Mark Adams is a critic, writer and film festival consultant. He was most recently Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, joining the festival in 2015. He was Chief Film Critic and Reviews Editor for film trade paper Screen International for four years, and has also been a film critic for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Moving Pictures International. He has also written extensively for UK national newspapers. Mark has also worked extensively in the film industry and was Director of Cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London and before that was also Head of Programming at the internationally acclaimed National Film Theatre in London for six years. He has served on film festivals juries at Venice, Sundance, Toronto, San Sebastian, Dubai, Tokyo, Mumbai, Istanbul and many others.