fall. Applications for the creative director position will be announced at a later date.