Monday, May 14, 2012

2012 Toronto International Film Festival Programming Team Announced

The Toronto International Film Festival made several announcements this morning.

They announced a return to the newly renovated Bloor Hot Docs Cinema as a screening venue for this year’s Festival. “We’re thrilled to have a foot in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood for our 2012 Festival,” said Artistic Director Cameron Bailey. “We go way back with the Bloor Cinema; in the ’80s and ’90s it was one of the Festival’s most loved venues.” The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema will primarily screen Vanguard and documentary selections during TIFF 2012.

They released the names of the programmes for the next festival, which mostly remain the same but renames the Real to Reel documentary section to TIFF Docs, and adds a new TIFF Cinematheque programme for curated works from Canadian and international cinema. As well, The Canada First! programme for debut Canadian filmmakers will now see those films in other sections, and the Visions programme will merge into the Wavelengths programme for avant-garde and experimental works.

The call for volunteers for the upcoming festival was also reissued. In addition, they announced the programmers for the upcoming year which generally remains the same but with some duties adjusted.


Toronto – Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Festival, today announced the team of programmers who will be making selections for the 37th Toronto International Film Festival®, which runs from Thursday, September 6 to Sunday, September 16, 2012.

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 Showcase™, 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 citywide 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.

To learn more about the programmers, visit


Toronto International Film Festival 2012 Programmes

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

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 arthouse 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.

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

TIFF Cinematheque (new this year)
Curated gems from the history of Canadian and international cinema.

TIFF Docs (formerly Real to Reel)
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. (Beginning in 2012, Visions and Wavelengths unite under one programme).

The 37th Toronto International Film Festival takes place September 6 to 16, 2012.

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 $170 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit

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