Heartland Film Festival has a new president

Heartland Film names Craig Prater their new president


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The Heartland Film Festival's president Stuart Lowry stepped down for personal reasons from the helm back in December of 2015. Local arts philanthropist, Frank Basile, filled the shoes until a new president was chosen. Heartland has tapped Craig Prater, the former Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships with the San Diego International Film Festival, as Lowry's official replacement. 

The following release was sent out on Friday August 12: 

Heartland Film has named San Diego-based Craig Prater as president after a seven-month national search conducted by Arts Consulting Group. Prater began his international film festival career as executive director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (Palm Springs, California), where he co-founded the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films and the Film Noir Festival before being recruited by the Royal Thai government to lead their new Bangkok International Film Festival as executive director.

“The board of directors is thrilled to have someone of Craig Prater’s caliber take Heartland Film through this milestone year and beyond,” said Heartland Film Board Chair Gary D. Cohen. “The search committee has worked diligently to find the perfect candidate and it was clear that Craig possessed the experience, drive, and track record to take us to the next level, all while understanding and respecting the mission of Heartland Film, its values, and Midwestern heritage. Craig understands every facet of the film festival experience and will ensure that everyone — from patrons, donors, sponsors and filmmakers — will get the red carpet treatment as VIPs at the 25th annual Heartland Film Festival this October. On behalf of the board and staff, I would like to thank Frank Basile for his extraordinary service and commitment over the past seven months as interim president – his leadership has ensured a smooth transition for Craig to come in and hit the ground running.”


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