Ian Haydn Smith is a film journalist, critic, writer, Editor of Curzon Magazine. He is also a Contributing Editor at the Quintessence Publications where he is leading on the editions off ‘Movie Star Chronicles’ and ‘Movie Director Chronicles’, as well as assuming the role of Editor on the annually revised publication ‘1001 Films to See Before You Die’.
Since 2007 for five years Ian worked as the Editor at International Film Guide developing relationships with festivals throughout Europe, Asia and the US and regularly acting as the jury member, as the IFG Editor, at festivals in the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal and South Africa.
As a broadcaster and interviewer, Ian is a frequent guest on BBC radio, both regional and World Service’s The Strand programme, as well as the Film Programme. He often appears at Cinepolitics, a weekly television magazine programme focusing on politically themed features and documentaries.
As a writer Ian contributes to numerous publications, including Time Out, Vertigo, Metro, Kamera and Scope, as well as the books 50 Key Contemporary Directors, This is Cinema, The Guide to North American Directors and The Guide to British and Irish Directors
For many years Ian is the regular host for BAFTA events, as well as the host and chair of panel discussions at the last four editions of the London Film Festival.
During the last years Ian has been consulting British Council in many countries, including Armenia, on forthcoming film programmes and events.