Three new Canadian programmers have been appointed by the Toronto International Film Festival. Marguerite Pigott, a film and television consultant and former VP of development and production at Odeon Films, and Jesse Wente, a film critic on CBC Radio and producer of "The Arts Tonight," join the Canadian features programming team, while Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo joins the Short Cuts Canada programming committee. "We're thrilled to have such a powerhouse team on board," said festival co-director Noah Cowan in a statement. "Marguerite, Jesse, and Agata all bring expertise, knowledge, and passion for Canadian cinema that will be invaluable in selecting the best Canadian films for the festival in 2006." Pigott and Wente will select Canadian features for the festival along with long-time programmers Stacey Donen, Steve Gravestock, associate director, Canadian programming, and festival co-director Noah Cowan. Smoluch Del Sorbo teams up with Ben Murray, senior coordinator, Canadian programming, and Donen, to program shorts. [Brian Brooks]