Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Programmers revealed for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, welcome the team of 21 programmers who will make the selections for the 39th Toronto International Film Festival®, which runs from Thursday, September 4 to Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Piers Handling
Western Europe, Italy, Poland, USA, Gala Presentations
Handling is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of TIFF. He has held this position since 1994, and is responsible for leading both the operational and artistic growth of the organization. TIFF has grown under Handling’s direction to become an internationally renowned cultural institution. He has curated numerous film retrospectives and presented programmes of Canadian cinema at the Sundance Film Festival, the British Film Institute, and the Havana Film Festival. He is the co-curator of TIFF’s first major touring exhibition, David Cronenberg: Evolution, dedicated to the celebrated Canadian director, screenwriter, and actor.

Cameron Bailey
South Asia, Western Europe, USA, the Caribbean, City to City: Seoul, Gala Presentations
Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. Since 2008 he has been responsible for the overall vision and execution of the Festival's selection. Bailey began programming for Toronto in 1990, and worked both as a film programmer and film critic for 20 years before taking on his current role. As a programmer and curator, he has organized film series for local and international festivals and galleries including the National Gallery of Canada, TIFF Cinematheque, and Australia's Sydney International Film Festival.

Michèle Maheux
Ireland, the Netherlands, Gala Presentations
Celebrating her 26th Festival this September, Maheux is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at TIFF, overseeing the organization’s operational and revenue generating strategy. She has sat for the past four years as a jury member for the Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) Kodak New Vision Mentorship Award, is a member of the Playback Hall of Fame Advisory Committee for the fourth straight year, and serves as a mentor for Ten Thousand Coffees.

Kerri Craddock
Belgium, Gala Presentations
Craddock is the Director of Programming for the Festival. She joined the organization in 2007 and regularly represents the Festival at the Sundance, Berlin and Cannes film festivals. Craddock sat on the 2013 Philadelphia Film Festival Feature Documentary Competition jury, the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival features panel in 2012, and is currently on the National Ballet of Canada’s Turnout Cabinet.

Brad Deane
TIFF Cinematheque
Deane is a Manager of Film Programmes at TIFF and part of the programming team for TIFF Cinematheque, which selects and presents the classics of world cinema and contemporary art-house films year-round at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Since 2012, Deane has led the curation of the TIFF Cinematheque programme for the Festival, which showcases recent restorations from the history of Canadian and international cinema. In 2013, he sat on the jury for the Best Short Film Discovery Award at the 52nd edition of La Semaine de la Critique.

Dimitri Eipides
Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia
Eipides has been with the Festival since 1988. His extensive programming career began when he established 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. In 1992 he began his tenure as Artistic Director of the New Horizons section of the Thessaloniki International Festival, and in 1999 he founded the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century, for which he still acts as Director. In 2010, he was named General Director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.

Giovanna Fulvi
East and Southeast Asia, City to City: Seoul
Fulvi has been programming for the Festival since 2002. She is based in Italy, works as a programming consultant for the Torino Film Festival, and has worked as a film consultant and acquisitions manager for various organizations over the past 17 years, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Fulvi is currently the Head of Acquisitions for Filmauro in Rome. She also worked on Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor as a historical and cultural researcher.

Colin Geddes
Midnight Madness, Vanguard
A programmer with the Festival since 1998, Geddes’ additional programming efforts include TIFF Cinematheque, the Golden Classics Cinema, FantAsia Toronto and ActionFest. In 2004 he founded Ultra 8 Pictures, using his strong understanding of international festivals and genre cinema to help filmmakers and bring offbeat international films to Canada and the world.

Steve Gravestock
Canada, the Philippines, Nordic Region
Gravestock has selected Canadian feature films for the Festival since 2004, and previously programmed films from India, Australia, and the Netherlands. As a Senior Programmer at TIFF he is responsible for the organization’s year-round Canadian programming initiatives, including the Canada's Top Ten Film Festival and the year-round Canadian Open Vault programme featuring homegrown classics. Gravestock also oversees TIFF’s ongoing series of monographs on Canadian films and filmmakers.

Laurel MacMillan
Future Projections
As the Director for Exhibitions for TIFF, MacMillan oversees production of all exhibitions and installations as well as the Festival’s city-wide Future Projections programme. She produces a robust commissioning program for the organization, working with Canadian and international artists and filmmakers to create new installations and moving-image artworks. Prior to joining TIFF full time in 2009, MacMillan’s posts included the National Gallery of Canada and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where she worked as a curatorial fellow.

Kathleen McInnis
Short Cuts International
McInnis is a film strategist with a background in film festivals and publicity consulting. A veteran of the global film festival circuit, she has programmed for the Seattle International Film Festival and served as Festival Director for the Slamdance Film Festival and the Palm Springs ShortFest. McInnis is a professor at NYU’s Tisch Asia School of the Arts, and UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television specializing in festival strategies and professional transitions. McInnis joins the Festival’s programming team for 2014.

Elizabeth Muskala
As the Director of TIFF Kids, Elizabeth Muskala oversees all aspects behind the organization’s extensive year-round programming for children, youth and families, namely as lead programmer and facilitator of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, TIFF Kids selections at the Toronto International Film Festival, and as co-curator of digiPlaySpace, an award-winning interactive media exhibition for children.

