AFF Film Program Director Kelly Williams received one of the inaugural Excellence awards at the 2008 International Film Festival Summitt. At a special ceremony held at the Loews Lake Las Vegas
Resort, Williams received the Professional Award, which is presented to the programmer or other festival professional that has excelled in his or her position making a significant contribution to the success of the film festival. Special emphasis was placed on management of staff, execution of initiatives, and new initiatives from previous years.
Other award recipients were:
Piers Handling, Director, Toronto International Film Festival;
Holden Payne, Operations Manager, Seattle International Film Festival;
Andrew Rogers, Executive Director, RiverRun International Film Festival;
Marc Lhormer, Executive Director, Sonoma Valley Film Festival;
Git Scheynius, Festival Director, Stockholm Film Festival.