Rory Concannon has been appointed as Managing Director of the Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF).

Concannon is currently the Marketing Director of the Abbey Theatre and will take up his position with the festival early in January.

The Dublin International Film Festival will be held from 6 to 13 March 2003.

The Screen cinema is to be the principal venue and a number of gala presentations will be held at the Savoy.

The festival will announce details of its first raft of confirmed titles in late January.