The Board of Directors of Inside Out, Canada’s leading presenter of LGBT cinema and producer of the Toronto and Ottawa LGBT Film Festivals, is pleased to announce the appointment of Andria Wilson as its new Executive Director.
Wilson assumes her new position on Monday, October 31, 2016, succeeding outgoing Executive Director Scott Ferguson, who guided the organization through 16 years of remarkable growth. As Executive Director, Wilson will set and implement a strategic vision for Inside Out that continues to build upon its mandate in presenting the best and most diverse films by and for LGBTQ communities.
“After a rigorous search process that yielded a lot of interest, Andria impressed the Board with her winning combination of results-based experience and visionary leadership,” said Jason Wagar, Chair of Inside Out’s Board of Directors. “Her energy, talent, and passion will serve Inside Out and our audiences well as we build upon the organization’s success.”
“For more than 25 years, Inside Out has brought the world's best achievements in queer cinema to audiences in Toronto and Ottawa, and has created opportunities for many Canadian filmmakers,” said Wilson. “I am beyond honoured and excited to join an organization that I have long admired and to work alongside this amazing team. Stepping into such an established, healthy, and relevant organization is a privilege, and I am grateful to the leadership of Scott and the Board of Directors for making Inside Out everything it is today. As we look to the future, I see endless potential for Inside Out and its role locally, nationally, and internationally.”
Inside Out stands at the forefront as a world leader in educating and inspiring conversations that challenge attitudes through LGBTQ works by offering a platform that allows filmmakers to tell their stories through a distinctively queer lens.
In 2011 Wilson co-founded OUTeast, Atlantic Canada's Queer Film Festival, and lead the organization through five successful annual festivals. In 2016, she also served as the Festival Producer of the TD Halifax Jazz Festival.
Wilson was the Operations Manager for the East Coast Music Association, including oversight of its Industry Conference, East Coast Music Week, and televised East Coast Music Awards, also serving a year as Interim Executive Director.
Wilson was the first Managing Producer for 2b theatre company, the largest exporter of theatre for adults east of Quebec, and the founder and producer of Left Foot First Productions. She managed cinema operations for the Atlantic Film Festival for 6 years and was the Artistic Director of the 2014 Creative Nova Scotia Awards.