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TIFF Announces New Venue; Programming Team

TIFF Announces New Venue; Programming Team

The Toronto International Film Festival (September 6 -16) has added a venue to its upcoming edition, and announced its programming team.

The new venue will be the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, located in Toronto’s Annex neighborhood, and equipped to hold appoximately 710 guests. Previously known as the Bloor Cinema, the recently revotated Bloor Hot Docs Cinema serves as the primary venue for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and a year-round showcase for documentary programming in the city. [Go HERE for more information on the cinema.]

And below, find the names of this year’s team of programmers with bios provided by TIFF:

Canadian Features:

Steve Gravestock has been selecting Canadian feature films for the Festival since 2004. Gravestock also programs films from Scandinavia, the Netherlands and the Philippines. Gravestock is also responsible for year-round Canadian programming initiatives for TIFF, including Canada’s Top Ten.

Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo is a Canadian features programmer for the Festival. This marks Smoluch Del Sorbo’s eighth year with the Festival; during this time she has held several positions, including serving as Head Programmer for the Canadian short film section and Manager of Canadian Programming.

Short Cuts Canada:

Alex Rogalski has been a programmer with the Festival since 2007. In addition to programming Short Cuts Canada, Rogalski programmes the Student Film ShowcaseTM, Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Toronto.

Magali Simard is currently a Senior Coordinator of Film Programmes for TIFF. She brings her experience in the Canadian film industry and her knowledge of Quebec cinema to her third year of programming Short Cuts Canada. Simard also programs the Student Film Showcase.

Andréa Picard has worked for TIFF since 1999, and was a member of the TIFF Cinematheque programming team for 12 years. She has curated Wavelengths, the Festival’s critically-acclaimed avant-garde programme, since 2006 and has contributed to the Festival’s Visions and Future Projections sections.

TIFF Kids:

Elizabeth Muskala is the Director of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival and has been with the organization since 1996 in a number of capacities.

Future Projections:

Noah Cowan is the Artistic Director of TIFF Bell Lightbox and drives the curatorial vision for the organization’s year-round programming. Cowan currently programs TIFF Cinematheque titles, international films and Future Projections, the celebrated city- wide meeting of the visual arts and cinema.

TIFF Docs and Mavericks:

Thom Powers

Powers has been an International Documentary Programmer for the Festival since 2006. He is also responsible for the Festival’s Mavericks conversation series. Powers is the Artistic Director for the weekly documentary series “Stranger than Fiction” at Manhattan’s IFC Center, and for the DOC NYC festival.

International Features:
Cameron Bailey

City to City, Western Europe, South Asia, the Caribbean and USA

As Artistic Director of the Festival, Bailey is responsible for the overall vision and execution of Festival programming. He has been programming for the Festival for over 13 years.

Dimitri Eipides

Eastern Europe, Central Europe and Central Asia

Eipides has been with the Festival since 1988. His extensive programming career began with establishing the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative in Montreal in 1969. In 1971, Eipides founded the Festival International du Nouveau Cinéma et de la Vidéo de Montréal, where he served as Director until 1994.

Giovanna Fulvi

East and South East Asia

Fulvi has been programming for TIFF since 1996. She is based in Italy and works as a programming consultant for the Torino Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam. Fulvi is currently the Head of Acquisitions for Filmauro in Rome.

Colin Geddes

Midnight Madness and Vanguard

A programmer with the Festival since 1998, Geddes’ additional programming efforts include TIFF Cinematheque, the Asian rep theatre Golden Classics Cinema and FantAsia Toronto. In 2010, Geddes was appointed Festival Director for ActionFest.

Piers Handling

Western Europe, Italy, Poland and USA

Handling is the Director and CEO of TIFF, responsible for leading both the operational and artistic growth of the organization. He has held this position since 1994.

Michèle Maheux

Ireland, United Kingdom and USA

Maheux is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of TIFF and is primarily responsible with oversight of organization’s operational and revenue generating needs and plans. Each year, she delights in dabbling in the artistic for Festival.

Rasha Salti

Africa and the Middle East

Salti, an independent film and visual arts curator and writer, joined the Festival in 2011. She was a film programmer and creative director of the New York-based ArteEast, where she directed two editions of the biennial CinemaEast Film Festival.

Diana Sanchez

Spain, Portugal and Latin America

With the Festival since 2002, Sanchez has been involved in a variety of other festivals and cinematic presentations. She is currently the Artistic Director for the International Film Festival of Panama, a programme consultant for the International Film Festival Rotterdam and a senior programme consultant for the Miami International Film Festival.

Jane Schoettle

Australia, New Zealand, Israel and US Independent

Schoettle has worked with TIFF since 2002 and is the founder and former Director of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival (formerly the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth). She also works extensively as an independent script consultant.

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