TIFF Announces 2011 Toronto International Film Festival Programmers
Always wanted to know the folks who choose the films that we get to see during the Toronto International Film Festival? Well look no further as we as the good folks at TIFF just announced the programmers for the 2011 version of the festival.
Read the official press release and it will give you all of the names and their bios.
Toronto – Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Festival, today announced the line-up of programmers for the 36th Toronto International Film Festival® which runs from Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 18, 2011.
In addition to Handling, who programs films from Western Europe, Italy, Poland and the USA, and Bailey, who programs from the USA, Western Europe, South Asia and the Caribbean, the programming team for the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival is as follows:
Martin Bilodeau is the chief editor of Mediafilm.ca, a film critic and columnist for the Montreal daily newspaper Le Devoir, and regularly contributes to the magazine Elle Québec. This is Bilodeau’s second 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.
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, the Netherlands and the Philippines.
Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo is a Canadian features programmer for the Festival. This marks Smoluch Del Sorbo’s seventh year with the Festival; during this time she has held several positions including serving as head programmer for TIFF’s Canadian short film section, Manager of Canadian Programming, Manager of Programme Administration, and international programming associate for the Festival’s Italian selection.
Short Cuts Canada:
Alex Rogalski has been a programmer with the Festival since 2007. In addition to programming Short Cuts Canada, Rogalski also programs for the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Toronto. 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 Senior Coordinator for TIFF’s Canadian Initiatives team, and brings her experience in the Canadian film industry and her knowledge of Quebec cinema to her second year of programming Short Cuts Canada. Simard also programs TIFF’s annual Student Film Showcase™.
Andréa Picard has been a member of the TIFF team since 1999 as a programmer for TIFF Cinematheque. She has curated Wavelengths, the Festival’s critically-acclaimed avant-garde programme, since 2006.
Elizabeth Muskala is the Director of Festivals and Events for TIFF. Muskala has been with the organization since 1996 in a number of capacities. She is responsible for helming the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth®.
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 international films and Future Projections, the celebrated city-wide meeting of the visual arts and cinema.
Dimitri Eipides is responsible for programming films from Eastern and Central Europe, Central Asia as well as various 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 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 international films in other sections. A programmer with the Festival since 1998, Geddes’ additional programming efforts include the Asian rep theatre Golden Classics Cinema, TIFF Cinematheque, and FantAsia Toronto. In 2010 Geddes was appointed Festival Director for ActionFest in Asheville, NC.
Michèle Maheux is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of TIFF and has been with the organization for over 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.
Rasha Salti joined TIFF this year as programmer for Africa and the Middle East. Salti is an independent film and visual arts curator and writer. 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. She co-curated The Road to Damascus, a retrospective of Syrian cinema.
Diana Sanchez programs from Spain, Portugal and Latin America for the Festival and has worked with the organization since 2002. Sanchez has been involved in a variety of other festivals and cinematic presentations and is currently a programme consultant for the International Film Festival Rotterdam and a senior programme consultant for the Miami International Film Festival.
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 TIFF since 2002. Schoettle is the founder and former Director of the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth.
Documentaries and Mavericks:
Thom Powers has been an International Documentary Programmer for the Festival since 2006. He is also responsible for Mavericks, the Festival’s conversation series where cinema leaders and other innovators discuss their processes. Powers is the Artistic Director for the weekly documentary series “Stranger than Fiction” at Manhattan’s IFC Center, and for the DOC NYC festival in November.
City to City:
Kate Lawrie Van de Ven is a doctoral candidate in UCLA’s Department of Film, TV + Digital Media. 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 Programmer of the Festival’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. This year’s programme focuses on Buenos Aires.