Sheila Whitaker and Fabienne Vonier
The Festival del film Locarno was deeply saddened to hear of the death of two women who were important figures in the film industry, Sheila Whitaker and Fabienne Vonier.
Sheila Whitaker, director of the international programs for the Dubai International Film Festival and former director of the London Film Festival also worked with the Festival del film Locarno in the late 90s.
Fabienne Vonier was another major supporter of auteur cinema. Fabienne Vonier founded the French sales and distribution company Pyramide Films and produced numerous films, frequently shown at the Festival del film Locarno .
We offer our sincerest condolences to their friends and family members.