Andréa Picard
Wavelengths, Future Projections
Picard has worked for TIFF since 1999, and was a member of the TIFF Cinematheque programming team for 12 years. Since 2006 she has curated Wavelengths, the Festival’s critically acclaimed avant-garde programme, and has contributed to the Festival’s Future Projections and former Visions programmes. As an independent writer and curator, she has collaborated with local and international institutions such as Art Metropole, le Centre Pompidou, Vienna’s Belvedere and MAK museums, and the Secession.

Thom Powers
TIFF Docs, Mavericks
Powers has served as an International Documentary Programmer for the Festival since 2006. He created and oversees the Festival’s two-day Doc Conference and is responsible for Mavericks, the Festival’s discussion series featuring cinematic innovators. Powers and his wife Raphaela Neihausen run PowersHausen, a company that leads the DOC NYC festival, the weekly documentary series Stranger than Fiction at Manhattan’s IFC Center, and the Montclair Film Festival.

Alex Rogalski
Short Cuts Canada
Rogalski has been a programmer with the Festival since 2007. In addition to programming Short Cuts Canada, Rogalski is the Executive Director of PAVED Arts in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, programmes for Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, and travels regularly across North America as the Coordinator of the One Take Super 8 Event.

Rasha Salti
Africa, the Middle East
Salti, an independent film and visual-arts curator and writer, joined the Festival in 2011. She served as a film programmer and creative director for the New York–based ArteEast, where she directed two editions of the biennial CinemaEast Film Festival. She has collaborated with a number of organizations, including the Musée Jeu de Paume in Paris, SANFIC in Santiago de Chile, and Tate Modern in London.

Diana Sanchez
Spain, Portugal, Latin America
Sanchez has worked with the Festival since 2002. She is also active with a variety of other festivals and cinematic presentations, serving as the Artistic Director for the International Film Festival Panama, a programme consultant for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and a senior programme consultant for the Miami International Film Festival. She also programs Latin Wave with the PROA Foundation in Argentina, a series that screens internationally.

Jane Schoettle
Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Israel, USA (independent)
Having worked with TIFF since 2002, Schoettle is the founder and former director of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival (formerly Sprockets). She has participated in numerous film residency programmes, including the South Australian Film Corporation at the Adelaide Film Festival and Screen Australia in Sydney, and served most recently on the jury for the Jerusalem Film Lab. Schoettle also works as an independent script consultant and programmes American Independents for the Miami International Film Festival.

Magali Simard
Short Cuts Canada, Short Cuts International
Simard is a Manager of Film Programmes at TIFF, working on New Releases, TIFF Cinematheque, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and ongoing film series. She brings her experience in the Canadian film industry and deep knowledge of Quebec cinema to her fifth year of co-programming Short Cuts Canada. Simard sits on the programming team for the recently-announced Short Cuts International programme.

Shane Smith
Short Cuts International
Smith serves as the Director of Special Projects for TIFF, and will oversee the Festival’s inaugural Short Cuts International programme. Since joining TIFF in 2010, he is responsible for a variety of year-round initiatives such as TIFF in the Park and the touring digiPlaySpace digital exhibition. In his prior role as Director of Public Programmes, Smith oversaw the TIFF Kids International Film Festival and the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival. He has previously programmed for Inside Out and the Sundance Film Festival, and he was director of the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival from 2001– 2005.

Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo
Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo has been a programmer for the Festival since 2006 and this marks her fifth year serving as a Canadian features programmer. Since joining TIFF, she’s contributed to the organization in a number of capacities, including as Manager of Canadian Programming, Lead Programmer for the Festival’s Canadian short film section, and Head of the Student Film Showcase. Smoluch Del Sorbo has sat on juries for The National Screen Institute, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Women in Film and Television, Canada’s Top Ten features and shorts, and the TIFF Kids International Film Festival.


City to City
Bringing international cities to Toronto audiences. A snapshot of where’s hot right now. This year, City to City focuses on Seoul, South Korea.

Contemporary World Cinema
Compelling stories, global perspectives.

Directors to watch. The future of world cinema.

Future Projections
Taking the moving image from the cinema to the gallery — and beyond.

Gala Presentations
Movie stars. Red-carpet premieres. Major audience interest.

The latest from the world's most influential art-house filmmakers.

Engaging, on-stage conversations with leaders in the film industry and beyond.

Midnight Madness
The wild side: midnight screenings of the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy cinema.

Short Cuts Canada
The best short films from emerging and established Canadian filmmakers.

NEW! Short Cuts International
The world. In short form.

Special Presentations
High-profile premieres and the world’s leading filmmakers.

TIFF Cinematheque
Curated gems from the history of Canadian and international cinema.

Candid and unscripted: the best non-fiction cinema from around the world.

Family films from around the world: entertaining and illuminating.

Provocative, sexy… possibly dangerous. This is what’s next.

Daring, visionary and autonomous voices. Films that expand our notions of cinema.

Programming Extras:

Contemporary World Speakers
Watch, experience, and participate in post-screening discussions with film directors and subject experts.

TIFF Next Wave
For the next generation of movie lovers: selections approved by our youth-driven TIFF Next Wave Committee.

TIFF x Manifesto
Culture. Ideas. Action. This initiative identifies selections programmed for a diverse audience interested in the urban arts.

The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs September 4 to 14.

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About TIFF
TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.

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