The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has recruited five new programmers for its 47th edition, scheduled for September 8-18.
Organizers say the 11-day festival will see the return of in-person events barring any pandemic-related issues. International delegates can look forward to the return of TIFF’s opening night, its industry conference, filmmakers’ dinners, various industry networking events, press and programming events and the awards gala. TIFF Tribute award.
The festival team saw three significant departures in 2021, including Joana Vicente, the organization’s former co-director and executive director, who left last September to take over as chief executive of the Sundance Institute; James Quandt, the Cinémathèque’s longtime senior programmer, who retired in July 2021; and Diana Sanchez, who resigned as senior director of film at TIFF earlier this year. Upon Sanchez’s departure, TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey said he would “work with the programmers to build the team and maintain the curatorial excellence that Diana has helped cultivate”.
The five new appointments include programmers who have worked with the festival in various capacities, with Robyn Citizen (pictured), who has worked at TIFF since 2018, expected to lead the programming team as director of festival programming and the TIFF Cinematheque. Prior to TIFF, she was a film lecturer in the Asian Studies and Theater and Film departments at UBC from 2012-2017, and also served as Co-Chair of the Breakthroughs Board of Directors. Toronto Film Festival and programmed for Human Rights Film. Festival.
Another TIFF veteran, Andréa Picard, takes on a new role within the programming team. Picard has worked with the festival in various programming roles since 1999, including curating its ground-breaking program, Wavelengths, since 2006. She was appointed Senior Curator, TIFF & TIFF Cinematheque.
Jason Ryle, Executive Director of the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival from 2010 to 2020, has been named International Indigenous Film Programmer. He is Anishinaabe from Lake St. Martin, Manitoba, and throughout his career he has been a producer, programmer, curator, editor and arts consultant.
Jane Schoettle, another longtime member of the TIFF family, takes the title of Senior International Programmer, Special Presentations. An international programmer for several decades with the Toronto festival, she has also programmed festivals in Miami, Aspen and Palm Springs, and was a producer for the TIFF Talent Development Filmmaker Lab and Writers’ Studio programs for several years.
Kelly Boutsalis, former member of the real screen editorial team and a Mohawk journalist from the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Point of view, Proofreading, Vice, The Narwhal, NOW Magazineand Fashionjoins TIFF as Associate International Programmer, Canadian Feature Films.
Rounding out the new nominations is Toronto film programmer and independent curator Ravi Srinivasan, who has worked with the festival since 2013 as a seasonal programmer. He assumes the role of Senior Director of TIFF Programming, focusing on Canadian and South Asian feature films.
Returning seasonal members of the programming team include senior international programmer, Giovanna Fulvi; international programmers Jason Anderson (Short Cuts), Diana Cadavid, Nataleah Hunter-Young and Dorota Lech; Midnight Madness International Programmer Peter Kuplowsky; and Thom Powers, lead programmer for TIFF Docs. Full-time TIFF staff Steve Gravestock (Festival Programming) and Geoff Macnaughton (Senior Programmer, Primetime) complete the 2022 programming team.
“We are thrilled to share this news about TIFF 2022 and introduce new voices to our programming team,” Bailey said in a statement. “Their expertise, passion and insights will both deepen and broaden TIFF’s curation. As we prepare our selections for the year-round TIFF Bell Lightbox and the 47th Toronto International Film Festival, we can’t wait to see what our new programmers will add to the mix.