Tuesday, April 27, 2010

TIFF Announces Programmers for 2010 Festival

Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Festival, today announced the line-up of programmers for the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival which runs from Thursday, September 9 to Sunday, September 19, 2010.

Some programmers from previous years have moved on, including Jesse Wente, Raymond Phathanavirangoon and Kathleen Mullen. Others such as Martin Bilodeau and Magali Simard have stepped in, while Agata Smoluch del Sorbo moves from Short Cuts Canada to Canadian Features. TIFF is known for having some of the finest programmers around and giving them a remarkable degree of autonomy in making their selections.

“We have assembled a stellar team of programmers for the Festival who have a wealth of experience among them. They will curatorially guide our audiences through programming which will connect and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds,” said Handling. “These programmers are truly the best in the business, and audiences can once again look forward to a wide-ranging and exciting line-up in September,” said Bailey.

In addition to Handling, who programs from the UK, France, Italy and Poland, and Bailey, who programs from USA, Europe, South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the programming team for the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival is as follows:

Canadian Features:
Martin Bilodeau is a film critic and columnist for the Montreal daily newspaper Le Devoir, and regularly contributes to the magazine Elle Québec. This is Bilodeau’s first year as a programmer for the Festival. From 2001 to 2004, Bilodeau was the film critic for the radio magazine Aux arts, etc., produced by Radio-Canada, for which he continues to freelance on a regular basis. Over the years his reviews and features have appeared in many other publications including L’Actualité, Voir and the press agency Médiafilm.

Steve Gravestock is the Associate Director of Canadian Programming for TIFF. In this position, Gravestock is responsible for the organization’s Canadian programming initiatives, including Canada's Top Ten, as well as the majority of the Canadian programming at TIFF Cinematheque. He has been part of the team that selects Canadian feature films for the Festival since 2004 and also programs films from Scandinavia and the Netherlands.

Agata Smoluch del Sorbo returns to the Festival as a new programmer on the Canadian features team. This marks Smoluch del Sorbo’s fifth year with the Festival; during this time she has established herself as a thoughtful Short Cuts Canada programmer with a deep knowledge of Canadian cinema.

Short Cuts Canada:
Alex Rogalski has been a programmer with the Festival since 2007. Rogalski regularly travels across North America as the Co-ordinator of the One Take Super 8 Event. His Super 8 programmes have been included in the Images Festival, Pop Montreal and the WNDX Festival of Avant Garde Film.

Magali Simard is currently a Coordinator for TIFF’s Canadian Initiatives team, and will bring her experience in the Canadian film industry and her knowledge of Quebec cinema to her new programming role with Short Cuts Canada.

Andréa Picard has been a member of the TIFF team since 1999 as a programmer for TIFF Cinematheque, a world-renowned film screening programme. She has curated Wavelengths, the Festival’s critically-acclaimed avant-garde programme, since 2006.  This year Picard will also contribute to programming the Festival's Visions section.

Sprockets Family Zone:
Allen Braude is Co-Director of Learning for TIFF. Braude first joined the organization in 1999 and for the past three years and has served as the Head Programmer for the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children.

Elizabeth Muskala is Co-Director of Learning for TIFF. Muskala has been with the organization since 1996 and over the past decade has contributed to TIFF in a number of capacities, including as Managing Editor of Publications, Gala and Special Presentations Coordinator and most recently as Director of Programme Administration. She is responsible for helming the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children with fellow Co-Director Allen Braude.

Future Projections:
Noah Cowan is the Artistic Director for TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto's newest major cultural institution scheduled to open in Fall 2010. Cowan oversees and drives the curatorial vision for the year-round programming that will be housed in TIFF's new home. Formerly the Co-Director of the Festival, he has a long history with the organization – his first venture as a programmer was for the Midnight Madness programme in 1989, which remains one of the Festival’s most popular sections. Cowan currently programs international films and Future Projections, the celebrated city-wide meeting of the visual arts and cinema.

International Features:
Dimitri Eipides is responsible for programming films from Iran, Eastern and Central Europe, and a number of Mediterranean countries and has been working with the Festival since 1988. Eipides’ extensive programming career began with establishing the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative in Montreal in 1969.  In 1971, he founded the Festival International du Nouveau Cinéma et de la Vidéo de Montréal, where he served as Director until 1994.

Giovanna Fulvi is the East and Southeast Asian Cinema Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, and has been programming for TIFF since 1996.  Fulvi is based in Italy and currently works as a programming consultant for the Torino Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is currently the Head of Acquisitions for Filmauro in Rome.

Colin Geddes selects films for the Midnight Madness series, and also programs cutting-edge films in other sections. A programmer with the Festival since 1998, Geddes’ additional programming efforts include the Asian rep theatre Golden Classics Cinema, Images Festival of Independent Film & Video, TIFF Cinematheque, and FantAsia Toronto. He is on the advisory committee of the Reel Asian Film Festival, The Austin Fantastic Film Fest and the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and has served on the juries of several international film festivals.

Michèle Maheux is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of TIFF and has been with the organization for two decades. Maheux’s leading priorities are the operational needs and plans, including the project milestones of the capital campaign for TIFF Bell Lightbox.  She programs a variety of films for the Festival with a focus on Ireland.

Diana Sanchez programs from Spain, Portugal and Latin America for the Festival and has worked with the organization since 2002. Sanchez has also programmed two surveys of Argentine Cinema for TIFF Cinematheque in 2004 and 2006. In the fall of 2006, she programmed a week of Cuban cinema at the Royal Ontario Museum. She has been involved in a variety of other festivals and cinematic presentations and is currently a programme consultant for the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Jane Schoettle is responsible for programming films from the regions of Australia, New Zealand and Israel, as well as American independent cinema. She has worked with the Toronto International Film Festival since 2002. Schoettle is the founder and former Director of the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children, which is recognized internationally as one of the top five children’s festivals in the world.

City to City:
Kate Lawrie Van de Ven is a Ph.D. candidate conducting research on contemporary city films. Lawrie Van de Ven has worked for TIFF in various capacities since 2001, including heading the organization's Editorial department from 2007 through early 2010. She now holds the post of Co-Programmer of TIFF's City to City programme, a spotlight started in 2009 that looks at a different world city each year through the lens of its cinema.  She shares programming responsibilities with Cameron Bailey.

Documentaries and Mavericks:
Thom Powers has been an International Documentary Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival since 2006. He is also responsible for Mavericks, the Festival’s discussion series which allows cinema leaders and innovators to provide an in-depth access to film artists and their processes.

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